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Three Years a JET

June 21, 2019 | Blog, JET Life | No Comments

As many of us can testify, being on JET is a transformative experience. Every day, we’re pushing ourselves, growing, learning—struggling and thriving by turns. For some of us, JET is a first foray into the “real world” post-graduation. For some of us, it’s our first time living alone, or living abroad, or both. These are […]

GAJET 2019-2020 ELECTIONS!

June 5, 2019 | News and Announcements | No Comments

Thanks to everyone who submitted an application for the 2019-2020 GAJET Committee. You can vote by clicking here. Voting will end by the end of Wednesday, June 12. Ciara Lily Malone (Takasaki) Running for: President and Seibu Rep Happy Reiwa, Gunma! I’m Ciara from the UK, going into my third year as an Elementary School […]

The Muddy Battlefield

June 3, 2019 | Blog, JET Life | No Comments

The questions began popping into my head when I saw a poster of my predecessor, dressed in some form of make-shift wedding dress, sprinting for her life with a handful of others through a foot deep of mud. どろんこ祭り (doronko-matsuri). As to why my small town in the middle of nowhere had a mud and […]

Big thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the GAJET spring 2019 photo contest! You can see all the submissions down below. Vote for your favorite pictures via the Facebook photo gallery. One “like” equals a vote. Voting has closed and our winner has been decided. Congratulations to Paul for his amazing photo of a […]

Gallery: I Can Japan 2019

May 27, 2019 | GAJET Events, Gallery, JET Life | No Comments

The GAJET community gathered in Maebashi this past Saturday for the eighth annual I Can Japan charity event. ALTs and locals alike gathered for an evening of great food, performances, and prizes. All the money raised at this event is given to the Komochiyama foster home in Shibukawa, Gunma. We hope to see you all […]

Making Rays of Sunshine

April 25, 2019 | Blog, GAJET Events, JET Life | No Comments

Last weekend, members of GAJET had an opportunity to give back to the community by spending a playful afternoon at the Komochiyama Foster Home in Shibukawa. The brief visit is an early indicator for GAJET’s annual I Can Japan event, being held this year on May 25. I Can Japan began as an endeavor to […]

Life of a Foreign Warrior

April 3, 2019 | Blog, JET Life | No Comments

Hanami, flowering viewing, is a popular event each year during spring time to witness the beautiful, pink return of spring to Gunma’s mountains and valleys. However, the Kanra Castle Town Obata Sakura Festival is not your ordinary hanami experience. An annual event, this festival exists to celebrate the beloved sakura blossoms, while simultaneously paying tribute […]

Gallery: March 30 BBQ

March 30, 2019 | GAJET Events, Gallery, JET Life | No Comments

Thanks to everyone who came out to the barbecue today. The weather was chilly, but the people (and food) were warm. Check out some of the photos below! Photos taken by Gavin Au-Yeung and Haydn Zimmer (as noted in individual photo captions).