November Events

Hello OkiJETs!

We are now almost on the verge of November where we look forward this year, to many new and exciting event opportunities. With the advent of the Skills Development Conference looming on the horizon, OkiAJET looks to bring some exciting (and for many of you, new) events.

Assassin Game

First up, we have our annual run of the Assassin Game (or as Victor likes to put it,Cold-Blooded MURDER‘). For those of you who remain unaware of what the game is about, the Assassin Game is meant to be a friendly, and fun way to spend your time during the spare moments of SDC as well as collecting donations for a local Okinawan charity. Victor Gonzalez will be coordinating the event and has posted a very clear and well defined post on our official Facebook page.

The game is entirely voluntary, and if you are curious about participating, give Victor a shout! We are certain he will be more than happy to help give you the information you need to slay your way to the top!

Food Drive & Book Exchange

Next on our list is our annual food drive. Every year during SDC, we look to take a brief opportunity to recognize and appreciate our prefecture. Every year we ask attending SDC ALTs to bring in a small donation in the form of sealed, non-perishable food items that we will donate to a local charity, Second Harvest Okinawa. SHO is a
non-profit organisation that delivers clean and safe foods donated by wonderful people, to families in need.

As with the food drive, the book exchange is also an opportunities for ALTs who have exhausted their copies of literature and are looking for something new, to donate their old books and pick up copies of what other ALTs have brought in.

Should you choose to help contribute, please bring in something in to the donation and exchange table at the SDC Conference.

Meet & Greet Lunch

During lunch at SDC, we hope that you will take the opportunity to come out to a group lunch. We will split up into a few sizable groups so not to overwhelm the local food establishments, but there will be vegan, meat, and vegetarian options available. It is an opportunity to discuss, hang-out with, and make new friends with the many varied personalities on the island.

T-Shirt pick-up

As we finalize the deadline for orders of this years t-shirt design, we want to remind people to please remember to pick-up their orders at the SDC Conference booth. The deadline is October 27th, which ensures enough time (hopefully) for these t-shirts to be made by the date of the SDC conference.

Once again, we would like to give a hearty congratulations to this year’s design winner, Katherine Heider for her design Shisa Shodou!

Movember Event

Finally, a few within the ALT community here in Okinawa have previously participated in an annual November mustache growing fundraiser in their respective countries. We hope to carry the banner this November in Okinawa.

Each participant will be required to shave at the beginning of the month and follow a set of guidelines,  where the winner will be voted on, and have the opportunity to donate 3000 yen to a charity of their choice. Additionally there will also be a 2000 yen voucher thrown in to a store of the winner’s choosing (Daiso, San-A, or Starbucks). For those of you who are interested, please contact Jase Stewart for further information.


Until next time!

Your OkiAJET Council



OkiAJET Pension Party 2019 (Farewell Party) [Finished]

istockphoto-835562422-612x612When: When: Friday, July 5th 2019, 6pm – 2am
Where: Miyagi Island in Uruma
Cost: Leavers/ Outer Islanders 2000; Re-contractors: 2500; at the door: 3000
Food: snacks and breakfast provided (for overnighters)
Alcohol: BYOB
Sleeping Arrangements: You can stay over for the evening (BYOfuton)

As the JET year comes to a close, we bring you our (second) most anticipated event of the year, the Farewell Pension Party! Now many of you new JETs have not experienced a pension party yet as we usually have it right after SDC in November, however due to scheduling conflicts, we decided to forego the fall pension party. 

As previously done, this Pension Party will be located on Miyagi Island in Uruma. Please see the pin for directions. This is the same pension we have used in the past. At the pension (read: beach house) you can relax and unwind. Feel free to chat about how great air conditioning is, have a few beverages, chill with like-minded people, or just party the night away


We will provide snacks for the night and breakfast the next morning for those who stay the night. We recommend eating dinner before you arrive. If you have any dietary needs please shoot your reps, Shuaib or Chris Bell, a message.

BYOB. OKIAJET will provide some non-alcoholic beverages

Sleeping Arrangements: 
There are some futons at the pension but please bring one if you have one. We want to leave the futons at the pension for outer islanders and anyone who doesn’t have one.


PAYMENT AND FURIKOMI (bank transfer) について:
Leavers / Outer Islanders: 2000円
Re-contractors: 2500円
At the door: 3000円

If for some reason you can’t furikomi, please contact Petra by June 30th and we can work something out.

Please use the links below if you need help furikomi-ing:

Okinawa Ginko

Ryukyu Ginko

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Lastly, if you drink, absolutely DON’T drive.

Hope to see you all there!

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Party & Adventure OkiJET Style! [JUNE Event]

Tataki+FallsWhen: Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Where: Orion Happy Park (Start)
Cost: Free

Haisai OKiJETs!

