News and Announcements
I’m happy to announce the results of the Mid-Term elections! I know many of you were excited to put in your ballots, but alas, there were not enough running mate pairs to make a fierce election. Nevertheless, we have some great platforms that will introduce you to your new regional and social representatives. Please read them and watch out for future events from our great new members!
It’s that time of year again—one of GAJET’s biggest events—the Canyons Adventure and Mixer! Get to know your neighbors from Gunma, Ibaraki, Nagano, Saitama, and Tochigi while catching the last rays of summer during an action-(or leisure) packed weekend at Gunma’s own Canyons Alpine Lodge in Minakami.
Here are the nominations for your upcoming GAJET committee! Please read each platform carefully and vote by clicking the link below. If you are unsure of the tasks each role must fulfill then check out the nominations page. Voting is open from now until Friday June 17th at 8pm.
Hello fellow Gunmanians!
My name is Crystal Lamptey, and I am running for GAJET President. I work as an ALT in Shibukawa City, and in August, I’ll become a “unicorn”! … That is to say, I will be a 5th-year JET participant, a …
Working on JET or as an ALT can provide a pretty comfortable lifestyle for those of us in Gunma. We are afforded a decent salary along with many of the comforts of large cities (Takasaki, Maebashi) without paying Tokyo prices. Yet, I am sure all JETs would never turn down an opportunity to save a little more cash and enhance their savings for any future plans post-JET.
In February 2015, I went to the Iiyama Snow Festival with four friends in Iiyama City, Nagano. For those who want to embrace the winter magic, but simply cannot afford the pricey trip up to Hokkaido for the Sapporo Snow Festival, I recommend this as a cheaper, closer, low-key alternative!
Here are some personal highlights from the Iiyama Snow Festival in 2015:
Fireworks in the snow
I had never seen fireworks go off while snow was falling at the same time, so it was a wonderful new experience! The Disney soundtrack playing in …
You’ve run out of ideas for warm up activities and you no longer get excited by 24-hour combinis. JTE small talk still isn’t getting any easier and, worryingly, you’re actually starting to like melonpan. Despite Japan feeling like a second home, you’re edging towards the dramatic conclusion that is “Stage 4.” It’s time to awkwardly decline that offer to recontract because, if you’re honest with yourself, you know it’s time to move on. Only one issue remains: what next?