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YETI Spaghetti, September 13th, 2013
« on: September 13, 2013, 02:12:36 AM »
YETI Spaghetti
September 13th, 2013

Hello all! Amanda here. This is my first Spaghetti, and I hope you'll find it useful. I'm excited to work with the council as secretary and get even more involved in the community!


YETI and AJET News

2013-2014 YETI Elections
As there was only one nominee for each position, it's been determined that Katrina Leodounakis is the First Year Representative, and Sara Wells is the Webmaster. Welcome, and we look forward to working with you! A few words from them:

Katrina Leodounakis, First Year Representative
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Hey, everyone! I am so excited to be your First Year Representative! For those of you who haven't met me, I'm Katrina, a first-year JET living in Doshi Village! The village might be a bit out of the way, but that won't stop me from planning some awesome events around Yamanashi! Especially now that the weather is getting cooler...stay tuned!

Sara Wells, Webmaster
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Even though there wasn't a "real" election, I want to thank Wagner for the nomination and anyone else for supporting me (I'm sure there were some of you, right?).  I'm super excited about working with the council and hopefully getting my hands a bit dirty with the website.  For those who don't know me, I'm a second-year ALT working in Hokuto and desperately awaiting cooler weather.  I also have some past web development experience (which may or may not include some embarrassing Geocities fan pages from the early 2000's), so I hope I will be able to put it to good use!

AJET Connect Magazine
Here’s the September AJET Connect Magazine which shares stories and opportunities from other JETs with the community. Several contributors in this issue are current and former Yamanashi ALTs and JETs, Sara Ben-Abdallah, Josiah David, Jody Dixon, Annabella Massey, and Tristan Salvanera.  Check it out!
http://ajet.net/downloads/connect/AJET%20Connect%20SEP%202013.pdf

AJET Surveys
JETs of YETI, have you taken the AJET surveys yet? Our very own Sarah Stout, Block 4 Representative (Chiba, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Tokyo, Yamanashi), has reminded us all to participate, as your input will have an effect on you and future JETs.  This is your last chance to take them! Sarah explains why they're important:
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AJET helps to bring about change when presenting your opinions to CLAIR and the three ministries. Because of the reports coming from JETs and presented by AJET, smoking was banned in all staffrooms, the maximum tenure of the JET programme was increased from 3 to 5 years and the number of paid holidays was set to be recommended to contracting organizations to be 20 per year versus the previous standard (unfortunately, I believe some JETs within Yamanashi work for COs who didn't heed this recommendation since it's merely a recommendation in the handbook). The opinions that you give in the surveys are used to create reports twice a year and then are presented to CLAIR and the three ministries.
Take them!! (Please?)
Disaster Awareness: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DisasterAwarenessPreparedness
Community Involvement: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JETCommunityInvolvement
Life After JET: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LifeAfterJET (Current and former JETs can take this)


YETI Events

Fuji Climb, September 14th – 15th
Are you ready? Get the last of your gear and food readied, and conquer that thing! Keep an eye out for last-minute weather updates on the facebook event page.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/205523016276715/
More info: http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=8996.0

Joint Shizuoka AJET and YETI Event: Wine Festival and Fuji-Q, October 5th & 6th
Come play with the JETs next door! Kick off the fall season with the grapes and wine of Yamanashi, and a trip to Yamanashi’s own amusement park.
The Katsunuma Grape (Wine) Festival is an all-day event to taste the various wines of Yamanashi. For just a ¥500 wine glass (a nice souvenir!), you can try the wines and grape juice from each winery. It was one of my favorite events ;)
Cost: ¥500
Where: Katsunuma Chuo Park. At Katsunumabudoukyo Station and Enzan Station, there are Y100 shuttle buses to and from the festival.
When: Saturday, October 5th, 10am~
Fuji-Q in Fujiyoshida features many a roller-coaster, the infamous haunted house (do you dare…?), and views of Fuji. Watch those hangovers, K?
Cost: ¥5000 for all-day pass (haunted house is separate), or ¥1200 for just entrance and pay-per-ride
Where: Fuji-Q. Take the Fujikyu Line from Otsuki to Fujikyu Highland Station. If driving, take the parking lot entrance just NW of the station (¥1000 per car).
When: Sunday, October 6th
More info: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/473894886040216/

YETI Fall Pub Quiz, October 26th
Save the date!!
At Otsuki Café in… Otsuki!
More details to come.


Things to Do in Yamanashi

Fruit-picking
In Yamanashi, the Kingdom of Fruit, there is fruit-picking available nearly all year. There are roadside orchards all over the prefecture that offer fruit-picking and all-you-can-eat fruit. The website lists the season for each fruit as well as where you can find them or who you can contact.
Keywords to look for on the roadside signs: 狩り/かり/kari orハンチング/hunting.
Grapes, peaches, and apples (and more!) are in season now. Which suits your fancy?
More info: http://search.yamanashi-i.com/special/fruit.html (In Japanese, but somewhat visual!)

The Isawa Jazz, September 21st – 22nd
Jazz performances and swing dancing! Drink wine, have festival food, and chill out to some jazz, man. The main performance at the ryokan is on Sunday, but there will be special stage performances at the footbaths there.
Cost: Free afternoon performances; ¥1000 tickets for both days for the paid performances,
Where: Isawa Onsen Meiryokan and Isawa Onsen Footbaths, 1607 Isawacho Kawanakajima, a 15-minute walk SE of Isawaonsen Station
When: Saturday, September 21st 1pm~ // Sunday September 22nd 11am-5:30pm
More info: http://www.isawaonsen.or.jp/index_2.html


Things to Do Around Tokyo

Hibiya Oktoberfest 2013, now until September 16th
Yes, it’s still September, but with fall right around the corner, the beer fests abound! Hibiya Oktoberfest features dozens of German and Japanese beers, German food (did anyone say sausage?!) and music.
Cost: Free, ¥1000 refundable deposit on the glasses
Where: Hibiya Park, most easily accessed by Hibiya Station or Kasumigaseki Station
When: Until Monday, September 16th, 11am-10pm
More info: http://oktober-fest.jp/2013hibiya/index.html

Art Aquarium, now until September 23rd
A highly recommended exhibition in Tokyo, the art aquarium features daytime and nighttime displays with dynamic lighting, traditional Japanese motifs, and… goldfish. On Saturday evenings it becomes a full event with cocktails, DJs, and live music.
Cost: ¥1000
Where: Nihombashi Mitsui Hall, Chuo-ku, Nihonbashimuromachi 2-2-1, 5F, 4F Entrance. A ten-minute walk SE of Kanda Station or NE of Tokyo Station.
When: Until Monday, September 23rd, 11am-11:30pm
More info: http://h-i-d.co.jp/art/nihonbashi/



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Re: YETI Spaghetti, September 13th, 2013
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 09:45:15 AM »
Lineng is the Fashion editor at Connect magazine now :)

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Re: YETI Spaghetti, September 13th, 2013
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 03:05:08 PM »
Eek. Figured I would forget something. Sorry, Lineng!