AJET Representatives

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Kelsey Chieko Bouse

Year on JET
5th

Placement
Fukuyama

Favorite things
The basic life, Totoro, 90s and early 2000s anime. Karaoke. Naps.

Hobbies
Eating, listening to music, traveling

Favorite AJET event to attend/organize
The rafting trip. It was one of my first AJET trips and it was a blast. It got me out of my comfort zone. The happy raft crew is always awesome. I always look forward to this trip.

Why is AJET important to you
I love making friends with all kinds of people and AJET events bring people from all over the prefecture. I have been able to try things that I would have never tried before and make new friendships with people outside of my placement. Also my fellow AJET committee people are pretty great!


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Chinta ‘the totally rad’ Takdare

Year on JET
3rd

Placement
Fukuyama

Favorite things
Autumn colours, puns/bad jokes, all the animals, myths/legends/folktales, takoyaki, warm drinks on wintery days, the BEACH, D&D and all the games.

Hobbies
Too many, but I love creative activities! I love making art, kitchen alchemy, sewing, playing my ukulele and dancing too. I’m probably known best by people for my costume work though~!

Favorite AJET event to attend/organize
I’m fortunate enough to have gone on many, but I look forward to the Hiroshima Halloween party both the years I’ve been. I love seeing everyone having a blast and it gives them such a great chance to flex their creative muscles! The dancing is excellent fun too!

Why is AJET important to you
It’s easy to forget how far apart we are in Hiroshima sometimes, but AJET events bring us all together to have fun and bond through shared experiences. It’s always a joy to see people in such a free and fun environment!


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Emmeli Gordon

Year on JET
2nd

Placement
Jinsekikoken

Favorite things
Swimming, reading, hiking, biking

Hobbies
Collecting anything Moomin™ related, watching Seinfeld, watching Scrubbs

Favorite AJET event to attend/organize
The Miyajima trip in the fall was a great introduction to Hiroshima prefecture. Miyajima is quintessential Hiroshima so going there is a lovely introduction into your Hiroshima prefecture! It was well attended, so I was able to make many great friends and connections on this trip. The hike was a great plus too.

Why is AJET important to you
I am very isolated from other ALTs in my placement and AJET provides plenty of opportunity for everyone in the prefecture, near and far, to meet and greet and enjoy time together. I look forward to the many more AJET trips I hope to help plan and go on. Thank you for having me as an AJET representative!


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Juniper Hunter

Year on JET
2nd

Placement
Higashihiroshima

Favorite things
My cat (the love of my life), Chipotle, Navajo tacos, Olive Garden Italian dressing, sea animals, land animals, Marvel movies, Thor, Disneyland, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, the sun and sea, sunny weather, Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, summer festivals and dinosaurs.

Hobbies
I love gardening! Japan weather makes it easy and everybody does it. Stargazing. Japan weather makes this really hard to do. Reading, watching Netflix, going to the movie theater, collecting stamps in my passport, shopping for bags and shoes. 

Favorite AJET event to attend/organize
I haven’t completed my first year yet but I loved the ski trip!! It was my first time snowboarding and it was the best thing I’ve done since coming to Japan.

Why is AJET important to you
I’d like the fact that AJET brings everyone together from all over the prefecture. It makes our community more close and it’s easier to connect with people when we’re all thrown together as we are upon coming to a new country. Being a more chill and kinda quiet person, it helped me build friendships all over the place. Also we go adventuring and adventuring is what I’m all about.


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Sharon “Shari” Dolabaille

Year on JET
2nd

Placement
Fukuyama

Favorite things
Video games, reading, anime, food, and spectator karaoke.

Hobbies
Playing video games, solving puzzles, trying lots of delicious food, traveling. 

Favorite AJET event to attend/organize
Trip to Miyajima! It was the first AJET event I ever attended and it’s when I decided I wanted to be part of this organization. At that time, being a newbie and having this event attended by people from all over Hiroshima made me feel welcomed and instilled my pride in being part of this wonderful prefecture.

Why is AJET important to you
I think AJET is a great portal for bringing people together from all over the prefecture and exploring bits of Japan and I’d like to continue being part of the process in supporting everyone.


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Stephen Mina

Year on JET
2nd

Placement
Kure

Favorite things
Good books, bad puns, ramen. I like pretty much anything made by Gerard Way, the Coen Brothers and Ken Levine. I have a thing for B movies. I like sleeping in on Saturdays, overthinking things and painting and drawing. I also like purple.

Hobbies
Writing, painting, drawing, cooking. I play bass sometimes and sing in the shower a lot. I love traveling (but then again, who doesn’t?).

Favorite AJET event to attend/organize
Probably the Shimane ski trip. I didn’t originally sign up, but ended swapping with another JET. It was my first time skiing and subsequently my first time failing heinously at it. That said though, there is something about looking up at a snowy sky and contemplating life after crashing into a drift that I found deeply satisfying. The onsen and cabin adventure that followed were also wonderful, but I think what I enjoyed the most was sharing the event with our fellow Shimane JETs. It was lovely to meet new people.

Why is AJET important to you
We’re all far away from home in a foreign (sometimes strange) land. Don’t let the map fool you: Hiroshima is big. AJET provides a way for Hiroshima JETs (and JETs next door) to meet up, build friendships and do things that we wouldn’t in our daily routines. It’s a chance to do things, explore Japan and, hell, have a little fun.