TAIRA, or Tsukuba Area International Research Association (the acronym of which means evenness, flat, peaceful etc. in Japanese), is a volunteer group formed in April 1997 to foster communication among the international community in Tsukuba.
TAIRA has two main functions. One is a monthly meeting (usually the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm) where a member presents some area of research they are involved in followed with a question and answer session. The meeting is at the Tsukuba Research Consortium in Tokodai, and it is overseen by Robert Lewis, Associate Director of the TRC. Information about TRC can be found at its home page, which is located at http://www.trc-net.co.jp.
The other activity sponsored by TAIRA is the operation of a mailing list and bulletin board where members can post messages that automatically go to everyone else on the list. In the first 17 months of operation, the TAIRA mailing list has served about 1500 messages to the nearly 200 people who subscribed. The one disadvantage, of course, is that you may have to read through (glance at and erase) messages irrelevant to yourself, but there are also interesting ones well worth the reading (See below for some recent examples).
The TAIRA mailing list can be subscribed to by sending a subscribe message to the automated TAIRA mailing list manager at the following address: majordomo[at]eve.bk.tsukuba.ac.jp (a big thanks to majordomo!). In your message, include the following text in the body(text) of the message (not in the title section): subscribe taira. Messages can be sent to everyone subscribed to the TAIRA mailing list by sending messages to the following address: email@example.com. Inquiries about TAIRA can be addressed to owner-taira[at]eve.bk.tsukuba.ac.jp.
And now for the funny examples:
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