Jan 4

JET Prefecture Round Up (January 2018)

JET Prefecture Round Up is a mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture, 2014- 2015). Suzanne is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. Check out her blog on meaningful travel.

girl with sparkler

Happy 2018!

Regional JET and ALT New Year’s Gathering

When: 14 January

Where: Tokyo

For the first time ever, AJET is throwing a New Year’s party for all current and past participants of the JET Program as an effort to expand the network between JETs and representatives of various prefectures. Non-JETs are also welcome.

 

YETI Ski Trip Jan 2018 – Chiba Connection

When: 19-21 January

Where: Nagano Prefecture

This annual ski trip is hosted by YETI so feel free to invite your friends!

 

skier gives peace sign

The mountains await!

Block 2 Mt. Zao Ski Trip

When: 20-21 January

Where: Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata AJET invites you to their Block 2 Winter Event, the Zao Onsen Ski Trip! Join them for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, relaxing in onsens, snow-monster appreciation, and enkais!

 

Okayama AJET does Daisen

When: 27 January

Where: Tottori Prefecture

Okayama AJET will be holding a trip to Mount Daisen for some good old skiing/snowboarding.

 

BLOCK Event: Nara City Scavenger Hunt & Yamayaki!

When: 27 January

Where: Nara Prefecture

Nara AJET invites all members of Block 7 and beyond to a scavenger hunt in the city and a chance to witness fireworks and mountain burning at one of Nara’s oldest and biggest events, the Mount Wakakusa Yamayaki.

 

old books on shelf

Crack open a book for the new year!

HAJET Book Club: The Lies of Locke Lamora

When:  27 January

Where:  Hyogo Prefecture

Winter vacation is a good chance to catch up on books so join Hyogo AJET to discuss “The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch.


Dec 16

JET Prefecture Round up 12.16.17

JET Prefecture Round Up is a weekly mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan, (Tottori Prefecture, 2014- 2015). Suzanne is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

santa ornament

Happy Christmas!

 

Global Cafe: A Christmas Special

When: 17 December

Where: Kyoto Prefecture

Kameoka International Exchange Association is hosting a Christmas party this Sunday. It’s free for foreigners and includes snacks, games, presents, and a little craft workshop.

 

Shiga Christmas Day Party

When: 25 December

Where: Shiga Prefecture

For those of you who’re staying in Japan for Christmas, you’re invited along to a Christmas day get together and potluck dinner.

 

DIY Kadomatsu Workshop

When: 29 December

Where: Ishi-gun, Shimane Prefecture

Kadomatsu are traditional Japanese New Year decorations. Come visit Iinan and learn how to make your own, using real bamboo and decorations.


Dec 2

JET Prefecture Round Up 12.02.17

JET Prefecture Round Up is a weekly mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan, (Tottori Prefecture, 2014- 2015). Suzanne is a writer from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

 

Become a Samurai Warrior at Sengan-en!

When: 8 – 17 December

Where: Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture

Visit Sengan-en, home of the Shimadzu clan, and become a samurai warrior for a small price! What better way can you create an unforgettable memory of your time in Japan?

samurai

Channel your inner warrior.

 

SAJET Christmas Party 2017

When: 9 December

Where: Izumo, Shimane Prefecture

Try something different this year and celebrate the season with Shimane AJET at Marine Thalasso’s heated indoor pool!

christmas lights

Light it up!

 

Shizuoka AJET Illuminations

When: 9 December

Where: Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture

It’s that time of year again! Catch the best holiday illuminations in Shizuoka and enjoy a meal buffet style with Shizuoka AJET.

 

A Merry Shiga Christmas

When: 9 December

Where: Shiga Prefecture

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater, bring a pressie, and come share in Shiga AJET’s festivities for one night only.

people sharing japanese food

Bonenkai time!

 

Oita AJET Bonenkai 2017

When: 9 December

Where: Beppu, Oita Prefecture

RSVP if you’d like to partake in this annual all you eat and drink event hosted by Oita AJET.


Nov 23

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015)

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

 

turkey dinner

Tuck in!

Thanksgiving Dinner Party

When: 26 November

Where: Matsue, Shimane Prefecture

Even though Thanksgiving is technically over, that’s no reason not to keep the celebrations going this weekend!

 

sasadango

Let’s make sasadango!

Let’s Make Sasadango!

