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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.

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 kumamotopa@gmail.com.

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
(greg-corbett@minamata.city.lg.jp; 0966-61-1606)

Welcome to Kumamoto!

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

On this website we have gathered an abundance of information about life in Kumamoto on the JET Programme. Take some time to peruse the website and prepare yourself for coming to Japan. 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 (kumamotopa@gmail.com).

See you in Japan soon!

2018 Leaver’s Meeting Photos

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On Friday, June 22, we held a meeting for Kumamoto JETs who will be leaving the JET Programme this summer. Thank you to everyone who attended, thank you to our speakers, and thank you to Governor Kabashima and Kumamon!

The leaving JETs discussed many things, including the challenges they have faced on JET, what they will miss after leaving Kumamoto, and what they are looking forward to. We hope that this meeting was beneficial to all who attended!

We wish everyone the best of luck in their post-JET lives!

If you would like more information on the procedures and necessary preparation for after JET, please take a look at the Information Packet for Non-Reappointing JETs.

And… pictures!

 

 

 

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Spring 2018 YOKA

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The Spring 2018 YOKA is available now! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • Hidden Histories by Zachary Johnson
  • The Universal Bond of Soccer by Paige Hughes
  • Digging Bamboo Shoots in Kumamoto by Olivia Saputra
  • Fun with Sumo by Greg Corbett
  • Solo Exhibition at Josuikan, Reihoku, Amakusa by Chalice Mitchell
  • Urban Japanese 101 by Joyce Tan
  • It’s an Egg-Shaped World: International Attempts at Amateur Rugby (for Girls) by Jenifer Vosper
  • St. Patrick’s Day in Kumamoto: Caint, Craic agus Ceol by Charles Marchant
  • Photos by Greg Corbett, Lara Czepera, Justin Lau, Charles Marchant, Laura McGhee, Chase Sutherland, and Joyce Tan

This YOKA was designed by Greg Corbett. 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 kumamotopa@gmail.com.

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 kumamotopa@gmail.com.

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 (kumamotopa@gmail.com).