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Coffee Hour: Ibaraki Hash House Harriers

Author: Author Unknown, Issue: February 2000, Topic: Coffee Hour

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 Mr. Joseph Toe Jam Robbie, who will be giving a presentation on the Ibaraki Hash House Harriers, an International Drinking Club With A Running Problem.

Do jogging and beer go together? We think so! Founded in 1938 by British soldiers in Malaysia, the Hash House Harriers Club has spread throughout the world and is represented in almost every country. There are 20 clubs in Japan! This is not a race and competition is strictly discouraged. It's like a game in which a hare lays a mystery course of about 6 km with chalk and flour. Then everybody tires to follow the course, helping each other to find the ending place. You can run, jog or walk. When all have finished, a party and drinking ceremony follow. Beer, soft drinks and snacks are available. This is followed by a dinner at a local pub, usually with live music from the Hash Band. It's all about getting some exercise, making new friends, and having a good time. A video and photo display will give you an idea of what it's all about.

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 a stimulating discussion. Please let us here your opinions as well.

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