25th Annual 福島うまいものフェスタ (aka. Delicious Food Festival)

Date: Saturday, Jan 30, 10am-5pm AND Sunday 10am-4pm
Location: Koriyama, at Fukushima “Big Palette” Convention Center (ビッグパレットふくしま)
Entrance Fee: 300 yen

I’m gonna keep this short and to the point. If you’re around Koriyama this weekend and you don’t have anything to do during the day, you should definitely check this festival out! Basically, its a massive festival dedicated to all kinds of food. There will be food stalls all over this convention center, even spilling out into the parking lot.

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Inawashiro Ski Day (March 2010)

Baby, it’s cooooold outside.

FuJET is once again promoting Cheap Ski Day. It is at SNOW PARADISE INAWASHIRO. (Thank you, DTED, for asking the general manager for us)

“Sign-ups” are being taken now. Tell Gemma or Matt (fujetcouncilatgmaildotcom). I just want to get an idea of how many people are interested in going, so that I can give the ski resort a ballpark figure… but I think that the discount can apply to the masses. Read more

Letter from the Ed.

G’day everyone and happy new years!
Or as the Japanese like to say, ”あけましておめでとうございます.”
…Or as lazy Japanese and foreigners who can’t pronounce long Japanese words without stuttering (such as myself) say, “あけ、おめ!”

If you’ve been paying attention at all, you may have noticed that this site hasn’t been updated for a couple months now, at least not frequently, so I’d like to first and foremost apologize for that.  With the holiday season rolling around, I became busy, the writers became busy, and our collective cogs of creativity came to a grinding halt.
That being said, once our FUJET News writers come back from their respective vacations, I promise you we’ll get some awesome new articles up for your reading pleasure.

So, stay strong and savvy, Fukushima, and here’s to another beautiful year in Japan’s greatest prefecture.
Yours Truly,
Vinnie Burns
2009-2010 Ed-in-Chief

2010 Conference for Returning JETs (March 2010)

It’s a new year, which means not only pondering resolutions, but also deciding whether or not to re-contract. For those destined to leave us all in a teary wake, there’s the 2010 Conference for Returning JETs.

This conference is optional and aimed at second- to fifth-year JET Programme participants completing their tenure on the JET Programme in the summer of 2010. It will be held in Yokohama on March 1-3. Many past FuJETs have found it to be worth the trip, as the conference provides information and strategies for making life-path decisions, searching for employment, preparing for reverse culture shock, and dealing with the practicalities of returning home. Presentations will be given by speakers related to industry and employment, embassy representatives, and past JET Programme participants. Read more