April 30th~May 6th: Fukushima Ramen Show 2013 @ Kaiseizan Park, Jiyu Square, Koriyama City. From 10am~8pm. Famous Ramen restaurants from around Japan, Fukushima prefecture and Koriyama will be gathered in one place, so you can enjoy various types of unique ramen. For more information and inquiries please contact the Fukushima Central Television Business Promotion Division: 024-923-3264. http://www.fct.co.jp/event/ra-men/
May 2nd ~ 3rd: Iwaki Yumoto Onsen Satsuki Matsuri @ Yumoto Onsen Shrine, near Yumoto Station, Iwaki. This is an annual festival, with a small festival on the 2nd and the main festival on the 3rd. During the main festival 6 omikoshi (portable shrines) will be carried through the town. For more information and inquiries please contact the Yumoto Onsen Satsuki Matsuri Committee: 0246-42-4322.
May 3rd: Onahama Suwa Shrine Annual Matsuri @ Onahama, Iwaki, from 8am. This is an annual omikoshi (portable shrine) festival held in Onahama. There will be various types of omikoshi carrying in the Onahama area, including an omikoshi that weighs around 2 tons and children’s omikoshi. For more information and inquiries please contact Onahama Suwa Shrine: 0246-92-2656.
May 3rd& 4th: Okunitama Shrine Annual Matsuri @ Okunitama Shrine, Taira, Iwaki. There will be many traditional dance performances dedicated to the gods and omikoshi (portable shrine) carrying on the main festival day on the 4th. For more information and inquiries please contact Okunitama Shrine: 0246-34-0092.
FuJET events, as I’m sure you’re aware, are awesome fun. However, there is a lot of planning and organising involved, so most events require you to sign up and plan in advance. To make sure you mark them all down in your calendar and sign up in time, here is a list of all of the known upcoming events!
June 6: Let’s Climbing Mt Bandai. A climb organised in preparation for those who are inclined to go on the Fuji trip this year (though you can come even if you’re not planning on climbing Fuji!). This event is STRONGLY suggested for anyone planning on joining the Fuji Climb in July. If you’re planning on coming along to this event, please click “Attending” on the Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/events/122210464639210/
On Sunday, FuJET and friends made our first visit to Iris Gakuen for the year. We make several visits a year to the orphanage and enjoy time with the kids there. This weekend was Easter-themed. A big thanks as always to the organisers, Jason, Brian and Catherine, and to everyone who came and made the day a huge success.
In the morning we made neat little Easter baskets, which we followed up with lunch outside. After lunch, the Easter Bunny came to visit! We played games and had a quiz, then all of the kids enjoyed a large-scale Easter egg hunt with prizes for the fastest hunters.
As always, it was bitter-sweet to say goodbye, but we will be looking forward to next time! We’ll keep you posted!
Looking for something to do now the weather is getting warmer? No plans yet for golden week? Here are a few events in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures that might be of interest to you:
FuJET poster contest time! You think you got mad skills? Do you like posters? Are you a master of layers and typography? Man, oh man, are you going to like this. This year for Tokyo Orientation they will be decorating the AJET room with posters from all the different prefectures in Japan, showing off activities and events to get everyone excited! Let’s show them how awesome Fuku is with the greatest poster since that Keep Calm and Carry On one that’s been parodied to death. Continue reading
Eyes For Fukushima (E4F) have opened up orders again for their Fukushima/Akabeko T-shirts! Including a new design, the Akabeko Bull. Prices start from 1,500 yen, and proceeds go to help those affected by the 3/11 disaster in Fukushima.
Visit Eyes For Fukushima’s website to find out more.
Eyes for Fukushima (E4F) is a non-profit organization founded by JET participants, Galileo Yuseco, Jason Ishida, and Brian Olumba in late January, 2012. The organization also encompasses the group of Assistant Language Teachers living in Fukushima that actively participate in community outreach and volunteering projects coordinated by Eyes for Fukushima. Eyes for Fukushima uses both ALT man-power and fundraising to aid in Fukushima’s recovery after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11th.
The precursor to E4F was Galileo Yuseco’s contribution to fundraising for Japan after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. After the earthquake, Yuseco began selling “I 福島 t-shirts“ and donated the proceeds to charities in Fukushima. The design being his own, Yuseco sends out the order to a t-shirt printing company and sells the shirts with the help of other Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in Fukushima. Continue reading
Welcome, new JETs!!! We are very excited to have you!
We are hosting 2 welcome parties for you in Tokyo. The group A party is Monday 30th July, and the group B party is Monday 6th August. Continue reading
Yudanaka Snow Monkeys, by Jon Dart
Winning entry No.3 from Jon Dart. Congratulations!
Winter is now well and truly over, thank you to everyone that submitted their beautiful photographs!
Please keep checking FuJet.net and Fukushima ALTS Facebook for details of the next competition.
Hey soon-to-be Fuku JETs! Soon we will be sending out a Welcome Guide for Fukushima to your houses chock full of awesome advice and insider information, but before we send that out, I wanted to address radiation concerns sooner rather than later. This way, both you and the people in your life back home can put some worries to bed. For those who don’t like long analyses, math, and links, and instead prefer Twitter-style 140 character messages:
Steven Thompson @distantshores