Category Archives: HAJET-funded Events

Christmas Party at Rubeshibe High School!

Golly good gracious oh me oh my, TWO Christmas party posts in one day?! Okay, every family that leaves their Christmas lights up until early summer, you win this round. This one was hosted by Stephanie Serres at Rubeshibe High School; check it out!


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 to HAJET’s Event Funding, Rubeshibe High School was able to end the year with happiness and merriment.

Christmas Party in Akabira!

Good morning! And what a good morning it is; I could actually see the asphalt thanks to the recent warm weather! You know what else warms my soul, even way up here in the frozen north? A post about a HAJET-funded Chirstmas party event, hosted by Chan Niang in Akabira. With color photographs! Enjoy.


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.

Pumpkin Carving in Erimo!

As the snow begins to set in, let’s take a look back to a warmer time. A more… pumpkin-y time.


Here we have some pictures of a pumpkin carving event that took place in Erimo, led by Demetrius Papadakis. He was assisted by none other than Mr. Horse and Hello Kitty, so shouts out to all of our anthropomorphic animal friends. There was also plenty of Starburst to go around for the kids when they said “trick-or-treat.” Congratulations to anyone who didn’t get the yellow flavor!

Thanks for reading!

Cooking Class in Yubetsu

Dearest Reader, I implore you, look deep within yourself and ask, “What child doesn’t love all things involving Rice Krispie treats?” Charles Harries posed the same question to the people of Yubetsu, and the result is clear – it’s one snack that can’t go wrong:


“Food time in Yubetsu! We brought fifteen kids together in a kitchen to introduce the wily ways of foreign food. We made Rice Krispie Squares and bacon and egg pie, we played pictionary, we learned a little English, and a good time was had by all. Thanks HAJET for the funds to make this all happen. You made it REALLLLLLL.”

3rd Annual Samani Easter Egg Hunt

This past April, Margaret Pickard hosted an annual Easter event way down in Samani. Kudos to Margaret and Co. for managing to persuade the Easter Bunny to make the trip – it sure seems like the kids enjoyed it! Check out a re-cap of the event and some fun pictures below:


“Samani successfully held its 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th, 2016. The day began bright and early for 40+ kids with an egg hunt, followed by games, egg-dying, and eating rabbit-shaped cakes while learning about Easter traditions with ALTs from around the area. HAJET’s financial support helped make this event a reality and one of the most memorable days of the year.”