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Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003

LIFELINES

Computers trains and sewing tips


Driving and computers

I seem to remember that some time ago you gave information about driving lessons in English. I wonder if you could let me have the details as I neglected to note them down at the time.

Also, do you know of any computer classes in English -- covering the basics. I live in west Tokyo. -- Christine

The best place we have been able to find is the Koyama Driving School at www.koyama.co.jp

You can book your appointments on line and they have a whole section with questions and answers on getting your license in Japan. Good luck! Its a tough one!

As for English-language computer classes, there are a number of places depending on what you want to do -- for real "class" classes, Temple University at (03) 5441-9800 or www.tuj.ac.jp is good. Dean Kirk Patterson is going gangbusters in building Temple into a real international university in Japan.

For a more informal approach, get in touch with Digital Eve at www.digitalevejapan.org

They have occasional classes aimed especially at women.

Also, Terrie Lloyd -- Mr. Computer in Japan -- can help direct you at Linc Media, where they also publish JapanInc., at www.lincmedia.co.jp or on (03) 3499-2399.

Finally, Mr. Kuwana at kachiyofuugetu@docomo.ne.jp does individual instruction if that is what you need.

If any of our readers know of any other places you can get computer instruction in Japan, would you let us know?

Railways and tofu

Can you tell me where to buy a ticket for the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Europe?

And also, where in Tokyo can I buy veggie tofu-burgers that do not contain chicken or pork? I'm a vegetarian. -- John B.

For the first, you can get tickets at either JTB -- Japan Travel Bureau or HIS. JTB is on (03) 3284-8821 or at www.jtb.co.jp

HIS is on (03) 3389-8491 or at www.his-j.com

Anyone of our readers ever take the trip? Please let us know!

As for Tofu Burgers, you came to the right place. I was born at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Ogikubo. Believe it or not, they do not believe in eating meat so since nobody else was doing it they began to make exactly what you want.

You can order just about anything from "hamburger" to "hot dogs" a la tofu at San Iku Foods at 0438-62-2921; or call (03) 3392-6154 and ask for Dr. Hongo.

From our readers

Regarding housebuilding, quite some information is available from Debito Arudo's Web site at www.debito.org -- Oliver Mayer

Meanwhile, on the subject of where to find foreign sewing patterns, reader Annerose writes:

Burda, a monthly sewing magazine published in German and English with Western sizes (also some larger sizes) patterns can be bought for about 2,000 yen a piece at Maruzen Nihonbashi or Takashimaya Times Squares Kinokuniya. There's also the subscription option, which is probably cheaper.

Also, there is a Web site that might be useful: www.sewingpatterns.com/

Quickies

Need a quick, fast, English language Internet, Broadband service? Talk to the first company to provide the Internet in Japan, founded by the late Roger Boisvert, and now called Fusion GOL. They were the guys that got us all online when it all began. You can call them at 0120-987-800 or sales@gol.com. Ask for Shige.

Want to get involved? Call ACCJ -- The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan at 3433-5381 or www.accj.or.jp -- it's a good place to meet new people, get started and they can also connect you to the other chamber of commerce here.

Ken Joseph Jr. directs The Japan Helpline on 0570-000-911 or at www.jhelp.com Send your queries, questions, problems and posers, to: lifelines@japantimes.co.jp


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