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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / 2017 Summer fireworks
« on: July 10, 2017, 01:00:24 AM »
Hey Peeps,
Time to dust off those Jinbeis and Yukatas if you are staying in the ken for the summer!
Here are the upcoming fireworks in Yamanashi for the Summer season of 2017~

The 3 biggest ones have been marked with a #

July 22 (Sat) 2017   60th Fuefukigawa summer evening fireworks, Yamanashi-Shi
About 3000 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 30,000 people

# July 26 (Wed) 2017    2nd Annual Jack Fireshow, Jack's house
About 2 sparklers, 2016 Attendees - Approx 1 person

Be warned...early reports suggest that this year's attendees will at least double when the Brazilian contingent are taken into account. Expect congestion and a lack of seating space.

July 29 (Sat) 2017   Yatsugatake Horse Show in Kobuchizawa, Hokuto
1500 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 14,500 people

August 1 (Tue) 2017   Lake Yamanaka Homizuumi-sai,   Minamitsuru Gun Yamanakako Village
about 8000 fireworks in 4 places, 2016 Attendees – Approx 80,000 people

August 2 (Wed) 2017   Lake Saiko - Dragon Palace Festival fireworks, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
700 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 5000 people

August 3 (Thu) 2017   Lake Motosu,   Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
1000 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 3000 people

August 4 (Fri) 2017   Lake Shoji Ryomizuumi-sai, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
300 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 2500 people

#August 5 (Sat) 2017   Lake Kawaguchiko Festival (Kojosai), Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
About 10,000 fireworks , 2016 Attendees – Approx 120,000 people

August 6 (Sun) 2017   9th Hokuto Hometown Festival, Hokuto shi
About 1000 fireworks , 2016 Attendees – Approx 18,000 people

#August 7 2017 (Mon)   29th Jinmei Festival,Nishiyatsushiro Gun Ichikawa Misato
About 24 000 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 240,000 people

August 8 (Tue) 2017   40th Oshino Hakkai Festival, Minamitsuru, Oshino-Village
8888 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 30,000 people

August 13th (Sat) – 15th (Mon) Fujikyu Highland Evening fireworks.
Unknown (Secret?) number of fireworks. , 2016 Attendees – Unknown

August 15 (Tue) 2017   Nanbu Fire Festival, Minamikoma Gun, Nanbu
About 3000 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 38,000 people

August 16 (Wed) 2017   Takeda Jinbotsu Shoshi fireworks, Nirasaki
About 6600 fireworks, 2016 Attendees – Approx 40,000 people

#August 21st (Mon) 2017   53rd  Isawa Onsen fireworks festival, Fuefuki, Isawa Onsen
About 10 000 fireworks , 2016 Attendees – Approx 150,000 people

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YETI Events / YETI Ski Trip 2017
« on: November 28, 2016, 10:21:41 PM »
YETI Ski Trip 2017.
 
What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: January 20th(pm)-22nd/23rd 2017
Where: Lady Diana and St. Georges hotel, Hakuba Goryu Resort, Nagano (http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF)
http://www.ladydiana.jp/en/winter/
http://www.hakubaescal.com/winter/
If you’ve been on the trip before, skip to the post below this one.
 
Costs:
14,600 yen ( 2 nights accommodation), 2 day weekend Ski pass for either Hakuba Goryu/Iimori/47 or Happo one* (+7500), 1 day weekend pass (+4500), Weekday pass (+3000 per day).
500 yen returnable ski pass deposit (For Goryu)
Double/Twin bedrooms are available at 4000 yen extra (per couple). There are only 2 rooms (perhaps 3), so book early. However, I am looking into more rooms in a hotel a few minutes away.
One 4 bed room is available for 4,000 yen extra (per 4 people).

*If you are interested in Happo-one passes, please read the FAQ below.
 
Included in that price is a 1000 yen voucher for a restaurant and cafe that are opening this year. The voucher is valid all weekend (More details below). Additionally, we have Saturday night's party which is held in the function room of the hotel. Things to note about the party...
 
- This year it is nomihoudai again!!!
- There will be a boat race again!
- Some snacks will be provided.
- Hopefully, we will also have a DJ there too,
 
 
*** YETI members get a 1000 yen discount ***
Rental Gear
 - Skis/Board/Blades + Boots - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
 - Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800
 - Goggles - 500/1000
 - Gloves - 500/1000
 - Helmet - 1000/2000
 - Lessons – 5250yen for a half day lesson
 

PLEASE RSVP ASAP or by January 14th. The clothing deadline is Jan 11th.

The Plan:

Friday PM
  • Arrive in Hakuba
  • Check in and pay
  • Socialize

Saturday AM
  • Breakfast
  • Collect your pass and rental gear
  • Meet the instructors and hit the slopes

Saturday PM
  • Onsen, dinner, relax
  • PARTY TIME

Sunday AM
  • Breakfast
  • hit the slopes
  • Or do whatever you want  :-)

Sunday PM
  • Return passes and rental gear
  • Head home unless you're staying an extra day!

Monday     
  • Enjoy your extra day on the slopes

Hey! What am I getting for my money?
- Friday and Saturday night accommodation with a late checkout on Sunday if needed
- Discounted lift passes
- 3 meals (breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday)
- A 1000 yen voucher to use at Base - Burger and beers and Base - Coffee and Donuts
- Saturday night party - Nomihoudai, Boat race, Music and possibly a DJ too.
- A shuttle bus to a nearby onsen
 
For a little extra...
Rental gear and lessons are available for the above prices.
 
The package can be changed depending on how many nights you want to stay. However, let us know in advance especially if you have dietary restrictions.
 
Polo Shirts and Hoodies are also available. More about that later on.
 
How do I get there?
By Car: (http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF)

Most people will be travelling by car and carpooling is usually the cheapest option.
 
-Tolls one way are about 3,000yen from the Kofu area (differs according to area).
- For that old-school feel, please see attached files for directions from Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagoya. Directions from Chiba are not as detailed though.
- Check out this webcam on route 148 to see realtime weather conditions in the area.
http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcam-hakuba-roads-nagano
 
By Chartered Van / Bus.
 
For those who are not able to get rides, I will help organise transport. This depends on there being a valid-licence holding driver to drive the rental van.
 
Approximate costs:
- Vans from Kofu : 6500 yen round trip or 7500 from Fujiyoshida.
- For those outside Yamanashi, get in touch with your co-ordinators, otherwise myself to make arrangements.
 
By public transport?
Trains from Kofu:
Local :3000 yen one way, 5 hours (Get off at Kamishiro)
Express : 5400 yen one way, 3 hours (Get off at Hakuba)

- Shizuoka
Only expensive train options. Over 10,000yen one way! ShizAJET will be organising cheaper transport.
 
-Nagoya train
 Take an express from Nagoya station to Matsumoto and then a local towards Hakuba, getting off at Kamishiro. Price is approx 6500-7000 yen one way.
 
- Chiba/Tokyo buses
(Straight to Hakuba Goryu) http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/hakuba_shinjuku/ (Timetable marked Timetable (Dec. 17, 2016 - Mar. 31, 2017))
http://highway-buses.jp/hakuba/   {As above but in English}
 

Shirt Info
The official YETI Ski trip 2017 polo shirts and hoodies is designed by Katherine Vos! Here is the mockup of the designs for you!
There is a back and front print, and you can have a name of your choosing printed on the front (limit 20 characters Japanese or Romaji).
 
 
  • Polo Shirt - 3200 yen
  • Hoodie -  4500 yen

The shirts are available from SS to 5L size. Check out your size below before ordering.


Available in the following sizes
 
Polo shirt
           Body     Chest       Shoulder   Sleeve
          Length   Width        Width      Length
            (cm)       (cm)          (cm)          (cm)
 
SS        63           45            40          20
S          67           48            42          21
M         71           51            44          22
L          75           54            46          23
LL        77           57            48          24
3L        78           60            50          24
4L        81           63            52          25
5L        83           66            54          26
 
Hoodie
 
           Body     Chest        Sleeve
          Length   Width        Length
            (cm)     (cm)          (cm)
 
S          62           52           57
M         66           55            60
L          70           58            61
LL        75           63            62
3L        80           68            63
 
 

I'm so down!! What do I do now?
Well the next step is to RSVP! When you RSVP, please tell me the following.
 
RSVP in this format

1. Name :
 
2. Which package are you taking? (i.e. staying 2 nights and 2 day pass (Saturday and Sunday) for Hakuba Goryu)
Do you want a double room (limited availability)?
Do you want a quad room (limited availability) ?
 
3. Gear Rental: Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what: (skis,board or blades / boots / clothing)
    Shoe size:  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles? Size (S/M/L)?
    Helmet? (S/M/L)?
 
4. Lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing? if so, which level?
Ski levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/ski-lesson-levels
Boarding levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/snowboard-lesson-levels

Further details in the FAQ

5. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? What size and name (20 characters max) ?
 
6. Transport Situation? (i.e. got a ride, need a ride, taking the train etc)

7. For Saturday’s dinner, would you like to eat at 5.30pm or 6.30pm? Or is either ok?
N.B. Due to the size of our group, those with dietary restrictions will have to eat at the 5.30 sitting.  

8. Would you be interested in using the shuttle bus to the Hotel Hakuba Goryu Onsen? (See the FAQ)
 
9. Other Information: (planning to stay only one night / dietary restrictions / etc)
 
If you came last year and want to know your sizes, here is last years list.
 
Jan 2016 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lr1xOxioTDaRuVUs0LK_jOPbH2Hy5pjszrAJ0EM6W18/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 2016 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lZfmgWTKyxtmLEAuPib92OJo-5qohDpABemiAfINeao/edit?usp=sharing
 
If you have any questions, read the FAQ and if that doesn't cover it, then ask on here as there are bound to be more people who don't understand!
 
FAQ
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am working on Saturday!

Fret not. There is an option to stay on the Sunday and Monday. You will just have to get yourselves to Hakuba and I can sort everything out. If there is enough demand from a certain region i.e. Kofu, I can hire a van for the group. Don't forget that you can also stay on Monday, making it a 3-day weekend and enjoy the quieter slopes.
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am terrible at budgeting
Generally, I only take the money when you arrive at the hotel as it is easier for me to collect all the money in one place... well relatively. It also means that certain things can be changed on Friday night if we have the flexibility. However, if you cancel, you will be liable for those things that I have already paid for/ cannot get out of.
If you are having cash flow issues, just let me know and we'll work something out.
This year, a number of people have wanted to pay some/all the money upfront so that they can't spend it. If you want to take this option, you can furikomi the money to me. Just get in touch and I will send you my bank details.
 
Hold on? If I take nenkyuu, can I get in on this Monday option and have a 3 day trip?
Yep, you certainly can. It’ll just cost extra.


I’m interested in the Happo one passes. What’s the deal with that?

Hakuba Goryu/Iimori/47 and three interlinked skifields located about 7 mins walk from our hotel and the pass works on all of the lifts there. The lessons will be held at Iimori ski field.
Happo one is a ski field located about a 15min drive away. If you wish to go there, you’ll need to make sure that you have your own transport. I can do passes for Saturday or Saturday and Sunday, but not Sunday only. You’ll be given a voucher for your pass which is exchanged at Happo with a 500 yen deposit for the pass.

What are these 1000 yen vouchers?
Japan Powder is opening up a restaurant,  called Base - Burgers and beers, which is just outside the Escal plaza. See the attached PDF for their prices (Fried Chicken prices TBC).  They are also opening a cafe called Base - Coffee and donuts on the site of the old Alaskan Burger which will do doughnuts and hotdrinks, again see the attached PDF.
The voucher is worth 1000 yen and is valid at either place but you won't get any change back from it. It also can't be split between the two.
The restaurant is forecast to hold 40-50 people and the cafe about 20. With a group our size, if you could possibly stagger your visit, that would help them out a lot!

 
What is the accommodation like?
Rooms are ensuite ryokan style with heaters, towels, shampoo and body soap. Rooms are generally 5-9 people per room.
Lady Diana has separate sex onsens that will be open for the duration of the trip. More details further down
Double/Twin rooms are 4000 yen per room extra (i.e. 2000 per person) but are in limited supply. The one quad bedroom is 1000 yen per person extra.  Book early to avoid disappointment! I am looking at extra rooms in a nearby hotel and will let you know if I am successful.

 
What is the sausage room/taco room?
AKA the boys room/girls room. As there are so many people coming from Yamanashi, some of the guys get their own room together, as do the girls. They are affectionately know as the Sausage room and Taco room.

Where do I get my rental equipment?
Your rental equipment will be delivered to the basement of St Georges hotel or outside Lady Diana in the morning and labelled for you. The prices are really low as the equipment is a few years old and will do the job for beginners and casual boarders/skiers. If you are serious about your snow sports and equipment, then you will need to go to the resort plaza and pay serious prices.
 
Here are sample prices
http://spicy.co.jp/rental/winter/
http://www.hakuba-rental.com/rental-prices-english.php
 
They are roughly 4000-5250/7200-11550 yen for 1day/2days for the good stuff.
 
What if it doesn’t fit?
As always, sizes aren't always exact. Try everything on in the morning and the rental guy(s) will be there to change things for you if need be. Please bear in mind that English may not be their first language. For those of you worried about being extra small/big, don’t worry! We have always been able to accommodate people at the far end of the scale.
 
Here are some conversion charts for you to help you.
 
http://convertalot.com/clothing.html
Mens Shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_mens.htm
Womens shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_womens.htm
 

I have my own coat and stuff. Is it good enough? Or do I go with the rental stuff?
I turn to my good friend Sachi for this…
“You don’t have to rent clothes. If you have a winter jacket, you'd hope it would protect you from snow which occurs in winter. The rental gear option is more for the people that are new to winter sports, or winter in general, that might not have winter equipment. Some ALTs come from tropical climates and would never need to buy useless heavy warm jackets that you might need in your home country. I had never seen snow before I came to Japan and the only time I saw my breath was when I was getting stuff from a freezer. If your gear can handle snow and cold, then there shouldn't be a problem.
 
Don’t forget you will fall over a bit, especially when you're learning, so I highly recommend you double check your shit is waterproof!
 
Sach”
 
I have my own equipment but I can't get it in the car.
Either find someone who can take it up for you, or Kuroneko's Ski Takkyubin delivery service is an option at under 3500 yen return trip for most people. You may need to buy their carrier at 240/500 yen.
 
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/personal/ski/
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/shinetsu/
 
The address to send it to is
Resort Hotel Lady Diana & St. Georges
22200-75, Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, NAGANO, JAPAN 399-9211
TEL: 0261-753 525
 
Do I need snow tyres? I have never driven in the snow
YES! You can drive on summer tyres if you want and I cannot stop you. However, depending on the weather, the police may be doing spot checks on the expressways and on the way to the ski fields. If you do not have snow tyres, then they will turn you back. This has been the case for three out of the last four years.
Additionally, should you have an accident on summer tyres your insurance will not cover you as someone found out four years back.
Chains are an alternative but best to have them on all four tyres.
If you are not experienced/confident about driving in the snow, just take it easy and be gentle with your braking, acceleration and steering. If cars behind you are pressurising you, then let them pass you.
 
Can I board one day and ski the other?
Of course. Just tell me which day for which, before the RSVP date and the prices will the same.
Changing your mind during the course of the trip may be a little tricky though.

What if I decide not to hit the slopes on the second day? Can I get a refund for my pass/equipment? How about adding an extra day.
If you can tell me ASAP about changes, the easier it is for me to change things. If you want to change things during the trip, it can be tricky. I will have paid for the passes and equipment by the time we are there. As a rule, it is easier to add things than to take them away. Whatever the case, I will do my best.

What if I need extra equipment such as bumpads?

There are shops in the Escal plaza at the bottom of Goryu ski field that can supply you with everything.

What about Luuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnncccccccccccchhhhhhh â„¢ ?
Lunch?  The ski fields all have a choice of restaurants including a Subway and a Mos Burger and also serve hot drinks and beer. Food ranges from tradition Japanese fare to western dishes too.
Pack enough money to cover your lunch and beverages. Obviously, you will all have a voucher to use at Burgers and Beers too, but it is also nice to have choices too. Besides, you may also use the voucher for liquid refreshments.

I’ve never seen snow in my life… am I going to fail miserably?
Hells no! Even the pros had to learn somehow. There will always be a friendly face somewhere who will give you a few pointers. Everyone has a different learning curve and you will revel in the camaraderie.

Can I get lessons?
Yes! Five antipodean instructors are booked for Saturday morning, exclusively for beginners. If there is enough demand, afternoon lessons for intermediate and higher will be provided. Pick up is at 8.30am(provisionally) to take you to the bunny slope. SO DON’T GO ON YOUR OWN.  A few years ago, one person decided to go on their own and ended up at the wrong ski field. Please try your stuff early in the morning, before breakfast as it may take some time to change things.
The AM session will be from 9am to 12pm, PM from 1pm to 4pm. Please judge your level on a scale of 0-6 with 0 being total beginner and 6 being advanced when RSVPing. The classes may come down to majority rule.

Ski levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/ski-lesson-levels
Boarding levels - http://www.hakubasnowsports.com/snowboard-lesson-levels


Where are the nearest onsens? And what is this about a shuttle?
As luck would have it, the hotel has it’s own onsens. There are separate male and female facilities and they will be open for the duration of our trip.

There are also onsens in the local area but even the nearest one is a few minutes drive away, with a popular one being the one at the Hotel Hakuba Goryu.

https://goo.gl/maps/eSewes15mYH2
http://www.hotelhakubagoryu.jp/onsen/index.html
A lot of people like to go to this one and I can usually get discounted tickets for this onsen.

The hotel is happy with shuttling people to and from the onsen as they have a 23 seater bus. Tentatively, the schedule is

5.00pm - Shuttle to the onsen for those eating at the 6.30 sitting
5.30pm - Early dinner sitting
6.15pm - Shuttle back for those eating at the 6.30 sitting
6.30pm - Early dinner sitting
6.45pm - Shuttle to the onsen for those who ate at the 5.30 sitting
8.00pm - Shuttle back for those who ate at the 5.30 sitting
 
I don’t really like big parties, what else is there to do on Saturday night?
Not everyone is into drinking and partying. Every year, some people hang out in the lobby upstairs or in their rooms and chat one-to-one or play games. One year, we even had a bible study session. There are options for everyone.


