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.
Hello all! I hope you’re well.
We had a cracking time at Yakurai for Halloween, and decided we should carry the MAJET fun into November. So this month we have a real treat; a double whammy of events in fact! We have a used clothes swap, and a pub quiz. Awesome!
Please feel free to make a day of it! The food at Waterr is excellent, as is the beer, or there are plenty of places to catch lunch/dinner in the area. Bar Waterr is here -http://goo.gl/maps/C3i7z
Please RSVP using our form, that can be found here.
After the last, immensely successful venture, the clothes swap has returned. Come and grab free stuff, drop off some preloved (and prewashed…) clothing, and pick up some new goodies for the season. I can’t recommend this event enough, it’s a great chance to try on some goodies, and hang out. Anyone is welcome – that includes non-JETs, JTES, spouses, passers-by… and you don’t need to bring something – you are welcome to turn up and just take some new threads. An email has been forwarded to you with further details from the people organizing it, feel free to get in touch with them for any questions.
When - Saturday, 17 November, 3pm-5pm
Where - Bar Waterr
Bring - Clothes that are still in good condition, freshly washed and ironed. Accessories and shoes are welcome too!
Take - Free clothes!
MAJET Pub Quiz
In what has become a regular fixture of the MAJET calendar, we give you the opportunity to turn up and flex your grey matter, show off your know how, and catch up with friends. This year we will be offering some prizes and snacks too!
When – Saturday, 17 November, 7pm-9:30pm (ish)
Where – Bar Waterr
How much is it – FREE!
Greetings ghouls, ghosts, and witches!
It is once again time for the legendary MAJET spooky spectacular Halloween Party! Whoot! So gather your costumes and join us for a good time! The party this year will be held at the haunted Yakurai Cabins on Saturday October 27th, the scariest of nights.
Check our spooooky Halloween Party page for more info and the forum to RSVP, IF YOU DARE!!! muhahahaha
There's a basketball tournament coming up in Niigata. MAJET is looking to bring a team down. We'll probably be coming down on October 12th, a day before the games start, because of the long drive. Please email MAJET (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested. We especially need females to join (one must be on the floor at all times). Carpooling will be available and a first come first serve basis.
Check out the events facebook page for more info.
WHO: ALTs, Japanese locals, anyone! Nation-wide recruitment!
WHAT: Epic basketball, epic drinking, epic hot springs, epic internationalizing!
WHERE: Beautiful Matsunoyama in Niigata prefecture (Gym, Ryokan reserved all for ourselves, Awesome hot springs)
Day 1 - EPIC Throwdown for EPIC bragging rights with your team for the EPIC trophy! Who will win it all this time???
Day 2 - Mixed teams - Make new friends and play with (mostly) new teammates!
TEAMS: Please form a team that includes at least 1 female player (this is a co-ed tournament). Teams should have a minimum of 8 players, not to exceed 12.
Read more below.
Everyone! Head to our official Bandai page for information about our trip to Bandai, and also the form to sign-up. Don't forget to sign-up on the official forum. Just joining the facebook group does not count.
The new MAJET committee is currently working on updating this site, and we need your help! The most important part you can help us with is in updating our Miyagi Guide. Please check the guide on your area, let us know if there are any modifications you can make. If we do not currently have a guide on your area, please let us know if you would be so kind as to make one.
We also are looking for any photos you have to add to our slideshow. So please send us any shots you have, especially if it has been taken somewhere in Miyagi, or at a MAJET event.
Photos and guide modifications may be sent to email@example.com.
This years Bandai event will take place on 15th,16th and 17th of September - more information to follow!
There is a facebook group you can sign up to here - http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/479005108801149/
if you are uncertain, don't panic, offical RSVP forms will circulate once we have everything totally set in stone.
For those of you that don't know:
Lake Bandai is a beautiful spot under the shadow of Mt. Bandai, a dormant volcano. We will be staying in wooden cabins down by the lake and have full access to the site's bikes, kayaks, table tennis table, barbeques and sentou.
For adventurers amongst you, if the weather is favourable Mt Bandai offers a challenging hike, the lake has a great cycling route around it and there are small islands that can be swum/kayaked to.
Those of you fancying a slightly gentler experience can visit the 5 coloured lakes, or view one of the world's largest collections of Dali sculture and paintings in a custom built gallery near by.
And those of you wanting a totally sedentary experience can just relax by the lake admiring the view! I often find this experience is enhanced by the presence of a cold Asahi,...
Text doesn't totally do the Bandai trip justice, so if you really want to know what Bandai is like try asking someone that has been - because BANDAI IS AWESOME!See More
As some of you may know, the family of Taylor Anderson, the Ishinomaki JET who was lost in the Great East Japan Earthquake, have contributed "Taylor Anderson Reading Corners" to the 7 schools at which Taylor taught. These corners, including beautifully carved wood shelves constructed by the father of 3 of Taylor's students, provide a comfortable place for kids to relax and read during lunch and after school. In addition to the corners, the Andersons have donated both English and Japanese children's books to encourage kids to explore the world of reading. Unfortunately, the English children's books (classics such as the Magic School Bus, the Cat in the Hat, etc) are a bit too high for Elementary School English levels. The kids say they love looking at the books because the drawings are so different from Japanese drawing styles, but still, they wish they could understand the meaning.
As Tohoku winter (finally) comes to an end, it is time for MAJET to emerge from it's bear-like hibernation! While you huddled under your kotatsu waiting for the sun's glorious return, we were planning all sorts of awesome! Here's the rundown of some MAJET stuff to look forward to!
1) Pub Quiz - April 21st
2) Clothes Swap (in Co-operation with our very own Jen Hassen) - May 27th
3) MAJET Talent show "Sendai Night Live"- May 19th
4) Football in Fukushima
5) MAJET Sports Festival - (tenatively) June 9th
6) MAJET Leavers Party (sadface) - July
You can find out more about highlighted activities by clicking through or heading to our Upcoming Events page!
As always if you have any questions, comments or ideas please don't hesitate to contact us!
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