When: 2 December

Where: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture

Join Niigata AJET to learn how to make Niigata’s favorite treat, sasadango, from mugwort-flavored mochi, red beans, and bamboo leaves!

 

crab

All you can eat crab? Sign me up!

All You Can Eat Crab & Onsen Bus Trip!

When: 2 December

Where: Kumihama, Kyoto Prefecture

Sign up for an all you can eat crab buffet, hot springs, and Amanohashidate on a one-day-only trip!

 

shrine festival with fireworks

Get lit in Chichibu!

Block 3 AJET Event: Mitsumine Shrine and Yomatsuri

When: 3 December

Where: Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture

Celebrate Chichibu City’s annual festival, Yomatsuri, where dozens of enormous portable shrines are marched through the city after a spectacular fireworks display.

 

 


Nov 6

JET Prefecture Round up! 11.06.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015) 

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog. 

volcano in Japan

Kaimondake, Kyushu

Mad for Mountains

When: 11-12 November

Where: Gokase, Miyazaki Prefecture

Miyaki AJET invites you to spend a packed weekend in Gokase kayaking, taking in the vibrant koyo, making friends at a cabin party, and checking out Heike Matsuri!

Climb Kaimondake

When: 12 November

Where: Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture

Kagoshima AJET is inviting all community members to finish off SDC weekend strong by hiking up one of Kagoshima’s volcanoes!

Get ready for the ride of your life!

Oita Bikescapade #1

When: 12 November

Where: Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture

This autumn, join Oita AJET for a wicked biking trip on the Yabakei trail.

HAJET Book Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

When: 12 November

Where: Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Why not join HAJET for a chilled afternoon of discussion about books? They will be covering The Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.


Oct 30

JET Prefecture Round up 30.10.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015)

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

Hey, past and present JETs! Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on in Nihon-land this week!

 

Japanese demon in crowd

Onomichi Betcha Matsuri

Onomichi Betcha Festival

When: 1-3 November

Where: Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture

On Culture Day, head to Onomichi for its famous Betcha Matsuri. At the festival, three oni (Betcha, Soba, and Shoki) will “beat” the sickness out of you to bless you with good health for the following year! The festival also a temple walk and amazing taiko performances.

 

Shizuoka City Daidogei Festival

When: 2-5 November

Where: Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka AJET invites everyone to an annual event that features street performers from around the world juggling, dancing, and performing acrobatics, comedy, and aerial acts!

 

yellow man on street and crowd

Daidogei Festival

Portraits of Japanese Culture

When: 3 November

Where: Moriyama, Kyoto Prefecture

Spend Culture Day appreciating ukiyo-e paintings at Sagawa Art Museum with Shiga AJET.

 

Learn to make Japanese sparklers

When: 3 November

Where: Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture

Did you know that only three companies in Japan make traditional sparklers? KumAJET invites you to join in this exciting workshop that involves real-life gunpowder!

man with Japanese sparkler

Learn how to make a traditional Japanese sparkler

 

Kamamoto Pottery Festival

When: 3-5 November

Where: Miyama, Kagoshima Prefecture

This annual pottery festival is held in the small pottery village of Miyama. Get some Korean-inspired Japanese pottery for your kitchen!

 

Halloween Dinner Party

When: 5 November

Where: Matsue, Shimane Prefecture

It’s never too late to celebrate Halloween. Join in a traditional Halloween dinner party for lots of fall food. Fancy dress is optional but there’s a prize for the best outfit!


Oct 23

JET Prefecture Round up! 23.10.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015)

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

What’s on this week? Halloween parties and lots of other unique festivals! Here’s a snapshot of some cool events to check out!

Halloween parties galore!

AJET Block 6 Halloween Bash

When: 28 October

Where: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Calling all ghouls and girls! Join Block 6 for their annual Halloween bash. Party includes nomihodai, a costume contest, and a dance contest! Get your groove on!

Omura Halloween Party

When: 28 October

Where: Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture

Is there anywhere spookier to celebrate Halloween than in a cabin in the woods?

Mitokusan Fire Festival

Mitokusan Fire Festival

When: 29 October

Where: Misasa, Tottori Prefecture

Are you brave enough to walk on fire barefoot like the monks do?

Iwami kagura

Iwami Culture Display

When: 29 October

Where: Iwami, Shimane Prefecture

Block 9 JETs, share in this JET Furusato Vision Project cultural event! Join in the Iwami kagura dance and ignite your creative spark with Iwami yaki pottery workshops!

