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 July 2018 Event Roundup

Summer is officially here. Despite the heat and humidity, summer in Japan can be a magical time. From the star festival of Tanabata to delicious Fukushima peaches coming into season to festivals every weekend, this is Japan at its best. Don your jinbei and yukata, eat that Blue Hawaiian shaved ice and make the most of the festival atmosphere! After all, the best way to beat  the summer heat is to have so much fun you forget about it! 

Also– keep your eyes peeled for a second list of summer events dedicated solely to the many fireworks events around our beautiful lucky island, Fukushima!

This list, and all following event lists, will continuously be updated weekly throughout the month on Wednesdays until the month turns over to a new roundup. This list isn’t inclusive of all events, so please, feel free to contact the editors at newseditor@fujet.org if you have events you’d like to be included here.  

Without further ado, your July 2018 events!
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The Faces Behind Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball: The Sequel (Part 2)

The Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball: The Sequel MC, Mercedez

Now on to part 2 of the Faces Behind the Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball: The Sequel! This time I spoke with our second-time master of ceremonies(MC), my very own crazy talented and lovely co-editor, Mercedez! As the final preparations for tomorrow’s event begin, I was lucky enough to hear Mercedez’s insightful and personal insights and experiences regarding drag, queer culture, and tomorrow night’s event.

Note from Mercedez: I will use queer to refer to myself throughout this interview, especially when it comes to my personal identity and the community I participate in at large.

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The Faces Behind Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball: The Sequel (Part 1)

The Fuku-ing Fabulous Drag Ball: The Sequel Organiser, Felipe

Tomorrow evening the A•O•Z in Fukushima City will host the second ALT-led drag ball, The Fuku-in Fabulous Drag Ball: The Sequel, an event aimed at raising spirits, awareness, and money for charity. I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with the event organiser, Felipe, and the master of ceremonies, our very own Mercedez. They both shared with me some amazing insight on the event and what drag means to them personally. For the first part of this ‘Faces Behind’ the event, we will focus on the event organiser, Fukushima City’s very own Felipe, and his drag persona Shelita Booty.

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Lesson Four: Meet Your New Minister of Fun!

Stand, sit, bow: it’s time to take your seats, everyone because class is in session!

Our fourth lesson brings in the wonderful Kame Blair, taking up the renewed position of Minister of Fun! And what better a person to handle the role than Kame, who’s soon to become friend to all!

Kame, an American, is rolling into her 2nd Year with a smile down in Koriyama. When she’s not making school cool, she’s having a blast outdoors, keeping her cool with yoga, relieving stress with karaoke, or breaking bread with friends over some good food. Kame likes to keep the good times rolling no matter what she does: keep them rolling by checking out the Current Council page for more about her!

Kame got back to me the same day I asked her these questions, and gave me a bright smile. That was to be expected: it’s hard to feel bad when you’re around someone with “Fun” in their title. Let’s see how many points Kame can score when it comes to fun:

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Mt. Fuji Climb 2018 RSVP Instructions

This year FuJET is hosting another Mount Fuji Climb!
 
Mount Fuji is Japan’s tallest mountain, and a Japanese symbol as famous as the cherry blossom. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, and is considered one of the three holy mountains of Japan. It is also an active volcano, which is due to erupt again at some point in our lifetime. Wouldn’t it be nice to one day be able to tell all your family and friends, “I climbed that!”?
 
THE BASICS:
 
WHAT: Climb Mt. Fuji at night and see the sunrise, followed by a relaxing stop at an onsen on the way home. We charter a bus and will have pick-ups at Fukushima City, Koriyama, and Iwaki!
 
DATE: Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15
 
TIME: We will climb overnight, starting at around 7:00pm (so get plenty of rest beforehand!)

RSVP AND SIGNUPS: You can sign up now! Signups can be done here.

IF YOU PULL OUT OF THE EVENT AFTER THE 15TH OF JUNE YOU WILL BE LIABLE FOR PAYMENT ON YOUR BEHALF.

The bus seats 26 so get your RSVP in on time!

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