Welcome the snow and the new year with Polestar! This issue features Higashikawa, the gateway to Daisetsuzan; a look at recent Japanese educational reforms; a handy checklist for new ALTs to get ready for their new positions; and a look at the (many) HAJET officer positions open – as well as finishing off our series […]
Welcome the autumn colors with the latest issue of Polestar! This time around, we have some articles introducing beginners to hiking in Hokkaido; a tour of the island’s Michi no Eki by someone who’s seen them all; reminiscences from a former ALT; an interview with the new prefectural advisor; a spotlight on the town of […]
Plow into the wintry February edition of Polestar on the joys to experience this season – snow sports and onsen! This month also features farewells to the wonderful HAJET team of 2020-2021. Head on over to the Polestar page and check it out!
Kick start 2021 with a journey down the cuisine and history of Hokkaido – our first issue of the year is filled with recommendations for ramen, and an exploration of the place names of Hokkaido. Head on over to the Polestar page and check it out!
Polestar’s last issue of the year is now available! Dive down into events and some weather essentials in our last edition of Polestar for the year – exciting moments from our Central Regional Event and a local Disco Dance Club, as well as tips for surviving the Hokkaido winter, and more! Head on over to […]
The October 2020 issue of Polestar is now available! Get into the heart of Hokkaido and Japan with Polestar November – engaging reads from the new Ainu cultural texts and a heartfelt personal reflection on body positivity in Japan. Traverse deep into the wonders of mountain passes as we bring you to some of the […]
The October 2020 issue of Polestar is now available! Go spooky with our Halloween edition of Polestar this October. Expect plenty of bewitching and terrifying stories and illustrations that will get you right into the Halloween mood. Have a frightfully good read, and Happy Halloween! Head on over to the Polestar page and check it […]
The September 2020 issue of Polestar is now available! Look forward to a great variety of content in this issue, featuring topics on first-year JET reflections and the dating culture in Japan. Get a glimpse into Muroran and Okinawa with our travel articles and photolog. What’s more, our photo gallery is also here to transport […]
The August 2020 issue of Polestar is now available! From hiking trails to our culture agenda, this August issue is full of engaging reads! Revel in the mersmerising art of Butoh, get transported up north to Rishiri and Rebun, and read more about the origins of Obon. Head on over to the Polestar page and […]
The July 2020 issue of Polestar is now available! A fun-filled summer issue awaits you for this month’s Polestar – there’s plenty to do and explore in our articles on gardening and camping. Read insights about trying a vegan diet in the countryside, and bid farewell to our First Year Rep with her last letter […]