 

 


Oct 16

JET Prefecture Round up! 10.16.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015) 

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

Hey JETs, past and present! October’s not even over yet and there’s still a lot going on! Read on to find out how you can get in on all the action!

Are you ready for a Halloween-themed pub quiz?

 

Journey to the end of the night

When: 21 October

Where: Toyama Park (West), Children’s Square, Tokyo

Join in a massive (and free!) game of tag that spans six parks and about 9 km across the city!

 

Hocus Pocus Pub Quiz Night

When: 21 October

Where: Tajima, Hyogo Prefecture

If you like answering Halloween-inspired trivia questions, drinking, and just plain having fun, this one’s for you!

 

Get your kit on!

Fukui FA Cup

When: 21 October

Where: Fukui Prefecture

Block 5, get ready for the biggest and best co-ed 5-a-side football tournament this side of Japan. No team required!

 

Space World Trip

When: 21 October

Where: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture

Think fast! All JETs are welcome to visit Kyushu’s famous theme park that’s closing at the end of the year.

 

Space World

Mount Ishizuchi Hike

When: 21 October

Where: Ehime Prefecture

Hike up the highest mountain peak (1982 m) in western Japan with Ehime AJET!

 

Halloween Costume Contest

When: 22 October

Where: Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture

Get in on the Halloween action early with a costume contest and pumpkin weight guessing contest at the Ryujin Taisai Festival!

 

Explore Toyama city and help a worthy cause!

AJET Charity Toyama Scavenger Hunt

When: 22 October

Where: Toyama-shi, Toyama Prefecture

Explore the city, make new friends, and raise money for a good cause! Proceeds will go to the Bridge For Smile charity.

 

Outdoor Climbing Day at Zakkokutani

When: 22 October

Where: Toyama Prefecture

Beginner and experienced climbers, grab your harnesses and let’s go outside!


Oct 9

JET Prefecture Round up! 10.09.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori-ken, 2014-2015)

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

Hey, everyone! There’s another national holiday this week (Health and Sports Day) so who’s ready for some hiking, kiritanpo, kayaking, parades, beef, and screaming? Read on to find out more!

 

rice stick

Kiritanpo, an Akita specialty

Kiritanpo Festival

When: 7-9 October

Where: Odate, Akita Prefecture

Enjoy live performances and kiritanpo (rice grilled stick and specialty of Akita prefecture) at this unique festival.

 

29th Yufuin Eat Beef and Scream Tournament

When: 9 October

Where: Yufuin, Oita Prefecture

I scream, you scream, we all scream for beef (literally)! Head to Mount Yufu for this unusual event that combines beef eating and screaming into a stratovolcano.

contest

Yufuin Eat Beef and Scream Tournament

 

Jumangoku Festival

When: 9 October

Where: Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture

Help carry the mikoshi and be part of one of Ogaki’s biggest events for the year!

 

yokai

Yokai parade

Yokai Parade

When: 14 October

Where: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Celebrate Halloween early by hitting the street with Kyoto’s very own yokai parade.

 

Biwa Kayaking 2017

When: 14 October

Where: Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture

Pack a bento and come kayak Japan’s largest freshwater lake with a professional instructor!

 

mountain

Mount Miune

Mt Miune Hike

When: 15 October

Where: Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture

Strap on those hiking boots to climb Shikoku’s third tallest peak.

 

 

 


Oct 2

JET Prefecture Round up! 10.02.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture, 2014-2015)

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or on her blog.

Put away that cool biz. October is here! Before you snuggle under that kotatsu, here are some events to get you nice and toasty!

festival

Otsu Matsuri

2017 Otsu Festival

When: 8 October

Where: Otsu, Shiga Prefecture

Get ready to work it. Shiga AJET invites volunteers to flex those muscles to pull festival floats at the famous Otsu Matsuri.

Block 6 PicnicKai 2.0

When: 7 October

Where: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

This fall, Block 6 kicks off their welcome undoukai/picnic in the park for all Block 6 JETs, new and old.

riverboat

Cruising in Hita

Hita Riverboat Dinner

When: 8 October

Where: Hita, Oita Prefecture

Oita AJET welcomes all JETs and friends to hop on a pleasure boat, drink, eat, and relax on Hita’s Mikuma river.

Hyogo AJET Rafting

When: 7 October

Where: Nagaoka, Kochi Prefecture

It’s time for HAJET’s annual rafting trip down south. Grab a paddle pronto!

