Nov 4

JETAA Chapter Beats November 2018

Chapter Beats November, 2018

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. JETAA Rocky Mountain

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Colorado & Wyoming Japanese Speech Contest
Where: First Baptist Church of Denver
1373 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203When:  Saturday, November 10 @ 9:30 AM – 3 PM
Co-sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver and the Japan America Society of Colorado, the annual Colorado/Wyoming Japanese language speech contest in coming up on November 10th and JETAA Rocky Mountain has been asked to have a few JETs come and talk about the JET Program. We need two JETs for the morning to set up a table and talk about how awesome their JET experience was. Around noon, the afternoon shift will begin and all four JETs will be treated to free Bento boxes courtesy of the Colorado Japanese Language Education Association (CJLEA). The Afternoon JETs will staff our table AND give a 15 minute talk and Q&A.

Bring anything you like from your JET experience. Letters from students, and of course photos, really help get people excited about the JET program when they see all the amazing things we get to do and connections we made with our local communities back in Japan.

And of course, JET Alumni are welcome to attend and socialize. The members of CJLEA have been incredibly supportive of the JET program and JETAARM. They are Japanese language teachers after all!

 

 

  1. JETAA NY

JETAA NY Fall Photo Walk

DATE:       Saturday, November 3rd

TIME:        12:00 – 14:00 EDT

 

 

PLACE:    Central Park

5 Av to Central Park W, 59 St to 110 St,

New York, New York 10022

Details

Join us for a casual stroll through Central Park while taking some beautiful pictures of the fall colors. Bring your camera / smartphone / Polaroid and let’s capture the signs of the season. Afterwards, we can show off our new pictures over coffee/tea/snacks.

More details including meeting location to come!

Questions? Contact Andy at community[at]community[dot]org

 

 

  1. JETAA NY / Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College

Carnegie Mellon University is a strategic partner of JETAA and are offering opportunities for JET Alumni to learn more about the master’s programs offered at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Their partnership guarantees a 30% minimum scholarship award when JETAA alumni enroll in one of their master’s programs.

Prospective graduate students from a wide spectrum of majors and backgrounds will be interested in learning more about our highly ranked master’s degree programs in Information Systems & Management, Public Policy & Management, and Arts & Entertainment Industry Management.

Please find more information about their Fall Visitation Weekend below:

 

  • Our Fall Visitation Weekend will take place on Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th. Attendees will meet faculty, administrators, and current students to learn about our curriculum, career development, internship opportunities, scholarships, the city of Pittsburgh, and much more. Your students and alumni are eligible for up to a $250.00 travel stipend to attend.  Follow this link to Register.

 

  • We will be hosting Online Information Sessions throughout the fall semester.  Learn about our master’s programs without leaving your desk!  Each session includes a presentation by the admissions team and features the program director and/or current students. For the upcoming schedule of live events, or to view a recorded session, CLICK HERE

 

  • Members of the Heinz College attend conferences, graduate school fairs and other events around the country. We hope you can meet us on the road! Check our Travel Schedule

 

 

 

  1. JETAA Ottawa
Sign-up for Networking & Welcome Back Reception on November 14

 

Sign-up for invitations to Networking & Welcome Back Reception co-hosted with the Embassy of Japan is now available! Please click the button below to signal your interest and reserve a slot on the invite list.

The annual Networking & Welcome Back Reception is on November 14. Co-hosted by the Ambassador of Japan to Canada and JETAA Ottawa, this evening event includes welcoming back the newly returned JETs in style, an excellent networking opportunity, and great Japanese food.

If those interested, there is also a career fair with Japanese companies in Canada planned for prior to the reception itself.

Date: Wednesday, October 14

A limited number of invitations will be made available to JET alumni on a first come, first served basis.

We are working to give as many JET alumni the chance to participate in this event as we can, but we cannot confirm that all members who fill out the form at the link will get an invitation. We appreciate your interest and understanding.

 

Sign-up Form

 

 

 

  1. JETAA SC

Nihongo Dake Dinner (NDD)

Save the Date! November 10th will be another great opportunity to catch up with alumni while also brushing up on those Japanese skills. Don’t worry if you’re Japanese isn’t perfect because all levels are welcome! Come as you are and enjoy some good food. More details about location will be coming in future newsletters and on our FB page.

 

  1. JETAA Cape Town

Japanese Film Festival, Cape Town

DATE:        2nd – 4th November

VENUE:     V&A Nouveau

PRICE:      Free

The Japanese Film Festival is one of the oldest foreign film festivals in South Africa and has been continuing every year since 1994. Free screenings at V&A Nouveau 2 – 4 November, check it out!

 

  1. JETAA UK

JLPT Bootcamp Retreat

Date 16th November 2018 – 18th November 2018
Time Friday evening, All day saturday, and return to Edinburgh on Sunday afternoon
Price £300

An weekend of Japanese lessons, meals, games, films and fun at Gorton House (a short drive from Edinburgh)

The weekend aims to be immersive – i.e. we’ll be conversing in Japanese as much as possible, even whilst eating and socialising! However, the emphasis is on fun for ALL LEVELS, so don’t let the immersive aspect scare you! This will be about practising the skills you have in a relaxed atmosphere outside lessons, should you want to.

This retreat is run by JETAA members and and supported by JETAA funds to keep the cost as low as possible for attendees.

More information and register your interest at : https://nihongoscotland.com/index.php/jlpt-bootcamp-language-retreat/

 

 

  1. JETAA Prairies

JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia and Networking Night

Date:          Saturday, December 1st

Time:                   18:00 – 22:00 UTC

Venue:       Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub

471 Portage Avenue, Unit 2,

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E3

Do you like trivia? Are you knowledgeable about Japan? Do you want to test your knowledge in a fun environment? Are you a Japanese national who loves trivia? Are you a current university student who is thinking of applying for the JET Programme?

This event is OPEN TO ALL who are interested in Japanese culture (and not just JET alumni). We will ask questions from a variety of topics including (but not limited to) Japanese history, pop culture, sports, news, geography, and film. Questions will be answered in a team/table format. Don’t worry if you don’t have a team: we will create the teams.

To reserve your spot(s), please send your rsvp (name and number of guests) to rsvp@jetaaprairies.ca by Friday, November 16th, 2018.

 

 

  1. JETAA ABC

DATE:        Saturday, November 17th

TIME:         14:00 – 20:00 PST

VENUE:     A-maze-ing Laughter

Morton Park, 1800 Morton Ave,

Vancouver, BC V6G加拿大, Vancouver

Please RSVP with the following Link by November 14th, 2018

(https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ts_7OBkoK33jJ0nO9TUu2-6D1yAl5PuuHmka1wgZrNI)

Come out and join us for an epic downtown-wide scavenger hunt! The JETAABC Amazing Race 2018 will be a video/photo scavenger hunt where participants compete in teams of 2 to 4. Friends of JET alumni are welcome to join!

The theme of our Amazing Race will involve Japanese culture and its history in downtown Vancouver: since the beginning to the present day.

On the day of, you will receive A Hit List of Tasks for which the locations and methods will range widely but can primarily be performed within downtown. For each completed task, teams will be awarded points of varying degrees – depending on difficulty of the task. The teams with the highest points at the end wins! The race itself will run from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. We will be meeting at the A-Maze-ing Laughter Statues near Stanley Park at 2:00 for to start the race at 2:30pm sharp!

From 6:00pm to 8:00pm, an after-party will be held and all participants are encouraged to come. We will be showcasing the goods of our photo hunt as well as announcing the winners of our competition over food and drinks. If you cannot make it for the Race itself, we highly recommend that you join us for the after-party!

More details of the event to come!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ian Fan at ian@jetaabc.ca.

 

 

  1. National AJET

ATTENTION JET ALUMNI

An exciting opportunity for bilingual Japanese speakers to make extra income has been shared with National Ajet. Please see details below.

