X-Pat Files - April 2007
to you by H&R Consultants)
The X-Pat Files Community
E-Newsletter provides a forum for
the spread of information useful for English speakers living in
Aichi. You can use the newsletter as an informational resource,
and of course you can send in information you would like to share.
This newsletter is a community service from The Japan Real
Estate and Relocation company, H&R Consultants
and is edited by
Sue Conolly (http://web.mac.com/conolly).
Contents for This Edition
1. Earthquake Preparation
2. Weekend Trip, Day Trip
3. Oyako Cafe for Parents and Children
4. Ohmori Clinic (English speaking doctor)
5. Walkathon International Charity Festival
6. ACCJ Event - IT for the Small to Medium Enterprise
7. Events in Nagoya this month
8. Participants Wanted: Housing Discussion
9. Pilates in English
10. Cherry Blossom Fever
11. Gold and Gems - One Year of the X-Pat Files
(Thank you to Yufuko Matsumura for
information contained within this submission)
There's no point in being too worried about an earthquake that may or
may not hit while you are living in Japan, but there's even less point
in not being prepared for the eventuality. Since a major
earthquake has not occurred in this area since the Ansei Tokai
Earthquake in 1854, a major earthquake is expected to strike in the
near future. This is called the Tokai
While it is not possible to provide
warnings for all earthquakes, there is a system of three types of information that are
released to the public to foresee the Tokai Earthquake:
1. Tokai Earthquake Observation Information or "Tokai Earthquake
Report" (Tokai Jishin Kansoku Jouhou）
This is just a preliminary stage and means that the various
organizations are gathering more data on the likelihood of an
earthquake. Don't change the way you are living, except to pay
attention to TV and radio. By the way, if you are ever concerned
an earthquake it is best to be able to see national television station NHK (Channel 3 on most
televisions) in your home. While the
other Japanese commercial stations also recieve the information, the
NHK always has the best and latest information as the official channel
in Japan. For the Chubu Area, Radio i (79.5FM) has
bullitens in foreign languages for the spread of earthquake-related
2. Tokai Earthquake Warning Information or "Tokai Earthquake Advisory" (Tokai Jishin Chuui Jouhou)
This information is dispersed when there is a greater possibility of an
earthquake occurring. Children must be accompanied home from
a responsible adult, and facilities will start preparing for the
eventuality of an earthquake. Check your emergency supplies and
confirm your evacuation routes.
3. Tokai Earthquake Alert Order or "Tokai Earthquake Warning" (Tokai Jishin Yochi Jouhou)
This announcement is issued if it appears that the Tokai Earthquake
will strike in the near future. Earthquake Disaster Warning
Headquarters will be established and Emergency Message service 171 will
be activated. Change into comfortable clothing and close the gas
and valves on propane gas cylinders. Those who live in areas
there is a danger of tidal waves or landslides should quickly contact
neighbours and evacuate to a safe location.
It is also possible to check on earthquakes that have already happened,
on the Japan
Meterological Agency page which contains maps of affected areas and
level of maximum seismic intensity (the Japanese system - JMA
It is important as a family to discuss
what you will do in the event of a large earthquake.
* Where is the safest place at home?
* Where are the emergency supplies at home?
* Do you have fire extinguishers in your home and where are they?
* Where is the nearest evacuation shelter and evacuation route?
* What are the responsibilities of each family member when evacuating?
* Decide how to contact family members, and about where to meet for
both a daytime and nighttime earthquake scenario.
* Put personal effects and first aid kit in a place where they are
* As a family, learn how to use the NTT
disaster emergency dial 171.
* Look into disaster information options from your mobile phone
provider such as this one from Softbank,
this one from au,
or this one from docomo.
Remember that in the event of a disaster different phones will work in
different areas depending on which transmitters have been damaged.
Also as a family, prepare the
following items for emergency evacuation:
* By your bed: shoes (in case of broken glass), flashlight,
whistle, glasses, medication
* Emergency survival bag (put in an easily accessable place known
to all family members) : valuables such as cash including change,
passports, foreign registration cards, credit cards, bank passbook,
drivers licence. * Radio, emergency food rations, bottled
water, mobile phone.
* Clothes to be used in an emergency, including gloves and small
* First aid kit including medicine, bandaids, tissue paper, small
scissors, tape etc.
