Jan 31

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

The first month of 2017 flew by and with it, many chapters had or will have their elections or New Year’s Parties. Check out if your chapter is celebrating new officers or is having a get together!

1. JETAASE 

2017 JETAASE Shinnenkai

When: February 4th, 12:30 pm EST
Where: Taki Japanese Steakhouse 4711 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30338

Join JETAASE at our 2017 Shinnenkai! We will discuss future goals, events, and plans for our chapter. JETAASE has a private room reserved. Please RSVP here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScg16bEO7KolaATE0wRlmARk0Z4PjdsBf8Qqbs4OryZftIOtA/viewform

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Photo from JETAASE’s Facebook Event

2. JETAANC 

JETAANC Shinnenkai New Year’s Party

When: February 4th, 5:30 pm PST
Where: Yamasho 1161 Post St, San Francisco, California 94109

** Must register via Eventbrite: https://jetaancshinnenkai2017.eventbrite.com/ **

Let’s start 2017 in full JET style by celebrating together at our annual JETAANC Shinnenkai New Year’s Party! Join us at YamaSho, in the heart of San Francisco.

Register here before tickets sell out!:
https://jetaancshinnenkai2017.eventbrite.com/

Gather with new and old friends to ring in the Year of the Rooster while enjoying a full-course Japanese meal, drinks, special presentations, and a raffle and games with prizes!

This year will be special. We are kicking off our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme. We are also pleased to present this year’s JETAANC Gary Mukai Service Award.

To start the evening off right, we are giving you a complimentary drink as part of your ticket price. You will need it for a special Kampai toast given by a representative of the Consulate General of Japan.

After dinner, you have the option of keeping the party going at our Nijikai Party in YamaSho’s private Japanese KARAOKE BOX! (Included in your ticket price.)

Deadline for ticket purchase is Wednesday, January 25. Tickets will sell out quickly, so get yours today!

Agenda
5:30pm – 5:45pm: Registration (Banquet Room)
5:45pm – 8:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm – 10:00pm: Nijikai Karaoke (optional)

Parking & Transportation
A parking garage is located across street from YamaSho at 1150 Post Street. Public transportation options available at 511.org

See you on February 4!

**Please drink responsibly.**

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Photo via JETAANC’s Facebook Event Page

3. JETAA Vic/Tas/SA

JETAA Vic/Tas/SA Annual General Meeting 2017

When: February 11th, 6:30-9:30 pm AEDT
Where: Gyoza Douraku 147 Bourke St, Melbourne, Australia 3000

A very belated New Years and a Happy 2017 to you all!

It’s now that time of the year again to gather for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and start the year off right. Please come join us as we review the previous year, plan out the year ahead, and run the election for this year’s JETAA committee while eating 美味しい Japanese food!!

WHEN: Saturday, February 11th at 6:30pm

WHERE: Gyoza Doraku, 147 Bourke St., Melbourne 3000

COST: $18 for dinner. Drinks are not included in the price.

RSVP: Please send an email to rsvp@victassa.jetaa.org.au by Thursday February 9th, and don’t forget to include details of any dietary or allergy requirements. Please contact us again if you do not receive a reply within 48 hours.

SPECIAL ELECTION NOTE: Please send nominations as well to rsvp@victassa.jetaa.org.au. All positions are up for grabs! Please see details below regarding the JETAA committee and available positions. If you are unable to attend the AGM but still would like to nominate for a position, please email president@victassa.jetaa.org.au for our Proxy Voting Form.

AGM DETAILS:

We’re always on the lookout for new committee members, so if you’re interested in joining the committee, please let us know!

At our AGM, the existing committee is let go and a new committee is elected. All positions, including President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and general committee roles, are up for grabs.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is JETAA Vic/Tas/SA?
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) Victoria, Tasmania & South Australia chapter is made up of former JETs. There are five chapters across Australia. Our chapter receives support from the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne and Japan’s Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Sydney. Each year we help new JETs prepare for their move to Japan, and support returning JETs when they come home. We also seek to promote knowledge and understanding of Japan, its people and its culture within Australia, and conversely, of Australia in Japan.

What does the Vic/Tas/SA committee do?
We organise events and activities throughout the year such as our annual stall at the Japan Festival in Box Hill, trivia nights, and quarterly dinners at Japanese restaurants. We also assist the Consulate with JET orientation each year, among other activities. We have sub-committees in Tasmania and South Australia that organise activities and events for members in those states.

What does the AGM involve?
The AGM involves a speech from our current President about the past year, and an update from our Treasurer, followed by the election of new committee members.

The following positions will be open for nomination during the AGM: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, PR and Webmaster, Events Coordinator, Employment Officer, Tasmania Rep, South Australia Rep, and General Committee members.
You can find more detailed information about the committee positions in our charter here: http://www.victassa.jetaa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CHARTER-2015.pdf

Why should I get involved?
Joining the committee is a great way to:
– Meet new people and make friends – The committee is made up of people just like you who participated on JET and have returned to Australia to work as teachers, public servants, translators, journalists, students… the list goes on. While some of the 2016/17 committee members finished JET in recent years, some committee members returned from Japan many years ago. Our past committees have always been made up of a diverse group of fantastic and friendly people.
– Give back to Japan and the JET Programme – You loved your time on JET so why not help promote the JET Programme?
= Travel – Each year two committee members attend the JETAA Oceania Conference, which is held in one of Australia or New Zealand’s capital cities. Last year’s conference was held in Canberra.

Will the committee take up much of my time?
It depends on your role on the committee. Executive positions such as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Webmaster will take up a couple of hours of your time each week. Other positions, including General Committee members, will only require attendance at our monthly committee meetings and support throughout the year. Meetings are not compulsory.

If you have any questions about the AGM or for nominating for a committee position, please email president@victassa.jetaa.org.au

Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM!

— Emma Libbis, JETAA Vic/Tas/SA President

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Photo from JETAA Vic/Tas/SA’s Facebook Event

4. JETAAMC

Music City/Bluegrass JETAA Japan Trivia

When: February 11th, 5:30-8 pm EST
Where: West Sixth Brewing 501 W 6th St, Ste 100, Lexington, Kentucky 40508

Think you know Japan? Maybe not? It’s OK! This trivia event will have something for everyone!

Our trivia event is open to the public and will be held in West Sixth’s Barrel Room, which is an AWESOME venue!

Make your team of up to 4 people (or ask to be placed with others–we can do that for you!) and answer Japan-based trivia. There will be 5 rounds, and some amazing prizes (well, it might depend on your definition of amazing, but they will definitely be fun!). Best of all, it’s completely FREE. Bring your friends–anyone is welcome. You don’t have to be a Japan guru to win!

*It takes place at West Sixth Brewery, but anyone under 21 is totally welcome!

Hope to see you there!

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Photo via JETAAMC’s Facebook Event

5. JETAA Portland

SHINNENAKI 2017

When: February 11th, 6:30-9:30 pm PST
Where: The Melting Pot (1001 SW 5th Ave. #100)

JETAA Shinnenkai 2017

It isn’t really the new year until you’ve celebrated it with JETAA Portland! Ring in the year of the rooster by joining us for a four-course dinner at The Melting Pot, for only $20 for JET Alumni and $25 for Friends of JETAA – 50% off the regular price! Dinner will be followed by a nijikai at Ground Kontrol barcade. 明けましておめでとう!

Who: JETAA members, friends, and family!

Where: The Melting Pot (1001 SW 5th Ave. #100)

  • Four-course meal includes cheese and wine fondue with poultry, beef, shrimp, and fish.
  • Vegetarian option available, but fondue might come into contact with meat.
  • Chocolate dessert included!
  • All drinks are BYOB (cash only).

Nijikai: Ground Kontrol (511 NW Couch St.)

When: Saturday, February 11th

Time: Dinner: 6:30pm – 9:30pm ; Nijikai: 9:30pm ~

Cost: $20 for JET Alumni, $25 for Friends of JETAA
*All beverages are BYOB and cash only

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Photo from JETAA Portland’s Website

6. San Francisco Career Forum 2017

When: February 11th-12th
Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis 780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103 

JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are invited to the upcoming San Francisco Career Forum 2017 on Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the two-day event. Register for the event and apply to participating companies on the forum’s website.

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Photo via the San Francisco Career Forum 2017’s Website

7. UK JETAA London

PUB SOCIAL WITH A TWIST!

When: February 16th, 19:00-21:00 GMT
Where: The Somers Town Coffee House 60 Chalton Street London, NW1 1HS United Kingdom

Presenting our first pub social of the year, with a twist!

To facilitate the networking aspect of the pub night, you will be encouraged to mingle and find out interesting facts about your fellow attendees.

Bring your best fun fact about yourself and put your networking hat on!

In case you need anymore incentives, there will also be prizes and of course fame and glory.

As always, JET and friends are all welcome so spread the word and bring along some friends.

8. JETAA Portland

Career Panel 2017

When: February 16th, 4:30-6:30 PM PST
Where: 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, 97209 (3rd Floor – Bamboo Room)

The hiring season is right around the corner and the 2017 JETAA Career Panel is a great way to help you get set and improve your chances to get to that final interview.

Whether you just returned from Japan or you are exploring the possibility of a change careers, your fellow JET Alumni want to help you with your job search.

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Time: 4:30p – 6:30p

Place: 221 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, 97209 (3rd Floor – Bamboo Room)

We recognize that finding a new job is stressful and very exhausting. If you want to stand out and cut through that competition, you’ll need help. Some job opening receive 250 resumes on average and having a game plan or adding to your strategy will definitely help you cut through the competition.

Some of the topics for the 2017 Career Panel:

– How to transition to your next job
– Options for continuing to teach
– How to leverage your JET experience
– How to expand your professional network

There will be two guest speakers and several JET Alumni to help navigate all your questions on your career search. We will also have an informal NETWORKING NIJIKAI immediately after so you can test our your new knowledge and ask further questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you,

Michael Richey
Jeffrey Houser

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Photo from JETAA Portland’s Website

9. JETAA Singapore

Dining in the Dark

When: February 18th, 12-2 PM SGT
Where: Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped 47 Toa Payoh Rise, Singapore 298104

Date: 18 February 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Meeting Venue: 1145am at Caldecott MRT
Participation fee: $15 for JETAA members, $25 for friends of JETAA
For more information and to sign up for the event: https://goo.gl/forms/f50XvrlEGP7kkPyJ3

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Photo via JETAA Singapore’s Facebook Event Page

10. JETAANSW

Beach BBQ

When: February 18th, 12:30-3:30 pm 
Where: Cronulla Beach, New South Wales, Australia

When: February 18th *TENTATIVE DATE*
Where: TBD
Please check the link above for further updates.

