2011 is just about up.  For all current JETs planning to leave the country or travel during the winter break, please remember to do the following: 

1) fill out a Travel Information Sheet and give it to your contracting organization

2) If you are leaving Japan, get a re-entry permit from the Immigration Office in Kumamoto City.  You can't come back if you don't.

Finally, have a great break and safe travels!

Here are some pictures from the Skills Development Conference courtesy of Michael Hofmeyr.

Know of an upcoming event or festival?  Been somewhere amazing? Done something memorable? Eaten something delicious? Know a good Japanese phrase or obscure English word?  We'd like your input!  Anything related to Kumamoto or Japan, the JET Program, teaching, and international exchange is welcome.  If you would like to contribute, please don't hesitate to contact us at kumamotopa@gmail.com.  

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Japanese Phrase of the Week
つら の かわ が あつい 
tura no kawa ga atsui

意味 (meaning):
literally, 'the skin of the outside is thick'
'to have a thick skin'
also includes the nuance that  one doesn't feel embarrassed or ashamed when one should
例文 (example sentence):
He's really brazen-faced.
Obscure English Word of the Week
Gangrel [gang gruhl]
1. a lanky, loose-jointed person
2. a wandering beggar; vagabond; vagrant

example sentence:
Looking back at his childhood, Thor could not help noticing he still harbored ill feelings for the bully Betsy, who once called him a gangrel and a lousy chess player.   

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

・Good luck with the new semester of classes! 

Important upcoming dates:

・Starting in October - New ES/JHS ALT School Visits  
Upcoming Events:

・September 5 - Taco Night, 7PM at Tortacos, Kumamoto City
・September 26 & 27 - Ashikita Beach Party, Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita, check-in starts at 4PM

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