May 14

JETAA Chapter Beat 14th May 2013

Welcome to JETAA Chapter Beat. Theodore Genba Bigby (Yamagata 2008-12) walks you through some of the highlights from JET alumni associations across the globe. Genba currently serves as the chair of JETAA Midlands and JETAA UK Webmaster.

This month, I’ve been keeping an eye on the world of JETAA with a slightly different perspective. I’ve recently connected with a lot of chapters via social media and I’m glad to say that spirits are high. With recent news that numbers on the JET Programme are set to rise, that means our committed membership will also rise. There are a lot of great events this month for the JET alumni community and from this month, there are even events created not just for the sake of current alumni, but also for JETs departing later this year. Let’s see what’s up with alumni!

JETAA Toronto

    Sake Brewery Tour
    1st June, 2013
    51 Gristmill Lane, Toronto (Distillery District)

    JETAA Toronto Sake Brewery Tour

    JETAA Toronto Culture Series: Sake Brewery Tour

    JETAA Toronto will kick off its culture series in 2013 with an educational sake tasting tour at the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company.

    There are two two private, expert-guided tasting tours available especially for JETAA Toronto members. Tours will consist of an overview of the sake brewing process, raw materials and equipment, followed by a guided tasting of several of their freshly-brewed unpasteurised and pasteurised brews. The tasting tour will last for around an hour and includes a souvenir IZUMI sake tasting cup.

    Spaces are limited and although the tour is open to non JET alumni, priority will be given to ex-JETs.

    Tour #1 – 3:00-4:00pm (please arrive at 2:45pm), Tour #2 – 4:00-5:00pm (please arrive at 3:45pm)
    Price: $17.29 ($15 + HST + 2% Booking Fee) Register here:

    There will be a nijikai, to which everyone is welcome, scheduled to begin at 5:30pm. The location is yet to be decided, so it is recommended that you check the facebook event page “Due to tour capacity, there are only 15 tickets available for Tour #1 at 3:00pm and Tour #2 at 4:00pm respectively, so book your ticket ASAP. Please remember that tickets for Tour #1 and Tour #2 are NOT interchangeable, and must be used at the time indicated on the ticket.”

    Dragon Boat Team Opening
    Summer, 2013
    Sunnyside Paddling Club, Lake Ontario

    Fighting Carps

    Fighting Carps

    Why not enjoy summer by keeping fit and enjoying the beauty of the Great Lakes? There are currently only three places remaining on JETAA Toronto’s 22-person boat. The team, known as the Fighting Carps, paddle along the shore of Lake Ontario every Wednesday, departing from the Sunnyside Paddling Club.

    Meetings will begin in mid-June and run for 10 weeks. It costs around $170 to join the team, which includes equipment rental for all 10 practices, a team t-shirt and two races. The first race will take place on Sunday, 11th August, in Milton, with a two-day regatta, the GWN Dragon Boat Challenge on the 7th and 8th September to end the season. Check here for contact information to join the team:

JETAA New York

    POP Exhibition @ Japan Society
    31st May, 2013
    Japan Society, 333 E 47th St New York, NY 10017

    JETAANY is organising a group outing to see Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints. “Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from such masters as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into alluring worlds created by the power of the Edo period and contemporary popular culture in which change is the only constant.”

    Gallery Associate Cory Campbell from Japan Society will be giving a tour/short introduction to JETAANY members. Find out more about the works displayed in the exhibition here. The exhibition will run until 9th June, 2013.

    Yukata Bar Crawl
    1st June, 2013

    JETAA is hitting the streets of Brooklyn donned in their finest Ykatas. Meandering through the the streets from Cobble Hill to Park Slope, they aim to get New York’s Jinbe and Yukata owners to dust them off and show BK how to party Japan style. Why? Because they’re just that cool. Save the date and check the JETAA New York site for updates.

JETAA Queensland

    Queensland Night Out
    31st May 6:30pm
    Cyber City 2012, 245 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

    The time is about right for a meeting Yes! We were thinking the same thing! So it is for this very reason that we would like to invite the JETAA community to dinner and a spot of natsukashii karaoke at the action packed Cyber City 2012. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow JETAA members, catch up, have a great night out and belt out a few tunes. The night will include a Japanese style banquet of meats (yakiniku), skewers, tempura, sushi and of course – karaoke. Please find the details below:

    The event is set to cost $30 per person, but that includes the banquet and karaoke, though drinks are to be purchased separately.

JETAA Midlands

    Picnic in the Park
    8th June, 2013
    Wollaton Park, Nottingham

    There’s no hotter event in the JETAA calendar this month than a trip to the set of the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Meet at midday for a fun, relaxed British picnic. Kids and families are especially encouraged to attend this relaxed social event, where you can catch up with your fellow alumni from across the Midlands. Be sure to bring your spandex and a cape.

JETAA South Alberta

    South Alberta New JET Conference Appeal

    I’d like to take this opportunity to remind the JET community that new JETs are preparing to start their adventure in Japan. The JETAA South Alberta New JET Conference is coming up in June and they’re looking for volunteers. Lunch is provided for any wonderful alumni who’d like to help out. Go to their site and drop them a line if you’re interested.

JETAA Northern California

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