LETTER FROM THE EDITOR (JUNE 2011)
Looks like we’re officially getting into that time of year where it’s a party all the time! There are lots of events coming up in the next few months, so keep your ear to the ground (and your eye on our calendar) to stay on top of what’s afoot!
May gave us some of the best weather Japan has to offer (and some typhoons just for fun), but June is coming, so check out our tips on surviving the rainy season. We’ve got a fun elementary lesson for ESS, and some intriguing travel information for you too!
But as the weather heats up, we also get closer to the end of the JET year.
I would like the July issue to include some reflections by JETs (both returning and not-returning) on this process of transition and change. These reflections can take any form, so please submit whatever you like that is inspired by this change.
If you’re sticking around Japan, please also check out our list of wanted writers!
Take care and stay dry,
P.S. If you get a chance, see the Transitions art show in Kobe, up until June 4th!
LETTER FROM THE ONLINE EDITOR (JUNE 2011)
Do you have a digital camera? Do you have some awesome photos you’d like to show off? The Hyogo Times has a groundbreaking new online photo pool, and you’re welcome to contribute! Yes, this is the first public photo group dedicated to Hyogo Prefecture on the internet! Anyone can contribute as many photos as they’d like, and eventually we may start using them on the website or in the publication. As long as the photo was taken in Hyogo (and it’s “appropriate”) you are welcome to add it. Here’s the URL: http://flic.kr/g/fvTLh
I know you can all find at least 15 minutes of free time somewhere. Pick out a few of your best photos and upload them to the site. Even just a few added photos would make a big difference!
PS- The group is on Flickr so you will need an account to join (they’re free, and easy!).
MESSAGE FROM THE PR (JUNE 2011)
I wanted to let everyone know that Hyogo AJET has been going through some changes. Andrew and David will be leaving their PR posts, but I’ll be sticking around, and as of April will be joined by Kelly Zuniga, Sifton Anipare, Nicholas Chan, John Buckner, and Chinyere (Chi-Chi) Okoli. I’m definitely excited to have gotten such a big response from some very promising people, and we all have high hopes for the coming year! Our main theme for the year seems to be unity, as we hope not only to have more events that draw people from all over the prefecture, but we hope to get those pesky Kobe JETs out for some Hyogo events, and at some point we’d like to assist National AJET with block events.
Please remember, we are always looking for event ideas, so feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our big events coming up include the Farewell Party, scheduled for June 17, and the Welcome Party on August 20. There will also be some beach parties, hikes, and probably a few smaller events sneaking in there as well, so keep an eye on Facebook, the Hyogo Times calendar, and the Yahoo mailing list for invites.