I want to come for the party but don’t want to be on the slopes, what do I do?

Snow penises, movies, knitting, p0rn, play boardgames, borrow a car and visit the beautiful scenery… the options are endless. Last year, 25 people came for the craic.
 
 
So RSVP people as soon as possible and give me as much info as possible. Any questions are welcome.




RSVPs


1. Abby Ryder
2.  Adrienna Wu
3. Ai Nomura
4. Aimee Lozano
5.  Aki Yoshida
6. Aleesa Johnson
7.  Alethia Paredes
8. Alex Quindoy
9.  Amber Hilton
10. Anastasia Ivanova
11.  Andrew Carlson
12. Andrew Olson
13. Andy Schneider
14. Anne Kanamori
15.  Anya Destiney
16.  Ariel Kane
17. Ashley Hirasuna
18.  Ashly Oros
19. Ashton Turnball
20.  Becca Butler
21. Belen Betancourt
22. Ben Ogawa
23.  Bonnie Ewart-Fisher
24.  Brandon Moore
25.  Brian Glynn
26.  Caitlin Pickert
27.  Charlie Cook
28. Cheryl Coyle
29. Chika Jaggard
30.  Chika Uchida
31. Chrissie Beverley
32.  Christian Garcia
33. Cindy Perez
34.  Claire Seney
35. Colin Gamm
36. Colin Liddicote
37.  Corey Hart
38. Crystal Sandoval
39. Curt Hemsoth
40. Daniel Lawson
41.  David Beggs
42.  David Garwood
43.  Denica Shute
44. Derek Rugge
45.  Devon Williams
46. Devyn Couch
47.  Dionne Hart
48.  Domhall McFarline
49.  Duke Jonkers
50. Elise Reller
51. Elliot Seeto
52. Emily Arnold
53. Emily McVey
54.  Emily Schneider
55.  Emma Sletteland
56.  Erim Gulum
57. Eve Henty
58.  Forbes
59. Frances Takemoto
60. Fred De Condappa
61. Fred Howells
62. Harris Vu
63.  Henry Prosack
64.  Hideaki Fujiwara
65. Hideki Takahashi
66. Hilary Reynolds
67.  Hiroko Noto
68.  Ian Lutz
69. Ian Wu
70. Issei Futohashi
71.  Ivy Cheng
72.  Jack Brennan
73. Jackie Pedroses
74.  Jackqueline Decker
75. Jacob Wiering
76.  James Hanlon
77. James Owen
78. James Rankin
79. Jamila Brown
80. Janel Polson
81. Joe McCarthy
82. John Shapiro
83. Jonny Cosgrove
84. Josh Anthony
85. Joshua Graf
86.  Josie Scott
87.  Julia Rawnsley
88. Julia Rodrigues
89.  Julian Perez
90. Julie Mrozinski
91.  Kahl
92. Kaia Range
93. Kaitlyn Smith
94.  Kanako Matsuda
95. Karla Guzman
96. Katherine McNair
97. Katherine Vos
98.  Keisuke Komaki
99. Kelly Alexander
100. Kendall Harris
101.  Kento Sakurai
102. Kenya McQueen
103. Kim Fulfs
104. Kristen Elrod
105. Kristen Wilson
106.  Kristina Skilling
107. Kyle Wilson
108. Laura Partida
109. Lauren Porter
110. Lillian Diep
111.  Lloyd Kimpton
112. Lucas Grothaus
113.  Luke McDaneld
114. Madeleine Phillips
115.  Makoto Shirakawa
116.  Maria Colunga
117. Maria De La Paz Carucci
118. Mark Stephen Horbury
119.  Matthew Bates
120. Maxwell Huras
121. Megan Doi
122. Meryl Isa Jordan
123.  Michelle Tanner
124. Moipone Kgatle
125.  Morgan Dalton
126. Nancy Ngo
127. Naomi Norton
128.  Narumi Amemiya
129.  Nathaniel Thierer
130. Natsuko Mazany
131.  Nic Du Bois
132. Nick McCabe
133. Okada Asaki
134. Pamela Tedjo
135.  Paul Dargon
136. Rie Nakajima
137.  Rob Keleher
138. Roger Lu
139.  Rosanna Tang
140.  Ryan Brookwell
141.  Ryuji Tominaga
142.  Sairus Delaney
143.  Sara Wells
144.  Sarah Starkey
145. Shane Snead
146. Shaun Meleady
147. Sho Nakano
148.  Simone De Pascalis
149.  Sophie Schneider
150.  Steffi Kowlessar
151.  Stephanie Gomez
152. Stephen Jackel
153.  Teresa Couture
154.  Theresa Pinhey
155.  Thomas Davis-Marin
156.  Thomas Joyce
157.  Toby Jones
158.  Travis Tokaruk
159.  Tristan Reid
160.  Umihiko Iwasa
161. William Emerson
162. Yuto Kitta



Dietary Needs

Katherine Vos - No peanuts              ピーナッツがだめ
PmAleesa Johnson -  No seafood     Ã©Â­Å¡Ã£â‚¬ÂÃ£Ââ€žÃ£Ââ€¹Ã£â‚¬ÂÃ¨Â²ÂÃ£ÂÂªÃ£ÂÂ©Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¦ÂµÂ·Ã£ÂÂ®Ã¥â€¹â€¢Ã§â€°Â©Ã£ÂÂ¯Ã£ÂÂ Ã£â€šÂ
Altethia Parades - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Paul Dargon - No Peanuts - severe allergy   Ã£Æ’”ーナッツがだめ
Sarah Starkey - No Dairy / no fish heads  乳製品・魚の頭はだめ
Ashton Turnball - No seafood 魚、いか、貝などの海の動物はだめ
Corey Hart - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Dionne Hary - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Brandon Moore - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Aimee Lozano - No shellfish, no milk (貝類アレルギー・牛乳がだめ)
Maria De La Paz Carucci - Vegetarian (Fish is OK)          ベジタリアン(魚が大丈夫)
Julia Rodrigues - Vegetarian ベジタリアン
Erim Gulum - Muslim - No pork 豚肉 がだめ
Emily Schneider - No shellfish (Fri/Sat)                貝類[甲殻類]アレルギー及び
Steffi Kowlessar - No beef (牛肉がだめ)
Michelle Tanner - Vegetarian (ベジタリアン)
Moipone Kgatle - Vegetarian (ベジタリアン)
Amber Hilton -  Vegetarian (ベジタリアン)
Cheryl Coyle - Gluten-free (グルテンがだめ)
Lillian Diep - No Mushroom ( キノコだめ)





Lessons


 
Boarding
Anya Destiney - 3
Chika Jaggard - 1
Cindy Perez - 1
Karla Guzman - 1
Jackie Pedroso - 2
Elliot Seeto - 3 or 4
Joshua Graf - 1
Sarah Starkey - 1
Toby Jones - 1
Duke Jonkers - 1
Curt Hemsoth - 1
Nathaniel Thierer - 3
Michelle Tanner - 4
Stephanie Gomez - 1
Moipone Kgatle - 1
Mark Horbury- 1
Becca Butler - 3
Janel Polson - 1
Belen Betancourt - 1
Nancy Ngo - 1





Skiing
Lauren Porter-1
Julian Perez-1
Dionne Hart - 1
Ivy Cheng - 1
Thomas Joyce - 1
Brandon Moore - 1
Steffi Kowlessar - 1
Pamela Tedjo - 1
Madeleine Phillips - 2
Amber Hilton - 1
Devon Williams - 1
Sho Nakano






Clothing
 
Hoodies
 

*Jeff Moses - LL - No text
*Katherine Vos - L - キャサリン
*Stephen Jackel - L - スティーブン
Fred - LL - 風烈斗
*Christina Beverley - M - Christina Sensei
*Theresa Pinhey - M - Theresa
*Ryan Brookwell - L - Ryan
*Anya Destiney - L - 暗夜 運命
*Ian Wu - M - No text
*Thomas Davis-Marin - L - トーマス
*Kaitlyn Smith - S - No text
*Chika Jaggard - M - Emi Star
*Lauren Porter - S - ローレン
*Jackie Pedroso - LL - Jackie
*Rosanna Tang - L - Rose
*Elliot Seeto - 3L- 司徒
Hilary Reynolds - S - ヒラリー
Teresa Couture - M
*Crystal Sandoval - S - くりすたる
*Jacqueline Decker - M - Jacqueline Decker
*Toby Jones - M - Tj Man
*James Hanlon - M - Hames
*Tristan Reid - 3L - Tristan Reid
*Matt Bates - 3L - Matthew Bates
*Duke Jonkers - LL - SIR DUKE
*Claire Seney -  LL -  Claire T.
*Emily Arnold - L - No name
*Kendall Harris - LL - Kendall
*Curt Hemsworth - L, -  雪狼
*Kanako Matsuda - S - No text
*Cristina Guadalupe Rivera - M - Cristina
*Megan Doi - M - Megan
*Kaia Range - L - カイア
Maxwell Huras - XL - マクスェル
Andy Schnieder - LL - アンディ
Pamela Tedjo - M - パメラ
Kenya McQueen - M -ケニア マックイーン
Sho Nakano-- M -- Sho
Ryuji Tominaga-- S-- Ryuji
Janel Polson - M - ジャネル
 



Polos



Fred - LL- 風烈斗
*Cindy Perez - LL - シンデイー
*Kim Fulfs - 3L - Kim
*Ben Ogawa - M - Ryo
*Sarah Starkey - L  -  Starkers
*Ashton Turnball - M - TinyHat






Lady Diana (Doubles)

Stephen Jackel and Katherine Vos (308)
Jack Brennan and Julia (305)
Charlie Cook and Makoto Shirakawa (306)
Daniel Lawson and Eve Henty (Mont Blanc)
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Theresa Pinhey and Ryan Brookwell (not different hotel though)


El Monte (Triples)
Anya Destiney and James Hanlon  (Room 202)
Thomas Davis-Marin and Narumi Amemiya (Room 203)
David Garwood and Kelly Alexander (Room 207)
Tristan Reid and Christina (Room 208)
 Ashley Oros and crew…. (Room 211)
Hideki Takahashi and Chika Uchida (Room 212)
 Steffi Kowlessar, Michelle Tanner, Pamela Tedjo (Room 213)



Quad Room

Harris Vu, Joshua Graf, Luke McDaneld,  Natsuko Mazany(Lady Diana - 311)
John Shapiro, Bonnie Ewart-Fisher, Anne Kanamori, Travis Tokaruk (El Monte - B03)
Cheryl Sakurai & Guests (El Monte - B05)
6 tatami Room (El Monte - B02)




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Jobs / Part time evening work near Joei station. From April
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:11:58 AM »
Effort Eikaiwa in Tamaho (A few minutes walk from Joei station) is looking for a part time teacher to work Thursday evenings and possibly other nights if you want.

You will be teaching various levels and it is pretty flexible, so I cannot give you any specifics at the moment. I believe that they are looking for only one teacher at the momet.

If you need more info, contact me and I’ll send you Yukari’s way. Yukari and Yuji are awesome people and I loved working for them before I moved to Enzan. If you want more info, Giseli also works for them at the moment.

Cheers,

Fred

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Jobs / April 2016 - Business Classes
« on: January 29, 2016, 03:12:58 PM »
CES is seeking a teacher for a corporate class near Kokubo station (JR Minobu line - In the Showa general area) from April
2016.

Course duration is 20 lessons (renewable contract).

The day of the class is flexible as long as it is held on one of the
following - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 5:45-7:45pm.
All materials and support will be provided by CES.

Pay is 8,000 yen per class plus travel expenses.

We are expecting 3 classes and they HAVE to be held on different days.

It is fine to do only 1 of the 3 classes if that is all you are able to
do.

If you are interested in more details, please email or call Mark Bohan
on [email protected] or 06-6346-2148

Please mention that you saw this through YETI if you contact Mark.

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / 2016 Ski Trip II - Frozen Boogaloo
« on: January 26, 2016, 11:36:21 AM »
***** Places will be allocated based on how quickly I receive your RSVP. A full RSVP is required; minor details can be adjusted later. Places are allocated chronologically*****

--- Please RSVP to me (Fred), otherwise.. ---
--- In Chiba, RSVP to Ellie May ---
--- In Gunma, RSVP to Sho Cereste ---
--- In Ishikawa, RSVP to Ishikawa AJET/Dan Campbell/Gerard Noakes ---
--- In Shizuoka, RSVP to Jeffrey Moses ---

==== You are more than welcome to invite your friends too! ====

**TL/DR - If you came on the January trip, it’s roughly the same format but the hotel is very swanky. There is no nomihoudai party but we have happy hour at the bar all weekend.  **

What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: February 26th (pm) – Feb 28th, 2016
Where: Aqua Alpine Hotel (http://www.aquaalpine.com/ - First 60 71 spaces) http://goo.gl/maps/W7sjE
Lady Diana and St. Georges (Overflow) http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF
 
2-night hotel stay - 16,000 yen (Sat.& Sun. breakfast, Sat. dinner)
+Goryu pass (1/2 days) - 4000/7000 yen
+Happo pass (1/2 days) - 4500/7500 yen

This trip, I am using a different rental company which has better equipment and has agreed to price match my previous deal.

Ski/Board + Boots - 1800/2800 yen for 1/2 days
Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800yen for 1/2 days
Goggles  - 500/1000yen for 1/2 days
Gloves  - 500/1000yen for 1/2 days
Helmet - 1000/2000yen for 1/2 days


There is a more detailed explanation below, but here is the basic RSVP format:

1. Name:
2. Which nights are you staying? Fri. and Sat or wanting to do an extra night?
3. What Ski pass do you want? 0/1/2/3-day pass? Would you like to go to Happo?
4. Gear Rental : Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what : (skis or board / boots / clothing etc)
    Shoe size :  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes Sizes – Please provide Japanese sizes, if possible
    Gloves/Goggles
    Helmet (Small / Medium / Large)
5. Skiing/Snowboarding lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing, and what level are you? (Beginner 1/2, Intermediate 3/4, Advanced 5/6)
6. Do you want to get a hoodie or polo from the January trip? If so, what size and what name do you want to personalise it with (maximum 20 characters)?
7. Transport: required / not required / a friend is driving me. Do you have a licence/IDP?
8. Do you have any dietary needs?
9. Other information or requests (roommate requests, want to stay a 3rd night, etc)


Here are the rental details from the January Trip.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lr1xOxioTDaRuVUs0LK_jOPbH2Hy5pjszrAJ0EM6W18/edit?usp=sharing



Need to know more?

The February Ski trip will be generally the same format as the January trip, so for those of who did not go on it, click the link below for the full explanation of January’s event.
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9247.0

The main differences are that we are staying at the Aqua Alpine Hotel, which is a 4-star hotel but no nomihoudai party.  A few of you have already been there, so will know how sweet it is and it is only a few minutes walk from the slopes. It is one of the best rated hotels in all of Hakuba on tripadvisor.com, having won various awards over the years.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1120615-d1234902-Reviews-Aqua_Alpine_Hotel-Hakuba_mura_Kitaazumi_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

This year, we’ve got the entire hotel to ourselves, which means there are 60 71 spots available. As this is a 4-star hotel, the rooms will have extra futons in them to bring the price down to something affordable. The package includes 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and dinner on Saturday night. Normally, the prices are 13,000 to 22,000 yen per person per night excluding dinner.

There is also a possibility of adding extra days before or after the trip, let me know if you are interested in that.
After the first 60 71 spots are taken, any further guests will be placed at Lady Diana's (the same place as the January trip). There are no Double/Quad/Single night options at Aqua Alpine, but if we use Lady Diana, they will be these options.

There is no party room at the hotel. However, we can use the facilities of the hotel, including the lounge, bar and pool room. The bar will run happy hour for us all weekend.
Also, I have been sourcing tickets to Happo-One as priced above. Let me know if you are interested.

I can offer a 3-hour beginner lesson for 5250 yen on Saturday morning. I have hired one instructor for skiing and one for snowboarding.
Outside of this, the going rate is 7000 (am)/6000 (pm) yen per person for a 2-hour lesson. This can cover all levels and can be taken on Saturday/Sunday in either the morning or the afternoon.



RSVPS


1.  Fred De Condappa
2.  Terra Wright
3.  Tomohiro Nakazawa
4. Ellie Michalik
5.  Angela Donley
6.  Sho Cereste
7. Becky Robbins
8. Jeff Moses
9.  Andy Shartzer
10.  May Milkins
11.  Jasmin Lau
12. Scott Tulloch
13.  Alex Pianetta
14.  Kristen Roth
15. Michael Martin
16. Althia Paredes
17. Stephen Jackel
18. Kaitlyn Smith
19.  CT Chen
20.  Rachel Palmer
21.  Chrissie Beverley
22.  Felice Rafael
23.  Cheryl Schlitter
24. Katherine Vos
25.  Taylor Welsh
26. Chandre Davids
27. Astin Moore
28.  Geneva Ged
29. Sophia Chow
30.  Thomas Davis Marin
31. Amanda Ramond
32.  Juli Boucree
33. Laura Morgan
34. Armand Lubbe
35. Hiroshi Suzuki
36. Kevin Gates
37.  Brian Glynn
38. Rie Yamamoto
39. Bruno Rawson
40. Madeleine Ito
41.  Mitch Goddard
42.  Kimberely Smith
43. Konomi Harasawa
44.  Josh Andrews
45. Nathaniel Thierer
46.  Victor Pope
47.  Katie Danner
48. Nicholas Knoske
49.  Ryan Coutant
50. Chris Crooks
51. Simon Robinson
52. Wing Wong Hu
53. Benjamin Ryo Ogawa
54. Amy Louise Adair
55. Emily McVey
56.  Sean Grannum
57. Jonathan Cosgrove
58.  Dan Campbell
59. Ben Palmer
60. Hideaki Fujiwara
61. Kyoko Yoshida
62.  Peter Fraser
63. Michael Sheaf
64.  Chance Milligan
65.  Daniel Lawson
66.  Ashley Hirasuna
67.  Anya Destiney
68.  Adam Iwamoto
69. Sayuri Itai
70.  Terrique Goldson
71. Sairus Delaney
72. Hilary Reynolds
73.  Collin D'Arcy
74. Joe McCarthy
75. Giseli Hirata
76.  Denica Shute
77. Anthony Orlando
78.  Julian Andujar
79. Jackie Andujar
80. Hunter West
81.  Kevin Marr
82. Derek Rugge
83.  Shane Snead
84.  Joseph Hilt
85.  Christian Garcia
86. Maria Colunga
87.  Tiffany Drain
88.  Davis
89.  Kimberly Hammond
90. Julio Sanchez
91.  Elliiot Seeto
92.  William Bailey
93. Meryl Jordan
94. Kristen Elrod
95.  Charlie Cook
96. Mako Shirakawa



Dietary Needs

Terra Wright - Lactose intolerant, so no cream based foods    乳糖不耐症でクリーム入りの食べ物が禁止
May Milkins - No seafood, no beef (allergy) 海鮮類と牛肉が禁止
Ryan Coutant - Vegan ビーガン(畜産物が禁止)
Alethia Paredes - Vegatarian
Giseli Hirata - No bananas or Natto
Katherine Vos - No peanuts              ピーナッツが禁止
Angela Donley - strong irritation to tomato - can eat tomato sauce, but small quantities/ketchup are ok
Terrique Goldson - diet - vegetables, chicken and beef only
Daniel Lawson - Gluten-free    グルテンフリー
Nicholas Knoske - Allergic to squid and octopus
Collin D’Arcy - No lemons, bananas, or kiwi fruit
Hilary Reynolds - No meat
Joshua Andrews - No meat
Amanda Ramond - Vegetarian meal



Lessons

Boarding

Terra Wright - 0
Nathaniel Thierer - 0
Ryan Coutant - 0
Alethia Paredes - 0
Anya Destiney  - 1
Elliot Seeto - 4 ?



