Newsweek picks Fukuoka as one of World's Top Boomtowns

Posted on July 24, 2006 | evankirby

Newsweek logo
We're a little behind the times on this one, but Fukuoka was recently selected by Newsweek International Edition as one of the world's top "boom towns", which sounds exciting regardless of what it means! We’re in a top-ten list that also includes such backwaters as "London, England", and "Las Vegas, United States"!
A couple of quick money quotes from the article:
"[M]any big brands from Toyota to Sony, Toshiba and Canon continue to pour money into manufacturing in and around Fukuoka"
"Fukuoka has become [a] key node in the global economy"
"Fukuoka has long been popular among Japanese tourists for its rich cultural heritage. Now the number of foreign tourists is on the rise, too, up 50 percent in the last six years."
And so on and so forth.

New JET Programme participants coming!

Posted on July 22, 2006 | evankirby

JET Programme logo
July/August is the season for new JET Programme participants to arrive in Japan, and this year there are scheduled to be more than 1,500 of them coming! At least a hundred or so of those will be arriving on the sunny shores of Fukuoka shortly, and we’re happy to welcome you to our lovely city! We have been invited to attend the Fukuoka New JET Orientation, on Friday the 18th of August, so look out for our booth at the interest fair there. We’ll be offering coupons there for two free trial lessons, so you can get to know the school before you make up your mind.

It's nice to be popular: A search result analysis

Posted on July 21, 2006 | evankirby

Google seems to like us! For some reason, we're ranked very highly for some topics that we probably shouldn't be... Here's a quick sampling. (All results current as of the 20th of July, 2006):
Farmstay WWOOF: #1! (We do indeed have a WWOOF Japan-approved farmstay course, but in all honesty we probably shouldn't be number 1, you know?)
Nippon versus Nihon: #1!
Fukuoka Olympics: #1! (given which, perhaps we should remove some of the sarcasm from our post...)
Ijou ika: #2
Gookon: #4
Goukon: #5
Weird Japanese customs: #8
Fukuoka 2016: #9 (yup, another Olympics one?c)
Pottery classes Japan: #11
Indoor snowboarding: #12! (We wrote a single blog entry about visiting an indoor snowboarding arena several months ago, it's true. Hardly a googlebuster, though...)

GenkiJACS' new dorms!

Posted on July 19, 2006 | evankirby

Geshuku Tomo dormitory
Details are already up on the accommodation pages of our site, but we though it might be good to mention here too that we’ve recently acquired the use of two dormitories for our students. These are dorms in the city itself (closer than a lot of host families) used mainly by Japanese university students. They are also somewhat cheaper than staying with a host family, at 10,000 yen per week without any meals, or 12,100 yen per week with breakfast.

Our Favorite Japanese Movie: Casshern

Posted on July 19, 2006 | evankirby

Casshern

We’d like to take a short break from our hectic schedule of updates to this blog (did we manage even a single entry this week? No???) for a little film appreciation. Specifically, our most favoritest of all Japanese movies, Casshern.