Apr 1

JETAA April Chapter Beats 2019

Chapter Beats April, 2019

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

 

 

  • JETAA NC
    1. Convención Panamericana Nikkei or Pan American Convention (COPANI) Nabe Night 2019 with the 2019 Copani Conference

Date:                      Friday, April 29th

Time:                     18:30 – 21:00 PDT

Venue:     Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern

                  Carolina (JCCCNC)

Price:                     $25.00 for adults, $15 for children 10 and under

Nabe Nights @ The Center

Monthly Community Dinner Fundraisers

April Community Partner: 2019 COPANI XX Conference

Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

$25 General Admission, $15 for Children 10 and under

Purchase Tickets Online by Friday, April 19: http://bit.ly/nabenightapril2019

 

Join us for our next Nabe Night, our community fundraiser program where the Center teams up with a different community group once a month to host a nabe (Japanese hotpot) dinner! Proceeds from ticket sales go toward supporting both the Center and the partnering community organization for the month, the 2019 COPANI XX Conference! The COPANI Conference is an international conference of the global Japanese Community that happens every two years, drawing attendees from Japanese American and Japanese Latin American communities from countries including Canada, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and more! This year’s conference will be held in San Francisco from September 20th – 22nd. For more information on the COPANI conference, visit www.copani.org.

We’re looking for more community partners to host additional Nabe Nights! If your communit organization, group, team or program is interested in scheduling a Nabe Night fundraiser with the Center, please contact Programs Manager Haruka Roudebush at hroudebush@jcccnc.org.

 

 

  • JETAA SC
    1. Networking Career Night
      1. Update those resumes and get your suits ready, we’ll be having a career night next month! Recruiters will be present and may be the lead you need for your next career step! Details TBA, but keep on the lookout for the next couple of newsletters and our Facebook page and group.

 

  • JETAA Ireland
    1. Experience Japan Festival
      1. Experience Japan is a series of events designed to celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese community in Ireland. Our events promote integration and cultural understanding between all communities. The centrepiece of Experience Japan is a ‘Hanami’ festival day where families and friends come together to enjoy free music and dance performances along with demonstrations of Japanese culture. ‘Hanami’ is the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers, especially cherry blossom, to mark the arrival of spring.

Experience Japan is an entirely non-commercial, community organisation operated by volunteers. The Festival Day in Farmleigh House and associated events are supported by the Office of Public Works, Dublin City Council and the Embassy of Japan. The EJ organising committee are representatives of the Japanese and Irish-Japanese communities in Ireland, and volunteer their time to organise the festival.

Come along and join the Japanese community at a free programme of events and enjoy a range of family-friendly activities. The setting for the festival day event is the wonderful historical Farmleigh estate, an 18th century house and garden magnificently refurbished by the Irish state in recent years.

Typical festival day events include;

  • Taiko drum performances
  • Fusion of Japanese shakuhachi music & Irish Harp
  • Origami and taiko drum workshops for children
  • Poetry under the cherry blossoms
  • Martial arts demonstrations
  • Cosplay fashions framed with traditional Kimono displays
  • Japanese food stalls
  • and much more

Immerse yourself in new cultural adventure and join us for ‘Experience Japan’.

Date:    Sunday, April 7th

Venue: Farmleigh Estate

Phoenix Park, White’s Road,

Dublin 15

 

 

  • JETAA DC
    1. 2019 Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival

Date:        Saturday, April 13th

Time:       10:30 – 18:00 EDT

Venue:     Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Street NW

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,

Washington, DC 2001

Cost:                      $10 – $50

Come and enjoy the tastes, sounds and feel of Japan at the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival!

We are the largest one-day celebration of Japanese Culture in the U.S. We have 4 stages of performances and demonstrations, cultural exhibitors, food vendors, a Children’s Corner – and more! Children 12 and under are always free!

Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. If you cannot attend the event, you may give your tickets to someone else. The money will be used to support the programs of the Japan-American Society of Washington D.C.

 

 

  • JETAA UK
    1. Fukushima in London ~ Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Conert

Date:        1st April 2019

Time:       19:30 – 22:00

Price:       ₤20 – 30 (concession 25% off)

 

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is one of the most positive things to emerge from the devastation of the 11th of March, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in north-eastern Japan.

The young musicians of this extraordinary orchestra are thrilled to return to London for a performance full of emotional intensity, with a programme including Tchaikovsky’s captivating Fifth Symphony.

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonetta has become a beacon of hope for a region devastated by loss, personal pain and suffering. Set up by UK charity Keys of Change in partnership with schools in Fukushima, initially to bring hope to the young people of the area, the orchestra has made rapid musical strides and has already performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Tokyo Opera City, and Boston Symphony Hall, where the determination of the young people to create something truly excellent in the face of all kinds of adversity has had the power to inspire other young people and adults.

“Only music gave me courage and strength when I changed schools from my hometown, Minami Soma, because of the radiation. I feel very nervous to play again in such a prestigious hall, but I would like to do my best to convey my appreciation to music. I have been practicing hard with all my friends, aiming to become a symbol of restoration of Fukushima. I wish the London audience will share our excitement.”

Kyosuke Takano – Cello

 

Performers:

Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

Masanori Tanaguchi conductor

Panos Karan conductor*

Zach Tarpagos flute

 

Repertoire

Beethoven:       Oveture, Coriolan

Borne:           Fantasie brillante on themes from Bizet’s Carmen for flute and orchestra

Alexander Mackenzie:      Oveture, Britannia (A Nautical Oveture), Op.52 Interval

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5*

NB: This is not a JETAA event, do not confirm attendance to this website – participation by ticket only on sale at Southbank Centre.