 

JeenieTM is a mobile app that connects travellers on demand via video/audio with LIVE linguists who can help them with language and cultural issues (think “Uber” for languages). Linguists can sign up at absolutely no cost and then decide how much, how often and where they would like to work. It all takes place in cashless transactions, worldwide, 24/7, via smartphone. More information is at www.Jeenie.com.

 

We have significant opportunities for Japanese speakers to earn extra income right now, and we think JET alumni would be ideal candidates for providing services on our platform. They can work on their own schedule from home (or almost anywhere) and get paid for their valuable language skills. We would be delighted to welcome them to our community of Language Jeenies!

 

 


Oct 1

JETAA Chapter Beats October 2018

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. JETAA UK

Tsurugu Shamisen and Japanese Folk Song Performance and Shamisen Workshop

DATE:                  October 13th

TIME:                    14:00 – 16:00

VENUE: St Peter’s Chaplaincy, Oxford Road, Manchester

COST:    Free

DETAILS:

JETAA North West and Japan Society North West present a unique opportunity to experience Japanese traditional music. At this free event, Hibiki Ichikawa, a Tsurugu Shamisen player, will be accompanied by singer Akari Mochitsuki in performing traditional Japanese folk songs. Originating in Aomori, in North-Eastern Japan, Tsugaru Shamisen is played on the largest size shamisen, which has a deep, rich and percussive sound. In addition to a fascinating performance, there will be a workshop where members of the audience get a chance to try their hand at playing instruments, join in with the songs, and interact with the performers.

Hibiki Ichikawa has been playing Shamisen since he was 20. He came to the UK in 2012 and has been increasing his profile ever since. He teaches Shamisen to more than 20 students and has performed across the UK and regularly in Berlin. Additionally, he played shamisen for the soundtrack of the popular animated film Kubo and the Two Strings.

Araki Mochizuki is the only Japanese Blues (enka) singer in the UK. After moving to the UK, she studied drama in Cambridge and contemporary music in London. She started her career as a professional singer in 2009 and since then has performed at many events such as WOMAD 2010, HYPER JAPAN, and Japan Matsuri 2009, 2010 and 2012.

 

RSVP:    nwvicechair@jetaa.org.uk by October 6th.

 

  1. JETAA NY

Fall Harvest and Apple Picking *Save the Date*

Please *SAVE THE DATE*, set your calendars, and plan to join JETAANY on our annual day trip up to Dutchess County for the day on Saturday, October 6 to visit apple orchards and other fun sites. This year we will be renting vans, so there will be several convenient pick-up sites, and we plan to visit apple orchards and perhaps a dairy farm and an ice cream shop.

More information coming soon. Both JET Alumni and Friends-of-JET are welcome!

 

  1. JETAASC

LA Job Fair

WHEN:   5th – 6th October

WHERE:              Pasadena Convention Center

300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

Job Fair Center Website: here

Convention Center Website: here

Looking for a new job this Fall that utilizes your Japanese skils? Then sign up for the Los Angeles career forum! There will be opportunities to meet the representatives from big name industries and some companies may even offer a job on the spot. Please check out the website for more details and how to apply. What are you waiting for?!

 

  1. JETAA WJ & JALT Resume writing and life after JET workshop, October 29th

JETAA WJ & JALT Resume writing and life after JET workshop

On October 29th JETAA WJ will co-host with the Kobe JALT chapter an event for those who are interested in learning about how to polish their resumes (specifically in the language education field) to prepare for job hunting. JALT is the Japan Association for Language Teaching (https://sites.google.com/site/kobejalt/home).

In addition, we will have three current JET alumni (of both ALT and CIR background) to talk about their life post JET. The event will be followed by a networking dinner at The Sky Buffet, a short walk from the venue (Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AnsdPoo4S472).

Dinner is 1990 yen (+tax) per adult and all-you-can-drink alcohol is 990 (+tax) for women and 1290 (+tax) for men. Please indicate in the comments if you’ll be attending the dinner afterward. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

 

Event fee:

Free for current JETs and JALT members,
1000 yen for non-JALT members

Location:

Kobe International House 神戸国際会館
(Map: https://goo.gl/maps/H8Y2A8FHsNG2)
ROOM 804

Event details:

15:00 – 16:00 Resume writing workshop

Speakers:

Michael Parrish and Richard Miller

Michael Parrish and Richard Miller are long term residents of Japan. Richard is an associate professor at Kobe Gakuin University, and Michael is an assistant professor at Kwansei Gakuin University. They have been the JALT Job Information Center (JIC) coordinators for a number of years writing, giving presentations and running the booth at the annual JALT conference. They have given presentations, talks and workshops on professional development throughout Japan, Dubai and Kenya. Their regular columns appear in the JALT CUE publications as well as other publications and have an upcoming book chapter “Transforming your Academic Curriculum Vitae (CV) into a Career Strategy Tool” in Advancing the ELT Practices which will be published by Zayed University

16:00 – 17:00 JET Alumni panel (Q&A included)
Speakers:

Shari Yamamoto

Cory Ballantyne

Shari Yamamoto is a fourth generation Japanese-American born and raised in Hawaii. She first came to Japan as an exchange student on a year-long program and later returned to work as a Coordinator for International Relations for the JET Program after graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After raising three children, Shari rejoined the workforce as the only foreign administrative staff at an international exchange center at a private university where she gained experience in inbound/outbound student exchange and on-campus international exchange. She was fortunate to spearhead the implementation of a large scale Self-Access Learning Center and discovered a passion for student development, educational program development, and the internationalization of higher education in Japan. Starting another chapter in her life, Shari is currently pursuing a graduate degree in International Cooperation Studies at Kobe University.

17:00 ~ Dinner at The Sky Buffet

Please indicate in the comments if you’ll be attending the dinner afterward. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

 

  1. JETAA DC

JET Talks Ramen Night

DATE:                  Saturday, October 6th

TIME:                    17:30 – 22:00

VENUE: Tastemakers, 2800 10th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Buy your tickets here!

JETAA DC’s annual JET Talks event, Ramen Night, is back and bigger than ever! Come for the unlimited noodles, stay for the talk from our host and ramen expert, Josh, and learn about the history and techniques behind the bowls.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, we will be offering two separate 2-hour time slots this year.

Choose between 17:30 – 19:30 or 20:00 – 22:00 and bring an empty stomach to slurp your way through the two full-sized bowls of ramen that come with your ticket and one free drink redeemable at the cash bar.

So when you’re full on ramen, why not try our signature chuhai-inspired cocktail, specially created by JETAA DC and Tastemakers for the event. Non-alcoholic drinks are, of course, available.

Ramen menu will include three of Joshua’s traditional tonkotsu ramen styles (Kurume, Tokotsu Shoyu, and Northern Nami), a vegetarian Miso (egg optional) and of course the spicy garlicky bowl called, “I’ll sleep on the couch”.

Stick around for Josh’s JET Talk at 19:30, and at the end of the night take home a bottle of Josh’s homemade ramen chili oil as a souvenir!

We’ve also moved locations: Ramen Night is now being held at Tastemakers, a hop community kitchen for food entrepreneurs & startups. Each ticket will include one free drink redeemable at the cash bar, so when you’re full on ramen, why not try our signature, chuhai-inspired cocktail, specially created by JETAA DC and Tastemakers for the event? And at the end of the night take home a bottle of Josh’s homemade ramen chili oil as a souvenir.

Tickets will be going fast, so make sure you buy yours soon! Former JETs and Friends of JET are welcome!

Calling for volunteers! We’re looking for about 10 volunteers to come and give us a hand. All volunteers will be assigned to 1-hour slots and given complimentary entry tickets to the event. Please send us an e-mail at jettalks@jetaadc.org with “Ramen Night Volunteer Sign-up” in the title if you’re interested.

 

  1. JETAA NC, Hosted by US JETAA

Webinar: You’ve Finished the JET Program. Now What?

