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The 2016 JET Opinion Exchange Meetings

Each year in January numerous ALTs gather in Hamada, Izumo, and Matsue to discuss their work, lives, and satisfaction with the JET Programme in Shimane. We consider this an important part of our yearly schedule and we encourage all ALTs, especially first years, to attend in order to provide us with your feedback.

The dates for the 2015 ALT Opinion Exchange Meetings have been set as follows:

Hamada

When: 13:30~15:30, Monday, January 25th, 2016
Where:
Hamada Joint Government Building (浜田市合同庁舎) Room 503.

Izumo

When: 13:30~15:30, Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Where:
Izumo Joint Government Building (出雲市合同庁舎) Room 603.

Matsue

When: 9:30~11:30, Friday, January 29th, 2016
Where:
Meeting Hall, Shimane Prefectural Office Building (会議棟島根県庁) Room 2.

*Please meet Sondey/Callum in the 1st floor lobby of the main building at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

What should I bring?

You don’t have to come with anything, but bring a pen & paper if you would like to take some notes.

What should I wear?

Your regular clothing for school will be sufficient. Formal wear/a suit is not required.

What happens to the information?

Your opinions will be collected, collated, and translated into Japanese and distributed to BoEs and schools across the Prefecture, anonymously. We’ll let you know via the BB once it’s been sent out.  Please make sure that they read it! We also plan on sending a PDF version of the report (in English/Japanese) to all ALTs.

What about our supervisors?

Supervisors gather separately with the Japanese PAs at the same time and talk about their own opinions, problems, questions and concerns regarding the JET Programme. These are also part of the report that gets sent out to BoEs.

What about CIRs?

CIRs have their opinion exchange meeting during their mid-year conference in October.

What will we be talking about?

We will cover the following topics broadly. Feel free to bring up anything  that’s on your mind , with regards to the the JET Programme in Shimane, during each section.

Pre-Departure: Contact with your supervisor/predecessor, the Welcome Handbook, and contact with the PAs.

Arrival: Tokyo Orientation, initial contact with schools/supervisors, the Japanese language course in Matsue, Shimane Orientation.

Post-Arrival: Job/Life satisfaction, placements, workloads, problems/difficulties in the workplace, positive things about your job.

PA-related: The BB, the Event Calendar, ‘mass e-mails’, this website.

Reappointment: A general discussion regarding why people decided to staying or to leave.

Note: *As it is a large group discussion, we anticipate that certain personality types may dominate the conversation and we may ask people directly to share their opinions to make sure that everyone has a chance to speak.

*While this is a great time for open discussion about work, it is not a group therapy session and time is very limited so we may have to move on from a topic to ensure we cover everything. If you have any larger-scale concerns that cannot be covered in the time or framework of the Opinion Exchange Meeting you are welcome to contact Sondey or Callum at any time, before or after the meeting.

*This is a work function so please be professional, please refrain from private conversations and using your mobile phone.

Please let Sondey or I know if you have any questions about the sessions.

We Look forward to seeing all of you in the next couple of weeks!


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2015 Shimane ALT & JTE Skill Development Conference

2015 Shimane ALT & JTE Skill Development Conference
 The Shimane Skill Development Conference is an annual 2-day professional development seminar for ALTs, JTEs, and other Japanese educational professionals involved with English education in Shimane featuring presentations and workshops by JTE and ALTs, a lecture by CLAIR, and a keynote speech by members of  the British Council.
When:  Thursday, November 12th & Friday, November 13th
Where:  Sun Lake Shimane Prefectural Youth Center, Hirata-cho, Izumo-shi

Sun Lake’s website (in Japanese):  http://www.pref.shimane.lg.jp/seishonennoie/
1. Transportation and Directions
2. Registration and Fees
3. Meals
4. Staying the Night
5. What to Bring

6.  Leaving Sun Lake


1. Transportation and Directions

The Sun Lake Shimane Prefecture Youth Center is located in Hirata-cho, Izumo-shi.  Please carpool as much as possible so that there is enough parking for all Sun Lake participants.  If there are multiple ALTs at the same BOE, please try to carpool together.  If you are coming from Matsue or Izumo ,you can also use the Ichibata train line.  Ichibataguchi (一畑口) is the closest train station to Sun Lake and it is under a 10 minute walk.