* The emergency bag must be as light as possible for ease of
In another place in the house known to
all family members, stockpile the following items:
* Emergency food and bottled water for three full days
* Portable cooking stove and fuel (careful to check use-by dates and
* disposable chopsticks
* strong masking tape
* paper tableware and thick foil cooking plates (available from camping
* Families who camp - keep your camping goods updated and in good
order, in an easily accessable place. Taking up camping as a
family hobby is one of the best earthquake preparations you can do!
Again as a family, think about your
responses as a family in the time of disaster:
* Learn about the location
of evacuation shelters in your area.
* Learn about the
provision of water in the case of an emergency.
* Read up on advice
from the fire department.
* Find good guides
to earthquake preparation on the internet - even if they are not
from this exact area much of the information contained is useful.
Use the guides like a checklist, be prepared.
* Read up on earthquake
Earthquake-proof your home, paying
special attention to items that could cause injury:
* Special items to help stabilize furniture are sold in home
centers. These are called Jishin
Taisaku Goods. Find the jishin
taisaku area in your local shop, and see what small measures you
can take to stop your furniture from falling over, or glass from
* Glass should be reinforced in some way - some windows are already
earthquake proof such as pebbled glass with wire criss-crossed through
it to prevent splintering. Clear glass however can have plastic
film applied to it to stop the glass from splintering as it breaks.
* Cupboards that contain plates and glasses should, if possible, have
sliding doors and not opening doors. If they do have opening
doors, one easy thing to do is to apply child locks so that doors do
not open easily by shaking.
* Get into the habit of turning your gas off at the mains. In
Japan this is a relatively easy thing to do in the kitchen - you just
need to make the habit.
* Displaying beautiful items on open shelves, use some kind of
double-sided tape to prevent them from falling over, or worse yet,
flying off the shelf and injuring someone. You can buy this tape
from the home center - experiment with different types to find the best
kind for your purpose.
* Beds should not be under windows or near mirrors. Think about
potential injury and escape routes when placing a bed in a room.
* Do not put tall furniture on soft flooring like carpet.
* Put light objects on the top and heavy objects on the bottom.
* Don't put heavy furniture near doorways - it could block your escape
if it fell.
Finally, just get into a good frame of
mind for earthquake survival. Remember, it's not about fearing
the worst. It's just about making the best of a potential
* This guidebook
from Mie Prefecture gives good advice about earthquake proofing
your home and surviving an earthquake, with real experiences from
* Again, in the event of an earthquake it is important to pay heed to
information being distributed by national television station NHK (Channel 3 on most
televisions) and Radio i
(79.5FM), so seek out sources of this information when you can.
Having access on your TV to Japanese television stations, and an FM
radio that works on batteries, is the difference between having
information and not having it.
* Be nice to your neighbours. Join the local
neighbourhood association. Take part in local community
clean-up campaigns. In the event of emergencies (not just
earthquakes), your neighbours could be your best resource.
Weekend trip, Day trip
(Thank you to Helen
Braithwaite for this submission)
If you ever find yourself in northern Nagano prefecture with a couple
of hours to spare I can recommend a visit to the Jigokudani Yaen-koen
Monkey Park. We went there on the way home from a ski trip
recently. It's an easy and pleasant 20 minute walk from the car
park to the entrance and then 500 yen per adult to get in. It is
not as picturesque as it could be, but you do get to see wild monkeys
in an onsen, which is the whole idea. They feed the monkeys
periodically so that they are plenty around and our children thoroughly
enjoyed it. Take a look at the website for a better feel of the
I would also recommend a visit to Meiji Mura in Inuyama- a 30 minute
drive from Nagoya. Basically, this is a museum of buildings from
the Meiji era - a time where there was a flood of foreign influence on
the architecture in Japan. However, even if you have no interest in the
buildings, the grounds have a wonderfully spacious and natural feel,
and I felt like I could breath again after spending so much time living
in the city. If you have kids, don't be put off by idea of a
building museum - both of our young kids absolutely loved it, and our
son Joshua would have spent all day just watching and riding on the
steam train given the chance. There are also trams and buses to
ride on, a small maze, funny bicycles to try out, restaurants, coffee
shops and a working turn of the century post office! Entrance was
1,800 yen for adults, with the normal concessions available.
Editor's Note: The above
submission has inspired me to devote an artcle next month exploring
options for weekend trips and day trips. If you have some good
experiences to share or some recommendations for places to go, please
send these to me at email@example.com. Thank you!
