3rd Year Hokkaido JET
Block 1 Representative
Aomori | Akita | Hokkaido | Iwate
Block 1 includes Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, and Akita. I'm Steffanie Craig, the incoming Block 1 Representative! I’m going into my third year as an ALT in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido. I teach at three elementary schools and am a municipal JET. I hail from Florida, USA, but I call Maryland my home state. I love the stingray island, but I’ve been wanting to travel to the other prefectures. Please tell me about your favorite sites, snowboarding spots, foodie places, and let's all go together! Check out the Facebook page for the block events!
1st Year Fukushima JET
Block 2 Representative
Fukushima | Miyagi | Niigata | Yamagata
Block 2 includes Niigata, Miyagi, Fukushima and Yamagata. Eilidh (pronounced like Hayley without the H) is a first year JET in Fukushima, originally from Scotland. She loves getting involved in local, prefectural and block events, and wants to spread the block 2 love to JETs all over Japan, and simultaneously foster a greater sense of community within her block. In her free time she enjoys spontaneous trips, crying over cute dogs, and eating a quite frankly alarming amount of (mostly junk) food.
5th Year Saitama JET
Block 3 Representative
Gunma | Ibaraki | Nagano | Saitama | Tochigi
Block 3 includes Saitama, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Nagano. Sarah is now a 5th year JET, based in Saitama. Her background in music has led her to organize music events in Tokyo throughout the year. This experience has allowed her to discover a passion for hosting events and bringing people together through parties and trips. She hopes to provide new opportunities for JETs, and to enhance the JET experience by expanding the community.
Block 4 Representative
Chiba | Kanagawa | Shizuoka | Tokyo | Yamanashi
Kizzy lives in central Tokyo as part of Block 4 which includes Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka. Born in Kent, UK and now living in Japan with her husband, Kizzy enjoys participating in communal activities such as fundraising, events and festivals. She wants to be able to share her experiences during her time on the JET programme in a constructive way, to support and benefit others.
Block 5 Representative
Aichi | Fukui | Gifu | Ishikawa | Toyama
Block 5 includes Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa and Toyama. Devon Corrie Smith is a citizen of Sheffield in the North of England, a resident of Fukui prefecture, an ALT of Mikuni JHS, and a loyal servant to the JETs of the region, Block 5. Father to a murdered goldfish. Husband to a man named Matt. And he will have his say in influential JET matters, in this life or the next.
3rd Year Hyogo JET
Block 6 Representative
Hyogo | Kyoto | Shiga
Block 6 includes Hyogo, Kyoto, and Shiga and is represented by Anna Ayvazyan. An ALT from Australia, born in Russia whose roots herald from Armenia. I enjoy sleeping and eating desserts but also building resources and knowledge/awareness management to assist individuals in enjoying their time on the program. Currently in charge of Hyogo AJET and Block 6 AJET. Somehow in the process of all this a photo of me appeared one of the largest public art exhibitions (Kokuten) in Japan. I ask a lot of questions but I also have a lot of answers so feel free to ask me anything, anytime and anywhere!
3rd Year Osaka JET
Block 7 Representative
Mie | Nara | Osaka | Wakayama
Block 7 includes Osaka, Nara, Mie and Wakayama and is represented by Ria Tinio. Originally from the tropical foodie paradise known as the Philippines, Ria is an ALT based in Izumi City, Osaka. She hopes to help her constituents make the most out of their time in Japan by holding events that cater to various interests and foster a supportive and informed Block 7 community. When she's not pursing her goal of exploring all the prefectures in Japan, Ria often paints or attends rock concerts.
Block 8 Representative
Ehime | Kagawa | Kochi | Tokushima
Block 8 includes Kagawa, Tokushima, Ehime, and Kochi, represented by Steven Coyne. Steven is an ALT in Higashimiyoshi, a small town in the west of Tokushima Prefecture. Steven majored in Classics and was a Latin teacher for three years before moving on to less “dead” languages in Japan. Steven loves food and is always participating in or teaching cooking lessons. He also likes traveling via long road trips and couchsurfing, and runs AJET’s own grassroots lodging network, Tatami Timeshare, between planning events to bring Shikoku JETs together.
Block 9 Representative
Hiroshima | Okayama | Shimane | Tottori | Yamaguchi
Block 9 consists of Hiroshima, Okayama, Yamaguchi, Shimane and Tottori, collectively known as the chugoku region. Callum, born, raised and well fed in the UK, feels lucky to be placed in Fukuyama, Hiroshima, where he has organised many events, both work and non work related, and hopes to make many more spread across the chugoku region. He hopes to liasse as much as possible with his fellow JETs to create an environment that is both comfortable and fun. He also enjoys music, comedy and fermented barley.
1st Year Nagasaki JET
Block 10 Representative
Fukuoka | Nagasaki | Oita | Saga
Block 10 includes Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Oita, and Saga and is represented by Lila Klopfenstein. Lila is a first year ALT in Nagasaki City. Originally from the western United States, Lila spends her time imparting her love for potatoes and rural America on her students while hiking/swimming with fellow JETs across the Kyushu region. She hopes to facilitate events which bring Block 10 JETs into nature and Japanese community.
2nd Year Kagoshima City JET
Block 11 Representative
Kagoshima | Kumamoto | Miyazaki | Okinawa
Block 11 includes Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Okinawa and is represented by Dewi Phan. Hello! I’m from Auckland, New Zealand. I am a 2nd year ALT in Kagoshima City. I will be this year’s new Block 11 leader. I would love to be the link that connects Block 11 to other parts of Japan. To help promote events and news from other areas to encourage traveling and connecting to other JETs in Japan. I also love to help and inform people, so for any new JETs needing questions answered I hope to be their go to girl and direct them in the right direction or person.