Many of our Alien Times readers have no doubt already seen the new local newspaper called the "Monthly Tsukuba X'press". This new publication joins the Alien Times, which began as the first such English news source in 1987, and the Tsukuba Newsletter the city began putting out a few years ago as useful sources of information for the ever-changing local gaijin population.
Although it says "Monthly", it is actually only bimonthly at present, with the new volume 4 (May/June issue) due out in early May. It comes out in both Japanese and English versions with essentially the same content in both. The level of English appears to be rather good, though there are a few of the typical "Japanized English" phrases, such as "others" as a translation for the convenient Japanese phrase "sono ta". (This is what you see in numerous contexts to describe a place for any item that doesn't fit in a previous category, such as on garbage collection points with several categories, "cans", "burnables", and the ubiquitous "others" for whatever doesn't fit in the specific categories.)
The paper contains a considerable amount of advertizing for restaurants and other such local businesses and includes helpful lists of telephone numbers, taxi fares to frequented spots, etc. The Tsukuba X'press is available free in hotel lobbies, information centers, etc. - pretty much the same places the Alien Times is available.
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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