2018 Skill Development Conference

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The 2018 Skill Development Conference (SDC) was held on November 29th and 30th, 2018. For two days, ALTs, JTEs, and HRTs particpated in workshops focusing on teaching, English language, and living and working in Japan. We hope the conference participants learned some new things, but we also hope that they were able to enjoy networking and bonding with each other.

This year’s SDC materials are available here.

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

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2018 Kumamoto International Friendship Festival

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On Saturday, November 24, the 25th annual International Friendship Festival was held in Kumamoto City.

Several JETs participated in the festival, showcasing taiko skills, participating in a kimono fashion show, and even volunteering in a face-painting booth alongside other Japanese high-school students. Former Kumamoto JET Edwin Huits held the microphone as master of ceremonies alongside Ms Sakai of the Kumamoto International Association.

If you are a Kumamoto JET and interested in doing a performance or hosting an exchange booth next year, please let the PAs know!

Here are a few photos from the event!

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2018 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS Students (Yamaga)

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A Wakuwaku English Camp for junior high school students was held in Yamaga on 17 November. It was attended by over 60 students, as well as JETs of 6 different nationalities who all prepared amazing cultural displays and lead engaging communicative language activities. To top it all off, a spontaneous game of floor hockey broke out over the lunch break!

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

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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!

☆ 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.