Archived Past Events


OkiAJET Lesson Sharing and Professional Development Session

Date: Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Location: Naha-shi Chuo Kominkan [那覇市中央公民館]

Cost: ¥500

Do you have a mind-blowingly awesome lesson plan that you’re itching to share with your OkiJET ALT peers? Are you in search of an English activity so great that your students will weep with joy, and your JTEs will bestow upon you praises and laurels aplenty? Or are you a CIR adrift in the stormy seas of keigo and Japanese e-mail etiquette?

If so, please come along to our LSPD sesh (short for ‘Lesson Sharing & Professional Development’, NOT affiliated with any US Police Department)!

This is an informal, unofficial event and is not affiliated with the JET Programme (unlike orientation, new JET training, SDC, etc.). The purpose of this event is to bring OkiJETs together in a casual setting (no suits/kariyushi wear allowed!), share ideas we have about our work, and ultimately grow and flourish as ALTs and CIRs.

Depending on numbers, we are hoping to split attendees into 4 groups:

ALT (ES) group leader: Alex Dzurissin
ALT (JHS) group leader: Luke James
ALT (SHS) group leader: Shaina Somers
CIR group leader: Jaime Cerna

Please RSVP so we can get an idea of numbers!

Please can every ALT attendee bring with them at least one activity that we can practise together as a group. (April 2018 arrivals are not required to bring an activity, but are welcome to if they wish.)


April 2018

Event: Gumball Rally 2018


And the winners of Gumball 2018 are… Freaky FAwesome! Congrats!! Thanks to everyone who played and came to the after party and karaoke after!

All right everybody, here are your 2018 Gumball rally teams!
1) QUEEN Bees: Petra Harrypersad, Kayta Brown, Zuri Ordonez
2) Freaky FAwesome: Christi Malone, Chris Bell, Nico Schilling, Krislyn Cha
3) All Night Long: Kikaha Chee, Candice Soon, Jen Li, Mikey
4)YBG (Yanbaru Girls): Jamie Chang, Maria Labatos, Yue-Ann 
5)Sanshin No Hanataba: Hannah Moore, Rose M Turck, Luke James, Sam Warford
6)Sexy Seductive Shisa Squad: Joshua Pohl, Samantha Kwok, Rowan Leigh McGregor
7) Yanbaru Queenas: Iacinta Lucas, CJ Fischer, Philip Cheung, Stephen Andrew Beckley

8) Team Rocket: Jessica Johnson, James Brine, Ollie Weeden, Shaina Somers
9) C.H.A.D: Christopher Sanicola, Harrison Price, Alexander Numbers, David Nakamoto

Feel free to throw some mud at the other teams, all memes, pictures and intimidation are welcome!

Please remember, every team must have 1 and only 1 designated driver on the day. Each participant must pay a fee of ¥1000 to participate. All money will be collected before the start so please be prepared. Any other info to follow soon.
Good luck gumballers!

March 2018

Event: OkiAJET Elections

Attention all current Okijets! With spring and the blossoming sakura comes a new beginning, in your schools and workplaces and so too with OkiAJET. The time has come for the annual OkiAJET Elections! Have your say with who will represent you next year on the 2018/2019 OkiAJET Leadership team!

Over the past couple of weeks we have been asking you for nominations for OkiAJET Representative, I’m happy to announce the finalized list of candidates, Chris Bell, Shuaib Syed and Oliver Weeden!

Please take a look at their statements. The candidates put a lot of work into these so please give them your attention in helping you make your voting decisions. Voting is only open to current Okijets.

You can vote via the survey monkey link, please vote for 2 candidates and of course please just vote once. The polls are open until Tuesday, March 27th!

February 2018

Event: Hiroshima Carps vs Yomiuri Giants
Date: Sunday, February 25th
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Onoyama Park, Naha

Event: Cherry Blossom Viewing

Where: Fukushu-en Garden, Naha
Date: Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Time: 1pm

January 2018

December 2017

Event: Ugly Sweater Potluck + White Elephant

When: Saturday December 16th, 2017

Time: 6-9pm

Where: Okinawa City, Okinawa

Facebook Event

By this time, we’re all family by now…right? Let’s get together and celebrate with an ugly sweater party! This is a potluck style event so please bring something that is big enough to share with a large group.

White Elephant is optional, you don’t have to participate if you don’t want to. However, Samantha will be putting up a poll on the Facebook event to find out who wants to do it or not. If you check yes, then it is assumed you are committed to bringing a gift to play. The limit amount for White Elephant is 2000円 so don’t be a Scrooge.

Nico has kindly volunteered his place to host this party!

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page by December 8th or connect with Samantha Kwok.

November 2017

October 2017

Event: OkiAJET Welcome Party

When: Saturday October 14th- Sunday October 15th

Where: Zamami Island

Time: Sat 10:00AM- Sun 2:00PM

Facebook Event

**UPDATE: Does the idea of a private Okijets only snorkeling/ diving tour of the Keramas sound like a dream opportunity to you? Check the Facebook Event page for details, but get your name down quickly because space is limited! Only those with PADI certification will be allowed to dive but anyone can snorkel!**

**UPDATE: The numbers are locked in! Thank you to all those who RSVP’d!**

Minna-san, haisai! ☀️

We’ve had our welcome parties for groups A and B, but how about a welcome party for everyone, I hear you cry! Something big! Something exotic! Something with… sea turtles?! 🐢

Here at OkiAJET we feel the same way you do, and that is why we are organising a big get together on Zamami Island. Located a 2 hour ferry ride away from Tomari Port in Naha, the island is famous for its beautiful beaches, abundant sea life (including the aforementioned sea turtles) and, of course, its 2 awesome JETs – Luke and Jaime. 😜

So JETs new and old, please come along and enjoy this unique little slice of Okinawan paradise with us!


