Daily Archives: 2015-09-01

Introducing the 2015-2016 KumAJET Team!

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Back: Taylor (Misato Town), Julia (Ashikita Town), Kay (Misato Town)

Front: Audrienne (Amakusa City), Olivia (Asagiri Town)

The KumAJET representatives for the 2015-2016 JET year have been decided! You can find out more information each of the new representatives on the KumAJET section of the website! You can also read more about them and the upcoming KumAJET events for the year in the summer issue of the YOKA!

What is KumAJET?

KumAJET is the local chapter of the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET). AJET is a national volunteer organization of JET Programme participants whose mission is to serve the JET community by building support networks, organizing useful information, and offering resources to enhance the lives of JETs (more info on AJET and all of their great resources at ajet.net).

KumAJET is a group that brings people together to have fun and make friends throughout Kumamoto. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, have a night out on the town, or explore some of  Kumamoto’s scenery, we are the group for you. Although KumAJET is run by JETs, our events are open to all residents of Kumamoto, both foreign and Japanese. Along with planning KumAJET events we also hope to get more JETs out to other events going on in the prefecture by advertising for them on our Facebook page and website (kumajet.org). Our main goals are to provide opportunities for our members to meet new people, see new places, and make great memories during their time in Japan while giving as much back to our communities as we possibly can.

New World Heritage Sites in Kumamoto

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On July 5th, UNESCO designated the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining” as a World Heritage site. The sites are actually spread across several prefectures in Japan, two of them being located right here in Kumamoto. They are theManda Coal Mine in Arao City and Misumi West Port in Uki City.

 
(Manda Coal Mine, Arao-shi – Photo from NY066 on Wikipedia)
(Misumi West Port, Uki-shi – Photo from MK Products on Wikipedia)

Congratulations to both locations for being named World Heritage Sites!