I'm trying to create a community of people who are interested in learning about new cultures and sharing their own cultures in and around Nara and Ikoma Cities. I know there are a lot of fantastic MeetUp groups in Kansai, I'm a member of many of them, but I've been very disappointed to find no real MeetUp community for my beloved Nara! I want to create a group where both Japanese members and members from other countries can meet, chat, and become friends. The meetings will be primarily in English, but chatting in Japanese or other languages is also encouraged! As there are already many fantastic MeetUp groups serving Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe/Hyogo, I want to create a group that celebrates Nara! I warmly invite people from other prefectures to join us, but we will focus on promoting places in Nara Prefecture. Maybe we can enjoy a little known cafe in Ikoma, go to a summer festival like Nara Tokae, or go hiking in Soni-mura to enjoy the autumn beauty there. While we explore Nara together I hope we can share our cultures and build friendships with one another. If you know a wonderful spot in Nara that you would like to share, please suggest a location and we'll plan a trip together!