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 »

July 2nd Ojiya Bullfight

July 2nd Ojiya Bullfight

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/enZTMd5V4u42 Ticket Sale: 11:00pm at the location Start time: 12:00pm Website: http://www.tsunotsuki.com/ Price General Seat: ¥1000 Special Seat: ¥2000 More information to come~

June 24th AJET Outland Farewell Party

June 24th AJET Outland Farewell Party

It’s come around again, the time to celebrate and say farewell to those who are heading home this year! As usual, everyone and anyone is welcome: JETs, non-JETs, JTEs and friends. **CABIN SPACES** There is one space left until all 30 spaces are full! Please post on the event page if you’d like a cabin space. There are also 4 tents that are available for rent (2,500 yen each). ↓↓ TL;DR ↓↓ Start time: Saturday, June 24th, 5:30 P.M. End time: Sunday, June 25th, 9 A.M. Cost (includes some BBQ food + admission): 2000-yen; 3000-yen for cabin stayers ***Please RSVP Read more »