When: February 19th, 14:00-15:30 
Where: Daiwa Foundation Japan House 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle London, London NW1 4QP

Would you like to know more about how the London JETAA chapter is run?

Would you like to be part of the committee or to contribute to the future of JETAA?

If so then be sure to come along to our Annual General Meeting.

This is a great opportunity to find out what we did last year, our plans for the year ahead and to help us shape our plans for the year ahead and beyond.

After the AGM we will be heading to a nearby pub so do join us if you can.

13. JETAADC

Washington DC – JETAADC 10+ Reunion

When: February 25th, 1-3 PM EST
Where: Teaism Penn Quarter | 400 8th St NW, Washington DC 20004 |
The 10+ Reunion is a casual get-together for any JET alumni who departed for the JET Program in 2006 or earlier. Join fellow alumni to re-connect, reminisce, and learn about what’s in store for the JET Program’s 30th anniversary celebrations later this year.

Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Teaism Penn Quarter | 400 8th St NW, Washington DC 20004 | Nearest Metro: Archives-Navy Memorail | Green, Yellow Lines
Price: $15

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

Please register and pay in advance by Wednesday, February 15. Payments are non-refundable after Tuesday, February 21.

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Photo via JETAADC’s Website


Jan 31

Please take a look at this touching piece by JET alum Austin Gilkeson (Aichi-ken):

https://catapult.co/stories/teshima-on-hearing-loss-my-son-and-the-sea


Jan 2

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

明けましておめでとうございます! Happy 2017 from Hawai`i! Sorry this post is a bit late cause I stay on Hawaiian time. This issue will focus on 新年会(Shinnenkais) as well as some regular monthly events put on by various chapters.

1. JETAA Chicago

King Spa Day

When: January 2nd, 2 pm CST
Where: King Spa Sauna 809 Civic Center Dr, Niles, Illinois 60714

Join JETAA Chicago as we say “sayonara” to 2016 at King Spa on Monday, January 2.

King Spa is the closest thing to a Japanese hot spring you’ll find anywhere in the Midwest. Besides the hot & cold tubs and Japanese shower stalls (complete with little pink stools and scrubbing towels), King Spa has 8 different saunas available for you to sweat it out in. There is also a cafe which has some tastey Korean refreshments. If you liked the onsen and sento in Japan, you will feel right at home here. There isn’t a better way to kick off 2017!

We will meet at King Spa at 2:00 PM and plan to hang out for a few hours. H Mart, the Korean supermarket, is located next door, so we can hit that up after, do a little shopping and visit their food court.

Admission to King Spa is usually $35 but there is an e-coupon on their website (link below) for $22. Be sure to check that out in advance if you want to save some cash.

King Spa is located in Niles, north of Chicago. The #270 bus regularly departs from the Jefferson Park CTA station. If some people are driving, we may also be able to coordinate a car pool.

Hope to see you there!

http://www.kingspa.com/chicago/index.html

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PC: JETAA Chicago’s Facebook Event Page

2. JETAANC

JETAANC SF Networking Nomikai

When: January 5th, 6-7:30 pm PST
Where: Crystal Jade San Francisco 4 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco, California 94111

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

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

Look for alumni wearing red JETAANC lanyards. Or print out this mini JETAANC table sign so people can find you! Just fold in half and then fold the bottom of each side into a base to make a standing “triangle”:
http://bit.ly/Xedg5s

**Please drink responsibly.**

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PC: JETAANC’s Facebook Event Page

3. Great Lakes JETAA

Great Lakes JETAA Shinnenkai

When: January 7th, 6 pm EST
Where: New Cherry Blossom 43588 W Oaks Dr, Novi, MI 48377

新年会 Please save the date!

GLJETAA will be hosting a New Year’s celebration in the Detroit area. We will be in the Tatami Room @ New Cherry Blossom in Novi.
Of course there will be delicious food and we are planning some fun activities as well (we will try to have games, karaoke, and koto playing). All Great Lakes JETAA members are welcome.

We hope to see you!

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Photo from the Great Lakes JETAA’s Facebook Event Page

4. JETAASC

2017 Oshogatsu Family Festival – Year of the Rooster

When: January 8th, 11 am- 5pm PST
Where: Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, California 90012

Ring in the Year of the Rooster with New Year-themed activities, performances, and crafts!

– Lucky zaru soba (cold buckwheat noodles) with Kidding Around the Kitchen

– Rooster candy sculptures by Shan the Candyman

– Mochi demonstration by Fugetsu-Do’s Brian Kito

– Traditional mochitsuki (Japanese rice pounding ritual) performance byKodama Taiko

– Japanese drumming performance by TaikoProject

…and so much more!

Visit for janm.org/oshogatsufest2017 for complete schedule.

5. JETAANC

JETAANC East Bay Networking Nomikai

When: January 12th, 6-7:30pm PST
Where: Itani Ramen 1736 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California 94612

Join alumni and friends at our monthly East Bay Networking Nomikai (happy hour)! In January, we are heading back to Itani Ramen, a great Japanese ramen shop in Oakland with a nice selection of beer, sake, shochu, and soft drinks. Only a few steps away from 19th Street BART:

Come out, make new friends, and catch up with old ones. It’s a good chance to develop your network. Everyone is welcome!

Look for alumni wearing red JETAANC lanyards. Or print out this mini JETAANC table sign so people can find you! Just fold in half and then fold the bottom of each side into a base to make a standing “triangle”:
http://bit.ly/Xedg5s

JETAANC East Bay Networking Nomikai are held the second Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars!

**Please drink responsibly.**

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Photo from JETAANC’s Facebook Event Page

6. NEJETAA

2017 Shinnenkai New Years Party

When: January 14th, 5:30-8:30pm EST
Where: Shabu-Zen Allston 80 Brighton Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

Happy New Years! 明けましておめでとうございます!

I hope everyone has a great start to the year! We would like to welcome this new year with our JET community by inviting you to our annual New Years Party 新年会. Come celebrate the New Years with everyone and play bingo, win prizes, and catch up with fellow JET alumni over delicious drinks and food!

Please RSVP to Eriko at social@nejetaa.com by January 11

When: Saturday, January 14 at 5:30pm

Where: Shabu Zen at 80 Brighton Ave, Allston
(parking: small parking lot on Reedsdale St. / parking lot in Super 88)
(train: 5 min walk from Packards Corner station on Green Line (B) )
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shabu-Zen/@42.3521289,-71.1301791,1116m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e379c45883f00f:0xbe53eaeb46ab07c6!8m2!3d42.3524093!4d-71.1290887

Who: JETs

Price: $20 per person

Happy New Years and we hope to see you there!

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PC: From NEJETAA’s Facebook Event Page

7. JETAA Portland

JASO SHINNENKAI & TUNES OF JAPAN

When: January 19th, 5:30-8:30pm PST
Where: Montgomery Park (2701 NW Vaughn)

SHINNENKAI! Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Japanese and American friends! JASO is having its annual traditional Japanese New Year’s celebration on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 . This year’s event will feature a delicious Japanese menu provided by Syun Izakaya and Koji Osakaya, beer and sake, traditional music, fukubukuro gift bags, kimono, and more!

TUNES OF JAPAN! JETAA Portland will be combining our annual Tunes of Japan music event with JASO’s 2017 Shinnenkai. Guests can enjoy a shamisen performance by Mitch Imori, a koto performance by Mitsuki Dazai, and a performance by Takohachi Taiko. Don’t miss this special chance to celebrate the new year with music, food, and friends. あけおめ、みんなさん!

When: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Where: Montgomery Park (2701 NW Vaughn)

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Dress Code: Business and business casual attire

Tickets:

For JET Alumni and their guests, JETAA Portland is offering 20 tickets at a special reduced price, $25 per ticket – half the price of a regular ticket! Purchase your ticket through our Paypal link below. Please note that no physical ticket will be provided and you must check-in at the JASO reception desk on the day of the event.

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Photo from JETAA Portland’s Website

8. JETAA Chicago

14th Annual JETAA Shinnenkai

When: January 21st, 5-8 pm CST
Where: Japanese Culture Center – 日本文化会館 1016 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657

14th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnenkai
Buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/2hNDdG7

Want a taste of Japan this new year? Then come to the 14th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnnenkai on January 21 (Saturday), from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the Japanese Culture Center – 日本文化会館.

What Japanese things can I experience while there you ask? Well…

-Calligraphy
-Ema Plaques
-Fukuwarai (Pin theTail on the Donkey)
-Karuta (PlayingCards)
-Kimono Dress-up
-Onigiri (RiceBall) Making
-Origami
-More!

Tickets

$20.00 – Adults (21+)
$10.00 – 12 and Older
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Photo from Patrick Finn via JETAA Chicago’s Facebook Event Page

9. JETAA Mid-South

Shinnenkai New Years Party

When: January 21st, TBA
Where: TBD

Annual Shinnenkai New Years Party
When: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Who: JET Alumni, Friends and Family
Where: Details to be Finalized
Additional Info: An Officer Open House will be held 1 hour before the start of the Shinnenkai. Please see “Leadership Opportunities/Election Information” section below for further details.

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Photo from JETAANOLA’s Facebook Group

 

10. JETAA Quebec/Atlantic

Annual General Meeting

When: January 21st, 2-5 PM EST
Where: TBD

2:00 PM – Annual General Meeting

Location TBD
11. JETAA Rocky Mountain
JETAARM Shinnenkai 2017
When: January 21st, 5-8 PM MST
Where: TOKIO 2907 Huron St, Denver, Colorado 80202
It’s time to celebrate the year of the Rooster. Remenisce about the old times in Japan while celebrating the new year over a proper bowl of hot Ramen. Chat, network, befriend, and be merry. Bring your +1’s and kodomos. Space is limited to 30 (fire Marshal’s orders) – Reserve your spot by following the PayPal link below.https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EY7SQZDNKLSGS

Dinner is just $15 and includes ramen and a beer (or a softdrink with free refills). If you haven’t been to Tokio, take a gander at their website and check out their amazing space: http://www.mytokio.com/

Looking forward to catching up with everyone.

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Photo from JETAARM’s Facebook Event Page
12. JETAA Toronto
JETAA Toronto Annual General Meeting 2017
When: January 21st, 4:30 PM EST
Where: Fox and Fiddle – Bloor 280 Bloor st west, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3B9
Calling all Southern Ontario JET Alums!Are you looking to try something new, develop skills, and support the JET community as part of a fun and げんき team? Or just interested in learning about your local JETAA chapter’s events and initiatives?
Then come on out to the JETAA Toronto AGM on January 28th!

– Get involved with the JETAA executive committee!
– We’re always looking for the best, brightest, and げんきest to join our team.
– Have a great idea for an event? New to Toronto? Looking for adventure? Let us know!