Skiing

Laura Morgan - 0
Chandre Davids - 1
Geneva Ged - 1
Sophia Chow - 0
Terrique Goldson - 0
Maddie Ito - 1



Hoodies

Kristen Roth - XL - Kristen
Bruno Rawson - XL - Bru Yes
Angela Donley - M - さくら
Benjamin Ryo Ogawa - M - RYO
Hilary Reynolds - M



Polos

Hiroshi Suzuki - XL - Hiroshi Suzuki
Nathaniel Thierer - L - ネイト
Cheryl Schlitter  - L?  - シェーロ
Wing-wong Hu -S -

6
Events Archive / YETI Ski Trip 2016
« on: November 28, 2015, 11:19:11 PM »
YETI Ski Trip 2016.
 
What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: January 22nd(pm)-24th/25th 2016
Where: Lady Diana and St. Georges hotel, Hakuba Goryu Resort, Nagano (http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF)
http://www.ladydiana.jp/en/winter/
http://www.hakubaescal.com/winter/foreign/english.html

If you’ve been on the trip before, skip to the post below this one.
 
Costs:
14,000 yen ( 2 nights accommodation), 2 day weekend Ski pass for either Hakuba Goryu/Iimori/47 or Happo one* (+7500), 1 day weekend pass (+4500), Weekday pass (+3000 per day).
1000 yen returnable ski pass deposit (For Goryu)
Double/Twin bedrooms are available at 3000 yen extra (per couple). There are only 2 rooms (perhaps 3), so book early.
One 4 bed room is available for 4,000 yen extra (per 4 people).

*If you are interested in Happo-one passes, please read the FAQ below.
 
Included in that price is Saturday night's party which is held in the function room of the hotel. Things to note about the party...
 
- This year it is nomihoudai again!!!
- There will be a boat race again with America hoping to win.
- Some snacks will be provided.
- Hopefully, we will also have a DJ there too,
 
 
*** YETI members get a 1000 yen discount ***
Rental Gear
 - Skis/Board/Blades + Boots - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
 - Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800
 - Goggles - 500/1000
 - Gloves - 500/1000
 - Lessons – 5250yen for a half day lesson
- Helmet - 1000/2000
 

PLEASE RSVP ASAP or by January 16th. The clothing deadline is Jan 13th.

The Plan:

Friday PM
  • Arrive in Hakuba
  • Check in and pay
  • Socialize

Saturday AM
  • Breakfast
  • Collect your pass and rental gear
  • Meet the instructors and hit the slopes

Saturday PM
  • Onsen, dinner, relax
  • PARTY TIME

Sunday AM
  • Breakfast
  • hit the slopes
  • Or do whatever you want  :-)

Sunday PM
  • Return passes and rental gear
  • Head home unless you're staying an extra day!

Monday     
  • Enjoy your extra day on the slopes

Hey! What am I getting for my money?
- Friday and Saturday night accommodation
- Discounted lift passes
- 3 meals (breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday)
- Saturday night party - Nomihoudai, Boat race, Music and possibly a DJ too.
 
 
For a little extra...
Rental gear and lessons are available for the above prices.
 
The package can be changed depending on how many nights you want to stay. However, let us know in advance especially if you have dietary restrictions.
 
Polo Shirts and Hoodies are also available. More about that later.
 
How do I get there?
By Car: (http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF)

Most people will be travelling by car and carpooling is usually the cheapest option.
 
-Tolls one way are about 3,000yen from the Kofu area (differs according to area).
- For that old-school feel, please see attached files for directions from Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagoya. Directions from Chiba are not as detailed though.
- Check out this webcam on route 148 to see realtime weather conditions in the area.
http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcam-hakuba-roads-nagano
 
By Chartered Van / Bus.
 
For those who are not able to get rides, I will help organise transport. This depends on there being a valid-licence holding driver to drive the rental van.
 
Approximate costs:
- Vans from Kofu : 6500 yen round trip or 7500 from Fujiyoshida.
- For those outside Yamanashi, get in touch with your co-ordinators, otherwise myself to make arrangements.
 
By public transport?
Trains from Kofu:
Local :3000 yen one way, 5 hours (Get off at Kamishiro)
Express : 5400 yen one way, 3 hours (Get off at Hakuba)

- Shizuoka
Only expensive train options. Over 10,000yen one way! ShizAJET will be organising cheaper transport.
 
-Nagoya train
 Take an express from Nagoya station to Matsumoto and then a local towards Hakuba, getting off at Kamishiro. Price is approx 6500-7000 yen one way.
 
- Chiba/Tokyo buses (Straight to Hakuba Goryu) http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/hakuba_shinjuku/ (Timetable marked Timetable (Dec. 19, 2015 - Mar. 31, 2016))
http://highway-buses.jp/hakuba/   {As above but in English}
 

Shirt Info
The official YETI Ski trip 2016 polo shirts and hoodies are designed by Ben Lenoir and Katherine Vos! Below is a mockup of how the shirts will look. It is still a work in progress but will hopefully be finished soon.
There is a back and front print, and you can have a name of your choosing printed on the front (limit 20 characters Japanese or Romaji).
 
 
  • Polo Shirt - 3200 yen
  • Hoodie -  4200 yen

The shirts are available from SS to 5L size. Check out your size below before ordering.




Available in the following sizes
 
Polo shirt
           Body     Chest       Shoulder   Sleeve
          Length   Width        Width      Length
            (cm)       (cm)          (cm)          (cm)
 
SS        63           45            40          20
S          67           48            42          21
M         71           51            44          22
L          75           54            46          23
LL        77           57            48          24
3L        78           60            50          24
4L        81           63            52          25
5L        83           66            54          26
 
Hoodie
 
           Body     Chest        Sleeve
          Length   Width        Length
            (cm)     (cm)          (cm)
 
S          62           52           57
M         66           55            60
L          70           58            61
LL        75           63            62
3L        80           68            63
 
 

I'm so down!! What do I do now?
Well the next step is to RSVP! When you RSVP, please tell me the following.
 
RSVP in this format

1. Name :
 
2. Which package are you taking? (i.e. staying 2 nights and 2 day pass (Saturday and Sunday) for Hakuba Goryu)
Do you want a double room (limited availability)?
Do you want a quad room (limited availability) ?
 
3. Gear Rental: Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what: (skis,board or blades / boots / clothing)
    Shoe size:  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles? Size (S/M/L)?
    Helmet? (S/M/L)?
 
4. Lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing? if so, which level? (See below for more details)
 
5. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? What size and name (20 characters max) ?
 
6. Transport Situation? (i.e. got a ride, need a ride, taking the train etc)

7. For Saturday’s dinner, would you like to eat at 5.30pm or 6.30pm?
N.B. Due to the size of our group, those with dietary restrictions will have to eat at the 5.30 sitting.
 
8. Other Information: (planning to stay only one night / vegetarian meals required / etc)
 
If you came last year and want to know your sizes, here is last years list.
 
Jan 2015 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zrqUMcQdOL9LF8HXsI8K1qMxh0pBBXk8_XJI2u513dE/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 2015 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oux_0ALiBeVjuhik3J0xANtD9I0nrNBeagSS2Kddj-E/edit?usp=sharing

 
If you have any questions, read the FAQ and if that doesn't cover it, then ask on here as there are bound to be more people who don't understand!
 
FAQ
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am working on Saturday!

Fret not. There is an option to stay on the Sunday and Monday. You will just have to get yourselves to Hakuba and I can sort everything out. If there is enough demand from a certain region i.e. Kofu, I can hire a van for the group. Don't forget that you can also stay on Monday, making it a 3-day weekend and enjoy the quieter slopes.
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am terrible at budgeting
Generally, I only take the money when you arrive at the hotel as it is easier for me to collect all the money in one place... well relatively. It also means that certain things can be changed on Friday night if we have the flexibility. However, if you cancel, you will be liable for those things that I have already paid for/ cannot get out of.
If you are having cash flow issues, just let me know and we'll work something out.
This year, a number of people have wanted to pay some/all the money upfront so that they can't spend it. If you want to take this option, you can furikomi the money to me. Just get in touch and I will send you my bank details.
 
Hold on? If I take nenkyuu, can I get in on this Monday option and have a 3 day trip?
Yep, you certainly can. It’ll just cost extra.
 
What is the accommodation like?
Rooms are ensuite ryokan style with heaters, towels, shampoo and body soap. Rooms are generally 5-9 people per room.
Lady Diana has separate sex onsens that will be open for the duration of the trip.
Double/Twin rooms are 3000 yen per room extra (i.e. 1500 per person) but are in limited supply. The one quad bedroom is 1000 yen per person extra.  Book early to avoid disappointment!

I’m interested in the Happo one passes. What’s the deal with that?

Hakuba Goryu/Iimori/47 and three interlinked skifields located about 7 mins walk from our hotel and the pass works on all of the lifts there. The lessons will be held at Iimori ski field.
Happo one is a ski field located about a 15min drive away. If you wish to go there, you’ll need to make sure that you have your own transport. I can do passes for Saturday or Saturday and Sunday, but not Sunday only. You’ll be given a voucher for your pass which is exchanged at Happo with a 500 yen deposit for the pass.
 
What is the sausage room/taco room?
AKA the boys room/girls room. As there are so many people coming from Yamanashi, some of the guys get their own room together, as do the girls. They are affectionately know as the Sausage room and Taco room.

Where do I get my rental equipment?
Your rental equipment will be delivered to the basement of St Georges hotel or outside Lady Diana in the morning and labelled for you. The prices are really low as the equipment is a few years old and will do the job for beginners and casual boarders/skiers. If you are serious about your snow sports and equipment, then you will need to go to the resort plaza and pay serious prices.
 
Here are sample prices
http://spicy.co.jp/en_price/
http://www.hakuba-rental.com/rental-prices-english.php
 
They are roughly 3800-6400/7000-11000 yen for 1day/2days for the good stuff.
 
What if it doesn’t fit?
As always, sizes aren't always exact. Try everything on in the morning and the rental guy(s) will be there to change things for you if need be. Please bear in mind that English may not be their first language. For those of you worried about being extra small/big, don’t worry! We have always been able to accommodate people at the far end of the scale.
 
Here are some conversion charts for you to help you.
 
http://convertalot.com/clothing.html
Mens Shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_mens.htm
Womens shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_womens.htm
 

I have my own coat and stuff. Is it good enough? Or do I go with the rental stuff?
I turn to my good friend Sachi for this…
“You don’t have to rent clothes. If you have a winter jacket, you'd hope it would protect you from snow which occurs in winter. The rental gear option is more for the people that are new to winter sports, or winter in general, that might not have winter equipment. Some ALTs come from tropical climates and would never need to buy useless heavy warm jackets that you might need in your home country. I had never seen snow before I came to Japan and the only time I saw my breath was when I was getting stuff from a freezer. If your gear can handle snow and cold, then there shouldn't be a problem.
 
Don’t forget you will fall over a bit, especially when you're learning, so I highly recommend you double check your shit is waterproof!
 
Sach”
 
I have my own equipment but I can't get it in the car.
Either find someone who can take it up for you, or Kuroneko's Ski Takkyubin delivery service is an option at under 3500 yen return trip for most people. You may need to buy their carrier at 240/500 yen.
 
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/personal/ski/
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/shinetsu/
 
The address to send it to is
Resort Hotel Lady Diana & St. Georges
22200-75, Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, NAGANO, JAPAN 399-9211
TEL: 0261-753 525
 
Do I need snow tyres? I have never driven in the snow
YES! You can drive on summer tyres if you want and I cannot stop you. However, depending on the weather, the police may be doing spot checks on the expressways and on the way to the ski fields. If you do not have snow tyres, then they will turn you back. This has been the case for three out of the last four years.
Additionally, should you have an accident on summer tyres your insurance will not cover you as someone found out four years back.
Chains are an alternative but best to have them on all four tyres.
If you are not experienced/confident about driving in the snow, just take it easy and be gentle with your braking, acceleration and steering. If cars behind you are pressurising you, then let them pass you.
 
Can I board one day and ski the other?
Of course. Just tell me which day for which, before the RSVP date and the prices will the same.
Changing your mind during the course of the trip may be a little tricky though.

What if I decide not to hit the slopes on the second day? Can I get a refund for my pass/equipment? How about adding an extra day.
If you can tell me ASAP about changes, the easier it is for me to change things. If you want to change things during the trip, it can be tricky. I will have paid for the passes and equipment by the time we are there. As a rule, it is easier to add things than to take them away. Whatever the case, I will do my best.

What if I need extra equipment such as bumpads?

There are shops in the Escal plaza at the bottom of Goryu ski field that can supply you with everything.

What about Luuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnncccccccccccchhhhhhh â„¢ ?
Lunch?  The ski fields all have a choice of restaurants including a Subway and a Mos Burger and also serve hot drinks and beer. Food ranges from tradition Japanese fare to western dishes too.
Pack enough money to cover your lunch and beverages.

I’ve never seen snow in my life… am I going to fail miserably?
Hells no! Even the pros had to learn somehow. There will always be a friendly face somewhere who will give you a few pointers. Everyone has a different learning curve and you will revel in the camaraderie.

Can I get lessons?
Yes! Three antipodean instructors are booked for Saturday morning, exclusively for beginners. If there is enough demand, afternoon lessons for intermediate and higher will be provided. Pick up is at 8.30am(provisionally) to take you to the bunny slope. SO DON’T GO ON YOUR OWN.  A few years ago, one person decided to go on their own and ended up at the wrong ski field. Please try your stuff early in the morning, before breakfast as it may take some time to change things.
The AM session will be from 9am to 12pm, PM from 1pm to 4pm. Please judge your level on a scale of 0-6 with 0 being total beginner and 6 being advanced when RSVPing. The classes may come down to majority rule.

I don’t really like big parties, what else is there to do on Saturday night?
Not everyone is into drinking and partying. Every year, some people hang out in the lobby upstairs or in their rooms and chat one-to-one or play games. One year, we even had a bible study session. There are options for everyone.


I want to come for the party but don’t want to be on the slopes, what do I do?

Snow penises, movies, knitting, p0rn, play boardgames, borrow a car and visit the beautiful scenery… the options are endless. Last year, 21 people came for the craic.
 
 
So RSVP people as soon as possible and give me as much info as possible. Any questions are welcome.