If you cannot get the Google Map to function and require more specific directions, please feel free to contact me.

Sun Lake’s address in Japanese:
〒691-0074
島根県出雲市小境町1991-2
島根県立青少年の家

Your contracting organisation will have its own policies regarding transportation to Sun Lake.  Please consult with your supervisor prior to leaving.  Transportation expenses and accommodation/meal expenses will be reimbursed at the discretion of your contracting organisation at a time determined by them.

2. Registration and Fees

  • Registration for Day 1 runs from 12:30-13:30 and is in the Main Hall.
  • Registration for Day 2 runs from 08:20-08:50 and is in the Main Hall.
  • For money owed, please bring the exact amount of money in an envelope We cannot provide you with change.  On the outside of the envelope, please write the following: A.)  Your name  B.)  Your Contracting Organization  C.)  The amount of money in the envelope
  • Lodging Fee (Including dinner and breakfast fees): 2160 円 –  Breakfast fee:  420円   Lunch fee:  580円 
  • You must register on both Day 1 and Day 2.
  • Friday, October 30th is the deadline for  deciding whether or not your will stay at Sun Lake for the Skill Development Conference.  After this date, whether you stay at Sun Lake or not, your reservations cannot be changed and you will be charged accordingly.  Example:  If you have reservations for meals and/or lodging at Sun Lake and sometime after October 30th you decide you will not stay at Sun Lake for the SDC, you will still be required to pay for lodging and meals.

3. Meals

  • On day 1, lunch runs from 11:30-13:30.  If you’ve made a lunch reservation for Day 1, you may arrive before the 12:30 registration time and eat first.
  • Breakfast runs from 07:30-08:50, but please make sure you finish in time to register before 08:50 on Day 2.
  • Dinner runs from 17:30-19:00.
  • You are free to leave Sun Lake during lunch time only to buy food elsewhere, but please be sure to  return to Sun Lake on-time.  If you are staying overnight, it is expected that you not leave Sun Lake for dinner or at any point in the evening.
  • Day 2 lunch:  Since there will be an afternoon workshop, you are encouraged to purchase lunch at Sun Lake on day 2.  Lunch is from 11:35 – 12:50.

4. Staying the Night

If you decide to sign up to be an overnight guest at Sun Lake, please be aware of the following:

  • Bring your own toiletries: towel, soap, shampoo, hair dryer, etc.
  • Showers are available from 17:00-22:00, but the number of stalls is limited.
  • Baths are available from 17:00-22:00.  This is the most common option for guests at Sun Lake as it is the most accommodating.
  • Overnight guests will be placed together – 3 or 4 to a room.  Each room will have a Room Leader who will keep the key and be responsible for ensuring that the room is tidy in time for the morning inspection on Day 2.  Room Leaders must complete the room check with the Sun Lake staff first before leaving for breakfast.
  • On the morning of Day 2, after each room has been inspected, you must bring your bags to the Main Hall.  (If you have a car, you may take your bags out to it, too.)
  • There are no rubbish bins at Sun Lake, so please keep your trash and bring it home with you.
  • If you are an overnight guest, you are expected to not leave Sun Lake at any point during the night.
  • There are two sets of evening activities for overnight guests from 19:00-21:00.  In the Main Hall, you can join the annual SDC games which have been revamped by this year’s game masters.  Or, if you prefer sports, you may visit the gym and play basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.  Please be sure to bring indoor gym shoes if you plan on playing in the gym.  Unfortunately, evening activities are only for overnight guests at Sun Lake.  If you are not spending the night, you must leave Sun Lake by 17:00.