DATE:                  Thursday October 18th

TIME:                   20:00 – 21:00 EDT

VENUE: Zoom Meetings

It can be difficult to make the transition to your life after JET. This webinar is here to help. Featuring JET alumni with expertise in careers and recruiting, this webinar will help you figure out how JET fits into your career path, help you describe your JET experience in a way that employers will understand, teach how to utilize LinkedIn, and much more!
 

Speakers:
Emily Frank (Hokkaido, 1993-1996) graduated from Smith College and was an AET in southern Hokkaido from 1993-1996. After spending a lot of time afterwards feeling lost, she eventually got a master’s degree in counseling and now helps others who are similarly lost regarding careers. She spent over 12 years working at a large public university, and has been in private practice since January, 2018. Emily is based in Denver but does distance work with clients from all over the globe. Through generous grants from organizations like Sasakawa Peace Foundation, she has also been able to offer free career counseling to JET alumni in the past, and has enjoyed reconnecting with fellow JETs that way.
Kamara Toffolo (Gunma, 2007-2008) is a resume writer, LinkedIn consultant, and job search strategist who helps her clients DARE to do work DIFFERENTLY! Whether a bold and brazen professional ready to shake things up and make a BIG career change, a go-getting manager primed to score a well-deserved promotion, or a high-impact executive strategizing their next career transition, Kamara helps her clients from around the globe land great-fitting gigs! Kamara has been a featured writer and expert in many publications including Forbes, Business Insider, Inc., Mashable, and The Muse to name a few. She is an Erickson Certified Professional Coach, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Entrepreneurial Management.
 

Rob Uy (Fukuoka, 1989-1991) is Principal of RSU Consulting and is a sought-after career coach who quickly and effectively establishes productive relationships built on mutual trust and respect. Rob draws on nearly 20 years of human resources leadership for Fortune 500 global technology and services firms and as a coach, trainer and consultant for individuals and companies across all vertical industries. Rob has developed a highly personalized method for working with professionals at all levels. He inspires them to “find their voice,” tell their story effectively, and experience a genuine and revitalized perspective on who they are and where they want to go.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/621315342

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,621315342# or +19294362866,,621315342#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 436 2866
Webinar ID: 621 315 342
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/Bktgc2QF

 

 

  1. JETAA Singapore

JETAA Homecoming Gala

DATE:                  Friday, October 5th

TIME:                    19:00 – 21:00 UTC+08

VENUE: The Japanese Association

120 Adam Road, Singapore 289899

Dear JETAA Singapore Members

Come join us in welcoming back the new returnees of 2018 from the JET programme at the JET Homecoming Gala on 5 Oct!
Date: 5 Oct 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7pm to 9pm (registration starts at 6.30pm)
Venue: Japanese Association Singapore
Address: 120 Adam Road, Singapore 289899
Please sign up using this link https://goo.gl/forms/cfA76Ot5azyDch7k2
Hope to see you at the reception!

  1. JETAA ABC

DATE:                  October 5th

TIME:                    19:30 – 21:30 PDT

VENUE: JETAA ABC

495 West Georgia Street PO BOX 2462,

Vancouver, British Columbia

(To register, please enter your information in the following Google Sheet.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=141yCh0f6eixUdDoIdbzepPgxsszVXSRjbMZwrvX5Atg)

Welcome Back, JET Alumni of 2018!
お疲れ様でした!  バンクーバーにようこそ!
そして、バンクーバー人の皆様、ただいま!

Come out and meet fellow JET alumni on October 5th, 2018. Come share all your amazing stories from your time on JET and about Japan in general.

To all the recent alumni as returnees to Vancouver or as someone who had just moved here post-JET: I’m sure most of you would have questions about things like reverse culture-shock, getting back into the groove of things in Canada, or maybe just about what to do in Vancouver, this would be the perfect event to get it all out of your systems!

To all the current alumni: Come greet your new fellow alumni! Revive your memories and excitement about your time in Japan and JET again. Share your stories and experiences over food and drinks.

Appetizers will be provided at the Welcome Back Reception. Please RSVP by following the link below by October 3rd, 2018 Hope to see you all there!

Our social will be divided into 2 segments. The details of our event are as follows:

Event 1: Welcome Back Reception
Location: Earls Test Kitchen
905 Hornby Street , Vancouver BC
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Event 2: Karaoke Nijikai (カラオケ二次会)
Location: Fantacity
1133 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1V9
Time: 9:30pm – whenever!
Feel free to register for either segment, or both!

To register, please enter your information in the following Google Sheet.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=141yCh0f6eixUdDoIdbzepPgxsszVXSRjbMZwrvX5Atg

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ian at membership@jetaabc.ca

 

 

  1. JETAA Toronto

JETAA Interchapter Adventure in Prince Edward County

Hosted by:          JET Alumni Association Toronto and JETAA Ottawa

DATE:                  Sunday, 27th October

TIME:                    11:00 – 19:00 EDT

PLACE:  Prince Edward County

Our third annual JETAA Ottawa x JETAA Toronto interchapter event is coming soon, with this year’s adventure taking place in Prince Edward County. More details to come!

We will be checking out local breweries and wineries, having a meal (or two), and possibly making a trek over to Sandbanks Provincial Park for a hike. Other optional side tours include stops at a lavender and alpaca farms.

We will try our best to arrange carpooling to the event, so if you are looking for a ride or are willing to be a driver, please let your local chapter know.

Have you been to PEC? Do you have any suggestions of fun things to do, or have something unique you’d like to try? Send them along to Clarissa at chair@jetaatoronto.ca

  1. JETAA Music City

Nashville Area Monthly Tomodachi-Kai

DATE:          Wednesday, October 10th

TIME:            From 18:00

VENUE:       Nashville East Beer Works

320 E Trinity Ln,

Nashville, Tennessee 37207

oin former and future JETs and others in the Nashville area who have a connection with Japan for a relaxed hangout where networking is encouraged. East Nashville Beer Works extends their happy hour special for our group, so come get delicious pizza and beer while you meet

JETAAMC hosts a Tomodachi-Kai every second Wednesday at East Nashville Beer Works.


Sep 4

JETAA Chapter Beats August 2018

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) JETAA Ireland
Welcome Home Event with Taiseiyo Taiko, September 8 th
It's that time of year again – time to welcome home this year's returning JETs!

This year we are planning a Taiko workshop with Taiseiyo Taiko for 2018 returnees,
as well as all other members and friends of JETAA Ireland. The workshop will take
place from 14:30-17:00 on 8 September at Rua Red in Tallaght. The event will be
free for 2018 returnees, with a small charge of between €10-15 for other attendees,
depending on final numbers. There is a limited capacity for this event, so if you
would like to join us please email jetaaireland@gmail.com ASAP!
DATE: 8 th September
TIME: 14:30 – 17:00 UTC+01
PLACE: Rua Red

South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24, Tallaght D24

2) JETAA Singapore
JET Homecoming Gala (welcome back reception), 5 th October.
Come join us in welcoming back the new returees of 2018 from the JET programme
at the JET Homecoming Gala on 5 Oct!
This year, we have proposed to add an item to the programme which is a short
interview session with the returnees. The purpose is to allow the attendees to know
more about the JET Programme and our returnees so as to increase the chances of
mingling between JETAA Members and other attendees during the reception. This is
something new which we are trying out and would like to call upon all members to
welcome and support the new returnees.
DATE: Friday, 5 th October
TIME: 19:00 – 21:00 (registration from 18:30)
VENUE: Japanese Association Singapore
ADDRESS: 120 Adam Road, Singapore 289899

Please sign up using the link below:
https://goo.gl/forms/cfA6Ot5azyDch7k2

Do feel free to contact us if you need any clarifications. We look forward to seeing
you on October 5 th !

