Archive for November 2010
In an effort to combat the decline of our Japanese skills (or lack thereof!), JETAA Hawaii had its first Nihongo Dake event, Ha-Ji, aka Happi Jikan! What better way to improve our Japanese than to practice it – and for some, while consuming alcoholic beverages?
Thanks especially to JETAA Hawaii Treasurer Krystle Hara’s inviting her Japanese students, we had a great turnout and everyone was able to practice their Japanese (and for Krystle’s students, practice their English, too!). From attempting to translate English slang into Japanese to trying to figure out which Japanese celebrity one of the attendees resembled, the conversation topics tested everyone’s abilities in their respective foreign languages.
Thanks to everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you again for the next Ha-Ji!
Steven Horowitz, who is the author of JetWit is working on getting a comprehensive list of JETs and drawing connections with sister cities. Here is an excerpt from the Jetwit page dedicated to this:
Welcome to the JET-Sister City List Project!
The Goal: To create a list of Japanese cities (and prefectures) where JETs lived that have a sister city relationship with another country.
How can you help? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, prefecture, city/town and years on JET as well as any sister city relationships that your town had. If you already see your city listed, email your name anyway so we can include you as well.
The Result: JetWit will add to the below list as responses are received.
The Purpose: To lay some groundwork that may help Japanese cities/prefectures that hosted JETs increase their “return on investment” from their initial investment.
Here is the url for Steven’s Project: http://jetwit.com/wordpress/2010/10/30/jet-sister-city-list-project/
There is a link on there which takes you to a page showing all of the US-Japan sister city relationships so you can easily determine if you can be added to this list!