Is this a Tea Party?
No, this is one of the benefits of having English classes in your home.
Instead of a stuffy classroom, the ladies can enjoy tea or coffee, practice their English, and have a qualified native English speaker (Debe) there to help them out.
We teach about 22 students privately or in groups.
This accomplishes 3 things:
1) it provides a needed service here in Japan (learning English),
2) it allows us to meet many people we might not otherwise meet (we can then invite them to outreach events, later),
3) it provides additional income. After all, Japan is an expensive country to live in.
It's an interesting part of our life.