3) JETAA Western Japan
Life After JET + Resume Writing
Learn about what life is like from three JET alumni in the Kansai area with special
guest from JALT (Japan Association of Language Teaching) to help polish your
resume before any job hunting process begins! If you are an alum who would like to
share your experiences and be involved in the process of planning the event, please
contact jetaawj@gmail.com
DATE: Saturday, September 29 th
TIME: 15:00 – 17:00
Venue: TBA

4) JETAA Toronto
Nihongo Dake Dinner
Thinking about brushing up your Japanese but too hungry to start? Join us at
Sakawa Coffee on The Danforth for our first Nihongo Dake Dinner!
We’ll be doing our best to speak only Japanese for a 90-minute dinner and then
rewarding our diligence with some sweet treats nearby in whatever language feels
right. Speakers of all skill levels are welcome to this casual meal, and we’ll have
some topics and prompts prepared in case conversation slows down. Friends are
welcome, whether Japanese language learners or native speakers, and Sakawa
Coffee staff will be accommodating our Nihongo dake vibe with Japanese servers. If
you’re interested, please contact chair@jetaatoronto.ca or check out our facebook
event in the events section of facebook.com/jetaatoronto.
Sakawa Coffee でお待ちしています!

ADDRESS: 867 Danforth Avenue
DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 13 th
Dinner: 18:30 – 20:00
Dessert/Nijikai: 20:00 – ?
Rough cost after tax and tip: members – $15 – $20
non-members – $20 – $25

5) JETAA ABC
JETAA ABC 2018 Gumball/Amazing Race (Save the Date)
Dear JETAS and Friends!
We are please to announce our Gumball/Amazing Race event again for 2018! As
with last year, it’ll be a great day of contests and exploration! More details to come in
the coming week. In the meantime, save the date!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Ian Fan at
ian@jetaabc.ca
Cheers!
DATE: 08 th September
TIME: 12:00 PDT

6) JETAA DC
Mansfield Fellowship Program Information
DATE: 5 th September
TIME: 12:00 – 13:15 EDT
PLACE: 1156 15 th Street NW, Suite 1105, Washington, DC 20005
Established in 1994, the Mansfield Fellowship is an opportunity for mid-career
government employees to live and work in Japan while developing professionally.
Fellowship includes a homestay with language training as well as a ten-month
placement within a Japanese government office.

This information session is available for those currently working in government or
those who plan to be federal employees in the future!
The Mansfield Fellowship Program is administered by Maureen and Mike Mansfield
Foundation, with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs, as grantor.
Refreshments will be provided.
Info session will also be held over a teleconference system in Mansfield Office.
To RSVP, please contact Stephanie Sanders at ‘ssanders@mansfieldfdn.org’. If you
wish to call into the session instead of attending in person, please indicate so to
Stephanie in your RSVP email and she will send instructions on how to do so.
Application deadline is October 31 st !
Come join us to learn about this amazing program!

7) JETAA NY
Returner Debrief and Hangout
WHEN: Saturday, September 1 st 10:00 – 12:00
WHERE: The Atrium Shops and Cafes
153 E 53 rd St, New York, NY 10022

COST: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal!
RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook.

Welcome (back) to New York City! JETAANY wants to reach out to you and extend
their assistance as you transition back to the United States. Come join us for an
informal discussion on how to adjust to life after JET.
Questions: Email Ryan at membership[at]jetaany[dot]org

8) JETAA FL
Career Development Workshop, Orlando
You are invited to the career development workshop presented by FL JETAA!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 8 th ! Florida JETAA will be presenting
a Career Development Workshop in Orlando.
The day will include career coaching on how to follow up your time on JET, how to
utilize the special skill set that you acquired by living and working in Japan as well as
an opportunity to network and connect with JET alumni.
More details (such as venue and time of the event) to come, so stay tuned in!

9) JETAA Canberra
JFF Classics at NFSA – Alternative Women
DATES: Saturday, 29 th September 14:00 – 15:30, 16:00 – 18:20
Sunday, 30 th September 12:00 – 13:30, 14:00 – 15:30

#JFFClassics2018 returns to NFSA for the second time with a #free 16mm & 35mm
film program. This year’s program, ALTERNATIVE WOMEN, feature works adapted
from novels by celebrated authors such as Junichiro Tanizaki. Screens on 29 – 30
September.

For the film line-up and schedule visit: http://www.nfsa.gov.au/events/alternative-
women-japanese-film-festival-classics
JFF Classics at NFSA will feature an abridged program of 4 films. The full program
comprised of 8 films will be screened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from
3 rd – 31 st October. Visit JFF Classics at AGNSW – Passion and Obsession for
more information.
[ABOUT THE PROGRAM]
Directed by cinematic masters from the Japanese #GoldenAge and #New Wave,
these films depict passion and obsession in varying shades of #eroticism ranging
from melodramatic romance to fraught love affairs.
The abridged program chosen for NFSA will feature unconventional portrayals of
women on screen. For example, we meet the lesbian lovers of Masumura’s MANJI:
THE GODDESS OF MERCY, and are also introduced to early modern feminists
swimming against the tide of society in Mizoguchi’s A GEISHA.
Presented by the Japan Foundation, Sydney and made possible through the Japan
Foundation Film Library (Tokyo). In partnership with National Film and Sound
Archive. Thank you for continuing the tradition of film.

10) JETAA Texoma
Shizen: On the Art of Looking at Nature
DATE: Tuesday, September 18 th
TIME: 18:00 – 20:00 CDT
PLACE: Rice Media Center

6100 Main Street Rice University
Entrance #8, Houston, Texas 77005

Shizen: On the Art of Looking at Nature
Opening Reception: September 18 th , 18:00 – 20:00, Rice Media Center Main Gallery
The Visual and Dramatic Arts department at Rice University is pleased to host
Mexico City artist Augustin Estrada. The opening reception will be on Tuesday,
September 18 th at 6PM, in the Main Gallery of the Rice Media Center.
Augustin’s exhibition is titled, “Shizen: On the Art of Looking at Nature”. The artist
explains, “the first word is the Japanese word for Nature, because it is not only about
gardens but more about two Japanese phenomena related with the Art of Looking at
Nature with two particular concepts called ‘Hanami’ and ‘Momiji’ the first one related
to flowers blooming in the early spring and the second one with the changing color of
the leaves in autumn. Both clearly identified in Japanese culture.”
Augustin has worked with photography and printing for over 40 years with the
majority of his publications focusing on various cultures. The exhibition will have over
30 prints on view in the Main Gallery space of the Rice Media Center located at
Entrance #8 (via University Blvd and Stockton Drive) on Rice University campus.

Exhibition opens: Tuesdays, September 18 th , 2018 | 18:00 – 20:00
On view at Rice Media Center Main Gallery through October 25, 2018.
Operating hours: 10:00 – 17:00
Augustin Estrada: http://augustinestrada.com
VADA.RICE.EDU


Jul 29

JETAA Chapter Beats August 2018

 

Chapter Beats August 2018

 

1)        JETAA Northern California

 

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 JETs Pre-Departure Nomikai

August 3 will be the new JETs’ last night in the US!  We’ll be having a nomikai to bid them Bon Voyage and a happy JET time!  Mark your calendars for August 3! More updates to come~

 

 

JETAANC Kabuki Club: “The Renowned Banzui Chobei”

Interested in Japanese Kabuki theatre? Join us on a video of the classic drama, “The Renowned Banzui Chobei” Sign-up or just show up!

WHEN: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
TIME:  6:30 PM
WHERE: JCCCNC 1840 Sutter St., SF, CA 94115

Presented by JETAANC Kabuki Club: http://www.jetaanc.org/kabuki
Co-sponsored by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC): http://www.jcccnc.org/

 

Facebook Event Sign Up Here

 

2)        JETAA NC – MOVE DOWN TO END

August 4: Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha Obon Festival 2018 – Las Vegas

 

3)      JETAA NY

         2018 JETAANY Sunset Boat Cruise

JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Wednesday, August 15th – on our own private boat! This is one of our most popular events, with over 100 attendees!

