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It's our first official AJET block 4 event!  But, we are open to everyone, not just JETs or English teachers  :)

If you know the Nash 500, this event was modeled in a similar style.  Participants will race around Tokyo to take pictu, res of famed locations and complete strange and fun tasks!  You will be placed on a team with members from various prefectures because this is a mixer event!  But, we will try to make sure that you're also on a team with someone you know so that you can be comfortable and make new friends in the process.
You will be able to contact your teammates via facebook and coordinate.  We will post the teams ahead of time which is why you need to RSVP by January 27th!

Date: Feb 1st
Time: 12:30pm-?? (8:00pm reservation)
Meeting Spot 1 (12:30pm): Shinjuku Southern Terrace Exit on the terrace in front of Starbucks and Krispy Kreme
Meeting Spot 2 (5:45pm): The Pink Cow (Roppongi)
Cost: Dinner is 2000yen per person plus the cost of your train pass

For more details, check and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/517932371647017/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

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Junior High School / Eiken practice interview scenarios
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:41:45 AM »
Does anyone have any Pre-2kyuu (準2級) practice interview scenarios?  By that, I just mean the picture/passage along with the accompanying interview questions.

Last year, I shared a book with my JTE that had a ton of them but this year, the JTE is gone and I can't find any copies or extras without paying.

Does anyone have scans or even a link?  The official practice one from Eiken themselves I have (the one of the people in the station). I'm looking for more.

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti, April 16th, 2013
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:43:20 PM »
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My Last Yeti Spaghetti:
In case you were unsure of who was writing these things this year, it is me, Sarah Stout.  I'm a 4th year ALT in Hokuto and have really enjoyed writing the Spaghetti for you guys and helping to plan events with the rest of the council.  When I first started writing the Spaghetti, I was a bit let down at the lack of reaction.  But then, you guys were posting pictures of the events I listed in the Spaghetti and even repeating back to me the same words that I wrote here. I think some people may have forgotten that it is me behind the screen :)  I got a lot of really nice compliments about the change from plain text to HTML and people started RSVPing by replying to the Spaghetti.  I was really happy to get all those emails and I sincerely thank you for all the positive responses I got. Though I will no longer be your secretary, I will still be around as the AJET Block 4 Representative and will be in communication with the new secretary to make sure that you get the latest info on AJET. You can always email me at sarah.stout@ajet.net.  Please welcome Chandre Davids as your new secretary! 

 
YETI and AJET news


----New 2013-2014 YETI Council----
 
We had a lot of participation in the voting process this year!  I sincerely hope that those of you who voted who rarely come to Yeti events will put forth the effort to coming to the new council's exciting events in the coming year! Without further adieu, the new council members are:

President - Fred DeCondappa
Treasurer- Wagner Soto
Secretary- Chandre Davids

and though he was elected last year, our reigning First Year Representative- Michael Martin
 
Here are their acceptance blurbs!

Chandre
This all comes as such a surprise! Who knew I had such a fan base out there (member count: 1...me.).
But all speeches aside, I'd like to thank the council of 2012-13 for their hard work - you guys did a great job of making the year a flurry of good times.
My name is Chandré and I'm currently a first year JET out in Fujiyoshida (representing for the non-JR train line. Fujikyuko line banzai!!). Needless to say I'm glad to be a part of the council and keep the tradition of bringing the Nash community together going. I look forward to working with everyone and forcing you all to read the Yeti Spaghetti I write."

Wagner
Hello everyone,
Thank you for your support and for allowing me to serve you as the new treasurer of the YETI council. I look forward to working with the council to provide all of you with the opportunity to experience the best that Yamanashi has to offer.


Fred
Hi,
Firstly, thank you everyone who voted in the YETI elections this year.
I am kinda excited to be president. Yet at the same time, kind of worried about whether I can do a good job. Thank god we have Mike, Chandre and Wagner to keep me from screwing it up.
Thanks to the outgoing council for the stellar job they have done and I look forward to repaying your faith in me by working hard with the rest of the council.
Here's to a great year ahead of us,
Fred
I am sure that they will all work hard to involve everyone and have enjoyable events this year.


----AJET eConnect ----
The new April eConnect is now online!  This month's magazine includes an interview with Miki Dezaki, a former Yamanashi ALT who has done quite popular youtube videos such as Sh*t Japanese Students Say, and Racism in Japan.  You can read the issue here: http://ajetnet.s3.amazonaws.com/connect/2013_April_Connect.pdf

eConnect is also looking for a new Travel Editor!  Here is the message from the Block 4 Facebook Group:

Good morning, Block 4! As your AJET Connect Magazine Travel Editor, I'm now preparing my final section for May's issue. Since I'll be finishing up JET in August, my travel editor spot will be vacant and we are looking for a travel-loving successor!

What do I do?
-prep/source/write 2-3 travel articles along with a section intro (8 ezine issues over the year).
-correspond with the AJET Online Publications Editor and other section editors.
-serve as an admin for Tatami Timeshare, the AJET Couchsurfing group.
-serve as the admin for this JET-setters Facebook group
-assist with Tokyo Orientation and After JET Conference Connect print issues as needed.
-answer random travel queries from JETs via email

Why is this an awesome volunteer position?
-You can talk travel virtually all the time!
-It's an opportunity to network with JETs around Japan,
-It's a chance to beef up your writing skills.
-You are able to support fellow JETs looking to travel.
-You can exchange travel tips across multiple media avenues.
-And yes, you get a nifty AJET email address

If this sounds like your cup of tea, shoot me an email at amelia.hagen@ajet.net. Happy to answer any questions! Feel free to contact our incoming AJET Online Publications Editor (and current Events Editor), Steven Thompson (steven.thompson@ajet.net), as well.

 
 

 
Events around Yamanashi

 
 
----Fuefuki Peach Blossom Festival and Battle Reenactment----
While many flowers are slowly dwindling out in this final weekend of the festival, the main draw (once a Yamanashi ALT favorite) is the Kawanakajima Battle Reenactment. This series of battles were fought between Takeda Shingen and his arch-rival Uesugi Kenshin over territorial control of the Shinano area (Nagano and Yamanashi).  The most well known in the series of battles was featured in movies and video games. Come and see the reenactment of this epic battle! 
If you look closely at the link, you can see pictures of former Yamanashi ALTs Erik Byers and Jimmy Bramante dressed in the soldier garb :)

Date: April 21st, Sunday
Time: 1:00pm~3:30pm but festivities will start around 11am
Admission: Free
Location: On the shore of Fuefuki River located behind Fuefuki City Hall

Map and more information in Japanese: http://www.fuefuki-kanko.jp/content/kawanakajima/

 
 
Events in and around Tokyo

In this issue, there are many notable events happening in Tokyo.  Many of them are listed in AJET's eConnect magazine so please also look there to get your fill of Tokyo events that are not already listed here :)


----Yokohama Street Performers Festival, April 20-21st----
A variety of street performers will show off their skills in the minato mirai area, while there are set areas for each type of performer, why not just wander around and sample a little bit of everything.  There will be clowns, magicians, samba dancers, acrobats and more!
 
Date: April 20-21
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Minato Mirai21, Isezaki Mall and Yoshidamachi-dori (walkable from Sakuragi-cho station)
Admission: FREE!
 
More information in Japanese: http://daidogei.jp

 
 
----Mongolian Spring Festival----
A special Golden Week event, this festival will have traditional Mongolian dancing, food and wrestling!  You may have seen Mongolian wrestling on An Idiot Abroad recently, but rest assured, you won't have to see Karl Pilkington wrestle this time!
Date: May 4-5
Time: 11am-5pm
Location: Hikarigaoka Park, near JR Narimasu Station
Admission: FREE!

More information in Japanese: http://harumatsuri.net

----Sanja Matsuri 2013----
This festival is widely considered Tokyo's biggest and best traditional festival.  The festival got its start in 1312 and has been held at Sensoji ever since.  It draws in over a million visitors to Tokyo for the 3-day duration of the festival.  There are traditional dances, festival food and the highlight of the festival: the mikoshi parade.

Date: May 15-17
Time: May 15 from 1pm, May 16th from 11pm and May 17th from 6am
Location:
Sensoji/Asakusa jinja (Asakusa)  believe me, you will know if you are in the right place.
Admission: FREE!

More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanja_Matsuri



----Beer Festivals/Oktoberfests in Tokyo----
Golden Week really starts to kick off more of the beer fesitvals featured in past Spaghettis.  So, instead of individually listing out detailed information, I will list some here with the dates.  Click on the links for more information!

Grand Biere 2013 (Roppongi) April 26-28
http://beertaster.org/gb/date/13/gb13.htm

Odaiba Oktoberfest (Odaiba) April 26-May 6
http://oktober-fest.jp/2013odaiba_spring/index.html

Keyaki Hiroba Beer Festival (Saitama Super Arena) May 16-19
http://beerkeyaki.jp/
 

 
Fun Stuff/Useful Stuff

 
 
---Fun Links----

MapCrunch: http://www.mapcrunch.com
Super fun but also frustrating and maddening game.  You are spawned in a random location and must find an airport. The game uses Google Street View to navigate by which makes it all the more interesting and frustrating.

Reasons My Son is Crying : http://reasonsmysoniscrying.tumblr.com/
This blog is both funny and controversial.  Show pictures of the blog owner's son crying and the reason why he is said to be crying.  Often has ludicrous reasons featuring kid-logic such as "I helped him put on a baseball glove", etc etc.  Whatever your take on it, there's sure to be many who feel the same.

Pusheen: http://www.pusheen.com
A partly-animated comic featuring an adorable adopted cat.   You can look at the animations of the cat as posted above or read the webcomic called Everyday Cute

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YETI Announcements / New 2013-2014 Yeti Council!
« on: April 14, 2013, 08:42:11 PM »
The new 2013-2014 YETI council winners were announced yesterday at the Nash 500!  The waiting is over now and here are the winners!

President - Fred DeCondappa
Treasurer- Wagner Soto
Secretary- Chandre Davids
and though he was elected last year he will remain until a new First Year Rep is elected,
First Year Representative - Michael Martin



Here are their acceptance blurbs!

Chandre

This all comes as such a surprise! Who knew I had such a fan base out there (member count: 1...me.).
But all speeches aside, I'd like to thank the council of 2012-13 for their hard work - you guys did a great job of making the year a flurry of good times.
My name is Chandré and I'm currently a first year JET out in Fujiyoshida (representing for the non-JR train line. Fujikyuko line banzai!!). Needless to say I'm glad to be a part of the council and keep the tradition of bringing the Nash community together going. I look forward to working with everyone and forcing you all to read the Yeti Spaghetti I write."

Wagner

Hello everyone,
Thank you for your support and for allowing me to serve you as the new treasurer of the YETI council. I look forward to working with the council to provide all of you with the opportunity to experience the best that Yamanashi has to offer.


Fred

Hi,
Firstly, thank you everyone who voted in the YETI elections this year.
I am kinda excited to be president. Yet at the same time, kind of worried about whether I can do a good job. Thank god we have Mike, Chandre and Wagner to keep me from screwing it up.
Thanks to the outgoing council for the stellar job they have done and I look forward to repaying your faith in me by working hard with the rest of the council.
Here's to a great year ahead of us,
Fred


I will be writing my final Spaghetti announcing the winners, some important AJET information, and as always, enjoyable events in the coming week.  After that, I am officially leaving my office in Chandre's capable hands.

Congratulations and good luck to the incoming council!


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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti, April 5th, 2013
« on: April 05, 2013, 06:40:34 PM »
[SUBSCRIBE and UNSUBSCRIBE details]I have recently once again gone through the Spaghetti contacts and fixed some broken emails, etc. If you would like to Subscribe, please send me an email with the subject SUBSCRIBE. If you have been added and would like to unsubscribe or just would like to unsubscribe for any reason, just send me an email to spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com with the subject UNSUBSCRIBE.  Thanks!


Sorry for the particularly lengthy Spaghetti this time around.  We have many exciting things happening in this issue.  My favorite Yeti Event, the Nash 500, is next weekend!  Also, we are now holding elections for the new Yeti Council.  Please take the time to read the event and come join us.  Also, please read each candidate's blurbs and take a minute to vote for your favorite!
 
 

 
YETI and AJET news


----Nash 500, Prefecture-wide Scavenger Hunt! April 13th----
It's time for my favorite Yeti event!  Nash 500!  Please let us know if you plan on participating, you can simply reply to this email!
Saturday, April 13th 9:30 AM at Aeon Mall Kofu Showa


What is Nash 500?

It is a prefecture-wide scavenger hunt that gets participants to explore Yamanashi. Participants gather into teams and drive around the prefecture visiting various famous landmarks, buildings and interesting areas to collect pictures and complete tasks.  We will dress up in costumes and do various challenges all over the prefecture!  But, time is ticking so be sure to get it done quickly and meet back at desginated meeting points.


What do I have to do to join?

First, create your own team and post it here!  You can have as many teammates as will legally fit in your car.  Usually this is 4-5 people.
Then, choose your theme together.  Examples of team themes in years past are Dukes of Hokentucky (Dukes of Hazzard costume and decorated car), Go Go Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro costumes and car), Rainbow Racers (Mario Kart theme). You can choose any theme and costumes but you WILL BE JUDGED ON APPEARANCE so choose wisely! 
Next, post your team mates names and team name here!
Last, Show up!

What does it cost?
It is FREE, but you will need to split the cost of any gas or tolls used with your fellow teammates.


When is it and where do we meet?

Saturday, April 13th, 9:30AM at Aeon Mall in Kofu Showa. Please meet in parking lot C.  If you cannot see us, please get in touch with a council member on the day of.


The hunt organizers will speak and distribute the clue sheets for the morning's tasks at 9:40 sharp, at which point you're free to get started. Check-in points and times will be detailed in the materials distributed at the start, this will include the morning tasks. We will have certain tasks to be completed before lunch, we will all meet again at lunch time and you will be given a second set of tasks to complete before dinner time.   
The hunt will end at roughly dinner time at a location to be disclosed, at which point we will tally points and distribute awards and prizes while everyone eats dinner. We will also announce the results of voting for the next year's YETI council at this time!


Get to planning!  Post here when you know your team!  If you do not know who you wish to be teamed with but want to participate, please also post here and we can maybe hook you up!  Remember, at least one person in your team must own/rent a car to participate.  This event absolutely requires one driver and car for each team.

----YETI Council Elections! Voting open NOW until April 11th!----
 
So, it is that time of year again!  The current council's last event will be the Nash 500!  Winners of the new council will be announced at that time so I strongly suggest candidates participate in the Nash to hear the results.  Chandre Davids was the only nominee for Secretary, so she will serve as the 2013-2014 Yeti Council Secretary.

We are holding elections for President and Treasurer.
Voting Rules:
1. You must be a current, verifiable ALT or CIR working in Yamanashi to be eligible to vote. *You do not have to be a JET*
2. Please indicate YOUR FULL NAME on your vote.
3.You can vote by PMing karta on the forum, sending a private message to the Yeti Council on facebook OR sending an email to spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com.
4.You can only vote for one person for each role.  You may vote for yourself if that applies.

Voting is open NOW until Friday, April 12th!


Here are the nominees!
President:

------Michael Martin (President Candidate)------
Michael is a first year ALT in southern Yamanashi.  He is currently the First Year Representative on the YETI council.  Because of this, he has been able to gain an insight into how the council operates, as well as what works and what sometimes doesn't work.  Michael's somewhat distant location from most of the active members of the YETI community means that he has a slightly different view of the prefecture and it's opportunities, which would bring a fresh perspective to the position of YETI President if he were to be elected.

Thanks!

------Fred DeCondappa (President Candidate)------
Hi everyone, I would like to run for the position of YETI president and here is my blurb.

I think I would be a good YETI president for a number of reasons. The position requires someone who is organised, hard-working, motivated and approachable. Should you vote me in as president, I think I can bring all these qualities to the table.

Additionally, I feel I have the experience needed to run YETI and to form a great team with the members of the council. I was President in 2005-2006, which led to YETI winning the 2006 AJET award for Most Improved Prefecture. In recent years, I have organised the ski trips which have grown bigger every year and now encompass people from all over the country, using all of the aforementioned qualities.

Should I be voted into YETI, I intend to work with the other council members to improve YETI as a team. Personally, I think that YETI creates great events. However, they would not be GREAT without you guys. So, I would focus on getting more of the ALT community involved, no matter what their job type nor where they live.


Treasurer:

------Amanda Ramond (Treasurer Candidate)-------
Hello all!
I'm Amanda Ramond, ALT at Isawa JHS. I'm a first-year, American JET running for Treasurer of the YETI Council. I have enjoyed the YETI events and meeting the community since I arrived. I would like to give back through service on the council as Treasurer.
Ideas for the 2013-2014 Council

    continuing a Point Card system
    reviewing the budget to make events more widely accessible

Qualifications for Treasurer

    2+ years experience as a private contractor. Responsible for: budgeting; keeping deadlines; organizing information; being resourceful!
    2007-08 Secretary of Circle K International, UC San Diego Chapter. Responsible for: budgeting; keeping records for all members, member hours and standing; regularly balancing numbers for such records; updating members of their status monthly; managing sub-committees
    2004-05 Treasurer of Van Nuys HS Anime Club. Responsible for: collecting dues; maintaining member lists
    being a dork who likes working with numbers and is fairly good with them?!  :-D

I would like to continue getting to know everyone and having fun with YETI in the coming year. I hope to have the opportunity to do so as YETI Treasurer. 

Thank you!

------Wagner Soto (Treasurer Candidate)------

Hello everyone,

I am running for Treasurer. Before becoming a JET, I worked as a paralegal at a major law firm in Boston. I managed multiple projects while attending to the needs of my clients and the attorneys I assisted on a daily basis. I am used to dealing with very strict deadlines as well as working under pressure. I am also very responsible with money and a great team player. I'd love the opportunity to serve you on the YETI council.

Thanks,
Wagner

 
----AJET Tokyo Disney Day----
This event is open to EVERYONE, not just JETs!
 
 
Wanna go to Disneyland or DisneySEA?  Join AJET's Disney Day!  Since you will be joining a large group, you are entitled to the group discount rate. Adult tickets will be 5600yen but you MUST reserve the ticket via a special form posted on the facebook event page!  You must also choose which park you would like to go to (Disneyland or Disneysea), there will be groups going to both parks.
 
Date: April 20th, 2013
Time: Meeting anytime between 7:30 am and 3:00pm
Location: Meeting at Maihama Station
 
More information (and how to get your tickets!):  http://tinyurl.com/d5hblem
 


 
 

 
Events around Yamanashi

 
 
----Shingen-Ko Festival----
 
Information taken from the English version of Yamanashi Kankou, written by our CIRs.
 
Every year, the Shingen-ko Festival celebrates the legacy of Yamanashi’s famous warlord, Takeda Shingen, with the roars of samurai and folkspeople, delicious food and materials at stands around the station and the castle park with cherry blossoms in full bloom, and a variety of stage shows and performances!

This year’s festival will be held from April 5th to 7th. The main highlight is the Koshu Battalion Deployment, which is Japan’s No.1 largest reenactment of warriors. Around 1,500 locals dress in traditional samurai costumes and commence on a march around Kofu.

This year’s deployment will be led by the famous actor Ken Matsudaira as Takeda Shingen and Kota Masago as Yamamoto Kasuke. After a deployment ceremony and sake ritual, Takeda Shingen, bathed in torchlight and surrounded by his 24 generals, leads his army along the streets of Kofu. The Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan banner, representing a philosophy Shingen adopted from Sun Tzu’s Art of War, is flown from one end of the prefecture to the other.

Do not miss out the excitement of Yamanashi’s greatest festival!

Date: April 5-7
Time: Many events happening on each of the three days, the Koshu Battalion portion of the parade will begin around 5:30.
Location: Around Kofu Station
 
For more information and full event schedule in English please take a look here:
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/english144.html
 
 

----Kai no Kaiun Sake Brewery Tours----
*This information was taken from the English version of the Yamanshi Kankou website that is written by our hardworking CIRs.* www.yamanashi-kankou.com/index/english.html

While you enjoy the beautiful sceneries of Mt. Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes, why don’t you also try the delicious “Kai no Kaiun” sake made with Mt. Fuji Spring water! The brewery is only 10 minutes walking distance away from the Kawaguchiko Station!
Ide Brewery stated to make the sake about 160 years ago. In order to let more people to learn about the history and culture of Japanese sake and the “Kai no Kaiun” sake, the brewery started the sake brewery tour in 2010. You can take a 30~40 minute tour to learn the history and brewing process of Kai no Kaiun sake. (The entire brewing equipment set is only available to see during the brewing season –November~March ).  Free Sake tasting is included!
Date: Each Day from November to March
Time: 2 tours a day, 9:30 AM and 3:30PM
Cost: 500 yen (includes a drinking glass)
Reservation must be made by calling Ida Brewery (0555-72-0006), Tours are available only in Japanese.
Access: 10 minutes walk from Kawaguchiko Station
Address:38371 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchi, Minami-tsuru-gun, Yamanashi

For more information: Kai no Kaiun, Ida Brewery http://www.kainokaiun.jp/home.html
 
----Fuji Shibazakura Festival----
This is a beautiful display of shibazakura, or pink flowers growing on the ground.  It has always reminded me of The Sound of Music but they won't take too kindly to us skipping through the flowers.  In the same area, they will also have the Fujisan umai Festa which will feature many Yamanashi specialty foods such as Yoshida Udon and Houtou.  For a small price, you can also take advantage of the foot bath after the long walk around the park.
 
