News From AJET: December 2015

Season’s Greetings JETs! (Whoa it feels odd to say that)

I saw the Christmas trees go up in my local department store on November 1st and then my body tensed up and my head started shaking as I realized BUM BUM BUM… the Christmas carols are coming! I know anyone who has worked in retail in the past knows EXACTLY what I mean. The good news is that this Christmas season does not have to be full of dread and avoiding your local shopping malls. AJET has many great events to keep you amused and in the holiday spirit.

First up is Kobe city’s oh so famous Luminarie light display. Luminarie is a memorial event (held from December 4-13) for the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. Hyogo AJET will meet (Facebook Event) on December 10th outside Motomachi station to battle the crowds and view the sparkling lights and illuminated streets of Kobe together. Also this month, the Hyogo AJET Book Club (Book Club Facebook Event) is reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Book Club will meet on the 13th of December in Sannomiya or Motomachi at another cool little café (TBA). Keep an eye out on the Hyogo AJET Facebook for more information or contact us through the below email.

As Christmas is the season for giving, be sure to keep your eyes out for the many ways to get involved with charities and within your communities. One example of this is Kobe’s 3rd Annual Christmas Charity Bake Sale. This event will be held on December 19th and December 20th from 9am -4pm. Kobe AJET is asking for volunteers to join them by singing Christmas Carols, making baked goods and selling the delicious foods on the days. If you are interested in helping, please contact the lovely Joy Sung and Mark Whitley or visit the event’s Facebook page (Charity Bake Sale Event).

Well that’s all from me. I hope you all have a wonderful winter vacation and stay safe wherever in the world you may be heading (or not heading if you are staying in Japan). As always, if you have any question or ideas for Hyogo AJET, please contact us at hyogo.pr@hyogo.ajet.net.

Stay Awesome,


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