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1621 An older Japanese samurai master and his young, female apprentice

I have really enjoyed updating and managing the KobeJET website for the past 7 years. It has been both a fun hobby and useful tool in trying multiple new web technologies that I have used in other websites for the US Forest Service, FCC, BehaveNet, and more - and that I've been able to update in return from lessons learned.

But while I fully intend to keep hosting the site, providing updates, and continuing to use it as an example of what is possible with Drupal 10.2 and beyond, I would like to hand off all actual JET questions and interactions to current ALTs.

The site has a lot of potential for helping new and current ALTs connect with their communities, learn about their schools and sempais/kouhais, and share information about the city, resources, and on and on.

If you might be interested in becoming the new KobeJET admin, please send a short introduction to and I will follow up with you to verify your status as a current ALT and next steps to help you get up and running on the site.

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You may not have noticed much a change on the front side of things (which is a good thing!), but is now running on the latest version of the open source Drupal 10 CMS!!🥳

And just in time for Halloween!🎃 This comes with numerous feature and performance improvements for all users - lesson and favorite location perusers, content contributors, and user managers. And we are still looking for all three. So if you're interested in getting more involved with KobeJET in any capacity, please let us know! Translating 🙊🈺, managing the current JETs directory📚, adding or adopting and updating lessons...🚀 the list goes on and on.

We hope you enjoy the latest updates and look forward to your feedback! Oh, and we added emojis too!😊

Get involved!

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Big shout out and thank you to 2 dedicated volunteers, Dania and Denisa, who have finished mapping the rest of the schools. Through perseverance and sweat, they added 150 schools in the last day alone - WOW!!

Take a look and check out the full school map! You can easily search by School name, block number, or level/type.

If you'd like to help us in updating school info, including the current ALT(s) or contact information - let us know!

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