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/125395-fukushima-youth-sinfonetta-2019

 

 

  • JETAA Victoria/Tasmania/South Australia
    1. Just a Little Bit Oshare – Sake And Cheese Tasting

Date:        Friday, April 12th

Time:       18:30 GMT+10

Venue:     Milk the Cow Carlton

323 Lygon Street, Carlton,

Victoria Australia,3053

While the sakura are blooming in Kyoto, Lygon Street is being lined with the colours of Autumn. JETAA have decided that we’ll say goodbye to summer with our own version of an Autumn Hanami. But we’re levelling up and introducing cheese AND sake. Yes, you heard us right. Sake and cheese.  As our friends at Milk the Cow Carlton say, this unlikely pair share one important flavour profile” Umami! One of the five basic tastes of food. It’s just a little bit fancy … without the exorbitant Melbourne price tag!

What’s in it for me?

Just thirty dollars (AUD) will get you a generous spread of Milk the cow’s sumptuous cheeses, specially paired with three of Japan’s best sake. Kanpai! Sounds too good to be true right? Well make sure you don’t miss out! Places at this elegant table are very limited so sign up now.

 

WHAT: Sake and Cheese tasking

WHEN: Friday, April 12th

TIME:                  18:30 (prompt start – 8:30 pm

WHERE:            Milk and Cow – 323 Lygon St, Carlton

COST:               #30

 

RSVP BY:         April 7th

RSVP and Tickets are available from Eventbrite only:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/just-a-little-bit-oshare-sake-cheese-tasting-milk-the-cow-carlton-tickets-59099687757?fbclid=IwAR3AHIEbSLeP8BLg6Hw7ToNfXJ5KkKyVnicVXgYnsnyqoT2DIOCvj2Gw_c

Please email maia.jetaa@gmail.com with any dietary restrictions.

 

 

  • JETAA NSW
    1. Shogi and Dobutsu Shogi (Let’s catch the lion!) Workshop with the Japan Foundation

Shogi is a traditional Japanese board game, similar to Western Chess. Played by two players, the different ways in which the pieces can move arguably makes Shogi strategy more interesting and exciting to play through to the end. However, the downside of Shogi is that it takes some time to master …

In order to encourage those who have always wanted to play Shogi but didn’t know where to start, Sydney Shogi Club has invited Madoka Kitao, one of Japan’s most distinguished Shogi players to teach you ‘Dobutsu Shogi’ (‘Animal Shogi’), a simplified version of Shogi, invented by Kitao herself.

Having much less pieces on the board, Dobutsu Shogi may seem an easy game at first, but once you experience it, you will soon be drawn into the dazzling labyrinthine world of Shogi.

The game is suitable for all ages and even those who consider themselves a Shogi master will also be fascinated to play this wild variation!

At the beginning of workshop, Madoka Kitao will also talk about the culture and history of Shogi in Japan. Come and enjoy Dobutsu Shogi and meet the master and inventor of this cute board game!


 

Date:        1st April

Time:       18:00 – 20:00 (doors open 17:30)

Venue:     Japan Foundation, Sydney

                  Level 4 (access via lifts only), Central Park

28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

Enquiries:     Sydney Shogi Club (Shuma) – sydneyshogiclub@gmail.com

Fee:                        Free! Bookings essential

Max:                       40 participants

NB:           All participants must RSVP by 29th March

RSVP:      https://goo.gl/forms/xRrenOcwMyiGmBIw2

 

 

  • JETAA Western Japan
    1. Health and Wellness

JETAA WJ will be hosting its first health and wellness event on April 20th (Saturday) in Kobe!

We understand the anxiety and fear and especially when you need a professional who can communicate in English to make you feel more comfortable when you visit the doctor in Japan. This event will be in two parts covering both physical and mental aspects of well-being.

In the first part, we will be inviting Dr. Adachi to talk about the general procedures of visiting a hospital including what to expect and some of the customs that are particular to Japan. Dr. Adachi will address some common difficulties for foreign patients and how to overcome these issues.

In the second part, we will provide information about the resources foreign patients can use while in Japan and we will also have panel speakers share their experience on keeping a happy and healthy mindset in Japan.

Lastly, we will have a Q&A session with Dr. Adachi to address any questions to participants may have regarding health or visiting the doctors in Japan.

Please note that this event is not exclusively for JET alumni; we welcome current JETs as well as friends!

Time:       13:30 – 15:30

Venue:     Dr. Masatoki Adachi Clinic Kobe

11th floor

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kobe,

1 Kitanocho, Chuoku,

Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Phone/Fax:          078-855-2753

www.adachiclinic.org

(Please go inside of the ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby and take the guest room elevators to the 11th floor.)

 

 

 

  • JETAA Great Lakes

The Karate Kid – 35th Anniversary

Date:        Sunday, March 31st

Time:       16:00 EDT

Venue:     Marcus Crosswoods Cinema

200 Hutchinson Ave

Columbus, Ohio 43235

Practice your wax on wax off for a special 35th anniversary showing of The Karate Kid!

Old-school JETs and enthusiasts of 1980’s moves, let’s show our appreciation to Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi as they take on and eventually take down Cobra Kai!

Crosswoods Cinema

200 Hutchinson Ave. Columbus, OH 43235

(614) 841-1600     (614) 436-9818

 

 

  • JETAA MN
    1. Celebrate Tax Day! April JETAAMN Networking and HH

Date:        Tuesday, April 16th

Time:       17:30 – 18:30 CDT

Venue:     Sushi Train

1200 Nicollet Mall c3,

Minneapolis,

Minnesota 55403

Come and join us the day after taxes are due and celebrate! Fun sushi and great drinks, you can grab what you want right off the conveyor belt!


