By the time you read this you will have either attended (and had a good time) one of the local educational institutions' festivals or....you will have missed them. Don't worry. There's one left. TCT (DIV), in Kasuga 4-chome (just north of the U of Tsukuba Hospital, west of Hirasuna Dormitory, and east of Coco's on the Nishi Odori) is having its "Kasuga Sai" on Nov. 2nd & 3rd. This is the smaller of the two campuses (the Division for the Hearing Impaired is in Amakubo 4-chome, just off the Higashi Odori) and is more medically oriented. Don't miss the once-a-year opportunity for an inexpensive relaxing massage.
A massage from a licensed professional can cost 2000 yen to 5000 yen so the special festival price of 500 yen is a bargain. As this is very popular (and there's usually a wait) I advise you to first go to the main reception (1st floor of 5-storey building) to pick up a program and sign in. Then run (don't walk or you'll be trampled by the ojii and obaa-chans) to Room 116 to get your name on the waiting list. Then wander around. Unlike the U of Tsukuba Festival, you'll be able to see (and eat or drink something from each food stall) everything in a day.
You can have a free health/strength test sponsored by the Dept of Physical Therapy or learn about the history of Eastern Medicine (and view the various needles) from the Dept of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. At the Dept of Computer Science you can learn how blind and low vision people use computers. While getting a massage you may want to mention my name. But a word of caution. If it's a student who doesn't like me, he/she may break your leg. (Recycled joke from last year.) The Tai Chi Club will hold a short demonstration/exercise session on Saturday from 3:00. Join in.
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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