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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).

Finding Sakura in Gunma

March 17, 2019 | Blog, Gallery, Guides, JET Life | No Comments

Pink petals float on the breeze as the sun’s gentle rays shine down. Sounds of children playing echo across a green field. It’s finally here! Spring has returned at last! A season associated with rebirth, spring is the time when we end our winter hibernation, crawl out from under the kotatsu, and bask in nature […]

Jikoshokai: An Evolutionary Timeline

March 13, 2019 | Blog, Guides, Teaching | No Comments

“Hello, my name is Jansen, and I’ll be your new ALT!” Teaching at two senior high schools for almost four years, I’ve greeted my share of new students. With April just around the corner, it’ll once again be time for the self-introduction, or jikoshokai, lesson. While some ALTs may bemoan the idea of introducing themselves to […]