Monthly Archives: March 2018

Information Packet for Non-Reappointing JETs

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The information packet for non-reappointing JETs has been updated! If you are a Kumamoto JET who is leaving the JET program this year, please consult this extensive guide on the procedures and preparations you should take from now. You can find the packet on this page.

If you have any questions after thoroughly reading the information provided in the packet, please feel free to contact the Kumamoto PAs.

The Leavers Meeting will be held June 22 in Kumamoto City. If you are a JET departing the program this summer, please save this date!

Winter 2018 YOKA

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It’s finally here! The Winter 2018 YOKA! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • The Call of the Drums by Olayitan Akindes
  • Eventful Uto, 御輿来海岸 by June Ang
  • Kimono Class in Uto City by June Ang
  • An ALT’s Journey to the Kendo World Championships by Dale Padoin
  • Winter Blues or Something More Sinister? Thoughts on How to Protect Yourself against Depression on the JET Program by Jennifer Frey
  • ALT Pep Talk by Bilal Khan
  • Learn about Pizza by Chiri Davis
  • Shimabara by Melissa Wright
  • Graduation by Timothy Hull
  • A Taste of Tea in Minamata by Greg Corbett
  • KumAJET’s Christmas Party at Jiaien Children’s Home and Spring 2018 Events, KumAJET
  • Kashima: the Village of Water by Lily McDermott
  • Carnival: Introducing my Country’s Largest Festival by Zaynab Nakhid
  • Interview with a Wirebender by Zaynab Nakhid
  • Photos by June Ang, Greg Corbett, Chris Hester, Justin Lau, Laura McGhee, Joyce Tan, and Jenifer Vosper

This YOKA was designed by George Leach. An HQ version (45MB) 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

Welcome Kumamoto April Arrivals!

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

Please take some time to peruse the website to prepare yourself for coming to Japan. There is a wealth of information here, so please check it regularly. 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 (

2017 Skill Development Conference

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As all Kumamoto ALTs know, the 2017 Skill Development Conference (SDC) was held on November 30 and December 1, 2017. 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 network and bond with each other.

This year’s SDC materials are available here.

Here are some photos from the conference. Click “continue reading” to begin reminiscing…

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