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Monday, March 13

  1. page Taxes edited ... Publication 970 (file this if you’ve paid deductible interest on student loans in the last ye…
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    Publication 970
    (file this if you’ve paid deductible interest on student loans in the last year)
    8965
    Health Coverage Exemption

    2nd-5th Year ALTs
    Foreign Earned Income Statement (gensen choshu hyo源泉徴収票)
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    Change of Address
    (Only file this form if your address has changed within the last filed year)
    8965
    Health Coverage Exemption

    taxes_leavingTaxes for leaving JETs/WI-ALTs
    When you do finish your time on JET or the Wisconsin ALT Program and prepare to leave, you will still be responsible for paying the taxes before you go if you are liable for taxes. It is important to discuss with your CO how taxes will be paid after you have left. This can be over 150,000 yen, and depending on how your CO handles your tax situation, you may be asked to pay it all in one installment before you go. Make sure to check with your CO how you will pay your taxes!
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Thursday, February 23

  1. page Getting Your Motorcycle License edited ... Getting Your Motorcycle License in Japan What you need: Valid US Driver's License or any …
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    Getting Your Motorcycle License in Japan
    What you need:
    Valid US Driver's License or any valid driver's license (or valid
    International Driving Permit (if you don't have your Japanese Driver's License yet)
    Time and Money
    The will and commitment to jump through hoops
    The process is more or less the same for those with something other than a US Driver's License.
    *Note: US motorcycle endorsements are unrestricted in size and power, endorsement holders can ride any bike but
    when switching to a Japanese license, they are given a mid-size bike license and must test up for an unlimited class license.
    Countries where the motorcycle license is restricted by size and power may find the process a bit different when converting
    to a Japanese one.

    Check out the PDF below for a much more detailed account on getting your license
    {Getting your motorcycle license in JapanV2.pdf}
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Thursday, February 9

  1. page Life Hacks edited ... Winter Survival Staying Warm ... in the mornings) mornings). Warm blankets ... ice co…
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    Winter Survival
    Staying Warm
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    in the mornings)mornings).
    Warm blankets
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    ice cold bed)bed).
    Disposable hot
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    on your sockssocks.
    Find a
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    out local businesses)businesses).
    Exercise! Moving
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    and relieves stressstress, not to mention keeping that beach body ready for beach season
    Don't lose hope! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Stress and depression can flare during the dark winter months.
    Take advantage of your appliances' timer functions. There is nothing harder than getting out of your warm bed on a frosty morning. The timer can be set to warm your room before you wake up, making the transition easier and less painful.
    Remember to turn off your appliances when not in use. It'll be easier on your wallet every month and there'll be less chance of an electrical fire in case something shorts or overheats. Same thing applies to non-electrical appliances such as gas stoves or heaters.

    Other
    Download the Welcome to Chiba Guide (PDF) for an overview
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  2. page Life Hacks edited ... Compiled by JETs at the May Meeting 2014 Winter Winter Survival Staying Warm Invest in wa…
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    Compiled by JETs at the May Meeting 2014
    Winter
    Winter Survival
    Staying Warm
    Invest in warm clothes and appliances (e.g. heat tech underwear, socks, kotatsu, space heater, humidifier/dehumidifier, electric blankets, etc. (winters can be very dry, putting some humidity into the air can help with not feeling so cold, esp. in the mornings)
    Warm blankets and sheets; the foil sheets designed to reflect heat, works great under rugs/kotatsu and bed sheets (keeps you from jumping into an ice cold bed)
    Disposable hot packs are great for anyone with bad circulation (Hokkairo is a popular brand) They have various types for all kinds of uses from hand warming to sticky pads that go on your socks
    Find a local hangout spot such as a cafe or something similar (they're usually heated and it's not your money spent on heating, plus it helps out local businesses)
    Exercise! Moving keeps your body warm and relieves stress
    Don't lose hope! There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Stress and depression can flare during the dark winter months.