For an AMAZING deal enjoy a 3 hour sunset cruise departing from the East Side and traveling around the southern end of Manhattan over to the west side for stunning views of the New Your skyline (and New Jersey). Spread the word and invite friends, family and colleagues to join – the more the merrier!

 

When:                  Wednesday, August 15th

Time:          17:50 – 21:30

                            17:50 – 18:25 – Check in and boarding

                            18:30 (SHARP!) – Cruise Departs

                            21:30 – cruise arrives back at the dock

Who:           JET Alumni, friends, family and colleagues are all welcome. (Must be 21+)

 

Where:       New York Skyports Marina (East River, between E. 20th and 23rd Sts.)

Address for Google:               24-30 FDR Drive, East Service Road, New York City, NY 10010

RSVP:        via the Cognito form below (but also see who’s coming on Facebook)

 

Cost:          Early bird registration (until 8/1):     $20

                   Regular registration (8/2 – 8/14):     $30

                   Last Minute Registraion (on the boat):     $30 CASH

 

Other Details

         Ages 21+ only. Cash bar on the boat/ Average drink price is $6 – $13. We’ll have snacks, but there won’t be hot food aboard the boat. Feel free to bring food onto the boat if you want to pick something up on the way (but no drinks).

 

Questions:  Contact Brenda at president[at]jetaany[dot]org.

 

4)      JETAA-I

How you can help with the recent flooding in Western Japan.

Western Japan has suffered through major flooding in the past several weeks. JETAA-I have been inundated with websites and charity drives from JET Alumni the world over. Below you will find a comprehensive list of the major charity efforts.

 

Please donate generously and help spread the word!

 

https://www.jetaainternational.org/single-post/2018/07/15/Donations-to-help-the-recent-disaster-in-southwestern-Japan

 

5)      JETAA SC

Tanabata Festival

 

When:                  Saturday and Sunday, August 11th – 12th

Where:       Little Tokyo

Website:     https://www.tanabatalosangeles.org/

Calling all Alumni for a summer Tanabata event hosted in Little Tokyo! It’s the 10th anniversary and would be a great opportunity to invite your friends/family and get further connected to the local Japanese community.

 

Volunteers are also needed before and after the event for setup. Shifts are three hours long but if you work two or more shifts you will get an official T-shirt and food court tickets. I dunno about you, but that sounds like a great deal to me!

 

Please check out the website for more details and to sign up.

Hope to see you there!

 

6)      JETAA UK

Ishibashi Foundation Summer School in Japanese Arts and Cultural Heritage at the University of Esat Anglia.

 

Date: 28th July – 18th August

The Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA) invites applications for an intensive three week postgraduate level Summer School in Japanese Arts and Cultural heritage.

With the support of the Ishibashi Foundation, we offer full bursaries to all successful applicants accepted on to the course. The bursary covers tuition, accommodation, subsistence, study trips and a contribution towards travel costs.

Applications are invited from any country from advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students with a demonstrable interest in the field. The course will be taught in English.

Classes will take place on the UEA campus, home to the renowned Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in the historic centre of the city of Norwich. Taught by leading specialists in the field, this Summer School offers an exceptional opportunity for students to develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of Japanese arts and cultural heritage.

 

Find out more at: https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/international/international-summer-school/what-can-i-study/ishibashi-foundation-summer-school-in-japanese-arts-and-cultural-heritage

 

7)      JETAA Toronto

JETAA Mokuhanga Workshop

When:                  Friday August 10th – 11th

Time:          18:00 -17:30 EDT

Place:                  Gerrard Art Space

                   1475 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4L2A1

Details:

Join JETAA for the 2nd Mokuhanga Workshop!

Mokuhanga is a form of Japanese woodblock printmaking. Ukiyo-e prints are made using this technique. This is a beginner-friendly 2-day workshop, meant as an introduction to this beautiful yet challenging printmaking method.

 

Friday August 10th, 18:00 – 20:30

 

Meet artist instructor Elizabeth Forrest who will introduce participants to mokuhanga, perform some carving demos and give instructions for creating your own design to carve the following day. (Work on your design at home that evening).

 

Saturday August 11th, 11:00 – 17:00

 

A full day of mokuhanga woodcut printmaking. Transfer your design to your carving block and get carving! Once your design is carved, print your image.

 

Nijikai to follow at a nearby Indian restaurant

 

Cost (including $12 material fee)

         JETAA Members:          $79.80

         Non-JETAA Members:  $102:00

Max # of participants:             12

 

If you want to attend, please email communitysupport@jetaatoronto.ca to receive the Eventbrite invite. Your spot will be secured once payment is received.

 

Lastly, Elizabeth Forrest will be giving a lecture on the history of Mokuhanga as a part of the current Print Show Exhibition at GAS. Great way to learn about the art form before trying it out!

Sunday, July 8th at 15:00 at Gerrard Art Space


 

8)      JETAA DC

Ramen Fundraiser at Public Option

When:                  August 10th

Time:          18:00 – 22:00 EDT

Place:                  The Public Option

                   1601 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, District of

                   Columbia 20018

JETAA DC is happy to support JET Alum Josh Beatty and his Ramen Fundraiser at Public Option which will be held on Friday, August 10th from 18:00 – 22:00.

 

Menu:                  Several signature ramen bowls featuring traditional Tonkotsu (pork bone broth) and a Vegetarian ramen broth.

 

100% of food and raffle proceeds will be donated to Youth For Understanding to support high school and college exchange students from West Africa who continue to feel unwelcome due to the Muslim Ban.

Ramen night is graciously hosted by The Public Option, a neighbourhood nano-brewery serving great beers made on site, as well as cocktails and soft drinks.

 

The Public Option is located 1601 Rhode Island Avenue Northeast, Washington DC. @PublicOption on Twitter and @ThePublicOptionDC on Facebook.

 

The Rhode Island Avenue Metro will be closed during this period, so best way to get there is Bikeshare/Lyft/Uber/Your Car or the G9 and G8 buses that you can pick up from Franklin Square downtown.

 

9)      JETAA Chicago

YPC Lincoln Park Zoo Scavenger Hunt

When:                  August 12th

Time:          12:30 – 14:00 CDT

Place:                  Lincoln Park Zoo

                   N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy

                   Chicago, Illinois 60614

*Pre-payment at http://www.jaschicago.org/events/ypc-lincoln-park-zoo-scavenger-hunt/ no later than 8/5 is necessary for planning purposes. After payment is received meeting instructions will be emailed. JETAA members can pay the $2 member price! At checkout, put “JETAA” for Company and “Member” for Title.

 

Come join members of the YPC for a scavenger hunt adventure at the Lincoln Park Zoo! The scavenger hunt will consist of exploring LPZ in search of clues to trivia based upon the zoo and its animal inhabitants. Note that the answers to questions will be a mix of both writing and photographs taken of your finds, so you will certainly be put to the test! The questions will be in both English and Japanese (and you can respond in either language), giving you an opportunity to practice your language skills and maybe even learn a few new words along the way. Registration can be made as a group (max 4 people) or individually, where you will be assigned to a group, so you can sign up with your friends or make new friends on the hunt. The event is open to YPC/JETAA/AAAYA members and non-members in hopes that everyone can come together to network, share their knowledge of trivia, and importantly, have fun!

 

10)      JETAA Minnesota (JETAAMN)

When:                      19th August

Time:             15:00 – 21:00 CDT

Place:            Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103

The Obon Festival encompasses Japanese tradition – through music, dance, crafts, martial arts and lanterns. Japanese food and dozens of culturally-related items will be for sale.

The day will culminate at dusk with the main event – the lantern lighting.

The Como Park Japanese Obon Festival, produced by Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Japan America Society of Minnesota, and Saint Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee will be held on Sunday, August 19th from 15:00 – 21:00.

