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September Events in Ashikita

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Ashikita Music Festival

 

Date: 10th September 2017
Venue: Yume moyai  (芦北町女島活力推進センターゆめもやい)
Doors open at 16:00 Performance starts 17:00
Tickets are ¥3000 in advance (need to be booked by phone) or ¥3300 on the day
To book, please call 080-5041-1698

 

Enjoy an evening of live music performed by some of Japan’s leading jazz musicians, featuring performances from latin jazz group Don De Don and acoustic duo Rain.Dog. There will also be an outdoor market and food stalls from some of Ashikita’s best-loved restaurants so there has never been a better time to come visit this beautiful seaside town!

 

Ashikita Moon Viewing Festival

 

Date: 5th September 2017
Venue: Shiroyama Sky Dome
Doors open 17:00
Performance starts 18:00
Ticket price  ¥2500

 

In Ashikita, September’s traditional moon viewing party or kangetsukai means a chance to celebrate traditional Japanese culture.
As well as a chance to see scenes from two different Noh plays, the festival will also feature performances from Shirayuri Gakuen High School Koto Club and the Ashikita Matchlock Gun Troop.
(For more information, please see the flyer attached)

Upcoming Kuma Gun Events

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Looking for an excuse to go explore the tranquil mountainous Kuma area of Kumamoto? Whether you want to sample some renowned Kuma Shochu or be a part of traditional Japanese festivals, check out the table below for upcoming events. (If you don’t drive, Hitoyoshi City can also be reached by train directly, and Asagiri can be reached by train after changing at Hitoyoshi. )

Date Time Event Place Cost

August

Aug 27th Evening Summer festival (Comedy, scary tales and food stalls) Asagiri Free

September

Sep 21st Morning onwards 33 Kanon statue pilgrimage All over Kuma-gun

October

Oct 9 Okunchi Matsuri – you carry a shrine to bring good fortune to you and your family Aoi Aso Shrine, Hitoyoshi
Late October Maple leaves Fumoto castle ruins at Asagiri Free

Aso Citizen’s Recovery Festival

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There is a festival on 19th of August in Uchinomaki, Aso!

There will be free entry to hot springs and a fireworks show. Each company/group will do the bonodori dance. The B.O.E. usually participates every year and they change their colours too.  The hospital workers will wear green happi coats, the city hall will wear purple, the firemen will wear red etc. The food stalls are awesome!

See the blog post below for more details (in English and Japanese)

https://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/denku_franck2711/56499450.html

Summer 2017 YOKA

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The 2017 Summer YOKA is here for your enjoyment! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • Are You All Set for KumAJET? by KumAJET
  • Kona Kona Café: More than a Trendy Café by Erin Dillon & George Leach
  • Summer Vacation by Zak Repman
  • This Year Is Canada by Jamie Jové-Viniegra
  • Taifuu and You by Jonny Cornish
  • Confessions of a Gaijin Drama Queen by Sheridan Piltz
  • Housekeeping: Tackling the Dreaded Kabi by June Ang
  • Title Unrecovered by Garrett Stanford
  • Photos by Erika Egner, Tanya Leonard, Laura McGhee, Susannah Roberts

This YOKA was designed by Sheridan Piltz. An HQ version (14 MB) of this issue is also available for high quality enjoyment.

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.

Hinokuni Festival – Looking for Participants!

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The 40th Hinokuni Festival will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017! The Hinokuni Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Kumamoto with the highlight of the festival being the Otemoyan Dance on Saturday night that takes place in downtown Kumamoto City.

All Kumamoto JETs are invited to dance in the Otemoyan Dance with the Kencho team. You can learn the dance right before the festival starts, so no previous dance skills are required! The dance will start at 19:00 on August 5, but the meeting time and place will be announced later.

If you are Kumamoto JET and are interested in participating in the Otemoyan Dance, please let Laura (PA) know by Wednesday, July 19. It doesn’t matter if you are leaving or an incoming JET, as long as you are here on August 5 you can participate. In addition, friends and family are more than welcome to join. You can contact Laura at the Kumamoto PA email address or at lauramcghee10@gmail.com.

