Meet your 2015-2016 KumAJET Representatives!
Misato Town, 2nd Year ALT
Danger is Kay’s middle name. Or is it Hubris? I can’t remember… As the 35th in line for the massive Chef-boy-ar-dee fortune, Kay is no stranger to having a good time. For her second year as a Kumamoto ALT she is jumping feet-first into the KumAJET party scene and enticing you all to join in with the prospect of games, shenanigans, and free hugs. Kay is extremely loyal and not a werewolf so you can trust her above all others. She is the brawn behind this year’s KumAJET (because she can lift the most) and is also great at reaching things on the top shelf. With such a diverse team (of mostly Canadians) heading up AJET, the entertainment possibilities are endless! Hold onto yourぼうし’s, folks. Whether you’re a sempai or first year in Kumamoto, this year’s AJET events will not be ones to miss!
Misato Town, 2nd Year ALT
Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Blades. I’m a second year JET living in the town of Misato, which is located about an hour away from Kumamoto City. I’m from Edmonton, Canada, but – wait for it – I’m not a huge fan of hockey. Sorry Oilers. Instead I watch and support football/soccer. Keep the blue flag flying high! My other passions include: snowboarding, photography, traveling, baking, running and figuring out new ways to deter bugs from visiting my house (so far I’m not really succeeding at this one). I’m excited to be a part of this year’s KumAJET. I’m ready for whatever this JET year is going to bring! Three of my personal goals for this year include: 1) making sure your time on JET is as memorable as possible, 2) helping bring JETs from all over Kumamoto together, and 3) really focusing on giving back to the local and global community. I hope that you’ll be able to make it out to the KumAJET events. We have a lot of great things planned for the coming year, so stay tuned!
T Blades out.
Ashikita Town, 2nd Year ALT
“Most people would say ‘the deets,’ but I say ‘the tails.’ Just another example of innovation.”
– Tom Haverford
Hello friends! My name is Julia, and I hail from a suburban town called Whitby which is about 45 minutes outside of Toronto, Canada. I have had the privilege of spending my time in Japan living amongst the beautiful beaches and breathtaking mountains of Ashikita in the south of Kumamoto. Things I enjoy include visiting pioneer villages, handwriting letters to friends on obnoxious Japanese stationery, and running up small mountains. I dig quality journalism and good literature, and will happily discuss either of these with anyone who will listen. It’s also important to note that I quote Drake an obscene amount (shout out to the 6!) and I believe that no music will ever be as good as the hip-hop and R&B that came out of the early 2000s. So far, Japan has been quite an adventure and I am so excited to be a part of KumAJET this coming year. Looking forward to hanging out with all of you cool cats here in Kumamoto!
Amakusa City, 2nd Year ALT
“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
– Matsuo Basho
Hey everyone! I’m Audrienne, (Think Odd-drienne, and you’re probably saying it right). I come all the way from Alaska, and now I live all the way down in Ushibuka in Amakusa, which is a small port town that boasts a gorgeous secluded beach! My interests include running, calligraphy, singing with Angela (my guitar) and free style haikus. This will be my 2nd year on JET, and I could not be more excited to take it on as a KumAJET member. I love Kumamoto; the land, the people, the events—and I want to share it all with those who came to Japan with a similar mindset to experience all of that and more. I’m looking forward to meeting you and experiencing more of this wonderful prefecture we’re so lucky to be placed in! よろしく！
Asagiri Town, 2nd Year ALT
Hi everyone. I’m an ALT living in Asagiri, Kuma gun. Asagiri is pretty ‘out there’ in the inaka, but come and visit – it’s beautiful! I am from the south of England and have now been in Japan for one year. Mostly I teach at elementary school and nursery school, with a couple of adult classes thrown in. I’m really happy to be living in the countryside – I love cycling around and taking photos, even though it attracts many a strange look. I also love all things hand-made and craft related, which has unfortunately resulted in spending far too much money on crafty things in Daiso this year (my ribbon collection is pretty impressive though!). I came here not really knowing any Japanese or anything about Japan, and with the intention to stay only one year, but I have fallen in love with this country and the people and I am really looking forward to my second year and being a part of AJET. The team is great and we have some good events planned, so I am hoping to see you all there!
What is KumAJET?
KumAJET is the local chapter of the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET). AJET is a national volunteer organization of JET Programme participants whose mission is to serve the JET community by building support networks, organizing useful information, and offering resources to enhance the lives of JETs (more info on AJET and all of their great resources at ajet.net).
KumAJET is a group that brings people together to have fun and make friends throughout Kumamoto. Whether you’re looking to volunteer, have a night out on the town, or explore some of Kumamoto’s scenery, we are the group for you. Although KumAJET is run by JETs, our events are open to all residents of Kumamoto, both foreign and Japanese. Along with planning KumAJET events we also hope to get more JETs out to other events going on in the prefecture by advertising for them on our Facebook page and website (kumajet.org). Our main goals are to provide opportunities for our members to meet new people, see new places, and make great memories during their time in Japan while giving as much back to our communities as we possibly can.
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