Let the new (JET) year begin!
With summer break now but just a fond memory, it's time to get back to work at school. For our newcomers to Kumamoto, it will be a very busy time as you get used to your new schools, teachers, and students. It is natural to feel nervous, but don't worry! Everyone is happy and excited to meet you. Hopefully it will be the start of a great adventure here in Japan. And for our experienced JETs, it may not feel like a whole JET year has passed, but it has! Best wishes for another great year here in Kumamoto.
As always, if you ever feel the need to reach out, please reach out to your PAs, we are more than happy to help.

Kumamoto Orientation

Thank you to everyone who came out for Kumamoto Orientation! About 40 new ALTs from Kumamoto Prefecture and Kumamoto City gathered for two and a half days of workshops, booths, japanese classes, and enjoyable times in general. Also a special thanks to all our experienced JET volunteers, Orientation would not have been such a great success without all of your hard work!

Here are some online versions of information handed out during Kumamoto Orientation:
(Please continue to check this space for further updates, as more files will be made available over the next few days.)
ES/JHS Roleplay Workshop - sample lesson plan
Appliances and Electronics by Malcolm Crang - booth handoutunabridged information
Eikaiwa by James Pashley - booth handouts: tips sheetresources
Exploring Kumamoto by Chris Hester and Laura McGhee - powerpoint presentation
Housekeeping in Japan by Taylor Blades - booth handout, unabridged information
Japanese Language Study by Erika Egner and Jemma Gallagher - booth handout
KumAJET by Kay Schultz - event calendar
LGBTQ in Kumamoto by Karmen Rabe and Sam McDowall - booth handout
Money Matters by Ardeley Sihite - unabridged information
Office and Enkai Etiquette by Sara Brown - booth handout
Special Needs Education by Zak Repman - booth handout
Women's Health and Safety by Julia Green - health board information and booth handout

Kumamoto Orientation Photos
Just a few shots of this year's Kumamoto Orientation! Thank you to Terrance and Karmen, Kumamoto City PAs, for helping take them!

Introducing the 2015-2016 KumAJET Team!
Back: Taylor (Misato Town), Julia (Ashikita Town), Kay (Misato Town)
Front: Audrienne (Amakusa City), Olivia (Asagiri Town)
The KumAJET representatives for the 2015-2016 JET year have been decided! You can find out more information each of the new representatives on the KumAJET section of the website! You can also read more about them and the upcoming KumAJET events for the year in the summer issue of the YOKA!
What is KumAJET?

KumAJET is the local chapter of the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET). AJET is a national volunteer organization of JET Programme participants whose mission is to serve the JET community by building support networks, organizing useful information, and offering resources to enhance the lives of JETs (more info on AJET and all of their great resources at ajet.net). 

KumAJET is a group that brings people together to have fun and make friends throughout Kumamoto. Whether you're looking to volunteer, have a night out on the town, or explore some of  Kumamoto's scenery, we are the group for you. Although KumAJET is run by JETs, our events are open to all residents of Kumamoto, both foreign and Japanese. Along with planning KumAJET events we also hope to get more JETs out to other events going on in the prefecture by advertising for them on our Facebook page and website (kumajet.org). Our main goals are to provide opportunities for our members to meet new people, see new places, and make great memories during their time in Japan while giving as much back to our communities as we possibly can.  

New World Heritage Sites in Kumamoto
On July 5th, UNESCO designated the "Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining" as a World Heritage site. The sites are actually spread across several prefectures in Japan, two of them being located right here in Kumamoto. They are the Manda Coal Mine in Arao City and Misumi West Port in Uki City.

(Manda Coal Mine, Arao-shi - Photo from NY066 on Wikipedia)
(Misumi West Port, Uki-shi - Photo from MK Products on Wikipedia)

Congratulations to both locations for being named World Heritage Sites!


Summer 2015 YOKA 

This YOKA includes:
  • Hajimemashite, Kumamoto by Liam Nolan
  • Ramadan by Mana Haleem
  • Rub the lamp, one wish left, no brainer...free time baby. by Jeff Kaiser
  • A Message from KumAJET
  • Reflections on JET in Kumamoto
  • Photos by Olivia Lee, Erika Egner, and Roland Carlos
  • Haiku by Audrienne Manansala
This YOKA was designed by Roland Carlos.
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.
・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

・Good luck with the new semester of classes! 

Important upcoming dates:

・Starting in October - New ES/JHS ALT School Visits  
Upcoming Events:

・September 5 - Taco Night, 7PM at Tortacos, Kumamoto City
・September 26 & 27 - Ashikita Beach Party, Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita, check-in starts at 4PM

Area Guide


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