Jan 28

JETAA Chapter Beats February 2019

Chapter Beats February, 2019

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

 

  1. JETAA Rocky Mountain

 

(*RSVP required. See below for details.)
Where:
Tamai Tower Penthouse in Sakura Square
1255 19th St.
Denver, CO 80202, USA

When:  Saturday, February 2 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Japan Exchange & Teaching Alumni Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, is proud to announce that we are hosting our annual Shinnenkai on Feb. 2nd. This year is special because we are working with the Sakura Foundation and Sakura Square, building a bridge between JET and Japanese American communities in Denver. Come join us for food, fun, and a kampai to celebrate 2019. We will have some fun activities to help our communities learn more about each other, and share our stories. The event will be catered so please bring your appetites.

An RSVP is required. This event is $20 a person that covers attendance, parking, drinks, and entertainment at the Tamai Tower Penthouse in Sakura Square, located in Downtown Denver at 1255 19th Street. There is a parking garage you can enter on Larimer street. You will be given a parking validation before you leave the event.

Ticket Purchase Link – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jetaarm-shinnenkai-2019-tickets-52991637414

Please direct any additional questions to the JETAARM event coordinator, Teri Galvez (events@jetaarockymountain.org)

 

 

 

  1. JETAA Singapore

 

Hey JETAA members!

Here’s wishing you a happy and smooth sailing 2019! 明けましておめでとう!

As our first event of 2019, we are officially launching the haiku contest!

 

What’s a haiku… ? 

A haiku is a simple poem with a 5-7-5 syllable structure. It usually represents the mood or thoughts of the writer at that point of time. We are accepting responses in both English and Japanese.

 

E.g.-

Write your own haiku (5 syllables)

It’s easy as ABC (7 syllables)

How about today? (5 syllables)

 

References – 

https://www.britannica.com/art/haiku

http://haikuwotukuru.com (article in Japanese)

https://jpnculture.net/haiku-tsukurikata/ (article in Japanese)

 

What to do – 

1) Write your own original haiku (2 entries each; no plagiarism please!) in English, Japanese, Singlish or a mixture of the above mentioned languages.

2) Your entry should contain your name, prefecture, period/year(s) on JET and the haiku.

3) “Like” us on JETAA Singapore Facebook page if you haven’t done so.

4) You can PM us your entry via JETAA Singapore Facebook page or reply email (to publicrelationsjetaasingapore@gmail.com) to enter the contest

5) Deadline will be February 28th, 2019, so do submit by then!

 

Winner(s) will… 

– be announced during our AGM 2019 (16 March 2019) as a way to start JETAA 10th anniversary celebrations! Please mark it in your calendars.

– win attractive prizes; first prize is a pair of Kiriko glass and Capitaland vouchers!

 

Hope to see your entries soon!

 

 

 

  1. JETAA Ireland

 

The Japanese Speech Contest in Ireland

In order to encourage and promote Japanese language education in Ireland,
JLTI and the Embassy of Japan in Ireland jointly host an annual Japanese speech contest.
The 17th Japanese Speech Contest will be held on
Saturday, 9 March 2019.
Application forms now available:
General Category
Secondary School Category Reference: Judging CriteriaApplication Deadline
Secondary School Category (TY & LC1 Group): 11 February 2019
Secondary School Category (LC2 Group): 18 February 2019
General Category: 22 February 2019Please note that each category has a different closing date.
Criteria for Participation

  • Participants must not be Japanese native speakers and should be resident in Ireland for more than six months at the time of application
  • (General Category): Participants cannot have lived in Japan for longer than 5 years in total.
  • (Secondary School Category): Participants must be studying Japanese for the Leaving Certificate in Ireland, and may not have taken more than two weeks total of classes of Japanese in Japan.
  • Neither participants themselves nor their immediate family members may be members of the JLTI.
  • Past winners may not enter the same category.
  • Participants should submit the application form and their speech script to the JLTI Committee by e-mail by the deadline.

 

Organised by Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland (JLTI)
The Embassy of Japan
Supported by The Japan Foundation
The Japan Business Society in Ireland
Department of Education and Science

 

 

 

 

  1. JETAA DC

The 10+ Reunion is a casual get-together for any JET alumni who departed for the JET Program in 2009 or earlier. Join fellow alumni to re-connect and reminisce about your time in Japan.

Date: Sunday, February 3
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Teaism Penn Quarter
(400 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004)
Price: $20
Register: https://tinyurl.com/JETAADC10plus2019registration

Attendees have a choice of bento (fried chicken, salmon, or black bean cake) and each meal is accompanied by desserts and an exclusive Japanese green tea sampling. +1’s are welcome!

Please register and pay in advance by Wednesday, January 30.

Feel free to contact secretary@jetaadc.org if you have any questions.

 

 

 

  1. JETAA NY

Do you want to share Japanese culture with NYC youth?

At this annual event with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NYC, we help introduce different aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their big siblings.

Activities include:
– Kimono/Yukata/Happi Coat Fitting – Origami – Japanese Writing – Chopstick Challenge – Making Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

If you are interested in volunteering please complete this form by Thursday, February 7.

Send questions to Ryan at membership@jetaany.org

When: Sunday, February 10 at 10:30am – 3:00pm
Where: 40 Rector St, New York, New York 10006
RSVP: Please complete this form by Thursday, February 7.

  1. JETAA

The Heinz College has partnered with JETAA because our faculty have found that students affiliated with JETAA have found great success not only as a Heinz College student, but as a professional in their field.

(Free) Application Deadline Extended: January 31, 2019

 

 

30% of tuition per semester guaranteed minimum scholarship for eligible individuals affiliated with JETAA who are enrolling in any master’s degree program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.

Heinz College offers top-ranked graduate degree programs in Information Systems & ManagementPublic Policy & Management, and Creative Enterprises Management. Heinz College provides students with the analytics, technology, and policy skills necessary to solve complex societal problems in an increasingly connected world. Our research excellence and expertise in data analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education.

To learn more about our programs and the application process, prospective students can listen to a recorded webinar.

