In January 2003, "Terere," a cafe broadcast system born in France and raised in Osaka, was launched locally. It is a system, not a venue. The name derives from a Paraguayan word meaning "tea time." The mastermind behind "Terere," Shimonobo Shuko, stumbled on cafe broadcasts by groups like Televocal while on an observational trip to Paris two years ago. Collecting films from a variety of genres, including cartoons and documentaries, on one 60-minute video, the Paris group distributed copies to some 20 cafes and bars (a casual spot for a quick drink in France), where the tapes were shown. What Shimonobo found was that everyone would gather around excitedly before the screening was set to start and, with a drink in their hand, would watch very intently. The films that were shown included documentaries of protest marches and artistic works that were produced by local citizens' groups. The louder the laughter in the venue grew, the more popular the films were with the patrons. Determined to start up a similar system back home in Osaka, Shimonobo has at last made "Terere" a reality. And particularly in light of the current broadband era, with people being brought together more and more through visual imagery, directly exchanging information and dispatching information of their own, it is clear that the lives of the people who have enjoyed the films and the people who have organized "Terere" are being enriched by listening to the voices of others with different viewpoints in the course of their daily activities. At present, ten people are involved in presenting the events - which are being staged at nine venues.