Available JETAA Executive Positions – 2017-2018:
• Co-Chairs
• Treasurer
• Secretary
• Events Coordinator
• Website Coordinator
• Conference Coordinator
• Communications Coordinator
• Membership Coordinator
• Community Liaison
• Senpai Liaison
• Senior Advisors
***Position details are posted on our website at: http://www.jetaatoronto.ca/about-jetaa-toronto/join-us-for-the-jetaa-annual-general-meeting-agm/

Available Support Positions – 2017-2018:
• Treasurer Support
• Events Support
• Communications Support
• Conference Support
• Membership Support

Details~
Date: Saturday, January 28th
Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm (followed by nijikai)
Location: Fox & Fiddle – Bloor (280 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON)
Dinner: Provided
Nijikai: Post-meeting (8:00ish) – Location TBD
Cost: Free to join for JETAA members
RSVP: Not necessary, but if you have any questions you can e-mail Carl & Nick at chair@jetaatoronto.ca
Website: http://www.jetaatoronto.ca/about-jetaa-toronto/join-us-for-the-jetaa-annual-general-meeting-agm/

We’re all looking forward to seeing you there!

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PC: JETAA Toronto’s Facebook Event Page

Dec 25

Posted by Eden Law (Fukushima ALT 2010-2011, President of JETAANSW, Australian Country Representative, JETAAI Webmaster… I guess the very model of a modern Major-General?)

Japan by Rail

Not just for trainspotters

Travelling from one major city to another in Japan is a fantastic experience – the efficiency, the comfort, and for foreign travellers, the affordability, by way of the many available tourist travel passes. The extensive rail network and its famous and speedy bullet train (shinkansen) makes rail travel a viable choice to explore the country. And if you’ve ever thought about using this mode of transport for your next trip to Japan, then the recently published “Japan by Rail” travel guide would be a great way to start your planning.

Written by Ramsey Zarifeh (himself a former JET), Anna Udagawa, Andrew Picknell and James Hodgson, “Japan by Rail” is comprehensive – anywhere the rail network reaches, it will be covered in the book – except for the islands of Okinawa. Each chapter or part deals with the regions of Japan, such as Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. Following along the major train route from either Tokyo or Osaka as a starting point, the chapters also detail and recommend many side-trips to lesser known destinations of towns, villages and noteworthy nature locations. Helpfully, it also lists the modes of transport and ticket prices where required, if needing to change between trains, buses or boat, and estimated travel times. While not extensive in every entry, accommodation, places to eat and shop are also included.

True to its specialisation, the book provides a generous amount of information on all things rail-related. Information on the various train passes are available – and there’s a quite a variety. There are even passes for short trips between just two destinations (for example, the Kawagoe Discount Pass between Ikebukuro and Kawagoe or “Little Edo”), which are described where applicable. Included are also train schedules for major rail routes by shinkansen, and suggested itinerary by rail. Note that the travel information is primarily based on the JR company, which dominates the country’s rail network infrastructure, though the text does include non-JR transport if needed to complete the journey. If you wish to use local travel routes that rely on non-JR lines, doing a self-guided tour by hired car, or choosing to base yourself from a place not covered in this book, “Japan by Rail” will be less useful, but can still provide some description of places and local sightseeing spots. Unusually, the guide book does not include JR’s railway maps, which would be useful (perhaps for future editions).

A great practical and detailed guide, “Japan by Rail” is highly recommended to start you off on your planning.

Japan by Rail 4th ed, Trailblazer Publications, and written by Ramsey Zarifeh, Anna Udagawa, Andrew Picknell and James Hodgson and available from the Trailblazer website


Dec 16

WIT Life is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

Last night I attended a screening of Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence, based on the 1966 novel 沈黙 (Chinmoku) by Shusaku Endo, himself a Japanese Catholic.  It is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who is played with great nuance by Andrew Garfield.  He and his followers endure horrible persecution during this period when 隠れキリシタン (Kakure Kirishitan or Hidden Christians) are targeted for their beliefs.  Having lived in Kyushu I had a vague sense of what had taken place in Nagasaki at that time, but not the extent of the barbaric ways Christians were killed and tortured. Read More


Dec 2

 

By Eden Law (Fukushima ALT 2010-2011, JETAANSW President, Australian Country Representative), writing from Sydney, Australia. The Japanese Film Festival in Australia is the one of the biggest Japanese film festival in the world.

Do not watch while hungry.

Do not watch while hungry.

The Tsukiji Fish Markets are a staple in every Tokyo tourist guidebook, promoted as the place for serious foodies (or at least, lovers of seafood) to visit, and to sample the myriad of restaurants and shops in the area, may of which are food-related (ever been in a knife-only shop? Simultaneously amazing and terrifying). With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics however, the area is slated for redevelopment, and this film may be the final recording, at least of this current incarnation, of the market that has lasted over 80 years.

Once you get past a slow start and the voiceover, the film settles confidently into its subject matter. The documentary is divided into several chapters that deal with various aspects of the marketplace, such as the rhythms of the marketplace, where normal trading hours happen at a time most of us would be sleeping, particularly to cope with time zones and overseas customers: such is the reputation of Tsukiji that fish here may even end up as far away as the west coast of America. Business practices are also examined – the auction markets (where tourists are briefly glimpsed – access to these early morning sessions for the best tuna are highly restricted in order not to impede normal operations), interaction of vendors and buyers, and perhaps potentially controversial, the brutal practicality of fish preparation and storage.

While there are definitely plenty of shots of sushi and dishes on hand (film advisory warning: do NOT watch if hungry, or even slightly peckish), it is the people interviewed, especially the intermediary wholesellers who provide the bulk of the dialogue, that make for riveting viewing. The wholesellers’ understanding of their product is unrivalled and complete – one wholesaler specialised only in conger eels, able to reliably differentiate between what looked like identical fish quickly and easily with a glance. The faith of their highly discerning clients are complete, but only because they have earned them through honesty, consistency and reliability, favouring and anticipating the needs of their devoted customer base. Everyone – customers, vendors and academics alike – can’t help but stray into mystical and poetic descriptions when talking about the work, or the skills and knowledge of the vendors. It’s a thoroughly Japanese quality, where the people find pride and honour in their vocation, and it’s hard not to feel respect for them, which they most certainly deserve.

‘Tsukiji Wonderland’ can only skim the surface of the complex relationships of Tsukiji, but you can already get a sense of the rich mercantile tradition and customs that bind the merry band of workers here, constantly competing, jostling and supporting each other. The long, measured long shots over the marketplace gives it an epic and majestic field, and the many little work vehicles move as if dancing to music. The film does discuss the future of the market, particularly in light of changing diet habits and fast food. While there is sadness about the uncertainty of Tsukiji’s future, the film stays on a celebratory and affectionate mood, about the cultural institution of the world’s most famous fish market.

Tsukiji Wonderland (Tsukiji Wandarando) by Shotaro Endo, released October 1, 2016.


Dec 1

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

Can you believe it’s already December? With it being the end of the year, many JETAA chapters are hosting Bōnenkai’s or some similar end of the year gathering. December’s chapter beat will focus on these end of the year events. Check out if there’s an event at your local JETAA chapter.

1. JETAA Scotland

Bounenkai

When: December 2nd, 7 pm-11 pm SCT
Where: Koyama 20 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The JET AA Scotland & North East Bounenkai will be taking place next Friday. This event is open to all!

The meal will be held at Koyama Restaurant, Forrest Road, Edinburgh and is a set menu of three courses followed by optional karaoke. (Drinks not included).
Meal @£15 for JETAA members (plus optional £5 for karaoke)
Meal @£20 for for non-JETs (plus optional £5 for karaoke)
Meal @£5 for children under 12
(karaoke not available for guests under 18 years)

If you would like to come please fill in the form below with your menu choices.
https://goo.gl/forms/F8A7sO1MvhDQXfpZ2

Also, please let us know if you would like a vegetarian meal or have any dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Kind regards

JET AA Scotland

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Photo from JETAA Scotland’s Facebook event

2. JETAA Vic/Tas/SA

Bōnenkai

 

When: December 3rd, 6 pm-8 pm AEDT
Where: 400 Gradi (Melbourne, Australia) 99 Lygon Street, Melbourne, Australia 3057

It’s that time of the year again when we all gather and celebrate a wonderful and prosperous 2016 over great food and even greater chats!

Bōnenkai (忘年会), or “forget the year party”, is a chance for us to end the year right, and what better way to do so than with a massive, wonderful Italian feast and then karaoke nijikai?

Join us as we eat and drink the night away and bring good luck for the new year to come!

WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd from 6-8pm
WHERE: 400 Gradi Brunswick, 99 Lygon St., East Brunswick, 3057
COST: $35 and includes an Italian sit down shared banquet (including salumi plates, antipasti, pasta, risotto, and pizzas) and delicious desserts (think Nutella crepes, tortino al cioccolato, and tiramisu!). Please let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements.
RSVP: Email rsvp@victassa.jetaa.org.au on December 1 by noon at the latest.

SPECIAL NOTE: We will also be gauging interest in a nijikai karaoke session for post-dinner fun. Please include with your RSVP whether you would be interested in attending so that we can make a group booking! よろしくおねがいします!

– From your friends on the JETAA Vic/Tas/SA committee

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Photo from JETAA Vic/Tas/SA’s Facebook event

3. JETAA  Quebec/Atlantic 

Ramen Bounenkai

When: December 3rd, 9 am-12 pm EST
Where: Schlouppe Bistrot NAKAMICHI, 2159 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2J2, Canada

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Photo from JETAA Quebec/Atlantic’s website

4. JETAA Singapore

So you think you can Taiko?

When: December 4th, 1 pm-3 pm SGT
Where: Aljunied Community Center (110 Hougang Ave 1, HDB Hougang, 530110)

JETAA Sg Taiko Team will be putting up a performance during the SJ50 Matsuri! Though we are still amateurs, we have greatly enjoyed this traditional art and would like to share the joy with everyone!

We are having a crash course workshop for everyone interested! No experience needed, only curiosity and interest! Kids are welcomed too!

Date: 4 Dec, Sun
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Aljunied Community Center (110 Hougang Ave 1, HDB Hougang, 530110)
Course Fees: $12 for JETAA members, $25 for non-members

What you need to bring:
Please come in comfortable clothes and shoes, and also bring along a pair of ear plugs. (You can also use earphones as replacement.)

Training provider: School of Daiko (http://www.mangrovelearning.com/)

If this tickles your fancy, fill in the form below to join us for some drumming!