 

  1. JETAA Toronto

 

 

Midnight Curling

JETAA Toronto welcomes you to our annual winter sporting tradition: Midnight Curling. Join us on Saturday, February 9th at the High Park Club for food, drink, and a night of rock-throwing, sweeping, hollering, and grace on ice.

No curling experience? No worries! An instructor will be on hand to guide you in the all the finer points of Canada’s other national sport. Don’t forget to bring a pair of clean indoor running shoes and warm, layered, comfortable clothing.

We’ll be meeting up at the High Park Club’s lounge area for refreshements at 9 and going on the ice at 11. The bar will be open for beverages, but food options may be limited because the dinner rush will be over, so please eat before coming or be prepared to order in.

Links

Tickets: $20 + eventbrite fee at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jetaa-midnight-curling-tickets-54675799789

Find the event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/585078695276324/

Event Details

Date: Saturday, February 9th, 2019

Time: 9:00 pm to 1:00 am

Place: High Park Club (100 Indian Rd)

Questions? Contact events@jetaatoronto.ca

See you on the ice!

 

 

 

 

  1. JETAA NSW

 

JETAA NSW Wollongong Beach BBQ

DATE:            Sunday, February 10th 2019

TIME:              12:00 – 15:00 UTC+11

PLACE:          Stuart Park North Wollongong

George Hanley Drive

North Wollongong

Come join us for a day of family fun on the South Coast.
Friends and family welcome.

TIME:
Sunday, February 10th, 12-12:30 start.

PLACE:
We will be claiming a public BBQ at North Beach, Wollongong:

https://goo.gl/maps/dUeMbkAxZoy

ACCESS:
On Sundays, trains to Wollongong leave Central every hour, usually from Platform 2. Cost is $2.70 on Sundays!

If anyone is keen on walking or cycling, Stuart Park is a 30 min walk or 10 min bike ride from North Wollongong Station.

Everyone else should get off at Wollongong station and get the 55A (free bus) from the stop opposite the station. Get off near the corner of Kembla st and Blacket st – this is the 7th stop and will take about 12 minutes to get to.
The free bus runs every 20 minutes from 09:40am – 5:20pm

Taxis https://www.illawarrataxinetwork.com.au/ (including Maxi Taxis) or Uber are also options. There is a taxi bay right outside the ticket gates on the east side of the station.

There is free, un-timed parking opposite Diggies Café and along Cliff rd, however this gets very busy.

WHAT TO BRING:
– Food you would like to cook.
– Something to sit on.
– Sun protection.
– General picnic supplies.
– Outdoor games and your sense of fun!
* There is a kiosk nearby that sells take away food and drinks, however, there is nothing in the way of a convenience store or supermarket nearby.

IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER WE WILL NEED TO CANCEL.

 

 

 

  1. JETAA Quebec/Atlantique

Winter Book Club

 

 

DATE:            February 21st

For its sixteenth edition, the JETAA Q/A Book Club will delve into Hiro Arikawa’s International Bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles!

Here are the details for the winter meeting:

  • Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: free (free snacks too!)
  • Location: The lounge of Argo Bookshop (1915, Sainte-Catherine St. West)

Argo Bookshop (est. 1966), the oldest independent English-language bookstore in Montreal, is now owned by two fellow JET alumni, and long-time book club participants, who have generously invited us to use their lounge to host these events!

The Travelling Cat Chronicles, by Hiro Arikawa

Synopsis (277 pages)

We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts…

An instant and international bestseller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed readers around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe…

With his crooked tail–a sign of good fortune–and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. As they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.

(Synopsis and book cover from Indigo)

Here are handy links to purchase or borrow the book!

If you are interested in joining us or have any questions, please contact us!

Even if you are not completely finished, your presence will always be welcome!

executive@jetaaqa.ca

 

 

 

  1. PNW JETAA

When:                        February 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:           JCCCW
1414 S Weller St
Seattle
WA 98144

Cost:               $20+

Contact:         Email

 

 

明けましておめでとうございます!
今年もよろしくお願いします

Join the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association as we celebrate another year! Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones as we reflect on 2018 and look ahead to 2019, the year of the boar.

— TICKETS & RSVP —
Brown Paper Tickets
Facebook Event Page

Admission includes food from local restaurants and vendors served buffet-style, non-alcoholic drinks, and raffle entry. Wine and beer will be available for purchase with admission and on the day of. Everyone is welcome to this family-friendly event, and children under 10 are free with an accompanying adult.

We will be having our traditional nijikai at Venus Karaoke following the party. We look forward to seeing you then!

— TICKET INFO —
Online Sales
General Admission: $20
General + Drink Tickets: $25
Children under 10 years: Free

Day-Of Sales
General: $30
General + Drink Tickets: $35
Drink tickets: $5 for 2 tickets

 

 

Special Announcement

National AJET’s first set of LINE stickers will be available soon! The eight sticker set features National AJET’s official mascot, Tsuru-chan–a red-crowned crane that represents AJET’s mission to nurture and cultivate the JET programme and its’ participants. Add a little character to your LINE chats with this collection, available in the LINE sticker shop for

 

 

 


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


Mar 1

JETAA Chapter Beat 3.11 5th Anniversary Memorial Edition

Ashlie O’Neill (Hyogo-Ken, 2013-Present) AJET National Council Vice Chair and Director of Alumni Relations. Ashlie is in her second year on the AJET National Council as the Director of Alumni Relations. She works alongside Ryan Hata (National AJET Director of Alumni Resources ) and members of JETAA to strengthen the relationship between former JETs, current JETs and Japan. Please feel free to contact her email at ashlie.oneill@ajet.net or her Linkedin profile. Ashlie helps to keep you up up to date with JETAA happenings around the world.

