What’s The YOKA?
The YOKA is an English-language newsletter published by the International Affairs Division with the help of current and former Kumamoto JETs. For current JETs this is an opportunity not only to learn about some of the activities and events your fellow JETs are involved in, but also to get a glimpse of the what post-JET life is like from one of your sempai. Likewise, we hope The YOKA will give former Kumamoto JETs an idea of what current JETs are up to and help you maintain connection with the Kumamoto JET community.

What does ‘YOKA’ mean?
‘Yoka’ (よか) is Kumamoto dialect for ‘yoi’ (良い), which means ‘good’.

Want to Contribute?
We aim to issue The YOKA on a seasonal basis. Any contributions would be welcome. Whether you are a current or former Kumamoto JET, if you would like to write an article, contribute, or have any questions about The YOKA, please contact the PAs at [email protected]. Thank you.

Send me The YOKA!
Currently we send The YOKA to all current and former Kumamoto JETs by email. If you know of a current or former Kumamoto JET or someone else who would like to receive The YOKA, or if your email address has changed and would like to receive The YOKA at a different address, please let us know at [email protected].

Spring 2022
Design: Mary Painter

Summer 2022
Design: Veronica Vanessa

Fall 2022
Design: Jonathan Kling

Winter 2021

Design: Valeria Magallan

Spring 2021

Design: Jonathan Kling

Summer 2021
Design: Mary Painter

Fall Winter 2022
Design: Christina Streitz

Winter 2020 (HQ)
Design: Kira-Ann Hayashi
Spring 2020
Design: Valeria Magallan

Summer 2020 (HQ)
Design: Mary Painter

Autumn 2020
Design: Jonathan Kling

Winter 2019 (HQ)
Design: George Leach

Spring 2019 (HQ)
Design: Greg Corbett

Summer 2019 (HQ)
Design: Alicia Lim

Autumn 2019 (HQ)
Design: Jenifer Vosper

Winter 2018 (HQ)
Design: George Leach

Spring 2018 (HQ)
Design: Greg Corbett

Summer 2018 (HQ)
Design: Chase Sutherland

Autumn 2018 (HQ)
Design: Laura Sikoski

Winter 2017
Design: Richie Luu

Spring 2017
Design: Chase Sutherland

Summer 2017
Design: Sheridan Piltz

Autumn 2017
Design: Greg Corbett

Winter 2016
Design: Denise Wiley

Spring 2016
Design: Jemma Gallagher

Summer 2016
Design: George Leach

Autumn 2016
Design: George Leach

Winter 2015
Design: George Leach

Spring 2015
Design: Jemma Gallagher

Summer 2015
Design: Roland Carlos

Autumn 2015
Design: Rachel O’Hanlon

Winter 2014
Design: Valeria Reyes

Spring 2014
Design: Zachary Johnson

Summer 2014
Design: Valeria Reyes

Autumn 2014
Design: Valeria Reyes

Winter 2013
Design: Laura Turner

Spring 2013
Design: Ian O’Kidhain

Summer 2013
Design: Andrew August

Autumn 2013
Design: Zachary Johnson

Winter 2012

Spring 2012

Summer 2012

Autumn 2012
The YOKA is a publication of the Kumamoto Prefecture Tourism & International Policy Division
6-18-1 Suizenji, Chuo Ward, Kumamoto City 862-8570 Japan