5. What to Bring

  • Business attire for the day (same attire as Shimane and Tokyo Orientation) and casual clothes for the evening
  • Money for accommodation and meals (in exact change)
  • A little extra fun money (there are vending machines at Sun Lake)
  • Shimane AJET Scholarship Fund donation (voluntary):  Each year SAJET pitch the “1万 (10,000 yen) Challenge.” They ask that everyone brings a suggested donation of 10,000 yen to the SDC and donates toward the Shimane English Education Fund. At the SDC they will be talking about how and where the money is spent.
  • Toiletries
  • Pens
  • Camera
  • Old books to donate to Shimane AJET
  • If possible, please leave anything valuable at home (iPod, jewelery, etc.).  Neither we nor the staff at Sun Lake can guarantee the safety of your belongings.

6. Shimane AJET Book Sale and Fundraising

On day 1 of the SDC, Shimane AJET will have a book sale in the Main Hall of Sun Lake.  So please bring your books to donate and some money to buy new (used) books!  All proceeds raised from the book sale will go directly to the Shimane English Education Fund (SEEF).  If the books you donate are not sold at the book sale, please take them back home with you.

7.  Leaving Sun Lake

At the end of Day 2 of the SDC, please immediately exit the main hall and lobby.

If there is anything you are unsure of and would like more information about or help with, please feel free to contact Callum Johnston at shimane-altpa-advisor@shimanet.onmicrosoft.com or your supervisor.


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The 2015 ALT Opinion Exchange Meetings

Each year in January numerous ALTs gather in Hamada, Izumo, and Matsue to discuss their work, lives, and satisfaction with the JET Programme in Shimane. We consider this an important part of our yearly schedule and we encourage all ALTs, especially first years, to attend in order to provide us with your feedback.

The dates for the 2015 ALT Opinion Exchange Meetings have been set as follows:

Hamada

When: 13:30~15:30, Monday, January 19th, 2015
Where:
Hamada Joint Government Building (浜田市合同庁舎).

The room number will be posted at the main entrance on the day.

Izumo

When: 13:30~15:30, Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Where:
Izumo Joint Government Building (出雲市合同庁舎).

The room number will be posted at the main entrance on the day.

Matsue

When: 9:30~11:30, Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Where:
Meeting Hall, Shimane Prefectural Office Building (会議棟島根県庁)

*Please meet Sondey/Josh in the 1st floor lobby of the main building at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

What should I bring?

You don’t have to come with anything, but bring a pen & paper if you would like to take some notes.

What should I wear?

Your regular clothing for school will be sufficient. Formal wear/a suit is not required.

What questions will be asked?

Click here to access the questions for the Opinion Exchange Meetings.

What happens to the information?

Your opinions will be collected, collated, and translated into Japanese and distributed to BoEs and schools across the Prefecture, anonymously. We’ll let you know via the BB once it’s been sent out.  Please make sure that they read it! We also plan on sending a PDF version of the report (in English/Japanese) to all ALTs.

What about our supervisors?

Supervisors gather separately with the Japanese PAs at the same time and talk about their own opinions, problems, questions and concerns regarding the JET Programme. These are also part of the report that gets sent out to BoEs.

What about CIRs?

CIRs have their opinion exchange meeting during their mid-year conference in October.

What will we be talking about?

We will cover the following topics broadly. Feel free to bring up anything  that’s on your mind , with regards to the the JET Programme in Shimane, during each section.

Pre-Departure: Contact with your supervisor/predecessor, the Welcome Handbook, and contact with the PAs.

Arrival: Tokyo Orientation, initial contact with schools/supervisors, the Japanese language course in Matsue, Shimane Orientation.

Post-Arrival: Job/Life satisfaction, placements, workloads, problems/difficulties in the workplace, positive things about your job.

PA-related: The BB, the Event Calendar, ‘mass e-mails’, this website.