RSVPs

1. Abby Morgan
2. Adrienne Wu
3. Aki Furukawa
4. Alex Argyrides
5.  Alex Pianetta
6. Alex Scandellari
7.  Allen Agunday
8.  Amanda Cooper
9. Amanda Moran
10. Amanda Ng
11.  Amanda Ramond
12.  Amihan Mondejar
13.  Amy Adair
14.  Andrew Carlson
15.  Andy Schneider
16. Andy Shartzer
17.  Anthony Orlando
18. Anya Destiney
19.  Armand Lubbe
20. Ashley Hirasuna
21.  Atsutoshi Hoshino
22.  Becca Butler
23. Becky Robbins
24.  Ben Alex
25. Ben Mortensen
26.  Ben Palmer
27. Bethany Melendy
28.  Brian Glynn
29.  Brinna Keillor
30. Brittany Shows
31. Bruno Rawson
32. Cameron Joe
33.  Cameron Vos
34.  Catherine Glen
35. Cathy Li
36. Chandler Azling
37.  Charles Fliss
38.  Chris Warnke
39. Christina Beverly
40.  Claire Seney
41. CT Chen
42.  Daisuke Naka
43. Dan Brown
44.  Dan Campbell
45. Daniel Lawson
46.  Derek Rugge
47. Elaisha Martis
48.  Ellie Michalik
49. Elliot Seeto
50.  Emily Mcv
51.  Emily Munro
52.  Emily Schneider
53.  Erin Jones
54. Esther Rogers
55.  Ethan Armstrong
56.  Evan Schulte
57. Felice Rafael
58.  Fred De Condappa
59. Gail Johnson
60. Geneva Ged
61. George Fox Leak
62.  George Morganis
63.  Gerard Noakes
64.  Graeme Parker
65.  Hideaki Fujiwara
66. Hiroshi Suzuki
67. Hunter West
68. Jacob Stroth
69. Jacob Wiering
70.  James Hanlon
71. Jasmin Lau
72. Jason Maclellen
73.  Jennifer Rader
74. Joao Gomes Coelho
75. Joe Hilt
76.  Jonathan Cosgrove
77.  Joseph McCarthy
78.  Joshua Andrews
79. Joshua Vuglar
80.  Juli Boucree
81. Julian Andujar
82.  Julie Mrozinski
83. Justin Dane
84. Kaitlyn Smith
85.  Katherine Vos
86.  Kazuma Matsui
87.  Kent Amano
88. Kevin Gates
89.  Kevin Marr
90.  Kim Fulfs
91.  Kimberly Kemler
92.  Kimmai Vo
93.  Kitty Han
94.  Koji Oishi
95. Kristen Parrish
96.  Kristina Skilling
97.  Luke Javelle
98. Margot Seeto
99. Maria Montcalm
100.  Masushi Mizutani
101.  Matt Bates
102. May Milkins
103. Megan Doi
104. Melinda Marquardt
105. Michael Sheaf
106. Michelle Feighney
107. Mike Ireland
108. Mireille Lubbe
109.  Misha Pinyo
110. Nathan Deniston
111. Nicole Kunihisa
112. Patrick Hoke
113.  Peter Stanton
114. Reuben Kosup-Katz
115. Richard Yates
116. Robert Waldrep
117. Rosanna Tang
118.  Sabrina Cramer
119.  Sairus Delaney
120.  Sara Wells
121.  Scott Farley
122.  Sean J Grannum
123.  Sean Logfren
124.  Sho Cereste
125. Stephanie Brisendine
126.  Stephen Jackel
127.  Taylor Welsh
128.  Thomas Davis-Marin
129.  Tom Taylor
130.  Tristian Reid
131.  Vivian Leung
132.  Vong Lor
133.  Will Harell
134. Wing-wong Hu
135.  Xavier Griffiths
136.  Yaroslava Timoshenko
137.  Yosuke Nomura
138. Yudai Tanaka
139.  Yuji Okuda
140.  Yuto Kitta
141.  Zie Ira

Dietary Needs

Gail Johnson - Vegetarian                ベジタリアン
Peter Stanton – Vegetarian               Ã£Æ’™ã‚¸ã‚¿ãƒªã‚¢ãƒ³
Joao Gomes Coelho – Vegetarian  ベジタリアン
Mireille Lubbe - Vegetarian (Fish is OK)          ベジタリアン(魚が大丈夫)
 Amanda Ramond - Vegetarian but Pescatarian is ok           Ã£Æ’™ã‚¸ã‚¿ãƒªã‚¢ãƒ³ï¼ˆé­šèœé£ŸãŒå¤§ä¸ˆå¤«ï¼‰
Joshua Andrews - Pescatarian (Main meal but no pork)        ベジタリアン(主食は魚菜食が大丈夫)
Sean Logfren – Pescatarian            ベジタリアン(魚菜食が大丈夫)
Emily Schneider - No shellfish (Vegetarian)                 Ã¨Â²ÂÃ©Â¡Å¾Ã¯Â¼Â»Ã§â€Â²Ã¦Â®Â»Ã©Â¡Å¾Ã¯Â¼Â½Ã£â€šÂ¢Ã£Æ’¬ãƒ«ã‚®ãƒ¼åŠã³ãƒ™ã‚¸ã‚¿ãƒªã‚¢
May Milkins - No seafood                  海鮮類は禁止
Jacob Wiering - Shellfish allergy     Ã¨Â²ÂÃ©Â¡Å¾Ã¯Â¼Â»Ã§â€Â²Ã¦Â®Â»Ã©Â¡Å¾Ã¯Â¼Â½Ã£â€šÂ¢Ã£Æ’¬ãƒ«ã‚®ãƒ¼ãƒ»
Amy Adair - allergies (milk, cream, mayo, nuts)           Ã£â€šÂ¢Ã£Æ’¬ãƒ«ã‚®ãƒ¼ï¼ˆç‰›ä¹³ã€ã‚¯ãƒªãƒ¼ãƒ ã€ãƒžãƒ¨ãƒãƒ¼ã‚ºã€ãƒŠãƒƒãƒ„)
Catherine Glen - Lactose intolerant, so no cream based foods    乳糖不耐症でクリーム入りの食べ物が禁止
Katherine Vos - No peanuts              ピーナッツが禁止
Daniel Lawson - Gluten-free diet (Main meal)    グルテンを含まない食事(主食は特に)
Zie Ira - No pork 豚肉 が禁止



Lessons


 
Boarding
Anya Destiney - 1
Kristen Parrish - 1
Stephanie Brisendine - 0
Felice Rafael - 1
May Milkins - 1
Xavier Griffiths - 0
Nicole Kunihisa - 0
Brittany Shows - 0
Amanda Ng - 0
Gail Johnson - 0
Emily Mcveigh - 0
Ashley Hirasuna - 0
Vong Lor - 1
Amy Adair - 2
Margot Seeto - 0
Elliot Seeto - 4?
Becky Robbins - 2
CT Chen -2

Skiing
Wing-Wong Hu - 1
Vivian Leung -0
George Morganis - 1
George Fox Leak - 0
Yuji Okuda - 0
Maria Montcalm - 0
Joshua Vuglar - 0
Michelle Feighney - 0
Jennifer Rader - 0
Taylor Welsh - 0
Sean Logfren - 0


Clothing
 
Hoodies
 

*Stephen Jackel - L - スティーブン
*Ellie Michalik -  M - no text
*Claire Seney - LL - Claire
*Jeff Moses - LL - No text
*Kaitlyn Smith - S
*Rosanna Tang - L - Rose
*Andy Shartzer - L - アンディ
*James Hanlon - M - ジェームズ
*Megan Doi - S - 土井
*Becky Robbins - M - ベッキー
*Thomas Davis-Marin - L - Thomas
*Ben Lenoir - L - H.B.I.C
*Ethan Armstrong - L - Athorell
*Katherine Vos -  L - キャサリン
*Lindsay Belone - LL - リンジー Izzy ベローン
*May Milkins - S
*Kimmai Vo - M - Kimmai
*Nicole Kunihisa - LL - Niko
*Fred - LL - 風烈斗
*Erin Jones - LL
*Sara Wells - 3L - サラ
*Josh Norris - LL - ドクター悪
*Brian Glynn - LL - JaPow
*Kim Fulfs - 3L - Kim
*Koji Oishi - M - KOJI OISHI
*Hiroshi Suzuki - LL - Hiroshi Suzuki
*Elliot Seeto - LL - Elliot


Polos

Fred - LL - TBD

*Vivian Leung - S - Vivian Leung
*Bethany Melendy - LL - Bethany
*Claire Seney - LL- クレア
*Chrissie Beverley - M - Chrissie Beverley
*Jeff Moses - LL - No text
*Jennifer Rader - L - Rader
*Fred - LL - 風烈斗
*Elaisha Martis-Geor - M - チョコレイシャ
*Yosuke Nomura - S - YOSUKE
*Charles Fliss - L - チャールズ



Double Rooms (First come basis, 3 rooms)

Andy and Emily Schneider (Room 305)
Armand and Mireille Lubbe (Room 308)
Ben Mortensen and Erin Jones (Room 306)



Quad Room
Daniel Lawson
May Milkins
Jasmin Lau
Andy Shartzer










7
Non-YETI Social Gatherings / 2015 Summer fireworks
« on: July 21, 2015, 06:35:03 PM »
Hey everyone, here are this years firework festivals in Yamanashi, taken from http://hanabi.walkerplus.com/list/ar0419/

The next big one is the Yamanashi shi one which is always fun as it is in my neck of the woods!

July 25 (Sat) 2015   58th Fuefukigawa summer evening fireworks, Yamanashi-Shi
About 3000 fireworks

August 1 (Sat) 2015   Lake Yamanaka Homizuumi-sai,   Minamitsuru Gun Yamanakako Village
about 8000 fireworks in 4 places

August 1 (Sat) 2015   Yatsugatake Horse Show in Kobuchizawa, Hokuto
1500 fireworks

August 2 (Sun) 2015   Lake Saiko - Dragon Palace Festival fireworks, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
700 fireworks

August 3 (Mon) 2015   Lake Motosu,   Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
1000 fireworks

August 4 (Tue) 2015   Lake Shoji Ryomizuumi-sai, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
300 fireworks

August 5 (Wed) 2015   Lake Kawaguchiko Festival, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
About 10,000 fireworks (total)

August 7 2015 (Fri)   Ichikawamisato-cho’s 10th Anniversary, 26th Jinmei Festival,Nishiyatsushiro Gun Ichikawa Misato
About 20 000 fireworks

August 8 (Sat) 2015   38th Oshino Hakkai Festival, Minamitsuru, Oshino-Village
4888 fireworks

August 15 (Sat) 2015   Nanbu Fire Festival, Minamikoma Gun, Nanbu
About 3000 fireworks

August 16 (Sun) 2015   Takeda Jinbotsu Shoshi fireworks, Nirasaki
About 6600 fireworks

August 21 (Fri) 2015   51st  Isawa Onsen fireworks festival, Fuefuki, Isawa Onsen
About 10 000 fireworks

August 21st (Fri) – 23rd (Sun) Fujikyu Highland Evening fireworks.
Unknown (Secret?) number of fireworks.





8
Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Ski Trip II - A Good Day to Ski Hard
« on: January 31, 2015, 04:00:53 PM »
***** Places will be allocated based on how quickly I receive your RSVP. A full RSVP is required; minor details can be adjusted later. Places are allocated chronologically*****

--- Please RSVP to me (Fred), otherwise.. ---
--- In Chiba, RSVP to Rochelle Zheng/Rebecca O’Neil ---
--- In Gunma, RSVP to Hannah Croucher ---
--- In Ishikawa, RSVP to Ishikawa AJET/Dan Campbell/Gerard Noakes ---
--- In Shizuoka, RSVP to Jeffrey Moses ---


==== You are more than welcome to invite your friends too! ====



What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: February 27th (pm) – March 1st, 2015
Where: Aqua Alpine Hotel (http://www.aquaalpine.com/ - First 65 spaces) http://goo.gl/maps/W7sjE
Lady Diana and St. Georges (Overflow) http://goo.gl/maps/vpZIF
 
2-night hotel stay - 16,000 yen (Sat.& Sun. breakfast, Sat. dinner)
3-night hotel stay - 19,500 yen (3 breakfasts, Sat. dinner, no Sun. dinner)
Goryu pass (1/2/3 days)  - xxxx/xxxx/xxxx yen
Happo pass (1/2/3 days)  - xxxx/xxxx/xxxx yen

I am using the same rental company as before, so the prices are:

Ski/Board + Boots - 1800/2800/3800 yen for 1/2/3 days
Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800/3800 yen for 1/2/3 days
Goggles  - 500/1000/1500 yen for 1/2/3 days
Gloves  - 500/1000/1500 yen for 1/2/3 days
Helmet - 1000/2000/3000 yen for 1/2/3 days



There is a more detailed explanation below, but here is the basic RSVP format:

1. Name:
2. Which nights are you staying? Fri. and Sat. only or Fri.,Sat. and Sun.?
3. What Ski pass do you want? 0/1/2/3-day pass? Would you like to go to Happo?
3. Gear Rental : Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what : (skis or board / boots / clothing etc)
    Shoe size :  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes Sizes – Please provide Japanese sizes, if possible
    Gloves/Goggles
    Helmet (Small / Medium / Large)
4. Transport: required / not required / a friend is driving me
5. Do you have any dietary needs?
6. Skiing/Snowboarding lessons? If yes, boarding or skiing, and what level are you? (Beginner 1/2, Intermediate 3/4, Advanced 5/6)
7. Do you want to get a hoodie or polo from the January trip? If so, what size and what name do you want to personalise it with (maximum 20 characters)?
8. Other information or requests (roommate requests, do you have a Japanese driver’s license or IDP, etc.)?




Need to know more?

The February Ski trip will be generally the same format as the January trip, so for those of who did not go on it, click the link below for the full explanation of January’s event.
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9213.0

The main differences are that we are staying at the Aqua Alpine Hotel, which is a 4-star hotel but no nomihoudai party.  A few of you have already been there, so will know how sweet it is and it is only a few minutes walk from the slopes. It is the top-rated hotel in all of Hakuba on tripadvisor.com.   
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1120615-d1234902-Reviews-Aqua_Alpine_Hotel-Hakuba_mura_Kitaazumi_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

This year, we’ve got the entire hotel to ourselves, which means there are 65 spots available. As this is a 4-star hotel, the rooms will have extra futons in them to bring the price down to something affordable. The package includes 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and dinner on Saturday night. Normally, the prices are 14,000 to 23,000 yen per person per night!

Also, I have 10 spots open for a third night (Sunday). This does not include dinner, but we can eat at the restaurant or go out to a local restaurant.
After the first 65 spots are taken, any further guests will be placed at Lady Diana's (the same place as the January trip). There are no Double/Quad/Single night options at Aqua Alpine, but if we use Lady Diana, they will be these options.

There is no party room at the hotel. However, we can use the facilities of the hotel, including the lounge, bar and pool room. The bar will run happy hour for us all weekend.
Also, I have been sourcing tickets to Happo-One as priced above. Let me know if you are interested.

I can offer a 3-hour beginner lesson for 5250 yen on Saturday morning. I have hired one instructor for skiing and one for snowboarding.
Outside of this, the going rate is 6000 yen per person for a 2-hour lesson. This can cover all levels and can be taken on Saturday/Sunday in either the morning or the afternoon.

9
Events Archive / YETI Ski Trip 2015
« on: December 08, 2014, 10:17:01 PM »
I know you’ve all been holding your breath for this one and here it is!

YETI Ski Trip 2015.

 
What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: January 23rd(pm)-25th/26th 2015
Where: Lady Diana and St. Georges hotel, Hakuba Goryu Resort, Nagano (http://goo.gl/maps/VJjnK)
http://ladydiana.jp/e/index.html
http://www.hakubagoryu.com/e/index.html

 
Costs:
14,000 yen ( 2 nights accommodation), 2 day weekend Ski pass (+7500), 1 day weekend pass (+4500), Weekday pass (+3000 per day).
1000 yen returnable ski pass deposit
Double/Twin bedrooms are available at 3000 yen extra (per couple). There are only 2 rooms (perhaps 3), so book early.
One 4 bed room is available for 4,000 yen extra (per 4 people).
 
Included in that price is Saturday night's party which is held in the function room of the hotel. Things to note about the party...
 
- This year it is nomihoudai again!!!
- There will be a boat race again with America hoping to hold onto it's crown
- Some snacks will be provided.
- Hopefully, we will also have a DJ there too,
 
 
*** YETI members get a 1000 yen discount ***
Rental Gear
 - Skis/Board/Blades + Boots - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
 - Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800
 - Goggles - 500/1000
 - Gloves - 500/1000
 - Lessons – 5250yen for a half day lesson
 
Unfortunately, with the tax increase that came through this year, the hotel (+500), ski passes (+500 per day) and clothing (+200) have gone up. The premium room rates, rental rates  and lessons have not increased. I’m still working with all the companies to see if I can get the aforementioned prices down to pre-tax increase prices.     


PLEASE RSVP ASAP or by January 17th. The clothing deadline is Jan 14th.

The Plan:

Friday PM
  • Arrive in Hakuba
  • Check in and pay
  • Socialize

Saturday AM
  • Breakfast
  • Collect your pass and rental gear
  • Meet the instructors and hit the slopes

Saturday PM
  • Onsen, dinner, relax
  • PARTY TIME

Sunday AM
  • Breakfast
  • hit the slopes
  • Or do whatever you want  :-)

Sunday PM
  • Return passes and rental gear
  • Head home unless you're staying an extra day!

Monday     
  • Enjoy your extra day on the slopes

Hey! What am I getting for my money?
- Friday and Saturday night accommodation
- Discounted lift passes
- 3 meals (breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday)
- Saturday night party - Nomihoudai, Boat race, Music and possibly a DJ too.
 
 
For a little extra...
Rental gear and lessons are available for the above prices.
 
The package can be changed depending on how many nights you want to stay. However, let us know in advance especially if you have dietary restrictions.
 
Polo Shirts and Hoodies are also available. More about that later.
 
How do I get there?
By Car: (http://goo.gl/maps/VJjnK)

Most people will be travelling by car and carpooling is usually the cheapest option.
 
-Tolls one way are about 3,000yen from the Kofu area (differs according to area).
- For that old-school feel, please see attached files for directions from Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagoya. Directions from Chiba are not as detailed though.
- Check out this webcam on route 148 to see realtime weather conditions in the area.
http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcam-hakuba-roads-nagano
 
By Chartered Van / Bus.
 
For those who are not able to get rides, I will help organise transport. This depends on their being a valid-licence holding driver to drive the rental van.
 
Approximate costs:
- Vans from Kofu : 6500 yen round trip
- Vans from Fujiyoshida/Tsuru/Otuski : 7500 yen ( depending on demand)
- For those outside Yamanashi, get in touch with your co-ordinators, otherwise myself to make arrangements.
 
By public transport?
Trains from Kofu:
  • Local :3000 yen one way, 5 hours (Get off at Kamishiro)
  • Express : 5400 yen one way, 3 hours (Get off at Hakuba)

- Shizuoka
Only expensive train options. Over 10,000yen one way! ShizAJET will be organising cheaper transport.
 
-Nagoya train
 Take an express from Nagoya station to Matsumoto and then a local towards Hakuba, getting off at Kamishiro.
 
- Chiba/Tokyo buses (Straight to Hakuba Goryu)
http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/hakuba_shinjuku/ (3rd and 4th table down)
http://highway-buses.jp/hakuba/   {As above but in English. The winter schedule is missing but hit reservation and it will have the winter schedule for you)

 
Shirt Info
The official YETI Ski trip 2015 polo shirts and hoodies are designed by Ben Lenoir, Katherine Vos and Danny Burton! Below is a mockup of how the shirts will look.
There is a back and front print, and you can have a name of your choosing printed on the front (limit 20 characters Japanese or Romaji).
 
 
Prices :
  • Polo Shirt - 3200 yen
  • Hoodie -  4200 yen

The shirts are available from SS to 5L size. Check out your size below before ordering.
 