Date:April 10th - June 6th
Time: Each day from 8:00am-5:00pm
Location:  富士本栖湖リゾート(富士河口湖町本栖212)Fuji Motosuko Resort, Fuji Kawaguchiko Motosu 212
Cost: 500 yen, 200 yen for children
Access: Parking is available for 500yen, there is also a bus available from Kawaguchi ko station, it takes 30 min.
 
Map and more information here: www.shibazakura.jp
 

Events in and around Tokyo

----2013 Tokyo Yamathon----

Fred is organizing teams for this event so please read what he has to say:

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.

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*

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

 


----Wan Wan Carnival, April 13-14th----
Apparently, this event is in it's 6th year.  Seems to be very different to Western Dog shows with lots of comedic twists. There will be an afternoon stage show where dogs and their owners perform skits.  On Sunday, they will have the Super Sit Challenge where dogs must sit stationary for 2 minutes.  The event will also have stalls selling various doggie goods.
 
Date: April 13, 14
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Yoyogi Park
Admission: FREE!
 
More information in Japanese: http://wanwancarnival.com/
 
 
----Japan Brewers Cup and Festival, April 5-7th----
Japan will be starting the Oktoberfest kick this month and next month.  This is just one of the many festivals surrounding beer which will feature breweries from Japan and abroad.  This one is a weekend long craft beer festival.  You will be able to sample 70-80 microbrews while judges decide which one is the best. This is a pay-as-you-go festival.
 
Date: April 5-7
Time: 1pm-9pm Saturday, 1pm-7pm Sunday
Location: Yokohama International Passenger Terminal,1 Kaigandori, Naka, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Access: A few minutes walk from the Nihon-Odori Station (Minatomirari Line)
Admission: 500yen at the door plus pay-as-you-go beer.
 
More information in Japanese: http://baybrewing.jp/jbc2013.html
 

 
Fun Stuff/Useful Stuff

 

---Fun Links----

The Dexter Hit List: http://www.thedexterhitlist.com
Cute little prank to play on your friends or family.  You enter in your friends name, occupation, etc.  The website generates a link to a video of a press conference describing your friend as  a potential (dexter?) victim. Kinda similar to that creepy facebook application that was going around that featured you or your friends FB profile to make it look like you were being stalked by a serial killer.

Personality Test : http://similarminds.com/jung.html
Obviously not the real myers-briggs test which involves real people scoring your tests and a couple of hundred dollars, but something fun to pass the time. 

Draw My Thing: http://drawsomethinggameonline.com/
Basically the same as Draw Something but you can play it in your browser and with total strangers.  Loads on old computers.

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Events Archive / Nash 500! The Prefecture-wide Scavenger Hunt 2013
« on: March 26, 2013, 05:26:00 PM »
It's time for my favorite Yeti event!  Nash 500!
Saturday, April 13th 9:30 AM at Aeon Mall Kofu Showa

What is Nash 500?
It is a prefecture-wide scavenger hunt that gets participants to explore Yamanashi. Participants gather into teams and drive around the prefecture visiting various famous landmarks, buildings and interesting areas to collect pictures and complete tasks.  We will dress up in costumes and do various challenges all over the prefecture!  But, time is ticking so be sure to get it done quickly and meet back at desginated meeting points.


What do I have to do to join?
First, create your own team and post it here!  You can have as many teammates as will legally fit in your car.  Usually this is 4-5 people.
Then, choose your theme together.  Examples of team themes in years past are Dukes of Hokentucky (Dukes of Hazzard costume and decorated car), Go Go Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro costumes and car), Rainbow Racers (Mario Kart theme). You can choose any theme and costumes but you WILL BE JUDGED ON APPEARANCE so choose wisely! 
Next, post your team mates names and team name here!
Last, Show up!

What does it cost?[/color]
It is FREE, but you will need to split the cost of any gas or tolls used with your fellow teammates.

When is it and where do we meet?
Saturday, April 13th, 9:30AM at Aeon Mall in Kofu Showa. Please meet in parking lot C.  If you cannot see us, please get in touch with a council member on the day of.


The hunt organizers will speak and distribute the clue sheets for the morning's tasks at 9:40 sharp, at which point you're free to get started. Check-in points and times will be detailed in the materials distributed at the start, this will include the morning tasks. We will have certain tasks to be completed before lunch, we will all meet again at lunch time and you will be given a second set of tasks to complete before dinner time.   
The hunt will end at roughly dinner time at a location to be disclosed, at which point we will tally points and distribute awards and prizes while everyone eats dinner. We will also announce the results of voting for the next year's YETI council at this time!


Get to planning!  Post here when you know your team!  If you do not know who you wish to be teamed with but want to participate, please also post here and we can maybe hook you up!  Remember, at least one person in your team must own/rent a car to participate.  This event absolutely requires one driver and car for each team.


TEAMS!

tHe odD bALls Team 1
Wagner
Juliana
Rachel
Lineng

Team 2
Sara
Erin
Joanna
Alli

PIRATES OF THE CARibbean
Conor
Marc
Nick Marchlewski
Jesse S

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti March 22nd, 2013
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:09:03 PM »
March is a bitter sweet time as we have to see some of our coworkers and friends go and yet the weather is getting to be quite nice.  Cherry blossoms have already started and will end soon in many parts of Kofu but I am happy to report that they haven't yet even started in Hokuto (due to the cooler temperature) and so you have some extra time to enjoy them here.
 

 
YETI and AJET news


----Nominate the new YETI council!----


It's that time of year again!  Nominations are now open until April 1st, 2013.  If you know of someone you would like to see run next year's council, please consider nominating them!  Nominations will be accepted for three council positions.
 
President (Brittany's job)- The president's job is to oversee things and help with a little bit of everything.  They are the main person in charge and typically assign duties as needed throughout the year.
Secretary (Sarah's job)- Main role is to write the Yeti Spaghetti but is also responsible for the distribution of information coming from outside of yeti (e.g, AJET)
Treasurer (Terra's job)- Collecting money at events, keeping and balancing the accounts and generally determining the budget and price for each event.

We also have many different responsibilities that we try to split evenly.  However, it will be up to the new counil on how they would like to divide responsibility.
 
**Nomination and subsequent voting are open to ALL ALTs and CIRs in Yamanashi.**
All nominees can accept or decline their nominations but must do so by April 1st.
 
There are many ways to nominate someone (or yourself!)
1. The forum thread directly below this one.
2. By PMing me.
3.By contacting the Yeti Council on facebook!
 
You do not have to be member of the forum but you must be a current ALT or CIR in Yamanashi to nominate or vote.
 
 
 
----AJET Tokyo Disney Day----
This event is open to EVERYONE, not just JETs!
 
 
Wanna go to Disneyland or DisneySEA?  Join AJET's Disney Day!  Since you will be joining a large group, you are entitled to the group discount rate. Adult tickets will be 5600yen but you MUST reserve the ticket via a special form posted on the facebook event page!  You must also choose which park you would like to go to (Disneyland or Disneysea), there will be groups going to both parks.
 
Date: April 20th, 2013
Time: Meeting anytime between 7:30 am and 3:00pm
Location: Meeting at Maihama Station
 
More information (and how to get your tickets!):  http://tinyurl.com/d5hblem
 

----New AJET eConnect and New Proposed AJET Constitution----
 
The new issue of AJET eConnect can be found here!:   
http://ajet.net/2013/03/10/ajet-connect-magazine-march-2013/

Also, AJET is proposing a new Constitution.  You are able to review the changes and compare both the new and current constitutions.  If you have any objections, the page also details how to do so but you must submit them by April 1st.  :
http://ajet.net/2013/03/18/2013-constitutional-changes-a-friendly-guide/
 
 

 
Events around Yamanashi

 
 
----Shingen-Ko Festival----
 
Information taken from the English version of Yamanashi Kankou, written by our CIRs.
 
Every year, the Shingen-ko Festival celebrates the legacy of Yamanashi’s famous warlord, Takeda Shingen, with the roars of samurai and folkspeople, delicious food and materials at stands around the station and the castle park with cherry blossoms in full bloom, and a variety of stage shows and performances!

This year’s festival will be held from April 5th to 7th. The main highlight is the Koshu Battalion Deployment, which is Japan’s No.1 largest reenactment of warriors. Around 1,500 locals dress in traditional samurai costumes and commence on a march around Kofu.

This year’s deployment will be led by the famous actor Ken Matsudaira as Takeda Shingen and Kota Masago as Yamamoto Kasuke. After a deployment ceremony and sake ritual, Takeda Shingen, bathed in torchlight and surrounded by his 24 generals, leads his army along the streets of Kofu. The Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan banner, representing a philosophy Shingen adopted from Sun Tzu’s Art of War, is flown from one end of the prefecture to the other.

Do not miss out the excitement of Yamanashi’s greatest festival!

Date: April 5-7
Time: Many events happening on each of the three days, the Koshu Battalion portion of the parade will begin around 5:30.
Location: Around Kofu Station
 
For more information and full event schedule in English please take a look here:
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/english144.html
 
 

----Oboushi Sakura Festival----

This is Fujikawa/Minami Alp's version of the sakura matsuri.  Of course, there is plenty of space to spread out your picnic sheet and have your own hanami.  There will also be a light up for the night time starting around 7pm each night.
 
Date: March 30th~ April 7th (website warns that dates may be changed due to early blooming of sakura.  As of March 22nd, these were the dates).
Time: Each day until 10 pm
Location:富士川町鰍沢2175 大法師公園さくら祭り会場, Oboshi Park, Fujikawa-cho, Kajikazawa 2175
Parking is available for 400 cars.  Regular cars will cost 500yen, Motorbikes, 100yen
Map and more information here:
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/fujikawa/event/ooboushi-sakura.html

 
----Otsuki Sakura Festival----

An almost idential event to the Oboushi festival but this one is located in Otsuki!  This one is walkable from a station though it takes roughly 30 minutes. This festival will also have a light up until 10pm each day.
 
Date: March 30th~ April 7th (April 6th, you may get some presents for being an early comer! on April 14th, there will be some performances at the Oiseyama location)
Time: Each day until 10pm.
Location:  大月市大月町真木 Otsuki City, Otsuki-cho, Magi
at both
-桜三千本「真木お伊勢山」 Sakura San Sen Hon, Magi Oiseyama
-関東三名城「岩殿山」 Kanto San Meijyo, Iwatonosan
 
Map and more information here:
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kankou/event/pe_0606.html
 
 

Events in and around Tokyo

----2013 Tokyo Yamathon----

Fred is organizing teams for this event so please read what he has to say:

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.

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*

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

 




----Roppongi Zombie Walk----

And here I thought Zombie Walks were mostly limited to around Halloween.  Much like some Oktoberfests in Tokyo, this festival is in March.
If you would like to participate, you are required to sign up at Night Gallery Cafe Crow starting from 1pm.  Participation fee is 2000yen but that includes special zombie makeup, a zombie energy drink and admission to the Zombie Bar after party.
 
Date: March 31st
Time: Registration is at 1pm, Walk at 2pm and after party at the Zombie Bar is 3pm-9pm.
Location: Night Gallery Cafe Crow (a new minutes walk from Roppongi station)
Admission: 2000yen
 
Map and more information in English: http://www.zombiena.net/2013/02/roppngi-zombie-walk-2013331sun-english.html


 
----Songkran Festival----

Songkran is the name for the Thai New Year Celebration which is April 13-17th, but it will be happening in Yoyogi Park this Saturday and Sunday.
There will be lots of stalls featuring Thai food and handicrafts.  There will also be a flea market and musical performances but they are of the Japanese variety.
 
Date: March 23rd~ March 24th
Time: 10am~8pm
Location: Yoyogi Park
Admission: Free
 
More information (scroll down until you see the Songkran ad.  Japanese only): http://www.bmi-music.com/event.html
 

 
Fun Stuff/Useful Stuff

 

----Taxes----
 
For those of you who are JETs, you have already received an email from Aimee concerning completing your home country tax return.  If you live in Japan, you are likely still obligated to file a tax return in your home country.  Unfortunately, I really only have knowledge about the US tax forms so I know this likely won't be helpful to those of you from other countries. 
Here are some important points regarding US tax returns:

-You get an AUTOMATIC extension simply living abroad.  This extension is until June 15th 2013.  You do not need to fill out additional paper work for this if you are a 2nd + year  ALT/CIR. If you are a 1st year ALT or have been in Japan less than one year, you will still need to fill out a formal extension to meet the physical prescence test.

-You will need to check with your state to see if you will ned to fill out a tax return for your home state. Most people are only required to fill out a federal return IF they have not worked in the US in the past year. (so, 1st year ALTs/CIRs who worked in the US before coming here, ignore this.)

-You have to file a US tax return even if you didn't make any money in the US last year.  Please don't listen to Uncle Joe/Aunt Sue/That person who has been doing your taxes for the past few years.  A lot of tax professionals are completely unaware of tax stipulations for civilians living abroad because they so rarely deal with them.

-You will need an income statement from your BOE.  You should have already received this but it is called 源泉徴収票 gensen choushuu hyou in Japanese.  If you did not receive this, contact your supervisor or BOE.

Kumamoto AJET has put together an excellent guide to help JETs do their taxes.  Guides are available for 1st years as well.  This guide can easily be used for people who are not JETs. Please look here before asking your PAs, supervisors or tax professionals for help. 
Most of the answers can be found here!:    http://www.kumamotojet.com/U-S--Taxes.php


---Fun/Useful Links----

Life After the BOE: www.lifeaftertheboe.com
Written and illustrated by a former JET, this comic chronicles the joys and stresses of working as an ALT in Japan.  Though the comic is officially finished, you can go back and read the archives and it is sure to resonate with you.

How to send a Bank Transfer (振り込み furikomi) :
http://www.survivingnjapan.com/2010/06/how-to-do-furikomi-bank-transfer.html

Just make sure you know the name of the Bank in kana and kanji before you begin. At Yamanashi Chuo ATMs, you will need to enter the first two kana and then choose the correct bank name from a list of kanji.

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YETI Announcements / New council nominations!
« on: March 14, 2013, 03:54:42 PM »
This post is coming much earlier than usual but just wanted to get everyone started thinking about who they would like to see as the new council! There are three positions available for voting.

President (Brittany's job)- The president's job is to oversee things and help with a little bit of everything.  They are the main person in charge and typically assign duties as needed throughout the year.
Secretary (Sarah's job)- Main role is to write the Yeti Spaghetti but is also responsible for the distribution of information coming from outside of yeti (e.g, AJET)
Treasurer (Terra's job)- Collecting money at events, keeping and balancing the accounts and generally determining the budget and price for each event.

We also split many different responsibilities fairly evenly but it will be up to you as a new council to figure out who does what. 

Nominating will be open until April 1st! 

**Nomination and subsequent voting is open to ALL ALTs and CIRs in Yamanashi.**

After that, I will ask each candidate to write a short blurb and after that, voting will begin.  The results will be announced at the Nash 500 event which will occur in mid to late April.  We will let you know a definite time line as soon as we nail it down!


So, nominations will be open much longer than usual allowing people plenty of time to throw their own names into the ring or be nominated!  You can nominate by posting in this forum topic, by PMing me or by sending me an email at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti, February 28th, 2013
« on: February 28, 2013, 05:31:39 PM »
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It's almost time for weepy graduations!  The sadness of graduation in Yamanashi is often two-fold.  We have to say goodbye to our students and suffer in overly freezing gyms in less than sufficient suits and skirts.  It also means that it is almost time to say goodbye to those who will be leaving Japan for greener pastures at the end of the school year.  This also means stressful packing and anxiety.  If there's anything we can help you with, be sure to make a post on the forum.  If you are also looking to get rid of furniture or other sundries you've collected over the years, try listing them on the forum and see who can take it or buy it from you.  On to the news!

 
YETI and AJET news


----Yeti Spring Pub Quiz, March 16th----
 
Where: As always, Tsuki Cafe in Otsuki, right outside of Otsuki Station!
When: Saturday March 16, 6pm-10pm (quiz starts at 6:30, but please try to arrive early!)
Cost: 1000yen non-YETI members, 500yen YETI members

Pretty sure you guys know the drill, but for those who don't: it's one of my favorite YETI events, a drunken night of trivia and fun! We'll have a number of teams and compete to answer various questions from a multiplicity of categories and win (cough) amazing prizes! Competition gets heated, so be prepared. Hehe.

It's also worth mentioning that the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is held in Tokyo on the day after Pub Quiz, so many people like to head into Tokyo after the competition is over.  :-D

The lovely hosts of this year's spring quiz are Coleman and Marc!

In order to make teams, get appropriate prizes, and let the owner know how many guests to expect,
Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 13.
++You can RSVP on the facebook event or the forum++


----National AJET Elections and Facebook group----
It's now time to vote for the new AJET representatives.  National AJET Reps act as a go-between for regular ALTs, CLAIR and oftentimes various Ministries of Japan such as MOFA and MEXT.  They are there to represent the opinions or concerns of the JET community.
You can now vote for AJET Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Block 4 Representative.  The Block 4 Representative represents Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tokyo.

Voting will be closed after Friday, March 1st!

You can vote and read both the executive and block representative platforms here:  http://ajet.net/2013/02/15/voting-for-the-2013-2014-national-ajet-council-has-begun/
(Also, vote for me, please! :))

There is also a facebook group
available for those who belong to Block 4 (includes all JETs in Yamanashi).  The facebook group is there to see the latest AJET news but also to swap event posts and general chitchat.  If you request to be added, you should be added to the group shortly.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ajetblock4
 
 
 
----AJET Peer Support now on Skype!----

I know I have mentioned this service in the past, but the Peer Support Group is open to current JETs.  They can refer you to counseling services or doctors and are trained to listen compassionately to your woes.  Please call them if you are ever feeling down or don't feel like you have anyone you can speak to.  In the past, there was only a phone number but the service is now available on Skype.

The AJET Peer Support Group (PSG), the JET Community's confidential and anonymous telephone support service, is pleased to announce a free Skype-based service. JETs can now reach PSG by voice calling the username AJETPSG on Skype between 20:00 and 07:00.

In order to call via Skype, you will need to add AJETPSG as a contact, but PSG will never confirm your contact request. Once you call, you'll hear a brief message in Japanese, and connecting may take a moment. In addition, please be aware that this is a new service, and despite our best efforts there may still be some technical glitches. If you are unable to get through, or you would prefer an even higher level of anonymity, feel free to call our normal hotline number at 050-5534-5566 (depending on your calling plan, fees may apply). Either way, you will never be asked for your name, and all call records are deleted each evening.
 
 


 

Events around Yamanashi


----Doll's Day Festival Doll Display----

It's a fairly surprisingly popular display located in Koshu City.  It is often featured in magazines, especially ones featuring travel to Yamanashi for spring.  It's quite a large collection of traditional dolls set in a traditional display especially to commemorate Doll's Day.  Dolls from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras will especially be highlighted.  There will be various locations with displays so please check the website.

Date: February 11th~April 18th
Address: 甲州市塩山上於曽1651
Access: 1 min walk from Enzan station North Exit, though various locations in Enzan will have doll displays so please check the information link.

More information:http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/koshu/event/hinakazari_momonohana.html


----Japan's First Peach Blossom Viewing of the Season----

*I erroneously described this event as a "cherry blossom" viewing in the last issue, but actually they are  peach blossoms, which tend to come earlier than cherry blossoms*

The first peach blossom viewing is held in a greenhouse right here in Yamanashi.
 Even though you may have to wear a coat and scarf on the way there (it is warm in the greenhouse!), it is worth it to say you enjoyed the first official viewing in Japan.  You can bring your own food and drink but please take your trash back home with you

Date: February 14th~middle of March
Time: 10 am- 3pm
Admission: 500yen
Location: JA Fuefuki, Fujimi Branch
Map and more information here (PDF): http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/fuefuki/event/documents/20130124093321422.pdf



 
 
Events in and around Tokyo


----Akihabara Oktober Fest----

Who needs to wait til October to get in a quick Oktoberfest?  Certainly not Japan as these are often happening around Tokyo all year long.  This one will feature German-style beer from Hofbräu München, Franzikaner and Sankt Gallen breweries.  There will also be german-style music.
Date : March 1-6
Time:  March 1st: 4pm-9pm, every other day from 11am-9pm
Admission: Free entrance but beer cost varies
Location: Belle Salle Akihabara
Access: 4 min walk from JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit.