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Photo from JETAA Singapore’s Facebook Page

5. JETAA Chicago

Bowlnenkai + December Monthly Member Meeting

When: December 5th, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm CST
Where: Kemper Building 1 E Wacker Dr Ste 1000, Chicago, Illinois 60601

On Monday, December 5th, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly member meeting. This is also our bowlnenkai, in which we will go bowling after the meeting!

** Location**
Kemper Building
1 East Wacker Drive (corner of State and Wacker)
Suite 3350
Please R.S.V.P no later than 4:30 PM on Monday to make sure your name is on the security list.

We will also be discussing our upcoming Shinnenkai (January 21st, 2017).

We gladly welcome returnees and alumni alike.

We will be eating and drinking at the bowlnenkai at the bowling alley.

Email info@jetaachicago.com with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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Photo from JETAA Chicago’s Facebook Event

6. JETAA NSW

JETAA NSW End of Year Networking and Cultural Event

When: December 9th, 6:30-9 pm AEDT
Where: AB Hotel 225 Glebe Point Road Glebe, NSW 2037 Australia

JET Alumi! Friends of JETAA NSW! It’s finally here….the annual End of Year Networking and Cultural Event! Just rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it?!?

We’ll arrange tasty finger food and you can purchase your drinks from the awesome fish tank bar (yes, the bar is an 11m long fish tank!).

Don’t know anyone? No worries, come anyway! There’ll be a super fun and not-at-all-lame icebreaker challenge so you’re guaranteed to meet loads of people.

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Logo via JETAANSW’s website

7. JETAA South Australia 

JET Alumni Dinner

When: December 9th, 7 pm ACDT
Where: Matsuri Japanese Restaurant L1/167 Gouger St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000

Food, Friends and Fun!

To celebrate the JET Program’s 30th year, we’ve organised a special end of year dinner for our SA Alumni!

Relive the flavours and memories of life on JET by joining us for a banquet meal at Matsuri Restaurant. Not only will there be dessert, but we’re also planning to have a few fun activities between courses.

Finally, for those of you missing the tradition of the 二次会 (nijikai), there will be optional karaoke taking place afterwards!

Prices are still being finalised, but most of the costs will be covered by JETAA!

If you could please indicate if you are interested in attending the dinner or karaoke or both at this stage, that would be amazingly helpful for finalising preparations.

I hope to see you all there!

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Photo from JETAA South Australia’s Facebook Event Page

8. JETAA South Island

JETAA South Island End of Year Party

When: December 9th, 6:30 pm NZST
Where: Cookai Restaurant, 6 Nelson Street, Christchurch

Join us to celebrate 2016, and to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme.

Friday 9th December, 2016 from 6.30pm
Cookai Restaurant, 6 Nelson Street, Christchurch

Japanese set menu and wine provided. Other drinks available for purchase.

Please note numbers are limited so please RSVP to secure your spot!

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Photo from JETAA South Island’s Website

9. JETAA Southern Alberta

Japanese Christmas Party

When: December 9th, 6:00-8:00 pm MST
Where: Calgary Japanese Community Association 2236-29 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta, Calgary, Alberta T3E 2K2

Join us for a very merry Japanese Chirstmas party. We will be serving a Classic Japanese Christmas meal – KFC chicken with salad, mikan, soft drinks and for dessert – strawberry short cake. This is a family friendly event, so bring your kids along. See you all there!

RSVP Deadline: December 5th, 2016 (on Facebook / by email)

Cost: Adults & Young Adults (13+): $10 / person
Children (under 12): $3 / person

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Photo from JETAA Southern Alberta’s Facebook Event Page

10. JETAA Hawaii

JETAA Bonenkai 2016

When: December 9th, 7 pm HST
Where: Gazen Izakaya 2840 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

The JETAA Hawaii board would like to announce its 2016 Bonenkai, which will double as a welcome party for returning JETs. There will be nabe, games, and prizes. A ticket includes dinner, and alcoholic drinks can be purchased separately. For those who can’t make it to dinner, join us for our karaoke nijikai. We will be singing to celebrate (forget) a great 2016!

Tickets: http://bpt.me/2714339

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Photo from JETAA Hawaii’s Facebook Event Page

11. Florida JETAA

Florida JETAA Bonenkai

When: December 10th, 6 pm EST
Where: Koume Japanese Restaurant 11905 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, Florida 33323

Dear JETAA members,

It’s that time of the year for our annual JETAA Bonenkai!

This year’s JETAA Bonenkai will be once again held at Sekita-san’s restaurant, Koume in Plantation (just outside of Miami).

The agenda is to network and meet new and old JET alumni and build a stronger JETAA community in Florida to foster cultural exchange with the US and Japan.

This will be a pre-set meal of $20 per person (plus service fee of $0.99 per ticket + 3.5% of ticket price for a total of $21.69). The meal includes several courses: soup, salad, appetizers, sushi, other dishes and desert. That is a lot of food for that amount of money especially since Japanese food is so expensive. Each year, he surprises us with a unique menu.

The cost of drinks and tip are NOT included into the deal, so that would be paid separately by you.

Location: Koume Japanese Restaurant
11905 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL. 33323
Tel: 954-577-9277

(located in the Petsmart Plaza)

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 6:15pm

Purchase your ticket: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2721582


JETAA BONENKAI

www.brownpapertickets.com

Celebrating the end of the year with JETAA-FL members

Please also RSVP to Wendy by email at wlo01@hotmail.com. The deadline to RSVP is Dec. 8th. Purchasing a ticket secures a spot for the event. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies you must inform us by Dec 8th or else the restaurant will not be able to accommodate you.

You must pay in advance and you cannot bring a surprise guest the day of the event. Please let us know ahead of time if you are bringing a guest and pay in advance for them as well.

We are selling tickets to the event this year to avoid issues of people not coming at the last minute. In those cases, JETAA must pay for the meal. Therefore there are unfortunately no refunds for tickets purchased. However, you can sell your ticket to someone else via brownpapertickets.com if you can’t make it. Any funds not used will be considered as a donation to FL-JETAA and will be used for future events and activities.

Sekita-san’s restaurant is small, so space is limited. He also asks that you arrive on time, because food will be served promptly as scheduled. Think of this as Japan, be on time! J

Hope to see you there!

Wendy Lo

FL-JETAA, S. Florida Regional Rep.

(Toyama, ALT 2002-2005)

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Photo from Florida JETAA’s Facebook Event

12. JETAA Great Lakes-Ohio

2016 JETAA Bonenkai- Ohio Region

When: December 10th, 7:30 pm EST
Where: Akai Hana 1173 Kenny Centre Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43220

Please come out and enjoy some delicious Japanese food and catching up with fellow JETs for this Year-end party. This event is exclusively for JETs and we kindly ask that you indicate attending only if you absolutely can make it. Space at the Akai Hana is limited and we hope to see you there. Thank you!

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Photo from Great Lakes JETAA Facebook Event

13. JETAA Portland

JETAA BOUNENKAI

When: December 10th, 6-10 pm PST
Where: Izakaya Kichinto (102 NE Russel St.)

Celebrate the end of the year with JETAA Portland!

Join us for food, drinks, raffle prizes, and a white elephant gift exchange as we say sayonara to 2016. This year we’ll be celebrating at Izakaya Kichinto – we hope to see you there!

A buffet featuring Japanese-style goodies and two drink tickets are included with admission. Also, don’t forget to bring an unwanted Japanese omiyage or a small gift (around $5) if you wish to participate in our white elephant gift exchange!

When: Saturday, December 10th, 6:00-10pm

Where: Izakaya Kichinto (102 NE Russel St.)

Cost: $20 for JET alumni, $25 for friends of JETAA

RSVP: Get your tickets via Paypal today. RSVP deadline is Thursday, Dec. 8th! For questions please contact Matt.

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Photo from JETAA Portland’s Website

14. JETAASC

2016 JETAASC End-of-Year Gathering

When: December 10th, 12:30-2:30 PST
Where: Fritto Misto 316 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, California 90254

Join us for the JET Alumni Association of Southern California’s 2016 End-of-Year Gathering! Come celebrate and reflect on the events of 2016 with a luncheon at Fritto Misto in historic Hermosa Beach. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of a family-style meal featuring traditional Italian cuisine. Vegetarian options will be available!

We will also be holding a “White Elephant” gift exchange, so if you’d like to participate please bring a new or gently used wrapped gift ($10-$15 value) to exchange!

Who: JETAASC and You

What: End-of-Year Gathering 2016

Where: Fritto Misto (316 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254)

When: Saturday, December 10th from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Why: To send the year off in true JET community style, with great food, great people, and a great time!

How: http://jetaascendofyear2016.brownpapertickets.com/

Parking:
There is metered parking nearby, and the restaurant also suggested the public parking around the nearby City Hall (between Bard Street and Valley Drive, two short blocks away).

Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 7th.

Tickets will be $20… but the first 20 JET alumni to purchase their ticket through Brown Paper Tickets will get a special discounted rate of $20 to enjoy Italian sausage and roasted pepper rigatoni, Mediterranean fusilli, and other tasty dishes.

We look forward to seeing everyone there, to thanking the outgoing officers and coordinators, and to welcoming the new officers and coordinators for 2017!

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Photo from JETAASC’s Facebook Event

15. JETAADC

JETAADC Bounenkai!

When: December 11th, 5-8:30 PM EST
Where: Tono Sushi 2605 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Hello everyone,

It’s time once again for the greatest party of the year: the JETAADC Bounenkai! For those of you unfamiliar with this annual tradition, it is our biggest social event of the year in which we eat, drink, socialize, play games (there will be prizes), reminisce about the good things of the past year, and forget all the bad ones. So purchase your tickets below and join us for a party you won’t want to miss!

We will also be collecting canned food to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank during the event. You can drop your canned good off at the registration table. Note: If you forget to bring cans, you can stop by the CVS around the corner from Tono Sushi and buy a few!

Here are the details for the event:

Date: Sunday, December 11th
Time: Cocktail hour from 5:00pm followed by dinner and games from 6:00-8:30pm
Venue: Tono Sushi
Address: 2605 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Access: Woodley Park Metro and street/garage parking available nearby
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Website: http://jetaadc.org/1211-jetaadc-bonenkai/

Registration:
Please click on this link to purchase your $25 tickets in advance through PayPal:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=A5QVUAUXRZ9CS

At the Door Registration ($30 per ticket): Please let us know to expect you by completing this Google form. Note that we can only accept cash at the door.
https://goo.gl/forms/hkTX7DKQNEsVenof1

Included in the registration price:
– one drink (small beer, house sake, or house wine) – you will receive your drink ticket at the door.
– buffet (sushi, shumai, grilled fish, seaweed salad, pad thai and more!!)
– nostalgic JET inspired fun and games!

