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Tatami Timeshare

Tatami Timeshare

Welcome to Tatami Timeshare!!

Have you ever wanted to travel somewhere in Block 1 (Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, and Akita), but just didn’t have the cash for a hotel? Tatami Timeshare is here to help!

Joining Tatami Timeshare is great way to make some new friends and travel cheaply around Block One :)

If you are interested in joining TT, please fill out this Google Docs form and we will send you an invitation to the map.

Please be respectful when using this service. Some people may live in housing provided by their boards of education, or have teachers for neighbors.

If you have any questions, please email us at tatami.timeshare@hajet.org.

October Polestar!

Happy Monday! As Halloween week begins, I pass onto you something more treat than trick: October’s Polestar! This month, you can find the first segment of our new serial fiction piece, Inugami, a sobering look at one of the more somber sides of teaching, and a month-by-month guide on how to survive in Hokkaido this winter. You can read all that and more here(PDF)!

First Year Rep 2014-15 Candidates

Voting begins October 26 and ends at 11:59pm on November 1st.

Go to http://vote.hajet.org during that time to place your vote. You will need a password that is sent by email. If you are a first year JET but did not receive an email, please contact president@hajet.org.

And now for the candidates…


September Polestar Now Online

Polestar September 2014

Polestar September 2014

Check out the September issue of Polestar, the last minutes of any month that can still conceivably be called “summer.”  Soon, the autumn winds of October will be upon us, bringing Halloween, first kotatsu uses, and the smell of snow…

The theme of Spetember’s issue of the Polestar is “Welcome!”.  On one level, that greeting is directed toward the new JETs; on another, it welcomes the new season, while simultaneously reminding us of the frequent hand-in-hand juxtaposition of one ending leading into another beginning.
Look forward to reading about using the four second language skills in the classroom, immersing yourself in a one-shot fictional piece by Polestar’s very own designer, and seeing some truly fabulous photography with accompanying blog post.


Download It Here!

Fall Meeting 2014 – Otaru! 7-9 November

Fall Meeting 2014

Happy Fall! This year Fall Meeting will be held in the charming city of Otaru. Probably one of the cutest

towns in Hokkaido, Otaru has a lot of wonderful things to offer. Stroll alongside the Canal and eat

weirdly flavoured ice cream, ride up the lift at Mt. Tenguyama and take in the view, make your very own

music box, the list goes on and on. Check out the sightseeing section for all the deets!


We have some awesome seminars lined up for y’all! If you want to discuss the tricky task of teaching

phonics, prepare for the ever-creeping-closer big freeze that is Hokkaido winter, or learn more about

HAJET’s biggest program, Hokkaido English Challenge, then please RSVP for one of all of our seminars!


After you’ve filled your brain with all the information you can stand, come join us for the traditional

Costume Party Enkai and let the wild rumpus start!


All the information you will ever need to attend this years Fall Meeting is in this packet – so please give it a good look-over!

Info Pack – Fall 2014



Accommodation: Friday, October 24th
RSVP Deadline: Friday, October 31st




Friday, November 7th 

6:00 pm (onward) – Check-in (For those staying at Grand Park Hotel.)

7:00 – 8:00 pm –  Workshop I: “The ABCs of Phonics” (TBD)

8:00 – 8:30pm – Welcome Kanpai

8:30 – 9:30 pm – PC Meeting


Saturday, November 8th


8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast*

9:00 – 10:00 am – General Meeting

10:00 am – 11:00 pm – Workshop II: “Surviving Hokkaido – Winter Edition” (Damian O’Kane and Charles Harries)

11:00 – 12:00 pm – Workshop III: “HEC and You” (Mike DeLue and Dagny Wise)

12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch*

– Free Time –

6:00 – 8:00 pm – Enkai  at Asakusabashi Beer Hall (小樽運河食堂)

8:00 – 11:00 pm –  3rd Annual Pub Quiz at Otaru Beer Warehouse (小樽倉庫No.1)


Sunday, November 9th

8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast*


* Breakfast and lunch on either day are not provided.


Email Back Form – Fall Meeting

Info Pack – Fall 2014

2014 HAJET Fall Meeting Request Letter (Japanese)

2014 HAJET Fall Meeting Packet (Japanese)


No more submissions accepted at this time.


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