Ashikita Beach Party 2018!

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From the 2017 Beach Party!

This weekend is our annual Ashikita Beach Party, where friends old and new reunite for some fun in the sun, surf and turf, barbecue, and more!

This post has final reminders and what you need to know before you go.

The Basics

When: Saturday, Sept. 8 [4pm check-in] to Sunday, Sept. 9 [9:30am final check-out]

Where: Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita

How Much: If you’re coming for the day only, admission is ¥500. If you’re staying overnight, admission is ¥2500. Cabins are first-come, first-serve for people who RSVP’d by the deadline.

Getting There…and Back Again

The Ashikita Beach Party is held yearly at Otachimisaki Park.

If you use public transport to Ashikita but need a way to get to the park, KumAJET will be offering a pick-up service from the station たのうら御立岬公園駅 (Tanoura otachimisaki koen eki). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zRkMX1RhorF2

The Saturday pick-up times are: 3 pm | 3.45 pm | 4.30 pm |5.15 pm, while the Sunday drop-off time is 10 am.

If you’re interested in the pick-up service, please message Yasmin Khanom via Facebook to confirm times.  If you’re planning on staying on the beach after the drop-off, Olivia Poole will be around, so please contact her to coordinate.

Check-in is at 4pm, but feel free to come to Ashikita sooner, especially if you want to take advantage of the beautiful beach! Members of the KumAJET team will start arriving around mid-day, so be sure to head down to the beach for some fun. You will not be able to enter the cabins or store your things there before 4pm.

Parking: There are only two places for parking onsite. You cannot park your car overnight at the cabins. The parking area next to the cabins is limited in size and reserved for day-only use. You are encouraged to park your car in the large lot at the front of the reception office.  The photo below of the onsite park map should give you a good idea of the space you’re dealing with.

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Image from Jalan.net

Cabin Fever!

If you’re staying overnight with us, the rental cabins (aka the Marine Cottages) will have the following:

  • Air conditioning
  • Toilet & bath
  • Kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove, and rice cooker, with dishware and cooking utensils provided
  • TV
  • Bedding (futons)

In addition, KumAJET will be providing equipment for the barbecue!

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Cabin images from the Otachimisaki Park website.

That being said, here are the things you need to bring since they will not be provided for you:

  • Bedding – even though futons are provided, there are no more than 8 per cabin. We recommend you bring your own bedding and pillows just in case.
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
  • Towels – beach towels or bath towels
  • Food and drink –  please bring your own food and beverages to prepare (alcohol is ok, but DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES).
  • Paper goods – napkins, cups, paper plates, etc.  Chopsticks and plasticware also fall under this category.

For Your Consideration…

  • While KumAJET is working on a volleyball net for sports on the beach, if you want to do other things, you’re responsible for items like a beach umbrella, lawn chairs, beach blanket, frisbees, beach balls, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.
  • Fireworks of any kind (even sparklers) are forbidden.
  • Pets are also forbidden.
  • Don’t drive drunk. Swimming drunk is not really a good idea, either.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast, but please note that the Ashikita Beach Party runs RAIN OR SHINE – we’ve rented out and prepaid on these lovely cottages for you, and you can have a fun cabin party no matter the weather!  (Obviously not if there’s something more serious like a typhoon. Safety first!)
  • You are required to clean your cabin and organize your garbage according to campground rules in the bags provided. When you are finished cleaning, please place your bags on the front porch of the cabin.
  • We will be doing some night walking, and while KumAJET will provide glowsticks (or similar), if you’d like more light, feel free to bring your own flashlights for the night hike!

Are you excited? WE SURE ARE!!!

In the meantime, keep your eyes on the KumAJET Facebook pageKumAJET Facebook page for any additional updates on the Ashikita Beach Party.

We’ll see you soon! 💖

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Our 2018-2019 Season of Events!

Greetings from KumAJET! Check out our event calendar for the year! A lot of dates and events are tentative, but as soon as the details are finalized we will let you know via our Facebook Group, Instagram, website, and group email list.  In the meantime, check out what we have in store this year, and more events may be added! If you’re curious about these events, you can visit our year in review post for more details. Let’s make this year an awesome one!

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2018 International Cafe in Minamata!

From Greg Corbett,
Coordinator of International Relations,
Minamata City Hall:

Hello, Kumamoto JETs! I’d just like to let you know about a great event coming up organised by Minamata City and MIFA. Perfect if you’d like to get out of the office during the summer holidays!

You are invited to The 2nd International Cafe in Minamata on Thursday, August 23rd 2018, 10:30am-3pm. Explore Minamata, have fun, and meet people from all over the world!

What: 2018 International Cafe in Minamata
When: Thursday, August 23rd 2018 10:30am-3pm
Attendance fee: only 500 yen! (includes light lunch, drinks and insurance)

Please see the flyer here for more information and the sign-up form.

We hope you can attend!

Note: There will be a round trip charter bus from Kumamoto City to Minamata City available. From other locations, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Minamata. Also, we cannot guarantee that this will be treated as a work event. Please discuss with your contracting organisation, but be aware that you may have to use nenkyu to attend.

Please direct questions and registration to Greg in the Minamata City Office (greg-corbett@minamata.city.lg.jp; 0966-61-1606)