    Other
    Download the Welcome to Chiba Guide (PDF) for an overview
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Monday, February 6

  1. page (Block 7) Isumi edited ... Isumi City (いすみ市; -shi) is located on the east coast of southern Chiba Prefecture on the Boso …
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    Isumi City (いすみ市; -shi) is located on the east coast of southern Chiba Prefecture on the Boso Peninsula. It is next to the Pacific Ocean and can experience humid summers but mild winters. There are approximately 41,014 people living in Isumi City as of March 1st, 2010. Isumi City was formed when the towns of Misaki, Ohara, and Kuniyoshi combined; including neighboring Otaki, Onjuku, and Katsuura, the area is known as 夷隅郡市 (Isumi gunshi). Note: Many of the older generations will refer to Kuniyoshi as Isumi-machi or Isumi. Kuniyoshi was the original Isumi before the merger. The old Isumi is written with kanji while Isumi City is written in hiragana.
    FestivalsFestivals, Events, Tourist Spots
    Open July 18-August 20, 2015
    Ohara Naked Festival (大原はだか祭り)
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    Misakicho-nakahara, Isumi City いすみ市岬町中原 Google maps
    Open July 18-August 20, 2015
    Taito Lighthouse 太東灯台
    Taito, Isumi City いすみ市太東
    The only lighthouse in the area. Placed up on the Taito cliff sides offering scenic views of the Pacific and surrounding area. Was used as a backdrop in a drama once. The road up is a paved single lane road, be wary of oncoming traffic.
    Opened year round.

    Ohara Beach (大原)
    Fukahori, Isumi City いすみ市深堀 Google maps
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Monday, January 30

  1. page (Block 7) Isumi edited ... Access Notes Isumi City - City Hall 8:00 - 17:30 いすみ市7400-1大原298-0000 7400-1 Ohara, Isum…
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    Access
    Notes
    Isumi City - City Hall
    8:00 - 17:30
    いすみ市7400-1大原298-0000
    7400-1 Ohara, Isumi-shi, 298-0000
    10 min walk from Ohara Station, literally a few minutes away from the middle school.
    First floor deals with bills and residential matters, the second floor is where the Mayor works, and the third floor is where the Board of Education is based.

    Chiba Prefectural Office (県庁 kencho)
    8:30-17:00
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    TransportTransportation
    The JR Sotobo Line runs from Chiba City to Taito, Chojamachi, Mikado, Ohara, Namihana and then down to Katsuura/Awa-Kamogawa Stations.
    The Wakashio is an express line that stops at Ohara Station. It runs from Awa-Kamogawa all the way to Tokyo Station. There is an extra fee that you have to pay on board, prices vary depending on where you got on and where you are going.
    The Isumi Railway (いすみ鉄道 Isumi Tetsudo) runs about once an hour from Ohara Station east through Kuniyoshi and Otaki Station, and all the way to Kazusa-Nakano Station (上総中野駅) by Yorokeikoku. There it connects to the Kominato Railway (小湊鉄道 Kominato Tetsudo) which runs through Ichihara to Goi Station (五井駅) and connects to the Uchibo Line. The line is very infrequent but is popular with local high schoolers (who use it to get to school), train enthusiasts, and tourists in the spring when the area is covered with nanohana flowers; it was also the subject of a Japanese drama, 菜の花ラインに乗り換えて(nanohana line ni norikaete).
    Cars are the best means of transportation in the area.
    Buses: Kominato bus
    MiscLocal Tips and Tricks/Misc.
    Try not to miss the train, they only come once every hour in either directions. Only during the morning rush will there be multiple trains in the same hour.
    Last trains going North end at 9 PM, but last trains going South end as late as 12:30 AM. Plan accordingly or you'll find yourself stranded or with a very expensive taxi ride.

    LinksExternal Links
    Isumi City official website (Japanese)
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  2. page (Block 7) Isumi edited Overview ... (Isumi gunshi). Note: Many of the older generations will refer to Kuniyoshi as I…

    Overview
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    (Isumi gunshi). Note: Many of the older generations will refer to Kuniyoshi as Isumi-machi or Isumi. Kuniyoshi was the original Isumi before the merger. The old Isumi is written with kanji while Isumi City is written in hiragana.
    FestivalsFestivals, Events, Tourist Spots
    Ohara Naked Festival (大原はだか祭り)
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  3. page (Block 7) Isumi edited ... Fukahori, Isumi City いすみ市深堀 Google maps Open July 18-August 25, 2015 Ohara Sake Festival O…
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    Fukahori, Isumi City いすみ市深堀 Google maps
    Open July 18-August 25, 2015
    Ohara Sake Festival
    On the main shopping street in front of the Ohara Station. Come and taste the local brewery's finest brews (nihonshu - sake). Buy a sake cup for 300 yen and drink all the nihonshu you can. A day for getting publicly drunk.
    Late March, usually around the 28th or the 29th