More information (Japanese only, includes map): http://www.sanktgallenbrewery.com/event/akihabaraoktoberfest.html

----Shibuya Midnight Madness (Horror film screening)----
If you like the blood and guts horror films with little artistic merit, stop by this screening!  It's at a reduced price of 1200 yen so not as bad as catching a blockbuster hit in the local Toho Cinema, if you are into that sort of thing.  All showings are western horror films in English with Japanese subtitles.  Also Human Trust Cinema has showings of other movies that do not run here in Yamanashi, so it is a place to check out for something you have been wanting to see.

Date: March 2-May 10
Time: Depends on the movie, please check the link below.
Admission: 1200 yen per screening, 1000yen if on the 1st of the month
Location: Human Trust Cinema Shibuya, 7-8F Cocoti, 1-23-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: A few mins walk from Shibuya station, Fukutoshin line, exit 13

More information: http://finefilms.co.jp/midnight2013/





Fun Stuff/Useful Stuff


---Who Am I?----

Last Issue's Hints:
1. I am incapable of playing any instrument more complicated than the tambourine. If it needs sheet music, I'm done for.
2. I have shaken hands with a king.
3. I have pet a tiger, and I don't mean one of those sedated ones you see in travel pictures from Thailand. I mean a pissed off one without a trainer.

 
The answer is the lovely and talented Conor!  I love that he attempted to throw everyone off his scent.
 
No new submissions this week so I would welcome your own submissions.  You can even write them for your friends but I am not to be held responsible for what you write about them ;) email me: spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com

---Fun Links----

Iherb: iherb.com
It has kind of an unassuming website name but this site sells loads of stuff with reasonable prices for shipping to Japan.  Has lots of supplements and vitamins but also specializes in organic food.  I have used the website primarily to buy refried beans for taco nights and specialty beauty products and it has been cheaper than going to kaldi or other specialty stores.  Check it out and see if it is for you!

Cinnabon Japan: cinnabon-jp.com
Not really a "fun link" but this was an easy way to just let everyone know the wait is over and there is now a  Cinnabon in Roppongi.  It only recently opened up back in November and is connected with a Seattle's Best Coffee.  The location is near to Roppongi station, check the link for a map and more details.


Yoyo Market
: yoyomarket.jp
I believe most people here know of the flying pig which sells costco items, but it also has a competitor called Yoyo market.  Yoyo sometimes offers better deals and does sell other imports, not limited to costco.  I found it to be better cheaper for many bagged and canned items but more expensive for fresh foods. 

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti February 13, 2013
« on: February 13, 2013, 10:55:34 AM »
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Well, the holiday that some people dread the most is coming upon us.  The
14th brings joy, depression or maybe just a "quiet" night at home by yourself and your...computer.  As we anticipate more snow here in the north of the prefecture, I hope that everyone is staying warm and safe.  If you are feeling the winter or Valentine's blues and you would like to talk to someone, please consider contacting your PAs, the AJET Peer Support Group or the Tokyo English Life Line.

The Peer Support Group (For JETs only) can be contacted every night between 8pm-7am at 050-5534-5566

The contact number for TELL is 03-5774-0992 and is open from 9am to 11pm every night.

 
YETI and AJET news



----Yeti Iron Chef, February 16th----

 
This year, the yeti council and fellow yetizens are bringing you a new
event!  The event will be a competition to see which team is the true Iron
Chef of Yeti.  So, we are looking for 4 teams of 3-4 people each and 4
judges.  We have  a strict limit of 20 people maximum for this event due to
the small room, so please sign up ASAP.
    Teams will be competing against each other (and the clock!) to create 2
dishes to wow the judges.  The teams will be graded by our judges on taste
and presentation.

    Date: February 16, 2013
    Time: 1pm~5pm
    Cost: 600yen for non-yeti members, 500 yen for yeti members (both
judges and participants must pay)
    Location:Yamanashi-ken, Kōfu-shi, Wadomachi, 955−1 甲府市役所東部総合行政窓口センター
(Kofu City Hall East, General Affairs Section Center)
    Access: Closest to Sakaori Station, it is roughly a 20 minute walk but
there will be people available to pick you up from the station.



 
----AJET Winter 2012 Survey/ Opinion Exchange Results----
I know many of you are eager to fill out these surveys each year and may
have participated in the surveys in the past.  Unfortunately, the Spring
2013 surveys were only up for one week and I didn't know about it
beforehand so  couldn't tell you about it here.  However, if you are
interested, AJET has posted up the results from the last survey here.  It
is really an interesting read.

http://ajet.net/2013/01/24/winter-2012-ajet-opinion-exchange-meeting/



----new AJET eConnect-----
The January/February issue of Ajet's eConnect magazine is now online.

 http://ajetnet.s3.amazonaws.com/connect/2013_JanFeb_Connect.pdf
 
 


 
Events around Yamanashi

 
----Yamanako Ice Candle and Fireworks Festival and Diamond Fuji----

February is a very picturesque time for Fuji around Yamanako.  The Ice candles that you can see are mostly handmade (at least the ice part) by various volunteers and are collected on the shores of Yamanako.  It makes for some wonderful pictures after sunset.  But, the biggest draw to the area is the chance to take a picture of "diamond Fuji".  In February, this phenomenon occurs at sunset and sunrise.  When the sun rises just above Fuji, it looks like a sparkling diamond.  Many tourists and professional photographers come to Yamanashi just to take a picture of this phenomenon.


*Date:* February 1st~February 22nd
*Time:* Everyday at Sunrise/Sunset (for diamond fuji) and from 6:00pm on Februrary 10th and February 16th  to see the candles and fireworks.

More information: http://www.yamanakako.gr.jp/event/info1.php?ent_id=29

 
----Isawa Onsen Winter Fireworks Festival----
A fun winter-time festival featuring about 600 fireworks each night for roughly 20 min!
Admission is free. Amazake and Oshiruko will be served.

*Date*: February 8th~17th and 22nd~26th. 
*Time*: Everyday listed above from 8:30pm to 8:50pm
*Location*: At the shores of Fuefuki River (can be seen from the side running along Ukai Bridge)

 http://www.fuefuki-kanko.jp/detail/index_213.html


 
----Doll's Day Festival Doll Display----

It's a fairly surprisingly popular display located in Koshu City.  It is often featured in magazines, especially ones featuring travel to Yamanashi for spring.  It's quite a large collection of traditional dolls set in a traditional display especially to commemorate Doll's Day.  Dolls from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras will especially be highlighted.  There will be various locations with displays so please check the website.

Date: February 11th~April 18th
Address: 甲州市塩山上於曽1651
Access: 1 min walk from Enzan station North Exit, though various locations in Enzan will have doll displays so please check the information link.

More information:http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/koshu/event/hinakazari_momonohana.html


----Japan's First Cherry Blossom Viewing of the Season----

The first cherry blossom viewing is held in a greenhouse right here in Yamanashi. 
 Even though you may have to wear a coat and scarf on the way there, it is worth it to say you enjoyed the first official viewing in Japan.  You can bring your own food and drink but please take your trash back home with you

Date: February 14th~middle of March
Time: 10 am- 3pm
Admission: 500yen
Location: JA Fuefuki, Fujimi Branch
Map and more information here (PDF): http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/fuefuki/event/documents/20130124093321422.pdf


 
Events in and around Tokyo


----Chinatown Spring Festival----

Yokohama's Chinatown will be in full swing in celebration of....spring?  While it is called the spring festival, the parade and performers are there primarily to celebrate Chinese New Years which was on February 10th.  While the date has already passed, parades will be held this Sunday and next Sunday and will be ripe with traditional costumes.  There will be various performances on both Saturdays.
 
*Date*: Until February 24th, Parades on Sunday
*Location*: Chinatown, Yokohama
*Access*: A few minutes walk from Motomachi Chukagai station on the Minatomirari Line or a slightly longer walk from Ishikawacho station on the Keihin-Tohoku Line.
For full event schedule and more detailed access map, please check here: http://www.chinatown.or.jp/agenda/event/2013shunsetsu
 

----Ajinomoto Stadium Flea Market----
Apparently one of the larger Flea Markets in Japan, this one hosts over 800 stalls.  Admission is 300 yen but the location is in the West of Tokyo and thus easily accessed by Yetizens on the way to Shinjuku. The earlier you get there, the better but keep in mind any admission from 8am-10am will cost you 1000yen.  After 10am, admission is 300yen.

*Date* : February 17th
*Time*: 10am-4pm (or 8am if you pay 1000yen)
*Admission*: 300 yen
*Location*: Ajinomoto Stadium in  Chofu
*Access*: 3min walk from Tobitakyu station on the Keio line
More information: http://www.recycler.org/




Fun Stuff/Useful Stuff




----Valentine's Day and White Day in Japan----

As many of you know, Valentine's  Day works a bit differently in Japan than in many Western countries.  In
Japan, women give their love interests hand-made chocolates or sweets.  There is also an idea of "giri-choco" in which women give chocolates to those they have become indebted to such as their bosses, co-workers or
parents.  Then, there is also "tomo-choco", when women give chocolates to
their friends.  The day is not considered particularly romantic in Japan.  Though there are many sales and specials geared towards couples during this time, it is not considered an event of the same scale as say, the US.  That being said, it makes it that much easier to make a reservation somewhere nice in celebration of the day.
Then, on White Day (March 14th), men or recipients of  chocolate give something back. In romantic relationships, it is generally common for the man to buy the woman something more expensive than she gave to him.  Either way you choose to celebrate (or actively not celebrate) the holiday this year, here's to hoping you get a stack of giri-choco from your students tomorrow!



---Who Am I?----


Current Issue's Hints:
1. I am incapable of playing any instrument more complicated than the tambourine. If it needs sheet music, I'm done for.
2. I have shaken hands with a king.
3. I have pet a tiger, and I don't mean one of those sedated ones you see in travel pictures from Thailand. I mean a pissed off one without a trainer.

So, what do you think?  Please talk about it in the forum topic.
 
Need your submissions for the next issue so please email me!
spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com

---Fun Links----

Japan Goggles: An app to translate kanji from still photos.  Perfect for deciphering handouts from school or your kerosene heater errors.  Here's a review to see if it is worth downloading for you
http://www.survivingnjapan.com/2011/06/japan-goggles-translates-kanji-from.html

456: www.456.com
Has a fair selection of products mostly imported from the US. There is real deodorant and various things such as Unisom, Advil and Theraflu.  I wouldn't say the prices are so good but add this to your collection of where to buy foreign stuff and check up on sale items.


Strawberry Net: www.strawberrynet.com
My go to site for beauty products.  It carries mostly brand items and less of the drug store variety makeup but has fairly good prices (for Japan) and frequent sales.  Best part is the free shipping to anywhere in Japan.

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti January 23, 2013
« on: January 23, 2013, 04:11:47 PM »
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Welcome back from winter vacation!  Though classes may have been delayed or cancelled  due to the heavy snow in Yamanashi, doesn't it feel nice to be back at work?  No?  Well, it will feel better soon :)  Hope you are not in too much pain after the latest ski trip.  Lots of injuries on the mountain this year so please take care of yourselves and have a speedy recovery.  I'm sorry for the delay in the Spaghetti this time around, but was waiting on more information on the new Yeti event before I posted this email up.  Enjoy!

 
YETI and AJET news


----Yeti Iron Chef, February 16th----
 

 
This year, the yeti council and fellow yetizens are bringing you a new event!  The event will be a competition to see which team is the true Iron Chef of Yeti.  So, we are looking for 4 teams of 3-4 people each and 4 judges.  We have  a strict limit of 20 people maximum for this event due to the small room, so please sign up ASAP.
    Teams will be competing against each other (and the clock!) to create 2 dishes to wow the judges.  The teams will be graded by our judges on taste and presentation.

    Date: February 16, 2013
    Time: 1pm~5pm
    Cost: 600yen for non-yeti members, 500 yen for yeti members (both judges and participants must pay)
    Location:Yamanashi-ken, Kōfu-shi, Wadomachi, 955−1 甲府市役所東部総合行政窓口センター (Kofu City Hall East, General Affairs Section Center)
    Access: Closest to Sakaori Station, it is roughly a 20 minute walk but there will be people available to pick you up from the station.

------
    You must RSVP by Monday February 11!  Please let us know if you would like to be a participant or a judge.  You are allowed to create your own team but we can also assign you one. So, if you are interested and do not know who you would like to be teamed up with, please RSVP anyway.
    When we have those spaces filled, we cannot accept any more RSVPs, sorry.-----


    You will have at least 3 days notice on what dishes you will be expected to prepare.  You will need to buy your ingredients on your own but you will be reimbursed up to 1000yen.  You are welcome to spend more, but we won't reimburse you past 1000 yen.  The kitchen comes with utensils including mixers but if you feel that there is something special you need to have, you are welcome to bring it. You are also welcome to things from home, they do not have to be newly purchased ingredients, if you have something that you think will give you an edge, feel free to bring it.  However, nothing can be pre-prepared. You must make all dishes on site.

  There will be a time limit to prepare each dish.  It must be plated and presented to the judges by this time.
   We will total the scores from all the judges to see who comes out on top!

    More details to come and please ask if you have any questions!  This is a new event that we have never tried before so there may be a few kinks to work out.


Please RSVP on the forum topic and let us know whether you'd like to be a judge or participant. If you have a team already organized, please also include the name of your teammates.
 
Keep in mind that you do not have to be a good cook to join!  The people who love to cook will need helping hands!  Someone certainly has to do the cutting, measuring and boiling of water so it may as well be you!  Again, if you are interested in helping, please RSVP and we can assign you to a team.  Judges positions go fast but please consider participating by helping out!

 

----Results of the Annual Yeti Burn Awards----

We had a great turn out at the Yeti Holiday Party!  We got to see a lot of new faces and we hope to see you at our next event!  Keep a watch out on the forum and in this newsletter for the next Yeti event.
 
For those of you who could not make it to the party, here are the results of the Burn Awards.
 
Best Dressed: Christina T.
Best "Would/Should Be" Couple: Conor C. and Marc H.
Best Know-It-All: Conor C.
Biggest Flirt: Christina T.
Most Likely to be a Japan Lifer: Fred D.
Most Likely to Pass Out On the Street: Nick M.
Most Likely to Throttle a Coworker: Sarah S.
Least Likely to Survive Japan Another Year: Emily S.

Special Awards

Forum Troll: Josh C.
Best Dancer: Kwame G.
Undercover Hottie: Wade B.
 
 
----December AJET eConnect----
Reading the monthly eConnect magazine is a great way to see what our fellow Yetizens are doing!  eConnect often features articles from members of our community so let's support them by reading the magazine.   You do not have to be a JET to appreciate the contents!  This month's issue also features some ideas on how to get more involved with the community by volunteering.  Take a look!
 
http://ajet.net/2012/12/12/ajet-connect-magazine-december-2012/
 
 
 


 
Events around Yamanashi

Note: Please keep in mind that illuminations features in the previous issues are mostly still ongoing until the end of the month!
 
 
----Kawaguchiko Winter Fireworks----

Just a small fireworks display that will help warm the cold nights!  This event is likely to be cancelled in the event of a heavy snow so please consider the weather before going there. There will also be an LED illumination on the water of Kawaguchiko along with the usual winter matsuri food stalls.

Date: Every Saturday and Sunday from January 19th to February 23rd.
Time: 8:00pm, event lasts about 20 min
Address: 富士河口湖町船津6713-2河口湖畔 大池公園, Fuji Kawaguchiko Funatsu 6713-2, Ooike Park
Access: 20 minutes walk from the fujikyuu-line kawaguchi-ko station

 
----Saiko Ice Festival----
If you are in the area for the fireworks, you should visit nearby Saiko to see the fantastic ice displays that are created there.  The area is also lit up at night so you can enjoy it at anytime throughout the day.  You'll want to click on the link for pictures!
 
Date: Everyday from January 19th to February 23rd
Time: All day but the restaurant and gallery area are open from 9:00am to 6:00pm though the displays can be viewed before and after those times.
Address: 富士河口湖町西湖西2068 野鳥の森公園 Fuji Kawaguchiko, Saiko nishi 2068, Yacho no mori park
Access: a 10 minute drive from the Kawaguchiko IC, a 40 minute walk from Kawaguchiko station OR  you can take the Retro Bus (Aokigahara line) from Kawaguchiko station to Yacho no mori bus stop.
 http://www.fujisan.ne.jp/event/info.php?if_id=553&ca_id=3&page=&sum_count=&kensuu=

 
----Yatsugatake Kamakura (Snow igloo) Cafe----

The Yatsugatake highlands area often gets a little bit more snow than the rest of the prefecture and is known for it's cooler temperatures in the summer.  So, with the supplied fresh snow (and more to come soon), staff have built a kamakura, or snow igloo, and are serving hot food and drinks there over the next few weekends.  Rarely are we so lucky to experience an adult-sized kamakura so enjoy it while you can!
The cafe will be serving:
Kamakura White Curry かまくらホワイトカレー 600円
Oden おでん 500円
Pork Soup 豚汁 500円
Red Bean Soup おしろこ 400円
 
Staff would like to warn you that the cafe is particularly busy on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.  Therefore, there may be a long wait.  Each customer can only use the cafe space for under 45minutes.  There are also times when the cafe will need to close because of the weather or fixing construction.
 
Date: January 26th to February 24th
Time: 2:00pm-8:00pm (last order is 7:30pm)
Location:ネオオリエンタルリゾート八ヶ岳高原  北杜市大泉町谷戸8741 Neo Oriental Resort Yatsugatake Highland Hokuto City, Oizumi-cho, Yato 8741
Access: Not easily accessed by public transportation, though you can take a taxi from Kobuchisawa Station which will take about 10 minutes
Otherwise, the hotel area is about 10 minutes drive by car from the Kobuchisawa I.C.
 
 

 
Events in and around Tokyo


----Shinjuku Sex Museum and Zombie Bar----

Did the title catch your eye?  This is a limited time exhibition running only for one more week. It is an exclusive collection from a veteran photographer that features mainly "erotic objects" (no, I have no idea what that entails) from his collection.  Maybe it doesn't need to be said, but the gallery will be limited to people over the age of 18.  This Saturday, the gallery will also feature a "zombie bar" that has been quite popular up until now, you pay 500yen to get a zombie makeover!
 
Date: Until January 27th
Time: Tue-Sat 12pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Admission: 1000 yen entrance fee (extra 500yen for zombie makeover)
Location: Shinjuku-Za
Access: 10min  walk from JR Shinjuku Station (South Exit), 5min walk from Shinjuku-sanchome
http://shinjukuza.jp/
 

----Toshimaen Ice Rink----
Located in Toshimaen Amusement park, you can get your ice skating on in Tokyo!  The rink offers free lessons (language is not mentioned but likely Japanese only), with your admission fee, you can enter and exit the rink as many times as you'd like.
Date : Until March 3rd
Time: 10am-6pm
Admission: 2000 yen including park entrance and skate rental, 1200yen after 3pm
Location: Toshimaen
3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima, Tokyo
Access: 2min walk from Toshimaen station on the Oedo subway line, exit A2

 
Fun Stuff/Useful Stuff



---Yamanashi Chuo Highway Tunnel Collapse Update----

 Most of you may have noticed that the Chuo Highway is now accessible in both directions.  One side of the tunnel was repaired and is routing both directions of traffic through one of the repaired tunnels.  They are still working on repair on the other side.  Though traffic may be congested in this area, it is accessible when going to Tokyo or to Kofu.  Yamanashi Kotsu buses are no longer reporting any significant delays.
 
 
---Understanding Your Kerosene Heater----

Though you have likely already gotten out your kerosene heater, here are a few tips to make you get through the winter with this smelly, slightly annoying thing.
 
-Kerosene containers:I posted this before, but the most important thing to your kerosene heater is of course, kerosene!  Kerosene can be bought from any gas station and most home improvement stores such as D2, J-Mart, Kuroganeya and Cainz Home.  Be sure to buy a kerosene container if you weren't given one from your pred. They can be purchased from the above home improvment stores.  Most containers are a safety reddish color (though you can get blue ones), any color is ok but it will be beneficial if it has the 灯油 (kerosene) kanji on it somewhere. The most common size is 18 Liters.  You will need a pump of some sort for your container.  You can buy a hand pump or an automatic pump.  Hand pumps have a balloon-like pump on the end and automatic pumps have a small case for batteries and you can push an on or off switch.  I highly recommend an automatic pump, they run about 1000yen.  It will save you a lot of trouble.
 
-How to work a pump: Take the kerosene container out of your heater, open up the cap, place the hose of the automatic pump into the container.  Turn the switch to "on" and watch it work its magic. Most pumps will shut off automatically when the kerosene reaches the tip of the hose.  This is normal.  If your pump does not do this, watch the container meter fill up and turn it off quickly after it fills to the top.  Make sure you drain the hose of access kerosene after the pump is turned off.  Otherwise your floor will be full of kerosene.  For hand pumps, you will need to to constantly push the balloon-like thing over and over again and kerosene will slowly fill the container if you follow the same steps.  It is a lot of effort and I personally think it's just less of a hassle to buy an automatic pump.
 
