• Announcements

    ShizAjet 2014-2015 Council

    Votes have been cast and the results are as follows:

    President: Jeffrey Moses
    Vice President: Andrew Thompson
    Treasurer: Phillip Howard
    Secretary: Samantha Pacheco
    Event Coordinators: Tommy Louk, Jasmin Lau
    Webmaster: Armand Lubbe
    For more about each officer, please visit the “Meet ShizAjet” page!
  • Announcements

    2014 Shizuoka AJET T-Shirts


    Show your Shizuoka spirit with our 2014 Shizuoka AJET T-shirts!

    We are currently offering two designs created by Shizuoka’s very own Jackie Holowczyk (Design #1 on order form) and Samantha Shoppell (Design #2 on order form).

    Any single t-shirt is ¥2,500. XXL and XXXL t-shirts cost an extra ¥100 and ¥210, respectively. The deadline for payments is Friday, May 16.

    All proceeds will go toward future AJET events.

    If you’d like more information or want to place an order, please submit this order form:


    If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us at shizajet@gmail.com.

    Thank you for your support!




    デザインが2つあって、静岡県のJackie HolowczykとSamantha Shoppellが製作しました。

    Tシャツの値段は¥2,500で、もっと大きいシャツには追加料金がかかります(2XL – ¥100 / 3XL – ¥210)




    • S – 66, 49, 19, 44
    • M – 70, 52, 20, 47
    • L – 74, 55, 22, 50
    • XL – 78, 58, 24, 53
    • 2XL – 82, 61, 26, 56
    • 3XL – 84, 64, 26, 59






    振込でお願いします。締め切りは5月 16日(木)です。下記のリンクに静岡AJETの振込先があります:


    もし振込で払うのが無理なら、shizajet@gmail.com にメッセージを送ってください。


  • Announcements

    Furikomi Information (振込)

    Hey everyone, here’s the furikomi process through which you can purchase the Shizuoka AJET t-shirts:


    Here’s Shizuoka AJET’s bank account information. Please send your payments to this account:

    Bank (銀行名): 
    ゆうちょ銀行 – Yuucho Ginkou
    Account Name (口座名): 
    AJET静岡支部 (エージェットシズオカシブ) – AJET Shizuoka Shibu
    Branch Number (支店番号): 
    Account Number (口座番号): 


    Once you’ve placed an order, we’ll email you with the final price. After you’ve double-checked this price, send the payment to us via furikomi by Friday, May 16. We’ll create a Google Document where you can confirm that your payment went through to us.

    Let us know if you have any questions.


  • Living in Japan

    Cherry blossoms are upon us.

    It’s the end of the school year. Graduation ceremonies are over (or will be soon). It’s time to look ahead. It’s time to stop hibernating and get out back into the world!!

    We haven’t forgotten you and ShizAJET is planning many things for you. Here’s a small list of what’s coming (Check the event page for details):

    • Sake (or Nihonshu as the purists call the sacred drink) festival in Fujinomiya on March 16th
    • 2 different Cherry Blossom viewing parties (one in Hamamatsu and one in Shizuoka city)
    • Tea picking around golden week
    • Camping trip in May
    • Beach parties
    • Leaver’s party and that’s only up to June

    ShizAJET has also been working on something else. As an organization where more people are getting involved than before, we are in the process of creating our first constitution. Once it is finish, it will be made public on this website. We want to make this organization better than it already is (a hard feat to do) and see ahead for possible bigger events and/or collaborations with other organizations in the future. As such, we wanted to be officially recognized with our community understanding who we are and what we do.

    Shizuok(i)an publication (name pending):ShizAJET in collaboration with our PA has started working on a new edition or the “Life guide for Shizuoka people”. We will soon be sending surveys to all ALTs to ask for recommendations and information on everything they have locally. Start taking notes if you see or know anything noteworthy (especially for specific things as services in English that might be harder to find like doctors and dentists that even 2nd or 3rd years might not know about…). You are the specialists of your area, let us know about your corner of the ken.

  • Living in Japan

    Spring is around the corner!

    March is arriving and with it, the warmer weather will (should) get back to us. This means many things: the end of the school year, test season, prep for the new year, spring vacation, cherry blossoms…

    It’s also a time for reflexion. By now we all know if we are staying another year or leaving this summer. For those who stays, it’s a time to start making plans on what to do this summer and complete more of the personal bucket list of things to do while in Japan. For the leavers, it means what to do on the bucket list BEFORE leaving Japan as well as starting to plan for what’s after going back to wherever you’re from or what to do in Japan after your contract is over.

    No matter which one you are, I do suggest making that bucket list if you haven’t already. Things will creep up on you like you have no ideas. Spring is also the time where many people come out of hibernation mode and get back in the community. Spring brings a lot of festivals and opportunities to see people and enjoy Japan as it’s best, before the weather become too warm that we want to stay indoors in the air-conditioned environment.

    -T-shirts! We the winner for our t-shirt contest! Congratulation to Jackie Holowczyk who won first place with her design (#1) and to Samantha Shoppell who got second place with hers (#7). You can see both of the designs in the post below! We are currently looking for a quality printing company that will give us a good price 🙂 Stay tuned for more info!

    -Shizuokian. ShizAJET and the PA are reviving the Shizuokian. It was a life guide for Shizuoka made with info from ALTs, for ALTs! Would you like to get involved? Contact us by email! Shizajet

    -National AJET elections!! Until March 3rd is the elections for the National AJET council. Your vote is important! Please go vote! You will need your JET identification number to go vote. Your ID number can be found on the language course book material, by calling the JET helpline or by checking with your school or BOE.

