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By | 22nd February 2019 | No Comments
Skibo 2019

GAJET is back with its annual winter retreat! Join us for a weekend of sweet slopes and onsen hopping in the ever delightful town of Kusatsu, one of the most famous onsen towns in all of Japan!
The event is planned for February 22 – 24, with a variety of packages and plans to choose from.
Those interested should sign up via this form (click here).
For more information (and pricing), please see the Facebook event page or message a member of GAJET.

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By Gavin Au-Yeung | 1st February 2019 | No Comments

Gunma’s windy winter got you feeling down? Feeling in a rut because your winter days consist of going to work and then immediately retreating home to your kotatsu? Its time for you to leave the winter slump!
Here are five tips to get yourself up and moving!
1: Improve yourself
It’s not uncommon for JETs to spend the warmer (read: better) seasons travelling around or beyond Japan. A lot of people tire of travelling during the winter months because its simply too cold. Use this travel-downtime to explore new hobbies and interest. Take …

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By | 15th December 2018 | No Comments
Kokeshi Painting & Haruna Illuminations

Get over your Winter blues by gathering with your GAJET family this December. We will be meeting for Kokeshi painting on the afternoon of December 15. The painting event is a two hour course which will cost ¥1200 per person. For more information, please visit this site. Afterwards, we will head towards Lake Haruna for the illumination event held in the evenings. For more information, please visit this site.
Those who are interested in participating can sign up via this Google form (click here).
If you have questions or comments, please contact …

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By BY DANIEL JONG | 11th December 2016 | No Comments

The inevitable is coming. Every year we complain and try to prepare, and yet every year we get knocked down a notch and are reminded we will never win winter. Winter in Gunma is just as dreaded as every sempai will tell you- the houses are ill-equipped at keeping in heat, the AC heaters work overtime to keep the drafty winds out, and the chill-to-the-bone winds that sweep through Gunma will make you feel like Frosty. Winter is not easy but we are all here to conquer it as best …

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By Rodney Sloan | 22nd January 2016 | No Comments
Snow – A Beginner’s Guide

It starts snowing and my brain goes into survival mode. My t-shirt reads “I survived Snowmageddon”, but snow is as alien to me as a South African in an izakaya. We don’t get snow in South Africa—at least that’s what I tell people—but speaking for myself, it’s more that we don’t “get” snow.

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By Andrea Dawn | 8th February 2014 | No Comments

Winter is here! What is the one thing guaranteed to drag us out from under our warm toasty kotatsu? Why, snowboarding and skiing, of course! Did you know that next to Hokkaido, the Gunma-Niigata-Nagano region has the best ski resorts in all of Japan? Gunma, banzai!

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By Ashly Schanback | 18th December 2013 | 2 Comments

For those who may not know, I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, which is famous for its year-round Mediterranean climate (average 13ºC–22ºC throughout the year). Though I spent my university years in a slightly colder and damper Berkeley, California, it was still a shock to my system when temperatures began to fluctuate in the fall of my first year on JET.