Jul 9

JET ROI: JET alum Toby Weymiller building eco-friendly kissaten/cafe in Hokkaido


JET Return on Investment (ROI) is a new category on JetWit intended to highlight the various economic, diplomatic and other benefits to Japan resulting from its investment in the JET Program.  Why is this important right now?  Because the JET Program and JET Alumni Association may be cut by the Japanese government, as explained in this post by Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94) titled “JET Program on the Chopping Block.”

Hokkaido-ken JET alum Toby Weymiller has returned to Japan and spent the last year building an eco-friendly kissaten/cafe (built with natural, sustainable materials) in the area where he worked on JET.  And on top of that, he’s been documenting the whole process on his blog “Bomber & Maiko & Toby.”  (Bomber is his cat, fyi.) (Update:  I previously had heard it was a bed and breakfast but just learned that it’s in fact a kissaten/cafe.)

Here’s the link:  http://maikotobybomber.blogspot.com/

(Thanks to JETAA International Vice-Chair for letting me know about this.)

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