2015 Bandai&Oze Hike RSVP/Questionnaire

Hey everyone! In an effort to get a rough estimate as to how many people will be coming on the different hiking trips, who requires assistance with transportation, and who is able to help with transportation, we have a quick questionairre for you to fill out. **While we will do our best to try and help everyone find rides, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to find you a ride. We will do our best but we can’t make absolute promises. m(_ _)m** Thanks for your understanding and cooperation! We can’t wait to see you and get our hiking boots on!

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The Lucky Island June 2015 Events

The Lucky Island June 2015 Events

FuJET 2015 Mt. Bandai Hike

bandaiDate: Sat. June 13th
Area: Inawashiro (Aizu)
Time: The hike starts at 9am at Happodai Trailhead (八方台), so please allow yourself time to get the trail head before 9am! (It takes about 40 minutes by car from Aizwakamatsu Station / Inawashiro station to reach Happodai Trailhead)

Address: We are meeting at Happodai Trailhead (八方台) on Mount Bandai. Check the Event page for more details and access information.

Details: Join your fellow JETs on a hike up Mt. Bandai! This hike is in preparation for our annual Mt. Fuji hike in July. Whether you need to start warming up those legs for Mt. Fuji or just want to spend a weekend with your JET companions, join us! After we have stumbled our way back down the mountain, we will gorge ourselves on dinner and soak in the onsen next door to Aizuwakamatsu station. See our JET Facebook event for more details on how to get there, what to bring and updated information!

The facebook event page can be found here.

Contact: fujetcouncil@gmail.com


29th Mishima Handicrafts Festival

Date: Sat. June 13th – Sun. June 14th
Area: Okuaizu
Time: Sat: 9am – 4pm; Sun: 9am – 3pm

Address: (三島町生活工芸館)
Suwanoue-395 Nairi
Mishima, Onuma District, Fukushima Prefecture 969-7402
Details: Come to a handicraft festival held in Okuaizu where artists come from all over Japan to showcase their handmade products! From Woodworking, pottery and metalwork to weaving and painting, there is no end to the variety of gifts (for yourself or someone else!) or things to see! You will also have an opportunity to try your hand at making some crafts.

There is also a Facebook event page that you can access here.

Contact: Japanese: http://www.okuaizu-amikumi.jp/?p=708


Hawaiian Festival at Fukushima Iizaka

hawaii2015sDate: June 12th – June 14th
Area: Fukushima Station (12th) Iizaka Hot Springs (13th/14th)
Friday the 12th = 1pm in front of JR Fukushima Station East exit
Saturday the 13th = 1pm in front of the Iizaka Hot Spring Station
Sunday the 14th = 10am in front of the Iizaka Hot Spring Station

Address: 12th is in front of the east exit of Fukushima Station (福島駅), 13th and 14th is in front of the Iizaka Hot Spring Station (飯坂温泉駅).

Details: Enjoy three days in Hawaii without actually leaving the country! People who love Hawaii travel from all over Japan for this three-day event to experience the atmosphere of Hawaii, watch hula dancing, listen to music and  eat food. It is also conveniently located in a hot spring town!

Website (Japanese): http://www.iizaka.com/sankasuru-campaign/hawaii-fes2015/

Contact: Iizaka Hot Spring Tourism Association; 024-542-4241 (Japanese)


Aizu Wakamatsu International Association (AWIA) World Tour Series: New Zealand Music

Kia Kaha for webDate: Sunday, June 14th
Area: Aizu Wakamatsu
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Address: Aizu Keikodō, 1st floor Event hall
〒965-0871 福島県 会津若松市栄町3-50

Details: World Tour is here to take you on a musical journey to New Zealand. Come enjoy the international music of the acoustic guitar and flute duo , Black Orpheus. Enjoy the distinct sounds of Roger Buckton and Kim Rockell, as they perform in a variety of styles including Jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova.

Price: Free for members, 500 yen for non-members

Contact: Aizu Wakamatsu International Association (AWIA); Margaret Price: <mail@awia.jp>


June Volunteer Weekend in Odaka

odaka before afterDate: Sat. June 20th and Sun. June 21st
Area: Minamisoma
Time: 8:30am – 4pm

Address: TBA (check the event page for updated information)

Details: Come assist the community in Minamisoma who suffered in the 2011 disaster. There is still a lot to be done and we can help! You can volunteer on one day or both and it involves manual labor, so please bring long sleeved work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. There will be boots at the center that you can borrow and you will need to provide your own lunch (There will be hot water available for instant ramen).

As for lodging, there is most likely space at Tenri temple in Kashima for 1,000 yen a night.

Please check out the facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1436222360012357/

Contact: Sarah Jones (through the Facebook event page)


Aizu Firefly Festival

ranbu-nisiasouDate: June 20th to June 21st
Area: Aizuwakamatsu
Time: 12pm – 9pm

Address: 22 Miyanohigashi Kitaaizumachi Shimoarai
Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 965-0111

Details: Wanna see some fireflies? Yes! Enjoy a traditional festival by day with food, music and stage events and enjoy fireflies by night.

Contact (Japanese): 0242-58-2381 http://www.city.aizuwakamatsu.fukushima.jp/docs/2013050800016/


29th Annual Tipsy Walk (第29回ほろ酔いウオーク2015)

horoyoi2015-1Date: June 26th – 27th
Area: Iizazaka Hot Spring (Fukushima City)
Time: 6pm – 10:30pm

Address: 飯坂温泉街
Price: 3,500 yen advance, 4,000 the day of, which gets you alcohol from a bunch of booths set up in 5 different areas.

Details: The festival name explains it all. Stumble from booth to booth and receive stamps for drinks (you already paid for the drinks with your ticket)so you can enter the raffle! They also have package deals for hotels nearby so you can stay in the onsen town and sleep off your drinks and take a dip in an onsen!

Website: http://www.iizaka.com/sankasuru-campaign/29thhoroyoi/
Contact: TEL024-542-3568(飯坂町商工会)


FuJET 2015 Oze National Park Hike

ozeDate: Sat. June 27th
Area: Minami Aizu
Time: 7:15am meet at Aizuwakamatsu station, leave by 7:30am.

Address: If you have a car, we are meeting at Aizuwakamatsu Station to caravan to Oze. If you do not have a car, you will need to figure out transportation .Check out the facebook event page for more information.

Details: Now that you have conquered Bandai (or not), let’s hike through Oze national park as the last step before the JET hosted Mt. Fuji climb in July! Even if you aren’t interested in the Mt. Fuji hike, come join us anyway!

Check out our Facebook page for more information about transportation, what to bring and updated details: https://www.facebook.com/events/799193126855185/

Contact: fujetcouncil@gmail.com


Tipsy Local Aizu Sake Train

tipsytrainDate: June 27th
Area: Aizuwakamatsu
Time: 5pm – 6pm; 8pm – 9pm

Address: Nishiwakamatsu Station (NOT Aizuwakamatsu station!)

Details: Literally named “tipsy local sake train,” there isn’t much to explain. Reserve your ticket to ride an old train with traditional Japanese tatami seating which includes roundtrip from Nishiwakamatsu station to Tajima, snacks and of course drinks.

Price: 5,500, reserve by phone up until 3 days prior. (limit of 80 participants)

Contact: 0242-23-1527