Reappointment: A general discussion regarding why people decided to staying or to leave.

Note: *As it is a large group discussion, we anticipate that certain personality types may dominate the conversation and we may ask people directly to share their opinions to make sure that everyone has a chance to speak.

*While this is a great time for open discussion about work, it is not a group therapy session and time is very limited so we may have to move on from a topic to ensure we cover everything. If you have any larger-scale concerns that cannot be covered in the time or framework of the Opinion Exchange Meeting you are welcome to contact Sondey or Josh at any time, before or after the meeting.

*This is a work function so please be professional, please refrain from private conversations and using your mobile phone.

Please let Sondey or I know if you have any questions about the sessions.

We Look forward to seeing all of you in the next few weeks!


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2014 Shimane ALT and JTE Skill Development Conference

2014 Shimane ALT & JTE Skill Development Conference
 The Shimane Skill Development Conference is an annual 2-day professional development seminar for ALTs, JTEs, and other Japanese educational professionals involved with English education in Shimane featuring presentations and workshops by JTEs, ALTs, and a keynote speech by members of  the British Council.
When:  Thursday, November 13th & Friday, November 14th
Where:  Sun Lake Shimane Prefectural Youth Center, Hirata-cho, Izumo-shi

Sun Lake’s website (in Japanese):  http://www.pref.shimane.lg.jp/seishonennoie/
1. Transportation and Directions
2. Registration and Fees
3. Meals
4. Staying the Night
5. What to Bring

6.  Leaving Sun Lake


1. Transportation and Directions

TheSun Lake Shimane Prefecture Youth Center is located in Hirata-cho, Izumo-shi.  Please carpool as much as possible so that there is enough parking for all Sun Lake participants.  If there are multiple ALTs at the same BOE, please try to carpool together.  If you are coming from Matsue or Izumo ,you can also use the Ichibata train line.  Ichibataguchi (一畑口) is the closest train station to Sun Lake and it is under a 10 minute walk.

If you cannot get the Google Map to function and require more specific directions, please feel free to contact me.

Sun Lake’s address in Japanese:
〒691-0074
島根県出雲市小境町1991-2
島根県立青少年の家

Your contracting organisation will have its own policies regarding transportation to Sun Lake.  Please consult with your supervisor prior to leaving.  Transportation expenses and accommodation/meal expenses will be reimbursed at the discretion of your contracting organisation at a time determined by them.

2. Registration and Fees

  • Registration for Day 1 runs from 12:30-13:30 and is in the Main Hall.
  • Registration for Day 2 runs from 08:20-08:50 and is in the Main Hall.
  • For money owed, please bring the exact amount of money in an envelope We cannot provide you with change.  On the outside of the envelope, please write the following: A.)  Your name  B.)  Your Contracting Organization  C.  The amount of money in the envelope
  • Lodging Fee (Including dinner and breakfast fees): 2160 円 –  Breakfast fee:  420円   Lunch fee:  580円 
  • You must register on both Day 1 and Day 2.
  • Friday, November 1st is the deadline for  deciding whether or not your will stay at Sun Lake for the Skill Development Conference.  After this date, whether you stay at Sun Lake or not, your reservations cannot be changed and you will be charged accordingly.  Example:  If you have reservations for meals and/or lodging at Sun Lake and sometime after November 1st you decide you will not stay at Sun Lake for the SDC, you will still be required to pay for lodging and meals.

3. Meals

  • On day 1, lunch runs from 11:30-13:30.  If you’ve made a lunch reservation for Day 1, you may arrive before the 12:30 registration time and eat first.
  • Breakfast runs from 07:30-09:00, but please make sure you finish in time to register before 08:50 on Day 2.
  • Dinner runs from 17:30-19:00.
  • You are free to leave Sun Lake during lunch time only to buy food elsewhere, but please be sure to  return to Sun Lake on-time.  If you are staying overnight, it is expected to not leave Sun Lake for dinner or at any point in the evening.
  • Day 2 lunch:  Since there will be an afternoon workshop, you are encouraged to purchase lunch at Sun Lake on day 2.  Lunch is from 12:00 – 13:00.