-Taking care of your heater:
For saftey reasons, don't put things like nail polish, aerosol spray or fabrics directly near the heater.  Also, don't leave containers of kerosene directly next to the heater.
Don't pull out the cord from the wall with a lot of force.
Make sure the heater is at leasy 15cm away from each wall.
Make sure the kerosene cap of the container is shut tight before placing it into the heater.
Clean your filter at least once a week, most manufacturers say to use an old toothbrush to brush dusty gently off.
Don't prop the heater up on anything.
Don't sleep with the heater on! (Keep in mind though that all heaters are on a timer and WILL SHUT OFF after a certain time period, usually 3 hours)
 
-My heater has an error!:  Every heater is different therefore may have different error numbers.  However, here are a number of common errors and what to do about them.
-Heater shut off due to the heater moving or shaking:  Heaters are designed to shut off when there is an earthquake so sometimes movements around your room or moving the heater around at all will cause the heater to shut off.  You will need to turn the heater back on.
-Heater shut off due to bad quality of the air: The heater detected too much kerosene fumes in the air.  Try opening a door or window for a while to clear the room of fumes before turning your heater back on. It is also a good idea to clean the filter because dirty filters sometimes cause this error.
-Heater shut off due to lack of kerosene: Check to make sure you have sufficient kerosene!  Most heaters will run off very small amounts so even if you have only a little kerosene this is probably not the reason it shut off.
-Heater didn't light up properly: The ignition didn't light properly and usually the way to fix this is simply start the heater again.  If this does not work after trying everything else, the heater needs to be serviced.
-Heater senses objects too close: Some heaters will shut off if they detect objects directly in front of the vent.  Most cheap heaters do not do this, but you should move anything out of the way of the heater anyway due to it being a safety hazard.
-Heater shut off because the filter is too dirty: Just clean the filter!
-Heater shut off because of kerosene fuel quality: Though I have never experienced mold in my kerosene, I am told it does happen.  Make sure your kerosene is clean of any debris before putting it into the heaters kerosene tank.



---Who Am I?----


Last issue's hints:
1.  I've bruised my tailbone, required stitches three times, and have had countless concussions and sprains, but I've never actually broken a bone.
2.  I am four inches shorter than anyone else in my family and have hazel eyes, even though both my parents are brown-eyed.
3.  I took welding classes in high school.


The answer is the lovely and talented Juliana!
 
No new submissions this week so I would welcome your own submissions.  You can even write them for your friends but I am not to be held responsible for what you write about them ;) email me: spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com

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Events Archive / Iron Yeti Chef, Feb 16, 2013
« on: January 21, 2013, 07:16:37 AM »
    This year, the yeti council and fellow yetizens are bringing you a new event!  The event will be a competition to see which team is the true Iron Chef of Yeti.  So, we are looking for 4 teams of 3-4 people each and 4 judges.  We have  a strict limit of 20 people maximum for this event due to the small room, so please sign up ASAP.
    Teams will be competing against each other (and the clock!) to create 2 dishes to wow the judges.  The teams will be graded by our judges on taste and presentation.

    Date: February 16, 2013
    Time: 1pm~5pm
    Cost: 600yen for non-yeti members, 500 yen for yeti members (both judges and participants must pay)
    Location:Yamanashi-ken, Kōfu-shi, Wadomachi, 955−1 甲府市役所東部総合行政窓口センター (Kofu City Hall East, General Affairs Section Center)
    Access: Closest to Sakaori Station, it is roughly a 20 minute walk but there will be people available to pick you up from the station.

------
    You must RSVP by Monday February 11!
  Please let us know if you would like to be a participant or a judge.  You are allowed to create your own team but we can also assign you one. So, if you are interested and do not know who you would like to be teamed up with, please RSVP anyway.
    When we have those spaces filled, we cannot accept any more RSVPs, sorry.-----


    You will have at least 3 days notice on what dishes you will be expected to prepare.  You will need to buy your ingredients on your own but you will be reimbursed up to 1000yen.  You are welcome to spend more, but we won't reimburse you past 1000 yen.  The kitchen comes with utensils including mixers but if you feel that there is something special you need to have, you are welcome to bring it. You are also welcome to things from home, they do not have to be newly purchased ingredients, if you have something that you think will give you an edge, feel free to bring it.  However, nothing can be pre-prepared. You must make all dishes on site.

    The day of, we will reveal a secret ingredient that MUST be incorporated in or on your food. (We will provide the secret ingredient for you to cook with)
    There will be a time limit to prepare each dish.  It must be plated and presented to the judges by this time.
    We will total the scores from all the judges to see who comes out on top!

    More details to come and please ask if you have any questions!  This is a new event that we have never tried before so there may be a few kinks to work out.


Please RSVP here and let us know whether you'd like to be a judge or participant. If you have a team already organized, please post your entire team here.  Keep in mind that you do not have to be a good cook to join!  The people who love to cook will need helping hands!  Someone certainly has to do the cutting, measuring and boiling of water so it may as well be you!  Again, if you are interested in helping, please RSVP and we can assign you to a team :)

Judges
1. Matt C
2. Jack
3. Wagner



Team 1
1.Sara W
2. Cindy (?)
3. Tristan

Team 2
1.Amanda R.
2.Kaela
3.Emily 1
4.Emily 2

Team3
1. Terra
2. Brittany
3. Sarah
4.Mike

Team 4
1.
2.
3./4.


The "secret" ingredient is Avocados.  Get to work on those recipies!

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General Stuff / Expired Alien Registration Cards
« on: December 15, 2012, 04:28:33 PM »
Hey guys, so I know this situation probably applies to very few people but figured I would ask anyway.  So, my alien registration card (NOT the new residents card which I havent gotten) will expire next year in August.  If I stayed another year, where will I need to go to get the information updated?

My visa is good till 2015 but the card expires Aug 2013, also the card says "renew within 30 days starting from Aug 3rd" or something.  Originally, this card was issued by the city, so I am not sure if I need to just go to the city or go to Kofu immigration to get the new residence card.

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti December 5, 2012
« on: December 05, 2012, 01:47:02 PM »
[[As always if you wish to SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE from this newsletter, please send an email to spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com]]



We are now in December, so I'm sure most of you have already pulled out the kerosene heaters and are either thinking about hibernation or the upcoming vacation.  If you are going on vacation, please remember to let your school/company/BOE know where you will be going and leave a contact number if possible.  While it seems unecessary and maybe a breach of privacy, if something does happen to you abroad, someone should know how to check up on you.  In the past, ALTs have traveled to countries that experienced natural disasters and their friends and family contacted the company or CLAIR when they failed to contact the ALT directly.  However, if you leave no contact information, your family or coworkers might have no way to verify your safety.  Keep that in mind as you make your travel plans.

 
YETI and AJET news

 
----YETI Holiday Party, December 8th, Taking votes on Yeti Burn Awards!----

Reservations for Holiday Party are now CLOSED. 
However, we need you to vote for the Burn Awards!
We are now open to voting on the following categories for the annual Yeti Burn Awards:
--Best Dressed
-Best "Would/Should Be" Couple
-Best Know-It-All
-Biggest Flirt
-Most Likely to be a Japan Lifer
-Most Likely to Pass Out On the Street
-Most Likely to Throttle a Coworker
-Least Likely to Survive Japan Another Year

and.... Please send us your own original ideas and who you think would win that category! Some examples from last year, lovingly created by pun master Conor Cronin, include "Lifetime Burn Award" which went to Nick Burns, and... some other stuff I don't remember. Please feel free to remind me Conor. But, the council will pick the two we think are the best out of the submissions and award those winners too!

Notes:

-Please vote by MIDNIGHT, DECEMBER 7 (FRIDAY)
-Please send your votes to buriko by PM on the forum, to Brittany Shopshire on facebook or email yetienquiries@gmail.com
-Please only vote for those who will be attending the Winter Party. You have a lot of choices this year. The RSVP list can be found here:
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=8724.0



WHERE: Hops & Herbs, Kofu
甲府市中央1丁目1-5(2F)Kofu-shi, Chuo 1chome 1-5 (2F)
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 6-10pm
WHY: Let's see everyone one last time before vacation, and look pretty while doing so!
HOW (do I get there): the restaurant/pub is about a 10 or so minute walk from Kofu station.
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/jzv9e
HOW (much do I pay): Y2000 YETI members, Y3000 non-YETI members



-This event is FORMAL dress!
-Dinner is provided.
-There will be nomihoudai of asahi beer, shochu, and chuhai from 7-9, but other beers and drinks in the restaurant will be available for purchase with your own money 
-Karaoke is also available for 100yen/song but we ask that you refrain until we're done with dinner.

ALSO, we will be introducing something new to the party this year--an optional White Elephant gift exchange! For those who don't know what White Elephant is, it's basically like Secret Santa except you can steal other peoples' gifts (hehe). If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift no more than 1000yen in value and we'll enter you into the exchange.

One last note: the actual price to YETI for this event is 5000yen a person. But, we understand that Winter Party is one of the more expensive events so we'd like to make it affordable for everyone. Hopefully the price drop this year will allow more people to attend! 

 


----Yeti Ski Trip, January 18-21----
What: Skiing and snowboarding in Nagano
When: January 18th(pm)-20th/21st 2013
Where: Lady Diana and St. Georges hotel, Hakuba Goryu Resort, Nagano
http://ladydiana.jp/e/index.html
http://www.hakubagoryu.com/e/index.html

Costs:
13000 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).

This includes Saturday night's party.

*** 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 14th. The clothing deadline is Jan 9th.
More details can be found here:  http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=8736.0
 




Events around Yamanashi

 
 
----Christmas Illuminations in Yamanashi (ongoing until after Christmas)----
So many of these illuminations may not be worth special trips but if you live close or in one of these cities, you may as well drop by to get into the christmas spirit (though it is a bit early, I agree).  These illuminations are different from those posted in the last two issues!  So, if you are looking forward to making the Yamanashi illumination circuit, please check the last two issues on the forum.
 
Nishijima Illumination (Minobu)
An 500m stretch of road decorated by over 100,000 lights which is a collaboration by residents living in this area.  So, you are sure to see a few different styles.  There will also be a Christmas Illumination concert on December 22nd.  If you live nearby, why not check it out?
Near Nishijima Elementary School in Minobu
Everyday from 5pm-10pm. until January 3rd.

Illumination in Nirasaki (Nirasaki)

Complete with the city mascot, Nira and some illuminations that feature Takeda Shingen, this illumination is interesting but fairly small.  If you're in the area, drop by and take a look :)
Just outside of JR Nirasaki Station
Everyday after dark until January.





----Events in and around Tokyo----


----Aloha Yokohama----
Boasting itself as the largest Hawaiian festival in Japan, there will be Hawaiian food, dancing and music. There are two event spaces for the event.  One is at the World Porters Shopping Center and the other is at the International Ship Terminal.
Date: December 15th and 16th
Time: 10am-7pm
Admission: free
Access: World Porter's is a 10 minute walk from JR Sakuragicho station and the International Terminal is a 15 minute walk from JR Kannai station.
More information: http://www.aloha-yokohama.com/
 
----Tokyo Christmas Pub Crawl----
Christmas-themed Pub Crawl throughout Roppongi. You must sign up beforehand and do so fast before they reach capacity.  No Japanese needed, the reserve can be made in English.
Date :December 15th, 6pm~?
Admission: 2000 yen
To reserve a spot and for more info: http://www.tokyopubcrawl.com/sign-up.html


 
Fun Stuff/Useful Stuff

---Yamanashi Chuo Highway Tunnel Collapse----
As I'm sure you have already heard, last Sunday, the Sasago tunnel on the Yamanashi Chuo Highway collapsed.  The highway is now closed between Ichinomiya-misaka IC and Otsuki IC until further notice.  Please look up alternative routes before you drive to or past that area. 
Currently, it is not affecting trains.  However, highway buses headed from the Kofu area to Shinjuku,Narita and Haneda Airport s will be running and bypassing the area.  This week so far, the average delay time was 24 minutes.  Yamanashi Kotsu warns its customers that the delay may be worse for those buses leaving between 5am and 7am from Kofu.  Please give yourself ample  time to get to the airport when taking the bus from Yamanashi for your winter vacation trips.
Yamanashi Kotsu will update it's main page to reflect the current situation: http://yamanashikotsu.co.jp/



---Who Am I?----

Last issue's hints:
1. My favourite Japanese dessert is yukimidaifuku
2. I sometimes go out at night topless (you figure out what "topless" means)
3. I usually drive automatic, but can do manual if it is big and green.

The answer is the lovely and talented Wade! Surprisingly, the answer was guessed almost immediately :)


This issue's hints:
1.  I've bruised my tailbone, required stitches three times, and have had countless concussions and sprains, but I've never actually broken a bone.
2.  I am four inches shorter than anyone else in my family and have hazel eyes, even though both my parents are brown-eyed.
3.  I took welding classes in high school.

Get to guessing!

Well, what do you think?
 
I STILL need your submissions but please don't despair if yours isn't used right away!  email me spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com
 
 
---Fun Links----

Some Christmas activities for the classroom: http://www.isabelperez.com/xmas.htm
There are maybe better links than this for variety, but I used the electronic blackboard at JHS to complete the Christmas Crossword and it was a fun way to spend time in between watching a short xmas video.  Also has lyrics to xmas songs.  Print it out, white out a few key words and have the students listen and try to fill in the blanks.  Easy activity for anyone in JHS or HS.  (You can provide a list of words for JHS and they have to pick which one it is). 
 
Christmas Origami: http://en.origami-club.com/xmas/index.html
A fun activity to do with ES kids who can't speak much English.  You can take the opportunity to teach them Christmas words as well as words like "fold", "open", "diagonal", etc.  Or you can just make them yourself as decorations!

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti November 21st, 2012
« on: November 21, 2012, 07:47:51 PM »
[[As always if you wish to SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE from this newsletter, please send an email to spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com]]



Fall leaves are quickly disappearing and will soon be replaced by the cold winter nights but don't fear, your kerosene heater is here!  When the weather changes, some people begin to have some problems adjusting to their lives in Japan.  I will be posting the contact information again here if you need help dealing with culture shock/depression or other problems.

For JETs
(please do not contact these people if you are a non-JET):
-You can contact your PAs Aimee (JHS/ES/CIR) or Jeremy (HS).  If you would like their emails (and don't know what they are), please PM me and I can give them to you.
-The AJET Peer Support Group (AJET PSG) is an anonymous and confidential listening and referral service for JETs, and can be contacted every night from 8pm to 7am on 050-5534-5566.
 
For other ALTs:
-Japan Helpline
http://www.jhelp.com/en/jhlp.html
TEL: 0120-46-1997 (24 hours / 7 Days a week)
Japan's only 24 hour non-profit, nationwide emergency assistance service.
Call 24 hours a day, from anywhere about anything, anytime from a simple question to emergency assistance.
-Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
http://www.telljp.com/
TEL: 03-5774-0992 (daily 9:00 to 23:00)
An NPO serving the international community since 1973. Free phone counselling and information.
TELL is open to all English speaking people in Japan and has no connections with the JET Programme.
Phone volunteers under-go a 12-week training course.



 
YETI and AJET news

 
----YETI Holiday Party, December 8th----

WHERE: Hops & Herbs, Kofu
甲府市中央1丁目1-5(2F)Kofu-shi, Chuo 1chome 1-5 (2F)
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 6-10pm
WHY: Let's see everyone one last time before vacation, and look pretty while doing so!
HOW (do I get there): the restaurant/pub is about a 10 or so minute walk from Kofu station.
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/jzv9e
HOW (much do I pay): Y2000 YETI members, Y3000 non-YETI members

Additional Info: Another annual tradition, YETI's winter party is always a ton of fun. Come get dressed up nicely, eat good food, and drink at the same time! This year's party will be held at Hops & Herbs in Kofu, so hopefully it will be easily accessible for everyone.

-This event is FORMAL dress!
-Dinner is provided.
-There will be nomihoudai of asahi beer, shochu, and chuhai from 7-9, but other beers and drinks in the restaurant will be available for purchase with your own money 
-Karaoke is also available for 100yen/song but we ask that you refrain until we're done with dinner.

As always, the YETI Burn Awards will also take place at this event! We'll get up a list of themes you can nominate your fellow YETIzens for, or you can also send us your own ideas too. Past examples include "Biggest Flirt," "Best Should-Be Couple," "Best Dressed," and so on. Voting for this will start after RSVPs are closed, so we'll talk more about that later!

ALSO, we will be introducing something new to the party this year--an optional White Elephant gift exchange! For those who don't know what White Elephant is, it's basically like Secret Santa except you can steal other peoples' gifts (hehe). If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift no more than 1000yen in value and we'll enter you into the exchange.

One last note: the actual price to YETI for this event is 5000yen a person. But, we understand that Winter Party is one of the more expensive events so we'd like to make it affordable for everyone. Hopefully the price drop this year will allow more people to attend! 

Possibly most important:
PLEASE RSVP BY MIDNIGHT, DECEMBER 2!!!!!!
I can't emphasize this enough. We've been really lenient on RSVPs this year so far because it hasn't been such a big deal, but for this event the owner needs solid numbers to prepare the right amount of food. Less importantly (maybe), people need to know who to vote for for the YETI Burn Awards.

So..... if you RSVP after December 2 or just show up then we can't let you attend. Sorry. 

And, Hoppy Holidays! ~from Conor.


----Ski Trip, Save the Date!----
The annual ski trip organized by Fred will be held from January 18-21st.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the trip, over 100 people gather together from prefectures throughout Japan to go skiing and snowboard at the Hakuba Goryu ski resort.  We take lessons (optional),we ski, we party and we sit around and complain about our aches on Sunday or we go out skiing again.  A great event where you can meet a ton of new people and enjoy one of your winter sports of choice.
 
 

Events around Yamanashi

 
 
----Christmas Illuminations in Yamanashi (ongoing until after Christmas)----
So many of these illuminations may not be worth special trips but if you live close or in one of these cities, you may as well drop by to get into the christmas spirit (though it is a bit early, I agree).  These illuminations are different from those posted in the last issue!
 
Light Fantasia (Hokuto)
You can only see this particular light up in Heidi's Village. Normally this area is reserved for the gorgeous flowers.  All of the shops and part of the petting zoo will still be available during this time
From December 1st~December 30th
Address: Heidi's Village, 北杜市明野町浅尾2471 ハイジの村


Light Niagara (Kawaguchiko)

A simple but pretty illumination on Lake Kawaguchi.
From December 1st~January 31st
Address:富士河口湖町大石2585河口湖畔大石公園

Moegi no Mura Christmas Illumination (Hokuto)
Comes with all the reindeer and santa claus!  This one is not similar to the other ones as it doesn't use the traditional Christmas lighting but rather regular lighting to show off the woodwork at nighttime.  Still, the cafes will be open so a great place to enjoy a coffee!
From the middle of December ~ the middle of February
Address: Near Kiyosato Station,  北杜市高根町3545萌木の村



----Christmas Illuminations around Tokyo----

Tokyo Midtown Illumination
One of the more popular illuminations, this one is quite pretty, large and even has a "light show" of sorts.  It is nice, but you should perhaps avoid it on Christmas Day as it is difficult to move (speaking from personal experience).  Easily accessible from Roppongi subway station, just follow the signs for Tokyo Midtown.
From: November 25~December 25, from 5:00pm to 11:00pm

Caretta Shiodome
Also a popular illumination, mostly due to the "sea of lights" that are also seen at a slightly larger scale than Tokyo Midtown.  The walls of Shiodome City will also be animated by 3d holograms :)  Easily accessible from Shiodome subway station, just follow the signs for Caretta.
From: November 15~December 25, 5:00pm to 9:30 (later on Dec 21-25)

Sagamiko Illumillion Forest (Kanagawa, closer to Yamanashi than Tokyo is)

Recommended by Josiah, this illumination has 3 million lights which includes of "cathedral of light" a "tunnel of light" and a "pleasure forest".  There is also a ropeway leading up to a ferris wheel, and a house of mirrors.  Definitely seems like a popular illumination
From: November 9~ April 14th, some vacation days will be held after January 9th.
Address::神奈川県相模原市緑区若柳1634番地
Can also be accessed by train/bus.  Get off at Sagamiko station (on the Chuo line) and take a bus to the "Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest"
More information: http://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/
 
 
----Super Oktoberfest, Tokyo Dome----
I'm not sure this needs an explanation but it's german beer and food!
Date: November 30th- December 2nd
Admission: 1000 (in adv), 1300 (at the door)
Access: At Tokyo Dome, accessible from Suidobashi station
More info: http://www.super-oktoberfest.jp/
 



Fun Stuff/Useful Stuff




---Winterizing tips!----
Just some quick tips.  I'm sure Fred has already taught you a ton, but here's some quick things to get you started this year.

-Buy bubble wrap!

You can get this at almost any home store (like D2, Cainz, J-Mart, Kuroganeya, etc)
You can tape it to the windows and it helps insulate your room, sometimes he brand comes with easy adhesive strips to use.
-Buy kerosene for the kerosene heater!
Kerosene is 灯油 (とうゆ) and you can buy this at any gas station and most home stores.  Easiest way to do it (if you drive) is just to put your container in your car and the next time you go to get gas, ask for the kerosene as well.  They can put it back in your car for you.  If you don't drive, youll have to walk back from wherever so just go to the closest place.
-Use saran wrap on your window cracks
If you plan on not opening your window for a while, roll up saran wrap into rolls/tubes and shove them in the window sill.  Close your window (might be difficult if you've filled up the cracks too much) and lock the window.  It will help keep heat from escaping.


