There’s no place like home. And also, for many of us, no place like our furusato in Japan.
However, all too often, we lose touch with the people and places that matter to us in Japan. Now, we are thrilled to announce KenJETkai, a global program to re-connect you with your home prefecture in Japan so you can continue the grassroots cross-cultural exchange and friendship that was at the heart of your JET Programme experience.
No matter what JETAA chapter you belong to (or don’t belong to), what country you live in, or when you were on JET, KenJETkai makes you a member of a special community and they exist to enliven and support that community.
KenJETkai are really kenjinkai for JETs, a gathering spot for current and former JETs, colleagues from your kencho, and other people in your prefecture, where you can maintain and strengthen your connections with your furusato in Japan and the people who share that love of place with you. They are a way for you to stay in touch with your friends and colleagues, to keep up on the latest news from your home in Japan, and to help your prefecture tell the world about who they are and what they’re doing.
How to Join
On Facebook, you can "Like" and "Follow" the page at https://facebook.com/kenjetkai/ to receive tips and ideas about how you can foster this exchange.
Next, check to see if your prefecture already has a group by looking through the list under Groups here.
You can also check out the KenJETkai Starter Guide (the top post in the Discussion Group) to find a group or get tips on how to create one for your prefecture. Then, invite your friends, whether alumni, current JETs, or people from your kencho or community, to join you.
If you don't find what you're looking for, please feel free to reach out to the KenJETkai Working Group, or the JETAA-I Chair, Vice Chair, or Webmaster, who can help put you in touch with someone who can assist you.
After celebrating the 30th anniversary of the JET Programme, alumni around the world are clearly feeling a renewed sense of shared experience and community, and thinking about how to work together to help even more alumni reconnect with the people who really understand about jikoshoukai, enkai, and the hazards of kanchou. KenJETkai allows you to build on this “natsukashii” feeling and make your ties to each other and your furusato in Japan an active part of your daily life.