Jan 14

JETAA Chapter Beats January 2019

Chapter Beats January, 2019

JETAA Chapter Beat is a periodic mosaic of events taking place in the JETAA sphere. Compiled by AJET‘s Director of Alumni Relations Megan Buhagiar (Ishikawa Prefecture, 2017- Present)


    1. Hatsumode

DATE:      January 1-3, 2019

TIME:                     08:00 – 09:00

VENUE:   Konko Church in SF

Celebrate Hatsumode, a popular practice for greeting the New Year in Japan. This will be held at Konko Church in SF, 1909 Bush Street. 1/1/19 from 8-9AM for service and traditional Ozoni soup, and 1/1/19-1/3/19 from 9-5PM for prayers and wishes.

    1. JETAA SC Kikuchi Memorial Gold Tournament & Shinnekai


When: Saturday, Jan 12th, 1 p.m.
Where: Monterey Park Golf Course
3600 W Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754

The JETAASC Kikuchi Memorial Golf Tournament and Shinnenkai will be held January 12, 2019! We will play 9 holes of best ball golf, which means we play as a team. If you have never played golf before, this a great time to give golf a try. This was Nancy’s favorite golf course where she introduced other JET alum to the game of golf, and we honor one of our chapter’s founders by continuing her tradition. After golf, please help kick off a great 2019 and welcome the new Officers with dinner!

Please RSVP here and if you have any questions, please email mary@jetaasc.org

Dinner will follow the tournament. Location is currently TBD but we will be heading to one of the Chinese restaurants in Monterey Park at 6 p.m.


  • JETAA Music City


DATE:                  January 16th 2019

TIME:                    18:00 – 21:00 CST

VENUE: East Nashville Beer Works

320 E Trinity Ln.

Nashville, Tennessee


Join us and meet local young professionals who all share an interest in Japan and Japanese culture. Let’s celebrate together and make new friends!
A 新年会, or Shinnenkai, is a celebration of the new year. Join us in celebrating a new year of JETAA events and camaraderie!



Shinnenkai Karaoke

DATE:                  Saturday, 19th January, 2019

TIME:                    19:30 – 21:30 CST

VENUE: DoReMi Karaoke Studio

1989 Silver Bell Rd,

Eagan, Minnesota 55122

Let us say Sayonara to 2018 and celebrate the new year with some Karaoke! Pay tribute or celebrate the goods and bads of 2018 to our favorite tunes at Do Re Mi in Eagan from 7:30-9:30pm.

We will also meet next door at Hoban for a Korean dinner at 6pm.

RSVPing will guarantee you a spot for karaoke. PLEASE comment below if you are interested in attending dinner before!! Yoroshiku!!

  • JETAA Alaska

DATE:                  Saturday, January 19th , 2019

TIME:                    15:30 – 18:00 AKST

VENUE: Asian Alaskan Cultural Center

4807 Northwood Drive,

Anchorage, Alaska 99517

The JAA Rice Pounding Festival has been rescheduled! It is Saturday, January 19th 2019, at the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center (Northwood Elementary School Multipurpose Room) from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Please bring your friends and family to participate in traditional events to celebrate the New Year, such as rice pounding (mochi) and having some ozoni soup!

  • JETAA Hawaii


Enkai Madness – Bon/Shinnenkai 2019

DATE:   Friday, January 11th

TIME:                    19:00 UTC

VENUE: Odori-ko

1680 Kapiolani Blvd,

Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

We’re saying goodbye to 2018 and ringing in 2019 with a combined enkai to celebrate the years! Join JETAA Hawaii as we feast on a specially prepared menu and trade stories about our year. Food will be included at $25 per person while drinks will be available separately.

Validated parking is available upstairs in the building ($2 for 3 hours). Don’t wait to RSVP to our first event of the new year!



DATE:                  Saturday, 26th January, 2019

TIME:                    09:00 – 22:00 PST

VENUE: Grouse Mountain Resort

6400 Nancy Greene Way,

North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R4K9

Join PNWJETAA and JETAABC as we kick off 2019 with our first ever inter-chapter ski trip to Vancouver and Grouse Mountain!!

» https://goo.gl/forms/GU1NZdCKD0vSrJoa2

$69 CA (Adult) | ~$52 US
** Group pricing is available with 15 people or more! More info coming soon!

// 01.26.2019 • daytime: skiing, boarding, snowshoeing and more at Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver OR sightseeing in Vancouver
// 01.26.2019 • evening: après-ski dinner in Vancouver (TBA)
// 01.26.2019 • night: nijikai?!
// 01.27.2019 • daytime: sightseeing in Vancouver with JETAABC volunteers

» http://pnwjetaa.org/2018/12/ski-trip-2019-with-jetaabc/
» http://www.jetaabc.ca/vanski-2019/

Photo from the Grouse Mountain website: http://grousemountain.com/



DATE:                  25th– 27th January, 2019

TIME:                    From 15:00 EST onwards

VENUE: Butternut Inn and Pancake House,

63 Weathervane Dr,

Killington, Vermont 05751

Warm greetings from the New England JETs!

