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YETI Spaghetti, February 24th, 2014
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:48:30 PM »

Hello Yetizens. I hope you all have been surviving well enough since Yamanashi's record-breaking Snowpocalypse last week. Many people have come out relatively unscathed, but others are still left without access to essential goods and services. Everyone, please take great care while Yamanashi gets back up and running.


YETI and AJET News

Changes to AJET and CLAIR
JETs in Yamanashi may have already heard about the changes to the AJET/CLAIR relationship. Here is a summary of those changes:
1) There will be no AJET Information Fair at Tokyo Orientation.
2) The management of the After JET Conference Information Fair will change from AJET to CLAIR.
3) Peer Support Group (PSG) volunteers will no longer participate in the Prefectural Advisor (PA) Conferences that have supplemented the organisation's internal training program.
4) The bi-annual Opinion Exchanges will now be held on an as-needed basis determined by CLAIR.

At the link below, you can read and discuss the effects of or your concerns with these changes.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/AJETJapan/posts/10153761848295597


YETI Events

Pizza Preparation Party Extravaganza, Yeah!, March 2nd
Due to the heavy snow last week, this event had to be rescheduled to March 2nd. Those who were one the RSVP and wait lists before, please confirm that this new date works for you. We will also take other RSVPs to add to the wait list. Remember to bring your apron!
Cost: ï¿¥500 for YETI Members, ï¿¥1000 for YETI non-members
Where: Nicori Nirasaki, Nirasaki-shi, Wakamiya 1-chome 2-50, 山梨県韮崎市若宮1丁目2−50, a 2-minute walk from Nirasaki Station
When: Sunday, March 2nd, 4:30pm-8:30pm
More info: http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9107

Pub Quiz / Go-Karting Weekend! March 8th - 9th

Spring Pub Quiz, March 8th
Our biannual pub quiz is here for the (hopefully early-)coming spring! As always it will be at Tsuki Cafe right by Otsuki Station. Come prepared for the tough questions on various categories created by hostesses, Katrina and Katherine! Test your knowledge of trivia :evil: Or just come for the enjoyment of everyone's company and the lovely atmosphere of Tsuki Cafe.
Cost: ï¿¥500 YETI Members, ï¿¥1000 YETI non-members
Where: Tsuki Cafe. Right across from Otsuki Station.
When: Sunday, March 8th, 6pm-10pm
RSVP by: Wednesday, March 5th. Please RSVP and arrive on time in order to secure your place on a team.
More info: http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9119.0

Go go go Karting, March 9th
Anyone with a need for speed? This go-karting course should fit the bill. There is a limit of 30 people for this event, however, so RSVP early to secure a spot!
Cost: ï¿¥3000 YETI Members, ï¿¥4000 YETI non-members
Where: AZ Yamanashi Circuit. 2298-25 Yamanashi-shi Shōtokuji, Yamanashi-shi, up the mountain road to Fruit Park.
When: Sunday, March 9th, 12pm-3pm
RSVP by:Tuesday, March 4th
More info: http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=9120.0


Things to Do in and Around Yamanashi

Plum Blossom-Viewing in Furouen, March 1st-31st
The visits to Furouen had been suspended due to the two heavy snows of the past couple weeks, but it is scheduled to reopen on March 1st. The pink and white plum blossoms cover the mountain sides of the "Garden of Eternal Youth" and provide more ways to view Mt. Fuji (because really, you can't have too many beautiful views of Fuji). The garden also has its own plum goods and other light meals to offer.
Cost: ¥500
Where:  甲府市酒折3丁目4-3, 7-minute walk NW of Sakaori Station on the Chuo Line, or 13-minute walk NE of Zenkoji Station on the Minobu Line
When: Saturday, March 1st - Monday, March 31st; 9am-5pm
More info: http://www.furouen.jp/english

Ando House Doll Festival, Until April 7th
Hina Matsuri, or Doll Festival, is an annual festival in Japan for girls. Also called Girl's Day, this festival is celebrated all around Japan on March 3rd. The displays in other prefectures are usually up in February and soon taken down after the 3rd, as there is superstition that leaving it out too long would cause a daughter to get married later than usual. Fun tidbit: Yamanashi is one of the prefectures that leaves them out longer purposely.
Cost: ¥300
Where: Minami Alps, Nishinango 4302, 南アルプス市西南湖4302, free parking available
When: Until Monday, April 7th; 9am-4:30pm (last entrance at 4pm, and closed on Tuesdays)
More info: http://www.walkerplus.com/event/ar0419e58451 (Japanese)