---Who Am I?----

Last issue's hints:
1. My Uncle was a Director of the NSA.
2.I was a boy scout trail guide for 2 summers.
3.I haven't eaten a cupcake in 12 years.
4.I have been shot at 3 times.

The answer is the lovely and talented Kelly Ferris.  No one gave the correct answer (without being told the answer first).  Sorry about my mistake in not adding "shot at".

This issue's hints:
1. My favourite Japanese dessert is yukimidaifuku
2. I sometimes go out at night topless (you figure out what "topless" means)
3. I usually drive automatic, but can do manual if it is big and green.

Well, what do you think?
 
I STILL need your submissions but please don't despair if yours isn't used right away!  email me spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com
 

 ---Fun Links----


Fun Music Gamehttp://img44.imageshack.us/img44/6182/music.swf
Really similar to the tenori-on phase that swept through a while back ago, you can make music by clicking on boxes! A fun way to kill a few minutes, especially if no one is in the office.
 
Bongcheon-Dong Ghost Story: http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=350217&no=31&weekday=tue#
Basically, this comic went viral last year.  So, it's too late for Halloween, but if you want something totally scary, take a look at this.  I can no longer read the comic because it scares me so much.  It is originally Korean but this comic is translated.  Maybe it won't scare you and all will be good :)

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti, November 12, 2012
« on: November 12, 2012, 04:23:10 PM »
 
Have you been enjoying the fall leaves as the weather has gotten colder?  Already dragged out the kerosene heater to stave off the cold?  As I mentioned before, many ALTs around this time start to settle in but many others experience culture shock as the weather starts to get colder.  There are a variety of contacts available to you if you need help.  Of course, you can feel free to post on the General Discussion board on the forum as there are many ALTs also in your same situation but if you feel like your situation is more private, there are a variety of contacts available to you.  If you are feeling depressed or are having other problems, please contact someone and talk through it.  If you are having a workplace problem, please consider contacting your PAs, dispatch company staff or your BOE before the situation becomes worse.
For JETs:-
You can contact your PAs Aimee (JHS/ES/CIR) or Jeremy (HS). If you would like their emails, please PM me.
-The AJET Peer Support Group (AJET PSG) is an anonymous and confidential listening and referral service for JETs, and can be contacted every night from 8pm to 7am on 050-5534-5566.
 
For other ALTs:
Japan Helpline
http://www.jhelp.com/en/jhlp.html
TEL: 0120-46-1997 (24 hours / 7 Days a week)
Japan's only 24 hour non-profit, nationwide emergency assistance service.
Call 24 hours a day, from anywhere about anything, anytime from a simple question to emergency assistance.
Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
http://www.telljp.com/
TEL: 03-5774-0992 (daily 9:00 to 23:00)
An NPO serving the international community since 1973. Free phone counselling and information.
TELL is open to all English speaking people in Japan and has no connections with the JET Programme.
Phone volunteers under-go a 12-week training course.




YETI and AJET news  


----YETI Thanksgiving Potluck, November 18----
When: Sunday, November 18 from 1-5pm
Where: 山梨県立青少年センター (Yamanashi-ken Seishounen Center), aka Yamanashi Prefectural Youth Center,  Kofu-shi Kawada-cho 517
in room Dai-1-Kenshuu shitsu (第1研修室)
Website: http://www.nns.ne.jp/ass/yp-yaf/index.htm
Google Maps Link: http://goo.gl/maps/NsR8L
Cost: Free!
Transportation:  For those coming by train, come to Isawaonsen Station and give us a call, we'll be doing station runs. If anyone needs more specific directions just ask and I can post them.  The location is walkable from the train station, it would take about 20 minutes but since people are coming with food, it will be easier to call for a ride.

Additional Info: Since this is a potluck, please bring enough food or drinks for at least a few people, and let us know what you're bringing so not everybody brings the same thing. YETI will be providing utensils and such so no need to worry about bringing those! I know for some people it may be hard to cook in your tiny apartments, and I think this was a little bit of a problem last year. But still please try to bring something everyone else can enjoy! 
Also, this event will still be NON-ALCOHOL like it has been in the past. 

And once again: when you RSVP, please let us know what you're bringing!! You can also let us know if you'll need a ride from the station



----New YETI "save the dates!"----
Details will be coming later but for your information, the annual Holiday Party will be held on December 8th!Also, the annual ski trip will be held January 18th- 21st!We promise to get the details out for Holiday Party soon and Fred will be posting ski trip information on the forum as the details come together.
 

Events around Yamanashi  


----Wine Touring in Yamanashi, November 17, 18----
Kind of a complicated event but you can take a bus tour to various wineries around Yamanashi, the event has different routes for Saturday and Sunday so please look up further information before heading to the event.
Time:  Nov 17 and 18th, starting at 8:30am and ending around 5pm, will be stopping at each winery for around 30 minutes (but is different depending on which route you take)
Location: You can start and buy tickets at Katsunuma Budokyou station, the Katsunuma event space and Enzan station south exit on Saturday.  Sunday location is different.
Cost:  For Saturday, 5000yen, for Sunday, 3000 yen.
 
For the necessary information (Japanese only): http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kankou/event/wine_tourism2012.html
 
 
 
----Christmas Illuminations in Yamanashi (ongoing until after Christmas)----
So many of these illuminations may not be worth special trips but if you live close or in one of these cities, you may as well drop by to get into the christmas spirit (though it is a bit early, I agree).
 
Risonare Illumination, Hokuto City
Risonare, a resort hotel in Kobuchisawa will be having it's annual illumination everyday from after dark until 10PM.  You can enjoy the adorable shops and great coffee or food there while looking at the beautiful lights and christmas tree.  About a 3min drive from the Kobuchisawa IC, easy directions can be found by typing リゾナーレ into your navigation.  Address: Hokuto City, Kobuchisawa-cho 129-1 Risonare  (北杜市小淵沢町129-1リゾナーレ)
 
Ryuo Station Illumination, Kai City
A rather small but very pretty illumination directly at Ryuo Station.  It's easy to see so why not stop by for a minute or two while it isn't too cold?
 
Lake Yamanako Illumination、Hananomiyako Park
Also called "Fantaseum", this illumination is usually pretty popular with those people living in Fujiyoshida and Tsuru.  It can be reached in about 20 minutes by bus from Fujiyoshida station, or is a 10 minute drive from the Yamanako IC exit.
There is a wine and flower shop there.  Admission is 180yen until December 1st, after Dec 1st, it is free.  Parking is available and is 300 yen.
Address: 南都留郡 山中湖村山中1650山中湖花の都公園
 
Fantasia Kofu Illumination, Kofu Station South Exit
Maybe one of the least "impressive" of this list, it is still enjoyable at any rate.  It uses over 130,000 LED lights and includes a "tree" made of lights.
 
For more information: http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/search/event.php?mode=event&y=2012&m=11&d=24#tmp_result
 
 

 
----B-1 Grand Prix (food festival), Kofu, November 24-25----
The event name is a little misleading as it has little to do with car racing but everything to do with food from around the country.  It will be happening in several of the areas surrounding Kofu Staion.  You can expect mostly Japanese food but the shops are all from different prefectures so you will not be limited to Yamanashi specialties.
Date:  November 24-25
Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
Admission: Free
Location: Around Kofu Station, including the usual big event spaces (please see link for more details)
More information (Japanese):http://www.b-1kofu.jp/main/
 


 
Fun Stuff


---Who Am I?----

Last issue's hints:
1. I drink chocolate milk every day.
2. I regularly space out.
3. I am very attached to my plant.
 
The answer was the lovely and talented Carlos Quinn!  No one guessed the answer!  Was it tough?
 
This issue's hints:
1. My Uncle was a Director of the NSA.
2.I was a boy scout trail guide for 2 summers.
3.I haven't eaten a cupcake in 12 years.
4.I have been shot 3 times.


4 hints this time, how will the guessing go? hmmmm
 
I STILL need your submissions but please don't despair if yours isn't used right away!  email me spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com
 
 
---Book Recommendations----

These book recommendations are brought to you by your YETI President, Brittany!
 
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
This is a great adventure story about a young Indian boy named Pi, who must survive a shipwreck and ends up sharing a raft with a tiger named Richard Parker for 227 days.  That’s the main part of the story, but Pi’s self-introspection in relation to his dire situation is allows the reader into his mind and thoughts. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it, but I just couldn’t put it down!
 
The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
I was required to read this book in high school, but I can’t remember enjoying an assigned reading more. Joyce’s writing style is a bit hard to comprehend sometimes, but “Portrait” is one of his more accessible works.  In this semi-autobiographical novel the Irish author examines “questions of origin and source, authority and authorship, and the relationship of an artist to his family, culture, and race.” A great read.
 
---Fun Links----

Orisinal:www.orisinal.com
Really adorable flash games to play when you are bored.  Easily played in IE :)

Calming Manatee: calmingmanatee.com
 When you're feeling angry or down, these manatees will help you feel better

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti, October 24, 2012
« on: October 24, 2012, 03:53:40 PM »
I hope that you are all getting into the swing of this busy October.  As the cold slowly starts setting in, also make sure that you are taking care of yourself.  If you find yourself in culture shock, I recommend you talk to the people around you about the issue. We have all been there so let us help you get through it! Why not post on the forum and get some suggestions from the community?



YETI and AJET news


 
----Shosenkyo Leaf Viewing Hike----
 
So it's that time to get to viewing the 紅葉 or autumn leaves this year! Shosenkyo is probably one of Yamanashi's most famous places for autumn leaf viewing and veteran ALTs can vouch for it.  It's a great place for photography and a great place to get out and stretch your legs for a bit.  It's a little bit of hiking but nothing too strenuous, so don't worry about it being too much of a challenge for you.  If you are curious as to what you can expect, photos and more information can be found here: http://www.shosenkyo-kankoukyokai.com/
The plan is to start the hike from the entrance, have a picnic lunch, hike to the ropeway, take the ropeway and see the amazing views from the top and head back to the entrance.  Please try to bring a lunch if you would like to eat with the group.   There are restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops along the way if you want to purchase it there as well.  You can also do some wine tasting or visit the museum as well while there, so if you would like to split off to do any of those things, please feel free.  We will bend to majority rule 

Date: Saturday, November 10
Time: We will meet at 10:15AM and take the bus from Kofu station at 10:25AM.  If you plan on driving, plan to be at the entrance to Shosenkyo (where the bus stop is) at around 10:50.
Cost:   The bus from Kofu station costs 570yen, the ropeway is an additional 1000yen round trip.  You do not have to ride the ropeway with us but the views are well worth the price!


Bus information
: The bus will be leaving from the Kofu Bus Terminal from bus stop # 3.  The bus destination will say something like  (グリーンライン) 昇仙峡滝上 (green line, shosenkyo taki ue) and we will be getting off at the 昇仙峡入口 (shosenkyo iriguchi) stop.  The cost to this stop is 570yen one way.

Special note: If driving, some parking lots are free and some are paid.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to find detailed information.  Parking is usually a bit full but it is certainly not impossible to find.  Here are several maps of the area that includes where parking is available: http://www.shosenkyo-kankoukyokai.com/map.html

 It's not necessary to RSVP or anything but chime in and let us know you are coming so that we know who we are looking for when we all get there:)

 
----October AJET eConnect----
http://ajet.net/2012/10/04/ajet-connect-magazine-october-2012/
 
Take a look at the latest issue and keep an eye out for your fellow yetizens who are often featured!
 

----AJET article: Jumping into the World of International Development Work----

This year, AJET is working harder to promote volunteerism to JET participants.  Of course, any opportunities are not limited to JETs alone! Please read more about it here:
 http://ajet.net/2012/10/11/jumping-into-the-world-of-international-development-work/
As the artcile mentions, a Cambodia-based NPO called PEPY, has close ties to the JET community and right now, if you donate $5, it is worth $50 to PEPY.
For more information about the fund raising campaign, take a look here:
http://donate.pepycambodia.org/welcometopepy
 
Events in and around Yamanashi




---Fuji-area Autumn leaf viewings, October 27th~November 11th----

The Fuji area will have it's own version of autumn leaf viewing that includes different spots around the area.
Kawaguchiko, Yamanako and Fujiyoshida will start this weekend.  All of them will feature a night time "light up" of the trees so you can continue to enjoy them after dark!
For more information on these three events please check the link (Japanese only):
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/search/event.php?mode=event&y=2012&m=10&d=27#tmp_result
 
---Halloween Parties in Yamanashi----

Two of our favorite bars in Yamanashi will both hold their own Halloween Parties. If you know of other Halloween parties in the area, please email me or write in the forum topic to let everyone know!  Both will include a costume contest.  Bear and Bull will be family friendly and include a buffet style dinner in the admission costs.
Halloween Party at the Vault, Kofu:
Saturday, October 27th, from 10:00PM (?)
1000yen with costume, 1500yen without (includes one drink)
 http://www.thevault.jp/whats/new_main.htm
 
Halloween Party at the Bull and Bear Irish Pub, Hokuto:
Saturday, October 27th, from 6-10pm
2000yen admission (includes buffet dinner)
http://www.pub-bullbear.com/
 
There is also a volunteer opportunity for a children's Halloween Party at the International Center. Please contact Amina dante-cjtb@pref.yamanashi.jp if you would like to know more details.


---Halloween Parties in Tokyo----


These are just some of the largest events in Tokyo, I believe most people have plans to go to specific places already so I won't bore you with the details but if you are interested, please check out the links.
Metropolis Magazine will have it's official Halloween Party on Oct 27th in Roppongi,
bilingual details here: http://metropolis.co.jp/event/undead-or-alive/
 
Ageha's Halloween Party on Oct 26-28 at Ageha in Shin-Kiba,
http://www.ageha.com/
 
Beyond Exposure's Beyond Wonderland 2012, Oct 27 in Roppongi Hills,
bilingual details here: http://beyond-exposure.com/BeyondWonderland2012
 
 
 
Fun and Useful Stuff
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---Traveling for Winter Vacation----

So for many of you newbies, it will be your first opportunity to travel out of the country.  Here's some hints to help you!
1.Buy a bus ticket to Narita AirportFor those of you who live closer to Kofu than Tokyo, the highway bus to Narita is usually the cheapest way to get there.  The bus costs 4300 yen one way and reservations can be made in advance by going to the Kofu bus terminal.  Buses returning to Kofu from Narita can only be bought the day of and also cost 4300 yen.
Timetables and a full listing of stops can be found here: http://yamanashikotsu.co.jp/
2.Make sure you have both your passport and resident's card
You will need BOTH of these documents to leave the country and come back.  When going through immigration, make sure you also fill out the immigration card for "RE-ENTRANTS", you do not want the regular foreigner's immigration card. 
3.Send your luggage ahead of you
For those of you with heavy or tiresome luggage, you can send the luggage a few days ahead of you to the airport.  The service is provided by Yamato Kuroneko Airport Takkyubin: http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/personal/airport/
4. If not going back home, make sure you know what visas you need before you head out!Every country has specific rules for entry/stay visas.  Most countries allow you to receive a visa on arrival and are either free or minimal costs.  However, China, for example, has a visa that takes about a week to receive and costs $130 for US citizens.  Make sure you check it out before you go!
 
If you want to read more about traveling abroad, the forum has a wealth of information on the subject.  If you have anything else you'd like the newbies to know, post it in the forum thread!
 
---Who Am I?---

Last issue's hints:
1. I will never ride a horse again after suffering a concussion from falling off one.
2. I've lived in a house without a bathroom.
3. I brought over 100 DVDs with me when I first moved here.
 
The answer is me, Sarah Stout!  I did warn you that i didn't have enough submissions.  And yes, it is quite possible to live in a house without a bathroom or plumbing for that matter without living abroad.  I did it in the good ole USA for about 9 years.
 
Current issue's hints:
1. I drink chocolate milk every day.
2. I regularly space out.
3. I am very attached to my plant.

Hmm, seems like a hard one to me.

You can guess by posting on the forum thread.  Also, I need your submissions! Unfortunately, future edtions of Who Am I? are in danger as I have a very hard time extracting them from the community.  Please email me at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com if you would like to make a submission.

---Book Recommendations---

Here's a few more book recommendations from yours truly.  If you have a book you would like to write a short blurb about, email me spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com

Room: A Novel, Emma Donoghue
This one was on the New York Bestseller's list for a reason.  Room is written in the perspective of a little boy named Jack whose only world is the room he has never been outside of.  He is unaware of the outside world but, to his mother, Room is a prision she hasn't been able to leave for seven years.  The best part about the story is that it is told entirely though Jack's 5-year-old vocabularly.  It sounds tiresome but it really is amazing how the author managed it.

The Diving Pool: Three Novellas, Yoko Ogawa
Ogawa has a few novels under her belt but in my opinion, these three novellas are her best works.  If you are a fan of early Banana Yoshimoto, I am sure you will like this.  Written in the perspective of three females in different stages of their lives, you get wrapped up in the seemingly horrible things that they cause or get roped into.

---Fun Links---

Coursera:https://www.coursera.org/
Ok, so maybe this one isn't fun.  But, it may improve your life!  Offers free college courses on a variety of subjects taught by actual professors.  One of them is even taught by Dan Ariely (of non-fiction and TEDtalks fame)!

Fancypants Adventure World: http://armorgames.com/play/553/the-fancy-pants-adventure-world-2
This is an online game that got so popular that now people pay for the latest episodes.  It's pretty low budget graphic wise, but it's one of those games you do stuff just for the heck of it.  Easy to sink a few hours away.


As always, need your submissions for Who Am I?, Book Recommendations and Fun Links!  You can email me anything you think other people will want to know about!  Drop me a line at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com (just in case you missed me typing it throughout every newsletter)

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Events Archive / Shosenkyo Leaf Viewing 2012
« on: October 23, 2012, 09:41:09 PM »
So it's that time to get to viewing the 紅葉 or autumn leaves this year! Shosenkyo is probably one of Yamanashi's most famous places for autumn leaf viewing and veteran ALTs can vouch for it.  It's a great place for photography and a great place to get out and stretch your legs for a bit.  It's a little bit of hiking but nothing too strenuous, so don't worry about it being too much of a challenge for you.  If you are curious as to what you can expect, photos and more information can be found here: http://www.shosenkyo-kankoukyokai.com/
The plan is to start the hike from the entrance, have a picnic lunch, hike to the ropeway, take the ropeway and see the amazing views from the top and head back to the entrance.  Please try to bring a lunch if you would like to eat with the group.  There are restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops along the way if you want to purchase it there as well.  You can also do some wine tasting or visit the museum as well while there, so if you would like to split off to do any of those things, please feel free.  We will bend to majority rule :)

Date: Saturday, November 10
Time: We will meet at 10:15AM and take the bus from Kofu station at 10:25AM.  If you plan on driving, plan to be at the entrance to Shosenkyo (where the bus stop is) at around 10:50.
Cost:  The bus from Kofu station costs 570yen, the ropeway is an additional 1000yen round trip.  You do not have to ride the ropeway with us but the views are well worth the price!

Bus information: The bus will be leaving from the Kofu Bus Terminal from bus stop # 3.  The bus destination will say something like  (グリーンライン) 昇仙峡滝上 (green line, shosenkyo taki ue) and we will be getting off at the 昇仙峡入口 (shosenkyo iriguchi) stop.  The cost to this stop is 570yen one way.

Special note: If driving, some parking lots are free and some are paid.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to find detailed information.  Parking is usually a bit full but it is certainly not impossible to find.  Here are several maps of the area that includes where parking is available: http://www.shosenkyo-kankoukyokai.com/map.html

 It's not necessary to RSVP or anything but chime in and let us know you are coming so that we know who we are looking for when we all get there:)

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti October 4, 2012
« on: October 04, 2012, 05:36:53 PM »
 
Well, has fall finally started in your corner of Yamanashi/the world?  October is usually a busy time for many ALTs as we have a ton of local events, yeti events and work obligations to attend to.  JHS ALTs will now be preparing for speech contests, so ganbatte guys and don't forget to make some time for yourselves amisdt the potentially long working hours! 
 
Yeti and AJET news


----Yeti Fall Pub Quiz, October 20th----

What: YETI PUB QUIZ 2012!!! ~FALL EDITION~
Where: Tsuki Cafe, across the street from Otsuki station (I hope you don't need directions because it's really easy to find)
When: Saturday, October 20th, 6:00pm
Why: Who doesn't love drunk trivia competitions??
Who: Your hosts will be Matt Mikuni, Carlos, and Paul!
How (much): 500 YETI member, 1000 non-YETI member

I'm sure all of you have been to a Pub Quiz before or at least something like it, but basically we'll make a bunch of teams and have the host ask questions on various topics. Previous years have included themes such as Horror Movies, Mythology, Musical Instruments, and many others, so come put your random knowledge to the test! Each round is scored and there will also be hilarious mini-battles between rounds for additional points. Even if your brain is not an encyclopedia of knowledge on Lord of the Rings, good times will be had by all.. come join us!!