    RestaurantsRestaurants
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    Pizza & burgers
    On Route 128 in Ohara. It is right next to the CAINZ Home and Beisia Super Center.
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    excellent taste. *No Longer in Business.
    Coco's
    Family restaurant
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    Recycle Shop
    On Route 128, right next to Cainz
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    items in greatgreat/decent conditions (including
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    cheap prices. They also buy used items.
    Gattsu (ガッツ)
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    Ohara, near Tetsujinthe FamilyMart
    Cheapest all-purpose grocery store in Ohara. You can find pretty much everything here.
    Super Marui (スーパマルイ)
    Located 1.5 blocks from JR Ohara Station
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    Ohara Station. Unhelpful and rude staff though.
    Trial

    Sendo

    Located on Route 128 in Misaki, same plaza as McDonald's and Coco's
    Open 24 hours. Sells groceries, clothes and home supplies forNew supermarket in Misaki. Offers pretty much the same things as Beisie. Prices aren't too different. They do have a cheaper price that Beisia or Cainz.fresh bakery selection near the entrance.
    Superland
    Located in Kuniyoshi
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  4. page (Block 7) Isumi edited ... Teishoku (set meals) On Route 128 right next to Beisia in Ohara. Conveniently located and con…
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    Teishoku (set meals)
    On Route 128 right next to Beisia in Ohara. Conveniently located and conveniently priced.
    This family owned restaurant is one of the best eat-outs in the area. An ALT favorite for the past few years. The teishoku portions are enormous and are very decently priced. Definitely try the ninnikku teishoku or the shouganikku teishoku. The garlic flavored meat dish or the ginger flavored meat dish served on a bed of cabbage with white rice, miso soup, and a seasonal side dish are to die for.
    Asuka
    Teishoku
    Located in Kuniyoshi. Right across from the Superland grocery store.
    AsriCampagna
    Japanese Italian
    Main road in Kuniyoshi leading to Mobara, past the Post Office and MiniStop.
    A decent place to get Italian-styled pizzas. The pasta is lacking but the restaurant atmosphere is pretty nice.
    Rice Shower
    Teishoku
    Located just north of Campagna and Asuka on the same road to Mobara.
    Decently priced traditional Japanese cuisine. Your choice of teishoku or other dishes. Large enough to accomodate large groups of people for nomikais and the like.
    Ashiyama

    Indian
    In Ohara by the beach
    An ALT favorite. Nice atmosphere for large groups.
    between Beisie and Kaneyo
    A relatively new Indian restaurant. They offer an all you can eat curry lunch and dinner.

    Hoffman's
    Pizza & burgers
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    Fast food
    The only one around town conveniently located in Misaki on Route 128
    Check back often, like most McDonald's in Japan, they have seasonal menus that are on a whole pretty good.
    Jamnesia
    Jamaican/ Osaka soul food
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    Chinese-Japanese (中華料理)
    Located on Route 128 in Ohara
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    authentically Chinese. *No longer in Ohara, it has been replaced by a Taiwanese restaurant. There is still one in Mobara.
    Sukiya
    Gyū-don
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    World cuisine/specialty drinks
    Located on Route 128 in Misaki
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    wifi available. The only place to get good Boba (Bubble) Tea/Shakes/Smoothies in Isumi.
    Gake
    Brunch/cafe
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Thursday, January 26

  1. page Getting Your Motorcycle License edited Getting Your Motorcycle License in Japan What you need: Valid Driver's License (or valid Japan…

    Getting Your Motorcycle License in Japan
    What you need:
    Valid Driver's License (or valid Japanese Driver's License)
    International Driving Permit (if you don't have your Japanese Driver's License yet)
    Time and Money
    The will and commitment to jump through hoops
    Check out the PDF below for a much more detailed account on getting your license
    {Getting your motorcycle license in JapanV2.pdf}

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