Saturday, June 22, 2013

June Event Schedule

Mr.Terayama will be leading another easy hiking expedition for IAK members and their guests on Sunday June 9th. Meet at 6:30am at Komorebi no Sato parking lot south of Oiwake station to drive together to Ikeno-taira marsh. We expect to return between noon-1pm. If rained out, will re-schedule for the following Sunday June 16. Map and more details can be found here:

The regular schedule for the Tuesday "Speakeasy" sessions (all from 7 to 9p.m.) is:
1st Tuesday: Pension Hoshinoko
2nd Tuesday: Natural Cafeina
3rd Tuesday: Mototeca Coffee
4th Tuesday: Cafe & Zakka Kurumi

Thursday IAK Speakeasy - Japanese/English daytime chat salon
June 20 starting at 1:30-3:30pm at Komorebi no Sato just south of Oiwake station.

Learn about the last remaining Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. Tucked away high in the Himalayas, Bhutan aims for its gross national product to be happiness. Join us for our first international event led by Bhutan national resident of Karuizawa, Tshering Norbu. Enjoy tea and snacks from his home country as you discover Bhutan's ancient heritage.

Date: Sunday, June 23 Opening at 1:30pm
Location: 1st Floor lecture room of Karuizawa Chuo-kominkan (behind town office)
Fee: 300 yen IAK members, 500 yen for non-members
Organizer: Karuizawa International Association (IAK)
Contact: Takaishi (Phone 0267-45-5431)

Sunday, June 23 at 5PM we've reserved a sheet for curling at Karuizawa Ice Park. More details can be found at:

Sunday, June 30 from noon-3:00PM we're holding a barbecue at Pension Hoshinoko. A flat charge of ¥1,500 per person (¥1,000 for pre-school age) covers the food (meat and vegetables for the BBQ), and use of three gas grills and (at least) three charcoal grills. Disposable plates, cups and chopsticks will also be provided, so all you need to bring are your own drinks and some salad (or any other extras that you like).
Please RSVP for the BBQ no later than June 29.

For more details, visit

Following is a link to a Google map for all locations:

All events can be followed on our Facebook page under the Events tab:

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hanareyama Hiking

This is a small gallery of animated images taken from a dual-lens 3D camera. The 'wiggle' effect allows you to simulate what each scene looks like without wearing stereoscopic glasses.