This month marks the 5th anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and the loss of the lives of the two JETs Taylor Anderson and Monty Dickson.  Many JETAA chapters around the world are getting together to remember those affected by the disaster as well as raise money for various organisations in Tohoku. This edition of the JETAA Chapter Beat will focus on these events.

Screenings of Tohoku Tomo

 

About the film: In March 2013, Wesley Julian launched and successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to create Tohoku Tomo — a documentary film telling the story of true friendship and commitment to Japan’s recovery by the international community following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Julian and a small team traveled across the United States and Japan to interview individuals who have made and continue to make a difference in Tohoku.

Many of these people dropped what they were doing and dedicated themselves to Japan’s recovery. Many of them even took it upon themselves to establish non-profit organizations aimed at connecting with and rebuilding Tohoku and its communities. At the core of all of these organizations are individuals. Many of these groups were founded by members of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET Program). What started as a love of Japan through teaching blossomed into a true friendship and commitment to the Tohoku region. These founders and many other volunteers have truly become friends of Tohoku. They are, in Japanese, Tohoku Tomo.

Locations

JETAA Alaska
When: February 29th, 6:00pm
Where: The BP Energy Center, Anchorage

JETAA Midsouth/NOLA
When: March 3rd, 5:30pm
Where: Tulane University, Newcomb Campus, Jones Hall 102, New Orleans

JETAA Toronto
When: March 9th, 6:30pm
Where: Revue Cinema

Sasakawa Peace Foundation and JETAADC
When: March 11th, 4:30pm
Where: The Mayflower Hotel, Washington DC

JETAA NSW
When: March 16th, 6:00pm
Where: Japan Foundation, Sydney

JETAA Southern California
When: March 18th, 7:00pm
Where: Occidental College, Choi Auditorium, los Angeles

Florida JETAA-Miami
When: March 30th, 8:00pm
Where: Florida  International University, modesto A. Maidique Campus, Room GL 100

Florida JETAA-Orlando
When: March 31st, 8:00pm
Where: Asia Trend/ Y.E.S.S Center

 

113 Projects

About the Project: The mission of the 113 Project is to create a venue for dialogue and action that reclaims the message of the Tohoku disaster as an opportunity for good. The 113 Project will encourage collaboration among thought leaders, activists, community members and volunteers to continue the critical work of recovery and revitalization in Tohoku as well as to look at and address together challenges faced by others through the lens of lessons learned out of the Tohoku experience.

JETAA Northern California
When: March 8th, 6:30pm
Where: JCCC NC , 1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco

JETAA Rocky Mountain
When: March 13th, 2:00pm
Where: Sie Film Center, Denver

PNWJETAA
When: April 22-24th
Where: Cherry Blossom Festival, Seattle

For a full list of Tohoku Tomo and 113 Project events, please see the Tohoku Tomo website at http://tohokutomo.com/screenings/ or email them at info@tohokutomo.com.

Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story

Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story Logo

 

About the film: This film is a story about Taylor Anderson and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. Taylor was an extraordinary American who dedicated herself to teaching Japanese children, living her dream right up to the events of March 11, 2011. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan were a disaster that no one could have expected. 

When:March 13th, 1:00pm
Where: Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan

Details: http://jetprogramme.org/en/info/greateastjapanearthquake/

 

Additional Events around the world

JETAAWJ and National AJET

D-prep: A disaster Preparation Event

Recognizing the need for more disaster preparation events in English, JETAA Western Japan and AJET will hold D-PREP.
When: March 13th,10:00-3:00
Where:Canadian Academy ,Rokko Island, Kobe
RSVP: by March 10th at this link

For more information, please e-mail Rose Tanasugarn at jetaawj@gmail.com
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JETAA Vic/Tas/SA
The Big Bento Lunch

When:March 1st-31st
Where: Anywhere you wish

Hosting a Big Bento Lunch is as easy as rounding up up a group of your friends and work mates and eating some delicious Japanese food!
Since 2012, Big Bento Lunch participants have raise more than $30,000 for many charities by holding family picnics or parties or and getting bentos delivered to work places. It is simple and fun!

To register your lunch and help us support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, visit the Big Bento Lunch website at www.bigbentolunch.com.au


Feb 3

JETAA Chapter Beat February 2nd 2016

Ashlie O’Neill (Hyogo-Ken, 2013-Present) AJET National Council Vice Chair and Director of Alumni Relations. Ashlie is in her second year on the AJET National Council as the Director of Alumni Relations. She works alongside Ryan Hata (National AJET Director of Alumni Resources ) and members of JETAA to strengthen the relationship between former JETs, current JETs and Japan. Please feel free to contact her email at ashlie.oneill@ajet.net or her Linkedin profile. Ashlie helps to keep you up up to date with JETAA happenings around the world.

February is a big month for JETAA chapters around the world , with many of them hosting elections for the next JETAA councils and representatives. However, that does not stop JETAA chapters from holding some really great events too! Let’s have a look at some of the events happening this month.

1.JETAA Portland

Shinnenkai 2016 @ Grand Central Restaurant & Bowling Lounge

When: February 18th, 7-10pm
Where: Grand Central Restaurant & Bowling Lounge (808 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97232)

It may already be February, but it isn’t really the new year until you’ve celebrated it with JETAA Portland! This year JETAA Portland are bringing you a Shinnenkai full of food, fun, and games for the whole family. Join them at Grand Central Restaurant & Bowling Lounge for a casual evening of tacos and bowling as they celebrate the year of the monkey. 明けましておめでとう!

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2.  JETAA Ottawa

Curling

When: February 13th, 5-7pm
Where: Ottawa Curling Club ,440 O’Connor St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1W4

Curling, the king of sports! Come and enjoy casual, beginner-friendly curling at the Ottawa Curling Club. You don’t need any experience or equipment to have a nice time! JETAA Ottawa has reserved two sheets of ice as well as instruction for the first half hour.