4. Staying the Night

If you decide to sign up to be an overnight guest at Sun Lake, please be aware of the following:

  • Bring your own toiletries: towel, soap, shampoo, hair dryer, etc.
  • Showers are available from 017:00-22:00, but the number of stalls is limited.
  • Baths are available from 17:00-22:00.  This is the most common option for guests at Sun Lake as it is the most accommodating.
  • Overnight guests will be placed together – 3 or 4 to a room.  Each room will have a Room Leaderwho will keep the key and be responsible for ensuring that the room is tidy in time for the morning inspection on Day 2.  Room Leaders must complete the room check with the Sun Lake staff first before leaving for breakfast.
  • On the morning of Day 2, after each room has been inspected, you must bring your bags to the Main Hall.  (If you have a car, you may bring your bags there too.)
  • There are no garbage cans at Sun Lake, so please keep your trash and bring it home with you.
  • If you are an overnight guest, you are expected to not leave Sun Lake at any point during the night.
  • There are two sets of evening activities for overnight guests from 19:00-21:00.  In the Main Hall, you can join a team and compete in the annual Black Taxi Pub Quiz – a evening of trivia with topics on Japan, World, Sports, and Entertainment.  Or, if you prefer sports, you may visit the gym and play basketball, tennis, and volleyball.  Please be sure to bring indoor gym shoes if you plan on playing in the gym.  Unfortunately, evening activities are only for overnight guests at Sun Lake.  If you are not spending the night, you must leave Sun Lake at 17:00.

5. What to Bring

  • Business attire for the day (same attire as Shimane and Tokyo Orientation) and casual clothes for the evening
  • Money for accommodation and meals (in exact change)
  • A little extra fun money ( there are vending machines at Sun Lake)
  • Shimane AJET Scholarship Fund donation (voluntary):  Each year SAJET pitch the “1万 (10,000 yen) Challenge.” They ask that everyone brings a suggested donation of 10,000 yen to the SDC and donates toward the Shimane English Education Fund. At the SDC they will be talking about how and where the money is spent.
  • Toiletries
  • Pens
  • Camera
  • Old books to donate to Shimane AJET
  • If possible, please leave anything valuable at home (iPod, jewelery, etc.).  Neither we nor the staff at Sun Lake can guarantee the safety of your belongings.

6. Shimane AJET Book Sale and Fundraising

On day 1 of the SDC, Shimane AJET will have a book sale in the Main Hall of Sun Lake.  So please bring your books to donate and some money to buy new (used) books!  All proceeds raised from the book sale will go directly to the Shimane English Education Fund (SEEF).  If the books you donate are not sold at the book sale, please take them back home with you.

7.  Leaving Sun Lake

At the end of Day 2 of the SDC, please immediately exit the main hall and lobby.

If there is anything you are unsure of and would like more information about or help with, please feel free to contact Josh Del Pino at shimaneadvisor@gmail.com or your supervisor.


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Museums & Galleries of the Izumo Region

Looking for something to do on your time off? Interested in art, science, or Shimane’s history? Shimane has got you covered!

Here is some alphabetical information on the museums and art galleries of the Izumo Region. A separate article will provide information on galleries and museums in the Iwami/Oki Regions of the Prefecture; hopefully this week.

We hope you find this information useful. If you know of any other locations for this list, or have any corrections please comment or e-mail one of the Shimane PAs.

Iinan Town (飯南町)

Iinan Folk Museum ・飯南町民俗資料館

Among its collection, this museum boasts 150 traditional items for use during snowy periods.

Izumo City (出雲市)

Archeological Museum Kojindani ・荒神谷博物館

Guests can learn about the mysteries of the Kojindani site, where numerous ancient bronze artefacts have been uncovered.

