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By Pip French on Wednesday, June 28, 2000 - 3:28 pm:
Hi, my name is Pip and I am living in Ota city, Gunma Ken with my husband and nearly 3yr old daughter. We are here from Australia and are looking for a playgroup or playmates in the local area. Any info. you could give me would be very much appreciated, thanks.
By Ted Myers on Sunday, May 4, 2003 - 9:15 am:
We moved to Gunma from the US one year ago. We're looking for a playgroup for our son, who will turn two in August. If you know of an English-language playgroup in southern Gunma or northern Saitama please let me know.
By Ted Myers on Friday, March 5, 2004 - 11:49 pm:
Connect with Gunma English Playgroup, on the web at Yahoo Groups. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gunma_playgroup/ Currently 10 members.
By Ted Myers on Monday, October 11, 2004 - 3:57 pm:
Gunma English Playgroup is planning a Halloween Party in Takasaki on October 31st. Join us at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gunma_playgroup
By Chika on Saturday, July 23, 2005 - 2:48 pm:
hi im chika and i have a 1yr old girl, we live in tatebayashi and would love some info on playgroups in gunma!
By Chika on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 8:44 am:
Sunny Day Blues in Tatebayashi, Gunma---
Hi! My daughter (1yr9mths) and i are looking for english speaking friends from multicultural/bilingual families (or whatever we're called these days ;-p). I'm canadian and my hubby is japanese. Distance is a problem so hopefully theres someone out there who can meet in tatebayashi, itakura, ota, oora or even ashikaga i guess and maybe even hanyu...I'm a housewife (hahaha) so anyday is okay even weekends cause the hubB works then too...mums okay, dads okay, entire families okay, those with older kids okay too (my daughter can talk now...pause for panic attack...) please email me asap as im running out of teletubbie tapes!!!
p.s. yes my name is chika and no its not japanese!
By Willhemina Wahlin on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 2:31 pm:
I'm not sure where ANY of those places are, but I am in Nishi Kasai (east of Otemachi on the Tozai Line in Tokyo). Is that far? My email is email@example.com feel free to contact me! We have a great playgroup here with heaps of nice people (all Japanese except me, but their English is way better than my Japanese, which I guess is kind of bad for me!). Frankly, I would really enjoy a nice fluent conversation and I think you would really like all the people too.
Take care and good luck!
Willie : )
By Ted Myers on Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 11:31 pm:
We are an international family living in Gunma. Our son is attending American Kinder, a bilingual preschool in Takasaki. The school has been in operation since 1989. There are three classes, for ages 3-4, 4-5, and 5-6. Each class has two teachers: a native English speaker and a bilingual Japanese teacher. All teachers have extensive kindergarten teaching experience.
The school also provides daily Kodaly method music classes, as well as weekly "cultural classes" in Japanese dance, ballroom dancing, modern dance, taiko drumming, art, and swimming.
They just put up a Japanese version of their web site at http://www.englishacademy.jp/ak.htm, and they say the English version is coming soon.
We are very satisfied with the education he is receiving there and hope that other families in Gunma or northern Saitama can come and check it out for themselves.
By Namiho Goto on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 3:50 pm:
Are you still looking for English speaking friends?
I am a Japanese female, also live in Tatebayashi, Gunma. My name is Nami.
I have a nine-month-old son. I studied in the US for five years, and looking for friends
who speak English with me in Tatebayashi.