 

 3.JETAA Southern California

SuperBowl Sunday Hike

When: February 7th, 8:45-12pm PST
Where:859 E Sierra Madre Ave, Glendora, CA 91741

Want to go hiking ? This is a pretty easy 1.5 mile hike, but then the last part definitely gets your heart rate up. It’s about 1 1/4 hours to the top and about an hour down, depending on how much time the group spends taking breaks. It’s a good hike with great views from the top.
If you would like to go please RSVP on the JETAASC Facebook page.

 

4. JETAA Northern California 

JETAANC Volunteer Nite for Berkeley-Sakai Sister City Association!

Berkeley-Sakai Sister City Association needs our help! Come enjoy some pizza and beer and learn how you can assist their efforts to re-establish their student exchange programs and prepare for their 50th Anniversary in 2017.

**Register here:
http://berkeleysakaivolunteernite.eventbrite.com/

JET alumni and friends have helped revitalize U.S.-Japan sister city groups across the Bay Area and now we are turning our attention to Berkeley-Sakai! What they are trying to do is at the heart of the grassroots exchange mission of the JET Program and so it is naturally close to our hearts.

When: February 18th, 6:30-8:30pm PST
Where: Jupiter, 2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley,California 94704

 

5.JETAA South Island

Summer j-kaiwa

Celebrate 2016 with drinks and nibbles at Space Academy on St Asaph Street. Anyone/everyone welcome for casual conversation in English or Japanese. It is a great place to meet new people and practice your language (or just hang out). JETAA South Island are looking forward to seeing lots of new and old faces!

When: February 2nd, 5:30pm ~
Where: Space Academy, 371 St Asaph Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 8011

 

6.JETAA Hawaii

Shinnekai and talk on the ‘other’ side of Japan

JETAA Hawaii is pleased to announce that for it’s 2016 Shinnenkai, that they will be hosting a presentation on the “other” side of Japan — organized crime (aka Yakuza) and its effect on Japan’s government, business and financial worlds, and society-at-large.

The speaker will be US Marine Colonel Grant Newsham, a senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo. Colonel Newsham lived in Japan for 20 years, and worked as a US diplomat and military officer, and in the investment banking and high-tech industries.

RSVP to jetaahawaii@gmail.com by Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When: February 5th,6-8pm
Where: Box Jelly Co-working space, 07 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813


Jan 18

Ashlie O’Neill (Hyogo-Ken, 2013-Present) AJET National Council Vice Chair and Director of Alumni Relations. Ashlie is in her second year on the AJET National Council as the Director of Alumni Relations. She works alongside Ryan Hata (National AJET Director of Alumni Resources ) and members of JETAA to strengthen the relationship between former JETs, current JETs and Japan. Please feel free to contact her email at ashlie.oneill@ajet.net or her Linkedin profile. Ashlie helps to keep you up up to date with JETAA happenings around the world.

Welcome to the second chapter beat for 2016 . There is so much happening in January in the JETAA world so I have selected just a sample for everyone to enjoy. For more information on events around the world please visit your nearest chapters Facebook pages or websites.

1. JETAA NSW

JETAA NSW New Years Beach BBQ

When: January 31st, 12pm
Where: Coogee Beach, NSW

Head to Coogee Beach to join JETAA NSW for their annual summer BBQ.

Take along your swimmers, snacks and BBQ favourites and help them kick off the new year with a bang!

2.JETAA Singapore

JETAA SG Welcome Back Reception

When: February 2nd, 6:30-9pm
Where: Japan Creative Centre (JCC), 4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372

Join  JETAA SG for the Welcome Back Reception organised by Embassy of Japan and CLAIR!

You’ll get to meet fellow ex-JETs, old and new, and also external companies and associations like JCCI, JUGAS, and SSEAYP.

Please RSVP your attendance by 24th January here: http://bit.ly/jetaasgwelcomeback2015

3.JETAA British Columbia

Annual General Meeting and Shinnenkai

When: January 29th, 6-9pm
Where: YWCA Hotel, 733 Beatty Street (Between Robson and Georgia St)

JETAABC is proud to invite all JETAABC members and their guests to the Annual General Meeting and Shinnenkai 2016. This is a great opportunity to stay connected with JETs and continue contributing to Japan/Canada relations in an amazing way. Please consider joining the JETAABC Board of Directors whether you are a recent returnee or have been beck for decades.

Annual General Meeting 2016

4.JETAA Mid-South

First Thursday (Muses Parade Edition)

When: February 4th, 8pm
Where:TBC on Muses Parade Route

First Thursdays are a casual monthly get together designed to allow JETAA members to meet up and hang out.  If you are interested in attending please feel free to drop in.

5.JETAA Northern California

JETAANC East Bay Networking Nomikai

When: January 21st, 7:30-9:30pm
Where:Diving Dog Brewhouse. 1802 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California 94612

Join alumni and friends at our New Year’s East Bay Networking Nomikai (happy hour)! Let’s ring in the Year of the Monkey together at Diving Dog Brewhouse in the heart of Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood.

Register here.

6. JETAA Chicago

YPC Koval Whiskey Tour, Tasting & Discussion

When: January 21st, 6:30-8pm
Where: KOVAL Distillery, 5121 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, United States

Join JASC and JETAA members for a tour, tasting and discussion of Chicago’s very own KOVAL Distillery, set on the Northside of Chicago in Ravenswood.

Sample whiskey, gin, vodka and liqueurs while touring the distillery and learning more about the whiskey making process, and what sets KOVAL apart from the competition.  The tour will end with a discussion from Fuyuko Kojima, Japanese market manager for KOVAL, who will lend insight into KOVAL’s marketing strategies in Japan and discuss cultural obstacles and challenges.  Products will be available for sale during the event with a 10% discount for all attendees.

koval

7.Texoma JETAA

Dallas-Fort Worth(DFW) Shinnenkai Karaoke

When: January 30th, 2-4pm CST
Where: Round One Arlington Texas 76015

Sing you hello to 2016 and a belated welcome to returning JETAA members at Round One in Arlington with the DFW JET Alumni. 

