Hello Everyone! I hope this update finds you happy and adjusting well to the new school year and spring season.
The months of May and June have a bunch of great events and as the weather continues to improve you can bet that there will be tons of things to do in Saga and onwards.
May 5th-6th – Fukuoka Tea Ceremony
Want to be part of a Japanese tea ceremony in the heart of a Japanese garden? How about at night surrounded by candles? On May 5th and 6th there will be classic tea ceremonies open to the public in Ohori Park in Fukuoka.
Saturday May 10th – Spring Saga BBQ!
Peter’s famous BBQs are back. Music, food, drinks and friends are in store for all who want to come hang out in Shiroishi for an evening that is sure to be fun filled.
Saturday, May 10th – BIG May Saga City Circle Time
Before heading out to the May BBQ why not stop by and lend a hand at this month’s circle time for some reading and songs? This circle time will be held at Saga City library and will have a big crowd, so all hands on deck will be appreciated by both organizers and participants.
The time is 12:30 to 2:30 so there is plenty of time to stroll down to the BBQ.
For more info contact the lovely Jane, or check out the Facebook event!
Sunday, May 25th – Kashima Gatalympics
One of the biggest and most unique events is coming up in Saga! Obstacle courses in mud?! That’s right! If you are willing to get down and dirty in the mudflats of Kashima then you have to get yourself to this event as either a participant or spectator.
Be sure to keep posted on event details through the special Facebook group for the Saga JET team.
Friday, May 30th – Drum Tao, Japanese Taiko concert
Check out the high energy Taiko performance of Drum Tao who have a show date right here in Saga City! The event will be held at the Saga Cultural Center (same place where the Saga Charity Christmas Party is held).
The group describes themselves on their Facebook page as:
The Japanese taiko drum is a complete form of expression and TAO has developed their own unique style from composition to performance. Breaking past the traditional notions of taiko, TAO continues to create and entirely new art form that is modern yet retains sense of nostalgia. Enthralling and mesmerizing the world, the Japanese drum’s intense and powerful beat underpins a musical message that penetrates deep into the hearts of audiences.
After the huge success at “Edinburgh Festival Fringe” in 2004, TAO’s production has played to sell-out tours throughout the world with local media hailing the show as “NEVER BEFORE SEEN JAPANESE ENTERTAINMENT”. `
For more info on the group check out their website.
Sunday, June 8th – Nabeshima Sake tour
The Nabeshima sake factory is in the process of organizing a tour of their facilities specifically aimed at foreigners interested in the sake making process. The event is planned to include a tour of the factory, education about the process of making sake, a tasting, and some snacks.
Space is limited so be sure to contact Peter Bentley if interested.
June 14-15th – Daisen BeerFest
If you haven’t heard about it already, Tottori Prefecture will be having a huge beerfest for beer enthusiasts all over. There is a Facebook group aimed at organizing ride shares to the festival from northern-Kyushu so check it out if you want to have a weekend that is sure to be full of booze and general debauchery!
Saturday, June 21st – House Party at Penny`s
There is a party at Penny’s. Enough said. You should go and have an amazing time like any of the events that Penny has every organized.
Saturday, June 28th – Saga JETs 2014 Farewell Party
If you are going to come to any event this year, MAKE IT THIS ONE!
Why? Because this is the official event to all get together and say farewell to our friends of Saga. Details to be confirmed as they are decided. Keep an eye out on the Facebook event page to stay up to date as well as future emails. I am anticipating this to be a fun filled evening with lots of good feels to be felt.
Be sure to mark yourself down as “attending” on the Facebook page or contact Nyomi.
ALSO – FIFO Party!
If anyone is interested in getting on the free VIP entry list for the next FIFO Party (this Saturday, April 26th) please email me and I will contact the organizer.
That is it from me this time around, folks! Hope to see you soon out at some of these events or just around Saga.
Your AJET Representative,