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From your friendly AJET Rep: July 2013

As the summer heat comes into bear for another time in Japan, it’s time to say farewell to many of the people we have come to know and love.  As I begin my third year on the JET programme, many of the people who I began my journey with have decided to say sayonara to these beautiful islands. So I would like to say thanks to you all for being a positive part of my journey, as I hope I was to yours.


I would especially like to mention Anna, my fellow Brit, Hyogo AJET PR, and general all round awesome person.  I have fond memories of getting squiffy on a random, warm and sunny, Saturday afternoon, looking over the lovely city of Kobe from Kitano, and drinking incredibly strong beer! One of many great memories.  Thanks Anna.


I would also like to say thanks to Henry (former AJET PR) and Imogen (HT Editor).  Imogen has been working very hard as the editor of this here magazine and will be replaced by Charlotte Griffiths.  Thanks for your hard work Imi, and Charlotte, I’m sure you will do a great job! Oh and if anyone is interested in contributing to the Hyogo Times, please contact Charlotte (publications@hyogo.ajet.net) and let her know.


So as we say farewell to many lovely people, we also get ready to welcome all the new guys and girls who will be replacing them.  Hyogo has one of the biggest JET populations in Japan, and that doesn’t include Kobe which has a separate BoE.  So consider this your official welcome!  Though we are pretty spread out our facebook page is fairly active.  So if you have not already done so please join our Hyogo AJET group.


It’s at this time of year the current JETs try and figure out how to not go crazy with nothing to do at school and the hot, hot, generally aircon-free, heat. However, new peeps will most likely just find themselves trying to get lives in order whilst taking in the wonders of Japan in the immediate vicinities.


To those who will be in Japan in July here are some things that may help hold the crazies at bay…at least a little:

The 12th Kobe Love Port Festival

Kobe Meriken Park – Sun Jul 14th – Mon Jul 15th


Manto Fire festival

Tajima – Wed Jul 24


Ashiya Summer Carnival

Hanshin – Sat Jul 27


Takeno – Fireworks festival

Tajima – Tue Jul 30


More detail can be found at http://www.hyogo-tourism.jp/


I hope you all enjoy the summer, all the best


Peter Hein-Hartmann

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