The Akabira Christmas Party (re-post from 2016)

You may be wondering, “Why am I seeing event posts about Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. in mid-August..? You okay, Webmaster?” Don’t worry, I am A-okay. This post was originally on HAJET’s former website, and the new one’s looking a little empty. Use this event as a great example of what *you* can do with HAJET International Event Funding!


Kids in Hokkaido love Christmas events! Check out Akabira’s annual Christmas party, hosted by Chan Naing!


The Akabira Christmas party has been going on in my town since the first ALT founded it, nearly 10 years ago.  With the shrinking population, attendance was lower than expected this year. Nonetheless, with the help of JET volunteers and the funding provided by HAJET, we were able to provide a very Merry Christmas full of hot chocolate, silly games, and crafts.  Especially popular was the photobooth, where kids can pose with holiday-themed props.  This is the first year the photos were taken on an instant camera, which I was worried couldn’t be done because of the cost, but luckily HAJET was able to cover that too.  The kids loved decorating their pictures and taking them home right away!  I hope that the people of Akabira can have more events to interact with people from all over the world.


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