Things to Do Around Tokyo

Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Art Exhibition, until March 2nd
The International Ukiyo-e Society celebrates its 50th anniversary with an exhibition at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. There will be hundreds of these woodblock prints gathered from around the world for this event, featuring many iconic and famous prints and artists you are sure to have known about before coming to Japan.
Cost: ¥1300
Where: Edo-Tokyo Museum, 1 st Floor Special Exhibition Gallery, 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo. A short walk east of Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu Line.
When: Until Sunday, March 2nd, 9:30am-5:30pm (until 7:30pm on Saturday), closed Monday
More info: http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/english/special/201401/index.html

Plum Blossom-Viewing, February until early March
Before cherry blossoms, you can enjoy various vibrant and fragrant plum blossoms in Tokyo. There are several festivals, but the link below highlights 12 of them. Aside from taking in the beauty of the blossoms, you can partake in the usual festival fare, get your ume goods and daifuku, try amazake, and see various performances. Of the festivals on the list, I can vouch for the loveliness of the Yushima Tenjin Shrine and Hanegi Park festivals: lots of flowers, nice atmospheres, and the shrine had a lot of interesting performances.
Cost: Depends on the festival, but most have free entrance
Where: Various gardens and parks in Tokyo
When: Depends on the festival, but most last until the end of February and a few until the beginning of March
More info: http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/feature/411/Tokyos-top-12-Ume-spots

Tokyo Outdoor Weekend, March 22nd-23rd
Start spring outdoors at the appropriately located Tokyo Outdoor Weekend. There will be various vendors with gear for your outdoor activity of choice  (along with the festival usual of food, live music, and other wares)!
Cost: Free
Where: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza, 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, easy access southwest of Harajuku Station
When: Saturday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 23rd, 10am-6pm
More info: http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/event/10929/Tokyo-Outdoor-Weekend


Introducing... Yamanashi

Fuji Yusuinosato Aquarium

This little aquarium hidden in the middle of the forest is located midway between Lake Kawaguchi and Yamanaka and specializes in freshwater fish. There are monthly additional activities to further enrich your visit like feeding the fish or making aquatic-themed cell phone straps. There is also the Sakana Park which is free to explore outside of the aquarium. It's great for kids! 
Cost: ï¿¥400 for adults, ï¿¥200 for children
Where: Minamitsuru Oshino-mura, Shinobugusa 3098-1, 山梨県南都留郡忍野村忍草3098-1
Accessible by Fujikyu Yamanashi Bus from Fujisan Station, get off at さかな公園前 Sakana Koenmae. 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
When: Open 9AM-6PM, closed Tuedays
More info: http://www.morinonakano-suizokukan.com


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Re: YETI Spaghetti, February 24th, 2014
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 10:26:05 AM »
Sorry everyone. I mistakenly wrote 40 spaces on the go karting event when it is actually 30. All the more reason to get your RSVP in now. The deadline to RSVP is March 4th.

Also, for those going to the pizza event this Sunday, the location is a 2-minute walk from Nirasaki Station.

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Re: YETI Spaghetti, February 24th, 2014
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 12:22:37 PM »
Been to that aquarium. The kids did love it! Some super huge freshwater fish in there.
Wouldn't it be nice, to get on with my neighbours!

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Re: YETI Spaghetti, February 24th, 2014
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 09:17:09 AM »
That's great! How was Sakana Park? And what time of year did you go? I'm thinking about going sometime  :-D

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Re: YETI Spaghetti, February 24th, 2014
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 01:23:45 PM »
That's great! How was Sakana Park? And what time of year did you go? I'm thinking about going sometime  :-D

I cant really remember. I'm pretty sure that Sakana Park was just a kids play area. It was a good one compared to your regular play area that you find in all over the place here (even in Temple grounds sometimes which i find a bit weird).
Depending on whether you have kids i didnt know about or your taking your students there, I'm not sure how much you'd enjoy Sakana Park, but that doesnt take anything away from the aquarium.
Wouldn't it be nice, to get on with my neighbours!