As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. The guest for January is MS. Yukako Kubota, who has spent 18 months in Spain. She will speak about Santiago de Compostela, in the North Galicia region, where she studied for one and a half years. It is a beautiful Medieval city which was chosen as one of the UNESCO international world inheritances.
She will talk about her experience teaching Ikebana, working as an interpreter for a Japanese film maker, and her personal experience with Spanish and other European people. Finally, she will demonstrate Flamenco dancing and give you a short lesson as well. As an added bonus, there will be some live Flamenco guitar, with Tim Boyle strumming a tune or two.
The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with the stimulating conversation.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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