Registration will close on Friday, December 9th at 5:00pm.
We can’t wait to see you there!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact social@jetaadc.org.

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Photo via JETAADC’s Facebook Event

16. JETAANC

JETAANC Bounenkai Party – 8th Annual!

When: December 15th, 7:45-10 PM PST
Where: Rikyu Japanese Restaurant 5335 College Ave, Oakland, California 94618

*** NOTE YOU MUST REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE: https://jetaancbounenkai2016.eventbrite.com/ ***

Join alumni and friends for our 8th Annual Bounenkai End-of-the-Year Party! This year we’re also excited to kick off a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the JET Program. For those of you who have attended in years past, you know the fantastic “omaskase” meal that Rikyu’s legendary chef, Tatsuya Koyake, prepares just for us. You will also receive a complimentary free drink as part of your ticket price.

It’s a time for us to come together, share good food and conversation, and celebrate the end of another great year!

We SELL OUT every year, so DON’T WAIT to reserve your seat! Ticket sales end on December 8.

Pre-Party Info:
Come early and join the pre-party at the Barrel Room across the street (5330 College Avenue, Oakland): http://www.barrelroomsf.com/ **Please drink responsibly.**

Restaurant & Parking Info:
Located just a short walk from Rockridge BART and easily accessible by car, Rikyu is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area. Chef Tatsuya Koyake worked at the famous Kirala before opening his own place in Oakland’s upscale Rockridge neighborhood. Koyake-san is creating a special “omakase” meal just for us. Vegetarian meals are also available. Rikyu website: http://www.rikyusushi.com/

Parking available onsite, ask restaurant staff to open the gate next to entrance. Street parking also available.

(Please note that there will not be an East Bay Networking Nomikai in December.)

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Photo from JETAANC’s Facebook Event

17. JETAANY

JETAANY Bonenkai
When: Friday December 16th, SAVE THE DATE
Where: TBD
RSVP/Cost: TBD

18. JETAA Auckland

Bounenkai 2016

When: December 16th, 6:30-11:59 PM NZDT
Where: Genta Entertaining Japanese Dining 8 commerce st Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand 1010

It’s that time of year again – party time!! Come join us for a meal to celebrate the close of another year.

What: Bounenkai followed by Karaoke

Who: JETAA member and a plus one

When: Saturday 17 December 2016

Where: Genta Japanese Restaurant

Price: $25 for a shared meal (this is the subsidised price). Drinks, dessert and karaoke at own expense.

RSVP: amelia.sirimanne@gmail.com or 027 209 1981 or message me on FB – by 10 December 2016. Also if you have any questions.

Don’t forget we will be playing Stealing Santa so just bring a small $5-$10 (may be a re-gift) wrapped present :)

(Sample menu)
Edamame
Spinach salad
Fresh Spring roll
Seaweed Tofu Salad
Beef Tataki
Sashimi
Teriyaki Chicken roll
Vegetable tempura
Yakisoba

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Photo via JETAA Auckland’s Facebook Event

19. Northeast JETAA hosted by the New England JETAA 

Northeast JETAA 30th Anniversary Ski Trip

When: January 27-29, 2017
Where: Killington Mountain, Vermont Killington, VT

Sign up today for NEJETAA’s JET 30th anniversary ski trip! The deadline is Monday, December 19th. Spots are limited to 30 people, so sign up now to reserve your spot! JETs, Friends of JET, and those considering JET are welcome!

https://goo.gl/forms/dvd6vSdXOiX48fwT2

This year the New England JET Alumni Association will host the 4th Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip from January 27th – 29th at Killington Ski Resort, the largest ski area in the eastern United States.

This event also kicks off NEJETAA’s celebration of the JET Program’s 30th Anniversary!

Not interested in skiing? The Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals to do cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long Trail Brewery.

http://www.killington.com/site/index.html

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Photo from NEJETAA’s Facebook Event


Nov 27

 

Review by Eden Law (ALT Fukushima 2010-2011), from the 20th Japanese Film Festival in Australia. Currently president of JETAANSW, and Country Representative for Australia.

Clear the air.

Clear the air.

‘After the Storm’ featured as the opening night film for the 20th Japanese Film Festival (JFF) nationally in Australia. This slice-of-life episode in a family’s story is another wonderful example of Kore-eda’s skillfull storytelling of the dysfunctional family dynamic. Where other films in this genre might occassional use confrontational arguments for conflict and drama, or cynically exploit these conflicts for comedic effect, Kore-eda adds a deeper emotional layer of melancholy and gentleness that makes his characters sympathetic, for all their faults and questionable motives.

Abe Hiroshi plays Ryota, a one-hit wonder author who has been trying to come up with his next novel for almost 15 years, while working as a seedy private detective, scraping together cash by blackmailing clients and rummaging through the belongings of his mother, Yoshiko (Kiki Kirin) for things to pawn for cash. Ryota is the very picture of a dead-beat dad – barely able to pay child support, he still wastes it all on gambling, even when his increasingly exasperated ex-wife, Kyoko (Maki Yoko) threatens to cut off access to his son, wise-beyond-his-years Shingo (Yoshizawa Taiyo). His sister (Kobayashi Satomi) is similarly at the end of her patience with Ryota, although like their mother, she is indulgent with the once-bright star of their family.

The storm in the movie title is a typhoon that maroons the fractured family together at Ryota’s mother’s apartment, forced into a temporary reunion that delights Yoshiko and Shingo, but creates an uncomfortably close and intimate situation for the former married couple. In this small space, emotions and memories, both good and bad, emerged, but it also provides a chance for much-needed frank discussion, not just between Ryota and Kyoko, but between all the characters.

‘After the Storm’ isn’t as concerned about a conventional resolution storyline, but rather about the interaction and tension of family (or ex-family) connections. In bringing out the complexities of these interactions, the actors do a superb job: Abe is able to show the vulnerabilities of his character to create someone who is not a total jerk – an immature man-child yes, but someone who feels his sense of failure constantly, and desperate not to screw up with his son, which is the only thing he hasn’t destroyed yet in his life. Maki plays Kyoko as a direct contrast with Ryota – tense and upright in her bearing, determined to firm with her feckless ex-husband, but also to suppress whatever feelings she may still have for him. Kiki completely delights as the sassy mother to Abe’s Ryota in a mother-son dynamic that is done with such ease and naturalness that it is one of the highlights of the film; and ultimately she proves to be the wise and emotional core of the film, understanding all too well how her son’s faults have caused things to end up the way they have. And paired with Yoshizawa’s Shingo, the actors provide some of movie’s most emotionally affecting moments, as Shingo’s simple and honest sensitivity provides much-needed empathy and compassion for his neglected grandmother.

Enjoyment of ‘After the Storm’ lies in experiencing the truths to be found in the conversations of Kore-eda’s script, and while no fairy-tale ending is to be found, ends with the possibility of reconciliation (not in the conventional sense) and hope.

After the Storm (Umi Yorimo Mada Fukaku) by Hirokazu Kore-eda, released May 21, 2016, starring Abe Hiroshi, Kiki Kirin, Maki Yoko, Yoshizawa Taiyo, Ikematsu Sosuke, Lily Franky, Kobayashi Satomi, Hashizume Isao.


Nov 18

WIT Life is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

Along with ramen and sushi, sake is a part of Japanese food and drink culture that is ubiquitous here in New York.  But as someone who spent the majority of my time in Japan in Kyushu, I sometimes wonder why shochu doesn’t get its fair share of the acclaim.  Down there shochu is the go-to drink, and since 90% of domestic production takes place at distilleries in Kyushu it is known as Shochu Island.

So I was thrilled when Japan Society asked me to interpret at its first ever event showcasing shochu, Distilled, Not Brewed: Discovering Shochu.  The main speaker was Shinichiro Watanabe, CEO of Kyoya Shuzo and Chairman of the Committee on Shochu Planning at the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association.  His presentation on shochu was for the uninitiated, and highlighted aspects of this distilled liquor such as its history, cultural significance and health benefits.

To breakdown the basics of Watanabe’s presentation, the main way that shochu differs from sake is that it is distilled as opposed to brewed.  Sake is made from rice whereas shochu can be made from ingredients such as sweet potato, barley and rice.  The ingredient is determined by what Read More


Nov 1

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

As fall comes and goes in Japan, many people are starting to have indoor activities and events. The biggest change has been the type of food available for purchase. We’re now starting to see oden and nabe sold at conbinis and local shops. Check out if the cooler weather is sparking indoor eating events in your local JETAA community.

1. JETAANC

Volunteer Info Pizza Party

When: November 2nd, 6 pm-7 pm PDT 
Where: 3 Embarcadero Ctr, San Francisco, CA 94111-4034, United States

**Can’t join in person? Watch remotely on this event page via FB Live Video!: https://www.facebook.com/events/225248887889284/?%3Fti=ia **

Enjoy some free pizza and snacks while learning about our chapter’s many volunteer opportunities for JET alumni and friends. Whether you have only a little time to volunteer or a lot, we can match you with the right opportunity to fit your passions, talents, and time constraints.

We are looking for help with our social, cultural, career development, and scholarship programs; chapter operations, including communications/social media, IT, and membership; and activities supporting the JET Program.

Volunteering for JETAANC is a great way to “give back” to Japan while learning new skills and working with a talented, fun team to make a big impact in our community. It also looks great on your resume to have worked for a major 501(c)(3) NPO!

Register here: https://jetaancvolunteerinfo.eventbrite.com/

Agenda:
6:00 – Registration & networking
6:15 – Intro to JETAANC & volunteer opportunities
6:30 – Q&A and volunteer sign up
7:00 – Networking Nomikai at nearby Crystal Jade (4 Embarcadero Center)

Location:
3 Embarcadero Center
20th Floor
San Francisco

JETAANC’s Volunteering page: http://www.jetaanc.org/activites/volunteering/

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2. JETAA Wellington

November Meeting

When: November 3rd, 5:30 pm NZDT
Where: 18F, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis street, Wellington, New Zealand 6011

It’s that time when JETAA Wellington are having our monthly meeting again. Come and join us to discuss what we’ve been up to and what we are going to be up to in the coming months.

November will be a busy month, with the Photo Contest and Exhibition in full swing, as well as the Japan Festival on November 26. Lock in your chance to work on the Taiyaki stall, or see how else you can get involved in these events and much more just by coming along! We hope to see you there!

