The Lucky Island– July 2015 Events

The Lucky Island– July 2015 Events

FuJET Leaver’s Party 2015fb_leavers_logo

Date: Friday, July 3rd
Area: Fukushima City
Time: 8AM – 12AM
Price: 3,000 yen with a costume; 3,500 yen without a costume
Address: Live Music & Entertainment Bar AREA559
万世町1-26 福電ビルB1F, Fukushima, Fukushima

Details: Come celebrate with your fellow JETs who are finishing up their contract this year with dancing and a 3 hour nomihoudai (8-11)! Everyone is welcome! The theme for the party this year is Fukushima COMIC-CON. If you wear a costume, you get a discount on your entrance fee and can potentially win some prizes! Check out our FuJET event on Facebook for more details! Read more

The Battle of Kawanakajima in Yonezawa City– or How I Spent my GW

The Battle of Kawanakajima in Yonezawa City– or How I Spent my GW
The battle of Kawanakajima, Shingen on the left and Kenshin on the right. Woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige.
The battle of Kawanakajima, Shingen on the left and Kenshin on the right. Woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige.

Japan is a country rich with a storied history. One of the most famous periods of Japanese history is the Sengoku period (戦国時代) or the Warring States Period. The Sengoku Period lasted from 1467 until 1603, when Japan’s political powers were unified under the Tokugawa Shogunate.

This is a period of Japan’s history that paints romantic pictures of noble samurai lords, fighting under the code of bushido, trying to unify and bring about a better Japan. The demon king Oda Nobunaga, the one-eyed dragon Date Masamune, god of war Uesugi Kenshin… this era has only been further romanticised thanks to the wildly popular game and anime series ‘Sengoku Basara’. Looking beyond the lore and the colourful modern adaptations, the Sengoku period produced one of the most famous rivalries in Japanese history—that of Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin.

Takeda Shingen hailed from the Kai province (modern day Yamanashi prefecture) and called ‘The Tiger of Kai’ due to his military prowess. Shingen’s demon-faced and furred helmet is an enduring piece of Sengoku imagery. Uesugi Kenshin came from the Echigo province (modern day Niigata prefecture) and was as famous for his administrative skills as he was for his honour and military expertise.

Shingen and Kenshin’s most famous battle was the Battle of Kawanakajima, fought along the Kawanakijima plains, located in what is now Nagano prefecture. However, the battle of Kawanakajima is actually five different battles fought in 1553, 1555, 1557, 1561 and 1564. The most famous of the battles (which is often used as the climax for many Japanese samurai films and games) was fought in September 1961. It is this battle that is reenacted every spring in Yonezawa City in Yamagata prefecture as part of their Uesugi Kenshin Festival. It was this reenactment that I was lucky enough to participate in.

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2015 FuJET Leaver’s Party! FUKUSHIMA COMIC CON

2015 FuJET Leaver’s Party! FUKUSHIMA COMIC CON

savethedatePaging all Browncoats and bronies! Whovians and Potterheads! Cosplayers, trekkies, gamers, and moviephiles! Join us for FUKUSHIMA COMIC-CON! The FuJET 2015 Leaver’s Party!
You can RSVP and send in your award nominations here!

Check out the Facebook Event Page here!

ESSENTIALS:
**WHO** All of Fukushima and beyond. Leavers, stayers, locals, teachers, everyone. The more the merrier.
**WHAT** Costumed Dance Party & 3 hour nomihoudai
**WHERE** Fukushima City, Area559
**WHEN** Friday, July 3rd, 8:00PM-Midnight (Nomihoudai stops at 11)
**WHY** Because this is one of our last opportunities to party all together. Let’s celebrate our time together and their bright futures with dancing, merriment, and costumes!
**COST** ¥3,000 yen with a costume ¥3,500 yen without

THE DETAILS!
This year’s theme is:
FUKUSHIMA COMIC-CON

Here in Fukushima, we’re proud of our diverse hobbies, tastes, and fandoms. Let’s celebrate what we love, with who we love, and get together. Into Magic the Gathering? Love your some Adventure Time or perhaps you’re more keen on the Wheel of Time? Let’s your geek-flag show.
We will have prizes for the following categories:
– Best Overall Costume
– Best Group Costume
– Best Handmade Costume
– Most Unique Costume
– Funniest Costume

The cost is 3,000 yen for those in costume, 3,500 yen not in costume. We’ll have an amazing soundtrack playing all night long as we accomplish our mischief. Want to hear a specific song? Let us know! Stay tuned for updates on music and entertainment!

LEAVERS AWARDS!

One leaver’s tradition that has been going on for over ten years is the ‘Leaver’s Awards’. A bit of silly fun to top the night off! This year’s categories are:

  • The Yoda Award: Best sempai
  • The FTW Freshman Award:Best new JET
  • The Good Cheese Award: Person most likely to be missed
  • The I’d Tap That for Him Award: Most attractive male
  • The I’d Tap That for Her Award: Most attractive female
  • The Bromance Award: Most beautiful broship
  • The Awwwww Award: Most adorable couple
  • The Oh God Stop Being So Genki Award: Cheery person most likely to make your morning hangover worse
  • The Kawaaaaiiiiiiiii~! Award:Worst abuse of annoying Japanese phrases
  • The Natto Award: Person most likely to try anything once
  • The Tyrion Lannister Award:Person most likely to stave off impending death with a witty comeback
  • The Charlie Sheen Award: The person with the craziest drinking antics
  • The Nobel Prize Award: The person most likely to go on to achieve great things after JET