A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Portable Alien Site Launched

portablealien.jpgThe Alien Times has launched a new website that can be accessed from your mobile phone. The site is called “The Portable Alien” and it is designed to let you find out information about Tsukuba while you are on-the-go. The address is http://k.alientimes.org. (The “k” stands for “keitai”, which means “portable” in Japanese and is often used to refer to mobile phones.)

The site is divided into a number of directories. The top level directories are:

  • Accommodations Directory
  • City Hall Directory
  • Education Directory
  • Emergency Directory
  • Food Directory
  • Health Directory
  • Media Directory
  • Miscellaneous Directory
  • Recreation Directory
  • Research Directory
  • Transportation Directory
  • Travel Directory

Inside these directories, you will find links to information about various organizations and companies that may be difficult to find when you are not at your computer. For example, in the recreation directory, you can find information about sports facilities and tourist attractions in Tsukuba. In the health directory, you can find lists of clinics divided into their specializations (skin, pediatrics, eyes, etc.). The transportation section currently includes schedules for the Tsukuba-Narita and Tsukuba-Tokyo buses. We eventually hope to include other schedules such as Tsukuba Express, Joban Line, and TsukuBus.

The site is not yet complete, but we decided to make it public so people in the Tsukuba community can test it out and let us know what they think. If there is any information that you would like to see on the site, please let us know. Also, if there is any information that is outdated or needs to be improved, please contact us so we can keep the site up-to-date.

There are two ways to access the site with your cellphone.

1. Open your web browsing software in your mobile phone and enter the address “k.alientimes.org” directly.
2. Use your barcode reader in your cellphone (usually in with the camera settings) to read the following code.

QR Code for Portable Alien Site

After you have accessed the site once, put it in your list of favourites so you can get to it quickly when you need it in the future.

You can also access the site with your computer. The mobile site is directly accessible by computer, or you can use the interface that has been integrated into the Alien Times website. (The interface was integrated so that searches that are performed on the Alien Times site will now include results from the Portable Alien directories.)

We hope you find this new site useful and we are looking forward to getting your feedback on our efforts!

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