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3. JETAA Ottawa 

25th Annual Soiree

When: November 3rd, 7 pm-9pm EDT
Where: 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2L7

Join JETAA Ottawa, alumni, and the public as we celebrate 25 years of JETAA in Ottawa. This year’s Networking Wine and Sushi will be replaced by a swanky celebratory soiree that boasts the same AYCE / AYCD wine, sake, and snacks as in previous years but this year will also host a VIP keynote speaker, a representative from the Embassy of Japan, and live entertainment.
The event runs from 7-9pm
Jean Pigott Hall, Ottawa City Hall
Tickets are $20 (EARLY BIRD PRICE) and will go up on October 27th. Get yours today!
Dress: Business or National Dress

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4. JETAA Portland

Resume Writing Workshop

When: November 3rd, 6 pm-8pm PDT
Where: 2223 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR

Recently returned from JET and need a little help with your job search? Join our Resume Writing Workshop!

To help you find your new job the JET Alumni Association of Portland is putting together a resume workshop for new returnees. This is a great chance for you to work with our JET Alumni and get your resume ready to send out to those potential employers and recruiters. This will be a working session to help you take your resumes and cover letters from rough draft to final edition. By the end of the session you will have met some new faces, put together your resume, created a version of your cover letter, and will be ready to move forward in your job search.

When: Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Townshend’s Tea (2223 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR) – find us in the basement at one of the big tables!

What to bring: Your current resume and cover letter, a list of your accomplishments on JET, a list of previous employers, writing and note taking materials.

Also considering bringing: Character references, business cards, and a laptop if you would prefer to work digitally.

RSVP: Contact Michael Richey if you’re interested in joining or if you have questions.

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Photo from JETAA Portland’s website

5. JETAA Vic/Tas/SA

JET Programme 30th Anniversary Cocktail Celebration

When: November 4th, 7 pm AEDT
Where: 23 South Wharf Promenade, Melbourne, Australia 3006

Let’s celebrate 30 years of JET!

It’s time to get classy and dress up for JETAA Vic/Tas/SA’s biggest event of the year, a cocktail night commemorating 30 years of the JET Programme!

Hosted a stones throw away from the ocean edge, this evening will see people from all walks of life, touched by JET, come together to celebrate the many friendships built through the programme over the years.

We hope you can make it to this truly special event! Make sure to spread the word to former JETs you know who may not have received information about this event. We would love as many JETAA members to attend as possible!

WHEN: Friday November 4th, 7pm ~

WHERE: The Boatbuilders Yard, The Decks Private Room, 23 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC 3006

COST: $15 for members and non-members, including 2 hrs of canapés and various drinks

RSVP: Must be received by Thursday 10am October 27th at rsvp@victassa.jetaa.org.au. Please contact us again if you do not receive a reply within 48 hours.

Hope to see you there!

— From your friends on the JETAA Vic/Tas/SA Committee

 

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Photo from JETAA Vic/Tas/SA’s Facebook event page

6. JETAAUK

London Karaoke and Pub Social

When: November 4th, 6 pm-11pm GMT
Where: 37-38 Great Marlborough St, London, W1F 7JFUnited Kingdom

Our third social with a twist! We will be meeting at O’Neill’s in Carnaby Street for the usual pub socialising. A space has been reserved from 6pm. As usual, look out for the JETAA sign and the hinomaru flag.

For those who would like to re-live the fun of belting out some tunes in a room full of fellow Karaoke lovers, we have made reservations at Adanami from 7 – 9pm. We aim to meet at the pub and head to the venue for 7pm, alternatively, you can make your way to the venue directly and meet us outside.

In true Japanese style, the venue is pretty small so unfortunately there are only 10 tickets available. Get yours ASAP to avoid disappointment. But don’t worry if you can’t get a ticket there is a waiting list which you can add your name to so you will get priority for our next Karaoke social.

The Karaoke venue is BYOB so feel free to purchase something before hand, we will also be making a pit stop enroute to the venue.

This is a great chance to re-connect with other JETs and friends and get natsukashii about your experiences in Japan whilst networking and meeting new people. Share your sempai wisdom with the recently returned JETs or get to know those who have been back for a while longer. Friends of JETs are are also very very welcome, so feel free to invite anyone even if they weren’t a JET.

Details

Date:
Nov 4
Time:
18:00 – 23:00
Cost:
£10.50
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/karaoke-at-adanami-tickets-28763661887

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Photo from JETAAUK’s website

7. PNWJETAA

Transitions

When: November 5th, 9 am-4:30 pm PDT
Where: 3710 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98195, United States

Whether you’ve just come back from Japan, or have recently moved to the Pacific Northwest or are considering trying something new, it’s time to figure out what your next move will be:  Job? Grad School? Volunteering?

 

Get ideas and advice as well as network in order to put your next plan of action into motion!  PNWJETAA has a great program lined up for whichever direction you are planning to go next!  Although this event will be open to the public, it was originally created to serve the needs of our members like YOU!

 

 Transitions: Opportunities Forum & Networking Expo!

Saturday, November 5th from 9:00am – 4:30pm

University of Washington, Waterfront Activities Center

3710 Montlake Blvd., Seattle, Washington 98195

Please visit the Transitions Site for updates and full details

 

Reserve your space TODAY with these two simple steps:

 

Admission includes:

  • Key Note Presentation on “How to Parlay The JET Experience In the Real World”
  • Presentation on “Being Competitive in the Japanese Company Job Market” – from a recruiter’s perspective
  • Small group discussions: LinkdIn Tips & Best Practices; Careers using Japanese Language Skills, Creating Balance, Continuing Education Options.
  • Individual resume reviews
  • Profile headshots by professional photographer
  • Networking Expo: Meet one-on-one with today’s presenters as well as local community, grad school program & business representatives.

If you are not yet a registered member of PNWJETAA, be sure to register with PNWJETAA(http://pnwjetaa.org/registration-2/registration/) in order to purchase the discounted Transitions Ticket!

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Photo from PNWJETAA’s Website

8. JETAA Wellington

Welcome Back 2016 Returning JETs

When: November 6th, 2 pm-5 pm NZDT
Where: 3710 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98195, United States

As my final event as the Kiwi JET Coordinator, I am hosting a “Yaki Food Fiesta” of Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki at my house in Tawa (only 15mins from the city by train or car) on Sunday afternoon and really hope you can make it along to welcome the 2016 Returning JETs back to the friendly JETAA Wellington Community.

Our country Rep will be in Japan for the 30th anniversary celebrations that weekend so it is great timing for us to celebrate vicariously with her and an awesome way to share some delicious food with great people. BYO drinks but JETAA Wellington will provide all yummy okonomiyaki and takoyaki!

Please click “going” on the event if you are able to make it so we can be sure to get enough ingredients Friends, family, plus ones welcome, just let me know when you RSVP :)

I will message everyone who is coming a few days before the party with my house number (and my cellphone just in case) but Roy Street is only a 5-8minute walk from Tawa Train Station (take the Kapiti line from Wellington for 15minutes) – Hope to see you there!

Please note that the Embassy will still organise an official Welcome Back (which have been running at the Ambassador’s Residence each year since 2014) for the 2016 Returning JETs but due to the Japan Festival in November this won’t be until February this year so this is a great chance for a more timely and slightly less formal Welcome Back :)

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Photo from JETAA Wellington’s Facebook event page

9. JETAA Music City

JETAA Potluck

When: November 6th, 12 pm-4 pm CST
Where: 2500 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

The weather is finally cooling off and that means it’s time for our annual Nashville Japan Potluck! Music City JET Alumni
Association welcomes everyone to come join us for delicious food, great fun, and the chance to meet amazing people!
Food and games will be provided, however the fun of a potluck is getting to share your favorite dishes with new friends!

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Photo from JETAA Music City’s Facebook event page

10. JETAA Chicago

JETAA Chicago Member Meeting 

When: November 7th, 6:30 pm CST
Where: 659 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, Illinois 60614

On Monday, November 7th, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly member meeting.

The meeting’s location will be Next Door Chicago on Diversey. It will not be at Mitsuwa. (But that photo is from our Survivor Series, which you can learn about!)

This meeting will be the introduction of the new board for the 2016-2017 year. Come learn about the new leadership and let us learn what you want out of JETAA this year!

We gladly welcome returnees and alumni alike.

A light dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances. This time we will be buying food from Next Door. They savory and sweet crepes, coffees and teas as well.

There may be a nomikai afterwards for those interested.

Email info@jetaachicago.com with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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Photo from JETAA Chicago’s Facebook event page

11. JETAADC

JETs@State Briefing and Reception

When: November 10th, 4-5:30 pm EST
Where: 2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520

** To register, please email professionaldevelopment@jetaadc.org with “RSVP JETs@STATE EVENT” and your name in the email subject line by Friday, Nov 4, 5pm. Please note that space is very limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. **

Please join us for a special, combined event between JETAADC and JETs@State with a special guest in the Delegates Lounge at the U.S. Department of State. Stay tuned for updates!

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Photo from JETAADC’s website

12. JETAANY

Narrow Road to the Deep North

When: November 10th, 7-10 pm EST
Where: 333 E 47th St, New York, New York 10017

After consulting the I Ching, it has been determined that our next read will be THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH, the 2014 Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Richard Flanagan.

The book tells the story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by memories of a love affair and his subsequent experiences as a prisoner of war. Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho’s travel journal, the novel is epic in form and chronicles an Australian century, with one horrific day at its heart on the Burma Railway in August 1943. Encompassing the post-war lives of Japanese and Korean prison guards as well as Australian Far East Prisoners of War, the novel deals both with the effects of war and the many forms of love.

The JETAANY Book Club is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading. Please join us for a casual, nonjudgmental discussion!

Bring $3-5 for pizza; soda will be provided but snacks/dessert/wine for sharing is welcome.

RSVP/Questions via Facebook or by emailing bookclub[at]jetaany[dot]org

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Photo from JETAANY’s Facebook event page

13. JETAA Toronto

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

When/Where: November 10th, 7 pm EST at 6 Garamond Ct, North York, ON M3C 1Z5,

November 11th, 6:15 pm EST at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada

JETAA Toronto is proud to be co-presenting two, that’s right two films at this year’s Reel Asian Film Festival! Now in its 20th year! #ReelAsian20

This year, we co-present to you…

MY DAD & MR ITO お父さんと伊藤さん
(November 10th at the JCCC. 7pm)

TSUKIJI WONDERLAND 築地ワンダーランド
(November 11th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. 6:15pm)

Two different, but well received Japanese films I feel should appeal to you fine JETAA members.

Please see the attached posters/promotional images, and absolutely stay tuned in the coming days for the trailers, even more information, promo codes for many films at the festival, and even the chance to win some tickets to the co-presented films! That’s right, free tickets could be yours all for reading the very wall you’re reading right now.

Check out the links below for more information on the festival, and I hope to see some of you out there at the movies!

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reelasian
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reelasian/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/reelasian

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Photo from the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s Facebook page

14. JETAA Chicago

Career Development Workshop

When: November 12th, 2 pm CST
Where: 222 Merchandise Mart Plz, Ste 1212, Chicago, Illinois 60654

Come learn from like-minded professionals at our annual Career Development Workshop.