Admission is $5.00 per adult (13+), $3.00 per child (ages 3 – 12) and Seniors (aged 65+), free for children under 3.

 

Free shuttle bus service will be available from staffed off-site parking lot at the District Service Center located at 1930 Como Ave.

 

For more information and list of events check out Como Zoo’s website: http://www.comozooconservatory.org/attractions/gardens/japanesegarden/japanese-obon-festival/#/japanese-obon-festival

 


Jul 12

JETAA Chapter Beats July 2018

Chapter Beats July, 2018

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. JETAA SC

The 60th Zenshuji Obon Carnival – July 7 & 8, 2018, 11:00AM – 8:00PM

Obon Service, July 7, 8 at 1:30PM

Zenshuji Soto Mission
123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 624-8658    www.zenshuji.org

Zenshuji Obon Carnival is coming soon. This is the temple’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Programs will include:

Bon Odori, Tea Ceremony, Flower Arrangement

Farmer’s Market, Produce/Flowers, Food & Drinks, White Elephant, Raffle & Prizes

Children’s Games, Taiko Drumming, Folk Dance & Music, Shorinji Kempo

Metro Gold Line: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station
Check www.zenshuji.org for updated parking information in Little Tokyo

Zenshuji Schedule
June 24 – Chochin Hanging/Garden Cleaning/Omigaki  – 9 am
July 1   –  Container Cleanup   – 9 am
July 5   –  Booth Construction   – 5 pm
July 6   –  Preparation   – all day
July 7 & 8 Zenshuji Obon Carnival   – all day
July 10  – Carnival Clean up   – 5 pm

No Zazen on June 24, July 1, July 7 & 8 due to the Obon and the preparation.123 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

  1. JETAA NSW

JETAA NSW Mascot Design Contest

 

 

Win tickets to any 2 JETAA NSW events!
JETAA are looking to adopt a cute and versatile mascot to join our team, and we’re looking to you to help us find one.

If you have an idea for a character that represents us as a link between Australia and Japan we would love to see it!

Submission guidelines:

  • Email a .jpeg or .png of your design to JETAA NSW by August 1st.
  • Image must be at least 500 pixels squared.
    (adding a watermark that still allows us to see your mascot is ok)
  • Mascot must be a character that encapsulates the spirit of JETAA.

The winner will be announced on August 8th and receive free admission to any 2 JETAA NSW events as well as credit on JETAA publications.*

So get those creative juices flowing and have fun!

 

 

  1. US JETAA

Becoming a Japanese Teacher after JET: Free Webinar

This newly launched FREE webinar series is intended to provide guidance and instruction to JET alumni across the country on a variety of careers, professional development topics, and unique challenges and how to navigate them. This webinar is on how to become a Japanese teacher after JET. Current JETs and JET alumni are both welcome to join.

Although it has already passed, you can now view the recording. https://youtu.be/as4qIEq9Roo

 

  1. JETAA NC

Carnival of Cultures

 

Main St Cupertino is having a festival  with music, dances, food and merchandise from all the cultures represented in the Bay Area. Come check it out!  Also, if you’re interested in presenting a variety of Japanese music and dance forms at the festival, you can contact Lalita from Eventscoop!

WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 2018

TIME:  11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

WHERE: Main St Cupertino: 19419 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
(Free entry and parking)

 

  1. JETAA UK

Hyper Japan Festival

Hyper Japan is the UK’s biggest annual J-culture event, celebrating all aspects of contemporary Japanese culture, from fashion to food, crafts to cosplay.

Get tickets here: https://hyperjapan.co.uk/tickets/

Date:  13th – 15th July

Time: 12:00 – 20:00

Price: From £17

 

  1. JETAA Ottawa

14th Annual Natsu Matsuri

Come join us for the 14th annual Natsu-Matsuri: Celebrating Japanese Culture! It will be a great day filled with martial arts demonstrations, traditional Japanese music, dancing and drumming, and booths from local Japanese businesses and cultural groups. Also, returning from last year by popular demand is a forging demonstration by a blacksmith from Japan (thanks to KnifeWear Ottawa)!

Date: Sunday, July 22nd
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Marion Dewar Plaza (Ottawa City Hall), 110 Laurier Ave., West, ON K1P 1J1

Come meet some of Ottawa’s Japanese community and explore local groups specializing in different aspects of Japanese culture.

For a full list of current participants, please keep an eye on our website: http://jetaaottawa.ca/announcing-the-14th-annual-natsu-matsuri-japanese-summer-culture-day-2018/

We will be updating it with the schedule of events and links to participants websites over the coming weeks.

 

  1. JETAA Aukland

NZIFF – Shoplifters / Manbiki Kazoku

Saturday 21 July at 6:30pm
NZ International Film Festival – Shoplifters / Manbiki kazoku

Come and join JETAA at the NZIFF to watch the winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or from Kore-eda Hirokazu.

Somewhere in Tokyo, Osamu Shibata and his wife Nobuyo live in poverty. While Osamu receives occasional employment and Nobuyo has a low-paying job, the family relies in large part on the grandmother’s pension. As he is shoplifting for groceries with his son, Shota, they discover Yuri, a homeless girl. Osamu takes her home, where the family observes evidence of abuse. Despite their strained finances, they informally adopt her.

JETAA will be subsidising tickets for attendees who RSVP and make payment to us by Friday 13 July. So our ticket price for JETAA members is $12 (tickets usually $18.50). After the film we will probably go for a bite to eat and/or a drink somewhere close by (at your own cost).

To reserve your seat, transfer $12 to the JETAA Auckland bank account 06-0287-0494588-00, with your name as a reference on the transfer. Please also click ‘going’ on the event when you have transferred the money, so we know who to expect payments from (in case someone forgets to put their name in the reference).

Please note that tickets are subject to availability; we do expect this screening to sell out so if you want to be assured of a seat, make your payment sooner rather than later.

If you miss our deadline but still want to attend, you can buy tickets to the movie yourself through Ticketmaster.

Read more about the film here: https://www.nziff.co.nz/2018/auckland/shoplifters/

Date:  July 21st

Time: 18:30

Place:            The Civic Theatre, Queen Street

Tickets:         $12.00 (Subsidised by JETAA AUCKLAND, IF you register)

 

 

  1. JETAA Toronto

Tanabata Trails

When was the last time you celebrated Tanabata? For many of us it may have been years ago, but the memory is still fresh in our minds. While it is tough to find a bamboo tree to tie a tag onto, we can still find our own ways to celebrate Tanabata here in Canada.

While our little hike might not be a true Tanabata tradition, maybe it will become our Toronto Tanabata tradition?

Our hike is has two points to it. You can come along for a 10 km hike or join us midway at lunch for a wak around Crawford Lake and the shorter Escarpment Trail from Crawford Lake.

Those of us doing the full hike, will meet up at 10:00 am at the Rattlesnake Point parking lot. We will hike the 4.7 km Nassagaweya Canyon Trail to Crawford Lake, where we will have lunch (please pack and bring your own) and meet up with anyone looking to join us at 12:00 pm.

After lunch, and once everyone has met up, the group has a few options and we will play things a bit by ear. Either we can all stick together on an agreed upon course or we can split into a few groups as we see fit.

For those feeling a shorter hike, the Escarpment Trail is a fairly easy 2.4 km. Hikers who departed at 10:00 am can arrange a carpool back to the Rattlesnake Point parking lot with those who meet up with us at 12:00 pm. Otherwise, those who wish to head back on foot can take the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail back to Starting Point A. Furthermore, those who are super genki can combine the Escarpment Trail with the return hike along the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail.

For trail maps and HOW TO GET THERE see Halton’s Hiking website here (http://www.conservationhalton.ca/hiking)

Event Details:

When: Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Starting Point A: 10:00 am start time from Rattlesnake Point parking lot

Starting Point B: 12:00 pm starting time from Crawford Lake Visitor Centre

Finish Time and Place: Variable, depending on your start location and the route you choose to take following lunch.

