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As a committee, we have struggled with how to bring our community together in the time of social distancing. This is especially difficult for the first traditional event for the new committee: The Farewell Beer Garden. Given the nature of the pandemic, it was decided that we should play it safe with our event planning and move our farewells online or in small gatherings in regional groups (depending on the will of the regional rep). Seibu and Chubu had a joint online event:(more…)
July 14, 2020 | Teaching | No Comments
It’s that time again where we toast another year well spent and celebrate those who will be leaving us in a few weeks. Let’s send them off in a blaze of laughter and glory. I’m not crying, you are!
️WHEN: Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 7 PM
️WHERE: The GunmaJET discord server in any of our chat rooms (though things will be starting in and periodically returning to the General chat.)
️WHO: All o’ y’all, with special emphasis on those who will be departing this year. People who have already left this year are also invited and encouraged to join us!
️WHAT: A last night of fun and reminiscing with all of Gunma, with a toast, slideshow of pictures, and optional drinking game along the way.
️RSVP: If you are not on the GAJET Discord already, please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/rvLrnj4xSn6p2GiP8
After you RSVP, a link will be sent to you in order to join.
IMPORTANT: As we are planning to create a slideshow, we need YOUR help. Please send your favourite photos of Gunma memories to [email protected] by Friday the 10th at noon. Let’s have an awesome night of fun and memories together!
Hope to see everyone there!
A very warm welcome to the GAJET team of 2020 – 2021! Some faces are familiar and some of them are new! We look forward to hosting some awesome events for you in the next year together!
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During this self-isolating period you’ve probably been bombarded with people going on daily walks via social media. I am guilty of this content. You may roll your eyes and think we are silly but there is real science behind daily exercise for your mental health! When you google “mental health daily walks” you get a whopping 371,000,000 results from Google. Because of COVID-19 we’ve all been deskwarming or working from home, and we’re probably experiencing a mental lull. A lot of sitting down, a lack of social interaction, and a lot more reaching for our phones to aimlessly scroll through social media and the news. Then rinse and repeat (no pun intended, but you should also be cleaning your phone as they can be key in spreading germs). I find myself feeling increasingly irritated by this habit. When I avoid doing this, I feel a significant difference in my mood. Have you ever wondered why you feel annoyed by little things or you just can’t seem to concentrate on one thing? Take note on how many times you find yourself fiddling with your phone and it may surprise you! The key to quieting our brains from the constantly clicking, scrolling, and tapping is to allow ourselves to zone out. We can do this by going for walks. Other reasons walks can be rad are:
You probably read that list and thought to yourself “Yes Alice, of course that’s why I would go for a walk… Why are you trying to give me advice on doing a simple adult task?” And yes, I agree, I’m giving advice on how to suck eggs. But these things really helped me with my goal of zoning out. First, let’s focus on urban walks that can be done without a car.
I try to do shorter urban walks around 5:30 every day to complete my workday and wind down. Currently there is little distinction between “home” and “workplace” so it’s important to have a shift in how we are using our space. This way, we don’t feel like we are at work even when we have finished for the day.
Next are some tips on how to find hiking trails or nature walks. Regrettably this may not be possible if you don’t own a car. But you might be lucky to have some hiking gems close by that don’t require one. My first piece of advice is to utilize the saving location function in Google Maps. My Google Map is scattered with these glorious little green pins! They’re also excellent for planning trips. If you are driving past something and it looks like it would be a great walking location; stop safely and save it to look at later. Alternatively, you can do this browsing on Google Maps directly by clicking about a mountainous area. I have had some luck with searching “hiking area” directly into Google Maps and saving these locations. I will warn you now that sometimes these locations can be a little off, so if there are any reviews, read them! They can include helpful information. Another function of Google Maps is to use Street View to scope out areas for hiking. These technologies can be helpful but don’t guarantee 100% accuracy. Occasionally I go to a location that’s a complete fail, but this can be part of the fun of searching for these hidden trails. When you do find something, it’s really exciting! Another helpful search term is “神社” (じんじゃ), meaning shrine in English. A lot of these shrines can be found on mountainsides, and the areas around these shrines can be great for walking! I usually park a little way away from these shrines so it’s still a bit of a trek. You can be sure that it’s okay to walk around these areas as shrines are open to the public. I love finding random abandoned shrines in the middle of nowhere.
I’ve created a map for hiking/walking in Gunma! Check it out here. I’m based in Fujioka so most locations are in the Fujioka/Onishi/Kanna area, but the map is completely editable so please add your own favourite walking places! When adding your own locations, please remember to note if there is free parking and toilets, and include an estimated hiking time.
My second piece of advice is to take photos of information signs! These can include hiking trails (ハイキングコース) in the area. I’ve made a habit of checking them out whenever I see one, and have found a lot of trails that aren’t on Google Maps this way. These signs can have a lot of useful information on them, so understanding some key phrases can be really helpful! I found this website that has a very extensive list of hiking trail vocabulary for map reading here. The ones I have found important are:
Once you have found your desired destination it’s time to set off! Before you leave the house make sure you have water, a sustaining packed lunch, sunscreen, and an adventurous spirit. You may also want to invest in a bear bell so they know you are in the area and keep their distance. Now you are ready to go explore the gems of nature that Gunma has to offer! いってらっしゃい! (Have a safe trip!)
I hope reading this article has encouraged you to go on more walks and to appreciate what Gunma’s landscape has to offer. Whatever is happening in the world right now, please remember that the news will continue to update and that it can be anxiety-triggering trying to keep up with everything. It’s an impossible task, so try switching off and take a break from your brain constantly ticking. Go easy on yourself and put your mental health first.
Thanks to everyone who submitted an application for the 2020-2021 GAJET Committee. Please read over all the candidate’s platforms below. Once you’re ready, you can vote on our Google Form by clicking here. Voting will end on Sunday, June 14th at midnight. Best of luck to all candidates!(more…)