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 Ms. Emily Katai, who came to Japan 6 years ago. She is married to a Japanese man and has two small children. During her life in Japan, she has notice that Americans and Japanese often behave very differently in the way we make friends, react to miscommunications, express ourselves, take care of our families and ourselves, etc. Because of these differences, Americans and Japanese often feel awkward towards each other. She hopes that by discussing our different ways of relating and our experiences, we can see our common humanity.
She will talk about issues related to being a housewife, such as washing rice, stirring nukadoko, hanging up laundry and how one can make one's family life richer.
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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