May 2017 – The Lucky Island Events

Yumoto Onsen festivalName: Yumoto Onsen Satsuki Festival

Area: Yumoto, Iwaki

Date: May 2nd (Tuesday) and 3rd (Wednesday)

Address: 〒972-8321 福島県いわき市常磐湯本町三函322 (〒 972 – 8321 Fukushima-ken Iwaki-shi Jōban-yumoto-chō san-hako 322)

Details: This two-day festival in Iwaki’s Yumoto Onsen will be held to give thanks for the water that feeds the hot springs. The main festival takes place on the 3rd and will feature six mikoshi that will be carried around the town.



Nihonmatsu Children's FestivalName: Children’s Festival

Area: Nihonmatsu City

Date: May 3rd (Wednesday) – 5th (Friday)

Address: 二本松市小浜字反町地内 (Nihonmatsu-shi Ohama-ji Sori-machi chi-nai)

Details: This is a traditional festival held to celebrate the healthy growth of children. The festival honors the guardian deity of children in the hopes that it will keep the children healthy in the coming year.


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FuJET Council 2017-2018 Nominations



It’s time for everyone to start thinking about who you want running the FuJET show for the coming year! If someone you know would be great for the job (yourself included!), now’s the chance to get involved!

Candidates wishing to run for the executive positions of president/vice-president (or co-presidents!) are encouraged to find a running mate and campaign together as a team.


  • You may nominate yourself, or nominate a friend (with their permission!) by sending an submission with the name of the nominee and the desired position via the form below.
  • You must be a current member of the JET Programme who is re-contracting for the 2017-2018 year to run for the president position.
  •  You may only run for one council position. If a candidate is nominated for two positions, they must choose which position they wish to run for, and may not change their minds once the full list of candidates is announced.

Available council positions are as follows:

  • PRESIDENT: Working with the FuJET Council, the President oversees the distribution of information to Fukushima ALTs and CIRs, organises trips and social events throughout the year in order to foster friendships and connections within the local community, and welcomes new JETs at both the Tokyo Orientation and Fukushima Orientation. 
  • VICE-PRESIDENT/(SECRETARY): Works with the president in the smooth running of FuJET, and assists with all associated duties. (Depending on conditions/needs, there is sometimes a secretary position instead of/in addition to the vice-president to help ease the load of the FuJET team)
  • TREASURER: The FuJET Treasurer works with the FuJET Council to administer and supervise the FuJET budget, including all financial transactions. Payments made to FuJET for trips and social events are handled by the Treasurer through the FuJET bank account. The Treasurer also has a supervisory role in FuJET on matter pertaining to the function and productivity of the current council.
  • WEBMASTER/MISTRESS: The Webmaster designs, manages and updates all of the FuJET-related websites. Other duties include IT support for the FuJET Council, database backups and finding web, hardware and software solutions for FuJET. The webmaster will need skills in HTML, CSS, SQL, and wiki markup.
  • NEWS EDITOR: The News Editor manages the FuJET social media accounts in addition to sharing local events via the monthly article series, the Lucky Island. In addition, the News Editor also writes and edits articles for the the FuJET sites.
  • VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: The Volunteer Coordinator communicates with volunteer organisations and coordinates fundraising and volunteer activities in and around Fukushima prefecture. To encourage grassroots internationalisation opportunities for Fukushima ALTs and CIRs and their Japanese communities, the Volunteer Coordinator is the main source of information for local volunteering opportunities.

As always, we welcome any questions you may have. Just direct your emails to the FuJET team at <> or PM me, and I’ll do our best to fill you in on anything you want to know! Remember, FuJET council can be a huge commitment of time and money (and sometimes sanity) but it’s part of the reason the Fuku-Family is so great. ^^-kris

*Nominations are now closed!*

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April 2017 – The Lucky Island Events

Iizaka Music FestivalName: Iizaka Onsen Music Festival

Area: Iizaka Onsen, Fukushima City

Date: Saturday, April 1st

Address: Iizaka Onsen Station: 〒960-0201 福島県福島市飯坂町字十綱下28 (Fukushima-ken Fukushima-shi Iizaka-cho Ji-totsunashita)

Details: A music festival in the Iizaka Onsen area of Fukushima City on April 1st. 34 bands over 6 stages, all within walking distance of Iizaka Onsen Station. Advance tickets are 4000 yen, or 4500 yen on the day (and includes two tickets for local onsens that can be used any time in April).



Nihonmatsu HanamiName: Nihonmatsu Cherry Blossom Viewing

Area: Nihonmatsu City

Date: Saturday, April 8th

Address: Nihonmatsu Castle Park: 〒964-0904 福島 県 二本松 市 郭 内 3 丁目 2 (Fukushima-ken Nihonmatsu-shi Kaku-uchi 3-chome 2)

Details: Nihonmatsu is hosting a hanami at the castle park on April 8th. It’s a fun day, and it’s walkable from the station. Please do come join us if you have time! It starts from 12 ish and runs until 5, there is also parking at the castle!


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March 2017 – The Lucky Island Events

Tsutsuko-hiki FestivalName: Tsutsuko-hiki Festival

Area: Date city

Date: March 5th (Sunday)

Address: Ikutsushima Shrine: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588

Details: This massive tug-of-war contest is held every year in Date city. Three different teams compete to pull a giant bag of steamed glutinous rice weighing 800 kilograms. The festival is to pray for good harvests, business, and health for the coming year, and is also said to be one of the top 10 festivals in Fukushima prefecture.



Fukushima Heart ProjectName: Happy and Thanks Heart Project

Area: Fukushima City

Date: March 4th (Saturday) and 5th (Sunday)

Address: Fukushima city parks

Details: The Happy and Thanks Heart Project consists of illuminations, a stage show, and a market. The illuminations will be located at various well-known places around the city and will be up until March 12th. The stage show will feature performances to celebrate the progress that has been made since the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, and the market will benefit the recovery efforts for the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as the earthquake that hit Kumamoto prefecture last year.


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February 2017 – The Lucky Island Events

Koriyama Sake FestivalName: Koriyama Sake Festa

Area: Koriyama City

Date: February 3rd (Friday)

Address: Koriyama View Hotel, 〒963-8004 福島県郡山市中町10−10 (Fukushima-ken Koriyama-shi Nakamachi 10-10)

Details: Enjoy tasting freshly made sake from Koriyama’s 6 sake distilleries at this sake festival in Koriyama. The event runs from 6:30 PM to 8 PM on Friday, February 3rd, and costs 3500 yen per person at the door. For anyone interested in locally made sake, this is the event for you!




Kitakata Soba FestivalName: Soba Festa 2017

Area: Kitakata City

Date: February 4th (Saturday) and 5th (Sunday)

Address: Kitakata Plaza, 〒966-0094 福島県喜多方市押切二丁目1 (Fukushima-ken Kitakata-shi Oshikiri Ni-chome 1)

Details: On February 4th and 5th, visitors to Kitakata will be able to try seven different varieties of soba from all over Japan. The festival goes from 10 AM to 4 PM both days and costs 600 yen per bowl of soba.


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