My husband also recently visited the monkeys in the onsen, and I have
another recommendation to add to the above. For anyone who has
seen the exellent Japanese anime movie Spirited Away, it is
said that the onsen in the movie was conceptualized around this onsen ryokan near
Jigokudani. I have never stayed here myself, but the photos of
the rooms on the
Japanese website (click on room names to see individual photos) look so
very enticing. To book your place at Kanaguya, have a Japanese speaking
friend call 0269-33-3131 or fax 0269-33-3135.
3. Oyako Cafe Nico for Parents and
(Thank you to Betty Mizutani
for this submission)
Attention moms with small kiddies! When was the last time you had
time to enjoy YOUR meal while watching your child play happily with
other kids without you running interference? This small cafe
located in Narumi-cho Midori-ku is the perfect place!
Upon your entrance to the cafe, remove your shoes at the genkan. From
there you will be seated and given a menu to browse at your
leisure. You write your request on the provided order slip and
wait for your food to be prepared with care. While the menu is
limited, it is not as if a big vat of something is lying around
simmering all day. The food is freshly prepared while you wait
and your child starts playing in the play area that is equipped with a
WHAT? Yes, a babysitter! With certain menu items, 1 hour of
kidsroom playtime is included. (This information is in katakana
and kanji in parenthesis behind the menu item.) If you don't
order some of these select menu items, which are very tasty I might
add, you can expect to pay 210yen for 1 hour of playtime or 105yen for
While the menu is only in Japanese, the fellow who greeted me tried his
best to speak a bit of English. For any R.E.M. fans, he's your
man to talk about the band!
Oyako Cafe Nico
Address: 1F Blanche Mizuhiro, 93-76 Azamizuhiroshita, Narumi-cho,
Midori-ku, Nagoya, 458-0801
Address in Japanese: 名古屋市鳴海町字水広下93-76ブランジュ水広1Ｆ
Map (Also Japanese)
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 5:30pm or 4:30pm according to day and classes
on that day (please refer to calendar)
Guide for Use (Translated from website)
* Cafe is for use by parents with children between the ages of 0
and 6. If one person in a group has children within these ages
the group may enter. Also, those involved in the activities at
"Oyako Cafe Nico" may enter.
* Children between the ages of 1 and 6 may use the Kids Space.
There is support by a trained childcare worker, however this should not
be thought of as babysitting (the mother must remain in the cafe).
* Babies under one year of age must only use the Kids Space with their
parent or guardian.
* The cafe provides highchairs, baby chairs or mats for napping.
* The toilet has been designed for use by parents and children, with
space for changing nappies. We also sell disposable nappies of
* There is a breastfeeding room, however depending on classes at the
time it may not be available for use.
* The cafe is completely non-smoking.
* Pets are not welcome.
* For safety, there is a limit to how many can use the facilities at
* During busy times (from opening to about 3pm), we ask that you only
stay for a maximum of one and a half hours.
* You may bring with you only baby food that you have made yourself or
that had been designed for your child's allergies. If you need
hot water please let us know. We also sell organic baby food.
* We run parent-child lessons, sell natural bread and also magazines.
* Guardians and persons over 7 years of age, please order one
* Kids room use: 1 hour for 210 yen, plus 105 yen for every additional
30 minutes. However, when your children order from the selected
"Gohan" menu, one hour in the Kids room is free. However, if
parents order from the children's menu fees for the Kids Room still
Classes (for example, translated from website)
* Parent-child yoga - every Tuesday from 10-11 (term runs from
April to June)
* Mamas Make-up lesson - Mondays from 10 - 11:30 in the breastfeeding
room, 2000 yen for a 30 minute private lesson. For this class only
apply by phone to Masami Make 090-9194-9063.
* Baby sling wearing club - Monday April 16th, 10:00 - 11:00
* Allergy class - Saturday 7th April, 10:00 - 11:00
* Entrance Ceremony Photo Sessions - Friday 6th April and Saturday 7th
April, 3:30 to 5:30 (children not entering school or kindergarten may
For all classes, apply to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Omori Clinic
(Thank you to Diana
McElyea for this submission)
I would like to
share information about Dr. Kensho Ohmori who speaks good English and
has good attention in his Clinic.
The Clinic is just in front of Sogo Rehabilitation Center (purple line)
His office hours are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 12, and 4 pm to 7 pm.
Saturdays only in the Morning.
You don’t need an appointment, just show up any time. It is really
easy. They have lab and
other services too, such as rehabilitation.
He attends adults and children.
