Monthly Archives: July 2016

Kumamoto City Tourism Pamphlet

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熊本城観光リーフレット(中面)The Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau has released an updated city tourism pamphlet with information post-earthquake. It is highlighted by a map of no-entry zones in the Kumamoto Castle area but also lists areas in Kumamoto City that are still open for business and more than ready to take visitors.

You can find the pamphlet (Japanese only) here:

Incoming JETs: Flying to Kumamoto

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Several incoming Kumamoto JETs have been inquiring about the process of flying to Kumamoto after Tokyo Orientation. Flights for all incoming JETs have been booked and together with the Kumamoto PAs, we will be traveling as group together from Tokyo Orientation to Haneda Airport and onto to the plane heading to Kumamoto. Once we all arrive at Kumamoto Airport, you will then meet people from your specific placement and head with them there.

As for baggage, the rules for flying domestically in Japan apply. You can find the rules for ANA here: However, please be aware that in previous years, incoming JETs have been asked to come to Tokyo Orientation with only one carry-on and one large piece of baggage. Any other pieces of baggage you bring with you from abroad will be collected at Narita Airport when you arrive and will be sent directly to your placement in Kumamoto.

Update: A previous version of this post linked to the baggage rules for Japan Airlines. Incoming JETs will fly on ANA and the link has been updated. 

Summer 2016 YOKA

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The Summer 2016 YOKA is out! This issue of the YOKA features:

  • Not What I Signed Up For by Julia GreenSummer2016YOKAcover
  • The Key to Communication: An Open Heart by Mana Haleem
  • Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice; Mourn with Those Who Mourn by Sharon Lo
  • Driving Woes: A Haiku by Katelyn DePalmer
  • New ALTs and Ghosts by Liam Nolan
  • The Stranger in Minamata by Zaynab Nakhid
  • Was It Enough? by Mana Haleem
  • A Farewell Message by Roland Carlos
  • Photos by Sue Chetty, Katelyn DePalmer, Jamie Jové-Viniegra, George Leach, Max Levitt-Campbell, Susannah Roberts, Denise Wiley

This YOKA was designed by George Leach. An HQ Version (74MB) of this issue is also available. Submissions are always accepted for future issues of the YOKA. If you want to contribute an article, photo, or creative piece to be part of a future issue, please e-mail your submission to

Summer 2016 Fireworks

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Here is a listing of scheduled fireworks events in Kumamoto this summer. As always, please confirm the event information beforehand as schedules are subject to change. While it highlights some of the bigger events in Kumamoto, ask around for smaller fireworks events in your area!

Much of this information is from WalkerJalan (2) and Jourdan. You can check out their websites for the latest information (Japanese only).

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