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69th Afternoon Tea
Egypt, Exploring an Eternal Mystery -The Past and Present of Egypt-
Date: 20 July 2019 (Sat), 2PM – 4PM
Location: Aoba Community and Cross-Cultural Center, Room 5
Hosted by Yokohama Aoba International Lounge

Guest Speaker: Amal Refaat
Studied Japanese Language and Literature at Cairo University, came to Japan after graduation,
and completed graduate studies at Shinshu University in 2000. Became a research fellow at the
University of Tokyo from 2006 to 2008, and returned to Cairo University until 2017 as a full-time
lecturer for Japanese Language and Literature. Currently a visiting researcher at Doshisha
University.

The 69th Afternoon Tea event, titled “Egypt, Exploring an Eternal Mystery -The Past and Present
of Egypt-“, was held on Saturday, July 20th. The guest speaker was Amal Refaat. Amal spoke
about Egypt in fluent Japanese, covering a wide range of subjects such as nature, history, food,
traditional clothes, popular sports, cars, transportation, and more.

The participants of this event included people who had lived in Egypt or had traveled there, and
those who were planning to go there sometime in the future, which made for a very interested
and intent audience.

During the tea break, everyone had the chance to try a Middle Eastern sweet called baklava, as
well as hibiscus tea. Amal’s son was also in attendance.

During the question and answer session, there were a lot of questions, but Amal answered as
thoroughly as possible. Everyone gained a deeper sense of understanding and interest in Egypt.

Thank you to all of the people who participated.

Amal’s name seems to have the meaning of “hope” in Arabic. We hope that Amal can continue to
act as an important bridge between Japan and Egypt.

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