There is a Japanese website at: http://www.ohmori-clinic.biz-web.jp/
with a picture of the building and a table of office hours.
Address: Nagoya-shi, Mizuho-ku, Hassho-touri 1-4
5. Walkathon International Charity
Have you heard of The Walkathon?
It’s a huge event in Meijo park that happens every year. I would
like to take this opportunity to offer you the chance to get involved
in this, the 16th
Walkathon International Charity Festival 2007 held on Sunday, May
20th between 9:15am and 4pm.
About The Walkathon
* Participants are encouraged to walk laps in the beautiful grounds of
Meijo park, and their participation ticket helps raise money to support
many charities that operate in the Nagoya/Aichi area.
* There will be food vendors and stalls, music and entertainment, and
lots of games for the younger participants.
* A super opportunity for international exchange between members of the
Japanese and international community.
If you would like to get involved, or are in need of some tickets, (JPY
2,000 for adults/JPY 1,000 for children- including free Walkathon
t-shirt!) please do not hesitate to contact me:
I would be happy to also supply you with flyers, posters and tickets.
Also, we are seeking volunteers!
* 1/ to organize some games for young children
* 2/ to help out on the day in general
Any people/groups interested in getting involved, please get in touch
with me ASAP!
Charity Walkathon 2007 Committee
6. ACCJ - IT for the Small and
(Thank you to Noriko
Kato for this submission)
The ACCJ (American Chamber
of Commerce in Japan), Chubu Chapter is proud to present:
Mr. Steve Brown
ACCJ Independent Business Committee Chair
"IT for the Small and Medium
DATE: Thursday, April 26th, 2007, 7-9pm (door opens at 6pm)
VENUE: Nagoya Kokusai Center 3F #2 Conference room
COST: Members: 3,000 yen, Guests: 4,000 yen
If you run a business with fewer than 100 employees, you are probably
acutely aware of the problems involved in implementing IT
systems. Trying to figure out issues such as what to automate,
how much to spend, and how to prepare for system failures is a daunting
Steve Brown, President of Zergsoft and
co-chairman of the ACCJ Independent Business Committee, has been
dealing with these issues for the past 10 years. He has been developing
software for small and large businesses for over 10 years, starting his
own company, Zergsoft, 7 years ago.
His presentation will cover topics including:
How to identify areas of your business may benefit
Deciding between pre-packaged software and custom
How to leverage open-source software
Strategies and tips for managing custom development
Registration Form (copy and paste into e-mail or print)
Name (ID) : __________________________________________________
______________Sorry, I must cancel
Note: If you cancel after the deadline, the full participation
fee will be charged to your account.
You are encouraged to register online through the ACCJ Member Data
Center. Please visit http://member.accj.or.jp/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ACCJ
and log in using your member ID and password.
For more information please contact:
Operation Manager - Chubu
The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
Marunouchi Fukao Bldg. 5F
2-11-24 Marunouchi, Naka-ku
Tel: +81 52 229-1525
Fax: +81 52 222-8272
Public website: http://www.accj.or.jp
Employment Central: http://www.ecentral.jp
Living in Japan: http://www.livinginjapan.info
Other Upcoming Events:
3/28 Shape the Walkathon meeting
4/2 Membership relationship Committee Meeting
4/11 Shape the Walkathon meeting
4/19 Independent Business Committee meeting
7. Events this month
Hanami in Tsuruma Park
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN JAPAN (CHUBU)
Date: Saturday 7th April
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am Start.
Please feel free to come anytime. The food should be arriving around
12pm to 1pm.
Access: Tsurumai Station; Tsurumai subway and JR Chuo lines.
Please look for the New Zealand Flag.
Or, call Steve Burson on 090-9942-8292 or Bryce Conlan on 080-3667-7105.
Price: Members 1,200 yen, Guests 1,500 yen (Sandwiches and finger food
RSVPs close: COB Thursday 5th April 2007
'No shows' and cancellations after this date will be charged in full.
The ANZCCJ (Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan,
Chubu Chapter invites everyone to come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon
under the beautiful and picturesque Cherry Blossoms in Tsurumai Park.
Meet up with new and old friends, extend your business network or just
enjoy a cold beverage in good company in a social setting (the real
reason for Hanami!).