 

 

 


Sep 25

JET Prefecture Round up! 09.25.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture, 2014-2015)

Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Konnichiwa past and present JETs! This autumn’s already steaming up with a host of events to keep you occupied. Here are some highlights you shouldn’t miss!

sumo

Bull sumo wrestling

Bull Sumo Wrestling in Ojiya

When: 1 October

Where: Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture

Forget human sumo wrestlers! Head to Tsunotsuki or bull versus bull wrestling in Ojiya to see which beast comes out on top!

 

mountain

Mount Daisen

Tottori AJET Daisen hike

When: 30 September

Where: Saihaku, Tottori Prefecture

It’s already fall so you know what time that is: time to tackle Daisensan, the tallest mountain in the Chugoku region!

 

bonfire

Bonfire

Block 4 Welcome Party: Odo Beach Bonfire

When: 29 September

Where: Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture

Calling all Block 4 peeps! Bring some booze and marshmallows and get to know one another!

 

Kamasube! Masaka Rhythm 2017

When: 30 September

Where: Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture

Cozy up with live music from over 20 local artists and groups and nosh some tasty food at this music festival.

 

float

Nebuta parade

Goto Island Festival

When: 29 September – 1 October

Where: Fukue, Nagasaki Prefecture

Head to one of the main Goto islands for Nebuta parades, fireworks, dances, and a whole lotta fun!

 

Kanda Float Festival

When: 24 September – 1 October

Where: Miyako, Fukuoka Prefecture

Join in one of Kyushu’s three major float festivals that’s famous for its “fighting floats” where competing floats hit one other!

 


Sep 18

JET Prefecture Round up! 09.18.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture, 2014-2015) Suzanne is a freelance writer originally from Trinidad and Tobago. You can connect with her on Linkedin.

Hey, everyone! It’s already past the middle of September and there’s a national holiday (Autumnal Equinox Day on 23 September) coming up. Here’s what’s going on in Japan’s JET community this week and the next!

 

Oirase Shimoda Matsuri

Oirase Shimoda Matsuri

When: 23 September – 24 September

Where: Oirase Town, Aomori Prefecture

Snap the “living dolls” that ride the giant floats during the Shimoda Festival in Oirase!

 

Kuma Fest 2017

When: 30 September

Where: Minamiaso, Kumamoto Prefecture

Pack a tent. It’s party time on the side of the world’s largest caldera for the first ever Kuma Fest!

 

Whitewater rafting in Japan

Hiroshima AJET’s Annual Whitewater Rafting Trip

When: 29 September – 1 October

Where: Yoshino River, Kochi Prefecture

Block 9 peeps, get your paddles ready! Hiroshima AJET is hosting its yearly whitewater rafting in Shikoku.

 

Miyazaki JET Trivia Quiz

When: 30 September

Where: Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture

September can be tough with classes, speech contests, and sports day so rustle up a team and head to the MAJET Trivia Night! It’s also a potluck so bring something yummy to share!

 

Howl’s Moving Castle

Hyogo AJET’s Book Club

When: 24 September

Where: Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

At this sesh, Hyogo JET’s Book Club will dissect Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. P.S. it isn’t considered cheating if you can’t finish the book and only watch the movie instead.

 

Kagawa AJET Moon Viewing and Party

When: 23 September

Where: Marugame Castle, Kagawa Prefecture

Forget yesterday’s eclipse. Kagawa AJET hosts a moon viewing party at Marugame Castle for the autumnal equinox! Take a tour of the castle, picnic, and enjoy the scenery!

 

Kamaishi Wine Festival

When: 30 September

Where: Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture

Get your drink on at the first ever Kamaishi Wine Festival! It takes place during the Kamaishi Magokoro Food Festival and the Rugby World Cup 2019 Fan Zone Rehearsal Event so drink up, eat up, and join in a game of street rugby!

Lake Biwa

 

Shiga AJET’s Biwa Bike Trip

When: 30 September – 1 October

Where: Maibara, Shiga Prefecture

Get ready for a legendary weekend of mad views and copious amounts of Pocari Sweat as Shiga AJETs cycle 150 km (93 miles) around Lake Biwa!

 

Night of Dance

When: 30 September

Where: Nakagami, Okinawa Prefecture

An exciting night of dance performances: hip hop, belly dance, tribal fusion belly dance, jazz dance, popping, flamenco, and more!