 

Available in the following sizes
 
Polo shirt
           Body     Chest       Shoulder   Sleeve
          Length   Width        Width      Length
            (cm)       (cm)          (cm)          (cm)
 
SS        63           45            40          20
S          67           48            42          21
M         71           51            44          22
L          75           54            46          23
LL        77           57            48          24
3L        78           60            50          24
4L        81           63            52          25
5L        83           66            54          26
 
Hoodie
 
           Body     Chest        Sleeve
          Length   Width        Length
            (cm)     (cm)          (cm)
 
S          62           52           57
M         66           55            60
L          70           58            61
LL        75           63            62
3L        80           68            63
 
 

I'm so down!! What do I do now?

Well the next step is to RSVP! When you RSVP, please tell me the following.
 
1. Name :
 
2. Which package are you taking? (i.e. staying 2 nights and pass for Saturday and Sunday)
Do you want a double room (limited availability)?
Do you want a quad room (limited availability) ?
 
3. Gear Rental: Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what: (skis,board or blades / boots / clothing)
    Shoe size:  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles? Size (S/M/L)?
 
4. Lessons? Boarding or Skiing? Level? (See below for more details)
 
5. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? What size and name (20 characters max) ?
 
6. Transport Situation? (i.e. got a ride, need a ride, taking the train etc)
 
7. Other Information: (planning to stay only one night / vegetarian meals required / etc)
 
If you came last year and want to know your sizes, here is last years list.
 
Jan 2014 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z6_3LMw4e4rF0AA9AKpAL81nVlsrn5y_35pxM_FmrVU/edit?pli=1
Feb 2014 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KwLcXa4sprC2EVfpA5Zn4ZJFHoraYQZuu5vfjQ4BPRM/edit?usp=sharing
 
If you have any questions, read the FAQ and if that doesn't cover it, then ask on here as there are bound to be more people who don't understand!
 
FAQ
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am working on Saturday!
Fret not. There is an option to stay on the Sunday and Monday. You will just have to get yourselves to Hakuba and I can sort everything out. If there is enough demand from a certain region i.e. Kofu, I can hire a van for the group. Don't forget that you can also stay on Monday, making it a 3-day weekend and enjoy the quieter slopes.
 
Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am terrible at budgeting
Generally, I only take the money when you arrive at the hotel as it is easier for me to collect all the money in one place... well relatively. It also means that certain things can be changed on Friday night if we have the flexibility. However, if you cancel, you will be liable for those things that I have already paid for/ cannot get out of.
If you are having cash flow issues, just let me know and we'll work something out.
This year, a number of people have wanted to pay some/all the money upfront so that they can't spend it. If you want to take this option, you can furikomi the money to me. Just get in touch and I will send you my bank details.
 
Hold on? If I take nenkyuu, can I get in on this Monday option and have a 3 day trip?
Yep, you certainly can. It’ll just cost extra.
 
What is the accommodation like?
Rooms are ensuite ryokan style with heaters, towels, shampoo and body soap. Rooms are generally 5-9 people per room.
Lady Diana has separate sex onsens that will be open for the duration of the trip.
Double/Twin rooms are 3000 yen per room extra (i.e. 1500 per person) but are in limited supply. The one quad bedroom is 1000 yen per person extra.  Book early to avoid disappointment!
 
What is the sausage room/taco room?
AKA the boys room/girls room. As there are so many people coming from Yamanashi, some of the guys get their own room together, as do the girls. They are affectionately know as the Sausage room and Taco room.

Where do I get my rental equipment?

Your rental equipment will be delivered to the basement of St Georges hotel or outside Lady Diana in the morning and labelled for you. The prices are really low as the equipment is a few years old and will do the job for beginners and casual boarders/skiers. If you are serious about your snow sports and equipment, then you will need to go to the resort plaza and pay serious prices.
 
Here are sample prices
http://spicy.co.jp/en_price/
http://www.hakuba-rental.com/rental-prices-english.php
 
They are roughly 3800-6400/7000-11000 yen for 1day/2days for the good stuff.
 
What if it doesn’t fit?
As always, sizes aren't always exact. Try everything on in the morning and the rental guy(s)  will be there to change things for you if need be. Please bear in mind that English may not be their first language. For those of you worried about being extra small/big, don’t worry! We have always been able to accommodate people at the far end of the scale..
 
Here are some conversion charts for you to help you.
 
http://convertalot.com/clothing.html
Mens Shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_mens.htm
Womens shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_womens.htm
 

I have my own coat and stuff. Is it good enough? Or do I go with the rental stuff?

I turn to my good friend Sachi for this…
“You don’t have to rent clothes. If you have a winter jacket, you'd hope it would protect you from snow which occurs in winter. The rental gear option is more for the people that are new to winter sports, or winter in general, that might not have winter equipment. Some ALTs come from tropical climates and would never need to buy useless heavy warm jackets that you might need in your home country. I had never seen snow before I came to Japan and the only time I saw my breath was when I was getting stuff from a freezer. If your gear can handle snow and cold, then there shouldn't be a problem.
 
Don’t forget you will fall over a bit, especially when you're learning, so I highly recommend you double check your shit is waterproof!
 
Sach”
 
I have my own equipment but I can't get it in the car.
Either find someone who can take it up for you, or Kuroneko's Ski Takkyubin delivery service is an option at under 3000 yen return trip for most people. You may need to buy their carrier at 240/500 yen.
 
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/personal/ski/
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/shinetsu/
 
The address to send it to is
Resort Hotel Lady Diana & St. Georges
22200-75, Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, NAGANO, JAPAN 399-9211
 
Do I need snow tyres? I have never driven in the snow
YES! You can drive on summer tyres if you want and I cannot stop you. However, depending on the weather, the police may be doing spot checks on the expressways and on the way to the ski fields. If you do not have snow tyres, then they will turn you back. This has been the case for the last three years.
Additionally, should you have an accident on summer tyres your insurance will not cover you as Coleman found three years back.
Chains are an alternative but best to have them on all four tyres.
If you are not experienced/confident about driving in the snow, just take it easy and be gentle with your braking, acceleration and steering. If cars behind you are pressurising you, then let them pass you.
 
Can I board one day and ski the other?
Of course. Just tell me which day for which, before the RSVP date and the prices will the same.
Changing your mind during the course of the trip may be a little tricky though.

What if I decide not to hit the slopes on the second day? Can I get a refund for my pass/equipment? How about adding an extra day.

If you can tell me ASAP about changes, the easier it is for me to change things. If you want to change things during the trip, it can be tricky. I will have paid for the passes and equipment by the time we are there. As a rule, it is easier to add things than to take them away. Whatever the case, I will do my best.

What if I need extra equipment such as bumpads?

There are shops in the Escal plaza at the bottom of Goryu ski field that can supply you with everything.

What about Luuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnncccccccccccchhhhhhh â„¢ ?

Lunch?  The ski fields all have a choice of restaurants including a Subway, Mos Burger and Baskin Robbins and also serve hot drinks and beer.
Pack enough money to cover your lunch and beverages.

I’ve never seen snow in my life… am I going to fail miserably?

Hells no! Even the pros had to learn somehow. There will always be a friendly face somewhere who will give you a few pointers. Everyone has a different learning curve and you will revel in the camaraderie.

Can I get lessons?
Yes! Four antipodean instructors are booked for Saturday morning, exclusively for beginners. If there is enough demand, afternoon lessons for intermediate and higher will be provided. Pick up is at 8.30am(provisionally) to take you to the bunny slope. SO DON’T GO ON YOUR OWN.  A few years ago, one person decided to go on their own and ended up at the wrong ski field. Please try your stuff early in the morning, before breakfast as it may take some time to change things.
The AM session will be from 9am to 12pm, PM from 1pm to 4pm. Please judge your level on a scale of 0-6 with 0 being total beginner and 6 being advanced when RSVPing. The classes may come down to majority rule.

I don’t really like big parties, what else is there to do on Saturday night?

Not everyone is into drinking and partying. Every year, some people hang out in the lobby upstairs or in their rooms and chat one-to-one or play games. One year, we even had a bible study session. There are options for everyone.
 

I want to come for the party but don’t want to be on the slopes, what do I do?

Snow penises, movies, knitting, p0rn, play boardgames, borrow a car and visit the beautiful scenery… the options are endless. One year, 14 people came for the craic.
 
 
So RSVP people as soon as possible and give me as much info as possible. Any questions are welcome.
 

RSVPs

1.  Aaron Wilson
2.  Adam Chantri
3.  Adam Mills
4.  Alejandra Torrero
5. Ali Cameron
6. Allen Agunday
7. Allison Lewis
8. Amanda Ng
9. Amanda Ramond
10.  Amina Dante
11.  Amy Adair
12.  Andy Schneider
13. Andy Shartzer
14.  Angela Donley
15.  Ann Duong
16.  Anthony Orlando
17.  Anya Destiney
18.  Ashly Schanback
19.  Atsutoshi Hoshino
20.  Becky Robbins
21.  Ben Franks
22. Ben Lenoir
23. Ben Nguyen
24. Ben Palmer
25. Bethany Melendy
26.  Brinna Keillor
27. Carrie Hartinger
28. Cecilia Chu
29.  Charlie Cook
30. Chris Moon
31. Chris Odom
32. Claire Seney
33. Dan Campbell
34. Daniel Lawson
35.  Dick Cheese
36.  Ed Cary
37.  Elaisha Martis-Geor
38. Ellie Michalik
39. Emily Schneider
40.  Erin Jones
41. Frances Vistaner
42. Frank Lee
43.  Fred
44. Glenn Thomas
45. Hamish Watt
46.  Hannah Croucher
47.  Hideaki Fujiwara
48. Hiroko Matsuda
49. Hiroshi Misawa
50. Howard Lofland
51. Hunter West
52.  Jackie Lewis
53. Jerry Rock-Archer
54.  Josh Anthony
55. Josh Walters
56. Joshua Andrews
57. Joshua Franklin
58.  Julian Andujar
59. Junko Kimura
60. Kaitlyn Smith
61.  Kanako Kura
62.  Karen Duong
63.  Katherine Vos
64.  Katie Autry
65.  Katrina Caudill
66.  Kelley Lynch
67. Kevin Marr
68. Kimberly Smith
69. Kimmai Vo
70.  Kira Richards
71.  Kristen Mancini
72.  Kristen Roth
73. Kristin Wilson
74. Lauren Kawamura
75.  Luke Javelle
76. Machiko Fujimoto
77. Maik Vleck
78. Mako Shirakawa
79. Mario
80.  Matthew Storry
81. Megan Doi
82.  Melinda Marquardt
83.  Mike Martin
84.  Mitch Goddard
85.  Nathan Post
86.  Natsumi Honda
87.  Nic Aleksejev
88.  Nick Bukowski
89.  Owen Littmann
90.  Pat Penny
91.  Peter Frazer
92. Phil Holliday
93.  Rebecca O'Neil
94.  Robbie Blackburn
95. Rochelle Zheng
96. Rosanna Tang
97. Ruby Harris
98.  Ryan Walker
99.  Sairus Delaney
100.  Sam Corpuz
101.  Sara Wells
102.  Sarah Anderson
103.  Sarah Meadley
104. Scott Farley
105.  Shohei Cereste
106.  Stephen Jackel
107.  Taylor Welsh
108.  Tessa Filby
109. Todd
110.  Victor Chuah
111.  Victor Pope
112. Victoria Vlisides
113. Wagner Soto
114. Yaroslava Timoshenko



 
Vegetarians
Joshua Andrews - Pescatarian (Main meal but no pork)
Samantha Corpuz- Vegetarian but no mushrooms (Veg meal)
Amy Adair- no nuts or dairy (Main meal but no sauces)
Angela Donley - Allergic to tomato and konnyaku (Main meal)
Daniel Lawson - Gluten Free diet (Main meal)
Katrina Caudill - Vegetarian
Sarah Meadley - Gluten allergy (Main meal but no sauces)
Emily Schneider - No shellfish (Vegetarian)




 
 

Lessons

 
Boarding
Melinda Marquardt - 1
Sairus Delaney - 3 (Sat PM)
Ed Cary - 1
Anya Destiney -1
Andy Shartzer - 2


 
Skiing

Rosanna Tang - 1
Betheny Melendy - 1
Claire Seney - 1
Kimmai Vo - 1
Emily Schneider - 3
Andy Schneider - 6
 


Clothing
 
Hoodies
 




*Fred - LL - 風烈斗
*Katherine Vos - LL - キャサリン
*Stephen Jackel - LL - スティーブン
*Ben Lenoir - L - ベンシャミン
*Hamish Watt - L - Watt?
*Sarah Anderson - M - サラ
*Alejandro Torrero - S- Alee
*Cecilia Chu - S - Cece Chu
*Rosanna Tang - L - 西桂町のバラ
*Jeff Moses - LL - No text
*Amina Dante - 3L - アミナ
*Betheny Melendy - 3L - Melendy
*Jared Miracle - M - ミラクル博士
*Amy Adair- M - エイミー
*Ellie Michalik - M - エリー
*Claire Seney - LL - Claire
*Rochelle Zheng - S
*Lauren Kawamura - L - 川村・お染め
*Kaitlyn Smith - S
*Peter Frazer- L- ピーター
*Kristen Roth - LL - クリスティン
*Wagner Soto - LL - ソトさん
*Aaron Wilson - 3L - Wilson
*Becky Robbins - M - ベッキー
*Ruby Harris - L - ルビー
*Kimma Vo - M - Kimmai
*Chris Odom - 3L
*Andy Schartzer - LL - アンディ
Nathan Post - M - Nate


Polos
*Fred - LL - 風烈斗
Ruby Harris - L - ルビー

Double Rooms (First come basis, 3 rooms)
1. Andy and Emily Schneider (Room 305)
2. Katherine Vos and Stephen Jackel.
3. Sam Corpuz and Patrick Penny
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(Waiting list)
4. Ali Cameron and Junko Kimura (Room 101 ok)
5. Maik Vleck and Natsume Honda (Room 102 ok)

Quad Room
Tessa Filby, Chris Moon, Daniel Lawson, and Ruby Harris

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Tokyo Orientation Meetups 2014
« on: July 25, 2014, 12:12:15 PM »
It feels like I am still in the middle of saying sad goodbyes to those who are leaving Japan to go home and those jetting off on holiday.
On the other hand, there are a bunch of new people to say hello to. So without further ado, here are the Tokyo Welcome Dinner details.

Group A - Tuesday July 29th, Group B - Tuesday August 5th
When : Meet at the Keio Plaza Hotel Lobby at 18.45 and leave at 19.00 to walk to the restaurant.
Where : とととりとん 新宿 (Tototorinton Shinjuku)
http://goo.gl/maps/307U3
Tokyo, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 1-15-5 Masuya Building 2F
03-3345-2321


Where : Name : 270yen Izakaya
Tokyo, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 1-18-13, Omi Building B1
03-5321-6230

http://www.sankofoods.com/shop/kinjr/kinjr_shop41.html

Directions - http://goo.gl/maps/hwSmB
Streetview - http://goo.gl/maps/bUcDB


We have a booking from 7.15 to 9.15 although I don't know how strict that is. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor and is Izakaya style with quite a good selection of food to suit everybody.
If we have time, then we can also go to Karaoke afterwards too.

Please RSVP if you are coming to A and/or B, so that I can firm up the numbers.

Also, don't forget that we are also having a plot at the Ichikawadaimon Fireworks too on Aug 7th.

Tokyo A
1. Fred
2. Stephen Jackel
3. Sara Wells
4. Katherine Vos
5. Lena Sinex
6. Stuart Sinex
7. Andrea Rivers
8. Ben L
9. Juliana Watkins
10. Emily McDowell
11. Newbie 3
12. Newbie 4
13. Newbie 5
14.
15.





Tokyo B
1. Fred
2. Sara Wells
3. Michael Martin
4. Amina Dante
5. Josh Anthony
6. Phillip Holliday
7. Catherine Perks Embassy
8. Geneva Ged
9. Jenn Ussay (Embassy?)
10. Deanna Swanson
11. Brianna
12. Ed Cary (Embassy?)
13. Taylor Welsh
14. Kaz Tanaka
15. Kelly Withcombe
16. Nic Thibodeau

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / 2014 Summer fireworks
« on: July 15, 2014, 12:34:57 PM »
Hey everyone, here are this years firework festivals in Yamanashi, taken from http://hanabi.walkerplus.com/list/ar0419/
YETI will be organising something for the Ichikawadaimon fireworks on the 7th, so please come if you can.

Otherwise, lets meet up at all the festivals. The next big one is the Yamanashi shi one which is always fun as it is in my neck of the woods!

July 26 (Sat) 2014 57th Fuefukigawa summer evening fireworks, Yamanashi-Shi
About 3000 fireworks


July 26 (Sat) 2014 Yatsugatake Horse Show in Kobuchizawa, Hokuto
1500 fireworks


August 1 (Fri) 2014 Lake Yamanaka Homizuumi-sai,  Minamitsuru Gun Yamanakako Village
about 8000 fireworks in 4 places


August 2 (Sat) 2014  Lake Saiko - Dragon Palace Festival fireworks, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
700 fireworks


August 3 (Sun) 2014 Lake Motosu,  Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
1000 fireworks


August 4 (Mon) 2014 Lake Shoji Ryomizuumi-sai, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
300 fireworks

August 5 (Tue) 2014 Lake Kawaguchiko Festival, Minamitsuru Fujikawaguchiko
About 10,000 fireworks (total)


August 7 2014 (Thu)  Ichikawamisato-cho, 26th Jinmei Festival,Nishiyatsushiro Gun Ichikawa Misato
About 20 000 fireworks

August 8 (Fri) 2014  37th Oshino Hakkai Festival, Minamitsuru, Oshino-Village
4888 fireworks

August 10 (Sun) 2014  Sixth Kaikitamori Furusato Matsuri, Hokuto
1000 fireworks

August 15 (Fri) 2014  Nanbu Fire Festival, Minamikoma Gun, Nanbu
About 3000 fireworks

August 16 (Sat) 2014  Takeda Jinbotsu Shoshi fireworks, Nirasaki
About 6600 fireworks


August 21 (Thu) 2014  50th Isawa Onsen fireworks festival, Fuefuki, Isawa Onsen
About 10 000 fireworks

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Tokyo Yamathon 2014! June 21st!
« on: April 10, 2014, 11:10:34 AM »
Short Version… A fun charity walk of around 45-50km in Tokyo. Get a team  of 3-4 people together and register. Fee is 10,000 yen which you normally pay by credit card but if you don’t have one, I will pay and you can pay me on the day.
Last year, we had 33 people in 9 teams!

****PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TOO****
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Have you ever been to Tokyo? Have you ever ridden the Yamanote line? Are you interested in seeing the city in a whole new way? Here is your chance! The International Volunteer Group Japan (IVG) is having its sixth annual Yamathon on June 21st, 2014 to raise money for Oxfam, an international relief organization that will use the proceeds to help those living in poverty around the world.

What does it involve? Instead of riding the Yamanote line, teams of 3-4 people walk the entire length of it taking photos at each station with the goal of finishing together in under 12 hours.

The Yamathon is only as strenuous (and as fun!) as you want it to be. It's like taking a decent walk for up to 12 hours. It is possible to run it as well, but you finish as a team, so the last member sets your overall time. Aside from random acts from Mother Nature like typhoons, the biggest challenges are blisters and strained muscles, but more information and advice about preventing this will be posted later. As teams walk around Tokyo, you are never far from a combini or a toilet stop should any needs arise.

I will be dealing with the registrations, fees, teams, hotel bookings, and any other logistical questions/concerns if you have any. Once fees are paid, however, it will be too late to pull out financially. I can also help if you want to invite your friends and make your own team too. If you want to join as a solo person, let me know and I'll add you to a team somehow. Basically, talk with me and I'll sort everything out for you.

So sign up and join me and others for this event. Apologies to those who also got invited to the main event too.

Oh, and here is the official cut and paste too.........
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*Sponsored by J.P. Morgan & Credit Suisse
(英文のあと日本語があります)

http://www.tokyo-yamathon.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1411175882480365/

The Yamathon is back! Join us on Saturday June 21st at Tokyo International Forum as we once again compete to walk or run around the Yamanote train line, raising money for Oxfam Japan.


-- What is The Yamathon? --

The Yamathon is a physical and navigational challenge where teams of three or four people attempt to walk or run around the Yamanote line in under 12 hours, starting at Tokyo International Forum, and visiting each station along the way.


-- When, where and how much? --

• When: Saturday June 21st 2014
• Meeting Time: 06:15
• Starting time: 07:00
• Meeting point: Tokyo International Forum
• Team Registration Fee: 10,000 yen per team
*100% of your team fee will be donated to Oxfam Japan’s Syria Appeal

-- Why should I get involved in this? --

The Yamathon is a unique physical team challenge which you will start together, stick together, and finish together. It is a fascinating way to see the capital city and all its sights from a new perspective.

This is also a fundraising event. 100% of your money will go to Oxfam Japan's Syria Appeal - (http://oxfam.jp/en/2013/11/syriacrisisappeal.html)

You can organise your Justgiving Japan fundraising page here - http://justgiving.jp/p/1055

The Yamathon is organised by members of the International Volunteer Group (IVG) who volunteer their time and efforts to put on fundraising events around Tokyo. Our last Yamathon in April 2013 attracted over 430 participants and together we raised over 1,600,000 yen for Oxfam Japan - http://www.ivgjapan.org/

To register a team or to simply find out more, please visit our website: http://www.tokyo-yamathon.com/

You can also follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/TheYamathon
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*J.P.モルガン クレディ・スイス後援

http://www.tokyo-yamathon.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1411175882480365/

東京ヤマソンが帰ってきました!今年は6月21日(土曜日)東京国際フォーラムにて開催いたします。再び全山手線駅制覇を目指し、オックスファムジャパンに貢献してみませんか?

-- The Yamathonとは?--
The Yamathonとは3~4人のチームで東京の中心に位置する山手線の全29駅を12時間以内に制覇することを目標に、持久力、チームワーク、ナビゲーションへの挑戦を試そうというイベントです。チームメンバー全員で東京国際フォーラムからスタートし、共に歩き、共にゴールします。


-- イベント概要 --

・日時: 6月21日 土曜日
・集合時間: 06:15
・開始時間: 07:00
・集合場所:東京国際フォーラム
・参加費: 1チーム10,000円
(参加費は全額オックスファム・ジャパンに寄付されます、

-- 東京ヤマソンに参加しましょう! --

東京ヤマソンは共にスタートし、共に支えあい、共にゴールするという大変ユニークな挑戦です。これは首都圏の様々な光景や展望を知る魅力的な機会となるでしょう。

また、これはファンドレイジング・イベントでもあります。参加費は全額オックスファム・ジャパンに寄付され、シリア危機-緊急人道支援に使用されます。
(http://oxfam.jp/2013/11/post_558.html)


募金集めのためにJustgivingファンドレイジングページを作成することが出来ます。http://justgiving.jp/p/1055

東京ヤマソンはインターナショナル・ボランティア・グループ(IVG)のメンバーによって運営されています。IVGボランティア・メンバーは首都圏でのIVGファンドレイジングイベントでも活躍されています。前回の東京ヤマソン(2013年4月)では430名もの方たちに参加いただき、オックスファムジャパンへ160万円もの寄付をすることが出来ました。 http://www.ivgjapan.org/


-- 申し込み、その他 --

申し込みやイベント詳細につきましてはこちらをご覧ください。
http://www.tokyo-yamathon.com/

また、私たちのtwitterフォローもよろしくお願いします。https://twitter.com/TheYamathon

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Events Archive / YETI Go go go Karting 2014
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:28:47 PM »
Hey Everyone!
Which of you occasionally feels a Need for Speed? Or does throwing a banana peel followed by a turtle shell get you all excited? Well , that's perfect! As YETI is proud to present the return of

YETI Go go go Karting!

It's a ton of fun and is open to anyone, even absolute beginners! Hell, a few years back, Kelly F came third and she'd never driven a car let alone a go-kart! So come one, come all and see who will be crowned YETI Go-Kart Champion.

When: Sunday March 9th, 12-3pm
Where : AZ Karting, Fruits park, Yamanashi shi
https://www.google.com/maps/place/AZ%E5%B1%B1%E6%A2%A8%E3%82%B5%E3%83%BC%E3%82%AD%E3%83%83%E3%83%88/@35.7031472,138.6596263,18z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x601bfee744bc9ffb:0x7975281265006a19
Cost : 4000 yen / 3000 yen (YETI members)

This includes everything you need including the helmet and the gloves. Just come in clothes appropriate for the day. No open toed footwear though.
The rough plan for the day would be as follows, assuming we have 3 heats per session.

Session 1 - Practice -  Everyone goes out in small groups to get used to the track and cart
Session 2 - Timed laps - Everyone goes out again in small  and tries to set their fastest times
Session 3 - Race time - Ranked by the fastest laps set in session 2, we'll have the bottom third in race 1, middle in race 2 and the final race will be the top third.

***Things to note***

- We are limited to 30 spaces
- RSVP by March 4th please. Any cancellations or no-shows on or after the date will have to pay the full amount.
- If you are coming, let us know if you need a ride from Yamanashi shi station/have a ride/can pick someone up from the station.
- The start time is 12pm. It's not flexible as that is our slot. If you are late, then you'll miss out on track time.
- If anyone needs a place to crash between pub quiz and go-karting, I can put some people up for the night.






14
Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Ski Trip II - The Snow must go on!
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:30:40 PM »
***** Places will be allocated based on how quickly I receive your RSVP. A full RSVP is required, minor details can be adjusted later*****


What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: February 21st(pm) – 23rd 2014
Where: Aqua Alpine hotel / Hakuba Goryu Resort (http://www.aquaalpine.com/)

How much:  19,000yen (Hotel + 2day pass),  16,500  (Hotel + 1 day pass), 14,000yen (Hotel only)

The February Ski trip will be generally of the same format as the January trip. So for those who did not go on it, click the link for the full explanation of the ski trip.
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9080.0

The main differences are that we are staying at the Aqua Alpine hotel which is a 4 Star hotel.  A few of you have already been there, so will know how sweet it is and it is only a few minutes walk from the slopes. It is the top rated hotel in all of Hakuba on tripadvisor.com   
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g1120615-d1234902-Reviews-Aqua_Alpine_Hotel-Hakuba_mura_Kitaazumi_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

To keep costs down, the rooms will have extra futons put in them to make them like a ryokan. We have the whole bottom floor and two rooms upstairs to ourselves which is pretty sweet but we are limited to 40 people. After the initial 40, accommodation will be at Lady Diana's as at the January trip. There are no Double/Quad/Single night options at Aqua Alpine but if we use Lady Diana, they may become an option.
The package includes 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and dinner on Saturday night.

If you want to try the other resorts, get in touch with me as I may be able to get discounted tickets for them.
There is no party room at the hotel, however we can use the facilities of the hotel including the lounge, bar and pool room. The bar will run happy hour for us all weekend. We just need to be mindful of the other guests.

I am using the same rental company as before, so the prices are.
                    Ski/Board + Boots - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
                    Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
                    Goggles  - 500/1000yen for one/two days
                    Gloves  - 500/1000yen for one/two days

As there is usually very little demand for lessons, I cannot book our own instructor. Hence, lessons will be 6000 yen per person for a two hour lesson. If there is enough demand for lessons, I will look into hiring an instructor and getting those prices down. Hopefully we can get a 3 hour deal for 5250 a person.
That is about it really. All I need from you is an RSVP in this format

1. Name and prefecture :
2. What package i.e. 2 nights and 2 day pass
3. Gear Rental : Yes / no ?
    if yes please say what : (skis or board / boots / clothing )
    Shoe size :  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis )
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles ?
4. Transport: required / not required / got a lift
5. Other Information: (vegetarian meals required etc,)
6. Lessons? Boarding or Skiing? What level are you?
7. Would you be interested in passes for other resorts in the Hakuba area if I can get them? Do you want to get a hoodie or polo from the January trip?

Please RSVP by February 14th.

RSVPs

1. Fred
2. Terra Wright
3. Amanda Ramond
4. Brian Dukie
5. Hannah Croucher
6. Marcus Coll
7. Lydia Booth
8. Jill Hughes
9. Ali Cameron
10. Katie Danner
11. Ashley Levin (Lady Diana)
12. Francesca De Munnich (Lady Diana)
13. Roseanna Mann
14. Junko Kimura
15. Alex Husband
16. Tommy Louk
17. Tom Shaun
18. Jessica Huggins
19. Claire Scott
20. Catherine Beckett
21. Hideaki Fujiwara
22. Erica Nakanishi-Stanis
23. Moraya Cortez
24. Elaisha Martis-Geor
25. Anya Destiny (Lady Diana)
26. Rochelle Zheng
27. Steve Gilks
28. Catherine Glen
29. Katie  Autry
30. Scott Jacob Farley
31. Hana Joy
32. Stuart Fletcher
===================
N.B. Aqua Alpine has 40 spaces, and then we are staying at Lady Diana.
RSVPs from now on are followed by the time they were received. If people contacted Jeff or Chiba AJET, then we are looking at the time they were sent and inserting them accordingly to this list. Hence your position on the list may change.

33. Andrea Chang - Wednesday 13.37
34. Evelina Sienkiewicz  - 14.25
35. Luke Sims - 14.38
36. Tiffani Razo - 15.39
37. Chandre Davids - 15.40
38. Stephanie Meier - 16.22
39. Carlos Quinn - 17.21
40. Giseli Hirata - 18.18
41. Nick Bukowski - 19.27
42. Takashi Kimura - 20.48 (Lady Diana)
43. Nicolas du Bois - 20.52
44. Sarah Molumby - 21.54
45. Allison Lewis - 21.55
46. Rich Huber - 21.56
47. Poliana Coelho - 22.04
-------------------------
Lady Diana
48. Rob Paterson - 22.06
49. Mizuki Horiuchi - 22.06
50. Rhiannon Charles - 22.10
51. Evan Schulte 22.50
52. Akiko Tanimoto Thursday 15.59
53. Jordan Elizabeth Neiblum 21.19
54. Erica Chase - 21.38
55. Angela Donley 21.58
56. Laura Swett - 22.10
57. Kevin Neese - 22.10
58. Frank Lee - 22.52
59. Alex Jackson - Fri 01.19
60. Talitha White - 18.51
61. Ingmar Steinbach 19.13
62. Hayley Wallace Sat 09.14
63. Tessa Filby - 12.12
64. Daniel Lawson - Sun 09.12
65. Riya Sri-riviculan - 14.55
66. Chris McGarr Mon 00.01
67. Jesse Stratton Mon 10.08
68. Ben Franks
69. Khalid Al-Amin
70. Keith Jackson
71. Duncan Marsden
72. Christopher Chin
73. Andy Schneider
74. Emily Schneider
75. Peter McIver
76. Peter McIver +1
77. Dan Stone
78. Glenn Thomas
79. Peter Doolan
80. Wade Binneboese
81. Keiko Sugihara
82. Chuck Lewd
83. Chuck Lewd +1
84. Chuck Lewd +2
85. Chuck Lewd +3
86. Chuck Lewd +4
87. Angela Furtado-Rasmussen


Special Dietary needs
1. Catherine Glen - Lactose intolerant. Only a little bit of cheese.
2. Jessica Huggins - No milk. Only a little bit of cheese
3. Angela Donley - No tomato
4. Alex Husband - No shellfish
5. Daniel Lawson - Requested gluten-free meals, if available
6. Riya Sri-raviculan - Vegetarian
7. Khalid Al-Amin - No pork

Lessons  - Boarding

Ali Cameron - Intermediate
(Level 5)
Chris McGarr - Beginner
Riya Sri-raviculan - Level 4


Lessons - Skiing
1. Brian Dukie - Beginner
2. Anya Destiney - Beginner
3. Luke Sims - Beginner
4. Erica Chase - Beginner
5. Andrea Chang - Beginner
6. Hayley Wallace - Beginner
7. Talitha White - Beginner

=============================
1. Stuart Fletcher - Beginner (Level 2)

Hoodies

Sarah Anderson - ?
Wade Omura - L - ポンタ
Rochelle Zheng - S
Tiffani Razo - S
Angela Donley - M - アンジ
Alex Husband - L - ハズバンド
Andrea Chang - L
Erica Chase - LL - エリカ

Polos

Evelina Sienkiewicz - S - シエンキエヴィチ
Ashley Levin - M

15
Events Archive / YETI Ski Trip 2014
« on: November 23, 2013, 01:27:11 PM »
Dun Dun Dunnnnn.... It's YETI Ski Trip 2014.

What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: January 17th(pm)-19th/20th 2014
Where: Lady Diana and St. Georges hotel, Hakuba Goryu Resort, Nagano (http://goo.gl/maps/VJjnK)
http://ladydiana.jp/e/index.html
http://www.hakubagoryu.com/e/index.html

Costs:
13500 yen ( 2 nights accommodation), 2 day weekend Ski pass (+6500), 1 day weekend pass (+4000), Weekday pass (+2500 per day)
1000 yen returnable ski pass deposit
Double/Twin bedrooms are available at 3000 yen extra (per couple). There are only 2 rooms (perhaps 3), so book early.
One 4 bed room is available for 4,000 yen extra (per 4 people).

Included in that price is Saturday night's party which is held in the function room of the hotel. Things to note about the party...

- This year it is nomihoudai!!! (Hence the slight increase in price),
- There will be a boat race again with America hoping to avenge last year's defeat.
- Some snacks will be provided.
- Hopefully, we will also have a DJ there too,


*** YETI members get a 1000 yen discount ***
Rental Gear
 - Skis/Board/Blades + Boots - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
 - Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800
 - Goggles - 500/1000
 - Gloves - 500/1000
 - Lessons – 5250yen for a half day lesson

                     
PLEASE RSVP ASAP or by January 13th. The clothing deadline is Jan 8th.

The Plan:

Friday PM 
  • Arrive in  Hakuba
  • Check in and pay
  • Socialize

Saturday AM 
  • Breakfast
  • Collect your pass and rental gear
  • Meet the instructors and hit the slopes

Saturday PM 
  • Onsen, dinner, relax
  • PARTY TIME

Sunday AM
  • Breakfast
  • hit the slopes
  • Or do whatever you want  :-)

Sunday PM 
  • Return passes and rental gear
  • Head home unless you're staying an extra day!

Monday     
  • Enjoy your extra day on the slopes

Hey! What am I getting for my money?
- Friday and Saturday night accommodation
- Discounted lift passes
- 3 meals (breakfast Saturday and Sunday, dinner Saturday)
- Saturday night party - Nomihoudai, Boat race, Music and possibly a DJ too.


For a little extra...
Rental gear and lessons are available for the above prices.

The package can be changed depending on how many nights you want to stay. However, let us know in advance especially if you have dietary restrictions.

Polo Shirts and Hoodies are also available. More about that later.

How do I get there?
By Car:

Most people will be travelling by car and carpooling is usually the cheapest option.

-Tolls one way are about 3,000yen from the Kofu area (differs according to area).
- Please see attached files for directions from Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagoya. Directions from Chiba are not as detailed though.
- Check out this webcam on route 148 to see realtime weather conditions in the area.
http://www.snowjapan.com/e/daily/webcam/nagano/hakuba-road4.html  (seems to be down on main website each time I check, will update ASAP)

By Chartered Van / Bus.

For those who are not able to get rides, I will help organise transport. More information will be provided in a separate thread.

Approximate costs:
- Vans from Kofu : 6500 yen round trip
- Vans from Fujiyoshida/Tsuru/Otuski : 7500yen ( depending on demand)
- For those outside Yamanashi, get in touch with your co-ordinators, otherwise myself to make arrangements.

By public transport?
Trains from Kofu:
  • Local :3000 yen one way, 5 hours (Get off at Kamishiro)
  • Express : 5000 yen one way, 3 hours (Get off at Hakuba)

- Shizuoka
Only expensive train options. Over 10,000yen one way! ShizAJET will be organising cheaper transport.

-Nagoya train
 Take an express from Nagoya station to Matsumoto and then a local towards Hakuba, getting off at Kamishiro.

