About Hiroshima AJET
Down here on the Wide Island, we aim to bring together JETs from far and wide. As a chapter of the National Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET), Hiroshima AJET organizes activities, gatherings and rendezvous for the surrounding communities.
We plan both local events and weekend trips to various prefectures. Taking advantage of (what we believe to be) the best prefecture, we host a Hiroshima Carps baseball game event in summer, a Halloween party in the fall, and a cherry blossom picnic and charity art exhibition in the spring. Further, in the past, Hiroshima AJET has ventured to Fukuoka to watch sumo, Shikoku to white water raft and Shimane to snowboard.
We hope you will join us. If interested in joining our listserv to receive information regarding upcoming events and trips—or just looking for an opportunity to mingle, please email us at ajethiroshima [at] gmail [dot] com.
The art festival will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 1-5 p.m. at LOG Cafe in Hiroshima City. The proceeds and donations will support disaster relief efforts in the town of Funakoshi as well as Hiroshima JET, Estelle Hebert’s documentary film about the town.
The festival is an opportunity for JETs and other community members to showcase their artwork. From paintings, photography and clothing design to poetry, music, and cinematography–anything goes! If you have an artistic inclination and want to use your talents to support a wonderful cause, please consider exhibiting your work! You can choose to simply exhibit your work, or to sell it for donations–either option is welcome and appreciated.
Snowboarding with AJET; the beginner’s guide to falling…and getting up
By Cathy Hodgson
When I first arrived in Japan, I decided that I was going to make the most of the JET life and the opportunities that came my way. While in Japan I have been determined to experience as many new things as possible. Hiroshima AJET has been behind a number of my new experiences. White water rafting? Done it. Sumo wrestling? Seen it. So, when the opportunity to try snowboarding came around I naturally decided to tick this one off my list.
Coming from South Africa my contact with snow and any form of snow sport has been fairly non-existent. Quite frankly, I felt that if I came out of this experience without any broken bones, concussions, or other medical maladies, then the day would have been a success! Thanks to the guidance and patience of AJET’s very own Sean Hofman, our merry band of beginners was in good hands. Those of us new to snowboarding quickly became accustomed to falling. As a newbie, whether you like it or not, you get up close and personal with the white stuff… a lot! And it hurts! Nevertheless, the more you fall the more you get up. And the more you keep getting up, the less you fall!
Having a good teacher to show you the basics is essential. Our group of 20 JETs was lucky enough to have a number of experienced snowboarders that were more than willing to help us onto our feet (literally). By the end of the day I felt like I was getting the hang of things. For all you pro boarders out there, I even started to master the art of the “falling leaf”. As any beginner will tell you, it’s a great moment when you start to feel yourself gain the slightest bit of control over the board. It’s an even greater moment when you’re no longer face-planting the snow! I guess this experience has encouraged me to keep on trying new things. Despite the bumps and bruises I will definitely be going back for round two. Hopefully I’ll be “shredding the gnar” in no time!