Reservations can now be accepted by email to email@example.com
Please remit payments by COB Thursday 5th April to the following
Mitsui Sumitomo Bank: Akasaka Branch
Ordinary Account #7923681
Account Name: ANZCCJ Events
OR Cash will be accepted on the day
Tokai Japan Canada Society Hanami Party
Date: April 8 (Sunday)
Place: Meijo Koen by the windmill
Fee: Members, 500; Non-members, 1000; Children, Free
Look for the Canadian flag and enjoy the coming of spring at the first
TJCS social event of 2007. There will be some light food and drink, but
please bring something to contribute to the potluck feast.
For details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of TJCS members are welcome.
and Kids Egg Hunt
Date: April 8th
Time: Easter lunch
will be available from 11:30
Offer: Glazed Ham or Roast Turkey, sautéed
vegetables, Mashed or
baked potatoes, assorted side dishes, salad and steaming hot fresh
bread, coffee and tea
Cocktails and dessert are separate
Price: ¥2, 000
will be the sponsor of this party and we will be raffling off two
business class tickets (Drawing will be held the following week at
Shooters. You do not have to be present to win). The cost of each
raffle ticket will be ¥2000. Buy four and get one free. Value of
tickets is Almost $7,000.00.
Proceeds from the tickets will be going to the Mikokoro Center and affiliated
Kids Egg Hunt
Date: April 8th
Time: Starts at 1:30
will leave from Shooters with the kids and go to Shirakawa koen
Price: ¥1200 per child
Kids will receive a Traditional Basket of Easter goodies including an
chocolate Easter rabbit and the Easter candy. In addition all of the
Easter eggs in the hunt will be included. There will be a golden egg
hidden amongst the eggs in the
hunt. The lucky kids who find the egg will get a large chocolate rabbit
The Meet & Greet lunch is
held on the second Tuesday of the month
at Shooters Sports Bar and Grill in Fushimi.
Date: Tuesday, 10th of April
Time: 11:30am -
Price: 1500 yen for buffet lunch and a drink
RSVP: Please RSVP by Saturday the 7th of April
to Helen Braithwaite at email@example.com or by phone
during office hours.
Shooters has a relaxed atmosphere and is closed during the day
except for our event, so we have the run of the place. This means
that it is a VERY easy event for mothers with babies or small
children. It also means, however, that there must be an RSVP so
that Shooters can cater for the correct number of people.
Nagoya International PC Club is
a group of computer users from many nationalities who get together on
the 3rd Saturday of every month to discuss computer related topics.
Have a computer question? Thinking of building your own website but
don't know where to start? Problems with spam? Want to edit better
pictures using your PC? Find new friends and answers to your questions
by joining us! We meet at Shooters American Bar&Grill (Fushimi)
every 3rd Sat. at 12:00 noon. The Macintosh
side of the Club meets 1 hour earlier (11:00am) also at Shooters. Please
check our website at www.nipcc.org
for details. New members always welcome! This month's topics are:
Date and Time: April 21 11am
meeeting Topic: COCOA Class #4: Using Classes
Speaker: Ernie Schaal
Intro to Objective C: Learning the programming to make the application
work. Creating Classes: Creating classes and adding outlets and targets
for those classes. Help Files: Adding help files for online help.
Date and Time: April 21 12 noon
PC Meeting Topic: Open source applications
for Windows/Mac users:
Speaker: Jeff Wilcox
Open source applications available to non-Linux PC users can be a great
addition to your setup. With a little know-how you can get
capabilities that either aren’t available in commercial software or
would be quite
Wanted: Housing-related discussion
(thank you to Atsuko Chikami for
Please contact me (Atsuko Chikami) if you are interested in joining
this discussion! There is a 5000 yen gift coupon for those who
Date: Saturday, April 7th from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Place: Nagoya Kokusai Center 20F
*Access: just in front of the Kokusai Center station; Sakura-dori line
(a few minutes from Nagoya station) Please refer to the subway area map
The Japanese housing company “Toshin-Juken” would like to
rethink about the housing situation in Japan by comparing it with those
in other countries. Using the results from their studies, they are
hoping to improve their product planning.
People from most countries overseas tend to put importance on
purchasing a house, re-forming it, and even passing the estate on to
future generations. They are often willing to buy even an old house.
On the other hand, Japanese people like to buy a new house and their
children do not often inherit this house.
According to these reasons, in Japan new houses are constructed one
after another. In addition, their promotion methods are quite unique in
the Japanese market.
Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America and Japan
People who have experienced living in both their own countries and in
and have some idea of difference about housing.
A 5,000-yen gift coupon
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Pilates program for English speakers
Have a private session using Pilates machine or take a group Mat
Pilates class. Instructor has taught Pilates in San Francisco Bay
Area for nine years.