Ferry times and prices:
NAHA-ZAMAMI 10/14 10:00-12:00
ZAMAMI-NAHA 10/15 14:00-16:00
Price: ¥3,820 per person (round trip with group discount)

*If you would like to come, but use boats other than these (e.g. those travelling from Tokashiki Island), please make the booking yourself and let us know by responding to Shaina’s polls on the Facebook event.

We will be staying in the Zamami Cultural Centre in the Ama District of Zamami Island. However the option to camp on the nearby camp site is also available to those who would prefer to spend their night gazing at the stars.

If you are staying in the Zamami Cultural Centre it will be ¥2,800 per person.

Information on both the cabins and campground can be found at:

What to bring:
* Cash: We recommend bringing at least ¥12,000-15,000 to Zamami as, not only will the ferry and accommodation costs need to be paid in cash, but there is only 1 ATM on the entire island, and all transactions here are cash-based.

* Snorkelling gear: Necessary if you want to take a peek at the island’s beautiful coral reefs and sea life! There are also places on the island that offer rental services.

* Camping gear (if camping): see the link above for more information.

Please RSVP on this event by THURS AUGUST 31st at 17:00. We need to reserve the ferries and accommodation in advance (although payment can be made for both on the day). Maybes will NOT be counted as attending. Unless you explicitly tell us otherwise via the polls posted on this page, if you are listed as “going” we will assume you are taking the ferries and staying in the cabins as outlined above, with a combined cost of ¥6,080.

Hope to see you here! 🏝

PS: In the event of a typhoon, or other poor weather making the voyage to Zamami impossible, OkiAJET will organise a separate event on Okinawa Hontou (main island), most likely some form of Beach BBQ.

Zamami, a paradise within a paradise

September 2017

Event: OkiAJET T-Shirt Contest

Deadline: September 28th

お疲れ to our hardworking artists; Yeu-Ann Huang, Dee Jaye Jackson, Candice Soon and Jasmine Yorke, for your submissions to this years T-Shirt Contest.  Congratulations to Candice Soon for the winning design!

Dee Jaye Jackson
Yeu-Ann Huang
Dee Jaye Jackson
Dee Jaye Jackson
Candice Soon
Dee Jaye Jackson
Jasmine Yorke
Jasmine Yorke
Candice Soon (front)
Candice Soon (back)

Event: Koza Orion Beer Festival

When: Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Where: Koza Athletic Park, 2-1-1 Moromizato, Okinawa City 

Time: 4pm-late!

Facebook Event

It’s that time of year again, where the Orion is fresh and flowing, the sanshins are strumming and the Eisa is happening! The Koza Orion Beer Festival is one of the major events of the summer. Although second semester may have already started, come out and celebrate Orion! The pride of Okinawa.

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Event: Churaumi Aquarium

When: Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Where: Churaumi Aquarium, 424 Ishikawa, Motobu

Time: 1pm

Facebook Event

Hey everyone!
So unfortunately according to the weather forecasts, this week looks like rain…rain… and yep you guessed it, more rain. So what better way to escape than to check out one of Okinawa’s famous gems, Churaumi Aquarium!

We will meet at the aquarium at 1pm in front of the big whale statue (seen in the below photo), and go in together. Its a pretty big place with lots to see so get your cameras ready. We will also most likely do a late lunch/ early dinner somewhere in the north so please RSVP on the Facebook event page so we can make the appropriate bookings. If the weather is clear enough we might even be able to hit the beach for a spot of swimming and some beach activities, so pack your swimming costumes just in case!

The aquarium is located in Motobu so please try to car pool! If you need a ride please post on the Facebook page.

Hope to see you all there!


August 2017

Event: Round One!

Location: Round One Stadium, Ginowan, Okinawa

Date: Monday August 21st, 2017

Time: 7pm

The humidity is rising and staying inside with the air conditioning is all too tempting an option…so why not do it among friends? Round One has arcade games, roller skating, bowling, AND air conditioning! Come join us after the New JET Orientation to escape the heat, meet your fellow Okijets and most importantly, play some Mario Kart.

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Ogimi Festival

Date: Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Time: 5pm

Festival season is officially in full swing! What better way to start it off by venturing up to the northern reaches of our beautiful little island and enjoy some festival food and some of the best fireworks Okinawa has to offer.

Ogimi festival runs Saturday 8/12 through Sunday 8/13. There will be music, food, beer, tug of war, and of course fireworks.

Its advised to try and maybe arive early (spend the whole day if you want!) to secure us some space. From there we can relax, eat and enjoy the matsuri!

You can find the full line-up of events in the Facebook event info. We will also try to coordinate rideshares for the new JETs who dont quite have cars yet so please comment in the Facebook event if you can be a driver and if you need a lift (and from where). Some JETs will also be offering up some tatami so there is no need to drink and drive. If you have space for the Sunday night and need a place to crash also please comment in the Facebook event.

Hope to see many of your lovely (new and old) faces there!


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