At long last, the photos from the Leavers’ Meeting are here!
Thank you to everyone who attended, thank you to the presenters, and thank you to our special guests, Governor Kabashima and Kumamon!
Hopefully the Leavers’ Meeting was beneficial to all those who attended. We hope that all those who left this past summer are enjoying their new, post-JET lives, wherever that may be! Best of luck to all!
If you would like to review some of the information for non-reappointing JETs, please visit the guide.
Thank you to everyone who came to Kumamoto Orientation this year! Over 50 new JET participants joined orientation this year, spending two and a half days attending workshops, visiting booths, and studying Japanese. We hope that orientation was both fun and educational for our new JETs!
Additionally, more than 30 volunteers from around Kumamoto Prefecture helped out this year. Thank you for your time and effort — it’s thanks to you that Kumamoto Orientation was a success!
Below are some of the materials from this year’s workshops and booths. Please take a look at them!
Stay tuned for photos…! Continue reading
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.
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.
The Key to Communication: An Open Heartby 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
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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 Walker, Jalan (2) and Jourdan. You can check out their websites for the latest information (Japanese only).
Hello Kumamoto, here are some recent earthquake related updates. The last large scale news update (on June 13) will remain up for reference, but please be aware that some of the data in it may be outdated. Please confirm beforehand. Continue reading
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