Universal opens March 30th!!!
We are offering special trial sessions.
Date: March 30th (Fri) ~April
Private ¥4,000 for 40 minutes
Class ¥1,000 (55min.) This is half the
price of usual trial sessions. Limited to six people for each
Please feel free to visit web site ( in English )
Location of Studio
14-70 Hoshigaokamotomachi Chikusa-ku Nagoya Nexus
Three min. walk from Hoshigaoka Station of Higashiyama Line.
10. Cherry Blossom Fever
It's hanami, or cherry blossom season, and you pay have noticed
the prevalance of blue tarpualins in the park. Before you set out
with your little picnic basket and instant
warming sake, do your homework to see where the best spots are and
when they are best viewed.
The International Center has a guide
for hanami spots on their website, but for a truly great guide to
the different spots and the updates on how full their blossoms are at
the current time, it is better to turn to a Japanese website such as
Tokai Walker. Take a look at the following page for a list of the
best spots in this area. Next to the name of the place is a
little graphic which tells you how "full" the blossoms are at the
current time, so you can pick and choose which you go to first:
Listed below are links to the famous hanami areas as they appear on the
above page. You can click on the link for a picture of the place
and some information in Japanese, and a map on which you can zoom in
and out. Phone numbers are provided for extra information, but
please be aware that in some cases, these phone numbers belong to the
local tourist associations, so might mislead the navigation system in
your car if you try to use them. In any case, they will get your
car in the general area of your destination at which time you can
the banks of the Kawasaki River in Mizuho-ku MAP
Ph: 052-231-1700 Website
Fruit Park in Moriyama with Weeping Cherry Trees MAP
Park with Okazaki Castle MAP
Ph: 0564-23-6217 Website in
the banks of the Oe River in Ichinomiya MAP
the banks of the Kiso River in Ichinomiya MAP
Park in Handa MAP
Park in Kasugai MAP
Monkey Park MAP
Ph: 0568-61-0870 Website
Ph: 0568-67-0314 Website in English
Ph: 0568-61-1711 Website
Taro Park in Inuyama MAP
Park in Shinshiro MAP
the banks of the Gojo River in Iwakura MAP
Suihen Park in Toyoake MAP
Finally, if you are planning attend hanami in other parts of Japan you
might like to use this link on Japan Guide to help
you plan dates.
11. Gold and Gems - One Year of the X-Pat
It's been one year since the X-Pat Files started collecting and
distributing information to the Chubu community. When the X-Pat
Files started, I found that I was creating most of the content
myself. You might notice that very few of the articles for this
edition of the newsletter have come from me. That's the way I
like it, not just because I don't have to think of things to fill the
newsletter, but because of my idea of this newsletter as a kind of
treasure chest of expatriate information. Here's a smattering of
information that has grown from donated information in this newsletter
and in the past:
English speaking doctor
in Mizuho-ku (this edition)
dentist near the International School (March 2007 edition)
Springfest 2007 in April
(March 2007 edition)
supplies (December 2006 edition)
B Spa La Soeur beauty clinic
(Novmber 2006 edition)
Music Together Children's Group
(February 2007 edition)
Sonne Garten Organic Cafe
and Supermarket (February 2007 edition)
Sonohara Snow World (February 2007 edition)
Festival (January 2007 edition)
Nagoya International PC Club/ Mac Group
That's just a very brief taste of it. If you include articles
that were written at the suggestion of a reader, I could add even
more. If you include articles for which I have got the idea from
another expat besides myself, more and more. My role as the
editor of this newsletter is not to provide information. My job
is to make sure that information flows smoothly within the Nagoya
When I recieve information from the community about a new English
speaking doctor I didn't know before, my mind immediately leaps
to the mother with the sick child who may read my next
newsletter. How amazing is it that someone helped me to research
into earthquake preparation, just when an earthquake hit Japan and put
earthquake preparation into people's minds? As I edited and added
links to this month's information, I daydreamed of the parent and small
child who can now have lunch in the parent-friendly cafe. I see
in my mind's eye, the hopeful small business provider finding the
information on this month's ACCJ presentation just at the right time.
Nobody can tell what information will benefit who at what time, but one
thing is for certain. In this small community that is Nagoya, the
very best sources of information come from other fish swimming in the
same pond. We are all like gold miners, except that when we hit
that lucky streak we immediately want to share our good fortune with
That's my vision for this newsletter.
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