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 »
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 »
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 »
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!