Welcome to FuJET and the Fukushima Community!

You seem to have stumbled across the FuJET community! You must be wondering who we are.

So, who are we?

Fukushima JET or FuJET is a volunteer organisation in Fukushima prefecture. FuJET supports ALTs and CIRs, both JET and independent ALT’s, a little closer to home, by providing the latest news around the prefecture, information on daily life and teaching in Japan, and is a close-knit community where everyone is welcome.

Amongst other things, FuJET is responsible for:

  • Organising FuJET trips and social events throughout the year in various parts of the prefecture as well as and other parts of Japan so that our participants have the opportunity to meet, greet, and tour the “lucky island” that they call home.
  • Working in collaboration with local charities aimed at promoting grassroots internationalization and devoted to improving the lives of those affected by the March 2011 Earthquake.
  • Sharing local events happening throughout Fukushima including monthly volunteer activities!
  • Providing a supportive social network for foreigners living in Fukushima.

Now that you know who we are, you might have some questions about Fukushima and radiation. Well, be at ease because we have all the information you might need right here!

You can find your latest FuJET council and members’ portfolios here.

FuJET Facebook Page

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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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Get Lit At The Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival!

The seasons have turned from “Seatbelt Buckle on Your Bare Arm” Summer to “Wow, it’s livable and not so bad, isn’t it?” Autumn, and for many of us, that means it’s time to go out for the Autumnal Festivals across the prefecture. And what better what to kick off your festival season than with the Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival, which happens next week!

Need convincing? Well, read on and let’s see if I can!

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The Lucky Island Events September 2018

School is back in session, new FuJETs are getting used to their new homes, and the weather is finally (finally!) starting to cool down. Just when you thought the festival season was over, we now enter autumn and harvest festival seasons! No matter what you’re keen to do, there’s something on every weekend in the Lucky Island!

 

kabuki

Name: Hinoemata Kabuki

Date: Saturday, September 1

Area:  Minami Aizu

Time: Seating starts at 6pm, performance starts at 7pm

Price: 1,000 for day-trip people; free for those staying in hotels in the town

Address: 〒967-0521 福島県 南会津郡檜枝岐村 字居平

Details: Watch traditional Edo-period Kabuki that has been passed down by Hinoemata villagers for more than 260 years. It is held in an outdoor theater and will only be cancelled due to heavy rain. It is only accessible by car and a bit out of the way, but well worth the journey!

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Name: Furudono Sumo Festival

Date: September 8th

Area: Furudono

Details:  From 1pm. Men can join the bouts, women can watch as the men compete in actual sumo bouts in little more than their underwear. A car is needed to access this mountainous spot. If you wish to fight, contact John Loynes asap via the Facebook event page.

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This is Fukushima Calendar Project

A message from our friends over at the ‘This is Fukushima’ calendar project:

We are currently accepting photo submissions for the 2019 edition of the  ‘This is Fukushima’ calendar.

Last year, with the generous support of many current and former Fukushima residents we produced 3,000 copies of the 2018 This is Fukushima calendar – our best calendar to date!

They were distributed for free across Japan and several countries internationally. The purpose of the calendar project is to show the world that…

“…Fukushima is more than a news headline or a power plant that shares its name.”

Photos can be submitted to us via Email to:

ThisisFukushima@gmail.com

Additional information about our evaluation and selection process for photos can be found at our website:

www.ThisisFukushima.org

All images selected for use in the calendar will be printed with proper photo credit, and additionally we will also send you several of the new calendars after they’re produced.

Photo submissions for the new calendar will be accepted until Wednesday, October 31st 2018. Although that’s a few months away, please don’t wait until the last few days to send in your photos!

We need your photos, because without them there can be no calendar!

どぞよろしくお願いします!

So what are you shutter-bugs waiting for? Go out there and get some amazing shots for a good cause!
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