It is free to participate and the Kencho will provide happi (coats) to all participants. However, they do request that you wear white shorts. If you do not own white shorts you can order them through the kencho for 1,200 yen. If you would like to order white shorts for the dance (sizes S, M, L, LL, and 3L), please say so.

For more information about the festival itself, please check out the Hinokuni Festival website.

International Cafe in Minamata

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Here is a message from Erika, our Minamata CIR,  about a new event:
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Would you like to get out of the empty office a little during summer vacation? Then do I have the thing for you!
You are cordially invited to Minamata City’s inaugural International Cafe on August 3. Take the day off work to explore a little-known part of the prefecture and meet people from all over the world! Please see the flyer below for more information and the sign-up form.
I realize that this is a particularly busy time for new and leaving JETs, but we hope you can attend!
Note: You are 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 organization, but be aware that you may have to use nenkyu to attend.
Please direct questions and sign ups to Erika in the Minamata city office (erika-e@minamata.city.lg.jp; 0966-61-1606).
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Be sure to check out the flyer: The First Ever International Cafe in Minamata

Meet the 2017-18 KumAJET Team!

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We would like to announce our KumAJET representatives for the 2017-2018 JET year!

KumAJET is the Kumamoto chapter of the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET). KumAJET’s goal is to serve the JET community by building support networks, organizing useful information, and offering resources to enhance the lives of JETs. They plan fun events throughout the year, so please attend a KumAJET event if you get the chance!

The KumAJET representatives for this year include…

  • June Ang – Treasurer
  • Kristina Butke – Webmaster
  • Chiri Davis – Public Relations Officer
  • Bilal Khan – Chief Communications Officer
  • Melissa Kirkland-Swann – Volunteer and Donations Manager
  • Olivia Poole – Secretary
  • Chase Sutherland – Creative Marketer
  • Joyce Tan – Photographer
  • Gregory Lambert – KumAExplorer
  • Chris Ott – KumAExplorer

Visit the KumAJET website for more information, or contact them by email at kumajet@ajet.net

You can also visit the KumAJET page of this website to read the KumAJET reps profiles.

2017 Leaver’s Meeting Photos

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On Friday, June 23, 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 (eating “real” cheese, apparently). 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 2017 YOKA

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It’s finally here! The Spring 2017 YOKA! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • AJET All Kyushu Hanami by CJ Fischer
  • Mono no Aware by Chase Sutherland
  • Adapting Is Awareness: Working in Japan by Aaron Maisler
  • Surya Restaurant Review by Caitlin Puzzar
  • A Week in the Life of a CIR by Erika Egner
  • 4 Things I’ve Realized After Learning a Language for 5 Years by Josh Anderson
  • Language Exchange by Zaynab Nakhid
  • Kumamoto Summers by Jonny Cornish
  • The Beach House by Rebecca King
  • Photos by Caitlin Puzzar, CJ Fischer, Erika Egner, Joyce Tan, Laura McGhee, Olivia Poole, Preston Sangster, Rebecca King, Susannah Roberts, Tanya Leonard

This YOKA was designed by Chase Sutherland. An HQ version (14 MB) of this issue is also available. Enjoy!! 🙂

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.

Winter 2017 YOKA

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The Winter 2017 YOKA is here! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…
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  • How to Survive Winter in Japan by Zaynab Nakhid
  • A Winter’s Night Tale by Denise Wiley
  • Learning from Six-Year-Olds by Mary Ellen Greenwood
  • JHS: Japanese Horror Story by Jazmin Guerrero
  • Babies on a Plane: How to Deal with the Unknown by Jonny Cornish
  • Kumamoto, Kyushu’s Own Winter Wonderland by Zaynab Nakhid
  • Ode to Natto by Mary Ellen Greenwood
  • Photos by Richie Luu, Laura McGhee, Zaynab Nakhid, Susannah Roberts, Joyce Tan, Denise Wiley

This YOKA was designed by Richie Luu. A slightly more HQ Version (38 MB) 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 kumamotopa@gmail.com.