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2015 HAJET Council Election Candidates

Voting begins January 19 and ends at 11:59pm on Monday, February 2nd.

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…


Winter Meeting 2015

Winter Meeting 2015

So I know that March is usually associated with spring, but this is Hokkaido. Winter doesn’t give up so easily here.

This year’s winter meeting will be held in Niseko, known around the world for having some of the best powder. People come in hordes every year just to ski or board, and you lucky ducks get to go, too! We will be staying in the lovely town of Kutchan, just a sneeze away from fresh powder. Those who are not winter sports-inclined, fret not! Niseko is also known for its hot springs and delicious food – there will be plenty to keep everyone busy.

We have some great seminars planned , a fabulous enkai, a concert, and we will be welcoming the new members to the Prefectural Council at the general meeting. I hope to see everyone there!!


Friday, March 6th
3:00 pm (onward) – Check-in (For those staying at the Freedom Inn.)
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Workshop I “How to Avoid JET Whiplash” (Damian O’Kane)
8:00 – 9:00pm – Workshop II “Travel Tips and Tricks” (Mike DeLue and Michael Lohr)
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Welcome Kanpai
9:30 – 10:30 pm – PC Meeting

Saturday, March 7th
8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast*
9:00 – 10:00 am – General Meeting
10:00 – 11:00 am – Workshop III “What to Expect at the School Year’s End” (TBD)

- Free Time -

6:30 – 8:30 pm – Enkai (Abucha 2)
9:00 – 12:00am – Winter Concert (Jam Café Bar)
Sunday, March 8th
8:00 – 9:00 am – Breakfast*
10:00 am – Check-out (For those staying at the Freedom Inn.)

Here’s the 2015 HAJET Winter Meeting Info Pack (PDF)

Here’s the Email Back Form – Winter ’15(English)

Here’s the Japanese Information Pack (PDF)


Below is the signup form!


RSVP  Deadline:  Friday,  February  6th  to  vp@hajet.org

For  those  needing  accommodation,  please  reply  by  January   9th  or  ASAP! Space  is  limited!


2015 Winter Meeting RSVP Form (Submit by Feb 6th)
  1. Basic Info
  2. (required)
  3. HAJET member?

  4. (valid email required)
  5. (required)
  6. (required)
  7. (required)
  8. Accommodation (6900 one night/13000 two nights)
  9. Which nights will you be staying?

  10. Workshops RSVP
  11. Workshops Attending (check all that apply)

  12. Sightseeing Groups (see info pack and please only pick one or two)

  13. Saturday Enkai
  14. Do you want to come to the enkai on Saturday?

  15. Nijikai - Winter Concert
  16. Do you want to come to the Nijikai?

  17. Do you need a membership?

  18. Other/Receipts
  19. Do you need a receipt for your office/school?

  20. Do you need the receipt made out to your BOE or School Office?


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The Novembuuuur Polestar has arrived!

Polestar 2014

To all,
Happy Thanksgiving!

Now, I recognize that that mainly applies to the USA-ers of the group, and Canadians will continue to insist that the real Thanksgiving happened last month, but the opportunity was too good to pass up.  For those of you who are, like me, a little bummed that we have just another day of work while our families are gathering today to partake in too much turkey and pie, a consolation prize for you: Novemburrr’s Polestar.

I emphasize the last syllable because the theme for this month is the much beloved saying WINTER IS COMING.  Not quite here (still no snow yet out east)… but coming.

This month, check out the experience of a first-year ALT in the classroom, read about what happens when the cultural exchange tables are flipped, and glean some excellent book recommendations by our very own HAJET librarian.  All this and more at the click of a mouse… right here.

As always, let me know if you would like to be removed from the mailing list.

Stay warm, and happy reading.

Allison Hight

Polestar Editor

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)!

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