March, Volume II

Kabushima Shrine on the Tanesashi Coast at sunset. Photo by Peter Davies.

Application Deadlines

Today is the final day to submit any Aomori AJET Executive Council applications or Regional Representative applications. Both are excellent ways to gain experience event-planning and working as part of a team, and I encourage anyone and everyone to apply!

Aomori AJET Executive Council Applications are due at 11:59 PM today. Be sure to read the full details, then send an email to

  • All re-contracting JETs are eligible to apply.
  • All applicants will run in an election beginning Monday, March 18th and ending 11:59 PM on Friday, March 29th.
  • Results will be announced on Monday, April 1st.

RR applications are due at 4:00 PM today. Read the details and get the form here, then send the completed application to

  • All re-contracting ALTs are eligible to apply, provided they are able to attend the essential meetings and events.
  • Please get approval from your supervisor in order to apply.
  • The PAs will choose two applicants from each region and notify applicants of their decision by Monday, March 25th.


BALLS: March Notable News
Victor has the juicy stories to spice up your mid-March dinner party.

Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs: Noah Lee is Allergic to Apples
Elaina speaks with Noah Lee about his life in Hachinohe and his experience on the JET Program.

English is Weird: Queuing for a Q
Lauren explains the qonvoluted history of this underrepresented letter.

Extended Play: Mouse On The Keys: Proving that Piano is Powerful
Nick analyzes several songs from this Tokyo-based band which describes itself as, “a mix of post-hardcore, techno, and contemporary music, among others.”

Historia Mundi: The Samurai Republic
Ryan gives us a quick overview of Ezo, a short-lived republic founded in Hokkaido during the Meiji Restoration.

Media Bug: Kokoro
Pokere takes a look at the quintessential Japanese novel, Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro.

Today’s Lesson: Let the Vocabulary Games Begin [Lesson Plan]
Yoshika provides a full, three game lesson focused on high-frequency vocabulary.

Taroscopes: March: Sister Signs
Did you know each zodiac sign has a sister sign? Discover yours and find out what challenge you’ll face this month.

Help Wanted

We’re still looking for new writers! If you’ve been thinking about it and you’re on the fence, I urge you to take the plunge and join the team! All Aomori JETs are welcome!

You can write on basically any topic you’d like. If you need inspiration, take a look at the “columns” sidebar on the right and browse for a bit. You could even resurrect or reinvent a discontinued columns if you chose. A brand new topic is equally welcome!

It’s also worth noting that we’re interested in giving JETs a platform for things other than writing, so please send us an email at if you have anything you want to share.

Josh Dolphin
Head Editor

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