Theme: Telling your JET story for the career you want.

We will have former JETs speaking on their current careers, how to update Linkedin profiles, and most importantly, how to tell your JET story for the career that you want. We will have a keynote speaker, and people from the fields of translation, international business, non-profit work and more!

**If you are from out of state, be sure to let us know in advance. We can reimburse for some of the costs of travel.

Supported by USJETAA and the Sasakawa USA

Be sure to register via our guestlist website. This will help with food and setup: https://guestlistapp.com/events/435612

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Photo from JETAA Chicago’s Facebook event page

15. Great Lakes JETAA

Monthly Meet-up

When: November 13th, 1 pm EST
Where: 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Our monthly meet-up will happen at the DIA in November! We will check out the “Detroit After Dark” exhibition. This photographic exhibit includes architectural studies, street scenes and graffiti, as well as some of Detroit’s famous night haunts, like jazz club Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, the legendary Grande Ballroom, and punk and garage rock venues such as Bookie’s Club and the Gold Dollar. We will meet at Cafe DIA in the lower level. GLJETAA will have a special DIA gift for all alum that attend! Hope to see everyone next month!

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Photo from the Great Lakes JETAA Facebook event page

16. JETAA Rocky Mountains

Board Game Day 

When: November 13th, 2 pm MST
Where: 1710 S Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80210

Hey all, do you love boardgames, atari, and dare I say knitting? Then join JETAA Rocky Mountain at Grandma’s House on November 13th.

This quirky bar really does feel like your grandparents place, and is lined wall to wall with board games, atari, and an N64 – Come be dorky with us for an afternoon at Denver’s coziest bar.

And of course for our more recently returned JETs, feel free to bring any job announcments, cover letters, or resumes you’d like to have checked over.

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Photo from JETAA Rocky Mountain’s Facebook event page

17. JETAAMN

November Happy Hour

When: November 16th, 6-9 pm CST
Where: 1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418

Hello everyone!

Come and join us for drinks, food and fun at our November Happy Hour event on Wednesday, November 16th. This time, we will meet at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge (www.psychosuzis.com) in Northeast Minneapolis. This is a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Everyone is welcome!

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From JETAAMN’s Facebook event page

18. JETAADC

A Night of Ramen II

When: November 19th, 5 pm EST
Where: Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC (address will be released only to those who sign-up AND pay).*

The Ramen Returns

Autumn is upon us, and that means the craving for heart and soul warming food intensifies. How better than to sate this craving and also relive your Japan culinary experiences right here in Washington, DC?Joshua Beatty (CIR, Saga 99-01) has generously agreed to once again open up his home for a Night of Ramen. Josh spent the last several years studying traditional and new styles of ramen in Japan, as well as developing his own unique flavors that appeal to both Japanese and America palettes.

Join JETAADC on Saturday, November 19th as he dishes up a variety of ramen, a talk on the history and evolution of ramen, and his own personal experiences.

The ramen featured during the night will be Tonkotsu-based, but a vegetarian option (note: not vegan) will also be available. Please contact JET Talks directly to let us know of any food allergies, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

During the evening, Josh will demonstrate how to make garlic chili oil, an important condiment in Kyushu-style ramen. There will also be a 3 oz jar of garlic chili oil for each attendee to take home.

 


Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 5:00 PM until last ramen serving
Cost: $15
Location: Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC (address will be released only to those who sign-up AND pay).**

**Please note that, due to Safe Track surge #10, Rhode Island Avenue and other stations from Fort Totten to NoMa will be closed. The venue is accessible to Uber, Lyft, taxis and local bus lines, and parking is also available street-side and in a school parking lot across the street. Capital Bikeshare is also close by within 3~4 blocks of the venue.

Due to limited space, we’ll be accepting the first 20 people who sign up and pay. After that we’ll have a wait-list going if people have to drop out (contact JET Talks Chair Stephanie Sanders:jettalks@jetaadc.org). Also feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need to cancel your RSVP.

Sign-Up Here!

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Photo from JETAADC’s website

19. JETAA Toronto

Kiln You Softly

When: November 19th, 12:30-3:30 pm EST
Where: 50 Rolark Drive, Toronto, Ontario M1R 4G2

!! The much anticipated ceramics workshops are here !!
Secret Teatime, run by Helen Kong and Sorlie Madox offers ceramic workshops at varying levels, where you can make bowls, teacups, plates or teapots. JETAA kindly offers this event with reduced pricing so it’s a great opportunity to support this ceramic studio and try your hand at this beautiful art form.

Due to popularity and limitations on the number of participants allowed, this event sold out the past few years. If you are interested, please RSVP as soon as you can!

The workshops will be offered on Saturday November 19th and Sunday November 20th.

Sat Nov 19:
12:30 – 3:30 Bowls & Cups – $55 ($35 for JETAA) max # of participants: 8

4:30 – 7:30 Slab Plates – $55 ($35 for JETAA) max # of participants: 6

Sun Nov 20:
1:00 – 6:00 Teapots – $90 ($70 for JETAA) max # of participants: 4

Location:
50 Rolark Dr.
Scarborough, ON
M1R 4G2

RSVP: Amy Uyeda – amyritsuko@gmail.com

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Photo from JETAA Toronto’s Facebook event page

20. JETAA South Island

J-Kaiwa Language Exchange

When: November 23rd, 7-10 pm NZDT
Where: 371 St Asaph Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 8011

Come along to J-Kaiwa! This free event will allow you to spend time speaking in both Japanese and English. Meet new people and enjoy a fun quiz to win prizes.

Doors open 6.30pm, event starts 7pm so come in early and grab a drink and snack from the awesome bar!

All welcome, please bring your friends!

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Photo from JETAA South Island’s Facebook event page


Oct 14

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Thank you for your continued understanding and support in helping promote the JET Programme. The JET Programme Video Contest, which CLAIR held to create a platform for JET Programme participants and alumni to utilize their unique insight to discover and share the hidden charms of Japan’s local regions, has finally come to an end and the winners have been decided. From all over Japan, over 50 videos were submitted in the Autumn/Winter Edition of the contest and 57 videos in the Spring/Summer Edition, making the total 107 videos submitted over the 11 month period.

We would like to thank everyone who assisted in submitting videos to the contest and raise awareness about this project among the JET community.

The 10 award winners of the contest, announced today, will be recognized for their achievements at the JET Programme 30th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony, scheduled to be held Monday, 7 November, 2016.

Watch Winning Videos

JET Programme Video Contest Winners
First Prize: “Ekin Kabuki Festival, Akaoka, Japan” – Alexander Barnett (Kochi Prefecture)
Most Voted Video Award*: “THIS IS JAPAN” – Rochelle Mighty (Toyama Prefecture)
Best Idea Award: “A Gourmet Tour of Aomori” – Sooyoung Park (Aomori Prefecture)
PR Award: “Tanegashima This is Our Island” – Emily Rose Eisemann (Kagoshima Prefecture)

Best of Season (Spring/Summer) Award:
“Kagura in the Shimane Highlands” – Sarah Laverty (Shimane Prefecture)
“Definitely More Fun in Hiroshima – Kitto Motto Tanoshii Hiroshima” – Arum Jung (Hiroshima Prefecture)

Best of Season (Autumn/Winter) Award:
“Senri no Michi mo Ippo Yori (Little by little, one goes far)” – Aaron Jones (Oita Prefecture)
“Nishiizu, My Little Sunset Town by the Sea” – Dana Nyberg (Shizuoka Prefecture)

Special Judges’ Award:
“The Kotatsu Train of Iwate” – Amada Wayama (Iwate Prefecture)
“Tonneru wo Nukeru to Soko wa Hare no Kuni de atta” – Edouard Brena (Okayama Prefecture)

*The Most Voted Video Award was selected by vote from general viewers on the contest’s website.

Dr. Mitsuko Okamoto, Professor at the Graduate School of Film and New Media at the Tokyo University of Arts and Chair of the Contest’s Panel of Judges, commented on behalf of the panel, saying “…I was moved to see that JET participants truly understand and enjoy the tradition, culture, and variety of seasons of Japan, and that they proactively make efforts to interact with those around them and become part of their respective communities. The videos in this contest are a great endorsement of the JET Programme, of the regions they feature, and of Japan itself.”

CLAIR hopes to utilize the videos submitted in the contest to contribute to the revitalization of Japan’s local regions as well as raise awareness of the activities of JET Programme participants and the JET Programme itself.

 


Oct 11

By Eden Law (ALT Fukushima 2010-2011), reporting from Sydney, Australia.

Chihayafuru

© 2016 “Chihayafuru” Film Partners © Yuki Suetsugu / KODANSHA LTD.

The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) in Australia is the largest Japanese-themed film festival in the world, travelling around the major cities in Australia as well as several regional towns. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, which started in 1997 in North Sydney. As Margarett Cortez, JFF Program Coordinator (at Japan Foundation in Sydney) describes, it has expanded in size and scope, from 3 films, to offer a schedule that now boasts over 40 works, and is a touring festival that covers all the major Australian cities and some regional towns. Some films in the JFF will even have their first world premier during the festival, showing in the same week as when they open in their domestic market (such as Night’s Tightrope and Sanada Ten Braves). The original film festival was the vision of festival director Masafumi Konomi, and while he has moved on from helming the festival, he continues to be involved from Tokyo, ensuring the quality of films that Australian audiences currently enjoy.

Proper 20th anniversary celebrations will kick off in Sydney, the original home of JFF. The Sydney leg will open on 17th November with After the Storm, from legendary director Hirokazu Kore-eda, in a family drama about a deadbeat father given a chance to reconcile with his estranged wife and child. Following the opening film, the celebrations begin with a reception at Sydney Town Hall, with live music, and a special guest appearance by Yukiko Mishima, whose film Night’s Tightrope, a dark coming-of-age story of two girls with an obsession with death, is one of the highlights of the festival. Other events are planned as the festival unfolds, with live music in both Sydney and Melbourne (the latter at the ACMI cafe and bar).

JFF offers something in a wide variety of genres. Ms Cortez recommends the two-parter Chihayafuru – a live-action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series and a “sports” film of sorts, as it is based on competitive karuta, a Japanese card game that has seen a revival due to the popularity of the films. Dramas make a strong showing this year, apart from the aforementioned After the Storm, there is Nagasaki: Memories of My Son, about a grieving mother who reminisces with the spirit of her deceased son about life and loss – this is Japan’s entry to the foreign film category in this year’s Oscars. Creepy, the latest from Japan’s leading horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, is a psychological thriller about a neighbour that gets too close for comfort, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, step into the bizarre (or hilarious, depending on your taste) world of the panty-equipped superhero, Hentai Kamen, who returns in the sequel HK2: The Abnormal Crisis (lead actor Ryohei Suzuki seems to be contractually obliged to bare flesh in his films these days). In the documentary genre, Tsukiji Wonderland, filmed in the last year of operation of the famous Tokyo fish marketplace, is a behind the scenes look at how this institution operated for almost 80 years.

