2018 Autumn YOKA

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The Autumn 2018 YOKA is available now! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • Cup………rice by Alicia Lim
  • A Short Text Exchange about Rice by Alicia Lim
  • Typhoon Trami by Jess Langshaw
  • We are KumAJET! by KumAJET
  • Colors of Fall by Ola Akindes
  • On the Drunken Horse Festival by Ming Ching Bay
  • Climbing the 3333 Steps by Jess Langshaw
  • Visiting the Happiest Place on Earth by Olivia Poole
  • The Fields are Ripe for the Harvest by Ola Akindes
  • Invitation to the Kumamoto International Friendship Festival by the Kumamoto Prefecture International Affairs Division
  • Photos by Amy Cooper, Alicia Lim, Lily McDermott, Scott McGowan, Mary Sawyer, Amy Shiroma and Chase Sutherland

This YOKA was designed by Laura Sikoski. An HQ version (41MB) of this issue is also available.

Not sure what the YOKA is? The YOKA is a quarterly English-language newsletter written and designed by Kumamoto JETs. For more information and past YOKAs, visit this page.

We happily accept submissions for future YOKAs! If you are interested in contributing an article, photo, or creative piece for a future issue, then please e-mail your submission to kumamotopa@gmail.com.

17th Ashikita International Festival!

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Ashikita Town is putting on their seventeeth annual International Festival and they are looking for participants! Please find a message below from Hester, the JET CIR organizing the event:


Hello there, gentle gaijin of Kumamoto, CIR of Ashikita town Hester here!

This weekend (Sunday) we are holding the Ashikita International Festival – please pop down and eat some international food, see some performances and make our little celebration of all things foreign truly international!

Please come and see Ashikita, enjoy a delicious lunch and don’t forget to say hi!

Featuring:
☆ Tacos, crepes, kebabs and other delicious food
☆ Live music, local performances and fellow JETs taking the stage
☆ A coloring competition with the chance to play an old-school Japanese TV game (think Mario played on an Atari)

Where: Ashikita Dekopon Rest Area
When: 10:30am to 3:00pm – but stop by when you can!

How to get there

By car: turn off the Ashikita IC and follow signs to Dekopon – there will be attendants to show you where to park
By train: 20 mins walk from Sashiki station (Orenji Tetsudo Line linked with Yatsushiro city and Minamata city). Make sure you cross to the platform for trains to Minamata, then follow the path across the field towards the Sky Dome. Then follow the road to the left past the intersection, over the bridge and down until you find the Dekopon!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at hester.m@town.ashikita.lg.jp or find me on Facebook as Hester Mullen!

2018 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for ES Students (Yatsushiro)

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On Saturday, 20 October, a Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for elementary school students was held in Yatsushiro for students hailing from the southern regions of the prefecture. Over 60 students spent the day playing games, absorbing and experiencing culture from 7 different countries with Kumamoto Prefecture’s JETs, who prepared many unique materials, games and decorations to set off the event with an international flair!

And, good news! The lovable Kumamon was also able to make his appearance!

Stay tuned for the next elementary school camp to be held in Kikuchi on 8 December!

Here are some photos from the camp (click “continue reading” to see more!).

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2018 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS Students (Kamiamakusa)

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The annual Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS students was held in Kamiamakusa for the first time on 29 September 2018. Students from junior high schools in the southern half of the prefecture (some from as far away as Taragi Town) spent the day playing games and doing crafts, and partaking in much fun courtesy of Kumamoto JETs!

Despite fears of an impending typhoon, Kumamon came out to Kamiamakusa to join in, too!

The Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS students will be held again this November in Yamaga for students going to schools in the north of the prefecture.

Here are some photos from the camp. Click “continue reading” to see more!

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Welcome Fujimoto-sensei!

