JETAA 20th Anniversy Essay Contest

We are proud to announce the Winners of the JETAA 20th Anniversary Essay Contest .

Winning essays can be found here – when the file is open, you can view each essay by clicking on the name of the winner (or scrolling through the document).

Fifteen Kintetsu Grand Prizes have been awarded for the top essays. Grand Prize recipients win a trip to Japan, including an opportunity to visit their JET host prefecture courtesy of Kintetsu USA. Winners will travel as a group to Japan on December 8,2007. Prize includes:

  • Round trip airfare to Japan via Los Angeles
  • Reception and one-night hotel stay in L.A.
  • Transportation from Narita Airport to Tokyo hotel
  • Reception and three-night hotel stay in Tokyo
  • One-week JR pass
  • Assistance from CLAIR and AJET arranging home stays in host prefecture

JETAA USA is also coordinating with JETAA International to compile an international essays project, details of which will be announced at a later date – all entrants in the JETAA USA/Kintetsu contest will automatically be considered for the International contest. We invite all writers from JET Alumni nationwide to submit an essay to help us celebrate the long, varied experience of JET participants, please see below for topic and submission guidelines.

Narrative Essay of Japan

Essay contest participants were asked to submit a narrative essay depicting a scene, point, or experience of Japan and/or the JET Program. Narrative essays recount a connection forged and developed either in the time the author lived in Japan or recounts a recognition of this connection when the author goes home where the tie to Japan remains strong. Find Submission Guidelines here