Meet Your New 2012-2013 KumAJET Representatives!
What is KumAJET?

KumAJET is your local chapter of National AJET. We are an organization run by JETs for JETs. Our aim is to provide support and information to Kumamoto prefecture JETs for the duration of your time here. Our tie with new JETs starts even before they arrive in Kumamoto through our Sempai program. This is a program which will pair incoming JETs with current JETs to provide them with a local contact in their designated area to help adjust to Japanese life.

Throughout the year KumAJET works hard to organize a variety of events for both JETs and community members to create opportunities to meet new people, visit many parts of this beautiful prefecture and embrace Kumamoto life. Our events are all extremely varied offering something for everyone. Examples of past events are: beach parties, group hikes and onsens, local festivals, volunteer day, pub quiz, charity events and the ongoing famous Valentines auction and Kumamoto’s Got Talent.

Our goal is to strike a successful balance between events in a hope to offer a little something for everyone. However we are always open to your suggestions of events and ideas so please get in touch and let us know what you want! We are also always happy to be considered as a group that you can approach to help you with an event. On a final but important note … although KumAJET is run for JETs, the Japanese community is always encouraged to attend our events as we strive to organize more diverse events in the future.

So let’s meet the new leaders of KumAJET 2012-2013 …

Kirsty Bosworth

First off a big hel
lo to all Kumamoto JETs, my name is Kirsty Bosworth and I will be entering my second year of the Jet Programme this summer. I am 23 years old and from (not so) sunny England. Back home I studied Biomedical Science before embarking upon my adventure to Japan to beco
me one of the ALT’s in Kikuyo town which is north-east of Kumamoto city. I teach in Junior High, Elementary and nursery schools … so have my hands full but loving every minute of it! Dancing, shopping, traveling and partying are a few of my many interests. Here in Kumamoto I have been able to continue all of these whilst meeting a variety of people along the way.

My first year of being an ALT in Kumamoto has been fantastic and I have been lucky enough to participate in and observe a variety of events KumAJET have run with successful and inspiring results in a charitable and social aspect. I hope we can as a group and with your help continue the legacy of KumAJET by organizing memorable events and charity days to fundraise for the Akaihane (‘red feather’) charity and bring everyone together. Last year these events allowed me to meet a whole host of people and make some amazing friends from all over the world, making my first year in Japan unforgettable

As part of the new KumAJET group I am really excited to bring people together from all over Kumamoto, Kyushu and even Japan to have fun and generate a strong support network for everyone, so you can all make the most of you time in Japan and have a keepsake of memories that will last with you forever. One of my personal goals for the KumAJET group is to try and incorporate many Japanese locals into our events by encouraging everyone to come along ... Everyone is welcome!!!! We also hope to fundraise as much as possible for a very deserving cause with all of your help and generosity. We will strive to continue the popular and well loved events such as the Ashikita beach party, Valentines Auction and Kumamoto’s got talent and to infuse the group with new and exciting opportunities such as volunteer days at local charities.

Thanh Hoang

Age: 26

Hometown: San Diego, California, USA

Height: 170 cm

Blood type: No Idea

Hobbies: Music, Dance, Shopping

As a member of KumaJET, it is my goal to help my fellow JETs see the many new opportunities for friendship and experiences.  Coming to Japan last November, I was able to open a door to a world of new possibilities.  So many, in fact, that it was mind-boggling and terrifying.  Last year’s KumaJET team helped me acclimate to everything around me, and now I can proudly say I can stand on own in exploring this wonderful place.  I have made it my goal to help new JETs in the same way: help new JETs acclimate through events, friendships, and exploration. 

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”


Jessica Pei 

Hey there, fellow Kumamoto JETs. My name is Jessica Pei and it will be my second year on the JET Programme starting this August. I am from Toronto, Canada, and am currently living in Kumamoto City teaching both elementary and junior high schools.

