Welcome New Kumamoto JETs!!!
We are very excited to have you join us in wonderful Kumamoto Prefecture.  Hopefully you have been contacted by your predecessor or contracting organizations and are beginning to learn more about your placements and Kumamoto in general.  This website offers a lot of information on living and working in Kumamoto.  Please peruse it at your leisure.  
You may also want to check out the "Kumamoto Orientation" tab on the left.  It has materials from past Kumamoto Orientations, and a lot of the material is still relevant.
The welcome video below was made by current Kumamoto JETs Joel Carter and Joost Van Steenderen. It features current Kumamoto JETs talking about different aspects of life and work in Kumamoto, as well as some advice for making your time on JET fruitful.  Enjoy!
We hope your pre-departure preparations are coming along nicely.  We are all looking forward to meeting you in person in the summer! 

Summer YOKA, 2014
It's finally here!  This YOKA includes:
  • Skateboarding in Kumamoto by Sam Van Ginhoven
  • 4,541 Miles of Perspective by Jarissa Lum
  • Chinese Characters Worth Getting Tattoed by Chris Ott
  • Short Stories from Kumamoto by Sam Zimny
  • Summertime Swimming in Kyushu by Chris Ott
  • Photos by Lacey Lee and Valeria Reyes
This YOKA was designed by Valeria Reyes.

Kumamoto Restaurant Guide
This is a new project we just started.  We'd like to gather information on restaurants throughout the prefecture so that anybody can find a good place to eat wherever they go.  
Right now we only have places in Kumamoto City, but we'd like it to eventually include places in every part of the prefecture.
If you have some restaurants you want us to include, please let us know!
Thank you Sara Brown for helping us with this project!
Map Key:

Orange marker:  noodle shops (ramen, udon, etc.)   
Red marker:  other restaurants

Orange square:  Japanese fast-food restaurants

Red square:  Western fast-food restaurants

 Leavers' Meeting Photos
On July 4th non-reappointing Kumamoto JETs gathered at the Suizenji Kyosai Kaikan in Kumamoto City.  Here are a few pictures of this year's "graduating" JETs.




・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

Important upcoming dates:

・July 4 (Friday) - Meeting for Non-Reappointing JETs at Suizenji Kaikan in Kumamoto City.  Information will be sent to you through your tantosha.  There will also be a farewell party in the evening following the meeting.  More information will be sent out in the following months.

・August 13-15 (Wed-Fri) - Kumamoto Orientation for new JETs at the International Center in Kumamoto City.

・December 4-5 (Thur-Fri) - 2014 Skills Development Conference at the Terrsa Hotel in Kumamoto City.

Upcoming Events:

Talent Show
June 28, 6pm
Good Time Charlie's

Area Guide


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