AJET Outland Farewell Party event page here As usual, everyone and anyone is welcome: JETs, non-JETs, JTEs and Japanese friends! This is not a JET-only event! A great chance to say catch-up, meet stayers or say goodbye to those leaving Niigata this year. **RSVP** Please respond on Facebook by Saturday June 16th at 10:00PM! Any later and you may be charged extra upon entry. (This is so we can calculate numbers/order food for the barbecue.) **CABIN SPACES** There are 30 spaces for people to stay overnight in the cabins (if you don’t mind getting a little cosy!) People who are volunteering Read more »
This year Ben Lowe in Niigata City is running an event at 白根大凧合戦 (Shirone Giant Kite Festival). While the deadline for joining the team has passed, you are all invited to come and watch one of the Niigata’s oldest and most interesting festivals. More information on the kite festival can be found on the website here, but the basics are here below: A group of teams line up on each side of the river running through Shirone, and fight each other with enormous kites, roughly 7 x 5 metres in size! The festival runs for five days at the Read more »
Photo By: Penny Woznicki Summer in Japan is synonymous with festivals, and with that comes fireworks! You’ll no doubt have heard of fireworks going on all over the prefecture, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best displays around. Gion Kashiwazaki Matsuri Launched over the ocean, these unique fireworks glisten off the sea in one of the larger displays in the south end of the prefecture. Date: Wednesday, July 26th Time: 7:30 pm – 9:10 pm Location: Minato Tomachi Beach Park Area Nagaoka Fireworks These fireworks memorialize the war efforts during WWII and are a massive display that Read more »
Where? (click here) どこ (クリック) Come and see the Niigata city show of this year’s AJET Niigata Charity English Musical, Dracula! This year’s show tells an unheard story of Dracula. It takes place in Niigata, where the evil Dracula sinks his teeth into a group of mangakas in desperate need of money. It’s a brand new adventure that nobody should miss! Following the recent fire in Itoigawa, the Niigata AJET Charity has decided to help the city by sending funds raised from the musical their way. Come along and support your local community! Entry to the show is free, but donations Read more »
Event Schedule (click here) What is it?: Every year, the city of Tokamachi—right in the heart of snow country—holds their annual snow festival. For one weekend, the whole town is covered in intricate snow sculptures and filled with all kinds of fun things—your favorite festival foods, live music, and games! On Saturday evening, the weekend’s biggest event—the Snow Carnival—takes place. Musical guests and performers give a huge concert on a stage made of snow, followed by a badass fireworks show. But of course, the BEST part of the evening would be… the after-party, hosted by the local JETs! RSVP Read more »
Let’s snow sporting! (Lifts open from 8.30am – 4pm / 4.30pm) ￥2800 discount day pass, online ticket link below http://shop.gnavi.co.jp/surfsnow/17_ikenodaira_001/ (For enkai attendance, please see the pinned post) If you haven’t gotten out to the slopes this season yet, then you should definitely come join us for the 2017 Snow Out at Ikenotaira. After a day of skiing / snowboarding / sledding / yukigassen-ing, we’ll make our way to Myoko for friends and food and booze. Looking forward to seeing you all there!