What's SMEC ?

SMEC is a gathering place to meet up new friends in Kobe.

We welcome foreigners who just starts a new life in Kobe & provide a good chance to make some good friends who speaks English & Japanese both fluentry.
So, if you find this page, please don't worry about your Japanese language skill.
You don't need to worry about it. All the members in SMEC, can speak English as like as Japanese.

And We have the age limitation: we welcome only who over 20 & younger than 50 years old.

We are having a meet up like a party in a cafe and we only open in Saturday morning in Kobe, 元町 station.

This event is made for connect people via English.
English teachers, international university students, businessmen are welcome. Please find your good friend in our meet up in Saturday morning.

Even if you are the Japanese or foreigners, we welcome you.

You can talk friendly and safely with everybody here.

There are lots of good friends who make your good Saturday.

What you can.

For the foreigners.
You don't need to worry about your Japanese language skill. Everybody can speak English fluently. So, you can communicate with anybody across Japanese language barrier. Also, you can ask anything about Kobe or Osaka or Japanese culture & language. We will answer it kindly. Whatever your career is, wherever you are from, we welcome you as a friend.

And if you want to you can ask language exchange for some Japanese members after the SMEC event.

If you are new in Kobe or Osaka, SMEC is the place to know the local community.

​For the Japanese.

If you are looking for the place to talk in English, SMEC is the right place for you. Everyone loves speaking English and enjoy talking.

2011年に岡本でスタートし、2015年11月から神戸元町の"Bar S"alu (バルザル)をお借りして



​"English , your passport to tomorrow."



Location and time

place: Bar S"alu in Motomachi

time: Every Saturday morning 11:00~13:00 (anytime you can come and leave)

price: ¥1,000(entrance+one drink)


Home page (http://www.keepintouchinkobe.com/)

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KeepInTouchKobe)


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Meetup for making new friends in KOBE. 初心者がいない唯一の英会話カフェ : SMEC



SMEC is a meetup for everyone who wants to make new friends in KOBE. We are a community that encourage to mix local (Japanese) English speakers & new foreigners who just started living in Kobe. To help them making new friends & to enjoy life in Kobe city !! We opens every Saturday Morning , from 11:00 to 13:00 in Motomachi station. 【WHAT WE DO】 We meet every Saturday morning. and Just like a having a cup of coffee in STARBUCKS, You come in, pay ¥1000 for a coffee & entrance. After that, you can join a table & stats the conversation with the other members. We don't have any talking rules, topics or subjects. You are simply free to talk about whatever interests you have. Or want to share with the group. We talk about 1h after that , we ring the bell. To let to give you the chance to switch tables & to talk with someone else. And we use English as our official language to make it easier to welcome new people. Please don't be afraid to attend this event because you can't speak Japanese. We don't care. We just want to have fun with you. After 13:00, you can invite people to go to lunch or ask hanging out in Kobe. There are a lot of places that we the staff can recommend. And we also try to join the after activities when we have time. To People who will come for the FIRST TIME. We know that you are nervous. For example, how do you order a drink, when do you pay, or how do I join the conversation? etc... That's why we the staff here to help you. Our names are Tatsushi & Jason, Peter, or Kazuma. We, the organizers at the bar counter. We will welcome you first when you come. You tell us what you want to drink & pay. But sometimes, at the busy time, it takes a bit long time to make your drink. In that case, we lead you to the table in advance and we bring it to your table later. We also take care of all participant's tables. We look for which tables and people that are the best for you and introduce you to them. Don't worry. Follow us. We are here to help you feel comfortable. If you have any questions, please contact us. We'll do our best to answer any questions. *If you worry about the number of the attending people, please don't. We have about 10 to 15 regular members that's been with us since 2011 every Saturday. Please come & join us. And have fun with us. 概要 Date : Every Saturday from11:00 am~ 1:00pm Price : ¥1,500 ( entrance +one drink ) Place : 喫茶&喫酒Cinq ▼ Official website ▼ http://www.keepintouchinkobe.com/ ▼Facebook page▼ https://www.facebook.com/KeepInTouchKobe/ 日本語 SMECは、2011年から続く毎週土曜日にオープンする英語を話せる人たちに向けた神戸での新しい友人を作るためのミートアップです。 英語が話せる社会人同士の繋がりを作り、同時に神戸に来たばかりで友達が欲しい外国人のための交流の場として運営しています。 毎週土曜日に集まって、コーヒーやお茶を飲みながら話ができる友人を作る場です。 ただ、その会話が全て英語というだけの非常にシンプルなMeetupです。 SMECに来る人たちはみんな、日本人同士、外国人関係なく友達のように土曜日のこの時間を楽しんでいます。 参加者の交流を最大化するために、SMECでは レベル分けなし。トークテーマの準備なし。テーブルの移動自由。 を推奨しています。 トピックが用意されていないと不安かもしれませんが、 用意されていない交流の機会を、ぜひご体験ください。 SMECは13時でクローズですが、その後の時間、SMECで出会った人たち同士でランチや近くで開催されているイベントに誘い合って出かけています。 SMECで出会い、話し合って仲良くなる。そして街のどこかへ誘い合う。 そして、また来週再会する。それがSMECの楽しみ方です。 【初めてSMECをご利用される方へ。】 SMECに興味を持って、一度参加してみたい。けれども、初めて参加するMeetupって不安ですよね。 扉を開けてお店に入ってから、一体どうしたらいいのか? ドリンクの注文は?支払いは後か先か? テーブルにはどうやって入るのか? 全て、スタッフにお任せください。 まず、お店に入ったらカウンターにお越しください。 カウンターにはスタッフがいます。 システムの説明を受けて、そこで先にドリンクの注文とお支払いを済ましていただきます。 ご注文頂いたドリンクはその場でお渡しすることもありますが、通常は出来上がり次第私たちがお客様のもとにお持ちします。 また、テーブルへの案内も私たちにお任せください。 知らない人ばかりのテーブルへ入るのは一番ドキドキする瞬間ですよね? おおよそ3〜5名でひとつのテーブルを囲っています。その時の各テーブルの様子を見ながら私たちがどこのテーブルから始めるのが良いか判断してご紹介しますので、自然なかたちで会話に入ってもらえます。心配は無用です。 その他、分からないことがあったら、なんでもご質問ください。 *Meetupのサイト上での参加人数が少なくても、会場には常に、20人から40人ほど参加頂いております。 みなさん、このmeetupのサイトを「見ている」だけで、「使って」いないだけです。 詳細はこちらの公式HPもご覧ください。 https://www.keepintouchinkobe.com/#!home/mainPage ご参加、お待ちしております。

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