March 2016 – The Lucky Island Events

March 2016 – The Lucky Island Events

tutuko234lName: Tsutsuko-hiki Festival

Date: Sunday, March 6th

Area: Date City, at Ikutsushima Shrine (厳島神社)

Address: 1-1 Miyajimacho, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0588

Details: In this annual festival, a group of men clothed in fundoshi brave the cold winds to compete in a tug-o-war struggle for a large bag 3 meters in length, 1.5 meters in width and weighing 800kg filled with steamed glutinous rice. The festival is held to pray for bountiful harvests, good business and good health. It is a designated Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Date City and considered one of the top festivals in the prefecture.

Japanese Website

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sisi_titleName: Equinoctial Lion Dance (Higan Jishi Mai)

Date: Thursday, March 17th

Area: Aizuwakamatsu City, Aizu Region

Address: Aizu 3-13 Sakaemachi, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture 965-0871 (Shinmei Street)

Details: This dance is held in various locations around Aizuwakamatsu and Bandai to welcome spring and say goodbye to winter. The dance serves as a prayer for household safety and a bountiful harvest.

Japanese Website

 

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sisi_titleName: Equinoctial Lion Dance (Higan Jishi Mai)

Date: Friday, March 18th

Area: Bandai Town, Aizu Region

Address: Near Bandai Station (Exit 1)

Details: This dance is held in various locations around Aizuwakamatsu and Bandai to welcome spring and say goodbye to winter. The dance serves as a prayer for household safety and a bountiful harvest.

Japanese Website

 

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sisi_titleName: Equinoctial Lion Dance (Higan Jishi Mai)

Date: Sunday, March 20th

Area: Bandai Town, Aizu Region

Address: Uchikitsutate Akaeda, Bandai-machi, Yama-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-3303

(磐梯町赤枝地区内)

Details: This dance is held in various locations around Aizuwakamatsu and Bandai to welcome spring and say goodbye to winter. The dance serves as a prayer for household safety and a bountiful harvest.

Japanese Website

 

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3537Name: Bandai Shrine Fune-hiki Festival and Shrine Maidens’ Ceremonial Dance

Date: Sunday, March 20th

Area: Iwahashi Shrine in Bandai Town, Aizu Region

Time: Starts from 12pm (noon)

Address: 6199 Nishimine, Inawashiro-machi, Yama-gun, Fukushima-ken 969-3102

〒969-3102, 福島県耶麻郡猪苗代町字西峰6199

Details: This festival is carried out every year to predict the crop quality for the following year. Fune-hiki is a tug-o-war contest that is carried out three times. If the team on the west side wins, there will be a bountiful crop that year, and if the east team wins, the price of rice will rise.

Japanese website

 

FuJET Council 2016-2017 Nominations

★ 2016-2017 FUJET COUNCIL ELECTIONS ★

NOMINATION DEADLINE: MARCH 2ND 

It’s coming up on election time! Now is when you start thinking about who you want running the show for the coming year!If you think you might be up for it, now’s your chance to get involved! Or, if you know someone you think would do a fantastic job, you can nominate them for a position as well!

Candidates wishing to run for the executive positions of president/vice-president (or co-president) are asked to find a running mate and campaign together as a team. Once the polls open, both names will be on the same ballot, and the FuJET community will vote in its new leaders as an established two-person partnership.

GUIDELINES:

  • You may nominate yourself, or nominate a friend (with their permission!) by sending an email with the name of the nominee and the desired position via the form below.
  • You must be a current member of the JET Programme who is re-contracting for the 2016-2017 year.
  •  You may only run for one council position. If a candidate is nominated for two positions, they must choose which position they wish to run for, and may not change their minds once the full list of candidates is announced.

Available council positions are as follows:

  • PRESIDENT: Working with the FuJET Council, the President oversees the distribution of information to Fukushima ALTs and CIRs, organises trips and social events throughout the year in order to foster friendships and connections within the local community, and welcomes new JETs at both the Tokyo Orientation and Fukushima Orientation. 
  • VICE-PRESIDENT: Works with the president in the smooth running of FuJET, and assists with all associated duties.
  • TREASURER: The FuJET Treasurer works with the FuJET Council to administer and supervise the FuJET budget, including all financial transactions. Payments made to FuJET for trips and social events are handled by the Treasurer through the FuJET bank account. The Treasurer also has a supervisory role in FuJET on matter pertaining to the function and productivity of the current council.
  • WEBMASTER/MISTRESS: The Webmaster designs, manages and updates all of the FuJET-related websites. Other duties include IT support for the FuJET Council, database backups and finding web, hardware and software solutions for FuJET. The webmaster will need skills in HTML, CSS, SQL, and wiki markup.
  • NEWS EDITOR: The News Editor manages the FuJET Twitter account and manages and distributes the monthly newsletter, the Lucky Island. In addition, the News Editor also writes and edits articles for the the FuJET news site.
  • VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: The Volunteer Coordinator communicates with volunteer organisations and coordinates fundraising and volunteer activities in and around Fukushima prefecture. To encourage grassroots internationalisation opportunities for Fukushima ALTs and CIRs and their Japanese communities, the Volunteer Coordinator is the main source of information for local volunteering opportunities.

As always, we welcome any questions you may have. Just direct your emails to the FuJET executive team at <fujet.council@gmail.com>, and we’ll do our best to fill you in on anything you want to know!