 

 

 


Nov 11
JET alumni from JETAANY meet Kumamon and Governor Kabashima at the Consul General's residence

JET alumni from JETAANY meet Kumamon and Governor Kabashima at the Consul General’s residence

By Mark Frey (Kumamoto, 2002-2006), mark.frey@jetaanc.org

Updated with media coverage of the visit.

Boston and New York had the honor of hosting Kumamon’s North American debut last week! Who is Kumamon you may ask? The rosy-cheeked, sack-shaped bear is the official mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu. Voted the top “Yuru-kyara” (cuddly mascot character) in Japan, he has taken Japan by storm and sold more than $300 million worth of merchandise in 2012 alone.

Kumamon’s remarkable success in promoting his rural prefecture across Japan–there is even an exclusive “Kumamon Goods” store in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza neighborhood–is being studied in government offices and marketing departments across Japan. In fact, no less than the Wall Street Journal has published no fewer than three articles about the phenomenon.

If you’d like to learn more about Kumamon, including what he does every day, I recommend checking him out online:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kumamotodiary.en
Home page: http://kumamon-official.jp/

Kumamon accompanied Kumamoto Governor Kabashima during his visit to Boston on Novermber 12-13, which included giving a lecture at Harvard on “The Political Economy of Kumamon: A New Frontier in Japan’s Public Administration.”

Kumamon spent time with the Boston Red Sox’s mascot, Wally the Green Monster, for what was surely an important, high-level diplomatic meeting. The full itinerary of their Boston visit can be found herehere, and here. Media coverage of their visit includes:

Japan Time article

Wall Street Journal article

Photos on Boston.com

FNN news video

Kumamon at Harvard video

Kumamon meets Boston Red Sox's Wally the Green Monster at Fenway Park

Kumamon meets Boston Red Sox’s Wally the Green Monster at Fenway Park

The lovable bear and Governor Kabashima made their way down to New York on November 14, where they paid back the compliment with a visit the Wall Street Journal. Later they visited the Consul General’s residence, as part of a special reception to promote Kyushu. JET alumni from the New York Chapter of JETAA representing all of the prefectures of Kyushu were invited to the reception. In addition to presentations on Kyushu travel, tourism and shochu, Governor Kabashima introduced Kumamon. Guests dined on Kumamoto oysters and “ekiben” prepared by the chef from Hataka Tonton, and sipped shochu from the region. Kumamon and Governor Kabashima’s full New York itinerary can be found here. Media coverage of their visit includes:

Photos of JET alumni at Kyushu Promotion event at Consul General’s residence

FNN news video

NHK video and article

Kumamon dancing at Consul General’s residence video

Governor Kabashima is an interesting person. He was an “at-risk” student who grew up poor in Kumamoto. Against all odds, through hard work and dedication he ended up earning a PhD from Harvard and becoming a political science professor at University of Tokyo. His launch of the Kumamon public relations campaign is one of the great local promotion success stories of recent times.

Kabashima has also gotten a lot done in Kumamoto, including making some real headway in repairing Kumamoto’s troubled finances (he started by cutting his own salary), trying to resolve remaining issues related to Minamata disease, and blocking Tokyo’s plans to build a huge dam in the prefecture. A very good article about his life can be found here in the Asahi newspaper. The governor introduces himself and his views in two videos, here and here.

From the start, Kumamoto Prefecture and local communities have been dedicated supporters of the JET Program. Year after year, the prefecture has been near the top of the list in hosting the most JETs, hosting around 100 this year. I myself was a Kumamoto JET. I grew to love the prefecture while I lived there, and now consider it to be my “second home.”

Aso-Kuju National Park, Kumamoto

Aso-Kuju National Park, Kumamoto

I encourage everyone to take some time to visit Kumamoto while traveling in Japan. The prefecture boasts some of the best onsen hot springs in the country. Aso-Kuju National Park is one of the natural wonders of the world, with its giant ancient crater that is so large that an entire volcano and six towns exist inside of it (I lived in one of them!). Kumamoto Castle is one of the three finest castles in Japan. Beautiful parks and gardens, beaches and mountains, history and culture, Kumamoto has it all!

To explore Kumamoto further, click here. The prefecture also has a great Facebook page here.

If you are a JET alum from Kumamoto, I encourage you to join the LinkedIn Group for Kumamoto JET alumni here. In fact, I encourage all alumni to join their prefecture’s LinkedIn Group. You can find yours here. It’s a great way to stay connected with other alumni from your prefecture.

