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Kumamoto City Tourism Pamphlet

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熊本城観光リーフレット(表裏面)

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: http://www.kumamoto-icb.or.jp/kiji/pub/detail.aspx?c_id=5&id=158&pg=1.

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: http://www.ana.co.jp/wws/japan/e/local/domestic/prepare/baggage/?menu=baggage-rule. 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 kumamotopa@gmail.com.

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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Spring 2016 YOKA

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

  • A Thank You to Civil Servants by Liam NolanSpring2016YOKAcover
  • 5 Reasons to Love Kumamoto by Denise Wiley
  • Mood Maker by Brendan Amy
  • Explore Kumamoto’s Backyard by Kuma-Gun ALTs
  • Tampopo by Jazmin Guerrero
  • Road Trip to Oita by Denise Wiley
  • Photos by Jemma Gallagher, Jamie Jové-Viniegra, Olivia Lee, Zaynab Nakhid, Joleen Tomlinson

This YOKA was designed by Jemma Gallagher. An HQ Version (77MB) 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.

JET Arigato Campaign

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In addition to the JET video and photo contests (mentioned in previous posts), CLAIR is also running the JET Arigato Campaign, a chance for current/former JET participants as well as Japanese residents who have interacted with JET participants to give their thanks to their schools, communities, and the important people in their lives. CLAIR is looking for text messages, audio messages, photos, and videos to help support their campaign. Unlike the video and photo contests, CLAIR would like smaller size submissions as they plan to combine many of them into a presentation to be shown at the 30th Anniversary Ceremony. In addition, selected submissions will be featured online by CLAIR.

Submissions are being accepted from May 18 to August 31. You can find more information about the campaign on the JET Programme Website.

JET Programme 30th Anniversary Photo Contest

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CLAIR is holding a photo contest to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the JET Program. They are looking for Japan-related photo submissions from current and former JETs to help celebrate the anniversary with the five best submissions becoming commemorative postcards to be distributed worldwide. Submissions will be accepted from May 23 to June 13 with the results to be announced in July.

You can find more information about the photo contest on the JET Programme Website.

English Speaking Doctors in Kumamoto

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In need of some medical help but not sure if your Japanese is good enough for it? Check out the English Speaking Doctors in Kumamoto page on our site! It contains information on a variety of English speaking medical services throughout the prefecture.

As always, we are looking for new additions to this page. If you know of any English speaking medical resources in your area, please e-mail the PAs so we can add it to the page. Thank you!