From The Wide Island View, the JET Program Webzine of Hiroshima Prefecture:
Hello everyone and welcome to the first Wide Island View email for 2012!
After a long hiatus, WIV is back in action! We have an enthusiastic new team and we are all very excited about bringing you lots of interesting stories over the year. Apologies if today’s email seems a little large – we promise to update you more regularly in the future!
How are the new jobs going? How are you coping with the summer heat? In the interest of helping you feel better in the intensity of Japanese summer, we have had a summer focus on many of our articles this August.
First up, for those of you that struggle to eat in this heat, or are not sure what you can eat in this new country full of kanji, Emily has written you an article on eating, Eating to Keep Cool and Energized During Japanese Summer (or, Centuries of Advice on How Not to Become a Melted Slug). Thanks to Emily’s article I have discovered tasty tofu soumen. I hope you discover something new too!
Should you want to escape the heat, check out Charly’s article on Jinseki-kougen. This is the first in an inaka series that will focus on parts of the prefectures that are off the tourist trail. If escaping to the cool mountains sounds like something you would enjoy, readWelcome to Jinseki-kougen. Or just let the pictures persuade you.
If Jinseki is too far away, or you have checked out Jinseki and can’t wait for some more inaka, try Akiota-cho for size. Before she left, Harriet kindly spilled all the secrets on what you can get up to in Akiota. Read Welcome to Akiota-cho for more information.
If you would prefer to embrace summer and all the health benefits that can come with it, try sweating out your toxins at Hot Yoga. Maire went along to check it out and got all the info for you. Even if you think summer is quite hot enough, you may be interested in the adjoining vegan café. Yum!
What about summer-specific activities? Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own alcohol? Now is the season to makeumeshu and Ed has all the instructions for you. What could be more fun than drinking your own homemade sweet treat? Let’s Make Umeshu!
Speaking of Japanese culture, do you get as confused as I do when faced with all the Japanese ‘emoticons’ that pop up in emails from Japanese friends? Luckily Jackie is here to make it all clear with Decoding Emoticons – a photographic guide to understanding what those faces really mean.
In another facet of Japanese culture, what do you know about baseball? More importantly, do you support the Carps? If you’re undecided, or you’re not a big fan of baseball, read Watch the Carps! to let Charly change your mind!
On the subject of events you can be involved in, Katie has written about the upcoming AJET Rafting in Shikoku trip. This is an amazing experience that you shouldn’t miss!
I’ve saved a couple of special pieces for last…
If you love Ava’s artistic talents as much as we do, you will be excited to hear she is donating her time and sense of humour for our entertainment. Yay! Check out It’s Not a Mess, It’s Art and Enkai Magic. And… err… buy her t-shirts!
Lastly, an article that got me very excited. Sarah visited Naoshima, the art island, and told us all about it. If you haven’t been yet, this will put Naoshima at the top of your Must Visit list. Read for yourself at Naoshima: Weekend Escape to a Land of Wonders. Now when is that long weekend…
We hope you enjoy reading all these exciting new articles. Remember we update the site every two weeks and we have a forum up and running. Enjoy!
Charly & Emily