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 »

Niigata AJET Skills-giving!

Niigata AJET Skills-giving!

Saturday, November 25th, 6pm, Joetsu Workpal (ワークパル) It’s that time again. The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, and pumpkin spice is back on the Starbucks menu. We will be celebrating the coming of autumn with the annual Thanksgiving Feast in Joetsu City. Its a great chance to ward off the homesick blues, and give thanks with your new JET family. You can either cook your favorite dish from home, or gorge yourself on the glorious feast. Cookers – ¥500 + a dish to serve at least four people. Eaters – ¥1500 To sign up to be a chef, Read more »

June 1st-22nd AJET Photo Drive Contest

June 1st-22nd AJET Photo Drive Contest

Hey everyone! In preparation for this year’s orientation, Niigata AJET is holding a Photo Drive and contest! We want you to show us some of your favorite memories and scenes here in Niigata, and we want to use these to show our incoming JETs what they have to look forward to. In addition, we want you to vote on your favorite photo. The winner will receive a ¥3,000 Amazon gift card and have their credited photo displayed on the AJET website and Facebook banner. The winner will be announced on the Facebook page. Timeline: June 1st – Announcement Made, Submissions Read more »