Jun 30

JETAA Chapter Beat for July 2016

Ryan Hata (Tottori-Ken, 2014-Present) AJET National Council Director of Alumni RelationsRyan is in his second year on the AJET National Council and first as the Director of Alumni Relations. He works alongside Rachel Brisson (AJET National Council Director of Alumni Resources ) and members of JETAA International (JETAA-I) to strengthen the relationship between former JETs, current JETs, and Japan. Ryan helps to keep you up to date with JETAA events around the world. If you have a specific event that you would like promote, please do not hesitate to contact him by email at ryan.hata@ajet.net or his Linkedin profile. 

In many parts of Japan, July=rainy season. However, in other parts of the northern hemisphere there is pristine weather for outdoor events such as picnics and hiking. Unfortunately, it’s a bit cooler for our friends in the southern hemisphere. For more information on what events are being held across the JETAA community, continue reading on.


Pre-departure Meetup

When: July 2nd, afternoon
Where: Nottingham

The JETAA Pre-Departure Meetups organised by the JET Alumni Association of the UK are separate and very different from the one run by the Embassy of Japan. They are optional and meant to facilitate discussion on (almost) any aspect of the JET experience: from preparation and expectations, issues you may encounter, making the most of the experience, being family of a JET, and the options available to you after JET (like JETAA!).

They are casual meetups, usually over food/drink. Everything discussed is held privately within the JET alumni family. So please come to any/all of these events.



(Photo credit yuppee.com)



JETAA NSW 2016 JET Pre-departure orientation

When: July 2nd, 3 pm-4 pm AEST
Where: Sydney 

~ Call for past JETs to share their experiences ~

It’s that time of year again, and 2016’s new JETs will be leaving next month from Sydney. With this in mind, we invite past JETs to share their knowledge and experience (particularly recent experience from the last 2-3 years) with our JETlings, at our Pre-departure Orientation. It’s a great way to get involved and give back to the Programme! Our event will be Saturday, 2 July (yep, election day) from 3 pm or 4 pm onwards.

If you’d like to help, please email us at info@jetaansw.org



3. JETAA Ottawa

Sempai-Kohai Pub Night

When: July 3rd, 4:15 EDT
Where: Earl of Sussex-431 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9M6

Description: Meet the newest crop of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed outgoing JETs and pass on some of your hard-earned sempai wisdom about life and teaching in Japan. The JETs will be heading to the pub after the end of two-day pre-departure orientation and we’ll be staying as long as people want to stay! One of our most popular events of the year and a really useful get together for nervous JETs. Please don’t miss it! RSVP to events@jetaaottawa.ca so we reserve enough space for everyone.


*Event image from Deviant Art – One Piece Kampai

4. JETAA Singapore

海の日 Beach Clean-up

When: July 6th, 9:30 am- 12 pm SGT
Where: Meet at Pasir Ris MRT, move to Pasir Ris Park

18 July is 海の日, Marine Day in Japan. To commemorate the importance of the ocean to our tiny island of Singapore, JETAA Sg will be holding a Beach Clean-Up activity at Pasir Ris Beach! Join us for to do your part for the environment. Friends and family are welcomed too!

Date: 6 Jul, Wed (Public Holiday)
Meeting time: 9:30am at Pasir Ris MRT

9:30am Meet at Pasir Ris MRT, move to Pasir Ris Park
10:00am: Briefing
10:10 – 11:30 am: Beach Clean-up
11:30am: Debrief
11:45am: End of activity / Lunch at 5 Drunken Rabbits (*Lunch is not provided for by JETAA)

Things to note:
– Please wear comfortable footwear and attire.
– Please bring sufficient drinking water.
– In the event of rain or PSI >100, the event will be cancelled. You will be informed via SMS by 8:00am.

Please note that there is a limit on the number of participants, so do sign up early! Thank you and see yaaa!



(Photo credit snakku.com)


San Francisco Networking Nomikai

When: July 7th, 6 pm-7:30 pm PST
Where: Crystal Jade San Francisco-4 Embarcadero Ctr, Ste 1, San Francisco, California 94111

Join alumni and friends at our San Francisco Networking Nomikai (happy hour)! Crystal Jade has great happy hour specials and if it’s nice out come find us on the back terrace with beautiful views of the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge!

Come out, make new friends, and catch up with old ones. This is a great chance to do some networking in a fun, casual setting. Everyone is welcome!

Look for alumni with red JETAANC lanyards. Or print out this mini JETAANC table sign so people can find you! Just fold in half and then fold the bottom of each side into a base to make a standing “triangle”:

JETAANC’s SF Networking Nomikais are held on the first Thursday of every month, so mark your calendar!

