The Battle for Cleanliness: A Fight You Don’t Have to Face Alone

So you’ve survived your journey to the Far East, somehow stumbled through three days of Tokyo Orientation, and, after what feels like a lifetime, you’ve finally arrived in the place that will be your new home for (at least) the next year.

You were picturing it all–either your predecessor gave you a virtual tour and sent you pictures, or you were just imagining the quintessential Japanese apartment: tatami rooms with that fresh straw smell, the small but quaint rooms, and of course a fancy Toto Toilet that would not only spray your bottom, but would revolutionize the very way you experienced the bathroom. Yes, life in Japan would be beautiful, organized and neat, just like the train stations in Tokyo and Osaka. Continue reading

Meet Me in Miyazaki!

One of Miyazaki’s biggest and most exciting festivals, the Cape Toi Fire Festival, will be held on the 25th-26th of August this year. For those who don’t know, the Fire Festival features locals slinging lit torches towards the top of a 100-foot pole in order to light it: a sight not to be missed!

So that our new arrivals don’t miss out on this amazing festival, MAJET is planning a nearby welcome barbecue before the festival, so it’s a truly unforgettable weekend! Senpais, reach out to our newest additions by offering them a lift and let’s give them a proper welcome to beautiful, sunny Miyazaki!!
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What to Wear in the Workplace

One of the most difficult parts of preparing to come to Japan is figuring out what to pack! This can be especially difficult for those of us who are more outgoing with our fashion choices. Japan is often viewed as a very conservative culture, and in many ways, that is true. There are many outfits which would be considered work-appropriate in the US and other western countries that would not go over well here. However, this doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon your personal style.

It is important for us to try and fit into our workplaces, but it is also important for us to be ourselves and feel comfortable. The question is how to show off your unique fashion sense while still being office-appropriate. To help you with your planning, we talked to a bunch of current and former ALTs to get their perspective on “the clothing issue.” Continue reading

Preparing to Leave Miyazaki

When the time comes to say goodbye to sunny Miyazaki, it can feel like you’re in over your head. The fact of the matter is there will be a lot of things that normally, in our home countries, we’d be able to control. But because we have to rely on our BOEs or supervisors, that control just seems out of reach. But you’re not the only one to feel this way. Thousands of JET Senpais have gone through it and come out the other side before. Here at MAJET, we want to make the departure process as smooth as possible for you, so we’ve asked our JET Senpais to tell us their top leaving tips. These are the top 10 things you can and should control when the sun sets on your time in Hinata. Continue reading

Volunteer at the 2017 Sea Festa!

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Sea Day (海の日) is coming, that lone public holiday in the long, hot month of July. It’s a day this island nation sets aside to show its gratitude and respect for the sea, and lots of people spend the weekend getting in some beach time.

A day at the beach isn’t easy for some, though. That’s why Marine Blue organizes a volunteer event each year called Sea Festa (海フェスタ)! This event started years ago to help encourage people with muscular dystrophy to enjoy the sea. The event has grown to include many other disabilities as well. Some guests are blind, some have brain injuries, and some have other physical impairments. Continue reading

Here’s looking at you, kid

The rainy season is upon us and with it comes Daiso humidifiers, hydrangeas, mould, and bittersweet farewells. Before our new and old friends leave Miyazaki for bigger, better things, let’s end it with a bang at the 2017 Farewell Party. Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, our leavers will be walking into Aoshima’s Cafe Zeal to listen to Sam play it again. While we all eat and drink way too much, we’ll know that’s it’s not goodbye, it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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Amazing Adventures in Aoshima!

While rain threatened most of the week, we had clear sunny skies all day long for this year’s Amazing Race, and an amazing event it was!

The participants arrived bright and early–all 74 of them!–eager and ready for a day of fun games and challenges. This was definitely our biggest race yet! We were very happy to see so many local college students participating and getting a chance to have some real-world encounters engaging with foreigners.

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MAJET 2017 Needs YOU!

This summer, many of our current MAJET Committee members will be ending their time on JET, leaving quite a few empty spaces in our ranks. So, we need some goal-driven volunteers to step up and take their place! From the end of May, we are hoping to have a team of about ten cool people to help organize exciting events, get ALTs involved in the local community, and keep our website relevant.

It’s time for a new MAJET Committee
to take the reins for 2017-2018!

We need some charismatic, outgoing people to represent our group, and some tech-savvy writers and influencers to help keep our blog and communications running smoothly! Continue reading