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Central Welcome Party 2014

Lake Shikotsuko - Poropinai Campsite

Lake Shikotsuko – Poropinai Campsite

Hey HAJET, now, I don’t know what you’re doing the weekend of September 20th, but if the answer is not Lake Shikotsu, then you’re probably missing out!

This year’s annual central welcome party will be held lakeside of the beautiful Lake Shikotsu, at the former Poropinai campsite.

Get ready to get friendly, because this year is themed a graffiti party! So whether you come for the camping experience, the dip in the lake, the soak in the nearby onsen or just to have your new BFFs write nice things on you all night; bring your markers, bring your party and bring your enjoy!

Also check out the facebook event!

When: Saturday, September 20th – Sunday, September 21th
Because this is not a maintained campground, there are no check in or check out times, but dinner is set around 5h30

Where: Lake Shikotsu (支笏(しこつ)湖(こ)), Poropinai (ポロピナイ野営場(やえいば)in google maps or ポロピナイ風致(ふうち)探勝(たんしょう)林(りん))
〒066-0287 北海道(ほっかいどう)千歳市(ちとせし)幌(ほろ)美内(ぴない)

Poropinai Site information


Chitose Tourist Association: http://www.1000sai-chitose.or.jp/english/info/info05.php

What: Camping, hanging out, eating some pizza, swimming in the lake at midnight, roasting marshmallow on the beach, hiking Mt.Eniwa, writing graffiti on your friends all night, playing cool games with cool people etc etc.

Cost: FREE  for camping, plus 500¥ dinner (FREE for HAJET Members!),


  • Your own tent (there will be none for hire, if you do not have one please contact me ASAP)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Onsen/hiking gear (if you would like to go to the onsen or hike the nearby Mt-Eniwa)
  • Food for Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast, snacks, drinks (there is no running water, maybe bring that for Hangover Sunday)
  • Flashlight
  • A shirt you don’t mind getting written on and a marker for the graffiti party
  • Frisbees, beachball, etc.
  • Your party and your enjoy!

Things to look forward to:

  • Dinner on Saturday night, FREE for HAJET members, 500¥ for non-members (we’ll provide the food, but don’t forget to BYOBEvERages)
  • HEC Baked Goods Auction (bring something to auction off, or bring money to bid on something nomz! All proceeds go to HEC, funding the Hokkaido English Challenge)
  • Some graffiti and the resulting shirt you can treasure forever!
  • Some kouhai-senpai games: Get to know your seniors and fellow jets, oh yeah bonding time yeah!


Driving is the easiest way to reach the campground. Poropinai is right off the 453 coming from Sapporo, on the north side of Lake Shikotsu. Carpooling is encouraged!

The bus to the Shikotsukohan Terminal from Sapporo was discontinued in 2010. A bus from the Chitose JR station will take you directly to the Shikotsukohan Terminal (支笏湖畔ターミナル) which is about 8km (13 min) from the campsite. We will arrange for pickups to be available from the Shikotsukohan Terminal.

Other Helpful Info

If you have questions, concerns, requests or need help for rides or sleeping arrangements please contact Lynn Akinocho, the Central Representative at (central.rep@hajet.org)

Sapporo Welcome Party 2014

Hey everyone!

It’s the grand finale of Welcome Parties, the Sapporo Welcome Party!!

Credit: http://www.japan-guide.com/

Nightlife central!

It’s time for a night on the town! Dinner takes place at Pantera Negra in the pulsing heart of Susukino, featuring 8 delicious courses (vegetarian/vegan options available) and 2 hours of all you can drink! After dinner, we’ll descend on the bars, clubs, and karaoke boxes of Sapporo and party til we shut ‘em down!

Dinner tickets will be sold at other welcome parties, or reserved by emailing sapporo.rep@hajet.org until September 21st. Replying “going” to the Facebook event does not count as a reservation. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Where: Pantera Negra, South 3 West 5, Chuo Ward, Sapporo (across from the Norbesa building)

When: September 27th, 7:30 pm

Cost: members 3500 yen/non-members 4000 yen

RSVP: September 21st

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/692334184174933/

Accommodation will not be provided, so please find your own!


By the way, you could WIN a huge discount on dinner, and explore Sapporo at the same time! In the afternoon, join us on a city-wide scavenger hunt. Bring a camera or phone-camera, and get ready to see the sights!

Where: Meeting place TBA. All over Sapporo.

When: September 27th, 12-4 pm.

Cost: Free!


Questions? Email Saille at sapporo(dot)rep[at]hajet{dot}org. I hope you’re as pumped as I am!

Northern Welcome Party 2014


Date & Time: Saturday August 30th 1:00pm – 31st 10:00am

Location: Kembuchi Lakeside Sakuraoka Campgrounds


Fellow Hokkaidoans, join us in the North as we welcome newly-arriving JETs to their homes for

(at least) the next year! This year’s event will be held at the Kembuchi Lakeside Sakuraoka

campgrounds, which boasts sprawling hillsides of soft green grass along with a fresh

manmade lake. For those of you who want some fun and/or relaxation, both are available!

Indulge in some good ol’ Hokkaido summer fun with park golf, and relax in the well-known

and conveniently adjacent Lakeside onsen. And if you’re down for some other unique

experiences, visit the nearby Viva Alpaca farm to pet and feed some soft and gentle alpacas, or

try Kembuchi’s famous smoked chicken restaurant Gotoh’s Chicken!

We’ll also be having a bake sale to raise money for HAJET’s greatest pride, the Hokkaido

English Challenge. Show off your pastry or confectionary skills and benefit a great cause in the



Any questions? Contact me, Kevin Furlanetto, at northern.rep@hajet.org.


Thank you!


Southwestern Welcome Party!