The winning team will get fabulous prizes chosen by your lovely Council, in addition to bragging rights of being the cleverest of the ken. I know that's not a word.

With that said...

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 17!RSVPs are very important for this event!  If you change your mind, please let us know before October 17th.  Those who back out without telling the council will be placed on a team and thus inconvenience their team by not showing up.  Those who show up without an RSVP may not be guaranteed a spot on a team.  So, please keep that in mind and RSVP before October 17th!!  You can RSVP on the facebook group, on the forum or even by replying to this email!
 

----New AJET eConnect issue online!----

AJET has recently released the new issue of eConnect.  The current issue features an article written by our own Josiah!  We also know that Annabella Massey works very hard as a fashion editor/columnist so please support our Yetizens by reading eConnect!
http://ajetnet.s3.amazonaws.com/connect/2012_Sept_Connect.pdf


Events around Yamanashi



----Katsunuma Grape (Wine) Festival, October 6th----
Katsunuma grows many of the grapes found in the famous wine around Yamanashi.  So, every year, vendors from around the prefecture sell and offer samples of their wine at the festival! There are also casks of wine that you can take full glasses from (not merely a sample). The festival is popular amongst the prefecture's ALTs.
Date: October 6th, Saturday
Time: 8:45AM~, but wine starts at 10:00AM
Location: Katsunuma Chuo Park
Access: A 10 minute shuttle bus ride from Katsunuma Budokyou Station, there is also a shuttle bus available from Enzan station.  The shuttle costs 100yen. Event organizers urge you not to drive to the event as it is very crowded.

----Paul Rusch, Yatsugatake County Fair, October 13-14----
It is an American County Fair style event which includes dancing, music, cheerleaders and a tractor pull.  Though, I think most ALTs come for the famous Touchdown beer as well as the copious amounts of food (in particular, meat) that Hokuto-area restaurants have to offer at their booths. 
Some other things the festival offers:  Jewelry and Broom making demonstrations,  Japanese traditional dancing, picnic concert, a huge area dedicated to selling Yamanashi and Kentuckian crafts, most of Hokuto's best restaurants (ROCK, Pasta Morimoto, organic cafe, Roben-so, Oishii Gakkou, Tasha, etc), Hay ride, flag football, etc
Date: October 13-14
Time: 10:00AM-9:30PM (outdoor booths close earlier) Saturday, 9:00AM-4:30PM Sunday
Location: Seisenryo, Hokuto-shi
Access: A 30 minute drive from Nagasaka IC, A 30 minute walk/ 5 min picnic bus from Kiyosato Station
For more information (Japanese only): http://www.keep.or.jp/ja/prf/2012.html

----I Love Kofu Festival, October 20th----
The festival's most popular attraction will be the parade, but there will be tons of performances including everything from pop to traditional Japanese music.  Keeping with the timing, there will also be some Halloween activities for children!
Date: October 20th
Time: 11:00AM- 8:00PM
Location: The parade will be around the Orion Square area
Access: A 5 minute walk from Kofu station.  Events will be happening in the immediate area, too. Please see link for location details.
For more information (Japanese only): http://www.city.kofu.yamanashi.jp/welcome/tokushu/h24kofu-daisukifes.html
 
----International Center Halloween Party (Volunteers needed!)----
Hello everyone!
This is Amina, the new french CIR in Yamanashi Prefectural Office.
The Yamanashi International Association is organizing a Halloween Party for kids at the international center on the 27 of October.
Time: PM 1~4:30
Games, Crafts, Haunted House, Costume Contest are on the program.

We need help to make this the scariest Halloween ever ^^
If you are free on the day and feel up for it, please come and help us. We need around 20 volunteers.

I would love to have an idea of the numbers by the end of next week, meaning by the 12th.
I'm counting on you ^^

PS: We will also need people on the week before to prepare the decoration (can be done form afar) and the night before to put the decorations up.


 
Fun Stuff


---Who Am I?----

Last issue's hints:
1. I moved schools 7 times before going to university.
2. The first time I ever saw Reservoir Dogs, I watched it 3 times in a row because I loved it so much.
3. I've only done onsen once - luckily I was alone the whole time - and I don't ever plan to do it again.
 
The answer is the lovely and talented Robin Moul! I was so happy with the amount of participation this one got! Many of you guessed the answer!
 
Current issue's hints:
1. I will never ride a horse again after suffering a concussion from falling off one.
2. I've lived in a house without a bathroom.
3. I brought over 100 DVDs with me when I first moved here.
 

You can guess by posting on the forum thread.  Also, I need your submissions! Unfortunately, future edtions of Who Am I? are in danger as I have a very hard time extracting them from the community.  Please email me at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com if you would like to make a submission.

---Book Recommendations----
Due to a huge interest in new reading materials, I will be posting book recommendations for you here!  There is also a current forum thread which you can read here:
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=8632.0
This week's recommendations are written by yours truly, but I hope that you will submit your own short review/synopsis of a book you think other people would be interested in reading about!  Remember, not everyone keeps up with the forum! As always, email me!
 
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender
If you like surrealistic fiction, this book is worth reading.  The plot centers around Rose who can taste the emotions of a person through the food they make.  She discovers it when she eats a piece of her mother's lemon cake that turns out to be full of deep depression.  As it turns out, she is not the only person in her family who has a strange gift/curse.  The book can get quite dark, but it lingers with you a long time after you finish it.
 
Crooked Little Vein, by Warren Ellis
Famed comic book author, Warren Ellis, came up with this stuff and I am not sure who else could have.  At first, the book is seemingly a rip off of the old hardboiled dectective novels.  However, it's not a book for everyone.  Michael McGill is hired by the White House Chief of Staff to find the missing Constitution that Richard Nixon lost in a brothel.  Trix is a young girl writing a thesis on fetishes and ends up being McGill's sidekick.  Ellis goes into graphic details at time which are both hilarious and disgusting. 

---Fun Links----

Girl Gone Geek: http://www.girlgonegeekblog.com
I regularly visit this blog mostly for the pictures of the cutest geeky etsy finds.  One of the most recent cute finds was a series of headphones completely decked out in video game themes.  I almost wanted to spend money on the Zelda headphones....

Gwigle: http://gwigle.varten.net/
There are two great things about this game.  The first is that it makes it look as if you are merely googling something at work (instead of slacking off and playing a game) and the second is that it can actually help  you to google search more efficiently.

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Hey guys, so a lot of newbies have asked me how much school lunch will destroy their diets and make them fat which is quite silly if you actually know the facts.  All you gotta do is ask the nutritionist!  I am close with my school nutritonist and I am not always so conscious about what I eat but I get pretty eager the closer it gets to bikini season.  .  I manage to lose a significant amount of weight every year even when eating school lunch. That being said, this year was not my year.  I didn't take my own advice on school lunch or otherwise and it showed.  Oh well.   


Yamanashi JHS lunches are 800kcal give or take 50kcal
This is a pretty set standard in Yamanashi and nutritonists in the ken are required to make lunches to this standard.  However, it can be pretty carb heavy due to the needs of the students. 

Yamanashi ES lunches are 600kcal, give or take 50kcal.

again, standard. It doesn't matter whether or not your lunch is made in-school or if it is made in a kyushoku center and shipped to your school.

Tips for dieting
-Teachers tradtionally get given more than the students.  Make it clear you don't want any extra.  Tell your kids in JHS, or tell both the kids and the HRT in ES.
-Cut out milk.    Milk in school lunches are about 130kcal per bottle/carton.  It's also pretty fatty because it's 100% or near 100%.  If you feel compelled by your school culture to drink it, you could make up some excuse about it hurting your stomach or just be honest. 
-Cut out half of your rice/bread.  A serving of rice/bread at school lunch in JHS is about 300kcal  (150-200 in ES).  Give half of it to the hungry kid next to you, who will gladly take it.
-If you have a particularly fatty food (like fried chicken), give half of that away in lieu of rice.  You probably won't quite get the same calorie savings but you are eating less fat which is always good.
-Ask your nutritionist what the calorie count of the school lunch is.  If your school has their own in-house nutritionist, you can ask them the calorie count of each lunch.  Mine has mine right on her computer because they are required to keep track and buy supplies with the information, so they have it readily avaliable.  They might have the information for the entire month!

So, it's really easy to do and by the time you do these things, your lunch is around a manageable 520kcal. 
Most of what makes you feel full is the excess amount of carb calories so cutting them out doesn't make you feel all that hungry unless you thought school lunch was lacking in the first place. 

Whenever I want to start losing weight, I usually just tell them I want to start losing weight and they stop giving me extra and don't give me shit about giving food away.  Every school is different, but mine seems to look at me, see that I am not refusing to eat or too thin, and don't care so much.  Alternatively, you can stop eating school lunch, of course.  Personally, I love my school lunch, I just needed a way not to feel bursting at the seams after lunch/eat 1000 calories. 

Don't flame me for this!  It might be useful for those who are worried about eating lunch at their schools!

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti, September 19th, 2012
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:30:53 PM »
For some of you JHS/ES ALTs, the Undokai craziness is finally over.  For some others, it's just beginning.  Good luck and hang in there!  We may have some long Spaghetti issues coming up, and note that some events will be repeated in the upcoming editions, just to make sure everyone has an opportunity to add these awesome events to their calendars!

Yeti and AJET news

----Congratulations to our new First Year Representative!----

Congrats to Michael Martin who will now serve as our new FYR!  We welcome him to the Yeti Council!  I'm sure he will make the first year ALTs proud.
Here's a word from Michael:
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as First Year Representative, everyone.   I look forward to working with the JEDI YETI Council, and I hope to represent the interests of the other first-years well.  The community here in Yamanashi has been very supportive for all of us, and I look forward to being able to contribute something back.


----Yeti Idol, September 29th----
Yeti Idol is Yamanashi's own version of American Idol with the added benefit(?) of a karaoke machine.  We will have three judges and three rounds of singing.
Date: September 29th, 2012
Time: 7:00PM
Location: L-River
Access: a 3 minute walk from Yamanashishi station, When you exit Yamanashishi station, turn left and follow the sidewalk toward the Shoya 庄屋 restaurant. continue left, you should see a small white lit sign on the side walk and string lights lit up around some stacks of tires. walk around the side toward the back of the building, and you should see the door to the bar.
Admission: Free!

The rules will be the same as last year's so I have stolen the information and reposted it for your benefit!

How it works:
1. The first round, all contestants will sing one song of their choice for 2 minutes. It can be any song, in any language, as long as it is in the karaoke machine.

The judges will vote individually on if the contestant will make it to round 2 based on singing ability and performance. A contestant needs at least 2 of 3 judges votes to move on. Any attempt to bribe or threaten judges is strongly discouraged. 

2. The second round , remaining contestants will sing one song of their choice for 2 minutes.  It can be any song, in any language, as long as it is in the karaoke machine.

The judges will give commentary, but votes will be collected from the audience by ballot. Each person is allowed one vote for one contestant to move on to the final round. Illegibly written votes will not be counted.  Counting will be done by judges, and the 4 or 5 (in case of a tie) highest voted contestants will move on to the final round.

3. The final round, remaining contestants will sing one song of the judge's choice  for 2 minutes. A selection of generally well known songs will be chosen by the judges and shuffled. Each contestant will have  a song chosen at random, and must sing that song.

The audience will again vote by ballot, and the highest point receiving contestant will be crowned** Yeti Idol.

In the case of a tie, the tied contestants will both sing the same song, chosen by the judges, for 2 minutes, and will be voted on by the judges.


**the judges are not to be held liable if there is not a real crown involved.

RSVPs are not necessary as there is no cost associated with this event, but if you plan on being a contestant, please let us know!  You can just respond to the forum thread or write on the facebook event!


----Yeti Fall Pub Quiz----
What: YETI PUB QUIZ 2012!!! ~FALL EDITION~
Where: Tsuki Cafe, across the street from Otsuki station (I hope you don't need directions because it's really easy to find)
When: Saturday, October 20th, 6:00pm
Why: Who doesn't love drunk trivia competitions??
Who: Your hosts will be Matt Mikuni, Carlos, and Paul!
How (much): 500 YETI member, 1500 non-YETI member

I'm sure all of you have been to a Pub Quiz before or at least something like it, but basically we'll make a bunch of teams and have the host ask questions on various topics. Previous years have included themes such as Horror Movies, Mythology, Musical Instruments, and many others, so come put your random knowledge to the test! Each round is scored and there will also be hilarious mini-battles between rounds for additional points. Even if your brain is not an encyclopedia of knowledge on Lord of the Rings, good times will be had by all.. come join us!!

The winning team will get fabulous prizes, in addition to bragging rights of being the cleverest of the ken. I know that's not a word.

With that said...

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 17!
Late RSVPs or those who just show up on the date will not be guaranteed to be placed on a team. Please reply here or on the facebook event or even send the council members a message just to let us know you're coming. 



Events around Yamanashi


----Isawa Jazz Festival, September 22nd----
Isawa will offer live jazz this weekend near the station!  A great way to spend the night and you can spend some time at Isawa's famous onsens afterwards!
Date: September 22nd, Saturday
Time: 1:00PM~ with last performance starting at 8:00PM
Location: Isawa Foot Onsen Event Space, event stage
Admission: 500 yen, plus 300 yen per one cup of wine.
More information: http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/fuefuki/event/isawa_jazz.html


----Katsunuma Grape (Wine) Festival, October 6th----

Katsunuma grows many of the grapes found in the famous wine around Yamanashi.  So, every year, vendors from around the prefecture sell and offer samples of their wine at the festival! There are also casks of wine that you can take full glasses from (not merely a sample). The festival is popular amongst the prefecture's ALTs.
Date: October 6th, Saturday
Time: 8:45AM~, but wine starts at 10:00AM
Location: Katsunuma Chuo Park
Access: A 10 minute shuttle bus ride from Katsunuma Budokyou Station, there is also a shuttle bus available from Enzan station.  The shuttle costs 100yen. Event organizers urge you not to drive to the event as it is very crowded.

----Paul Rusch, Yatsugatake County Fair, October 13-14----It is an American County Fair style event which includes dancing, music, cheerleaders and a tractor pull.  Though, I think most ALTs come for the famous Touchdown beer as well as the copious amounts of food (in particular, meat) that Hokuto-area restaurants have to offer at their booths. 
Some other things the festival offers:  Jewelry and Broom making demonstrations,  Japanese traditional dancing, picnic concert, a huge area dedicated to selling Yamanashi and Kentuckian crafts, most of Hokuto's best restaurants (ROCK, Pasta Morimoto, organic cafe, Roben-so, Oishii Gakkou, Tasha, etc), Hay ride, flag football, etc
Date: October 13-14
Time: 10:00AM-9:30PM (outdoor booths close earlier) Saturday, 9:00AM-4:30PM Sunday
Location: Seisenryo, Hokuto-shi
Access: A 30 minute drive from Nagasaka IC, A 30 minute walk/ 5 min picnic bus from Kiyosato Station
For more information (Japanese only): http://www.keep.or.jp/ja/prf/2012.html




Fun Stuff

---Who Am I?----

Last issue's hints
1.I was trampled by a cow when I was 11.
2.I have 15 metal screws in my arm.
3.I have been pepper-sprayed 4 times in my life, but never arrested.

The answer was the lovely and talented, Josh Coleman!  No one even tried guessing. It's a fun way to while away the time when you are bored at work.  Come on, guys!


Current issue's hints:
1. I moved schools 7 times before going to university.
2. The first time I ever saw Reservoir Dogs, I watched it 3 times in a row because I loved it so much.
3. I've only done onsen once - luckily I was alone the whole time - and I don't ever plan to do it again.

You can guess by posting on the forum thread.  Also, I need your submissions!  Email me at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com

---Useful/Fun Links----

Tabelog:http://tabelog.jp
Tabelog is the place to find your new favorite restaurants.  They also have reviews/scores/information about restaurants in the inaka of Yamanashi.  I've found the reviews of these places to be totally skewed at times, but I've discovered places I wouldn't have had otherwise by using the site.

Gurunavi(English):   http://www.gnavi.co.jp/en/
Gurunavi's English site is only useful for the big cities but can be helpful if you are in Tokyo and want to know something to eat.  It even has the major chains listed which is useful if you want a quick bite but don't want to check individual websites for a location.

Waiting for October: An Adventures of Pete and Pete Zine:

http://petezine.tumblr.com/
Ok, so I am showing my age and my American-ness off here but I loved this show as a kid and now as an adult and it seems like loads of people did/do too.  This zine has created Pete and Pete inspired art, comics and even videos.  It's worth checking out just for the reunion that recently happened in LA. 

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As some of you know, every year, there is a festival in honor of Dr. Paul Rusch in Hokuto.
Paul Rusch was a Kentuckian who has quite a long story but when he visited Hokuto, there was a food shortage after the war.  He imported Jersey cows and helped revitalize farming in northern Hokuto.  He established KEEP (Kiyosao Experimental Education Project) primarily for the youth of hokuto.  Even now, many ALTs in Hokuto are from Kentucky due to the friendship between Kentucky and Hokuto that he helped establish.

It is an American County Fair style event which includes dancing, music, cheerleaders and a tractor pull.  Though, I think most ALTs come for the famous Touchdown beer as well as the copious amounts of food (in particular, meat) that Hokuto-area restaurants have to offer at their booths.  If you think that it's all about meat and beer, it really isn't.
Some other things the festival offers:  Jewelry and Broom making demonstrations,  Japanese traditional dancing, picnic concert, a huge area dedicated to selling Yamanashi and Kentuckian crafts, most of Hokuto's best restaurants (ROCK, Pasta Morimoto, organic cafe, Roben-so, Oishii Gakkou, Tasha, etc), Hay ride, flag football, etc
For more information (Japanese only): http://www.keep.or.jp/ja/prf/2012.html

Traditionally, Kiyosato ALTs offer to host other ALTs on the night of Saturday, October 13th.  If you are interested, you have to contact Christina, Rachel, Russ or myself.  You can also just post here if you need a place to stay and I will let everyone know you're looking.  Currently, my place is full unless people decide they can't make it.

Date: October 13-14
Time: 11AM~6PM
Location: Seisenryo in Kiyosato (Hokuto-shi)
Access: about a 30 minute walk from Kiyosato station or about a 30 min drive from Nagasaka IC or a mere 7minute drive from the Kiyosato ALT apartments.

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Events Archive / Yeti Idol, September 29th
« on: September 06, 2012, 12:59:19 PM »
Sorry again for the double event posting but I wanted to give you a heads up on the newest event!

Yeti Idol, Karaoke Contest!

Yeti Idol is Yamanashi's own version of American Idol with the added benefit? of a karaoke machine.  We will have three judges and three rounds of singing.
Date: September 29th, 2012
Time: 7:00PM
Location: L-River
Access: a 3 minute walk from Yamanashishi station, When you exit Yamanashishi station, turn left and follow the sidewalk toward the Shoya 庄屋 restaurant. continue left, you should see a small white lit sign on the side walk and string lights lit up around some stacks of tires. walk around the side toward the back of the building, and you should see the door to the bar.
Admission: Free!

The rules will be the same as last year's so I have stolen the information and reposted it for your benefit!

How it works:
1. The first round, all contestants will sing one song of their choice for 2 minutes. It can be any song, in any language, as long as it is in the karaoke machine.

The judges will vote individually on if the contestant will make it to round 2 based on singing ability and performance. A contestant needs at least 2 of 3 judges votes to move on. Any attempt to bribe or threaten judges is strongly discouraged. 

2. The second round , remaining contestants will sing one song of their choice for 2 minutes It can be any song, in any language, as long as it is in the karaoke machine.

The judges will give commentary, but votes will be collected from the audience by ballot. Each person is allowed one vote for one contestant to move on to the final round. Illegibly written votes will not be counted.  Counting will be done by judges, and the 4 or 5 (in case of a tie) highest voted contestants will move on to the final round.

3. The final round, remaining contestants will sing one song of the judge's choice  for 2 minutes. A selection of generally well known songs will be chosen by the judges and shuffled. Each contestant will have  a song chosen at random, and must sing that song.

Here's a list of judges songs that you could potentially randomly choose:

Alanis Morissette - Ironic
Backstreet Boys- Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
Beatles - Help!
Billy Idol- White Wedding
Bon Jovi- Livin' on a Prayer
Britney Spears - Baby One More Time
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Disney (Lion King) - Hakuna Matata
Disney (NBC) - This is Halloween
Disney (Little Mermaid) - Under the Sea
Elton John - Crocodile Rock
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
Hanson - Mmm Bop
Lady Gaga- Bad Romance
Madonna - Like a Virgin
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
Soft Cell- Tainted Love
Spice Girls - Wannabe
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Village People - YMCA
Wham!- Last Christmas



The audience will again vote by ballot, and the highest point receiving contestant will be crowned** Yeti Idol.

In the case of a tie, the tied contestants will both sing the same song, chosen by the judges, for 2 minutes, and will be voted on by the judges.