  • Opening Hours: 9AM ~ 5PM (Last entry 4:30PM)
  • Holiday: Every Tuesday (following day in the event of a public holiday/exhibition changeover), exhibition changeover periods, New Year’s holiday
  • Adult Entry: ¥205
  • Website (Japanese only): http://www.kojindani.jp/museum/
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/iaTfN

Hirata Honjin Memorial Museum ・出雲市立平田本陣記念館

An art museum in Izumo focusing on traditional Japanese art.

Imaoka Art Museum ・今岡美術館

Focused on art of the natural world, this museum changes its exhibitions with the seasons.

Izumo Cultural Traditions Museum ・出雲文化伝承館

Introducing the local culture, art, and history of the Izumo area to guests.

Izumo Folk Craft Museum ・出雲民芸館

Located in a traditional Japanese house, this museum introduces pottery and earthenware from the Izumo Region.

The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art ・出雲キルト美術館

With exhibitions that change with seasons, this converted traditional Japanese resident is home to stunning quilts made from vintage kimonos.

Izumo Science Center ・出雲科学館

Explore & understand science by getting hands-on. The Center holds regular events on weekends to educate guests.

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine Treasure House ・出雲大社宝物殿

Displays ancient artifacts relating to Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties.

Shimane Flower Park “Shimane Hana-no-Sato” ・島根県花ふれあい公園「しまね花の郷」

A flower park to promote the beauty of Shimane’s flowers. Regularly holds events on weekends.

  • Opening Hours: March – November 9:30AM ~ 17:00; December – February 9:30AM ~ 4:30PM
  • Holiday: No regular holiday March – November, closed Tuesday between December ~ February (following day in the event of a public holiday), Dec 29th ~ Jan 3rd
  • Adult Entry: ¥200
  • Website (Japanese Only): http://www.shimane-hananosato.com/
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/x36PK

Shimane Museum of Anicent Izumo ・島根県立古代出雲歴史博物館

Learn about the history of Izumo Taisha and the surrounding area. Regularly holds special exhibitions, too.

  • Opening Hours: March – October 9AM ~ 6PM, November – February 9AM ~ 5PM
  • Holiday: 3rd Tuesday of every month (following day in the event of a public holiday)
  • Adult Entry: ¥600
  • English Audio Guide is available
  • Website: http://www.izm.ed.jp/english/
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/dDlUt

Shinjiko Nature Museum GOBIUS ・島根県立宍道湖自然観 ゴビウス

A nature museum and park demonstrating the magnificent flora and fauna of Lake Shinji and its surrounds.

  • Opening Hours: 9:30AM ~ 5PM (Last entry 4:30PM)
  • Holiday: Every Tuesday (following day in the event of a public holiday), Dec 28th ~ 31st
  • Adult Entry: ¥500
  • Website (Japanese Only): http://www.gobius.jp/
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/3Cuzd

Susanoo Museum ・スサノオ館

Brings the legend of Susanoo back to life.

Tezen Museum ・手銭記念館

See arts and crafts from the Izumo Region displayed in this converted traditional storage facility.

Matsue City (松江市)

Eshirou Abe Memorial Museum ・安部榮四郎記念館

A memorial museum about Eshirou Abe, a master of Japanese paper.

Izumo Kanbenosato ・出雲かんべの里

Divided into three sections, the Kanbenosato will teach you all about the culture, history, and natural environment of the Izumo Region. Also features a restaurant that serves local specialties, made with local ingredients.

  • Opening Hours: 9AM ~ 5PM (Last Entry 4:30)
  • Holiday: Every Tuesday (If Tuesday is a public holiday, the Museum will be closed the following day instead),  December 29th ~ January 3rd 
  • Adult Entry: ¥200
  • Website (Japanese Only): http://kanbenosato.com/index.html
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/O5X7c

Kashima Folk Museum ・松江市立鹿島歴史民俗資料館

A collection of pieces detailing local history, customs, and performing arts.

 Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum ・小泉八雲記念館

Artifacts collected from the life of Lafcadio Hearn, focused on his time in Matsue.

Matsue Hisotry Musuem ・松江歴史館

A retelling of Matsue history using historical artifacts, video, and miniatures. Tea & Japanese confectionery cafe on-site.

  • Opening Hours: April – September 8:30AM ~ 6:30PM, October – March 8:30AM ~ 5PM (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
  • Holiday: Third Thursday of every month (following day in the event of a public holiday)
  • Adult Entry: ¥500
  • English audio guides available.
  • Website (Japanese Only): http://www.matsu-reki.jp/index.html
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/BnjlR

Matsue Tama Bead Museum ・松江市立玉作資料館

The only museum in Japan detailing the ancient history of the Magatama beads.

  • Opening Hours: 9AM ~ 5PM (Last entry 4:30PM)
  • Holiday: Every Monday (following day in the event of a public holiday), Dec 28th ~ Jan 4th
  • Adult Entry: ¥200
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/Ioxr1

Matsue Yakumo Local Culture Preservation & Education Facility ・松江市八雲郷土文化保存伝習施設

A facility focused on education and display of local artifacts, especially those related to agriculture.

  • Opening Hours: 9AM ~ 5PM
  • Holiday: Every Wednesday, days following public holidays, Dec 28th~Jan 5th. Only open mornings on Saturday.
  • Adult Entry: ¥105
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/ZRgeG

Meteor Plaza ・メテオプラザ

In addition to the Museum, there’s also a sauna and pool available to use for a separate fee.

Monument & Museum – Kimachi Stone ・モニュメント・ミュージアム 来待ストーン

A museum dedicated to the history (and future) of the Kimachi stone, used in stone lanterns. You can also participate in pottery and carving workshops, for a fee. There’s also an on-site restaurant.

Shimane Art Museum ・島根県立美術館

Shimane’s art museum. Features special exhibitions and short-term exhibitions. Come see the art, enjoy a meal at the on-site Italian restaurant, and then watch the sun set of Lake Shinji.

  • Opening Hours: March – September 10AM ~ 30 minutes after sunset; October – February 10AM ~ 6:30PM
  • Holiday: Every Tuesday (If Tuesday is a public holiday, the Museum will be closed the following day instead).
  • Closed December 28th ~ January 1st every year.
  • Adult Entry: ¥1,000 for special exhibitions
  • Website (English): http://www1.pref.shimane.lg.jp/contents/sam/en/ex/index.html
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/EUQSt

Shimane Prefecture Yakumotasu-Fudoki-no-Oka ・島根県立八雲立つ風土記の丘展示学習館

Learn the history of the Ancient Izumo Region.

Shimane University Museum ・島根大学ミュージアム

A collection of items found during the research and study at Shimane University, including many excavated items.

The Tanabe Museum of Art ・田部美術館

Features art and crafts, including scrolls, ceramics, tea ceremony artifacts, and more.

Yaegaki Shrine Artifacts ・八重垣神社収蔵庫

Artwork and artifacts relating to the Shrine and its history.

Okuizumo Town (奥出雲町)

The Itohara Memorial Museum ・絲原記念館

A history of and memorial to one of the tatara iron production method’s masters.

Kabeya Museum ・可部屋集成館

Housed in the Sakurai Traditional Residence, this Museum teaches guests about local history, the tatara iron production process, and local myths.

Okuizumo Tane Museum of Natural History ・奥出雲多根自然博物館

Explore the natural history of the planet Earth.

Yokota Local Museum ・横田郷土資料館

A recreation of a farm house from the Taisho Period (1912-1926).

Unnan City (雲南市)

Historical Museum of Iron ・鉄の歴史博物館

The history of Yoshida-cho told through the development of the tatara iron production method.

