2019 Summer Photo contest

2019 Summer Photo contest

Edit    Hey everyone! In preparation for this year’s orientation, Niigata AJET is holding a Photo collection and contest! Show us some of your favorite memories and scenes here in Niigata. Ajet will then use these to show our incoming JETs what they have to look forward to. In addition, we will ask for all Niigata AJET members, new and old, to vote on their favorite photo.The winner will receive a ¥1,000 Amazon gift card and have their credited photo become the banner of the Niigata AJET website and Facebook page !!! Submit your photos to the drive with your name, Read more »

Spring Merchandise

Spring Merchandise

Niigata Shirt or Hoodies order form now open Order a shirt or a Hoodie today!!! This year  you can choose from two logo colour schemes and a whole rainbow of base shirt colours.  Follow the link bellow and fill out the order request form.    Order form If you are not a current Niigata JET  member , or you are a local with Niigata please state that on the order form in the comment section.   You are welcome to order but we may need to set up a different form of item pick up and payment.

Voices of Niigata: Building Bridges

Voices of Niigata:    Building Bridges

Building Bridges by Jess Mancoo “By making bridges today,we can prevent the construction of walls tomorrow.” As a “citizen of the world” the talk circulating about “building walls” makes me worried. I’ve traveled extensively and hope to continue doing so in future, but I worry. As a child, I was greeted with racial slurs when I was sightseeing in Switzerland, is this something that will happen again when I travel? Should I expect this to happen again given the rise of nationalism and far-right ideologies across America and Europe? When I watch or read the news I am plagued with Read more »

Momotaro 2 : An AJET Musical

Momotaro 2 :  An  AJET Musical

  This year the AJET Musical team are bringing a new twist to the beloved Japanese tail of Momotaro.                                  Come see these brave good friends  and enjoy their musical adventures.   桃太郎 2:もも姫の大冒険第24回新潟チャリティミュージカル。英語で演枝しますが、シーンざとに日本語で忘末を説明します。 Dates: Nagaoka city : March 2ed  14:30                   長岡市:3月2日 14:30                                                                        Location: 長岡リリックホール  Joetsu Read more »

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

“You will feel tired and frustrated, and small things like working out whether a bottle of liquid at the supermarket is soy sauce or fish sauce will start to seem like big problems.” Many explanations of culture shock are somewhat lacking in terms of understanding why it happens, so, for those of you who haven’t gone through it before or don’t understand what causes it, here is a good analogy that provides some degree of clarity. The Cultural Iceberg Model Think of culture as an iceberg which is  divided into three major sections. Level 1 The small bit that sticks Read more »

Autumn in Niigata: Where to fall in love with Fall

Autumn in Niigata:  Where to fall in love with Fall

The leaves on numerous trees, spectacular shades of yellow, orange, and red, are whipped up by the seasonal winds into great flickering clouds before finally forming a firey mosaic at our feet. Momijigari or “autumn leaf hunting” has been a popular pastime in Japan since the 8th Century, featuring in Murosaki Shikibu’s famous 11th Century novel Genji Monogatari (The Tale Of Genji) and colouring the pages of numerous collections of poetry.  Nowadays both locals and tourists alike take time to seek out and enjoy the changing leaves all over the country. While Niigata Prefecture is famous for being green, our Read more »

Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

Summer in Niigata is awash with hundreds of festivals all over the prefecture.   For new JETs these are a great way to experience  the very heart of your communities and this amazing prefecture before you have to knuckle down into the teaching role. Below is information on some if the events that may be happening near you.         Murami , Shibata Serpent Matsuri August 24th  ( Mini snake carried by local children) August 25th  ( Fireworks) August 26th  (Giant Snake!!) A festival connected with a local legend about a man who fought a giant snake. On Sunday 26th  Read more »

Summer Fireworks 2018

Summer Fireworks 2018

Photo by: Penelope Woznicki Is that summer we smell in the air? Clearly it is! And in Japan, summer means FIREWORKS! As a result, here at AJET we’ve compiled a list of the main upcoming fireworks festivals this summer. It’s time to get that evening picnic gear ready!   Gion Kashiwazaki Matsuri This festival over the sea is one of the most popular in Niigata Prefecture, and with good reason – it’s absolutely stunning! Date: Thursday, 26th July 2018 Time: 7:30pm – 9:10pm Location: Kashiwazaki Central Beach, Minatomachi Seaside Park area   Nagaoka Fireworks    The biggest fireworks in the Read more »

2018 AJET Outland Farewell Party!

2018 AJET Outland Farewell Party!

  Another year out with a Banging Outland Party. ALTs, CIRs,  friends and people within the local communities all came together for a one last “hopefully not goodbye , but see you later”. It was a night filled with fun ,laughter, music and a few tears as we celebrated on a June Summer night.  All the JETs leaving us this year will be sorely missed, and we  all wish you the best of luck with your next adventure.  Hopefully the friends made here in Niigata will stay with you for many years. Special  thanks is needed for Sam Haley, the amazing Read more »