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YETI Spaghetti, November 18th, 2013
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:57:21 PM »

Thanks everyone for the great food yesterday at the Thanksgiving Potluck. I hardly needed breakfast this morning! It’s been a jam-packed, busy couple of weeks, and the JLPT is quickly approaching… Who else is taking this thing?? Whatever happens, we’ll be ready to celebrate at the Winter Party! And good luck to those currently applying for grad school.

YETI and AJET News

AJET Professional Development Conference Call, November 23rd
Join AJET for an online call with former JET, Clifton Strickler, to learn how he went from JET to Harvard Law to a successful career. It will be this Saturday, November 23rd from 10am-10:30am.
Register here:

Contribute to The Spaghetti!
You know the deal. E-mail with something to share about Yamanashi with the community. OR! Send a quick e-mail if there's something Yamanashi-related that you're interested in that you'd like to know more about. I might put it in the next Spaghetti!

YETI Events

YETI Winter Party 2013, December 7th
It’s that time again to get dressed up in your finest for an evening of good company and good food! Come for the YETI Burn Awards, games and prizes, too! This year’s Winter Party will be at Jinbee, a fusion restaurant in Yamanashi City. The fee includes a set dinner menu and some complimentary beer. Anything more is up to you ;) There will be an unofficial after-party at L,River near Yamanashishi Station for karaoke and otherwise! It's going to be a great time -- don't miss it!
Cost: YETI members: ¥1200 / YETI non-members: ¥2000
Where: Jinbee, 1941-1 Manriki, Yamanashi-shi. A 13-minute walk from Yamanashishi Station.
After-party: L,River, 1543 Kamikanogawa, Yamanashi-shi. Two-minute walk east of Yamanashishi station.
When: Saturday, December 7th, 6pm-10pm, kitchen closes at 9; After-party around 10pm
More info:

Save the Date!!!
YETI Ski Trip, January 17th – 19th
Are you ready for some snow?! We’ll be heading up to Nagano for skiing, mingling with other Prefectures, and all-around wintertime merriment :) Save the date, and save some yen for this!

Things to Do in Yamanashi

Doushi Valley “Inoshika” Festival, November 23rd
Inoshishi (wild boar) and shika (deer) are the stars of this festival. Wild boar soup, grilled deer, barbecued pork, and other autumnal specialties are on the menu. It’s a bit of a trek as it isn’t near any stations, but this sounds like a really special kind of food event. Make a day of it in beautiful Doushi!
Cost: Free
Where: Michi no Eki “Doushi”. 道志村神地9745. Doushi-mura, Kamichi 9745. A roadside park along Route 413 on the eastern side of Yamanashi.
When: Saturday, November 23rd, from 10am
More info: (Japanese)

紅葉:Autumn Leaves Viewing, during November
Leaf-viewing is still going on, though there is only a month left of fall (and the winter illuminations begin!). There are still in season until about the end of November. Gogogo!
Shosenkyo Gorge
Cost: Free, but the ropeway is extra
Where: Shosenkyo Gorge, north of Kofu. You can take a Y570 bus from Bus Terminal 3 at Kofu Station South Entrance to the gorgeous Gorge. It’s a nice place to take a hike and have a little picnic! Near the north end of the path, you can pay to take the ropeway at Sengataki to get a great view.
More info: (Japanese)

Winter Illumination
With that said about the autumn leaves… the winter displays begin!
Yamanakako Art Illumination “Fantaseum”, November 23rd – January 5th
Opening this weekend is the expansive light displays at Lake Yamanaka. Also, there will be fireworks every Saturday evening until Christmas. The pictures from last year look pretty spectacular; check them out on the link below.
Cost: Free, parking is ¥300
Where: Yamanakakohananomiyako Park, 花の都公園. 南都留郡山中湖村山中1650.
When: Saturday, November 23rd – Sunday, January 5th, 5pm–9pm
More info: (Japanese)

Winter Night at Haijinomura, December 1st-30th
This display in Hokuto is another gorgeous one. Depending on the night you go, there are also other activities and events to see, like candle-making, fireworks, and a concert. The website is in Japanese, but the dates are listed with pictures of the events.
Cost: ¥500
Where: Haijinomura, Hokuto-shi, Akenocho Asao 2471. There is a free bus going from Nirasaki Station to the location. Lucky!
When: Sunday, December 1st- Monday, December 30th, sundown – 9pm
More info: (Japanese)

Things to Do Around Tokyo

22/11: Japan Unites for the Philippines at Conrad Tokyo, November 22nd
By now you may have heard about and seen the extent of the devastation in the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan. This is just one of the fundraisers for the relief effort through Oxfam. This event in Tokyo is at a posh bar & lounge with music and focused around the fundraising effort. When you buy drinks that night, 25% of the price will go to Oxfam as well.
Cost: ¥3000 participation fee-- 100% of this is donated to the Oxfam Japan’s Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
Where: TwentyEight Bar & Lounge Conrad, 28th floor, 105-7337, Tokyo, 1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku
When: Friday, November 22nd, 7:30pm-11:00pm
NPO Information:
More info:!/events/199637636886887/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Fall Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens, November 22nd - December 8th
Tokyo, of course, has its own autumn-leaf-viewing events. This one takes place in one a former feudal lord’s garden, considered one of the best places for autumn-leaf-viewing. For those visiting the garden during the day, there are guides to help you in English on the first & third Sundays of the month at 11am and 2pm.
Cost: ¥300
Where: Rikugien Gardens, 6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku. Access from Komagome Station (7-minute walk) on the JR Yamanote Line or Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line, or Sengoku Station (10-minute walk) on the Toei Mita Line.
When: Friday, November 22nd–Sunday, December 8th, from sundown until 9pm, last entrance 8:30p
More info:

Tokyo Dome City Winter Illuminations, until February 16th
The illuminations at Tokyo Dome number in the millions. There is also a ton of extra stuff to do there (check out that sweet-looking interactive RPG game at the bottom!), so it’s generally a cool place to get your fix of entertainment.
Cost: Free
Where: Tokyo Dome City, Koraku 1-3-61, Bunkyo, Tokyo. Access from Kasuga Station, Korakuen Station, or Suidobashi Station.
When: until Sunday, February 16th, 5pm-1am
More info: (Japanese)

Introducing... Yamanashi

Kuonji Temple on Mount Minobu
You may have heard about this temple in Minobu at the top of hundreds of stone steps (287 tall "steps of enlightenment"!). The hike up the steps can be quite tiring if you're out of shape, but I think it's worth it! There is also a meandering path up to the top around the mountain if you'd rather not climb the steps. In springtime it's a popular tourist destination for the cherry blossom trees. From behind the temple, you can either hike the rest of the way to the top of Mt. Minobu (estimated 90 min - 2 hours going up) or take a ropeway to the top of Mt. Minobu (20 min) for the views and other temple buildings. The view of Fuji River with a snowy Mt. Fuji poking out from behind the mountains is quite something.
Where: Kuon-ji Temple. 3567 Minobu, Minamikoma District. 35.379126, 138.423628. There is free parking near the base of the steps. The parking by the ropeway station is paid parking.
Cost of ropeway from Kuon-ji to Mt. Minobu peak: ¥680 one way, ¥1250 round-trip
More info: (Japanese with picture guide)

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