Sign-up for the yearly trip to Mt. Bandai in Fukushima is now live! This year's journey will take place on October 10-12 (Sat.-Mon.). Don't worry, Monday is Respect-for-the-Aged Day, so you don't have to take nenkyu! You can find all (or most) of the information you need as well as the sign-up form here:
Make sure to sign up by Tuesday, September 29 to join this wonderful adventure!
Now that we have said goodbye to the leavers, it is time to welcome new Sendai and Miyagi JETs to our lovely prefecture!
This year's Welcome Party will be on Saturday, August 22. Please sign up using the Google Doc form by Saturday, August 15.
Come get to know each other over food and drinks at 匠 (takumi) in Ichibancho and join us for karaoke and dancing later!
(Leavers remaining in Sendai/Miyagi Prefecture are also welcome!)
Sign-up form and more information here: http://www.miyagi-ajet.org/2015-majet-welcome-party.html
Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday!! It was our first event as the new MAJET Committee and it was a lot of fun!
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!
MAJET is looking for good, quality pictures of famous points and places in Sendai and Miyagi. We would like to post them on the website. Many of us ALTs are snapping shots all the time, some of us with very nice cameras we've bought here in Japan. Are you one of those ALTs? If you have any good pictures that you'd like to share, please send them our way! All the credit will be yours. We'll publish the photos with your name below them (or not, if you prefer). It's win-win!
We are also looking for a new photo for our rotating header image. The current one is of a Tori gate in Ishinomaki during spring sakura season. If you have a good representative image of Miyagi/Sendai, preferably summer related, we'd love to use it! (Header Image Size: 917x260)
What to do?
Just send your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
The following is a brief wrap-up of the 2010 MAJET ALT Art and Culture Show from Jamie Rosenberg, the director of this year's show (with a few photos at the bottom).
We hold the ALT Art & Culture Exchange every year not only to showcase the art of foreigners in Miyagi, but also to strengthen our connection with the prefecture. The Art Show allows us to meet each other and new people in a friendly environment in which we all have something in common – our love of art.
We held the 2010 ALT Art & Culture Exchange at the Sendai-shi Shimin Katsudo Support Center from April 16th – 18th. This was a smaller venue than we were used to, but the location was great (on the same block as the Disney Store) and the layout worked perfectly for the show.
On Friday, April 16th, the first night of the event, we held the opening gala. By 6:30 pm, guests streamed in so quickly that there was a line at the reception desk. This was likely our biggest opening in ALT Art & Culture Exchange history, with over 150 guests, not including performers or staff. We turned the walls (and several other surfaces) into our art gallery, and on the stage, we welcomed performances from several ALT artists, in music and dance styles from all over the world. Our first performance was a double violin concerto, and then we transitioned to a professional Jamaican gospel singer. We returned to European music with a tin whistle, cello, accordion, and guitar group, heard an American folk performance, and then watched a unique duet between a break dancer and a flamenco dancer. The Gaijins, a rock duo, brought us back to Japan with their J-rock, and we finished the evening with a traditional Japanese shamisen and shakuhachi performance.
On Saturday, April 17th, our longest day, we displayed art from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm, and held workshops from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. The weather outside was cold, and we were surprised to see it snowing so hard in the morning that it blanketed the ground! This did limit the amount of guests that came, but it was warm and bright inside, and by the end of the day, we had over 50 guests. Workshop topics spanned from “European calligraphy” to “Kokeshi Dolls from Around the World,” from Is that Karate?!?” to “Improv Comedy.” We welcomed back “The Mysteries of Scotland,” a popular workshop from last year, and finished the workshops with a break dance workshop, which had the guests on their feet, moving to the music.
On Sunday, April 18th, we opened the gallery at 10:00 am and workshops at 11:00 am again, but closed both a bit earlier than on Saturday, with workshops until 4:00 pm and the gallery until 5:00 pm. Sunday workshops started off with the return of last year’s popular “American Coffee Making” workshop, and continued with the hands-on “Indigenous Australian Rock Art,” “Swing Dance For Beginners,” “30 Minute Beats,” and finally “Caribbean Danzaerobics.” The weather was much better than that of the previous day, and the workshops were equally wonderful, which allowed us to welcome more than 100 guests, even though the day was shorter.