8. JETAA Canberra

February Oshaberikai

When: February 3rd , 6:30~
Where: King O’Malleys, Civic

JETAA Canberra’s February Oshaberikai and get together will be at held at King O’Malleys.
If you can’t speak Japanese come along anyway, we all speak English too! This is a great way to meet the other JET Alumni in Canberra.

For those who haven’t been before here’s how it works: You only pay for what you eat/drink and JETAA Canberra provides the bar snacks.

 

 

That’s all for this fortnights chapter beat. If you have any events that you want listed please contact me on my email ashlie.oneill@ajet.net.
Have a great week


Nov 3

jetaaoc2015

The JETAA Oceania Regional Conference took place in Christchurch, New Zealand this year, over the weekend of Oct 16th-18th. JETAA Oceania is a meeting of chapters from two countries, Australia (5) and New Zealand (3), as well as the respective country representatives. Australia’s Country Representative, Eden Law (ALT Fukushima 2010-2011) reports on the proceedings of the 2015 JETAA Oceania Conference.

As far as I know, the JETAA Oceania Regional Conference is unique in the JETAA world, where two countries share an annual convention – not surprising, considering the geographical proximity and historically close relations (buddies and often times frenemies) of Australia and New Zealand. This year’s theme is “Staying Connected” – to past and present JETs and JET community, local Japanese organisations and cultural groups, sister city initiatives and of course, with other chapters. Because it’s such a core issue to many chapters, we had a lot to say, discuss and share – opinions, ideas and examples that have work and didn’t. Some ideas:

  • Maintaining connections with new JETs by following up after a month to see how they are going. If you have a newsletter, ask for article contributions (e.g. “Best experience”, “Most surprising aspect”, “What I should have packed”). These can also be used as material for the next pre-departure orientation.
  • Have a committee retreat – have a mini conference by going away to a nice country location to discuss ideas, plan schedule etc.
  • Provide some kind of charity work opportunity to give a sense of purpose and satisfaction
  • Market JET Programme as a way to gain transitional skills (e.g. being bilingual means you can see things from different viewpoints)
  • Sell JET as a professional development program
  • For a fun fundraising idea, have a trivia night where answers/clues can be bought for a small fee. Cheat for charity!

This conference also marks my presentation debut as a shiny, newly minted country representative, which was also the same for my New Zealand equivalent, Raewyn MacGregor. Our presentations were about what we’d do as CRs, considering that the role tended to be re-invented to suit each new candidate’s needs and personality. Apart from trying to reduce the wheel-reinvention aspect by keeping records and procedure documentation, we will also aim to focus on community and communication. To that end, I put forward a proposal to have regular, scheduled Google Hangouts for Oceania to keep in touch and continue the flow of dialogue, ideas and support for each other (and if possible, get some participants from outside Oceania to join in!). We will also look at ways of supporting recent returnees, whether in the form of support, mentorship or career opportunities.

We also discussed the Satogaeri Project and the Tokyo November conference, where Satogaeri representatives from several countries (and AJET) will meet and discuss several ideas, such as next year’s 30th Anniversary celebratory plans, and, most interestingly of all, the possible revival of JETAA International (JETAAI). This chapter had gone dormant for the last few years since losing funding during austerity measures implemented by previous governments. For some of you out there, you may be aware of (or have participating in) the short bursts of email communications regarding this chapter. From the documentation presented by CLAIR at the conference, it’s now clear why this was occuring, as JETAAI’s revival looks fairly certain, with proposed committee members election to be held (presumably with those present). There are other further surprising items on the agenda regarding country representatives, so I’ll await the post-conference report with interest.

On a final note, it became clear that the common ingredient running through all successful ideas was networking – building and maintaining relationships which can be tapped into for opportunities. This does require work and commitment – as is the case with anything worthwhile. You can’t go at it half-arsed if you intend to make things a success, after all. Special thanks go to our great chapter hosts, New Zealand’s JETAA South Island, lead by president Caroline Pope (and NZ’s Satogaeri representative) who ran a very efficient and tight ship, which our visiting CLAIR official from Tokyo even remarked on, as being better organised than recent conferences that he had attended. High praise indeed!

The conference site is still up in the meantime. Check out all the pics and posts on Twitter and Facebook by searching for #jetaaoc.


Oct 6

New: JETAA Middle East

Just want to share that JET Alum Ahmad Butt has just set up the new JETAA Middle East on FB and LinkedIn.  Ahmad is based in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) and is trying to get some momentum going for a chapter there.  Here’s the info. Please feel free to share with others.
JETAA Middle East

Sep 11

A loss in the JET alumni community

From the CLAIR New York Facebook page:

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ms. Nancy Kikuchi, one of the founding members of the JETAA Southern California chapter and a tireless advocate for the Japanese-American community in Los Angeles. Nancy was a Mombusho English Fellow before becoming one of the original JETs back in 1987. Returning to LA, she helped organize the chapter and served as its president from 1989 to 1993. Remaining active in alumni affairs, she went on to pursue a career in real estate, served as an advocate and consultant for the people of Little Tokyo, and worked for a number of community-based organizations. She was among five 2012 Women of the Year named by the Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and the Japanese Women’s Society of Southern California . Nancy embodied the talents, abilities, and aspirations of the finest JET Program participants, strengthening ties between Japan and her home country, and building on that experience to serve her community while always being there for Japan, for JET, and for her fellow alumni.


