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.


Oct 30

JET Prefecture Round up 30.10.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture)

 

Hey, past and present JETs! Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on in Nihon-land this week!

 

Japanese demon in crowd

Onomichi Betcha Matsuri

Onomichi Betcha Festival

When: 1-3 November

Where: Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture

On Culture Day, head to Onomichi for its famous Betcha Matsuri. At the festival, three oni (Betcha, Soba, and Shoki) will “beat” the sickness out of you to bless you with good health for the following year! The festival also a temple walk and amazing taiko performances.

 

Shizuoka City Daidogei Festival

When: 2-5 November

Where: Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture

Shizuoka AJET invites everyone to an annual event that features street performers from around the world juggling, dancing, and performing acrobatics, comedy, and aerial acts!

 

yellow man on street and crowd

Daidogei Festival

Portraits of Japanese Culture

When: 3 November

Where: Moriyama, Kyoto Prefecture

Spend Culture Day appreciating ukiyo-e paintings at Sagawa Art Museum with Shiga AJET.

 

Learn to make Japanese sparklers

When: 3 November

Where: Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture

Did you know that only three companies in Japan make traditional sparklers? KumAJET invites you to join in this exciting workshop that involves real-life gunpowder!

man with Japanese sparkler

Learn how to make a traditional Japanese sparkler

 

Kamamoto Pottery Festival

When: 3-5 November

Where: Miyama, Kagoshima Prefecture

This annual pottery festival is held in the small pottery village of Miyama. Get some Korean-inspired Japanese pottery for your kitchen!

 

Halloween Dinner Party

When: 5 November

Where: Matsue, Shimane Prefecture

It’s never too late to celebrate Halloween. Join in a traditional Halloween dinner party for lots of fall food. Fancy dress is optional but there’s a prize for the best outfit!


Oct 23

JET Prefecture Round up! 23.10.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture)

What’s on this week? Halloween parties and lots of other unique festivals! Here’s a snapshot of some cool events to check out!

Halloween parties galore!

AJET Block 6 Halloween Bash

When: 28 October

Where: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Calling all ghouls and girls! Join Block 6 for their annual Halloween bash. Party includes nomihodai, a costume contest, and a dance contest! Get your groove on!

Omura Halloween Party

When: 28 October

Where: Omura, Nagasaki Prefecture

Is there anywhere spookier to celebrate Halloween than in a cabin in the woods?

Mitokusan Fire Festival

Mitokusan Fire Festival

When: 29 October

Where: Misasa, Tottori Prefecture

Are you brave enough to walk on fire barefoot like the monks do?

Iwami kagura

Iwami Culture Display

When: 29 October

Where: Iwami, Shimane Prefecture

Block 9 JETs, share in this JET Furusato Vision Project cultural event! Join in the Iwami kagura dance and ignite your creative spark with Iwami yaki pottery workshops!

 

 


Oct 16

JET Prefecture Round up! 10.16.17

By Suzanne Bhagan (Tottori Prefecture) 

Hey JETs, past and present! October’s not even over yet and there’s still a lot going on! Read on to find out how you can get in on all the action!

Are you ready for a Halloween-themed pub quiz?

 

Journey to the end of the night

When: 21 October

Where: Toyama Park (West), Children’s Square, Tokyo

Join in a massive (and free!) game of tag that spans six parks and about 9 km across the city!

 

Hocus Pocus Pub Quiz Night

When: 21 October

Where: Tajima, Hyogo Prefecture

If you like answering Halloween-inspired trivia questions, drinking, and just plain having fun, this one’s for you!

 

Get your kit on!

Fukui FA Cup

When: 21 October

Where: Fukui Prefecture

Block 5, get ready for the biggest and best co-ed 5-a-side football tournament this side of Japan. No team required!

 

Space World Trip

When: 21 October

Where: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture

Think fast! All JETs are welcome to visit Kyushu’s famous theme park that’s closing at the end of the year.

 

Space World

Mount Ishizuchi Hike

When: 21 October

Where: Ehime Prefecture

Hike up the highest mountain peak (1982 m) in western Japan with Ehime AJET!

 

Halloween Costume Contest

When: 22 October

Where: Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture

Get in on the Halloween action early with a costume contest and pumpkin weight guessing contest at the Ryujin Taisai Festival!

 

Explore Toyama city and help a worthy cause!

AJET Charity Toyama Scavenger Hunt

When: 22 October

Where: Toyama-shi, Toyama Prefecture

Explore the city, make new friends, and raise money for a good cause! Proceeds will go to the Bridge For Smile charity.

 

Outdoor Climbing Day at Zakkokutani

When: 22 October

Where: Toyama Prefecture

Beginner and experienced climbers, grab your harnesses and let’s go outside!


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