By Meryl Jordan, PA
For all JETs continuing onto the 2017-2018 year: your COs should have given you all the forms, but if they did not, or if you have forgotten to do so, please take a moment to make sure that your contact information is up-to-date here:
This form also allows you to sign up for CLAIR's Japanese Language Course.
Application Deadline: July 10, 2017
These courses run August 1st, 2017-January 31st, 2018. There are three levels: beginner (approx. JLPT N5), intermediate (approx. JLPT N4) and advanced (approx. JLPT N3).
The course guide book, which includes information about a placement test to find the best course level for you, can be found here:
Note: This is not for the Translation and Interpretation Course. Applications for that course will be opened in late July, so keep your eye out a bit later if you are interested!
By Meryl Jordan PA
Tip: If you want to avoid massive lines, do not plan your trip during Obon in August.
By Meryl Jordan, PA
Deadline: July 7, 2017
Register your contact information as a departing JET with CLAIR to receive updates in forms such as the Alumni Mail-Magazine. All you have to do is fill out CLAIR's departing JET survey:
Through this form, you can opt to have your information sent along to your closest JET Alumni Association Chapter, allowing you to keep in touch with your time spent on JET and help you fight that reverse culture shock.
Check out the complete list of JETAA Chapters here to find your closest Chapter:
*For those of you who are staying in Japan, there are even two JETAA Chapters in Japan!
If you haven't already, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with CLAIR's After JET website and make sure that you are taking the steps needed for your last month as a JET:
Good luck packing everyone!
Compiled by Samuel Lee, Hida RPA, and the RPA Team
Co-Ba Casual English Bar: Thursday, July 6
Casual English Party organised by one of the local bars where everyone can just come together and have a good time chatting to locals and people from around the world! Entry is free for foreigners, and alcoholic beverages are available starting from only 400yen!
Where: Co-Ba Takayama
When: Thursday 6th July 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Gujo-hachiman. Starting location varies by the day.
When: Opening night is July 8th. The festival continues on various nights until September 2nd, with all night dancing during Obon in August.
For more details check out the website:
Where: Magome Shukaijo Gathering Place
When: Fridays July 14, July 28 and August 11 at 20:00
Public Holiday, Monday July 17
(Image from http://www.gifucvb.or.jp/en/02_event/02_03.html)
Nagara River All-Japan Fireworks:
Saturday, July 29
This is the first weekend of one of the largest fireworks displays in all of Japan! Large numbers of people come to Gifu to watch the fireworks, which are launched from the banks of the Nagara River with Mt. Kinka and Gifu Castle in the background. The river bank itself is the best seat in the house for watching the display, as it is bustling with people dressed in yukata. You can sit on tarps with friends and enjoy the view with drinks and festival food from the surrounding yatai (festival food stands). Wear your yukata and don't forget to bring a hand held fan - it will be hot!
Where: The Nagara River bank between the Nagara Bridge and Kinka Bridge, Gifu City
When: Saturday, July 29, from 19:15-20:45
Iaido is the art of drawing and sheathing the sword. Unlike kendo, there is no partner to fight with. Instead it’s an internal martial art, focusing on quickly drawing the sword, cutting the opponent down, and then sheathing it. The idea is to use as little energy as possible and to take down your envisioned opponent with one strike. And since there’s no partner, students gets to use an iaito (unsharpened sword). However, experienced students and masters all use shinken (sharpened sword), and practice their kata (form) on bamboo and rolled up tatami.
I needed to try this out!
Just like with any martial art, the basic kata are essential. In iaido, there’re six fundamental forms. By learning these, students can understand the advanced kata more in how they’re supposed to be used. It’s hard practicing without a partner, or at least a dummy to hit. However with a bokuto (wooden sword), students are able to practice the forms with one another and learn exactly where to strike.
Iaido events happen about once a month across Japan. In Seki during Hamono Matsuri (the cutlery festival in October), usually the iaido association does a demonstration. Definitely check it out and see the masters and students at work as they slice thick pieces of bamboo as if it were nothing. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to participate. After all, not many foreigners are aware of this awesome martial art, and it’s worth seeing.
Here's a school in Gifu, where they train in Gifu City, Ono-cho, and Seki: http://iaitym.jp/ The next event will be held in Seki on July 9th. Time is yet to be determined.
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