As a member of this year’s KumAJET team, I am both very excited and a little nervous. Excited because I look forward to contributing to the Kumamoto JETs community by bringing people together through well-organized events, fundraising for charity, and just making your time in Japan a tad bit more fun and interesting than it already is. A little nervous because honestly speaking, having just spent one year in this uniquely interesting country, there are yet many things for me to learn. School and work life has only just begun to settle into a routine; nonetheless I have decided to take up KumAJET as a challenge to myself. One of my biggest goals this year as your KumAJET Representative is to reach out more to all the different areas of Kumamoto Prefecture. Although I am thankful to all the conveniences of living and working in Kumamoto City itself, I really wish to get to know the prefecture more, and to participate in the various areas

’ festivals and happenings. I want KumAJET to truly be an organization run by Kumamoto JETs for Kumamoto JETs. And since we are all Kumamoto JETs, this organization is as much mine to run as it is yours. Thus, if you have suggestions for parties, festive events, charity events, and any other ideas for a happy time, feel free to contact me!

Let’s break some geographical barriers (I mean we’ve come from all over, to this tiny prefecture in Japan on the world map, what else is stopping us?) and explore more of Japan together. (^_^)

Ok, aside from KumAJET related introductions. I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. I’m a shopaholic (yes I confess), who also enjoys singing, partying, watching movies and shows, reading, writing, and travelling. I love the fresh starts when you meet someone for the first time. Listening to their stories, the places they’ve been, the experiences they’ve had, and the people they’ve met. To me, having a good conversation with old and new friends (and with a few drinks too) equals fun times. Now I’ve told you much about me, it is your turn to tell me about yourself. And since you quite frankly can’t do it here, you have to come out to our events and say hi!


Shara Tonn  

First, a word from my girl, Helen Keller: “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”  She rocks my world.

 So, hey guys! My name is Shara Tonn, and I’m a JET down in Asagiri. Before I spiel all over you, let me tell you a little bit about myself:

  • -I’m from Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • -I’m 23.
  • -My birthday is March 31st.
  • -My favorite food is chocolate.
  • -Memorize the above two facts.
  • -I drink apple juice on airplanes. Tomato juice is not a juice.

I think that’s about all, but if you want to know anything else, you will have to come to an event and ask me! Kay, I just put on my business socks. Let’s do this.

 Last year, the KumAJET team provided me with community support and helped me give back to the society that welcomed me with open arms. When I stepped off the plane from Tokyo to go to my town a year ago, I had no idea when I would next see the JETs who lived in the far-flung corners of the prefecture. (Of course, I didn’t even know that another JET lived ten minutes away from me so I could be a special case.) The KumAJET events throughout the year provided venues where I could come together with any and all Kumamoto JETs and have a blast. Even more than bringing us together, last year’s KumAJET team ran charity events and fundraising activities that raised money for Akaihane, a Kumamoto charity. While I was walking on the beach in Ashikita or dancing around in a banana suit (don’t worry it was during a charity event!), my participation in KumAJET events allowed me to be part of a group that is giving back in a big way to the community in which I lived.

In the upcoming year, I promise that I will continue the KumAJET tradition and work to produce events that keep you coming—and giving—back. As my personal goal, I will sweat blood and tears to expand the volunteer branch of KumAJET. In university, I majored in Environmental Science, and I miss working and volunteering in the great outdoors. I have noticed that there are both national and local parks out here in Kyushu that could benefit from a little JET elbow grease, and I want to get some of us out there on the job. So, are you ready for a new JET year? …Because I certainly am! Here’s to the rollicking rocking and daringly adventurous JET Year of 2012-13! See you at the next event!

・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

・Good luck with the new semester of classes! 

Important upcoming dates:

・Starting in October - New ES/JHS ALT School Visits  
Upcoming Events:

・September 5 - Taco Night, 7PM at Tortacos, Kumamoto City
・September 26 & 27 - Ashikita Beach Party, Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita, check-in starts at 4PM
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