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A Farewell to Forums

Hello, everyone!

This is a message directly from the webmaster. The Hokkaido JETs forums have been a been a part of this community for many years now. However, in the last few years, the activity that once happened there has migrated to the Hokkaido JETs and Free and For Sale Facebook groups, and the forums themselves have only received a handful of posts in the last year, none of which received responses.

I currently plan to take the forums offline around the end of March. The link on this page that currently goes to the forums will be redirected to the main Facebook group. If anyone has anything from the forums that they would like to save or preserve, they should make a copy themselves before then – there may not be a readily-accessible backup available after the forums have been taken down.

2014 HAJET Winter Meeting: Furano

Important edit: the Japanese information packet and request letter have now been posted! The links can be found at the end of the post, just above the online registration form.

Hello, everyone and welcome to 2014! As we enter the new year, we’ll be following the time-honoured tradition of out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new. That’s right, this will be the last meeting organized by the 2013 HAJET PC and your chance to get to know the members of the newly elected PC!

This year’s Winter Meeting will be held, as per tradition, in Furano. Known as the belly button of Hokkaido, Furano is famous for its natural beauty, wide range of outdoor sports, numerous onsen, handicrafts and dairy products. (Try the cheese fondue!) While we know that the siren song of the ski hills will be too sweet to ignore, we would like to remind you that we will also have informative seminars for your professional growth – or at least to help you look a little less confused in the office. The enkai will also feature a Japanese winter staple – nabe (hotpot). Do we need to give you more reasons to get out from under your kotatsu and come join us?

Whether you come for the snow, seminars, or simply for a change of scenery, we hope to see you all there!

Click through below for the full schedule and the all-important RSVP form. Please RSVP by February 7th!

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2014 Winter Meeting

furanoHello, everyone! I hope you’re all keeping happy and warm as we get into the heart of Hokkaido winter. While I’m sure everyone’s busy making plans to see snow festivals, drift ice, and hitting up the slopes, be sure to keep one weekend free for the Winter Meeting!

This year, it’s going to be held in Hokkaido’s belly button – the city of Furano! Boasting a rather impressive number of onsen, fondue restaurants and ski slopes, it’s a tourist favourite year-round.

The dates for the meeting are Feburary 14th – 16th. As usual, the general meeting and enkai will be on the Saturday, but both workshops will be happening on Friday night – unlike the last two meetings.

For those of you looking to stay in the city, I should mention that due to it being both high season for snow sports and Valentine’s day weekend, there are no double or single rooms available through HAJET. If you aren’t keen on sharing a room, I’d highly recommend that you make your own arrangements as soon as possible!

I’m still sorting out a few of the smaller details, but I’m sure you can expect to see online RSVPs open by the end of the week.

Also! I’m looking for one more workshop topic/presenter, so if there’s anything you’ve always wanted to spend an hour talking to people about – or if there’s something you’d like to see a workshop on, please get in touch! (Photographers/winter sports enthusiasts, I’m looking at you.)

Aside from that, if you have any questions – or just want to talk to someone about how cold you are – free free to email me at vp@hajet.org!

Photo Contest Grand Prize Poll

The results of round 1 of the photo contest are in! The winners of each category are below. Choose your favorite of the four photos below, and submit your vote!

EDIT: Sorry for the trouble with voting before! The poll settings have been fixed, so everyone should be able to vote now. The voting will be extended by one day to make up for the lost time, now ending at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, January 28th.

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Photo Contest 2013 Round 1

Hello everyone!

It’s time for the voting on the 2013 photo contest to begin! Click on the “More” link below to begin browsing the submissions. Input your information and vote for one photo in each category!

You can click on the images to see larger versions of each photo. To see the originals, right click on an image and choose “Open in new tab.” Be sure to check out portrait-orientation images in a new tab, because left-clicking them will show a distorted image.

Voting will run up through the end of the year – 11:59 PM on December 31st.

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