The NEJETAA chapter is excited to invite you to our 6th Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip taking place this January 25th – 27th, 2019. It will be held again at Killington Ski Resort (please see https://www.killington.com for mountain info, weather conditions, and webcam views of the mountain).

We will be staying at Butternut Inn and Pancake House (https://butternutinnkillington.com/). You can look forward to a made-to-order country breakfast included!

Killington has activities for everybody, skiers and non-skiers alike! You can try your hand at skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing. If you’re up for exploring, you can visit nearby Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping, or drive 20 minutes to the Long Trail Brewery.

Who: JET Alums & Friends of JET

When: Friday, January 25th to Sunday, January 27th 2019

Where: Butternut Inn and Pancake House, Killington, VT


If you plan on attending this event, please fill out the form below by Monday, December 10th for the Early Bird rate and by Friday, December 28th for the regular rate. RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot and the type of room you want, as both are limited.


Here are the approximate prices for a 2 night stay tax inclusive:

Double room (2 x double bed), 4 occupants – $102.44 / person
Double room (2 x double bed), 3 occupants – $136.58 / person
Queen room (1 x queen bed), 2 occupants – $182.88 / person


Lift Tickets (with RFID card valued at $5):
1-Day: $66
2-Day: $124

Ski or Snowboard Equipment Package Rentals (includes helmet):
1-day: (Adults 19+) $41, (Youth under 18) $30
2-day: (Adults 19+) $71, (Youth under 18) $47


Deadlines to fill out the form and pay:
Monday, December 10th, 2018 (Early Bird – payment instructions will be emailed to you) or Friday, December 29

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about carpooling, email Agata Rybalkiewicz at social@nejetaa.com.

Please Note:

* By RSVPing for this event, you will be responsible for any costs incurred on your behalf.

** Extra cots are not always available.

*** The above prices are based on a 20+ person group rate. Therefore, the costs are subject to change if fewer than 20 people sign up (in which case, you will have an opportunity to withdraw).

Sign Up Form: https://goo.gl/forms/ai87kxeaORc3CRbh1

  • JETAA Chicago

DATE:                  Saturday, 19th January, 2019

TIME:                    17:00 – 22:00

VENUE:              The Japanese American Service Committee,

4427 N Clark Street, Chicago

IL, 60640

Want a taste of Japan this new year? Then come to the 16th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnenkai on January 19, 2019 (Saturday), from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The Japanese American Service Committee (4427 N Clark Street, Chicago IL 60640) has graciously offered to host our evening of cultural celebration!

You must buy tickets on our Guestlist page for the event, which you can find here: https://guestli.st/591060

What Japanese things can you experience while there? Well…

– Japanese Food & Drink
– Calligraphy
– Ema Plaques
– Fukuwarai (Pin the Tail on the Donkey)
– Karuta (Playing Cards)
– Kimono Dress-up
– Onigiri (Rice Ball) Making
– Origami

And as always, all of our activities are free with the price of admission! Do note that events listed above are tentative and subject to change.

This year, in loving memory of Daniel Pruitt, a portion of the proceeds from ticket and Fukubukuro (Lucky Bags) sales will be donated to the Be The Match Foundation.

Again, you must purchase tickets here: https://guestli.st/591060

Be The Match Foundation

For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 30 years Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. They work every day to save lives through transplant. Visitwww.bethematch.org to learn more about how you can help.

  • JETAA Texoma

RSVP to ring in the Year of the Pig with JETAA!


JETAA Texoma is pleased invite you to our holiday party in January! We’re extremely excited to hold the shinnenkai at Yokushi Robata, an izakaya-style restaurant that has graciously agreed to host us for this private dinner event.



Event details:


  • Date & time: Sunday, January 13th, 5-8PM
  • Venue: Yokushi Robata, 3837 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX 77027
    • Parking is extremely limited at the venue itself; it may be necessary to park at the Greenway Commons shopping center across Richmond Avenue, at the Greenway Edwards Cinema garage (paid parking), or to otherwise seek street parking
  • Tickets: $25 per person in advance ($30 at the door)
    • Ticket includes a three-course meal plus one complimentary beer; all extras including beverages will be out-of-pocket
    • Invitees will be permitted to bring a plus one (with additional ticket purchase)

Nijikai venue TBA!



How to RSVP:


We’re using a two-step process for attendees to sign up:

Step 1: Visit this Google form to provide your RSVP information. You’ll also indicate whether you plan to purchase your ticket in advance or at the door.

Step 2: If you wish to purchase your ticket in advance, please make a payment to the JETAA Texoma treasurer via Paypal (search for jeslholloway@gmail.com) or Venmo (@Jessica-Holloway-17).

As we need to give the venue a final headcount some time in advance of the event, please RSVP no later than Saturday, January 5th.

Please feel free to address any questions to Chris at pressofficer@texomajetaa.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

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