Jul 18

JET Talks Film Screening – “Kokoyakyu High School Baseball” Documentary and Q&A Panel

 

JETAA DC is proud to present the launch of JET Talks– a speaker series modeled after TED Talks that will feature dynamic and interesting individuals to inspire innovative ideas and conversation on Japan within the DC community.

JETtalks

 

Upcoming Events: Kokoyakyu Documentary and Q&A – Tuesday, July 22

Play Ball! On July 22, please join JETAADC at the Japan Information and Culture Center (1150 18th St NW #100, Washington, DC 20036) as it presents its first “JET Talk” of the 2014-2015 season: a screening of the award winning documentary Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball, followed by a discussion with two of the film’s producers.

Kokoyakyu is the first English-language film to examine high school baseball in Japan, in particular, the annual summer high school baseball tournament. The film follows one team as it seeks to play in the prestigious tournament, and along the way demonstrates why high school baseball has become a national rite of passage for many of Japan’s youth.

Following the film, Nick Harling (Mie-ken, 2001-03), JET Talks Co-Chair and creator of the Let’s Talk Japan Podcast, will lead a discussion with Kokoyakyu’s Producers Alex Shear and Takayo Nagasawa as they discuss the making of the film and the differences between the U.S. and Japan when it comes to the “National Pastime.”

Click here to register for Kokoyakyu.

Light refreshments will be served. Identification will be required to consume alcoholic beverages. Admission is free, but you must preregister.

If you have an interesting and dynamic speaker you’d like to hear speak on anything related to Japan, email us at jet.talks@jetaadc.org.


Jul 3

Leading U.S.-Japan Exchange in Northern California: JETAANC

The following was written by JETAA Northern California President Mark Frey (Kumamoto-ken, 2002-06) with contributions from Xander Peterson (Miyazaki, 2009-2012) and was originally published in Japanese in the most recent edition of the CLAIR Forum which is distributed to pretty much every prefecture and town government in Japan as well as every Japanese consulate and embassy.  Below is the English version.  Here’s a link to the CLAIR Forum (PDF) which has the article in Japanese.

Leading U.S.-Japan Exchange in Northern California: JETAANC

By Mark Frey, President, JETAANC, mark.frey@jetaanc.org

Many of you know participants of the JET Program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program). They may be your co-workers or friends. But what happens to them when they return to their home countries? I hope to show you some of the exciting things that former JETs are doing on behalf of U.S.-Japan relations. I will also suggest some ways that you can engage JET alumni to further your own goals.

In 1989, two years after the start of the JET Program, former JETs gathered and established the JET Program Alumni Association (JETAA) with the aim of giving each other support and continuing the mission of the JET Program to foster grassroots international exchange.

Over the past 25 years, JETAA has grown into a vibrant worldwide organization. There are now over 57,000 JET alumni living across the globe. Over 28,000 of them live in America. That’s about 1 in every 8,000 American adults! You can see the positive impact that JET alumni can have in promoting Japan around the world.

This year I became President of JETAA’s Northern California chapter, JETAANC. With over 3,000 members, I am proud to say that we are one of the largest and most active chapters in the world. Next year we will celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

Our alumni are working at every level of every sector of the local economy, including for-profit, non-profit, education, and government. They are promoting exchange between the U.S. and Japan whenever and however they can.

Every year, our alumni provide substantial support to the JET Program. Read More


May 20

JETAA Scotland logo

Very nice!  I’m not sure if it’s new, but I hadn’t seen it before and I just noticed it in a JETAA UK Facebook post:

JETAAScotland

 


May 13

CLAIR Sydney Newsletter No. 75

CLAIRlogoPosted originally by Hiromi Hakuta to the JETAA Oceania FB page.

“In CLAIR monthly Newsletter No.75, we introduce JETAA South Island activities, a cycling festival in Hiroshima and Japanese schools that are seeking Sister School relationships with Australian or NZ schools. My business trip to New Zealand is also introduced on that!”

http://www.jlgc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CLAIR-newsletter-No.75.pdf


Apr 12
Members of the JET Alumni Association of New York Japan-a-Mania 1-18-2014 (Courtesy of Monica Yuki)

Members of the JET Alumni Association of New York volunteering in the annual Japan-a-Mania community event with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, January 2014. (Courtesy of Monica Yuki)

 

By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is JETAA New South Wales‘s webmaster, meaning he is the voice on all the online and social media for the Sydney-based chapter like Twitter, Instagram (both @jetaansw) and Facebook. Outside of JETAA, he doesn’t exist, and is merely a concept of a shadow of a dream of an enigma, wrapped in mystery and served with a side of salad. 

Introduction

The following is a shamelessly biased opinion: Being a member of JETAA is fantastic. One gets to help organise and be involved in events and projects that reach the general public here in Sydney (like the Japan Festival), hang out with a great group of like-minded people that know all the best Japanese places to eat, drink and be merry, and who are rarely inhibited in any karaoke session. There is ample opportunity to new people constantly, both inside and outside that chapter’s home city’s J-community, so in a way, the JET experience never truly ends.

That’s a personal assessment of what it’s like being a member of JETAA, the alumni association for former JETs. JETAA chapters exist all over the world from where the JET Programme has drawn its recruits. They give former JETs a way to connect with their local J-community and like-minded peers, and are essentially a non-profit social organisation with a Japanese cultural bent. And because JET is made up of a diverse group of people from all walks of life, JETAA chapters have great potential as a resource with links in government, business, education, academia and social networks.

But it can’t be denied that many chapters struggle with visibility or relevancy, in attracting members to events or to join their committees. The last point is especially important, as new members help to keep the organisation dynamic and active. And while the reasons for this are different for every situation, some similar and salient points can be discerned, notably from online forum comments (like LinkedIn). While a comprehensive discussion can probably fill a volume or ten, this article will nevertheless discuss these points.

So what does JETAA have to deal with?

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