An adventure awaits you in the North of the South. Bring your smiling faces to our June event!  Our adventure begins with a tour of the Orion Beer Factory in Nago. Afterwards, we’ll drive even further north to go explore Taataki, a beautiful waterfall nestled in Ogimi that’s is absolutely worth the watery hike. To bring our adventure full circle, we’ll all meet up again in Nago at Seikinomori beach, to enjoy a festive bonfire and drink cold ones underneath the clear starry skies.

Come out and make some great memories with us this June before our final otsukare!! RSVP on the facebook page.

1:00PM: Orion Beer Factory tour
2:00PM: Carpool to Taataki:
2:30PM~4:30PM: explore Taataki falls
~4:30PM: Grab Dinner
~6:00PM: Bonfire at beach (BYOB)


**In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled or another event will be in place instead**

Ice Skating in Summer?! [Finished]


What: Ice Skating and other fun
When: Saturday, May 18th
: Southern Hill Sports World
[Admission Fees+rental skates]
Adult: 1700 yen
Observing (watching but not skating): 300 yen
Group of 10~: 1500 yen
Group of 20 w/reservation: 1400 yen
Gloves: 500 yen (mandatory to wear, so bring your own or buy cheaper ones beforehand)

May’s OkiAJET event has been decided: Ice skating at Southern Hill Sports World!

[Tentative Schedule]
12:00 Meet up at Southern Hill Sports World for ice skating, and if time allows, bowling, batting cage, table tennis, billiards, bedrock bath, etc.
2:00 Go eat lunch together somewhere nearby

Whether it’s your first time skating, or you’re aspiring to be the next Yuzuru Hanyu, come out and have fun with us in the cold!

Here is the event’s tentative schedule:

All prices and info on ice skating and other facilities can be found on their English and Japanese website, but generally for ICE SKATING:

[Admission Fees+rental skates] 
Adult: 1700 yen
Observing (watching but not skating): 300 yen
Group of 10~: 1500 yen
Group of 20 w/reservation: 1400 yen
Gloves: 500 yen (mandatory to wear, so bring your own or buy cheaper ones beforehand)

Safety wise, they ask that you wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Wearing gloves is mandatory.
Helmets are free to rent and is recommended for first time skaters.

For those who are itching to go BOWLING before or after lunch:

400 yen per game
300 yen for rental shoes

For info on the other facilities (batting cage, table tennis, billiards, bedrock bath), check out their website.

Gumball Rally 2019!!! [Finished]

With the Gumball finished, we are pleased to announce the winners this year!

Gumball Winners 2019

1st place: The Juicy Fruit Detectives
Charity of choice: Hearts for Okinawa

In first place this year, with two defending champions on the team, The Juicy Fruit Detectives have secured their place in OkiAJET history!

GUmball 2nd place 2019

2nd place: Gumbi Gumbos

With amazing efforts and spirit, the Gumbi Gumbos came in close!

Gumball 3rd place 2019

3rd place: Ryukyu Park

And finally, in third place are the amazing Ryukyu Park!

Thank you for coming out and making this event successful!!


When: 09:45 – 17:00, Saturday (土), April 13th, 2019
Where (start): Starbucks in American Village
Who: groups of 2-4 people (min. 2/ max. 4) [registration information coming soon]
Cost: ¥1000/ person
*All proceeds from this rally will be donated to charity of winner’s choice*

Looking for teams? Check out the official OkiJETs Facebook Page


Sakura Viewing & Cabin Retreat [Finished]


Haisai OkiJETs!

Cherry blossom season is upon us and in Okinawa, they bloom the earliest in January. Every year, Nago kicks off the season with the Nago Cherry Blossom Festival. Normally, we gather a group of y’all for a day trip to the festival but this year, we are doing a cabin retreat.

When: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – Sunday January 27th, 2019
Where: Nakijin, Okinawa
Cost (SPECIAL OkiAJET DISCOUNT): ¥700 for Cabin/ per person

Itoman Peace Illumination [Finished]


Hello OkiFam! Winter is here, and what better way to celebrate the season than by going to see illuminations!

Important Information about venue

Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 – Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Time: Opens at 17:30; illumination 18:00-22:00 (until 24:30 on Dec. 31)
Place: Uchina Farm (1018 Mabuni, Itoman City)
Admission: 500 yen for high school students and over; free for junior high school students and under

Website Source 

Instagram OkiAJET Pin Giveaway [Finished]

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Congratulations to our winner ReBekha at lulu.lullabies!

OkiAJET PinThe rules are simple:
1. Make sure you are following the OkiAJET Instagram page
2. Like the pin photo
3. Tag 2 friends in the comments to increase your chances to win

Winners will be announced Friday, December 21st, 5pm JST

Thank you to all those who have followed and liked our photos!!

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