**Please drink responsibly.**


6. JETAA Wellington 

Drinks and Karaoke Catch-up

When: July 8th, 7 pm NZST
Where: Fork and Brewer-20A Bond Street, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

It’s been a while since JETAA Wellington has caught up, so how about we do that? Come out for some nibbles, some social drinks, and maybe even some karaoke to remind you of the times in Japan that you once had…

At the moment the proposal is this: we catch up at a bar (possibly Fork and Brewer on Bond Street), chat a bit and have some drinks, and then if we’re in the mood we can head to karaoke at somewhere like K-Zone. I’m open to ideas, and we can change things up depending on what’s popular.

Feel free to bring along anyone and everyone that might be interested – the more the merrier. Hope to hear from some of you soon!


7. JETAA Canberra

Trivia Night Fundraiser 

When: July 9th, 6:30 pm AEST
Where: St Peter’s Church Hall, Watling Place, Weston

It’s time again for our annual Trivia Night and on Saturday 9 July we will be fundraising for the Tohoku Youth Program. The Program is organised by our friends at The Australia-Japan Society (ACT) and aims to help, in some small way, the young Japanese who lost their parents in the disastrous earthquake and tsunami on 11th March 2011. All money raised on the night will be donated to the Tohoku Youth Program.

Our comperes for the night will be the inimitable Parker Brothers, Keith and Ken, and the questions will be a mix of Japan and Australia focused, so everyone will have a chance. All are welcome and we have arranged some great prizes direct from Japan, and have full range of side games and entertainment planned.

Where: St Peter’s Church Hall, Watling Place, Weston Creek
Date: Saturday 9 July 2016
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm and trivia starts at 7pm (sharp!)
Price: Entry by donation ($15 minimum). Please bring along plenty of gold coins for games and challenges
RSVP: Spaces are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment. Book a table of 8 or let us know that you’re happy to join a table on the night by emailing social.coordinator@jetaacanberra.org (special prize from Japan for the first 20 to register)
Food & Drink (BYO): Feel free to bring along dinner or order a pizza delivery on the night. Japanese snacks, and soft drinks, will be available for purchase. We ask that attendees bringing along alcoholic drinks make a $5 ‘corkage’ donation for use of the fridge



Summer Taikai

When: July 9th, 7:30/8:30 pm- 10 pm CDT
Where: Sector 6 – 612 Distributors Row, New Orleans, LA 70123

Summertime in Louisiana calls for more indoor activities which is why Sector 6 is the perfect place to stay indoors and catch some air. Other than the signature large trampolines, Sector 6 includes a range of features like the rope forest, monkey bridge, tire swings and the FOAM PIT OF DEATH! Note: At 9:00 pm the venue becomes 15+. Please let us know if you will be bringing any children under 15 years of age to the event.

What: Summer Taikai at Sector6 Extreme Air Sports
When: Saturday, July 9th 2016
Time: 7:30 pm*/8:30 pm – 10:00 pm (we will have a 7:30* start if JETAA members bring children under 15 years of age)
Cost: $5.00 (PayPal link will be sent after you RSVP)
Where: Sector 6 – 612 Distributors Row, New Orleans, LA 70123
Who: JET Alumni and immediate family members
RSVP (Mandatory): http://jetaanola.weebly.com/jetaa-events.html


(Photo credit roadtrippers.com)


Beach Party and Potluck

When: July 9th, 2:30 pm PST
Where: Dockweiler Beach (https://goo.gl/maps/ioK7CetU42K2)

Every year, we gather to do a barbecue/picnic in a park. This year, we’ve changed it up and decided to do something distinictively Californian. Please join us for a potluck and a fun day at the (Dockweiler) beach.

We’ll stay until everyone wants to go home or until we finish with the bonfire.

Since it is a potluck, please post what you are bringing on the wall.


10. Florida JETAA

2016 Tanabata Hot Pot Party

When: July 10th, 2 pm EST
Where: Lemongrass Hot Pot-21073 Powerline Rd, Boca Raton, Florida 33433

It’s that time of year again – Tanabata’s just around the corner, which means it’s time for the FL-JETAA Tanabata party!

The Tanabata party in South Florida has been a yearly event for some time now. In the past, it was held potluck style, and members were encouraged to dress in Yukata. Last year, Bahia (FL-JETAA President) hosted it at her house, and we were able to tie some wishes to the bamboo trees she had in her yard.

This year, we unfortunately will not be able to have the potluck at someone’s house due to various circumstances. Since it’s too hot for a picnic, we’ve decided to have a Tanabata Hot Pot Party! The location is Lemongrass Hot Pot in Boca Raton. The price is about $33.00 for an all-you-can-eat array of ingredients that you can cook at your table!

Unfortunately, we will have limited space for this event. Only the first 16 people to respond will be able to join. If you would like to come, please RSVP to me as soon as possible (Private Message me!).

And remember to come in your Yukata!

Location: Lemongrass Hot Pot
21073 Powerline Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33433
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Cost: $33.00 (CASH ONLY)


11. JETAA Portland

Sayonara BBQ

Join JETAA Portland for a BBQ as we say “sayonara” to the new JETs as they leave for Japan!