**the judges are not to be held liable if there is not a real crown involved.

RSVPs are not necessary as there is no cost associated with this event, but if you plan on being a contestant, please let us know!  You can just respond to the forum thread or write on the facebook event!

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti September 5, 2012
« on: September 05, 2012, 01:22:47 PM »
Hey everyone, I'm back with your local friendly newsletter. Hope you newbies have had a chance to settle in and are enjoying your jobs so far.  I know that you are probably already starting to watch what seems like endless Sports Day practice but things will calm down soon and you can really get into teaching. Anyway, on to the news!

Yeti and AJET news


----First Year Representative Elections!----
We are now looking for a new addition to our amazingly awesome (and totally cute!) council this year!  We need a new First Year Representative to add to our team and we want YOU to run for the position! 
The new First Year Rep will, in principle, serve a term of 1 year.  However, they will have the option of running for the next council positions in April if they so choose.
(Veterans: We realize this is a change from last year. If you are interested in specific details on logistics of the new change, please email us!)

First Year Rep duties:
-Attend regular council meetings and participate in nearly daily discussion through email.
-Help plan and run the many awesome events we offer to the community.
-Recruit new 1st year ALTs to YETI and also keep in contact with them through Facebook and the forum.
-Help post new events and information to the Yeti Facebook and Twitter.
-Assist in the transition between the 2012-2013 council and the 2013-2014 council if you choose not to run for an official position in April.

Who is First Year Rep Material?

Ideally, the First Year Rep will be someone who is a 1st year ALT/CIR, friendly, motivated to help the community and well-connected to the current 1st year ALTs.  We also hope that the new rep will be willing to attend most YETI events (if not ALL), they are ridiculous fun so you want to come anyway, right?

Timeline of events:

1. September 3rd-September 14th: Nominations!
You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else that you'd think would be good for the position.  Make sure you let them know they are nominated and ask them to accept the nomination on the forum or through email.  Nominations can also be made through email or the forum!  You can just reply in this topic thread if you'd like 

2.September 17th-September 21st: Candidate Blurbs
All candidates nominated will have a few days to write a short blurb explaining why they think they would be a shoe-in for the position.  I will post these on the forum!

3.September  24th-September 28th: Voting
Voting will be open to the entire YETI community!  Votes can be PM'd to karta on the forum or emailed to spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com.

4.October 1st: Results
 Results will be announced on the forum!

So, guys, we want you to make your nominations NOW!



----Yeti Fuji Climb, September 8th, 2012----
The Fuji Climb will be on September 8th, 2012. 
Due to crowd concerns, it will NOT be held on August 25th as originally planned.  Unfortunately, if September 8th or the morning of September 9th will have thunderstorms, then we may have to cancel the Fuji climb.  Please watch this space and keep a look out for the weather!
I realize this event is causing a multitude of scheduling problems due to this weekend kicking off Sports Day/ School Festival season.  Keep in mind that this year, our newbies arrived several weeks later than previous years so everything has had to be pushed back due to adjustment times/local orientation.  I apologize for the problems but climbing Fuji later than this date is usually a little ill-advised. 

Date: September 8th, 2012
Time: meeting at 7PM, starting ascent around 8:00PM-9:00PM depending on pace
Price: Free
Access: You can drive to the 5th station via the Fuji Subaru Line (2000yen toll), or you can take a bus from FujiSan station on the fujikyuu line.  If you plan on driving and can fit others, please post on this topic to arrange carpools.
Recommended Items: Winter coat, gloves, food, water, 100yen coins for the bathroom, etc

Things to keep in mind:  The summit of Fuji is COLD.  A winter coat is really needed in this situation but please dress in layers.  You will want to shed them back off when you start descending the mountain.  That means, you really need a backpack to carry all this stuff.  Water is scarce and food is limited.  Bring your own!

We will be splitting into three groups.  Please post on this topic and let us know that you are coming and what group you would like to be in.  Staying with a group at all times is highly recommended.  In the past, lone ALTs have accidentally descended the wrong path and ended up in Shizuoka.  Also, if you get injured, cell phone service is spotty so I recommend you use the buddy system.

Groups, please indicate which you would like to join:

1) Average Joe - People who are of average build and don't generally do things of this nature; people with injuries/joint pain/etc. This group should leave the 5th Station at 8:00pm. This group will be at a slower pace and take 7-8 hours to reach the summit.


2) Group Genki - People who want to challenge themselves, don't want to take breaks and are comfortable climbing around the lineups. This group will leave around 9:00 and might take 5-6 hours to get to the top.


3) Suicide Sallys - Those who want to start from the 1st station.  Someone may be willing to lead you from the 1st station to the summit.  This group is not for the weak of heart and the climb is much longer and you must begin the hike around 4PM.  Please let us know ASAP if you would like to join this group as it may not exist if there is no interest.

Please post on the forum, the facebook group or send me an email to RSVP.  Please get in touch with other people to arrange a ride if you need one.




Events and Opportunities Around Yamanashi


----Summer Fruits Festival Grape Days, Yamanashi-shi, Sept 8th-Sept 9th----

Do you want to eat delicious grapes while they are still in season?  Yamanashi-shi is offering you a chance!  There will be as grape and wine tasting corner, a grape picking area and games for the kids!

Date: September 8th, September 9th
Time: 10:00AM~3:30PM
Location: Fruits Park, Yamanashi-shi
Access: A short bus ride away from Yamanashishi station via the Fruits Park Bus.  The bus costs 100yen but will only be running at 3 times:  10:30,1:40 and 4:45.
The bus back to the station will be running at 10:43, 1:53 and 5:03.



----Belgian Beer Weekend, Tokyo, September 8th-9th----

Like Belgium beer and lament the lack of it in Yamanashi?  Go to Tokyo and drink to your heart's content this weekend.  This event will feature about 78 different Belgian beers. Admission is free but trying beer costs money. You must buy beer tokens at the reception desk.  It is recommended to buy a "starter set"  (3100 yen) which includes an original beer glass, 10 beer tokens and a 100en donation to Tokyo Disaster Relief.  And if you get bored after a while, you can hit up the  free "Colorful Indonesia" event in nearby Tokyo Midtown on the same days.
Date: September 8-9
Time: 11:00AM- 10;00 PM  (last order 9:30PM)
Location: Roppongi Hills Arena, a short walk from Roppongi Station

For more information (Japanese):http://belgianbeerweekend.jp/2012/tokyo/belgian-beer-weekend-tokyo-2012
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----Shosenkyo Houtou Festival, Kofu (Shosenkyo), Sept 29- Sept 30----
Have you ever wanted to try Yamanashi's specialty food, Houtou?  Most Yetizens agree that it is delicious and perfect when the wind and slight chill of late September sets in.  Why not try many different shops' houtou in a lovely backdrop? For 500 yen, you can try the highest ranked Houtou in all of Yamanashi as well as a few different stores' houtou as well.

Date: September 29th- September 30th
Location: Shosenkyo Gorge Parking Lot  甲府市営昇仙峡滝上駐車場
Time: 11AM- 3PM
Access: a 35 minute drive from Kofu-Showa IC or a 50 minute bus ride from Kofu station
Admission: 500 yen (you can try every stores' houtou)

For more information (Japanese):http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kankou/event/pe_8201.html

----Football/Soccer Tournament in Nagano!----
How about a weekend of football (soccer to some), fun and sunshine in the mountains of Nagano? The ALT Soccer Tournament will be held on September 29-30 at Sugadaira Highland in Nagano Pref. Yamanashi once again hopes to send both a men’s (11-a-side) and women’s (6-a-side) team to compete against other teams from all over Japan.

The tournament runs over Saturday & Sunday and is a whole load of fun! No soccer ability is required, just the ability to move!

Prices and tournament details can be seen on the website here (https://sites.google.com/site/altsoccertournament/home)  . Contact me if you fancy getting involved in the teams.
Chris Moore
Chrismoore92@gmail.com


Fun Stuff


----Who Am I? (Yeti Edition)----


Last issue's hints:
1. My first year of University, I dyed my hair blue.
2. I weigh 15 kg less than I did in high school.
3. I think ReBoot is the best (non-Japanese) animated show OF ALL TIME.

The answer is the lovely and talented Terra Wright.  Unfortunately, no one gave me any guesses about this one :(  I blame it on the in and out transition period but let's get those guesses in on the forum!!!

This issue's hints:
1.I was trampled by a cow when I was 11.
2.I have 15 metal screws in my arm.
3.I have been pepper-sprayed 4 times in my life, but never arrested.

Whoever it is sure has led an (unintentionally?) dangerous life.  Let's get those guesses in!  You can reply in this forum thread to geta discussion going.

Remember, you can submit your own Who Am I hints to me by emailing me at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com.  I desperately need your submissions, guys!


---Useful/ Fun Links----

All Japanese All The Time:http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/
A method of learning Japanese from a guy who claims to have become fluent in Japanese in only 15 months, taking no classes and not having lived in Japan.  A bit gimmicky and of course he's out to make money but it may be right for you.
This is an extreme way to learn Japanese and while it is controversial, some ALTs in the past have recommended using this method. 

Learning Kanji through Pictures: http://www.jpf.org.uk/language/kanjifiles/kanjicard.html
The Japan Foundation offers quite a bit of resources for learning Japanese.  Most of them are meant to be provided to Japanese teachers to help their students learn but I found that these picture cards would be excellent way to learn some kanji!

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YETI Announcements / *** First Year Representatives, Nominations Open!****
« on: September 03, 2012, 05:16:45 PM »
First Year Representative

We are now looking for a new addition to our amazingly awesome (and totally cute!) council this year!  We need a new First Year Representative to add to our team and we want YOU to run for the position! 
The new First Year Rep will, in principle, serve a term of 1 year.  However, they will have the option of running for the next council positions in April if they so choose.
(Veterans: We realize this is a change from last year. If you are interested in specific details on logistics of the new change, please email us!)

First Year Rep duties:
-Attend regular council meetings and participate in nearly daily discussion through email.
-Help plan and run the many awesome events we offer to the community.
-Recruit new 1st year ALTs to YETI and also keep in contact with them through Facebook and the forum.
-Help post new events and information to the Yeti Facebook and Twitter.
-Assist in the transition between the 2012-2013 council and the 2013-2014 council if you choose not to run for an official position in April.

Who is First Year Rep Material?
Ideally, the First Year Rep will be someone who is a 1st year ALT/CIR, friendly, motivated to help the community and well-connected to the current 1st year ALTs.  We also hope that the new rep will be willing to attend most YETI events (if not ALL), they are ridiculous fun so you want to come anyway, right?

Timeline of events:

1. September 3rd-September 14th: Nominations!
You can nominate yourself or nominate someone else that you'd think would be good for the position.  Make sure you let them know they are nominated and ask them to accept the nomination on the forum or through email.  Nominations can also be made through email or the forum!  You can just reply in this topic thread if you'd like  :-D

2.September 17th-September 21st: Candidate Blurbs
All candidates nominated will have a few days to write a short blurb explaining why they think they would be a shoe-in for the position.  I will post these on the forum!

3.September  24th-September 28th: Voting
Voting will be open to the entire YETI community!  Votes can be PM'd to karta on the forum or emailed to spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com.

4.October 1st:
 Results will be announced on the forum!

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti, August 21st, 2012
« on: August 21, 2012, 05:35:14 PM »
Welcome to all of the newbies who just arrived in Japan!  This may very well be your first Spaghetti, so please take the time to read it.  I am Sarah Stout, a 4th year ALT in Hokuto and the YETI secretary.  I will be sending you the Yeti Spaghetti newsletter  straight to your inbox and also posting it on the forum roughly every two weeks.
It will have the latest information about official YETI events and also events around Yamanashi that you can take part in. 
****If you would like to subscribe/unsubscribe to the mailing list, please send me an email with the appropriate subject line at spaghett.yamamama@gmail.com*****



YETI and AJET news


----Welcome Party, September 1st, 2012----
The Welcome Party is a camping style event designed to be a meet and greet between Yamanashi ALTs both new and old.  Other members of the larger Yamanashi community will also be present   It is an overnight event but you can choose not to stay over if you wish. 
Time: 5:30PM, September 1st ~ 9:45AM September 2nd
Location: Hikawa Keikoku Leisure Center (日川渓谷レジャーセンター, 3 Yamatocho Tano, Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture 409-1202),
10 minutes drive away from Kai-Yamato station on the Chuo Line. 
Someone will be available to pick you up from the station, please be courteous and call someone who will be driving in advance.

Driving Directions: A 17 minute drive from Katsunuma I.C.  From the IC, follow the ramp to route 20 towards Otsuki/Uenohara/Tokyo.  Turn left at the intersection named 景徳院入口 onto route 218, turn right to stay on 218 .  The camp will be on your left.
link to specific driving directions from Katsunuma IC: http://goo.gl/maps/xzRee
link to a google map of the camp ground (add your own location): http://goo.gl/maps/aI2Y5

Camp ground's website (Japanese): http://www.kcnet.ne.jp/~hikawalc/access.html

Price:
Non-Yeti members: 2500yen including overnight stay
Yeti members: 2000yen including overnight stay
1000yen for anyone not staying the night.

Stuff to bring: Bring your own food and drinks.  There is an area where you can BBQ, but please bring all of your own supplies (including charcoal!).  YETI may supply a small amount of food/drink/supplies  but we recommend you bring your own! Also, pack whatever clothes you might need for the next day or whatever you normally bring for an overnight event.


Please RSVP by August 30th!!   

It is very important for us to have a head count for this event!  In your RSVP, please mention whether you are a current Yeti member/ Non-Yeti member and whether you plan on staying the night or not.

To RSVP, you can post on this forum topic, post on facebook or even just contact a council member!  We know many ALTs do not have internet at the moment so you can also make a quick reply to this email and I will note your RSVP!  It's easy so please RSVP soon!

Remember, you can become a Yeti member at this event!  Yearly dues are 3000yen and the discount for this event will immediately kick in.   So, if you are planning to come, stay the night and also become a yeti member, the cost will be 5000 yen total.  You will have other opportunities to become a member so don't worry if you can't do it at this time.


----Yeti Fuji Climb-----
The Fuji Climb will be on September 8th, 2012. 

Due to crowd concerns, it will NOT be held on August 25th as originally planned.  Unfortunately, if September 8th or the morning of September 9th will have thunderstorms, then we may have to cancel the Fuji climb.  Please watch this space and keep a look out for the weather!
I realize this event is causing a multitude of scheduling problems due to this weekend kicking off Sports Day/ School Festival season.  Keep in mind that this year, our newbies arrived several weeks later than previous years so everything has had to be pushed back due to adjustment times/local orientation.  I apologize for the problems but climbing Fuji later than this date is usually a little ill-advised. 

Date: September 8th, 2012
Time: meeting at 7PM, starting ascent around 8:00PM-9:00PM depending on pace
Price: Free
Access: You can drive to the 5th station via the Fuji Subaru Line (2000yen toll), or you can take a bus from FujiSan station on the fujikyuu line.  If you plan on driving and can fit others, please post on facebook or the forum topic to arrange carpools.
Recommended Items: Winter coat, gloves, food, water, 100yen coins for the bathroom, etc

Things to keep in mind:   The summit of Fuji is COLD.  A winter coat is really needed in this situation but please dress in layers.  You will want to shed them back off when you start descending the mountain.  That means, you really need a backpack to carry all this stuff.  Water is scarce and food is limited.  Bring your own!

We will be splitting into three groups.  Please  let us know that you are coming and what group you would like to be in.  Staying with a group at all times is highly recommended.  In the past, lone ALTs have accidentally descended the wrong path and ended up in Shizuoka.  Also, if you get injured, cell phone service is spotty so I recommend you use the buddy system.

Groups, please indicate which you would like to join:

1) Average Joe - People who are of average build and don't generally do things of this nature; people with injuries/joint pain/etc. This group should leave the 5th Station at 8:00pm. This group will be at a slower pace and take 7-8 hours to reach the summit.


2) Group Genki - People who want to challenge themselves, don't want to take breaks and are comfortable climbing around the lineups. This group will leave around 9:00 and might take 5-6 hours to get to the top.


3) Suicide Sallys - Those who want to start from the 1st station.  Someone may be willing to lead you from the 1st station to the summit.  This group is not for the weak of heart and the climb is much longer and you must begin the hike around 4PM.  Please let us know ASAP if you would like to join this group as it may not exist if there is no interest.

Please post your name, group type, and if you plan on driving/ need a ride either on the forum or through facebook.
----AJET eConnect Magazine Submissions-----
A message from our AJET Block 4 Representative, Ernesta Burke:
Hey all my Block 4 peeps...So the new JETs for 2012 have started arriving and persons interested in contributing to the AJET Connect magazine (digital mag). The next regular issue starts in September and persons who are interested can browse our website ajet.net for more info or contact Ernesta Burke (ernesta.burke@ajet.net) if you have any queries (He will direct you to the person(s) who can help to get your published.

Olympics is in the air and I know many persons are big sports fans. For persons interested in contributing any sports related articles, our sports editor would love to hear from you.

----AJET iConnect App----
AJET has developed a new tool that may be helpful to you, especially if you are new to Japan.
The AJET iConnect App is available through the Google play marketplace and also iTunes.  The app has a number of resources that will help you with your life in Japan.  The app includes event listings throughout Japan, useful Japanese (medical phrases, a mobile hiragana/katakana chart, etc), even a conversion tools for measurements and Japanese<-> Western calendar years.



Events around Yamanashi



-----47th Isawa Onsen Fireworks Festival, Fuefuki, August 21st, 2012  (TONIGHT!)------
This is the climax of Fuefuki’s summer festivals in the final big fireworks event of the season. The launching area is quite close to the spectator area so everyone can have a perfect view by looking straight up into sky so full of sparks, it’s like being under an umbrella made of fireworks.

Location:   Fuefuki Riverbed, in front of the Fuefuki Town Hall
Around 10,000 fireworks
Access: 
 A 20-minute walk from Isawa Onsen Station on the JR Chūō Line/ 
10 minutes by car from the Ichinomiya Misaka Exit of the Chūō Expressway.

Information from:http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/english131.html

-----Akeno Sunflower Festival, Hokuto City (everyday until August 26th)-----
Akeno, Hokuto City has the longest period of daylight in Japan. The mountain ranges of Kai Komagatake and Yatsugatake set the scene and loom in the background while 600 thousand majestic sunflowers take the spotlight in an area so beautiful as to be used in movies and TV dramas. Cosmos blossom along the circumference of the sunflower field, and shops on the premises sell local produce and souvenirs.
Location:  Sunflower field by Akeno Fureai Sun Building (July 22~August 26)
Address: 5259-1157 Asao, Akenocho, Hokuto City (北杜市明野町浅尾5259-1157)
Google Map:http://goo.gl/maps/ZEBV0
Access: 20 minute drive from Nirasaki IC, or 15 minute drive from Sutama IC
By train/bus:  http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/english129.html



-----Yoshida Fire Festival, Fujiyoshida, August 26-27th, 2012-----


The Fuji-Yoshida Fire Festival is celebrated at Fuji Shingen Shrine on August 26~27, announcing the close of the climbing season of Mt. Fuji. It has been named one of the three most peculiar festivals to still be celebrated in Japan. A torch is kindled at every house-front in Fujiyoshida, and the city is then said to resemble a "sea of fire." Soon after this festival the summer climbing season of Mt. Fuji comes to an end.
Access:
Short walk from the Fujisan Station on the Fujikyu Train Line (it is on the main road running very near to the station)
10-minute drive from the Chuo Expressway-Kawaguchiko Interchange
 

Fun Stuff



----Who Am I? (YETI edition)----
This is a little game we play every week.  We give you three slightly obscure hints about a person in the YETI community and you get to guess who they are!  You can post your guesses in the forum topic (the Spaghetti is posted under the YETI announcement section) or you can email me your guesses.

Last issues' hints:

1.Who Am I?
1) I am scared of melon seeds.
2) I once lived in a tent for 3 months.
3) I don't believe in God.

The answer was:  Claire Jago!  I think only one person knew the answer to this one.

2. Who Am I?
1) I'm a dual citizen.
2) I injured myself getting off a chair lift.
3) I almost got punched by Fred for challenging his Frenchness.

The answer was: Nick Burns!  Most everyone knew the answer to this one :)

3. Who Am I?
1) I have played many sports in clubs ranging from judo and wrestling to basketball.
2) I was deathly afraid of spiders until I got my first proper girlfriend and had to man up.
3) I first went skinny dipping with a girl when i was two year old in a puddle on my balcony. (We got locked out and one of the neighbors called my mother when she saw two kids who looked freezing on the balcony)

The answer was: Miguel McCann!  Got some great guesses for this one!

4.Who Am I?
1) My two front teeth are not totally real.
2) I have lived in 4 countries for a period of time.
3) I don't like peanut butter.

The answer was: Kwame Gayle!  No one guessed the correct answer!

As you can tell, last issue's "Who Am I?"'s were dedicated to 4 JETs who returned to their countries this summer.  We will miss you all!

