Monthly Archives: July 2018

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

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
(; 0966-61-1606)