First, wecome to all the new JETs! For those of you heading to the southern islands, i have some clothing tips for you.
From April until November the southern islands enjoy and struggle throug hot and humid weather, but as teachersw we are expected to dress in long pants/skirts and dress shirts (or polo shirts). For these reasons, try to find light and breathable clothing. During these months, intense rains can also occur so I recommend a light rain jacket.
However, from November to March the weather cools down. Because we are next to the ocean and houses are not insulated, 14 degrees celsius – or 50-60 degrees farenheit – feels cold. For these months you want clothing which is insulated: a light wind breaker is a good example. Uniqlo sells clothes perfect for both season sbut you will have to order online because we have no Uniqlo on the southern islands.
Hopefully this helps you with your preparations regarding which clothes to bring to the southern islands, and congratulations on coming to Kagoshima!
Nathaniel Hayes is an ALT on Amami Oshima Island