Please keep in mind, we are going to take a flexible approach to this one in an attempt to cater to hikers of all levels.

Who can attend: Anyone, JETAA members, friends, family and friendly strangers.

Halton Park Admission Fee:

Adults (15 – 64) $7.75

Senior (65+) $6.75

Child (5 – 14) $5.50

4 & under *FREE

What to Bring:

Comfortable Hiking Boots or Running Shoes

Water Bottle (Between 1 and 2 litres recommended)

Packed lunch

Backpack

Sunscreen/Raincoat (weather dependant)

RSVP: email JETAA Events at events@jetaatoronto.ca

**Please RSVP – otherwise we might depart from Point A or B without you!**

 

  1. JETAA Singapore

[Calling out to all JETAA Singapore Members]

Farewell Reception for JETs of 2018
This year’s Farewell Reception for 2018 JETs will be on 12 July. Come join us as we send off over 30 JETs from SG embarking their journey to Japan.
Date: 12th July 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00pm to 8:45pm
Venue: The Japanese Association (Ballroom 1), 120 Adam Road, Singapore 289899
Dress code: Smart Casual
Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZL0haR49GanxHll12

  1. JETAA Florida

Tanabata Party

Celebrate the Star Festival with Florida JETAA at Ushio Sushi in Davie! Wear your Yukata or Japan-inspired summer clothes, and come ready to reminisce and write wishes – Lauren will tie them to her bamboo at home for you!
Ushio is a restaurant with KAITEN ZUSHI (conveyer belt sushi!) that is sure to make us feel なつかしい~ (Natsukashii!)

RSVP to President@floridajetaa.org

Date:    July 7th

Time:   12:00 – 14:00 EDT

Place:  Ushio Sushi

2211 University Drive

Davie, Florida 33324


May 1

JET Prefecture Round Up (May 2018)

JET Prefecture Round Up is a mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture alumni).

 

Over to Okishima!

When:  May 12

Where:  Shiga Prefecture

This is a perfect opportunity to see a very traditional Japanese community surrounded by unspoilt nature.

 

sport

Chiba AJET Sports day!

When:  May 12

Where:  Chiba Prefecture

Join Chiba AJET and friends in the beautiful Chiba Minato Park and enjoy sports and snacking!

 

AJET Shimanami Kaido 2018

When:  May 19

Where:  Hiroshima Prefecture

Don your neon helmet, reflective armbands, and your tightest biking Lycra to ride over 70 km with AJET.

bike

 

Block 11’s Out There On Okinawa

When:  May 19-20

Where:  Okinawa Prefecture

Block 11 is hitting the seas and bringing the party down to Okinawa!

 

 

21st Annual Oita AJET Charity Bike Ride

When:  May 26-27

Where:  Oita Prefecture

Oita AJET invites you to participate in the 21st Annual Oita Charity Bike Ride!

okinawa

 


Apr 1

JET Prefecture Round Up (April 2018)

 

JET Prefecture Round Up is a mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture alumni).

 

cherry blossom

Cherry Blossom Viewing & Potluck Party

When:  April 1

Where:  Shizuoka Prefecture

Enjoy Shizuoka Matsuri under the cherry blossoms. Entrance is free but please bring some nibbles or drinks to share.

 

The Ultimate Hanami and After Party of 2018

When:  April 7

Where:  Tokyo

Celebrate spring with JETs and ALTs in Japan. The event’s totally free, with free snacks and drinks (while they last!). There’s also an after-party once the sun sets.

 

Gumball Rally 2018!

When:  April 14

Where:  Okinawa Prefecture

Calling all OkiJETs! April is just around the corner and you know what that means: it’s Gumball Rally time!! It’s a super cool island-wide event similar to a scavenger hunt where you complete tasks for points.

 

race car

Amazing Race 2018

When:  April 14

Where:  Miyazaki Prefecture

This is one of Miyazaki AJET’s biggest events of the year, similar to the TV show. This year, the challenges and clues will be based on Harry Potter!

 

Regional JET and ALT Gathering

When:  April 20

Where:  Tokyo

Experience a night of elegance and receive special VIP treatment at one of the most acclaimed establishments in all of Tokyo! JETs, alumni, ALTs, or anyone who joins this page will be included as a VIP. Entrance fee is 2500 yen (3500 yen at the door).

 

AJET Hanami in Hirosaki

When: April 21

Where: Aomori Prefecture

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival and Aomori AJET’s Hanami will coincide with its opening day.

 

starting line

AJET Tokyo Scavenger Hunt 2018

When: April 21

This will be the 5th Block 4 Tokyo Scavenger Hunt! For this event, you and your team will complete a variety of different missions around the city of Tokyo!

 

Kumafest 2

When:  April 21

Where:  Kumamoto Prefecture

Once again, it’s music and party time on the side of the world’s largest caldera brought to you by Kuma AJET.  For those of you leaving Japan this summer, it’s a great last chance to see friends. Cost is 1000 yen.


Mar 3

JET Prefecture Round Up (March 2018)

JET Prefecture Round Up is a mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture). 

 

Shiga AJET 2018 Ski / Snowboard Trip

When:  March 10

Where:  Shiga Prefecture

Come one and all to the 2018 AJET ski trip in Kunizakai. It’s sure to be a day of fun-filled memories.

 

Shizuoka AJET Saint Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

When:  March 17

Where:  Shizuoka Prefecture

Celebrate the day of the patron saint of Ireland the best way Shizuoka AJET knows how: with a team-based, competitive pub crawl (or bar hop)!

 

Chiba AJET Hanami 2018 Edition

When:  March 17

Where:  Chiba Prefecture

As winter (slowly) releases its icy grip, the weather gets warmer, the flowers begin to bloom, and that means it’s time for hanami!

 

AJET Blocks 10 & 11 Present: All-Kyushu Hanami 2018

When:  March 24

Where:  Kumamoto Prefecture

Join National AJET and Blocks 10 and 11 for the second annual All-Kyushu Hanami at Ninomaru Park next to Kumamoto Castle.

 

Block 5 Fukui St. Patrick’s Day Event

When:  March 24

Where:  Fukui Prefecture

This event will take place in conjunction with the Fukui St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the only St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the region!

 

Block 7 Event: Ise Grand Shrine

When:  March 25

Where:  Mie Prefecture

Spring is soon upon us and what better way to greet it than visiting the shrine dedicated to the great sun goddess Amaterasu?

 


Jan 31

JET Prefecture Round Up (February 2018)

 

JET Prefecture Round Up is a mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture). 

 

salad

13th Kyoto Vegans Buffet Meetup

When:  February 3

Where:  Kyoto Prefecture

Forget the snow! Join the vegan tribe at Vegans Cafe and make new friends!

 

Chizu Snow Festival

When:  February 3

Where:  Tottori Prefecture

Join in the 19th Chizu Inn Yuki Matsu in rural Tottori prefecture.

 

2018 Shimane AJET Ski Weekend

When:  February 3-4

Where:  Shimane Prefecture

Shimane and Hiroshima AJET welcome you to shred the slopes of Mizuho Highland with them.

snow trees

 

Niigata AJET’s Northern Snow Out

When:  February 10

Where:  Niigata Prefecture

Join Niigata AJET at the first annual Kaetsu region snow out.

 

Hokkaido AJET Snowcation

When:  February 10-13

Where:  Hokkaido Prefecture

Hokkaido AJET invites all JETs to take part in Snowcation, an annual event to encourage JETs from other prefectures to visit the northern island. This year, it coincides with the Sapporo Snow Festival.

 

Hadaka Matsuri

When:  February 17

Where:  Okayama Prefecture

Join Okayama AJET in celebrating the prefecture’s famous Saidaiji Naked Man Festival.

snow monkeys

 

Shizuoka AJET Strawberry Picking and Onsen Trip 2018

When:  February 17

Where:  Shizuoka Prefecture

Join Shizuoka AJET in beating winter with delicious strawberries on the prefecture’s famous strawberry road and a hot soak at the onsen.

