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YETI Spaghetti, January 21st, 2014
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:33:27 PM »

Happy New Year! I hope everyone's holidays went well. And for those of you who traveled during the New Year's holidays, welcome back!

YETI and AJET News

AJET Block 4 Event: Tokyo Scavenger Hunt, February 1st
Block 4 of AJET is having its first Block Mixer Event. This event is open to JETs and all friends! In this scavenger hunt, you will run around Tokyo with your team from Block 4 (Chiba, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Tokyo, & Yamanashi) to find or take pictures of the listed items (make sure you have a camera with an SD card within your team). The event will start right at 12:30pm, so aim to get there a little early. Have fun; meet people!  RSVP on the facebook event page by Monday, January 27th.
Cost: ¥2000 for dinner; cost of transportation during the event (see event page for more information)
Where: Meeting spot 1 at 12:30pm: Shinjuku Station - Southern Terrace Exit, in front of Starbucks and Krispy Kreme area.
Meeting spot 2 at 5:45pm: The Pink Cow (5-5-1 Roppongi Minatoku Tokyo Roi Bulding B1F)
When: Saturday, February 1st, 12:30pm-8pm
RSVP by: Monday, January 27th
More info:!/events/517932371647017

AJET Connect Magazine, January 2014 Issue
Keep up with the National JET community this winter, get a few tips that you might not know to evade or gaman through the cold, add some new travel destinations to your wish list, and more this issue.
January Issue:

YETI Events

YETI Idol, January 25th
Who will be crowned* YETI Idol this year? You can help determine the results: Be a spectator! Be a contestant! Provide moral support! For this event, we'll be in the large karaoke room of the bar, Hops & Herbs. There is no need to formally RSVP, but please let us know on the forum or the facebook event page if you would like to be a contestant.
*There may or may not be an actual crown of any sort.
Cost: Free
Where: Hops & Herbs, 甲府市中央1丁目1-5(2F), Kofu-shi, Chuo 1-chome 1-5 (2F). About a 10-minute walk from Kofu Station.
When: Saturday, January 25th, 7PM~
More info:

Save the Date
Pizza Preparation Party Extravaganza, Yeah!
Sunday, February 16th
We'll be coming together to learn how to make pizza (which we will then proceed to eat) from our resident pizza-making expert, Andy.

Things to Do in and Around Yamanashi

Beni Fuji Winter Festival, until the end of February
Start your weekend morning relishing in the beauty that is Mt. Fuji. Yamanakako Onsen are opening early on the weekends and on holidays for its Beni Fuji Winter Festival. You can relax in the hot bath while watching the rising sun paint Fuji pink. Sounds like a nice way to start a frosty winter morning!
Cost: ¥700
Where: Yamanakako Onsen, Beni Fuji no Yu, 山梨県南都留郡山中湖村山中865−776; 865-776 Yamanaka, Yamanakakomura
When: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 6AM-9AM until the end of February
More info: (Japanese)

Igloo Cafe & Snow Playland, January 25th - February 23rd
Sit in an igloo cafe fit for six and drink something warm. Play in the snow! Ride in a sleigh! Did I mention there are igloo cafes?? Freezing temperatures aside, how can the prospect of having a toasty drink in a tiny house made of snow not make you giddy?
Cost: ¥200 to rent sleighs
Where: Neo-Oriental Resort Yatsugatake Takahara, 山梨県北杜市大泉町谷戸8741, 8741 Oizumicho Yato, Hokuto-shi
When: Saturday, January 25th - Sunday, February 23rd; 11AM-5PM on weekends, 11:30AM-4:30PM on weekdays
More info: (Japanese)

Ice Candle Lighting, February 1st, 11th, and 15th
During Diamond Fuji Weeks, there will be an ice candle lighting and fireworks after sundown (official time is 5:30pm). Handmade ice candles cover the shores of Lake Yamanaka for a whimsical display. This is timed to coincide with Diamond Fuji. Look at the excerpt about it at the end of this Spaghetti!
Cost: Free
Where: Lake Yamanaka. North shore (Feb 1st), South shore (11th), Yamanakako Koryu Plaza (east, 15th)
When: Saturday, February 1st, Tuesday, February 11th (holiday), Saturday, February 15th, 5:30pm
More info: (Japanese)

Ski Trip II - The Snow Must Go On, February 21st – 23rd
If you missed the YETI ski trip or are ready for the snow again, here are the details for the second ski trip that Fred organizes. Keep in mind there are only 40 spots at Aqua Alpine, and overflow will be at Lady Diana. RSVP early!
Cost: Â¥19,000 (Hotel + 2day pass),  Â¥16,500 (Hotel + 1 day pass), Â¥14,000 (Hotel only) + any rentals
Where: Aqua Alpine Hotel,
When: Friday, February 21st (evening) – Sunday, February 23rd
More info:

Things to Do Around Tokyo

Tokyo Dome City Winter Illuminations, until February 16
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)

The 88th Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, February 4th - 7th & February 9th - 12th
This art exhibit in Ueno features hundreds of bonsai trees that were painstakingly grown and groomed for this event. It is the most famous bonsai exhibition and sure to be interesting for those who want to experience a 1000+ year old Japanese art form.
Cost: ¥1000
Where: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum,  8-36 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo,
When: Part 1: Tuesday, February 4th - Friday, February 7th; Part 2: Sunday, February 9th - Wednesday, February 12th, 9:30am-5:30pm
More info:

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

Introducing... Yamanashi

Diamond Fuji
Marvel at the many ways Mt. Fuji manages to be magnificent! Diamond Fuji refers to the refracting of the sun's light as it "rests" on the peak of Mt. Fuji before sunset (or after sunrise late in the year) like.... a diamond! The handy link below lists the locations on a map and the times you can see it happen. If you time your visit right, you can get a double Diamond Fuji from the reflection on Lake Yamanaka. You can also see the Ice Candle Festival afterward (look at Yamanashi Events above!).
Where: Lake Yamanaka, Minamitsuru
When: Until the end of February, depending on the day 3:30pm~5pm
More info: (Japanese, but map and dates are easy to navigate)

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Re: YETI Spaghetti, January 21st, 2014
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 10:10:38 AM »
Thanks for the tip about the bonsai exhibition sounds awesome!

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Re: YETI Spaghetti, January 21st, 2014
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 01:26:51 PM »
No problem :) If you end up going, let me know how it is! I'm curious about it, but that weekend is completely busy for me.