Lake Toya
Hey, all!
Come join us for the HAJET Southwestern Welcome Party on Lake Toya! Come meet your southwestern sempais while enjoying food, fun and camping!
Ride a boat on the lake, relax, play some sports, and be sure to join us for camping games throughout the evening.
Due to parking, space may be limited, so make sure you visit the event page on Facebook and RSVP!
I hope to see you there!
August 23 2014


Lakeside Takarada Camp
6 Takarada

2014 HAJET Summer Meeting

HAJET Summer Meeting 2014 Flyer
EDIT: Information packets are now available! Please see the links just above the online registration form!

Hey y’all! Are you ready for Summer Meeting shenanigans!? This year, much to the
delight of Eastern JETs, we have decided to hold it at a campsite near both Lake Mashu and
Lake Kussharo. Lake Mashu is one of the clearest caldera lakes in the world and is famous for
picturesque views and at Lake Kussharo you can make your own onsen just by digging in the
sand! Whether you want to canoe, hike, bike, or simply relax in an onsen, this beautiful eastern
area will have something for you. On top of the natural beauty, we also have some great
workshops and events planned for you as well as the traditional BBQ enkai. We hope to see you

Friday, June 27th

6:00 pm (onward) – Check-in
8:30 – 9:00 pm – Welcome Kanpai
9:00 – 10:30 pm – PC Meeting

Saturday, June 28th

8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00 am – General Meeting
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Workshop I: “Outdoor Enthusiast 101″
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm Workshop II: “Sexual Health in Hokkaido”

- Free Time -

6:00 – 7:00 pm – HEC Crazy Olympics
7:00 – 9:00 pm – BBQ Enkai
9:00 pm – HEC Dessert Auction

Sunday, June 29th

8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 – 11 am – Flea Market

We’ll be camping out at the Sakuragaoka Forest Park Campground (桜ヶ丘森林公園キャンプ場),
which is located just a ten minute drive from the Mashu station. Overnight prices are 540 yen per tent.
For those of you who don’t own a tent, don’t worry! You can borrow one of the HEC tents for 500 yen
per person, per night. There is a selection of 4-man and 6-man tents, so you can either get a group of
your 4 to 6 closest friends together, or opt to share with smaller groups. Please note that there will be
no tents available for rental from the campsite.
Click here for link to google map of campground.
For those arriving by train, get off at Mashu Station, then give me (Emily) a call at 090-6871-
9777 and I or someone else will pick you up from the station.

Outdoor Enthusiast 101
Are you excited about taking great Hokkaido hiking adventures but don’t know where to start? Whether
you are an experienced hiker or a fledgling hiker, this seminar will have useful information for you. Our
presenters will discuss hiking 101, Hokkaido specific information for those experienced hikers looking for
their next trip, and of course, how to avoid/escape bears.
Sexual Health in Hokkaido
This seminar will give y’all the low-down on sexual health in Hokkaido, from securing reliable
contraception to where to go to get tested for STDs. There will be a lot of very useful information for
anyone who is sexually active here in Hokkaido, regardless of gender. For those who cannot make the
workshop (boo), we will print extra handouts to be distributed at the general meeting (yay!).

HEC Crazy Olympics Fundraiser
We are bringing one of the most beloved events of HEC Camp to you this Summer Meeting! Compete
against your friends for great HEC prizes, free dinner, and of course, bragging rights! Take your pick from
sumo wrestling, dizzy bat race, water balloon toss, and the tried and true three-legged race. Entry fee
will be 300 yen per event or 1000 yen for all events. All donations will go towards HEC. More specific
information will be sent out as the date approaches.
HEC Dessert Auction
As per tradition, HEC will be holding the HEC Dessert Auction. Bid against your friends for a variety of
delectable desserts, some made from scratch, some bought from a store, but all delicious! So, bring your
wallets and your sweets, and get ready to bid!
Sunday Flea Market
Another traditional event – for those JETs leaving us in July, this is a great opportunity to clean out your
house and get some extra money for your next adventure! For those of us who are staying, this is our
chance to snag some great stuff and super low prices! Many people have already posted items for sale
on Facebook – the summer meeting is a good time to deliver already sold goods. It might be more
efficient to post all goods for sale online, that way y’all can avoid lugging back unsold goods.

This year’s enkai will follow in the grand tradition of Summer Meeting BBQs, with a selection of
hamburgers, hot dogs, and all of the necessities. Of course, there will be plenty of vegetarian and vegan
friendly options, too! The enkai is 800 yen for members and 1000 yen for non-members. (Drinks are
BYOB.) If you have any dietary restrictions, please be sure to note that on the RSVP form.

One on Ones
As always, Holly Long will be available during the weekend to speak privately with JETs who have
questions or concerns to be addressed. If you would like to meet with Holly, please email her at
long.holly@pref.hokkaido.lg.jp with the following information:
1) Name:
2) JET Year:
3) BOE / Base School:
4) Detailed Question(s) :
Please be sure to send your requests well in advance of the meeting!

For any of those who need receipts for your contracting organizations, please select the appropriate
option on the online RSVP form. If you have forgotten to ask for a receipt, or need to make changes to
your selection (itemized vs. non-itemized), please feel free to let us know.

For any questions, concerns or comments, please contact Emily Schuster at vp@hajet.org. Remember
that many contracting organizations can help you either with funding to attend the event, or time off to
travel. Be sure to talk to your supervisor as soon as possible about the meeting, and keep in mind that
we have a Japanese Information pack specifically for that purpose. If you need the information pack sent
to your contracting organization, please email us, or select the option on the RSVP form.

All the documents you need are behind the links below.

Full information packet (English)

Full information packet (Japanese)

Email back registration form

Summer Meeting Request Letter (Japanese)

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