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Coffee Hour: Turkey

Author:Author unknown, Issue: July 2000, Topic: Coffee hour

International Exchange Room Coffee Hour July 26

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 Dr. Yilmaz Ozmen, from Turkey, a researcher specializing in tribology at the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory.

Travelers to Turkey have told us that they fell in love with Turkey on their first visit. They said it was like "magic" - that kind of magic that makes people fall in love with a place right away. "What is the source of this magic?" we wondered. Guidebooks say things like, "Turkey is the home of the tulip, which was then introduced into Europe, particularly Holland, via Vienna." Or, "Turkey and Japan are the only countries in the world with 'Children's Day' on their calendars." These, however, are not enough to convince me that Turkey has some sort of magic. So we decided to ask a Turk about it!

Dr. Ozmen's presentation about his country will be kind of a "sayonara" presentation, as he will be returning to his homeland in early August. We wish him well on his journey and look forward to hearing what he has to say. After listening to his presentation, perhaps we might feel that "magic" and also fall in love with Turkey.

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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