As part of its regular activities, the Tsukuba Information holds an international coffee hour on the second Wednesday of every month. The special guest for February is Mr. Takanori Onda, who is an expert in the Chinese art forms of Tai-chi and Chi-gong. Mr. Onda has an acupuncture practice here in Tsukuba, and leads a regular Tai-chi class.
Tai-chi originated in China, and is often featured in cultural pieces on China as the "slow motion" exercises people young and old do in parks. The concept behind Tai-chi is the circulation of "chi" (energy) throughout the body, and it is recognized as an excellent form of exercise. One aspect that is particularly noteworthy about Tai-chi is that it is accessible to almost any person, male or female, young or old. So if you have been having a hard time getting enough exercise and want to get rid of that stiff shoulder or backache (or if you just want to touch a bit of oriental "mystery"). Put on some comfortable clothes and come for a visit. Don't miss this chance to circulate your "chi"!
Everyone is welcome, and you can come and go as you please if you can't stay for the whole time. Complimentary snacks along with tea and coffee are always served. So come out and join us.
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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