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YETI Spaghetti, April 4th, 2014, The Election Issue
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:43:13 PM »

Here is the start of voting for the elections!

YETI and AJET News

YETI Council Elections, Until April 11th, noon
Today is the start of elections! Deadline for voting is until April 11th at 12PM. We'll be announcing the new council after the Nash 500 event.
An update on the candidates:
For President Michael Martin
For Secretary Ben Lenoir and Kelley Lynch
For Treasurer Katherine Vos

Michael Martin and Katherine Vos win their positions as President and Treasurer, respectively, by default. So essentially this election is for Secretary. Here are the blurbs for the candidates:

Ben Lenoir
My goal as secretary would be to continue the awesomeness that is YETI. Being in my first year, YETI has really helped me develop a great support network within the prefecture and for that I am very thankful. I'd like to further develop that support system by reaching out to people that live in more rural places through features in the Spaghetti as well as event planning. I also want to help develop more resources for basic needs like clean center locations, buying a car, setting up internet, etc.

I'm very detail oriented and my organizational borderline compulsive and I want to utilize these skills to further connect and strengthen our prefecture.

Kelley Lynch
I’m Kelley, a first-year ALT in Hokuto. I would like to serve you as YETI secretary by helping the council plan events to promote cohesion within the YETI community. As a member of Alpha Phi Omega in college, I assisted in planning many social and community service events. I also served as secretary of the Centre College Democrat so, I have experience performing the duties I would be expected to perform as secretary. I love researching things to do in and around Yamanashi so I would really enjoy preparing the bi-weekly newsletter, The YETI Spaghetti. Please consider voting for me for YETI secretary. Thank you.

When you submit your vote, please include your name and the main school or establishment in Yamanashi at which you work. As a reminder, voting is open to ALL foreign ALTs, Eikaiwa teachers, and CIRs currently living and working in Yamanashi. Please vote if you qualify. If you have questions about whether you are eligible to vote, please email

Please vote here: If you have issues, please email

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YETI Events

YETI Nash 500 Scavenger Hunt
The annual Nash 500 event is next week! Did you assemble your teams yet?? This scavenger hunt will have you and your costumed teammates traveling around Yamanashi, searching for the answers to its many secrets. There is only so much time in the day, so you must prioritize the tasks with your team to get the most points. In addition to taking pictures and finding random items, you will need to have a theme and costumes which will be judged for points. To participate, you need a team of people: one who has a car and drives, and whoever else will fit in your car. If you would like to be placed on a random team, let us know! You will need to take pictures on a removable storage card so the judges can review them. The results of the YETI Council election will also be announced at the end of the day during dinner.
Cost: Free, but you will share any gas costs or tolls and such with your team
Where: Meet at the AEON Mall Parking Lot A
When: Sunday, April 13th, 9:30AM - dinnertime
More info:

Things to Do in and Around Yamanashi

The 43rd Annual Shingen-ko Festival, April 4th - 6th
This is one of the largest festivals in Yamanashi which happens to celebrate Takeda Shingen. The main event on Saturday is the Koshu Battalion Deployment of over 1000 locals from all around the prefecture dressed as samurai in Takeda Shingen's army. There are many other performances and ceremonies scheduled throughout the weekend, which you can check at the website linked below.
Cost: Free
Where: Maizuru Castle (Kofu Castle), Heiwa Dori, and South Entrance of Kofu Station (see map for schedule and location details)
When: Friday, April 4th - Sunday, April 6th
More info: (If you can navigate the Japanese page, you can get more details about the schedule and locations)

Kawanakajima Battle Reenactment, April 20th
Continuing the celebrations of Takeda Shingen is an epic battle reenactment between Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin's armies along Fuefuki River. There are nearly 1000 soldiers and cavalry for this reenactment, making for quite the display.
Cost: Free
Where: Fuefuki City Hall, along the Fuefuki River bank between Ukai Bridge and Route 20.
When: Sunday, April 20th, from 1PM
More info: (Japanese)

Fuji Shibazakura Festival, April 25th - June 1st
Here is yet another flower festival to enjoy this spring. However, in our beautiful prefecture of Yamanashi, we can enjoy it with the view of Mount Fuji. Shibazakura are a type of flowering plant that carpets the ground in pink and white blossoms. In aerial view, the park here appears to be a pink Willy Wonka factory grounds. There are several booths with festival type food, or shibazakura-flavored snacks if you're curious. If you have the time, you can use foot onsen for ï¿¥100 (towel rental is also ï¿¥100) while overlooking the fields and Mt. Fuji.
Cost: ï¿¥520 per adult for entrance, ï¿¥500 for parking
Where: 212 Motosu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru District. Along Route 139, about 2.6km south of Route 139 and 300 intersection. There will also be bus tours from Isawa, Kawaguchiko, and Shizuoka, and the information will be posted on the website's Access page.
When: Friday, April 25th - Sunday, June 1st, 8AM - 5PM
More info: (Japanese)

Things to Do Around Tokyo

Cherry Blossom Festivals, Until Mid-April
The first bloom was predicted to be around March 30th in Tokyo this year, with full bloom around April 6th. There will be an abundance of places to see them and have hanami parties. Some notable places to go are Shinjuku Gyoen, Ueno Park, and Koganei Park. Depending on the type of party you want and what time of day you want to go (they have illumination in the evening at some), there is a perfect place to enjoy the sakura. Check the link below for more details about each recommended spot and previous years' images.
Cost: Most are free, though a few have a small entrance fee like Shinjuku Gyoen which is ï¿¥200
Where: Various locations around Tokyo
When: Until Mid-April
More info:

Meiji Shrine Spring Grand Festival, April 29th - May 3rd
During Golden Week, the Meiji Jingu Shrine holds festivities to celebrate and honor the deities. There are several performances of traditional Japanese arts like Noh, Bugaku, and Sankyoku. Check their schedule if there is a particular performance you'd like to see.
Cost: Free
Where: 1-1 Yoyogi-kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Meiji Jingu Shrine Special Stage, easily accessed from Harakuju Station.
When: Tuesday, April 29th, Saturday, May 2nd, Sunday, May 3rd, more detailed information about performance times at the website linked below
More info:

Earth Day Tokyo 2014
Taken from Time-Out Tokyo: "Globe-straddling eco event Earth Day has found a particularly receptive audience in Japan, where the two-day gathering in Yoyogi Park consistently draws over 100,000 people each year. It's an opportunity for charities, NPOs and eco-conscious businesses to flaunt their wares and draw new recruits, but many people just go to enjoy the art, vibes and free music. If you're one of the capital's long-suffering vegetarians, too, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to the Earth Day Kitchen zone for a good selection of herbivorous eats."
Cost: Free
Where: Yoyogi Park, 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizounocho, Shibuya-ku. A few minutes walk from Harajuku Station.
When: Saturday, April 19th - Sunday, April 20th, 10AM - 5PM
More info:

Introducing... Yamanashi

Takeda Shrine

In commemoration of Takeda Shingen and the festivities held in his honor in early and mid-April, this issue of the Spaghetti will spotlight the Takeda Shrine. You may like to take a visit before all the Shingen festival activities this weekend (or whenever, of course!). There is also a museum onsite with artifacts and other historical items.
Where: 山梨県甲府市古府中町2611, Kofu-shi, Kofuchumachi 2611. An 8-minute bus ride from Kofu Station (North Exit). There is also free parking west of the shrine, north of Aikawa Elementary School.
Open hours: Parking lot hours from 9AM-4PM
More info:

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