Category Archives: YOKA

The YOKA Summer 2019

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The Summer 2019 YOKA is available now! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • Homecoming and Haiku by Miriam Horsley
  • Summer in South Kumamoto by Hester Mullen
  • Kumamoto JET Gothic by Preston Sangster
  • Fishing in Takamori by Olivia Saputra
  • Night Bus – No Problem! by Jenifer Vosper
  • Welcome to Kumamoto! by the Area Leaders of Kumamoto Prefecture
  • Photos by Kira-Ann Hayashi, Miriam Horsley, Alicia Lim and Chase Sutherland

This YOKA was designed by Alicia Lim. An HQ version (33 MB) 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.

The YOKA Spring 2019

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The Spring 2019 YOKA is available now! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • Aso Village Festivals by Zaynab Nakhid
  • Koinobori of Kyushu by Greg Corbett
  • Golden Week in Seoul and Sayonara Sensei by Alicia Lim
  • A Day in an Inaka Life and Anata no Warehouse by Jess Langshaw
  • Sakitsu Church UNESCO World Heritage Trip by Olivia Saputra
  • To Cross a Threshold by Luna Howell
  • Cat Island by Melissa Wright
  • Photos by Greg Corbett, Bilal Khan, Jess Langshaw, Alicia Lim, Charles Marchant and Daniel McCoy

This YOKA was designed by Greg Corbett. An HQ version (50 MB) 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.

2019 Winter YOKA

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The Winter 2019 YOKA is available now! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…

  • Winter Moments and Welcome Back Home by Ola Akindes
  • Yuki Matsuri by Kelli Yogi and Lottie Caddick
  • Aru Ressha — JR Kyushu Sweets Train by Emilie Mitchell
  • Getting on the Citrus Train (And other fruit-related adventures) by Hester Mullen
  • Entrancing Ehime by Jenifer Vosper
  • Welcome Back Home by Ola Akindes
  • The Wee Bopper on Flower Park Hill by Ruth Madden
  • The Legend of the Unkai by Zaynab Nakhid
  • Phonics Escape Room by Ming Ching Bay
  • Photos by Chase Sutherland, George Leach and Lily McDermott

This YOKA was designed by George Leach. An HQ version (133 MB) 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 Autumn YOKA

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

  • Cup………rice by Alicia Lim
  • A Short Text Exchange about Rice by Alicia Lim
  • Typhoon Trami by Jess Langshaw
  • We are KumAJET! by KumAJET
  • Colors of Fall by Ola Akindes
  • On the Drunken Horse Festival by Ming Ching Bay
  • Climbing the 3333 Steps by Jess Langshaw
  • Visiting the Happiest Place on Earth by Olivia Poole
  • The Fields are Ripe for the Harvest by Ola Akindes
  • Invitation to the Kumamoto International Friendship Festival by the Kumamoto Prefecture International Affairs Division
  • Photos by Amy Cooper, Alicia Lim, Lily McDermott, Scott McGowan, Mary Sawyer, Amy Shiroma and Chase Sutherland

This YOKA was designed by Laura Sikoski. An HQ version (41MB) 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.