With MAJET Halloween and MAJET Thanksgiving now successfully behind us, it is time to start getting ready for our next big event, the annual journey to Hokkaido for the Sapporo Snow Festival (or Yuki Matsuri)!
The basic details for the trip are now available here: http://www.ajetmiyagi.net/sapporo-snow-festival-2014.html, and the official sign-up form as well as furikomi details will be coming very soon! We will keep you posted!
That sad (or happy, depending on how you look at it) time of the year is coming when we must say goodbye to those who are leaving Miyagi.
Following tradition, this year's Leavers Party will take place on Oshima Island on Saturday, July 6.
For more information (and to sign up!), please check out: the Oshima Leavers Party page.
Hope to see you there whether you are leaving or staying!
We'd like to announce that MAJET along with SIRA, MIA, and the JET community will be putting together an art and culture show this summer. Please follow our blog for the latest updateshttp://artinmiyagi.wordpress.com/
July 12-14, 2013
Sendai Shimin Katsudo Theatre – Miyagi-ken, Japan
Admission to the event is FREE.
The purpose of this show is to highlight art from international artists living in the Miyagi and greater Tohoku area. The show will include a variety of art submissions including: paintings, sculpture, and craft work. There will also be culture workshops and performances throughout the show.
This show is being put on through a collaborative effort between (SIRA) Sendai International Relations Association, MIA (Miyagi International Association), MAJET (Miyagi Association of JET), and the Miyagi JET community.
If you are interested in submitting your own work to the show, conducting a workshop, or performing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome!
SPRING IS COMING.
You have survived. As ALTs across the country emerge from their kotatsus, wiping sembei crumbs from their clothes and blinking their eyes in the spring light, it becomes clear that finally, the season has changed.
Spring officially springs in Japan when the cherry blossoms arrive, at which point there is a frenzy of partying as everyone with a tarpaulin and a highball sets up in the park for a flower viewing (hanami or 花見) party. Far from being an event of reserved Zen calm, hanami is often an exciting and bustling event, with food, and booze being shared among friends, families and co-workers.
To celebrate Hanami, MAJET will be hosting a Hanami party! Tsutsujigaoka Park in Sendai contains the tree from which Sendai’s Hanami forecasts are made; when a certain percentage is covered, it’s hanami time.
This year’s party will be held at Tsutsujigaoka Park. We are aiming to host it on April 13th, although this can change depending on the weather, and whether Hanami will have been officially declared. Check out our Hanami page for the full details.
It's that time of year again. Yes, winter is coming. The time when most ALTs can be found hibernating inside of their respective Kotatsus.
Winter also means the Snow Festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido. MAJET annually hosts a trip to Sapporo for the festival. The time to sign up for the trip is upon us. So please check out our Sapporo Snow Festival page to get all the details on how to secure your place on this wonderful trip.
Keep in mind that the deadline to sign up, and pay your deposit, is December 28th. So if you are planning to head home for Christmas, it is advisable to take care of the sign up before hand.
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