HAJET Blog

Japanese Traditional Children’s Play Event in Higashikagura hosted by Jean Szu-Chuan Lien!

Higashikagura hosted a “Japanese Cultural Experience Program” as part of the international exchange with Jingxing Junior High School from Taipei, Taiwan. Volunteers from local groups, HOC and Ayame Senior Community College, came to help and teach participants about Japanese children’s play. The participants rotated through booths of menko, wanage (ring-toss), taketonbo (bamboo-copter), kendama, mangekyo (kaleidoscope), as well as getting dressed […]

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Takinoue Easter Event 2017 hosted by Jordan Frazier!

When the kids showed up to the Easter event, they were really shy, and some are a bit worried about hanging around new foreigners! This year there were about 20 kids, with a mix of preschool and elementary students. We started off with introductions- all the ALTs introduced themselves, where they’re from, and where they […]

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Higashikagura Halloween Party 2016

Higashikagura Halloween Party was held on 29 October, 2016, aimed at elementary school-aged children. We had a total of 135 participants and 26 volunteers spreading across 11 activity booths, including various games, face painting, and a large selection of crafts. Thanks for HAJET event funding, we were able to purchase Halloween decorations for the event […]

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Higashikagura Pumpkin Carving 2015

Higashikagura Pumpkin Carving was held on 24 October, 2015. Most participants have never carved a pumpkin before, therefore we invited three volunteers to come and show them how. Thanks to HAJET event funding, we were able to purchase pumpkin carving kits, which were much safer tools for beginners. Participants were able to carve at least one […]

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Rubeshibe High School’s First Annual Christmas Party

Rubeshibe High School held its first annual Christmas Party on December 22nd, 2016. The snowy afternoon was full of Christmas tree decorating, joyous caroling, candy munching, educational-yet fun-Power Point learning, and comfortable and casual conversing. All of this fun and cultural exchange would not have been made possible without the financial assistance of HAJET. Thanks […]

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The Akabira Christmas Party

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 […]

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