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Say hello to your new Japanese SHS P.A., Fujimoto-sensei! Below is her self-introduction:

Hi! I’m Emi Fujimoto, Prefectural Advisor at Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education Upper Secondary School Division. I’m Ms. Takaki’s successor. Some people call me “next Takaki-sensei.” I’ve worked at four different high schools. I used to work with Ms. Takaki at Hitoyoshi High School and Uto High School, and with Jonny at Kumamoto Kita High School. I really enjoyed teaching English with them. I hope all the ALTs on JET Programme in Kumamoto will enjoy teaching and enjoy life in Kumamoto.

2018 Summer YOKA

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The Summer 2018 YOKA is available now! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • A Message from Your Incoming PAs by Bilal Khan & Lily McDermott
  • Irises, Kimonos, and So Much More by Ola Akindes
  • So Many Words by Cody Swall
  • Seven Summer Songs by Greg Corbett
  • A poem by Elizabeth Costales & Alicia Lim
  • Onsens by Melissa Wright
  • Experiencing Yakushima by Chase Sutherland
  • Clam Digging in Kamiamakusa by Olivia Saputra
  • The Merits of Kuma by Katelyn DePalmer
  • Summer Moments by Ola Akindes
  • Thoughts on Leaving by Laura McGhee
  • Avoiding Saying Goodbye by Jonny Cornish
  • Photos by Alicia Lim, Sammuel McDowall, Justin Lau, Joyce Tan, Chase Sutherland, Eugene Kim

This YOKA was designed by Chase Sutherland. An HQ version (8MB) of this issue is also available.

Not sure what the YOKA is? The YOKA is a quarterly English-language newsletter written and designed by Kumamoto JETs. For more information and past YOKAs, visit this page.

We happily accept submissions for future YOKAs! If you are interested in contributing an article, photo, or creative piece for a future issue, then please e-mail your submission to kumamotopa@gmail.com.

2018 International Cafe in Minamata!

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Minamata City is putting on their second annual International Cafe and they are looking for participants! Please find a message below from Greg, the JET CIR organizing the event:


Hello, Kumamoto JETs! I’d just like to let you know about a great event coming up organised by Minamata City and MIFA. Perfect if you’d like to get out of the office during the summer holidays!

You are invited to The 2nd International Cafe in Minamata on Thursday, August 23rd 2018 10:30am-3pm. Explore Minamata, have fun and meet people from all over the world!

What: 2018 International Cafe in Minamata
When: Thursday, August 23rd 2018 10:30am-3pm
Attendance fee: only 500 yen! (includes light lunch, drinks and insurance)

Click HERE to see the flyer for more information and the sign-up form. We hope you can attend!

Note: There will be a round trip charter bus from Kumamoto City to Minamata City available. From other locations, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Minamata. Also, we cannot guarantee that this will be treated as a work event. Please discuss with your contracting organisation, but be aware that you may have to use nenkyu to attend.

Please direct questions and registration to Greg in the Minamata City Office
(greg-corbett@minamata.city.lg.jp; 0966-61-1606)

Welcome to Kumamoto!

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to all JETs arriving in Kumamoto in August this year. Welcome to Kumamoto, ‘Land of Fire’ and home of Kumamon!

On this website we have gathered an abundance of information about life in Kumamoto on the JET Programme. Take some time to peruse the website and prepare yourself for coming to Japan. Additionally, if you have any questions about JET, Kumamoto, what to prepare, or what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact the Kumamoto Prefectural Advisors (kumamotopa@gmail.com).

See you in Japan soon!

2018 Leaver’s Meeting Photos

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On Friday, June 22, we held a meeting for Kumamoto JETs who will be leaving the JET Programme this summer. Thank you to everyone who attended, thank you to our speakers, and thank you to Governor Kabashima and Kumamon!

The leaving JETs discussed many things, including the challenges they have faced on JET, what they will miss after leaving Kumamoto, and what they are looking forward to. We hope that this meeting was beneficial to all who attended!

We wish everyone the best of luck in their post-JET lives!

If you would like more information on the procedures and necessary preparation for after JET, please take a look at the Information Packet for Non-Reappointing JETs.

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