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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now for the candidates…
Hometown: Boise, Idaho USA
Hokkaido Hometown: Monbetsu-shi, Hokkaido
Favorite color: Green
My Most Memorable Experience in Hokkaido So Far:
There have been so many awesome experiences that I couldn’t possibly pick just one…so I won’t. I’ve got two. The first is the time that Mark and I decided to go on a short hike up our local not-even-a mountain and rounded a corner to discover a huge buck just hanging out in the middle of the path. He let us stand right next to him for a full two minutes admiring his majestic antlers before taking off suddenly, causing us both to jump and scream. That’s right. A deer made me nearly pee myself. Not a bear, a deer.
The second is the full day I got to spend at Monbetsu Special Needs School. I got to run laps, eat lunch (something I never get to do at my high schools!), play games, sing songs, laugh, and high-five with some of the coolest and most warm-hearted kids I’ve ever met.
Why I think HAJET is important:
When I first arrived in Monbetsu, I was told by my base school that I didn’t really have a supervisor. I kind of knew this was the case already, since I had been told at the special meeting for Hokkaido BoE ALTs at Sapporo Orientation that our situation was a bit different from other ALTs, but I was incredibly surprised at how hard it was to get questions answered and basic living arrangements set up. It wasn’t that my teachers disliked me, it was simply that they had too many other responsibilities to be able to put forth the effort needed to get a new ALT’s life in order. Without a specific person being responsible, wires got crossed and miscommunication happened often in those first few weeks. I needed help, and HAJET turned out to be my greatest resource. The welcome parties provided me with opportunities to compare notes with other new ALTs and to seek guidance from the seasoned vets, all while blowing off some much needed steam. Since then, HAJET members have answered not only my questions but my wife’s as well, offered advice, and have given us endless ideas for how to make the most of our time in Hokkaido. It’s simple, really: HAJET provides support for JETs in Hokkaido, and as I quickly learned, we all need a little support sometimes.
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…
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!
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
The severe rainfall that we’ve been so gracefully blessed with in the past few weeks, has led to the closing of the road from Minami Sapporo to poropinai due to landslides! The Poropinai site is still accessible minoring a detour via chitose (from sapporo south district take the 36 to chitose and then the 16 from chitose to shikotsuko, when you reach the lake go up road 453 to poropinai ). See the link below for more information:
Map of Detour:
The party will go on and the weather is looking good, but make sure to bring a tarp for your tent and rainwear just in case!
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! (You have to log in to Facebook)
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))
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)
- 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 (email@example.com)
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