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YETI Spaghetti, September 30th, 2013
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YETI Spaghetti
September 30th, 2013

Did everyone enjoy the back-to-back three day weekends this month? Judging by the sight of my coworkers head-down on the desk last Tuesday morning, I'm guessing I wasn't the only one who felt wiped out. Here's to October and the changes in fall!

YETI and AJET News

YETI Memberships
YETI Memberships (which get you discounts to paid YETI events) are available for ¥3000!
Special Offer: if you attended YETI Welcome Party but didn’t pay for membership at that time: pay the ¥3000 for membership on or before Autumn Pub Quiz, and get the discount for Welcome Party retroactively; basically it makes Pub Quiz free!

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YETI Events

Joint Shizuoka AJET and YETI Event: Wine Festival and Fuji-Q, October 5th & 6th
Come play with the JETs next door! Kick off the fall season with the grapes and wine of Yamanashi and a trip to Yamanashi’s own amusement park.
The Katsunuma Grape (Wine) Festival is an all-day event to taste the various wines of Yamanashi. For just a ¥500 wine glass (a nice souvenir!), you can try the wines and grape juice from each winery. It was one of my favorite events ;)
Cost: ¥500
Where: Katsunuma Chuo Park. At Katsunumabudoukyo Station and Enzan Station, there are ¥100 shuttle buses to and from the festival.
When: Saturday, October 5th, 10am~
Fuji-Q in Fujiyoshida features many a rollercoaster, the infamous haunted house (do you dare…?), and views of Fuji. Watch those hangovers, K?
Cost: ¥5000 for all-day pass (infamous haunted house is separate), ¥1200 for just entrance and pay-per-ride
Where: Fuji-Q. Take the Fujikyu Line from Otsuki to Fujikyu Highland Station. If driving, take the parking lot entrance just NW of the station (Â¥1000 per car).
When: Sunday, October 6th
More info:!/events/473894886040216/

YETI Fall Pub Quiz, October 26th
The semi-annual pub quiz is a raucous and exciting event! The friendly (and loud!) competitive spirit of YETIzens comes out to determine which team knows the most trivia. The winning teams will go home with jealousy-inducing prizes.  This will be a Halloween-themed event, so everyone is encouraged to wear a costume. There will also be prizes for best costume! Your hosts Wade and Sairus will come up with the interesting questions and show you a good time ;)
Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 23rd!!
Otherwise, you will not be guaranteed a place on a team.
Cost: ¥500 for YETI members, ¥1000 for non-members
Where: Tsuki Cafe, just across the street from Otsuki Station
When: Saturday, October 26th, 5:30-9pm to allow for Halloween activities afterward
More info:

Things to Do in Yamanashi

Paul Rusch Festival, Yatsugatake County Fair, October 19th - 20th
This annual American-style country fair in Hokuto is named after Kentuckian, Paul Rusch (junior high school ALTs who don’t know him yet: you will once speech [recitation] contest preparation begins, if it hasn’t already. Do you know Paul Rusch? We know he is…). He has done a lot for Hokuto, and as he strengthened the ties between Hokuto and Kentucky, some affectionately refer to the area as Hokutucky. Prepare for food and drinks, music and other performances, and booths of various Yamanashi and Kentuckian goods at this festival celebrating him and his contributions.
Cost: Free
Where: Seisenryo in Kiyosato. 3545 Takanechō Kiyosato, Hokuto-shi. A 20-minute walk from Kiyosato Station
When: Saturday, October 19th, 10am~, Sunday, October 20th
More info: (Japanese)

Ventforet Kofu Soccer Games, Various dates
Who’s got spirit?? If you haven’t gone to see a Ventforet game yet, you really should. This is coming from me, a very unsporty person. Experience the energy and fervor of (ALL) the fans. It’s Yamanashi’s team, so show some spirit!
Cost: Tickets range from ¥2000 to ¥4000, which you can buy online and pay for at a convenience store. Buy your tickets at least a day before the game.
Prices are listed next to the graphic of the stadium, and payment methods are listed below that.
Where: Yamanashi Chuo Bank Stadium, 840 Kosemachi, Kofu-shi
When: Saturday, October 5th, 7pm; Sunday, October 27th, 1pm; Saturday, November 23rd 5pm
More info:  (Japanese)

Things to Do Around Tokyo

Hokkaido Fair in Yoyogi, October 4th - 6th
Here’s something to do in Tokyo if Yamanashi wine and/or roller coasters aren’t your thing (or if you want to pre-/post-party for the weekend!) This event at Yoyogi Park hosts dozens of booths dedicated to the culinary specialties of Hokkaido in the north. Expect the likes of delicious seafood, buttered stuffs (notice all the Hokkaido-labeled cheese and butter at the grocery stores?), and ramen.
Cost: Free
Where: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; most easily accessed from Harajuku Station off of the Yamanote Line
When: Friday, October 4th – Sunday, October 6th, 10am – 6pm
More info:

Street Performance at Sangenjaya, October 19th - 20th
For a unique entertainment experience in Tokyo, head to Setagaya for street performances from local groups and international guests. There will be various circus acts, dances, and performance art. The official website will put up a schedule in the coming week or two and has some images of the possible curiosities to pique your interest. 
Cost: Free
Where: Carrot Tower, Sangenjaya 4-1-1 Taishidou, Setagaya, Tokyo. Access from Sangenjaya Station.
When: Saturday, October 19th - Sunday, October 20th
More info: (Official website in Japanese)

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