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Happy New Year!

by The NagaZasshi Team

The New Year is in full swing and I hope you haven’t given up on those New Year’s resolutions quite yet! Looking back on 2012, we want to thank all the Nagazasshi supporters. Because of you, we were able to raise 140,000円 through calendar sales for the It’s Not Just Mud disaster relief program based in Tohoku. We found them a deserving program for this donation due to their dedication to rebuilding Tohoku until the job is done. Though we were able to donate some money, lots more work and funds will be needed for Tohoku to fully recover so if you would like to make an individual donation or volunteer please visit their website at

Thank you again for 2012 and we look forward to your continued support in the coming year. 2013 is year of the snake, so 蛇(じゃ) 始まりましょう…

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A New NagaZasshi project – The Nagasaki Calendar! Photo submissions wanted!

by The NagaZasshi Team

Greetings all! We’re happy to announce a new project from the NagaZasshi team: A NagaZasshi Nagasaki Calendar!

Many of us involved with the NagaZasshi as readers or editors are involved with the JET Programme, and a long-time tradition — the annual JET Calendar, showcasing the best photographs from JETs around Japan — has not continued for 2012. Seeing as there’s now a calendar-shaped gap in our lives, we’ve decided to do something about that and commission our own Nagasaki NagaZasshi Calendar!

What’s more, we’re looking for photography submissions for the calendar!

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2012

Submission Requirements: Pictures must be taken in Japan and should be high-resolution JPEG images in landscape orientation.
Anyone who wishes may submit photos, but please limit entries to 3 per person.
In the case that you submit photographs including people’s faces, please receive permission from those featured BEFORE submission.

Submission Process: Please send all entries to (email address hidden - JavaScript is required) with the subject in the format: [name - title - picture location (City, Prefecture)].

For example: [John Doe - Night View from Mt. Inasa - Nagasaki City, Nagasaki]

We look forward to your submissions! Remember, the deadline is April 30th!

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Catching up – issues 4.3 and 4.4 out now!

by The NagaZasshi Team

Hisashiburi, NagaZasshi faithful! Hope you’re surviving the chilly Nagasaki winter. Nothing better than huddling under the kotatsu with some nabe and something to read!

And that’s where we come in. Here’s links to the online copies of our two most recent issues: Volume 4 issue 3 from November, and fresh off the presses, volume 4 issue 4! Issue 3 has a feature on volunteering in Tohoku, a guide to traveling in many popular southeast Asian countries, and an investigation into the origin of Turkish rice.

The brand new Volume 4 issue 4 features articles on staying warm in the winter (how topical!), Sapporo Snow Festival, a travel guide for Bali, and a guide to Setsubun. Pass the word along and give these issues a read!

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Tanada Festival Date Correction

by The NagaZasshi Team

In the most recent issue of the Nagazasshi — Sept./Oct. 2011, Volume 4 issue 2 — there was a small error in listing the date and location of the Tanada Festival.

Fortunately, there’s still time to see the festival — the real date and location is October 30th in Kawatana. Apologies for the inconvenience!

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O’hana Cafe Eighth Anniversary Party

by The NagaZasshi Team

A longtime supporter of the magazine, O’hana Cafe, will celebrate its eighth anniversary next weekend.

The event on Sept. 16 in Hamanomachi, Nagasaki City, features a special live performance by the Kentarow Band. Doors open at 8 p.m. and admission is 2000 yen, which includes one drink.

For more information, visit the O’hana Cafe’s anniversary party Facebook page. You can also check some videos of the Kentarow Band on the cafe’s blog.

We hope to see you there!

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AJET Publication Award

by The NagaZasshi Team

AJET LogoAJET LogoThe NagaZasshi Team is proud to announce that we have been honored with an award by AJET. The award is for the best prefectural publication. We went up against some very impressive publications throughout Japan, so, needless to say, we are thrilled to have won the award.

We would like to thank all of our article contributors, our sponsors, and all of you for reading the NagaZasshi. This award inspires us to continue making the best, most informative magazine we possibly can.

Below you can read the email we received from AJET. We’ve posted links to the other publications around Japan on our Links page, so make sure (Read more)

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1st Year Anniversary Party

by The NagaZasshi Team

1st Anniversary FlyerOn April 17th we would like to invite you to the celebration that was a year in the making…the NagaZasshi’s First Year Anniversary Party! To honor this historic landmark the wonderful staff at Neutral+ has invited us back to celebrate together and toast an auspicious year.

This invitation is of course open to everyone and anyone who wants to dance, drink and listen to great music with the NagaZasshi’s resident DJs, DJ Fumin (Brethren) and Momo.

The event begins at 9:00pm and ends at 3:00am or until the wheels fall off. 1500yen at the door includes a free drink! It has been a great year so let’s start the next one in grand fashion! Hope to see you all there!

W. (LD Project)

and the NagaZasshi Team

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NIB Piece on NagaZasshi

by The NagaZasshi Team

Check out this piece about the NagaZasshi that debuted on NIB (Nagasaki International Broadcasting) last October starring our very own Mutia Adisoma.

You can also view it directly on YouTube.

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Haiti Donation Update

by The NagaZasshi Team

This is an update for you on the status of the donations you made to Haiti at the last NagaZasshi party. We recently received a confirmation email from the Canadian Red Cross, which you can read at the end of this message. We decided to donate through the Canadian Red Cross because the Canadian government vowed to match any donation made to Canadian charitable organizations between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12, 2010.

We collected about 47,000 yen in donations at the party, and with a few more donations within the next week or so, we ended up with an even 50,000 yen. Since the Canadian government matched donations dollar for dollar, we were able to send roughly $1,000 in relief aid to Haiti.)

Our donation was made on (Read more)

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The All Souls Procession

by The NagaZasshi Team

Note: This entry is an addendum to Vol 1.4′s Wacky Festivals Article.

Good ‘ol Tucson: the heart of the Southwestern United States. Where Wyatt Earp and his boys participated in the infamous gun fight at Tombstone. Where Saguaro cactus take the place of trees in a harsh dry landscape. And where one of the most unique U.S. festivals takes place every first weekend of November, The All Souls Procession. It was started in 1990 by a local artist name Susan Johnson who wanted to honor her deceased father with a festive celebration. Inspired by Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos holiday, she gathered other local artists to perform a small ceremony on 4th Avenue and 4th Street of Tucson. The ceremony was well received and today over 20,000 people participate in what is now known as the All Souls Procession.

Let’s list some of the elements that make a festival fun (Read more)

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