Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to helping foreigners with advice and counseling on the wide variety of problems them may run into living in Japan. Every year, they put out a very useful and informative planning calendar as both a community service and a means of raising funds for their operations. Instead of a picture of some beautiful scenery or whatever at the top of the calendar, each page is filled with information including telephone numbers for embassies, airlines, hotels, and about anything else of a public nature that foreign residents of the Tokyo area might want to know. It is nicely arranged and serves as a really handy tool for looking up such information.
The 1500 yen price may seem a bit steep for a calendar, but it's a good way to both get a useful tool as well as contribute a little bit to a very worthy cause. Several are available through the Alien Times, or you can order directly from TELL. The TELL numbers given in previous issues of the AT and in "Life in Tsukuba", etc. are now out-of-date, as TELL has moved its offices since then. The new numbers are as follows: 03-5721-4347 for the regular TELL hot-line (hours 9 am to 4 pm and 7 to 11 pm daily); 03-5721-4455 for making appointments for face-to-face counseling at their counseling center; 03-5721-4334 for their special AIDS hot-line (hours 7-10 pm Sundays through Thursdays) and a separate line for telephone counseling in the Tagalog language of the Philippines (6:30 to 9:30 pm Tuesdays only).
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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