Kamo Iwakura Ruins Guidance ・加茂岩倉遺跡ガイダンス

Surrounded by green forests, this facility introduces guests to the Iwakura Ruins, the home of the mysterious bronze bells.

Takashi Nagai Memorial Museum ・永井隆記念館

A memorial to the famed radiology physician and Catholic convert, Takashi Nagai.  

Yasugi City (安来市)

Adachi Museum of Art ・足立美術館

Famous for its stunning Japanese garden, voted best Japanese garden in Japan 11 years running by the American Journal of Japanese Gardening, this museum focuses on classic and modern Japanese artists.

Kano Museum of Art ・加納美術館

Traditional and modern Japanese artworks and craft, including pottery and carvings.

  • Opening Hours: 10AM ~ 4:30PM (Last entry 4PM)
  • Holiday: Every Tuesday (If Wednesday is a public holiday, the Museum will be closed the following day instead).
  • Closed December 25th ~ Janaury 10th.
  • Adult Entry: ¥1,000
  • Website (Japanese Only): http://www.art-kano.jp/
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/tmP4u

Kiyomizudera Temple Treasure Museum ・清水寺宝蔵

National and Prefectural treasure’s relating to Kiyomizudera Temple in Yasugi.

Yasugi City History Museum ・ 安来市立歴史資料館

Focuses on the history of the region from the Warring Period to the modern day.

Wakou Museum ・和鋼博物館

Japan’s only museum focusing on the traditional tatara production method of steel.

  • Opening Hours: 9AM ~ 5PM (Last Entry 4:30)
  • Holiday: Every Wednesday (If Wednesday is a public holiday, the Museum will be closed the following day instead), Dec 29th ~ Jan 3rd 
  • Adult Entry: ¥500
  • Website (Japanese Only): http://www.wakou-museum.gr.jp/
  • Map: http://goo.gl/maps/L6lEn


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Links For April 24th

The time has come, the Walrus, said, to link to many things. I’m sorry for the delay in publishing since the last one, but it was inevitable due to helping oritent the new CIRs and attending various JET related meetings. However, it means that this week we have a ‘bumper’ issue of sorts, with more links than I usually post.

Shimane Orientation will soon begin initial stages of planning, so you should be thinking about whether or not you would like to apply as an SOA!

As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions. All articles and opinions are presented as-is and do not necessarily reflect the personal opinions of the PAs, Shimane Prefecture, or the JET Programme.

News

Know

Opinions/Reports

Pop Culture

Food/Drink

Random

My Top Three Words of The Last Week:

  • 反省 [はんせい・hansei]: Reflection, especially on one’s own misdeeds
  • 割引 [わりびき・waribiki]: Discount (on price)
  • 背広 [せびろ・sebiro]: (Business) Suit

 

Hope everyone has a splendid week!

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Links For April 10th

key_art_were_back_a_dinosaurs_storySurprise! I bet you thought you’d seen the last of these. Or maybe you hadn’t even noticed they were gone for hte last two weeks. Either way,the links are back.

3 new Chinese and Korean JETs will arrive in Shimane tomorrow and begin work at the Prefectural Government Office. While many of you may not meet them, if you do happen to, please extend the traditional warm Shimane welcome. The Opinion Exchange Report was sent out recently, if you have not received it in your e-mail inbox and would like to, please e-mail me. I hope those who took the time to read it found it informative.

As always, please let us know if you have any suggestions. All articles and opinions are presented as-is and do not necessarily reflect the personal opinions of the PAs, Shimane Prefecture, or the JET Programme.

News

Know

Opinion/Reports

Pop Culture

Food & Drink

Random

Finally, my personal top 3 Japanese words of the last week were:

細胞[さいぼう・saibou]: Cell

歓迎会[かんげいかい・kangeikai]: Welcome party

入学式[にゅうがくしき・nyugyakushiki]: Entrance Ceremony

Wishing you all a very relaxing week!

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