2017 MAJET-KAJET Dragon Boat Races!

Every October, hundreds of people travel to Kagoshima’s Nejime Port for the Minami Osumi Nejime Dragon Boat Festival! Teams of 10 people board colorful, dragon-shaped boats and race down a 380m river course to claim the prize.

This year, MAJET will be collaborating with Kagoshima AJET (KAJET) to bring Dragon Boat Racing to you! This is a great opportunity to meet our neighbor JETs and build new connections and friendships, while also enjoying and participating in a unique cultural experience. It’s been a couple of years since MAJET has participated in this event, but we’ve always had a really great time, and we are really looking forward to joining KAJET this year!

While this event isn’t until October, we have to register by the end of August (yikes!), so if you are interested in participating, please review the information below and RSVP as soon as possible! Continue reading

Block 11 Event- Fireworks in Yatsushiro!

For those of you who don’t know, Miyazaki is a member of AJET Block 11, along with Kumamoto, Kagoshima, and Okinawa prefectures. Our Block Rep, CJ Fischer, really wants to help get us all together for some interprefectural events this year, and he’s just set up our first one!

Our first Block event will be on Saturday, October 15th. We will be meeting in Yastushiro, Kumamoto to attend the Yatsushiro National Fireworks Festival! With around 30 famous pyrotechnicians from all over Japan competing for the best displays, it is sure to be an incredible night! The show begins at 6pm and continues until 8pm, and is easily accessible from Yatsushiro station.

If you want to come and meet your peers from Kumamoto, Kagoshima, and Okinawa, please check out the event on the Block 11 Facebook page. From there, you’ll be able to organize carpools, tatami shares, etc. to help make the most of your weekend!

This is just the first of many events Block 11 will be hosting this year. We hope to see you there, but if not, there will be more opportunities, so keep an eye out!