 

Winter Formal: the Snowball

When:  February 24

Where:  Aomori Prefecture

Aomori AJET invites you to its final event for the school year, a Snowball inspired by Stranger Things.

lanterns

 

AJET Block 10 & The Nagazasshi Presents: Lantern Festival 2018

When:  February 24

Where:  Nagasaki Prefecture

Join AJET Block 10 to celebrate a festival started by the local Chinese community to celebrate Chinese New Year.

 


Jan 4

JET Prefecture Round Up (January 2018)

JET Prefecture Round Up is a mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture).

girl with sparkler

Happy 2018!

Regional JET and ALT New Year’s Gathering

When: 14 January

Where: Tokyo

For the first time ever, AJET is throwing a New Year’s party for all current and past participants of the JET Program as an effort to expand the network between JETs and representatives of various prefectures. Non-JETs are also welcome.

 

YETI Ski Trip Jan 2018 – Chiba Connection

When: 19-21 January

Where: Nagano Prefecture

This annual ski trip is hosted by YETI so feel free to invite your friends!

 

skier gives peace sign

The mountains await!

Block 2 Mt. Zao Ski Trip

When: 20-21 January

Where: Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata AJET invites you to their Block 2 Winter Event, the Zao Onsen Ski Trip! Join them for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, relaxing in onsens, snow-monster appreciation, and enkais!

 

Okayama AJET does Daisen

When: 27 January

Where: Tottori Prefecture

Okayama AJET will be holding a trip to Mount Daisen for some good old skiing/snowboarding.

 

BLOCK Event: Nara City Scavenger Hunt & Yamayaki!

When: 27 January

Where: Nara Prefecture

Nara AJET invites all members of Block 7 and beyond to a scavenger hunt in the city and a chance to witness fireworks and mountain burning at one of Nara’s oldest and biggest events, the Mount Wakakusa Yamayaki.

 

old books on shelf

Crack open a book for the new year!

HAJET Book Club: The Lies of Locke Lamora

When:  27 January

Where:  Hyogo Prefecture

Winter vacation is a good chance to catch up on books so join Hyogo AJET to discuss “The Lies of Locke Lamora” by Scott Lynch.


Dec 16

JET Prefecture Round up 12.16.17

JET Prefecture Round Up is a weekly mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan, (Tottori Prefecture). 

santa ornament

Happy Christmas!

 

Global Cafe: A Christmas Special

When: 17 December

Where: Kyoto Prefecture

Kameoka International Exchange Association is hosting a Christmas party this Sunday. It’s free for foreigners and includes snacks, games, presents, and a little craft workshop.

 

Shiga Christmas Day Party

When: 25 December

Where: Shiga Prefecture

For those of you who’re staying in Japan for Christmas, you’re invited along to a Christmas day get together and potluck dinner.

 

DIY Kadomatsu Workshop

When: 29 December

Where: Ishi-gun, Shimane Prefecture

Kadomatsu are traditional Japanese New Year decorations. Come visit Iinan and learn how to make your own, using real bamboo and decorations.


Dec 2

JET Prefecture Round Up 12.02.17

JET Prefecture Round Up is a weekly mosaic of events taking place in the AJET community in Japan. Compiled by Suzanne Bhagan, (Tottori Prefecture). 

 

Become a Samurai Warrior at Sengan-en!

When: 8 – 17 December

Where: Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture

Visit Sengan-en, home of the Shimadzu clan, and become a samurai warrior for a small price! What better way can you create an unforgettable memory of your time in Japan?

samurai

Channel your inner warrior.

 

SAJET Christmas Party 2017

When: 9 December

Where: Izumo, Shimane Prefecture

Try something different this year and celebrate the season with Shimane AJET at Marine Thalasso’s heated indoor pool!

christmas lights

Light it up!

 

Shizuoka AJET Illuminations

When: 9 December

Where: Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture

It’s that time of year again! Catch the best holiday illuminations in Shizuoka and enjoy a meal buffet style with Shizuoka AJET.

 

A Merry Shiga Christmas

When: 9 December

Where: Shiga Prefecture

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater, bring a pressie, and come share in Shiga AJET’s festivities for one night only.

people sharing japanese food

Bonenkai time!

 

Oita AJET Bonenkai 2017

When: 9 December

Where: Beppu, Oita Prefecture

RSVP if you’d like to partake in this annual all you eat and drink event hosted by Oita AJET.


Nov 29

Asia on Air: Celebrating 30 Years of the JET Program

The JET Program was founded in 1987 as a program that fostered ties between Japan and four other nations. Today, the program has evolved to include participants from more than 40 countries around the world, with activities ranging from English-teaching to sports exchanges.

This episode of Asia on Air celebrates 30 years of the JET program by interviewing three former JETs:

  • Joy Champaloux, Associate Program Officer at Sasakawa USA and President of the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C.;
  • Bill Clifford, CEO and President of the World Affairs Councils of America and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and
  • Hayley Aron, Administrative and Program Assistant at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

Listen in for host Brian Graf’s discussion with our accomplished guests on their experiences in Japan as JETs and how these experiences have shaped their careers and encouraged them to support U.S.-Japan relations.

 

Credits:

Host and Creator: Brian Graf

Guests: Bill Clifford, Hayley Aron, and Joy Champaloux

Producer and Engineer: Graham Dietz

Music by HitsLab and Moby Gratis

 


Asia on Air is a new Sasakawa USA podcast committed to analysis of the latest news in U.S.-Asia relations. Through the lens of the U.S.-Japan relationship, each episode features expert opinions on a variety of subjects ranging from security and foreign policy to economics and culture. Click here to listen to Asia on Air’s SoundCloud channel.

 


Nov 23

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture)

 

turkey dinner

Tuck in!

Thanksgiving Dinner Party

When: 26 November

Where: Matsue, Shimane Prefecture

Even though Thanksgiving is technically over, that’s no reason not to keep the celebrations going this weekend!

 

sasadango

Let’s make sasadango!

Let’s Make Sasadango!

When: 2 December

Where: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture

Join Niigata AJET to learn how to make Niigata’s favorite treat, sasadango, from mugwort-flavored mochi, red beans, and bamboo leaves!

 

crab

All you can eat crab? Sign me up!

All You Can Eat Crab & Onsen Bus Trip!

When: 2 December

Where: Kumihama, Kyoto Prefecture

Sign up for an all you can eat crab buffet, hot springs, and Amanohashidate on a one-day-only trip!

 

shrine festival with fireworks

Get lit in Chichibu!

Block 3 AJET Event: Mitsumine Shrine and Yomatsuri

When: 3 December

Where: Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture

Celebrate Chichibu City’s annual festival, Yomatsuri, where dozens of enormous portable shrines are marched through the city after a spectacular fireworks display.

 

 


Nov 6

JET Prefecture Round up! 11.06.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture) 

 

volcano in Japan

Kaimondake, Kyushu

Mad for Mountains

When: 11-12 November

Where: Gokase, Miyazaki Prefecture

Miyaki AJET invites you to spend a packed weekend in Gokase kayaking, taking in the vibrant koyo, making friends at a cabin party, and checking out Heike Matsuri!

Climb Kaimondake

When: 12 November

Where: Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture

Kagoshima AJET is inviting all community members to finish off SDC weekend strong by hiking up one of Kagoshima’s volcanoes!

Get ready for the ride of your life!

Oita Bikescapade #1

When: 12 November

Where: Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture

This autumn, join Oita AJET for a wicked biking trip on the Yabakei trail.

HAJET Book Club: The Left Hand of Darkness

When: 12 November

Where: Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture

Why not join HAJET for a chilled afternoon of discussion about books? They will be covering The Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.


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