-----Current issue's hints:-----

1. My first year of University, I dyed my hair blue.
2. I weigh 15 kg less than I did in high school.
3. I think ReBoot is the best (non-Japanese) animated show OF ALL TIME.

You can guess on the forum topic or send me your guesses!

If you would like to submit three hints about yourself for the next Yeti Spaghetti, send them to me at: spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com  or you can PM them to me on the forum!

----Useful and/or Fun links----

Rakuten:http://en.rakuten.co.jp/

Rakuten is a Japanese website that sells everything.  Though the English mostly is powered through google translate, you can sometimes find stuff here even cheaper than amazon.co.jp.  It is particularly good for buying Japanese items in bulk.  You can pay for nearly everything using COD (pay for a package when it gets to your house) so no credit card is needed.

Glossybox: http://glossybox.jp

Like Glossybox in the UK, Glossybox Japan sends you a box every month full of sample brand name makeup/skin care/hair care items (often they are not trial size but actual retail size).  Japanese is required to use the site as you must fill out your "beauty profile" to get started.  It costs about 1500yen a month but I have found it to be worth every yen.

Japanese Subtitles: http://www.podnapisi.net/

Want to show an English movie or TV show to your students/friends but worry that they can't understand it?  Look and see if there are Japanese subs for your movie here.  You can use them easily with VLC.  I showed my kids Charlie Brown Christmas last year using subs that I found here.

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The annual Welcome Party will be held on September 1st, 2012.

The Welcome Party is a camping style event designed to be a meet and greet between Yamanashi ALTs both new and old.  Other members of the larger Yamanashi community will also be present :)  It is an overnight event but you can choose not to stay over if you wish. 
Accomodations are in bungalows that sleep 7-8 and futons will be provided.
Time: 5:30PM, September 1st ~ 9:45AM September 2nd
Location: Hikawa Keikoku Leisure Center (日川渓谷レジャーセンター, 3 Yamatocho Tano, Koshu, Yamanashi Prefecture 409-1202),
10 minutes drive away from Kai-Yamato station on the Chuo Line. 
Someone will be available to pick you up from the station!, please be courteous and call someone who will be driving in advance.

Driving Directions: A 17 minute drive from Katsunuma I.C.  From the IC, follow the ramp to route 20 towards Otsuki/Uenohara/Tokyo.  Turn left at the intersection named 景徳院入口 onto route 218, turn right to stay on 218 .  The camp will be on your left.
link to specific driving directions from Katsunuma IC: http://goo.gl/maps/xzRee
link to a google map of the camp ground (add your own location): http://goo.gl/maps/aI2Y5

Camp ground's website (Japanese): http://www.kcnet.ne.jp/~hikawalc/access.html

Price:
Non-Yeti members: 2500yen including overnight stay
Yeti members: 2000yen including overnight stay  (5000 yen total for renewing members/new members)
1000yen for anyone not staying the night.

Stuff to bring: Bring your own food and drinks.  There is an area where you can BBQ, but please bring all of your own supplies (including charcoal!).  YETI may supply a small amount of food/drink/supplies  but we recommend you bring your own! Also, pack whatever clothes you might need for the next day or whatever you normally bring for an overnight event.


Please RSVP by August 30th!!
 

It is very important for us to have a head count for this event!  In your RSVP, please mention  whether you plan on staying the night or not.

To RSVP, you can post on this forum topic, post on facebook or even just contact a council member!  We know many ALTs do not have internet at the moment so please get the word out and let us know if they would like to come!

Remember, you can become a Yeti member at this event!  Yearly dues are 3000yen and the discount for this event will immediately kick in.   So, if you are planning to come, stay the night and also become a yeti member, the cost will be 5000 yen total.  You will have other opportunities to become a member so don't worry if you can't do it at this time.

Special note for RENEWING Yeti Members:   If you are renewing your membership this year, you will receive a 50 yen discount off of your new membership dues for each paid event you attended last year.  For example, if you attended 5 paid events, you would get 250 yen off your 3000 yen membership dues making it 2750yen.

Guest List: (ON=overnight)
1. Sarah  ON
2. Terra   
3. Brittany  ON
4. Tom  ON
5. Coleman  ON
6. Conor  ON
7. Matt Castle  ON
8. Raychel W  ON
9. Andy Jackman  ON
10. Wagner Soto  ON
11. Kaylee Queen  ON
12. Matt Mikuni  ON
13. Fred
14. Jen Beyer  ON
15. Jason S.  ON
16. Wade 
17. Jonathan Rasson ON
18. Emi  ON
19. Jack  ON (ride)
20. Emily McDowell  ON (ride)
21. Nick Marchlewski  ON
22. Nick Modarelli  ON
23. Yusuke  ON
24. Juliana Watkins  ON (ride)
25. Leslie Lee  ON (ride)
26. Elise Mesa  ON
27. Nalette  ON
28. Joanna Dudley  ON (ride)
29. Amanda Ramond  ON (ride)
30. Tristan  ON (ride)
31. Kelly W.  ON
32. Lily  ON
33. Carlos  ON
34. Christina  ON
35. Josiah  ON
36. Nick Bukowski  ON
37. Sara W.  ON
38. Mike  ON
39. Toru
40. Chin  ON
41. Tom Lord  ON
42. Pat Gamble  ON
43. Kathryn  ON
44. Hiro
45. Katsuo  ON
46. Marc  ON
47. Chandre  ON
48. Emily Takeuchi-Miller 
49. Nate Smith ON
50. Chikako
51. Kaela
52. Ben  ON
53.  Rob

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The Fuji Climb will be on September 8th, 2012. 
Due to crowd concerns, it will NOT be held on August 25th as originally planned.  Unfortunately, if September 8th or the morning of September 9th will have thunderstorms, then we may have to cancel the Fuji climb.  Please watch this space and keep a look out for the weather!
I realize this event is causing a multitude of scheduling problems due to this weekend kicking off Sports Day/ School Festival season.  Keep in mind that this year, our newbies arrived several weeks later than previous years so everything has had to be pushed back due to adjustment times/local orientation.  I apologize for the problems but climbing Fuji later than this date is usually a little ill-advised. 

Date: September 8th, 2012
Time: meeting at 7PM, starting ascent around 8:00PM-9:00PM depending on pace
Price: Free
Access: You can drive to the 5th station via the Fuji Subaru Line (2000yen toll), or you can take a bus from FujiSan station on the fujikyuu line.  If you plan on driving and can fit others, please post on this topic to arrange carpools.
Recommended Items: Winter coat, gloves, food, water, 100yen coins for the bathroom, etc

Things to keep in mind:  The summit of Fuji is COLD.  A winter coat is really needed in this situation but please dress in layers.  You will want to shed them back off when you start descending the mountain.  That means, you really need a backpack to carry all this stuff.  Water is scarce and food is limited.  Bring your own!

We will be splitting into three groups.  Please post on this topic and let us know that you are coming and what group you would like to be in.  Staying with a group at all times is highly recommended.  In the past, lone ALTs have accidentally descended the wrong path and ended up in Shizuoka.  Also, if you get injured, cell phone service is spotty so I recommend you use the buddy system.

Groups, please indicate which you would like to join:

1) Average Joe - People who are of average build and don't generally do things of this nature; people with injuries/joint pain/etc. This group should leave the 5th Station at 8:00pm. This group will be at a slower pace and take 7-8 hours to reach the summit.


2) Group Genki - People who want to challenge themselves, don't want to take breaks and are comfortable climbing around the lineups. This group will leave around 9:00 and might take 5-6 hours to get to the top.


3) Suicide Sallys - Those who want to start from the 1st station.  Someone may be willing to lead you from the 1st station to the summit.  This group is not for the weak of heart and the climb is much longer and you must begin the hike around 4PM.  Please let us know ASAP if you would like to join this group as it may not exist if there is no interest.

Please post your name, group type, and if you plan on driving/ need a ride.


Group Genki
1.Josiah (Leader)
2.Brittany (Leader)
3. Matt Castle ----needs ride
4. Mike (hiking from bottom)
5. Amon
6. Sara

Average Joes
1.Terra (Leader)
2.Jennifer Beyer
3.Kathryn Gilbertson
4.Thomas Lord
5.Robin Moul ----needs ride
6. Josh Coleman (just kidding)
7. Carlos Quinn
8. Andy Jackman
9  Pat Gamble  ----needs ride
10. Wade B.
11. Alex ------needs ride
12. Emily T-M
13. Roma
14. Lily

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Juliana

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti July 24th, 2012
« on: July 24, 2012, 02:31:22 PM »
Most of you leaving people may only have a few days left before you move on to greener pastures.  While it makes me very sad to say goodbye to all of you, I know you will go on to do even better things.  Just remember that we are all always here to support you and you can always have a home on the forum :).
Also, this will be the last Spaghetti until school starts back up.  I will be on vacation or involved in various things but I promise to get back with another lame totally exciting issue for late August.

Quick Note:
Please email me at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com if you would like to subscribe, unsubscribe or change your subscribed email address.  Please write [SUBSCRIBE], [UNSUBSCRIBE] or [EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGE] respectively in the subject line.

YETI and AJET News

----JET Orientation Meet-ups----
The council is organizing two small get-togethers to welcome the newbies in Tokyo.
Group A's meet up will be TUESDAY, JULY 31st
Group B's meet up will be MONDAY, AUGUST 6th

If you would like to come, please chime in on the forum on this thread:
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=8503.0

OR

Email Brittany Shopshire ASAP at mochida@gmail.com. 

Reservations are being made so please try to let her know by July 27th if you plan on coming to the Group A get-together or by August  3rd if you are coming to the Group B get-together.


----YETI Fuji Climb Save the Date----
We will be once again trekking up Japan's most famous mountain this year!  Fuji is always more fun when you can complain with your friends!
The annual Fuji Climb will be held on Saturday, August 25th. The group will be meeting at around 7PM at the Fifth Station and will be starting to climb around 8PM.  The group will be climbing through the night in order to see the sunrise from the summit.  You can expect to finish the climb anywhere from 10AM-11AM the next day. 
You can email either of your fearless leaders if you are interested or you can post on the forum. Please direct mails to Terra or Brittany as I will not be taking part.  As the saying goes, climb Fuji once and you are a wise man.  Climb it twice and you are an idiot.

----YETI Wiki Administrators Wanted----
The requirements of the job are -

1) Be someone who regularly accesses the website and is active on the forum. Admins need to be active on the wiki and forum activity is a good yardstick for this.
2) Have the time to devote to maintaining the wiki.
3) Be organised and methodical

As an admin, you will be both a user and an admin. All users will generate content, modify it and improve it. Effectively, the wiki will be moderated by the user collective. However, as an admin you will have these specific roles in addition to be a user.

1) Work with the other admins to come up with a solid theme and direction for the wiki
2) Follow this agreed theme and work on keeping the wiki spick and span through formatting pages, moving them, merging them and dealing with duplicated information. General Housekeeping really
3) Generate any help files and descriptions as needed.
4) Get involved with conflict resolution/vandalism as required.

If you think that you are the person for the job, post on the forum thread here:
http://www.yetijapan.com/forum/index.php?topic=8523.0
prior experience is not required and although the role could get a little technical, it should be easy enough to become proficient through experience.
You must currently be a member of the forum to apply!


Upcoming Events in Yamanashi

----Kofu Craft Beer Festival----
Like beer?  Kofu Beer Festival will feature mostly Yamanashi brewed craft beers but also some beers from around Japan.  There were also be music and certain nights have discounts for different types of people (please check the website)
Date: July 27th-August 5th
Time:Running daily on weekdays from 4:30~9:00 and Saturdays from 11:00~9:00
Location: Yocchanbare event space located just outside of JR Kofu's North Exit.
Admission: Free, beer costs vary.

For more information (Japanese):
http://www.sannichiybs.info/beer/

---55th Annual Fuefuki Fireworks Festival----
It's fireworks season and the Fuefuki area is no exception to the fireworks craze. Come out for the regular matsuri favorites along with around 3000 fireworks.
Location: Near Yamanashi-shi City Office (parking avail in and around the city office)
Date:July 28th from 7:30PM (Rain date, 29th)
Admission: Free standing/sitting areas but closer seating costs 3000 for a tarp that seats 4 people.  You must call to reserve this in advance.

More information: http://www.shokokai-yamanashi.or.jp/~yamanashi/55hanabi.htm


----Minami Alps Summer Festival----
Minami Alps will also have it's version of a fireworks show, along with an appearance from Sakuraiza and Japanese pop group AeLL.  There will also be the usual fair food stands along with local farmers selling their fruits and vegetables.
Location: Kushigata Sougo Park, Minami Alps City
Date: July 28th from 3~9PM
Admission: Free
There is parking for about 1200 cars near the park.

More information (including PDF flyer download):
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/minami-alps/event/summer-festival.html


Fun Stuff

----Who Am I? (YETI edition)----

Last week's hints:
1. I've swallowed every piece of gum I've ever eaten.
2. I briefly dabbled in counterfeiting postage.
3. I'm the only one in my immediately family that does not have the appropriate regional accent.

The correct answer is the lovely and talented Matt Clough!  Lots of people guessed the right answer!  Thanks for your participation!


This week we will have several Who am I's so please keep the guessing going!


1.Who Am I?
1) I am scared of melon seeds.
2) I once lived in a tent for 3 months.
3) I don't believe in God.

2. Who Am I?
1) I'm a dual citizen.
2) I injured myself getting off a chair lift.
3) I almost got punched by Fred for challenging his Frenchness.

3. Who Am I?
1) I have played many sports in clubs ranging from judo and wrestling to basketball.
2) I was deathly afraid of spiders until I got my first proper girlfriend and had to man up.
3) I first went skinny dipping with a girl when i was two year old in a puddle on my balcony. (We got locked out and one of the neighbors called my mother when she saw two kids who looked freezing on the balcony)

4.Who Am I?
1) My two front teeth are not totally real.
2) I have lived in 4 countries for a period of time.
3) I don't like peanut butter.

Thanks for all your submissions!  You other guys get to guessing!  You can always reply to this message to guess but please discuss your reasoning in the forum!  I won't be giving you the right answer but I might argue with you just for fun.


----Useful or Fun Links----

Oregon Trail! :
 http://www.kongregate.com/games/MindRevelation/oregon-trail
Ok, so it's not exactly the same Oregon Trail of our youth but it has "updated" graphics, right?  Either way, you can play it on old version of IE seemingly without needing any extra installs. 

Between Two Ferns:
http://goo.gl/Um4yh
Hilarity from comedian Zach Galifinakis.  His deadpan humor sometimes angers celebrities or confuses them often causing ridiculous conversations. 

The Oatmeal:
http://theoatmeal.com/
Matt Inman creates new comics quite often that are not only funny but also almost always some form of hilarious rant.  Also, he is a total secret hottie.  You wouldn't know it from reading his comics but the rare IRL picture proves it :)

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YETI Announcements / Yeti Spaghetti July 6, 2012
« on: July 06, 2012, 03:32:39 PM »
Hello everyone and a hearty hello those Americans who are slightly miffed at having had to come to work on our dear country's birthday when you would have rather been at BBQs watching fireworks.     

Quick Note:
Please email me at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com if you would like to subscribe, unsubscribe or change your subscribed email address.  Please write [SUBSCRIBE], [UNSUBSCRIBE] or [EMAIL ADDRESS CHANGE] respectively in the subject line.

Yeti and AJET news


----Sayonara Party 2012 Reminder----
Date: Sunday July 15th 6pm-Monday July 16th
Location: KEEP, Kiyosato, Hokuto city

RSVPs are due on July 11th!  If you change your RSVP after the 11th, you will be held responsible for paying for your entire reservation.  If you need to change, please let us know before July 11th.
If you wish to stay the night, please contact a council member directly.  We are short of space and can no longer guarantee that a request to stay the night can be fufilled.  Please contact Terra, Brittany or myself if you would like to come and stay the night.  For anyone who is just looking to come and not stay the night, please RSVP as usual on the forum, facebook event or even by email.



----Yamanashi Look Book----
With cooperation from AJET, we are currently working on a Yamanashi "Look Book" to be shown at Tokyo Orientation.  If you have a favorite picture of a past YETI event, please email them to me at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com.  A photo credit will be given to you.  Please get them to me ASAP, but you must submit them before July 9th at the very latest.  I may also approach some of you for permission to use photos that I've found so please let me know ASAP if you consent.


----CanadaNG AJET Opportunity----
CanadaNG would like to spread the word about the group. As a registered Special Interest Group with AJET, CanadaNG can have a table at the Tokyo Orientation's Information Fair on both Monday, July 30th and Monday, August 6th from 12:00-6:00 pm. Is there anyone going to the Orientation as a TOA or just lives in the area who would like to volunteer to staff our table? We are still trying to attract JETs to the group and get it off the ground. If you are interested in helping, please email canadaNG@ajet.
Looking for graphic designers to design a logo for  the group as well, please conact canadaNG@ajet.net.
Also please  look for CanadaNG AJET on facebook to learn more about the group.


Events and Opportunities in and around Yamanashi



----Lake Kawaguchiko Herb Festival----
The Lake Kawaguchiko Herb Festival is held in Yagizaki Park and Oishi Park every year with its lavish and abundant lavender beds. In addition to the usual attractions of flowers, there are also abundant herbs, crafts, teas and treats, and special events, including a jazz band and fireworks. There will also be several stands selling food, including lavender-flavored ice cream, a variety of herbs and herb products, and local fruits and vegetables.
Date: Friday, June 22nd ~ Monday, July 16th 
       9:00 am - 9:00 pm (Oishi Park until 5:00 pm)
       Lightup only at Yagizaki Park (until 10:00 pm)
Where: Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yagizaki Park and Oishi Park 

Access for Yagihashi Park: Take Retro Bus Kawaguchiko Line or Saiko/Aokigahara Line from Kawaguchiko Station and get off at Yagihashi Park.
Access for Oishi Park: Take Retro Bus Kawaguchiko Line and get off at the last stop, Kawaguchiko Shizen Seikatsukan.

For more information:http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/english125.html

----63rd Kofu Summer Festival/ Tanabata-----
Where: Central areas near Kofu station (spans the areas around orion street), about a 5 minute walk from Kofu station.
When: From now, but Tanabata is July 7th, this weekend!

Put on your yukatas and jinbei to celebrate tanabata and eat delicious fair food.  There will also be traditional game booths and you can write your wishes on a paper for tanabata as well.

For more information (Japanese):
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/kofu/event/63th-kofufes.html

----Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival (Yokohama area)----
The largest Tanabata festival in Kanto!  Offers the usual festival atmosphere and also features a wedding from 11-12 that is open for public viewing.
Where: About 5 min walk from Hiratsuka station south exit (Shonan Shinjuku line/Tokaido line)
When: July 6-8
For more information:http://www.tanabata-hiratsuka.com/event_7.html


----Kurihama Perry Festival (Yokosuka)----
Celebrate Commodore Perry's arrival to Japan in style with hundreds of festival games, food, fireworks, and shows! 
Where: Perry Park and Kurihama beach, a 15 min walk from the Keikyu-Kurihama station on the Keihin Kyuko line.
When: Saturday, July 14th, starts at 10:00am and fireworks begin at 7:20.
For more information (Japanese): http://www.kurihama.info/perry/index.php

Fun Stuff


---Who Am I?---
Last week's hints:

1.I once played knocked over an entire shop-full of grandfather clocks like dominoes.
2.I had never eaten any Japanese food untill I came to Japan.
3.I love dogs.

The answer is the lovely and talented Craig!  Thank you for all of you who participated.

This week's hints:
1. I've swallowed every piece of gum I've ever eaten.
2. I briefly dabbled in counterfeiting postage.
3. I'm the only one in my immediately family that does not have the appropriate regional accent.


Feel free to speculate who it is in the forum threads.  As always, you can PM or email me the answer as well!  The first person to get it right gets a 100yen prize of my choosing.  You know you want it. 

Writing your own three hints is totally simple!  Write 3 hints about yourself, they can be obscure but please try to have something that other people can possibly guess you by if they've talked with you a few times.  No other rules, just use common sense!  I NEED YOUR SUBMISSIONS DESPERATELY!  email me at spaghetti.yamamama@gmail.com


---Useful/Fun Links---

Easy summer icebox cake! :
http://lifehacker.com/5923559/make-a-no+bake-icebox-cake-to-satisfy-your-sweet-tooth-and-keep-your-house-cool
One of my favorite time wasting sites is lifehacker. While browsing yesterday, I found this gem.  I don't have an oven in Japan but I have an urge to bake.  This is one of the simplest ways to bypass baking but still get a delicious result and as a plus, it cools you down!

Monoface: http://www.mono-1.com/monoface/main.html
One of the more ridiculous things I will suggest you to waste your time on.  Simply click on body parts to change out parts of the face.  It's like Mr. Potato Head with real people.

Homestar Runner: http://www.homestarrunner.com
Don't know home star runner?  It's a collection of ridiculous animated videos that your friends are probably quoting right now somewhere.  Some of the most popular portions are StrongBad's emails and Teen Girl Squad (in the Toons section).  Once you feel like you have embraced the canon of Homestar, try out the games section

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