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.

SDC 2016 Materials and Photos

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SDC6As all Kumamoto ALTs know, the 2016 Skill Development Conference (SDC) was held on December 1-2. For two days, ALTs, JTEs, and HRTs particpated in workshops focusing on teaching, English language, and culture. We hope the conference participants learned some new things, but we also hope that they were able to network and bond with teachers and other JETs.

This year’s SDC materials are available here.

Here are some photos from the conference. Click “continue reading” to begin reminiscing…

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Tax Packets for U.S. JETs

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It’s finally here! The thing you’ve all been waiting for! Tax-mon

The 2016 tax year packet for first-year U.S. JETs and the packet for second through fifth-year U.S. JETs are now available. Please visit the tax page for more information.

If you spot an error, please let us know. Happy tax filing!

International Friendship Festival 2016

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20161127_132816Thank you to everyone who came to the International Friendship Festival on November 27!

And an extra special thank you to everyone who volunteered at the festival! This year, we had a number of JETs participate in the festival by running booths, performing on stage, and helping out with general (but necessary and hugely appreciated!) volunteer work.

If you missed it this year, please consider volunteering or attending next year! 😉

Here are some photos from the event.

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Event – International Friendship Festival

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Hey, everyone!

This Sunday, November 27 is the International Friendship Festival!international-friendship-festival-color-flyer

If you have free time and happen to be in the area, please stop by! Several JETs will be participating in the festival and they would surely love your support. There will be booth exhibits, a bazaar, a world gourmet food corner, a cultural exchange corner, stage performances, tea tasting, kimono dress up, and more! There will also be a stamp rally with prizes.

The festival will be held at Hotel Eminence (https://goo.gl/maps/FBFNjvFHwDo) in Mashiki from 11:00 to 16:00. The event is free to attend, but bring some money for food and shopping.

Click here to see the event program flyer (in Japanese).

This is a good chance to connect with the international community within Kumamoto Prefecture.
Hope to see you there!

Oh, and maybe bring a rain jacket…!

Autumn 2016 YOKA

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The Autumn 2016 YOKA is here! This quarter’s YOKA features the following…
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  • Rainbow Forest Camp by Mary Ellen Greenwood
  • Aoi Aso Jinja Okunchi Matsuri by Jamie Jové-Viniegra
  • Small Cuts by Jazmin Guerrero
  • Komame Cafe by Erin Dillon
  • Stay on the Left by Blain Cox
  • Photos by Hiroshi Fukushima, Jazmin Guerrero, Jamie Jové-Viniegra, George Leach, Laura McGhee

This YOKA was designed by George Leach. An HQ Version (106 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.