- Chiba/Tokyo buses (Straight to Hakuba Goryu)
http://www.alpico.co.jp/access/express/hakuba_shinjuku/  {3rd and 4th table are the winter schedule}
http://highway-buses.jp/hakuba/   {As above but in English. However, only has the Summer schedule at the moment}

Shirt Info
The official YETI Ski trip 2014 polo shirts and hoodies are designed by Tony Au! Below is a mockup of how the shirts will look.
There is a back and front print, and you can have a name of your choosing printed on the front (limit 20 characters Japanese or Romaji).

 
Prices :
  • Polo Shirt - 3000 yen
  • Hoodie -  4000 yen

The shirts are available from SS to 5L size. Check out your size below before ordering.



Available in the following sizes

Polo shirt
           Body     Chest       Shoulder   Sleeve
          Length   Width        Width      Length
            (cm)       (cm)          (cm)          (cm)

SS        63           45            40          20
S          67           48            42          21
M         71           51            44          22
L          75           54            46          23
LL        77           57            48          24
3L        78           60            50          24
4L        81           63            52          25
5L        83           66            54          26

Hoodie

           Body     Chest        Sleeve
          Length   Width        Length
            (cm)     (cm)          (cm)

S          62           52           57
M         66           55            60
L          70           58            61
LL        75           63            62
3L        80           68            63



I'm so down!! What do I do now?

Well the next step is to RSVP! When you RSVP, please tell me the following.

1. Name :

2. Which package are you taking? (i.e. 2 nights and 2 day pass). PLEASE SPECIFY EXACTLY
Double room (limited availability)?
Quad room (limited availability) ?

3. Gear Rental: Yes / No?
    If yes, please say what: (skis,board or blades / boots / clothing)
    Shoe size:  **cm
    Height: **cm (if you require board / skis)
    Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
    Gloves/Goggles?

4. Lessons? Boarding or Skiing? Level? (See below for more details)

5. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? What size and name (20 characters max) ?

6. Transport Situation ?

7. Other Information: (planning to stay only one night / vegetarian meals required / etc)

If you came last year and want to know your sizes, here is last years list.

Jan 2013 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z6_3LMw4e4rF0AA9AKpAL81nVlsrn5y_35pxM_FmrVU/edit?pli=1
Feb 2013 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z6_3LMw4e4rF0AA9AKpAL81nVlsrn5y_35pxM_FmrVU/edit?pli=1

If you have any questions, read the FAQ and if that doesn't cover it, then ask on here as there are bound to be more people who don't understand!

FAQ

Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am working on Saturday!
Fret not. There is an option to stay on the Sunday and Monday. You will just have to get yourselves to Hakuba and I can sort everything out. If there is enough demand from a certain region i.e. Kofu, I can hire a van for the group. Don't forget that you can also stay on Monday and enjoy the quieter slopes.

Aaaaaaarrrrggggghhhh ! I want to come but I am terrible at budgeting
Generally, I only take the money when you arrive at the hotel as it is easier for me to collect all the money in one place... well relatively. It also means that certain things can be changed on Friday night if we have the flexibility. However, if you cancel, you will be liable for those things that I have already paid for/ cannot get out of.
If you are having cash flow issues, just let me know and we'll work something out.
This year, a number of people have wanted to pay some/all the money upfront so that they can't spend it. If you want to take this option, you can furikomi the money to me. Just get in touch and I will send you my bank details.

Hold on? If I take nenkyuu, can I get in on this Monday option and have a 3 day trip?
Yep, you certainly can. It’ll just cost extra.

What is the accommodation like?
Rooms are ensuite ryokan style with heaters, towels, shampoo and body soap. Rooms are generally 5-9 people per room.
Lady Diana has separate sex onsens that will be open for the duration of the trip.
Double/Twin rooms are 3000 yen per room extra (i.e. 1500 per person) but are in limited supply. The one quad bedroom is 1000 yen per person extra.  Book early to avoid disappointment.

What is the sausage room/taco room?
AKA the boys room/girls room. As there are so many people coming from Yamanashi, some of the guys get their own room together, as do the girls. They are affectionately know as the Sausage room and Taco room.

Where do I get my rental equipment?

Your rental equipment will be delivered to the basement of St Georges hotel or outside Lady Diana in the morning and labelled for you. The prices are really low as the equipment is a few years old and will do the job for beginners and casual boarders/skiers. If you are serious about your snow sports and equipment, then you will need to go to the resort plaza and pay serious prices.

Here are sample prices
http://www.spicy.co.jp/english/rentals/winter.html
http://www.hakuba-rental.com/rental-prices-english.php

They are roughly 3500-7100/6500-13100 yen for 1day/2days for the good stuff.

What if it doesn’t fit?
As always, sizes aren't always exact. Try everything on in the morning and the rental guy will be there to change things for you. Please bear with him as he works almost alone and doesn’t speak a lot of English. We have always been able to accommodate even the bigger people.

Here are some conversion charts for you to help you.

http://convertalot.com/clothing.html
Mens Shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_mens.htm
Womens shoes - http://www.onlineconversion.com/clothing_shoes_womens.htm


I have my own coat and stuff. Is it good enough? Or do I go with the rental stuff?

I turn to my good friend Sachi for this…
“You don’t have to rent clothes. If you have a winter jacket, you'd hope it would protect you from snow which occurs in winter. The rental gear option is more for the people that are new to winter sports, or winter in general, that might not have winter equipment. Some ALTs come from tropical climates and would never need to buy useless heavy warm jackets that you might need in your home country. I had never seen snow before I came to Japan and the only time I saw my breath was when I was getting stuff from a freezer. If your gear can handle snow and cold, then there shouldn't be a problem.

Don’t forget you will fall over a bit, especially when you're learning, so I highly recommend you double check your shit is waterproof!

Sach”

I have my own equipment but I can't get it in the car.
Either find someone who can take it up for you, or Kuroneko's Ski Takkyubin delivery service is an option at under 3000 yen return trip for most people. You may need to buy their carrier at 240/500 yen.

http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/personal/ski/
http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/shinetsu/

The address to send it to is
Resort Hotel Lady Diana & St. Georges
22200-75, Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, NAGANO, JAPAN 399-9211

Do I need snow tyres? I have never driven in the snow
YES! You can drive on summer tyres if you want and I cannot stop you. However, depending on the weather, the police may be doing spot checks on the expressways and on the way to the ski fields. If you do not have snowtyres, then they will turn you back. This has been the case for the last three years.
Additionally, should you have an accident on summer tyres your insurance will not cover you as Coleman found three years back.
Chains are an alternative but best to have them on all four tyres.
If you are not experienced/confident about driving in the snow, just take it easy and be gentle with your braking, acceleration and steering. If cars behind you are pressurising you, then let them pass you.

Can I board one day and ski the other?
Of course.  Just tell me which day for which, before the RSVP date and the prices will the same.
Changing your mind during the course of the trip may be a little tricky though.

What if I decide not to hit the slopes on the second day? Can I get a refund for my pass/equipment? How about adding an extra day.

If you can tell me ASAP about changes, the easier it is for me to change things. If you want to change things during the trip, it can be tricky. I will have paid for the passes and equipment by the time we are there. As a rule, it is easier to add things than to take them away. Whatever the case, I will do my best.

What if I need extra equipment such as bumpads?

There are shops in the Escal plaza at the bottom of Goryu ski field that can supply you with everything.

What about Luuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnncccccccccccchhhhhhh â„¢ ?

Lunch?  The ski fields all have a choice of restaurants including a Subway, Mos Burger and Baskin Robbins and also serve hot drinks and beer.
Pack enough money to cover your lunch and beverages.

I’ve never seen snow in my life… am I going to fail miserably?

Hells no! Even the pros had to learn somehow. There will always be a friendly face somewhere who will give you a few pointers. Everyone has a different learning curve and you will revel in the camaraderie.

Can I get lessons?
Yes! Four antipodean instructors are booked for Saturday morning, exclusively for beginners. If there is enough demand, afternoon lessons for intermediate and higher will be provided. Pick up is at 8.30am to take you to the bunny slope. SO DON’T GO ON YOUR OWN.  A few years ago, one person decided to go on their own and ended up at the wrong ski field. Please try your stuff early in the morning, before breakfast as it may take some time to change things.
The AM session will be from 9am to 12pm, PM from 1pm to 4pm. Please judge your level on a scale of 0-6 with 0 being total beginner and 6 being advanced when RSVPing. The classes may come down to majority rule.

I don’t really like big parties, what else is there to do on Saturday night?

Not everyone is into drinking and partying. Every year, some people hang out in the lobby upstairs or in their rooms and chat one-to-one or play games. One year, we even had a bible study session. There are options for everyone.


I want to come for the party but don’t want to be on the slopes, what do I do?

Snow penises, movies, knitting, p0rn, play boardgames, borrow a car and visit the beautiful scenery… the options are endless. One year, 14 people came for the craic.


So RSVP people as soon as possible and give me as much info as possible. Any questions are welcome.


RSVPs



1. Adrianna Busick
2. Alejandra Torrero
3. Ali Cameron
4. Amanda Ramond
5. Amber Hermanson
6. Amy Adair
7. Andy Schneider
8.  Ashly Schanback
9. Azusa Oyama
10.  Ben Lenoir
11. Ben Mortensen
12.  Brock Terwilleger
13.  Cameron Joe
14.  Caroline Zeiher
15.  Cassandra Jacobs
16. Cat Beckett
17.  Catherine Glen
18. Charlie Cook
19. Christopher Chin
20. Christopher De Borja
21. Chuck Lewd 1
22. Chuck Lewd 2
23. Chuck Lewd 3
24. Daitetsu Kayama
25.  Dan Stone
26.  Daniel Baxter
27.  Daniel Lawson
28.  Danny Burton
29. David Stenton
30. Duncan Marsden
31. Elaisha Martis-Geor
32.  Elise Michalik
33. Emily Schneider
34.  Erica Nakanishi-Stanis
35. Francesca de Munnich
36. Fred
37. Gerard Noakes
38.  Glenn Sanchez
39.  Graeme Parker
40.  Graeme's +1
41. Hana Joy
42. Hannah Croucher
43.  Hideaki Fujiwara
44. Hiromi Iwamoto
45. Hiroshi Misawa
46. Jackie Lewis
47. Jeff Moses
48. Jillian Locke
49.  Jon Rasson
50. Junko Kimura
51. Kanako Kura
52.  Kath Gilbertson
53.  Katie  Autry
54.  Katie Vigna
55.  Katrina Leonoudakis
56.  Kelley Lynch
57. Kyle Mullen
58.  Laura Swett
59.  Lauren Rushford
60.  Li Maggie
61.  Lindsay Woodville
62.  Lorus Byers
63.  Lydia Booth
64.  Maik Vleck
65. Marcus Coll
66.  Masushi Mizutani
67. Matt Caesar-Gordon
68. Megan Doi
69.  Mike Martin
70.  Miyuki Sone
71.  Nachuwm Hernandez
72.  Naho Shingaki
73.  Natalia Ghose
74.  Nate Hensley
75. Nick Modarelli
76. Nicolas du Bois
77.  Owen Littmann
78.  Pat Gamble
79. Patrick Loyer
80.  Poliana Coelho
81. Rachel Green
82. Rebecca O'Neil
83.  Reuben 5
84. Reuben Kosup-Katx
85.  Riya Sri-raviculan
86. Roseanna Mann
87.  Rosie Gordon
88. Ruby Harris
89.  Sae ?
90.  Sairus Delaney
91. Sara Wells
92. Sarah Anderson
93.  Sarah Stout
94.  Scott Jacob Farley
95. Shaan Gan
96.  Simon Woodgett
97. Stephen Jackel
98. Steve Gilks
99.  Stuart Fletcher
100. Terra Wright
101.  Thad Finlayson
102.  Thomas Lord
103. Tom Shaun
104. Tommy Louk
105.  Tristan Colterjohn
106.  Victor Pope
107. Wade Binneboese
108. Wagner Soto




Vegetarians
1. Owen Littman - No seafood
2. Amy Adair - No eggs, milk, cream, nuts.
3. Catherine Glen - Lactose intolerant. Only a little bit of cheese.
4. Katie Vigna - Vegetarian
5. Jillian Locke - Vegetarian
6. Riya Sri-raviculan - Vegetarian
7. Natalia G - No beef, no pork



Lessons


Boarding
Kyle Mullen - 1
Caroline Zeiher - 0
Jillian Locke - 0
Roseanna Mann - 1
Shaan Gan - 0




Skiing
1. Nick Modarelli - 0
2. Katrina Leonoudakis - 0
3. Emily Schneider - 0
4. Scott Jacob Farley- 0
5. Adrianna Busick - 0

Clothing

Hoodies
*Hideaki Fujiwara - L - Hideous Fridge
*Cameron - M - キャメロン・ジョー
*Amy Adair - M - エイミー
*Kyle Mullen - L - カイル先生!
*Lauren Rushford - M - ねぇー!ローレン!?
*Francesca De Munnich - S - Chess
*Jeff Moses - LL - ジェフ
*Patrick Loyer - LL - ShizAJET - Patrick
*Ruby Harris - L - ルビー
*Alejandra Torerro - S - Alee
*Adrianna Busick - LL - 姫様
*Rachel Green - LL - 緑レイ
*Rebecca O’Neil - M - れべっか
*Amber Hermanson - L - Amber
*Marcus Coll - M - M.J.C.
Fred - LL - 富麗都
Kelley Lynch - M - ケリ−
Wagner Soto - LL - 素都
Jillian Locke - S - ジリアン
Jessica Huggins - M - ジェシカ Shannon
Nozomi Kato - M - のぞみ
Hana Joy - M - 白馬五竜
Natalia G - M - Natalia
Hannah Croucher - M - H.J.C.
Keiko Sugihara - M - Keiki
Theo - LL - チーオー
Jessie - LL -粋虎都
Jessie - M- 侍永志華
Gerard Noakes - M - ジェラード
Owen Littman - L - Owen
Katie Autry - M - 白馬五竜
Wade Binneboese - LL - ウェイド
Jillian Hughes - M - ジリアン


Polos
*Jon Rasson - L - ジョン
*Tony Au - L
*Ruby Harris - M - ルビー
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Fred - LL - 富麗都
Ali Cameron - M
Maik Vleck - L - マイク

Double Rooms (First come basis, availability still unknown)
1. Andy and Emily Schneider
2. Thomas Lord and Kath Gilbertson
3. Stephen Jackel and Katherine Vos
4. Lauren Rushford and Kyle Mullen
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5. Ashley Levin & Francesca de Munnich
6. Graeme Parker and Scott Jacob Farley
7. Katie Vigna and Matt Julius Caesar-Gordon

Quad Room
1. Natalia, Pat, Lorus, Hiromi

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A weekend of unlimited wine tasting, world-class roller coasters and hanging out with our Shizuoka brothers and sisters from south of OUR mountain?

Sure! Sign me the hell up!

YETI and ShizAJET have decided to hold our first ever joint event, incorporating two of our events on the same weekend. YETI will be organising a gathering at the Katsunuma wine festival on the Saturday, which ShizAJET is invited to and ShizAJET's Fuji-q highland's trip is on the Sunday, which YETI is invited to.

When  : October 5th (Wine fest) and 6th (Fuji-Q)
Where : Katsunuama Central Park (http://goo.gl/maps/iwsaU) and Fuji-Q highlands in Fujiyoshida
Cost    : Wine festival - 500 yen for your glass
            Fuji-Q - 5000 yen regular price, although there are discounts out there!
RSVP  : No real RSVP required. We will have a tarp at the wine festival, and you will individually make your way to Fuji-Q.

****If there is anyway that you can help welcome and hosting the people from Shizuoka overnight, that would be greatly appreciated. I am hosting up to 10 people in my own place, but if you help out and live between Katsunuma/Fujiyoshida, that would be awesome.***


Tell me more!


Every year, Katsunuma, the largest wine producing region in Japan, holds a grape festival to showcase the wines (hells yeah!) produced in the region. Saturday (October 5th) will be their 60th anniversary.

Throughout the day, you will be able to sample the wine, juice and grapes from 24 local wineries along with performances and many food stalls (reportedly over 40). Basically, you pay 500 yen for a wine glass that you can then refill as you please (all you have to do is queue up).
The main festivities on Saturday begin at 10am. The wine begins to run dry mid-afternoon, so the earlier you arrive, the better. The festival culminates with some fireworks and a huge burning torii (shrine gate) made out of stacks of wood on the mountainside as the sun goes down.

Fuji-Q highlands is a world-class amusement park based in Fujiyoshida. Your entry will include unlimited rides, so Haunted house, roller-coasters, rides...the works basically!  :-)
Although certain special attractions are excluded.

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Fujiyoshida Fire Festival
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:10:08 PM »
Pyromaniacs Rejoice!

Sorry for the short notice, but tonight is the Fujiyoshida Fire Festival. Not fireworks but goddamn fire.
http://www.city.fujiyoshida.yamanashi.jp/div/english/html/firefest.html

In a nutshell, huge pyres of straw are set on fire and the centre of fujiyoshida burns to celebrate the end of the climbing season.
It has been described as one of the 3 most unique festivals in Japan and it certainly is unique.
If you do go, parking is a bit of a pain but not tooooo bad.

I would suggest wearing old clothes as there is a lot of smoke and ashes floating about.

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Events Archive / Welcome Party 2013
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:22:23 PM »
Its that time when the old guard return from their travels and the new arrivals get to party it up together in style    :-D
So what better way to celebrate than the Welcome Party 2013 !

When  : September 7th 2013 from as early as you want until you drop!
Where : Namezawa camp grounds north of Yamanashishi. http://goo.gl/maps/mvAp9
Cost    : 1500 Non-yeti members/1000 Yeti-members
             1000 yen overnight stay (per person in the cabins or per tent)
             3000 yen for YETI memberships
RSVP  : ASAP

Namezawa camps grounds are way in the mountains of Yamanashi shi and we have the entire place to ourselves. So we can be as loud as we want...and I mean LOUD.
Last time I went to visit the grounds, they had a rave party in full swing!

******TRANSPORT*****
We highly recommend that you carpool with people. The grounds are 13.7km/8.5miles from Enzan station and a taxi will be 4000-5000 yen.
There is plenty of parking at the grounds but no cell phone reception (told you it was remote ;-) ), so get your rides sorted out before hand.
There is a payphone on site if you need to contact us urgently. The number is 0553 392 567.
Driving instructions are attached to this post.
If there is really no way that people can get a ride, we'll try to pick you up (but we want to party too).