When: Sunday, July 10th
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Where: Overlook Park, Picnic Area A (1599 N Fremont St. Portland)

Please bring a side dish, dessert, or snack to share with everyone. JETAA will provide the main dishes for meat lovers and vegetarians alike!

Parents, family, and friends of JETs are all welcome to attend!

For questions and to RSVP for this event, please contact Matt Turner.
Email: matthew.turner@se.mofa.go.jp
Phone: (503) 740-4250



JASWDC + JETAA DC Izakaya Pub Quiz

When: July 12th, 6 pm EST
Where:  Pasara Thai (1219 Connecticut Ave, NW) (Nearest Metro:DuPont Circle | Red Line)

JASWDC and JETAADC are excited to host this year’s Summer Izakaya Pub Quiz with a Japanese spin. Test your knowledge of American and Japanese trivia! Teams  of  four  players  answer  various  questions  related  to  Japan  and  America.    Questions  will  be  read  either  in English or Japanese. But don’t worry; we will assign everybody into teams to level the playing field by spreading out  Japanese  speakers.  You  can  also  register  as  a  team  of  four  (make sure  you  have  someone  who’s fluent/advanced  in  Japanese!).

The  highest  scoring  teams  will  win  prizes!

Past  categories  include  language, Okinawan and Hawaiian history, music, Ghibli and Disney movies, and more!

Register online at www.jaswdc.org by July 6, 2016. Refunds will not be given to cancellations after this date or to no shows. We do not accept applications on the day of the event.
If you have any questions, please call JASWDC at (202) 833-2210 or email info@jaswdc.org


(Image from kyllopattana.com)


Pre-departure Meetup

When: July 16th, (late morning after JET orientation)
Where: London

The JETAA Pre-Departure Meetups organised by the JET Alumni Association of the UK are separate and very different from the one run by the Embassy of Japan. They are optional and meant to facilitate discussion on (almost) any aspect of the JET experience: from preparation and expectations, issues you may encounter, making the most of the experience, being family of a JET, and the options available to you after JET (like JETAA!).

They are casual meetups, usually over food/drink. Everything discussed is held privately within the JET alumni family. So please come to any/all of these events.



(Image from londonplacestoeat.com)

14. JETAA Auckland


When: July 16th, 11 am NZST
Where: Civic Theater-Corner Queen Street & Wellesley Street Auckland, New Zealand 1010

This year’s JETAA Auckland New Zealand International Film Festival Japanese film selection is 海よりもまだ深く < umi yorimo fukaku> – After the Storm.

By well renowned Director Kore-eda Hirokazu <Like Father, Like Son NZIFF13> and featuring some well-known faces in this beautiful slice-of-life Japanese drama – this Cannes entry is one to see, so come see it with us~

Movie is at 1pm at the Civic, JETAA is putting on a pre-screening meetup from 11am involving food! – more details to come :)

Tickets are at the Group Booking discount of $15 – invite your friends, meet other former JETs and Yets (not yet, but almost off on JET!) and other Japanofiles!

When: Sat, 16th July
Time: 11am (1pm Movie)
Place: Civic – another venue TBC
Cost: $15 (discounted from the full price ticket price of $18.50!)
Why?: It’s Film Festival time!

Tickets to be prepurchased to be secured.
RSVP to shelleymai@gmail.com or by texting 0210436056
for payment options and for more details

Other Japanese films advertised are the famous 1953 classic Tokyo Story, The epic 5hr Happy Hour and the Japan wrestling scene Doglegs – go check them out!



15. Music City JETAA

New-JET Send Off

When: July 28th, Time TBD
Where: TBD

On Thursday, July 28th, JETAA will host an informal happy hour for outgoing JETs and their families on the eve of their July 30th departure for Japan. Join us to send the 2016 Cohort off in style. More information will be forthcoming on the JETAA FB Page.


JETAANY 2016 Summer Retreat

When: July 30th-July 31st 9 am-6 pm EDT
Where: Taconic Outdoor Education Center-75 Mountain Laurel Ln, Cold Spring, New York 10516

Bring yourselves. Bring your friends. Bring your kids. There’s something for everyone at the first-ever JETAANY Summer Retreat!

Activities, overnight lodging and all meals (lunch & dinner on Saturday and breakfast & lunch on Sunday) will be provided. We will be staying in 8-10 person cabins with shared bathrooms. Bus transportation (at an extra cost) can be provided if there is enough interest.

Activities include:
Low Ropes Course
Sports and Games
…and much more.

Program Fee (with lodging): $102.50/person
Program Fee (without lodging – one day only): $51.50/person
Transportation: $10-20 each way, only if enough interest (Departing Saturday morning from NYC; Departing Sunday late afternoon from Taconic Outdoor Education Center) – Please email Amber at amberliang[at]jetaany.org by May 30th, if you are interested in transportation so we have enough time to organize.

Spaces are limited so please register if you want to secure your spot. Registration isn’t complete until you complete your payment using the Paypal button below the registration form. Registration closes on July 6th.


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