I’m glad JET alumni had a chance to welcome Governor Kabashima and Kumamon to the U.S. Congratulations on the great success of their first U.S. tour together!


Feb 15

JET Prefecture Round-up 2.16.12

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Sam Brewster, (Akita-ken, Kazuno-shi, 2011-present), gives a little taste of what JETs are doing around Japan. To submit items for future JET Prefecture Round-up posts, e-mail Sam at jetinfogather [at] gmail.com.

Events by Region

Chubu Region

Nagano

  • Snow Splash party in Hakuba at The Pub on February 25th.

Shizuoka

  • The 22nd Annual Sakura Kawazu Matsuri will take place from February 5th to March 10th.
  • Ski trip 2 – Le Retour at the Aqua Alpine Hotel and Lady Diana Hotel from February 17th to 19th.
  • Shizuoka JETs are heading to this year’s Fujinishiki Sake Matsuri on Sunday 18th March in Fujinomiya-shi.

Kansai Region

Nara

  • Nara JETs take on Hadaka Matsuri – the Naked Man Festival – in Okayama on February 18th.
  • Nara Bunkasai 2012 takes place this year on February 25th at Loco Loco, showcasing the best of Nara ALTs’ talents for charity!

Kantou Region

Ibaraki

  • Makabe Hina Doll Festival in Sakuragawa, from February 4th to March 3rd.

Kyushu Region

Kagoshima

  • Charity Party for Earthquake Disaster at Recife Bar On Sunday 19th February
  • The KAJET Annual Pub Quiz takes place this year on March 10th

Kumamoto

  • KumAJET is auctioning off its ALTs for charity at this year’s Valentine’s Day Auction, held on February 18th. Last year they raised a whopping 238,000yen!
  • The Kumamoto City International Center Japanese cooking workshop is being held this year on February 26th

Nagasaki

  • Nagasaki JETs are holding a three day intensive English course for students to take part in various cultural activities and games, beginning February 15th.

Shikoku Region

Ehime

  • Ehime Jets are volunteering on February 26th, playing games and doing crafts with children at the Hatadera Children’s Center.
 *Note to all JETs and JET alumni:  Click here to find your JET prefecture group on LinkedIn.

Nov 19

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Emily Lemmon, (Hyogo-ken, Shiso-shi, 2009-present), PSG volunteer, organizer of Hyogo-ken’s PEPY Ride, student of Shorinji Kempo, and editor of the Hyogo Times, gives a little taste of what JETs are doing around Japan.  To submit items for future JET Prefecture Round-up posts, e-mail Emily at jetinfogather [at] gmail.com.

 

Events by Region

Tohoku Region

Iwate

  • AJET’s Thanksgiving Cabin Party is November 26th-27th!

 

Kantou Region

Chiba

 

Chubu Region

Shizuoka

Nagano

Toyama


Kansai Region

Nara

  • The Christmas Smile Kids Japan visit will be on Saturday, December 10 from 1-4pm.

Hyogo

  • Hyogo will host the Awaji ALT Football Tournament on Awajishima Friday 18th – Sunday 20th November.
  • Hyogonians get their “JETs on Jitenshas” on in the Fall PEPY Ride in Himeji November 20th.
  • The Shiso Sale is happening until December 10th, to benefit PEPY and Cambodia!
  • Thanksgiving Dinner in Kobe, November 23rd!
  • A Very Shiso Thanksgiving will be held in Shiso on November 26th.

Osaka

  • Osaka JETs are re-visiting Shinodoyama Orphanage in Izumi-shi on November 23rd.
  • Moustache Bash is December 2nd in Osaka!

Wakayama

 

Shikoku Region

  • Shikoku Field Day will be held in Shikoku Saburo no Sato, in Mima City, Tokushima on November 26th and 27th.

Ehime

  • All JETs and their JTEs are invited to the Skills Development Conference Enkai at Hadaka no Osama in Matsuyama on December 1st!
  • Jam for Japan is scheduled for December 10th to raise money for donation  to Tohoku.
  • Ehime JETs are doing a Christmas Party and Secret Santa orphanage visit in Matsuyama on December 17th

Kochi

  • Kochi JETs are invited to Tea Ceremony on November 23rd in Takajo-machi.
  • Kochi JETs are invited to a free tour of Tengu Highlands on November 26th!

 

Kyushu Region

Oita

Kumamoto

  • KumAJET will climb the 3,333 steps on November 19th!

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