What to bring

We have BBQ pits, utensils, charcoal, music and places to mingle. So bring your social selves, food to BBQ and your own booze and get ready to party.
There are fridges on site to store your food.
Bring your own trash bags as we have to take it back with us.
We suggest that you bring chairs to sit on, insect repellent/mosquito coils, sun screen, ear plugs,
The cabins have all the bedding provided but bring your own futon sheets
Bring your friends... people make parties right? Right!

Staying overnight
If you are staying in the cabins, all your bedding will be provided although you can also bring your own. It will be 1000 yen per person either way.
The cabins sleep 4-6 people and they are first come, first served. If you are particular about who you share with, come down early!
We are currently limited to 40 people.
There are no showers, but there are sinks for brushing your teeth, washing your face.
If you wish to pitch a tent, there is plenty of space around and it will cost 1000 yen per tent (not person)

When you RSVP, please tell us the following

1) Name(s)
2) Staying the night? Cabin or tent?
3) Are you driving or need a lift? If so, how many can you pick up and from where? Or, where do you need picking up from?

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After talking to the PAs, we have decided to have the post Kofu local orientation meetup at the Vault from about 8pm on the night of August 20th.

If you live in Kofu, come out and meet some of the new JETs who live around the ken.

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Events Archive / Ichikawadaimon Fireworks festival 2013
« on: July 23, 2013, 01:23:47 AM »
Cost :Free
When : Wednesday, August 7th. Fireworks display starts at 7.15pm and finishes at 9pm.
 # May be postoned to the 8th if there are storms. #
Where :On the banks of the Fuji River in Ichikawadaimon
Bring :Yourselves, your own tarps, money for food and drink or bring your own supplies. A camera and possibly a tripod is recommended too.

The Ichikawadaimon Shinmei Fireworks is the biggest and most spectacular fireworks display in Yamanashi with approx 20,000 (that isn't a typo) fireworks being let off.
Fireworks festivals in Japan are on a whole different scale! Nearly two hours of fireworks? Yes please!
It's a great opportunity to mingle with people, wear Yukatas and Jinbeis, see the Japanese public, eat food, drink beer, take photos and see an amazing show. 200,000 people are expected to come! So YETI is going to set up a place for us all to meet and enjoy the festival and the fireworks (fingers crossed). I will only be able to know our spot a few days before.

I want to go, but what should I do?
The plan is to meet up as a group and watch the fireworks and get to know each other. Ichikawadaimon is on the Minobu train line between Kofu and Minobu.
I suggest you take the train there and then we can all meet up and get to sit together.

If you have never been and want to go, Jeremy (the PA) has volunteered to bring a group of people from Kofu. He will be waiting at Kofu station at 5pm outside the McDonalds at the southern exit of Kofu station. There is a train at 17.16 that will take you there.
Should you not be able to meet Jeremy, follow the hoards of people in Yukatas and Jinbeis and get the later trains at 17.41/18.23.
For those of you south of Ichikawadaimon, your best bet is to take the train that departs Minobu at 17.53 and get off at Ichikawadaimon. There is an earlier train at 16.13 also and an express at 17.03.
Use www.hyperdia.com to help you with travel arrangements.

On the day, I will be there earlier to meet up with people.The trains will be extremely crowded and running late as JR doesn't see the need to put on extra trains or even carriages. After the fireworks, the trains will leave in time to make the connections at Kofu for the those on the Chuo line. It would be best to leave as soon as the fireworks finish.
However, I don't think those on the Fujikyu line will be able to make their connection home, so try to make alternative arrangements.

*** Do not drive to Ichikawadaimon. The traffic is horrendous. You are better off driving to any other train station and then training back or crashing with someone. ***

If people get stuck, we always find somewhere for them to stay. I have plenty of futons and space for people and others can usually put you up too.

I think that's about it.

If you need to contact us,

Fred - 080 5180 6736
Jeremy -090 9853 4424

Hope to see you all there!

EDIT : Map has been attached.

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Tokyo Orientation Dinners 2013
« on: July 16, 2013, 02:47:29 AM »
Hey everyone, so with people leaving it is a sad time to see them leave on their new adventures abroad.

On the other hand, it also means that new people are coming to the ken and so let’s meet up with the new JETs in Tokyo for a meet and greet dinner in Shinjuku.

*** VENUE CHANGE - Details have been amended accordingly ****

When :  Group A – Tuesday 30th July, Group B – Tuesday 6th August
Where : Meet in the lobby of the Keio Plaza hotel at 6.30pm and take the metro/walk to the restaurant, which is in Roppongi at 6.30pm.
Gonapchi, 1 chome-13-11, Nishiazabu, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
http://goo.gl/maps/nQRIn

The restaurant :
http://www.gonpachi.jp/nishiazabu/?lang=en
The restaurant is the restaurant that inspired this scene in Kill Bill and is inside an old fortress.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jhTRqgTZSM
Budget about 1500 yen for food. Drinks and desserts will bump that up though, although we could always buy some beers from the combini and pre-game. We’re kinda classy like that.


For the noobs : By our reckoning, Tuesday night is the embassy night for most nationalities apart from Americans and Canadians. Hence this is the best night for us to take you all out for a meal, then back to Shinjuku and possible karaoke afterwards. It’s a great opportunity to meet people who will be your future neighbours too! Some of you may not be able to confirm until you get to Tokyo, but the sooner you can let us know, the easier it’ll be for the restaurant to work with us! 

So, if you want to join either or both dinners, let me know. I need to give the restaurant a better of idea of numbers by the Friday before.



RSVPS Group A

Alejandra
Amanda M
Amanda R
Andy Schneider
Catherine
Charlie
Fred
Hang
Jeremy
Jon Rasson
Katrina (Maybe)
Kev Neese
Megan
Nathan
Sara W
Sarah S (Karaoke?)


RSVPS Group B

Fred
Hang
Amanda M?
Sara Wells + 2 friends
Cheryl
Tristan
Sairus
Kelley
Karen Oh
Allison
Chandre
Sarah S(Karaoke)
Bryan Muller (Maybe Karaoke)
Danny
Sarah Wilczynski
Stephen Jackel



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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Places of Worship
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:49:28 AM »
Although I am a self-confessed agnostic, one theme I see come up time and time again is that of finding somewhere to worship and particularly in English. Obviously there is a need for that information, so I've asked a few people and found some info out. However, there must be more places out there, so please let me know about any other places of worship out there! Post any info you have for others to benefit from.

I'll start off


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

For Yamanashi, there only seems to be a meeting house in Kofu. Otherwise, there are places in Suwa (Nagano), Fuji (Shizuoka) and Fussa (Tokyo). Obviously, there are other meeting houses and Family History centres around the other kens.
This map shows has more information.

http://www.lds.org/rcmaps/?lang=eng#ll=35.638429,138.917913&z=9&m=google.road&marker=36.09128,138.370056&q=35.631733,138.575964&x=find&find={n:"Japan",ll:"35.631733,138.575964"}

Go to lds.org -> quick links -> meetinghouse locator for information elsewhere in Japan.

For the kofu branch, they meet at 10am on Sundays for a 3 hour service.
First hour is taking the sacrament, second hour is Sunday School, and third hour is split into men and women groups with separate lessons. It's in Japanese, but there are missionaries so the  second hour has an English option. Visitors are always welcome.

New Life International Church

New Life International Church is a non-denominational church that meets every Sunday at 11:00. The service is in both English and Japanese.  The address is 5-4-16 Asahi, Kofu-shi, Yamanashi-ken, 〒400-0025, just a 10 minute walk north from Kofu Station.  Our phone number is 055-287-9577.  That phone is answered M - F 8:30-4:30.  After hours and weekends, the phone is 090-6014-2663.

Also, we have men's and women's Bible studies, small groups that meet throughout the greater Kofu area, a worship music night, a group for learning more about Christianity called T.G.I. Friday, and a church service that is in Chinese. If you have any questions or want more info, feel free to post it on here, on the Facebook page or send me an email at [email protected]  :-)

Goggle maps link:  https://goo.gl/maps/r9oRtZ7P49N2

Church website (English and Japanese):
http://newlifechurchkofu.com/en/

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/74506704814/

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Just interested to see what people are using for their cellphone provider and why.

I use AU and have done since I got here. I went with AU as they were the easiest to get a phone with as I didn't have to wait for my gaijin card to come through and could get it with just the piece of paper. Been pretty happy with the service too.

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I'd like to download a dictionary/translator app for my android phone now that I have brutally freed up some space on my phone.
In your experience, what have you used and how accurate has it been?

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YETI Announcements / 2013 - 2014 YETI Events calendar.
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:28:28 PM »
Hi Everyone,
Here is the tentative event calendar for YETI this year. Things will undoubtedly change but this is what are planning on doing for the year.

July
Sayonara Party  (July 13th 2013 - KEEP in Kiyosato)

August
Ichikawadaimon Fireworks Festival  (August 7th 2013 - Ichikawadaimon)


September
Welcome Party - (September 7th - Namezawa camp grounds, north of Makioka)
Mount Fuji Climb - (September 14th - Err, mount Fuji)
Archery (tentative)

October
Katsunuma Wine Festival (Oct 5th 2013 - Katsunuma)
ALT Soccer Tournament - Nagano, Oct 5th/6th (Non-Yeti)
Autumn Pub Quiz - (October 26th, Tsuki cafe, Otsuki)


November
Yamanakako ramble (November 9th, Lake Yamanaka)
Thanksgiving (November 17th, Yamanashi Prefectural Youth Center in Kofu/Isawa - Awaiting confirmation though)


December
Xmas Party ( December 7th, Jinbee restaurant, Yamanashi Shi) 

January 2014
First Ski Trip (January 18th/19th weekend, Lady Diana Hotel, Hakuba, Nagano)
YETI Idol  (January 25th, L-River, Yamanashi Shi Hops and herbs - Kofu)

February
Block 4 Event (February 1st, Tokyo)
Pizza Making Event ( February 16th, Nirasaki)
Second Ski Trip (Non-Yeti, Feb 22nd/23rd weekend, Aqua Alpine Hotel, Hakuba, Nagano)


March
Spring Pub Quiz ( March 8th, Otsuki)
Go Karting (March 9th,  Yamanashi Shi)

April
Nash 500 ( April 13th, Ken-wide, Location TBA)
New YETI Council Elected

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YETI Announcements / YETI Membership 2013 - 2014
« on: May 22, 2013, 10:16:01 AM »
Membership of YETI for the 2013 - 2014 year will run from August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014 and cost 3,000 yen per year.
This entitles you to discounts at our (paying) events and coming to a few events should enable you to make your money back over the year.
Personally, I have always made my money back every year.

We will be accepting membership fees from August 1st at events, or whenever you see us. If you pay at an event, you will receive the discount for that event there and then.

Also, memberships for the 2012 - 2013 year are now closed.

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Useful Information for living in Yamanashi / Buying shoes!
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:18:00 PM »
Long story short, I need to buy some sandals for the upcoming summer.
I am a bit particular about my footwear and I normally buy abroad as there is a bigger choice than here in Japan.

I could go online and buy something but I would rather see and try some shoes.
So, any advice on stores in Tokyo that I could go to that would have a good range of shoes? What is your personal experience.
How about online shopping?

I have found a few from an online search that I intend to check out when I am in tokyo and I'll report back on them.

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Tokyo Yamathon 2013 - April 20th!
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:02:12 AM »
Have you ever been to Tokyo? Have you ever ridden the Yamanote line? Are you interested in seeing the city in a whole new way? Here is your chance! The International Volunteer Group Japan (IVG) is having its fourth annual Yamathon on April 20th, 2013 to raise money for Oxfam, an international relief organization that will use the proceeds to help those living in poverty around the world.

What does it involve? Instead of riding the Yamanote line, teams of 3-4 people walk the entire length of it taking photos at each station with the goal of finishing together in under 12 hours.

The Yamathon is only as strenuous (and as fun!) as you want it to be. It is like taking a decent walk for up to 12 hours. It is possible to run it as well, but you finish as a team, so the last member sets your overall time. Aside from random acts from Mother Nature like typhoons, the biggest challenges are blisters and strained muscles, but more information and advice about preventing this will be posted later. As teams walk around Tokyo, you are never far from a combini or a toilet stop should any needs arise.

I will be dealing with the registrations, fees, teams, hotel bookings, and any other logistical questions/concerns if you have any. Once fees are paid, however, it will be too late to pull out financially. I can also help if you want to invite your friends and make your own team too.

Finally, just for your pleasure, here is a video we took last year of our walk starring the ever sexy Wade!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TI5CLILSQQ

So sign up and join me and others for this event.

Oh, and here is the official cut and paste too.........

=============================================================================================================================
 


The Yamathon is back! Join us on Saturday April 20th as we once again compete to walk around the Yamanote train line, raising money for Oxfam Japan.


-- What is The Yamathon? --

The Yamathon is a physical and navigational challenge where teams of three or four people attempt to walk around the Yamanote line in under 12 hours, visiting each station along the way. The Yamanote line is Japan's busiest and most important commuter rail line which circles Tokyo and is famous around the world.

-- When, where and how much? --

• When: Saturday 20th April 2013
• Meeting Time: 06:15
• Starting time: 07:00
• Meeting point: At the entrance of Yoyogi Park (2 mins walk from Harajuku Station)
• Team Registration Fee: 8,000 yen per team
*100% of your team fee will be donated to Oxfam Japan*

-- Why should I get involved in this? --

The Yamathon is a unique physical team challenge which you will start together, stick together, and finish together. It's a fascinating way to see the capital city of Japan and all its sights from a new perspective.

This is also a fundraising event. The majority of your registration fee and all of the money you raise in sponsorship will go straight to Oxfam Japan who will use it to help those living in poverty around the world. - http://www.oxfam.jp/en/

The Yamathon is organised by members of the International Volunteer Group (IVG) who volunteer their time and efforts to put on fundraising events around Tokyo. Our last Yamathon in November 2012 attracted over 300 participants and together we raised over 600,000 yen for Oxfam Japan.

http://www.ivgjapan.org/

-- Where can I sign up? Where can I get more information? --

To register a team or to simply find out more, please visit our website:

http://www.tokyo-yamathon.com/

You can also follow us on twitter:

https://twitter.com/TheYamathon


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-- The Yamathonとは何でしょうか?--

The Yamathonとは3~4人のチームで東京の中心に位置する山手線の29駅全てを、12時間以内に歩くことを目標に、持久力、チームワーク、ナビゲーションへの挑戦を試そうというイベントです。チームメンバー全員でスタートし、ともに歩き、ともにゴールします。
チーム全員でゴールできるよう、皆さま自身でコースを決め、ゴールを目指しましょう。参加費のうち8,000円は、オックスファム・ジャパン寄付され、世界の様々な地域で貧困から立ち上がろうとする人々への支援に活用されます。

http://www.oxfam.jp/

わずかな宣伝で、11月に行われたYAMATHONは大きな成功を収めることが出来ました。300人以上の方が参加し、オックスファム・ジャパンへ60万円以上の寄付が集まりました。私たちオックスファムIVGは三回目の都市部でのチャリティイベントに大変湧き立っており、イベントの発展、成功を目指して現在活動しております。

-- イベント概要 --

■日時: 4月20日 土曜日
■集合時間: 06:15
■集合場所:代々木公園入り口(JR原宿駅から徒歩2分)
■開始時間: 07:00
■参加費: 1チーム8,000円(100% はオックスファム・ジャパンに寄付されます、

参加登録や詳しい情報を知りたい方は、こちら(英語)をご覧ください。

http://www.tokyo-yamathon.com/


Team 1 (Faster)

1. Fred (TL)
2. Mike Martin
3. Tristan
4. ?

Team 2+3 (Leisurely)

1. Chandre
2. Amanda (TL)
3. Erin
4. Matt Castle (TL)
5. Alli
6. Rob Paterson
7. Sairus
8. ?

Team 4
1. Wade (TL)
2. Mizuki
3. Daisuke
4. ?

Team 5
1. Hide
2. Erica
3. Jen Beyer
4. Chris Chin

Also Maik and Hiro.

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Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Ski Trip III - Ski Hard with a Vengeance!
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:12:49 AM »
What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: March 22nd - 24th 2013 and beyond if you wish
Where: Lady Diana hotel at Hakuba Goryu Resort

How much: 16,000yen (Hotel + 2day pass), 13,500 (Hotel + 1 day pass), 11,000yen (Hotel only)
This trip will be generally of the same format as the January trip however, there will be no party. If you haven't been on either trip, feel free to go through this thread for some more information.

http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=8736.0

The package includes 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts and dinner on Saturday night.
If you want a double room, I can arrange that if they are available. It'll be an extra 3000 yen between you.

Ski rental prices are...

Ski/Board + Boots - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
Ski/Board trousers and jacket - 1800/2800yen for one/two days
Goggles - 500/1000yen for one/two days
Gloves - 500/1000yen for one/two days

I will again arrange transportation if we need it. Ideally, we don't. For those driving, directions will be sent to you.
For those in Shizuoka, RSVP to me and I'll talk with Jeff Moses about transport.
For Chiba, I will find someone to help you.
Other kens, just get in touch with me.

I am not arranging anything for lessons but if you want them, let me know and I'll fill you in on the situation

That is about it really. All I need from you is an RSVP in this format

1. Name :
2. What package i.e. 2 nights and 2 day pass
3. Gear Rental : Yes / no ?
if yes please say what : (skis or board / boots / clothing )
Shoe size : **cm
Height: **cm (if you require board / skis )
Clothes sizes – if you know them in Japanese sizes.
Gloves/Goggles ?
4. Transport: required / not required / got a lift
5. Other Information: (vegetarian meals required etc,)

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General Stuff / 2013 people - Welcome to Yamanashi
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:07:14 AM »
Hey! If you are new to the forum/Yamanashi for 2013, fell free to introduce yourself here.
Should you have any questions, queries or worries you have are more than welcome to ask about them here.
We are a helpful bunch and we'll do our best to help you out.

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