FuJET Election FAQs and Description

Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the beginning of the new Japanese business year – and to announce the election season for the 2019-2020 FuJET council!

Please click to get started, or continue reading for a description of FuJET and the various roles.

Q: What the heck is FuJET?

A: FuJET began as a local branch of AJET, which works to provide professional support to participants of the JET Program. It has since become an independent organization that strives to build connections and support networks for foreign residents of Fukushima Prefecture, as well as provide up-to-date information on the current state of affairs in the area. If you have a passion for your home in Fukushima, enjoy hosting events and have a desire to dive headfirst into adventure at the front of a group, then FuJET is right for you!

Q: Hey, that sounds pretty neat, but I’m not on the JET Program. Can I get involved with FuJET even though I work for Interac/Joytalk/Aeon/Any other ALT dispatch company?

A: Absolutely! FuJET seeks to provide resources to all ALTs, CIRs, and SEAs working in Fukushima Prefecture. If the above applies to you and you have an event in your area that you would like to promote, or if you are interested in joining the council and putting your skills to work, please reach out to us via fujetcouncil@gmail.com

Q: I don’t speak any Japanese. Can I still be of use to FuJET?

A: Of course you can! There is a variety of positions available, each of which carry an important role in the smooth operation of this organization. Continue reading for a description of each position and their duties.

Q: I’m interested/know someone who’s interested. How do I apply?

A: You can apply or nominate a friend by clicking here. If you intend on nominating someone, please inform that person before doing so! You wouldn’t want them to turn down your nomination out of shock, would you?

The following Elected Executive positions are available:

President

The President is responsible for the overall operation of FuJET. Some of the regular duties of the President are to plan and assign tasks to FuJET cabinet members, prepare for and execute the annual FuJET events, and announce regular council meetings.

Secretary or Vice President

The Secretary maintains records of council meetings and is responsible for the overall transparency of FuJET happenings, in addition to fulfilling the duties of the President when s/he is unable to do so.

Treasurer

The treasurer maintains the financial assets of FuJET and is responsible for collecting payments from members of the community who wish to attend events. The treasurer also handles payments to hotels and transportation services on behalf of FuJET.

The following Cabinet positions are available for your taking this year:

Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinator is responsible for researching volunteer opportunities in the prefecture, creating and announcing volunteer events. Some common volunteer opportunities include monthly volunteer event that happens in Minamisoma, as well as regular blood drive events throughout the prefecture.

News Editor

Do you like perusing the Interwebs? Do you keep a blog? Do you enjoy creative writing? Does this sloppy article that your poor webmaster wrote up make you cringe? If so, why not apply to become the news editor? If selected, you would be in charge of posting monthly event articles. You would also be in charge of scouting out talent to paint our pristine webpage with articles on various happenings around the prefecture – or even other parts of Japan, should that be your wish! Why do all that work yourself when you could have others do it on your behalf, write? (See, I made a funny!)

Minister of Fun

Being bored sucks, but having fun rocks. Do you remember when you first came to Japan? I remember it well… As a nervous derp who spoke minimal Japanese, I had the hardest time finding my way around or making friends in my area. The Minister or Fun is a relatively new position created for people to turn to in order to learn about the cool places to be – as well as plan regular events for people to get together and blow off some steam. Some past events include Fitness day, Book Club, and Thanksgiving Parties, and many more!

Webmaster

Do machines fascinate thee? posesseth thee an insatible hunger for knowledge of how to manipulate computers to bend to thy will? Does a broken hyperlink ignite a fury within you that the world has never known? doest thou hunger to minimize the number of clicks required to access a piece of information? If so, you might just be the one cut out to run this very website! As the webmaster, you will be responsible for the security and operation of fujet.org. You will bequeath your sacred knowledge of computer science to other council members who require your services.

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The Lucky Island Events January 2019

The new year is only hours away, and with the promise of a new year also comes the promise of new adventures and experiences here in the lucky island. Let us all keep warm, eat our osechi, and welcome in the year of the inoshishi(wild booar.) The zodiac year of the boar is the last in the 12-year zodiac animal cycle, and it is noteworthy in that it is the only Japanese zodaic year different from the Chinese zodiac, where it is the year of the pig. To our Akabeko’s still travelling for the holidays, safe journeys and we can’t wait for your adventure to start fresh here in the lucky island!

 

Name: 13th Annnual Koriyama Station Illuminations

Date: Now – Monday, January 14th

Area: Koriyama City

Time: 5:30pm – 11:30pm

Address: Around the west exit of Koriyama station

Details: Check out Koriyama’s annual illumination with over 330,000 lights during the holiday and winter season around the station!

Website: https://illumi.walkerplus.com/detail/ar0207e53043/

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Fukushima IlluminationName: Hikari Shizuku Illumination

Area: Fukushima City

Date: Now – Thursday, January 31st

Address: Paseo Street in Fukushima City

Details: This event is one of the main illuminations in Fukushima City. 200,000 lights will illuminate Paseo Street during December and January. This illumination has occurred annually since 2007 and is a signal of the winter holidays to the people who live there.

Website: http://www.hikarinosizuku.com/

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The Lucky Island Events November 2018

It isn’t hard to imagine the crisp frosts and early snows that are right around the corner. With Halloween done and dusted, it is time to knuckle down for the midyear conference. Even if you’re ready to get comfy under your kotatsu already, there is still plenty to see and do this autumn in the Lucky Island!

 

64th Annual Chrysanthemum Doll Exhibition
Date: October 10th – November 25th
Area: Nihonmatsu
Time: 9am – 4pm
Price: 700 yen for adults
Address: On the castle grounds of Kasumigajo
〒964-0904 福島県二本松市郭内4丁目
4 Chome Kakunai Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 964-0904
Details: View dolls, decorations and displays made from Chrysanthemums. If you haven’t had the chance to visit this beautiful city, this is a great chance!
Japanese Website: http://www.nihonmatsu-kanko.jp/kikuningyo.html

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Tsurugajo Autumn Leaves Illumination
Date: October 19th – November 18th
Area: Aizuwakamatsu
Time: Sunset – 9pm
Address: 福島県会津若松市追手町1-1
1-1 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 965-0873
Details: Enjoy the castle lit up in the evening at the castle – Tsurugajo – in Aizu. It is gorgeous with fall colors, which you can view at the end of October. Even after the leaves fall, come walk through the peaceful castle grounds in the evening!
Japanese website: http://www.aizukanko.com/event/103/

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The Lucky Island Events October 2018

Pardon the delay, all: October came in like a lion, and everything went from 0 to 60. However, there’s still plenty to do this month. Autumn has finally begun, despite the still warm temperatures across the prefecture and humid, rainy days. If you’re still looking for a way to beat the weakening heat, why not try to have fun while doing it with some new events!

This post will update as new events come in, so be sure to check back to see what all you can get up to this month in Fukushima!

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Aizu Wakamatsu’s Other Onsen- Ashinomaki Onsen

 

Autumn has officially arrived, and with it, onsen season is fully in swing. Aizu Wakamatsu, the samurai city, is home to the famous onsen district of Higashiyama. However, did you know Aizu Wakamatsu is home to another lovely onsen district, Ashinomaki, located on the city’s southern border?

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