Thanks to the hard work and creativity of those who volunteered their time and their art to the 2010 ALT Art & Culture Exchange, and thanks to the numerous guests, the event was a smashing success. For more photographs of the event, please visit our website at http://artshow.ajetmiyagi.com/.
Today I bring you the sad news that Caye Dollar, Matt Sime, and myself will not be here on the JET program after July. This news is certain to be a heartwrenching surprise to many of you, I know. But like Daniel said, "Changes are natural." With this news comes the announcement that we will need a new MAJET team for the new JET year. All positions will be available (President, Vice-President, Treasurer). This is a great opportunity to do something fun and constructive for your fellow JETs. We organize numerous events throughout the year for ALTs such as parties and trips, in addition to international exchange events with the japanese community. This is available to all JETs in Miyagi (that means both Sendai AND Miyagi JETs).
Here is a brief description of the positions:
1. GENERAL SUPERVISION of business and affairs, its officers and committee chairs.
2. Advertise on website, listserve and Facebook. Preside over (occasional) meetings.
3. APPROVE activities.
4. COMPLETE reports for AJET and CLAIR as necessary.
5. ACTIVELY promote and attend MAJET functions.
VICE PRESIDENT --
1. ASSIST President as required.
2. FULFILL President’s duties in the absence or disability of the President.
3. ACTIVELY promote and attend MAJET functions.
1. BE RESPONSIBLE for all funds of the chapter.
2. MAINTAIN accurate record of the chapter account.
3. DEPOSIT and disperse funds in a timely manner.
4. ACTIVELY promote and attend MAJET functions.
We will hold elections in the near future. If you are certain you would like to run for a position please tell us what position you would like and send us your platform. If you are on the fence or have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Start Time: Friday, April 16, 2010 at 6:30pm
End Time: Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 4:00pm
Location: Sendai-shi Shimin Katsudo Support Center Theater
Street: Hirose Dori (close to Forus)
City/Town: Sendai, Japan
The ALT Art Show is a cultural exchange event organized by ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) to showcase their countries and cultures to the citizens of Sendai and Miyagi Prefecture.
This year marks the 8th ALT Art Show and with it the new theme of COLO(U)RS. The “u” is in parenthesis because the word is spelled “colors” in America, but “colours” in most other countries. This year's art show will celebrate the many colors of art, and the many colours of ourselves!
You are most welcome to come by yourself or bring your family and friends along to join in the fun! On behalf of the ALTs who have helped with this year's ALT Art Show, we look forward to seeing you!
This year's schedule:
Opening Gala April 16 6:30 - 9:00
The Opening Gala will be held on the first night to showcase ALT’s countries and cultures! There will be several performances by ALT artists, and previews of the artwork. ALTs that have provided art for the gallery will also be present, so this a great chance to meet new people, learn about different cultures, and help internationalize Sendai!
11:00-11:30 - European Calligraphy
12:00-12:30 - Kokeshi Dolls from Around the World
1:00-1:30 - The Mysteries of Scotland
2:00-2:30 - Is that Karate??
3:00-3:30 - Improv Comedy
4:00-4:30 - I Know You Got Soul: Intro to Breakdance
11:00-11:30 - American Coffee Making
12:00-12:30 - Indigenous Australian Rock Art
1:00-1:30 - Swing Dance for Beginners
2:00-2:30 - 30 Minute Beats
3:00-3:30 - Caribbean Danzaerobics
We are back from the Annual MAJET Sapporo Snow Festival Trip and it was yet again a great success. A wonderful time was had by all! There was the booze-fueled ferry rides, the Sapporo Beer Garden complete with invigorating and stimulating sexual acts game, club Booty (always legendary), lots of snowboarding, Sapporo ramen, beer, the Otaru candlelights festival, some Super Bowl partying, and plenty more. Thanks all for coming and making such an amazing trip! Check below for some pictures from the event.
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