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

Win a Free Subscription to Being a Broad Magazine

Being A Broad (BAB) is “a support and information network for foreign women living in Japan. Established by Caroline Pover in 1997, Being A Broad has supported thousands of women during their lives overseas, through a magazine, a best-selling book, events, seminars, speeches, and the BAB website.”

The BAB discussion forum has recently been updated and Caroline has offered to give free subscriptions to “Being a Broad Magazine” to people who post more than 50 times in the new forum. I’m not sure when the contest will end, but if you are a foreign woman in Japan, you will likely find the forum useful even if you don’t win anything!

Right now it seems that there aren’t many members from Tsukuba. If you do decide to join the forum, please introduce yourself in the “In Tsukuba” thread so we can find each other. (You can also send me a private message or an email through the forum to let me know that you have joined.)


  • Anonymous says:

    Really? I haven’t seen the BAB magazine around for awhile, I don’t know if I trust that it’s even still in print, let alone be around for another year’s worth of subscriptions.

  • Shaney says:

    I suspect that we are just not getting copies of it at the Tsukuba Information Center anymore. I am certain that it is still around, but I will ask Caroline to respond to your concern.

  • Dani says:


    I just wanted to jump in here and let you know that the BAB magazine is alive and well :) We relaunched late in 2006 and have been publishing monthly since then, with plans of many more months ahead :)

    If there is a distribution point in Tsukuba that would be convenient for your readers to pick up at, drop us an email at info (at) being-a-broad(dot)com and we’ll try and organise that for you! If you have any questions about the magazine or are interested in writing (I am always looking for enthusiastic contributors!), please send me an email at editor (at) being-a-broad(dot)com.

    Thanks to Shaney for spreading the word, and I hope to see many of you on the discussion board and even in the magazine in the months to come!
    Editor, Being A Broad Magazine