    -ShizAJET website. We want to improve the information on our website. Did you find any good information we could add to what we have? Would you like to contribute an article? Please let us know!

  • Announcements

    ShizAjet Shirt Design Entries

    You’ve been waiting for this… we’ve promised it for a long time. Here are the choices for the ShizAJET t-shirt. *insert wave here* Now it’s your turn. We need you to choose which design will represent us, Shizuoka.

    The survey to vote is here (with smaller version of the design pictures) http://shizajet.polldaddy.com/s/shizajet-t-shirt-design-extravaganza-2014

    The vote is open until February 21st at 9pm! What are you waiting for?


    Final Shirt Designs:

    Concept Shirt Designs (Not Final):

  • Announcements

    ShizAJET T-shirt contest rules

    ShizAJET T-shirt contest rules:

    • Open to all current or past Shizuoka JET Programme participants
    • Up to 2 colors (not including shirt color) allowed in the design.
    • The design must be relevant to Shizuoka or life as an ALT in Japan.
    • The word “Shizuoka” needs to be on the shirt somewhere.
    • The deadline for submitting designs is January 31st 2014.
    • The ShizAJET logo (the one at the top of our website) will be added in small characters if not included in the design.

    Contest explanations in detail:

    It’s about time Shizuoka JETs have their own t-shirt. The contest is open to all ALTs and CIRs around Shizuoka prefecture. Design submissions will be posted on the ShizAJET website and our Facebook page for everyone to vote for the designs they like the best. The winning t-shirt will then be printed and the winning design creator will get a free t-shirt.

    Entry details:

    We will need submissions of your designs. To display them efficiently, we ask that the designs be submitted in this way:

    Entrants must submit a JPG file of the design which must fit within an A4 sheet of paper (That is the size of a standard piece of printer paper.).

    The JPG preview should be no larger than 800×500 pixels and clearly display your design. If your design is chosen, you will be asked to provide us with a digital version (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or PDF…) so please keep your data!

    You can display your design on a sample shirt to give an idea of the end result but this is not required.

    For example:

    Hokkaido Shirt
    (This shirt was done by HAJET, Hokkaido AJET chapter in 2011)


    The designs can really be anything you would like. It should be relevant to life in Japan (particularly Shizuoka life) or life as an ALT. That being said, keep in mind that you are trying to earn the votes of people, so you might have more success with a design that ALTs and CIRs from many different countries can relate to. Overall though, you’re only limited by your imagination. If you find yourself bursting with creativity, you are welcome to submit multiple entries.

    Still, we have a few guidelines we want you to keep in mind. Designs should be your own creations. Your design will have up to 2 colors (not including the t-shirt base color). More colors and bigger designs are more expensive, please keep that in mind while creating your illustrations. We don’t want the shirts to be prohibitively expensive.

    There can be more than one design on the same shirt(for example: front and back, front and sleeve…. but it will affect the end price of the shirt and will be mentioned when voting). Placement on the design (middle of shirt, right bottom, side… ) is also possible but usually harder to do (read as pricier).

    If you are wondering which colors are available at the printing company, please refer to this web page:


    (the end company might be different but colors will likely be the same)

    If you want, there are also online design programs to make t-shirts. You can make your design and then send the image to us. Here are two sites to help you get started.



    Prize (Yes!! That’s what we’re talking about!):

    The winning design will be printed up and sold to anyone who would like one (Everyone will be welcome to place an order (even your friends, JTEs and even your school’s principal if he wants one).

    In addition to the glory of having their design printed on t-shirts, the winner will also receive a copy of their t-shirt for free AND a cash prize of 5000 yen!! If we have more than 5 entries the second place will be awarded 2500 yen!!

    Note: People outside of Japan are welcome to submit designs but will not be eligible for any of the cash prizes. If the 1st place winner happens to be overseas, we will ship the t-shirt to that person free of charge.


    As this is a contest entry and the shirts will be sold, we need to cover a few copyright basis. By entering this contest, entrants grant AJET the right to print and sell their design without any fee or compensation other than the prizes listed above. Entrants also agree to have their submitted design displayed on the ShizAJET website (www.ShizAJET.com) and used on the ShizAJET’s group page on Facebook without any fee or other compensation. Displayed designs will be credited to the entrant’s name in all instances.

    When it’s all over, how much will the t-shirts be?

    We don’t know for now how much the t-shirts will be. That will depend a lot on the final design and colors. We can for now say that it should be around 2000~2500 yen for each shirt you want. Of course, if we end up ordering a lot of shirts, we’ll have a better price and share this with you.

    When will we get the t-shirts?

    Once the winning design is chosen and the order is placed, it will take about 1 month to get them. If everything goes well, we should have them before the end of the school year.

    Anything else?

    To be able to pass the order we’ll need a few things. Once the winning design is decided, we’ll arrange to have a message sent to all ALTs with an order form. This form will need to be completed and sent back (via email or printed and posted back) to ShizAJET by the deadline written of the form. Any order places after that will be refused (not to have too many delays in ordering)

    With this we’ll be able to know how many t-shirts to order and in which sizes. We will need a minimum of 20 t-shirts to pass the order to the printer. Once we reach our minimum order number, we’ll know how much the shirts will cost and will be able to send invoice to everyone with how much they owe us BEFORE being able to place the order (as we don’t have membership fees, we don’t have money to make the shirts and then ask you to pay)