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Coffee Hour: Trinidad and Tobago

Author:Author unknown, Issue: June 1999, Topic: Coffee hour

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. This month, we are pleased to have Mr. Devanand Maharaj, who comes from the island country of Trinidad and Tobago, located just north of South America in the southern Caribbean. The country is affectionately called paradise on earth, with people from all over the globe enhancing the multicultural, multiracial society.

Though its main resource is petroleum, there is also a natural asphalt lake and other supplementary industries such as agriculture and tourism. Trinidad is the commercial capital of the country and Tobago is the vacation paradise youíve been waiting for; a garland of white sands, beautiful beaches and coral reefs. It is the perfect spot for relaxation and honeymooning.

Devanand will introduce the carnivals, where people dance in the streets to calypso and steel band music. Itís just one big family party, with no distinction made between race, color or creed.

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.

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