There are far more noteworthy films than can be properly described here – but what is certain is that lovers of Japanese films will be more than satiated with the quality and quantity of films available. To keep up to date as the festival opening dates draws near, go to the website (http://japanesefilmfestival.net/) or follow on various social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).


Oct 7

WIT Life is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

I was in Japan on business for most of September, and while there I caught up on dramas, variety shows and news programs.  One special feature I saw talked about recent trends in 打ち言葉 (uchi kotoba) or Internet slang that was born from cell phone communication.  For example, perhaps the most well known uchi kotoba is あけおめ (ake ome), taking the place of the more formal 明けましておめでとうございます (Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu) or Happy New Year.  Such language is said to be 内輪 (uchiwa) or inner circle, and knowing how to use it indicates you are part of a group.

Some new incarnations that I found interesting were よきよき (yoki yoki) for いいよ (ii yo), or “Sure/That’s fine.”  It actually reminded me of the Kumamoto-ben よかよか (yoka yoka) with the same meaning, which I would hear often while living there on JET.  One abbreviation I liked was り or りょ (ri or ryo), both short for 了解 (Ryokai) or “Understood/Gotcha.”  Another way of conveying a similar sentiment is おけ (Oke) for “Ok,” though this doesn’t seem to make it easier to write.  These uchi kotoba are constantly evolving, and who knows how far they will go…

 


Sep 30

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

Autumn is upon us in Japan and with autumn, brings the gorgeous phenomenon: the change of leaf colors. Since moving to Japan, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the changing of colors from green to yellow, orange, and red. Check out what events are happening around the JETAA community. Perhaps there’s some fall outdoor events for chapters in the northern hemisphere.

1. JETAA USA National Conference in Los Angeles

2016 JETAA National Conference
Hosted by JETAA Southern California

When: September 29th ~ October 2nd
Where: Double Tree by Hilton-120 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States

The conference will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton in the historical district of Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. A great thank you to JETAASC for pulling out all the stops and organizing the hotel venue, dining sites, and evening events for this year’s conference!

We invite two delegates from each JETAA Chapter to attend. We recommend sending delegates that will be continuing as leaders and play active roles with your chapter in 2016/2017

(all times are tentative)
Thursday 9/29: Welcome Reception at 6pm hosted by USJETAA
Friday 9/30: Conference 8am – 6pm & Evening Reception hosted by Consul General
Saturday 10/1: Conference 8am – 6pm & Evening Reception hosted by CLAIR
Sunday 10/2: Conference 8am to 12pm, followed by optional local activities

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Photo courtesy of JETAAUSA.com

2.  JETAANY

Pub Trivia Night

When: October 3rd, 7 pm-10 pm EDT
Where: Stone Creek Bar and Lounge-140 E 27th St A, New York, NY 10016, United States

Hey everyone!

Mark your calendars, it’s trivia time! Do you have the intellectual fortitude to reign supreme as the JETAA trivia master? Do you know the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? Prove it! Join us as fellow JET alum and this year’s host Wade Binneboese (Aomori represent!) tests your knowledge on everything from Japan to pop culture, and mix it up with other alumni over good food, good drinks, and great company. There may also be an interactive category for the truly witty, and amazing* prizes for the best teams! Sign up soon, and we’ll see you there!

*Cats not included*

COST: $10 to play and for light appetizers; order drinks and food a la carte from waitstaff. Happy hour is good through 8 pm – special for us! Pay athttp://jetaany.org/2016/09/11/1003-jetaany-pub-trivia-night/

Stone Creek Bar & Lounge
140 East 27th street (btwn Third and Lexington) http://stonecreeknyc.com/

We have a private room in the back!

Happy hour is until 8 pm (only for us!). Meet at 7:00 pm to make team, Game starts at 7:30.

Teams will be up to you, but team size will be determined by turnout, so the more who come, the more you can have on your team!

Email social@jetaany.org with any questions.

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PC: From the JETAANY Facebook event page

3. JETAA Chicago

October Meeting

When: October 3rd, 6:30 pm CDT
Where: 325 N. LaSalle, Suite 775

On Monday, October 3rd, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly board meeting.

The meeting’s location will be at 325 N. LaSalle, Suite 775, so pencil the date in your diary.

Please confirm attendance by noon on 10/3 so we can register them at the front desk, and everyone will need a photo ID.

This meeting is the big one, we will celebrate a successful year with our current board of officers before we elect new people into roles.

If you are interested in running for a position do email info@jetaachicago.com for more details, or visit http://jetaachicago.com/archives/officerelections.

We gladly welcome returnees and alumni alike.

A light dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances.

There will be a nomikai afterwards.

Email info@jetaachicago.com with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda.

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PC: From JETAA Chicago’s Facebook event page

4. JETAANC

SF Networking Nomikai

When: October 6th, 6 pm-7:30 pm PDT
Where: Crystal Jade Jiang Nan-Embarcadero Center, 4 Embarcadero Center, Lobby Level, San Francisco, CA 94111, United States

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

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

Look for alumni with red JETAANC lanyards. Or print out this mini JETAANC table sign so people can find you! Just fold in half and then fold the bottom of each side into a base to make a standing “triangle”:
http://bit.ly/Xedg5s

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

**Please drink responsibly.**

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PC: From JETAANC’s Facebook event page

5. JETAA NSW

10th Inoue Yasushi Award Ceremony and Japanese Culture Program

When: October 7th, 6 pm-8 pm NSW
Where: The University Of Sydney – Charles Perkins Centre D17, The University of Sydney Johns Hopkins Drive Camperdown NSW 2050 Australia

The 10th Inoue Yasushi Award Ceremony and Japanese Culture Program is held at the Charles Perkins Auditorium Centre at the University of Sydney.

Inoue Yasushi is one of Japan’s most revered and awarded figures in Japanese literature, a highly prolific writer of poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels. In 2006 (Australia-Japan Year of Exchange), the Inoue Yasushi Award was established at the University of Sydney by the Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation/Inoue Family and Masanori Ohtani in Sydney to encourage research and researchers of Japanese Literature in Australia and NZ. Certification and Prize will be awarded to the winners chosen by the Selection Committee of The University of Sydney. The Program introduces Inoue Yasushi’s life, his works and his days, Silk Road, history of China and Japan since the 6th century with beautiful music, pictures and films and reading of his poems and stories.

This is a free event, so book early or enquire at inoueyaward@gmail.com.

6. JETAANC

JET Welcome Back Reception and Nomikai

When: October 7th, 6:30 pm-8 pm PDT; 8:15 pm- 10 pm PDT
Where: The Consul General’s Residence (2700 Vallejo Street, San Francisco CA 94123); Lion Pub (2062 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115)

Who: This is for JETs returning in the last three years
What: Official Welcome Back Reception
Where: The Consul General’s Residence (2700 Vallejo Street, San Francisco CA 94123)
When: 6:30 to 8:00
Dress: business casual
Separate RSVP Required:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe14YOiuhGqnQU4peJf-kM9xIgx8xb2M7bc0mhrXMC_G9qQOg/viewform?c=0&w=1

JET alumni and friends are all invited to welcome back the 2016 JET returnees! Come by to share stories, advice, memories, and smiles!
Look for people with the red JETAANC lanyards, possibly a small JETAANC sign.
The nomikai will be at Lion Pub (Divisadero Street and Sacramento Street), about a 10-minute walking distance from the Consul General’s residence.
When: October 7, 2016
Time: 8:15 pm – 10:00 pm (Feel free to hang out earlier or later!)
Where: Lion Pub (2062 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115) [Near Welcome Back Receptions]
How to get there: Buses 1, 2, 22, 24, and 38 will get you close to Lion Pub
Note: Pub may be busy, and there are no reservations. So, feel free to come early! Some of us will get there at 8:15 pm from the Consul General’s residence!

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-jetaanc-welcome-back-nomikai-registration-27398666148

7. JETAAUK

NW Manchester Welcome Back Party!

When: October 8th, 7 pm-9 pm BST
Where: Samsi Manchester-36-38 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 3NR, United Kingdom

October is when we in the North welcome back our recently returned brethren. This year we will be holding two separate events in both Liverpool and Manchester where we will eat, drink, reminisce and carouse and help our new returnees recover from reverse-culture shock with some Northern hospitality! This is a great way to introduce new ex-JETs the wider JETAA North West community. Partners/friends/ adorable plushies are as always welcome but in case of number limitations, priority will be given to ex-JETs.

Saturday October 8th 7pm-9:30pm at the Little Samsi in Manchester City centre (hosted by Charles)
(http://www.samsi.co.uk/samsi-manchester.htm )

A six minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station or ten minutes from Manchester Piccadilly bus station.

Please RSVP Lorna at nwevents@jetaa.org.uk by October 1st for Manchester and October 15th for Liverpool. If you miss the deadline, you may still be able to squeeze in, so please message! (And of course attending both is fine too!)

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PC: JETAAUK’s Facebook event page

8. JETAANY Philadelphia Sub-chapter

Philly Yukata Bar Crawl

When: October 8th, 1 pm EDT
Where: Bars in Philly TBD

Couldn’t make the NYC Yukata Bar Hop? Looking for an excuse to wear your super stylish yukata or jinbei one more time before it gets too cold? The Philly JET Alumni Association will be hosting a bar crawl and all JETs and friends of JETs are invited.

Dress in your yukata/jinbei or your however you’d like to represent yourself for a good walkabout the city! Locations to be announced, friends welcome. Celebrate the last of robe weather!

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PC: JETAANY Philadelphia Sub-chapter’s Facebook event page

9. JETAAMN

JET Returnee Dinner

When: October 8th, Time TBD
Where: Place TBD

On Saturday, October 8th,JETAAMN will be welcoming home newly returned JETs with a Returnee Dinner. Former JETs, family and friends of former JETs, or any others interested in joining us are welcome! More details will follow soon, so please watch ourFacebookTwitter, and your email inbox for more information.

10. GLJETAA

Yates Cider Mill Meetup

When: October 9th, 1 pm EDT
Where: Yates Cider Mill-1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, United States

The scenic beauty at Yates Cider Mill is ideal for a relaxing stroll, an afternoon picnic, or simply a quiet moment at the river’s edge while enjoying a Cider Mill treat. You name it, it’s your memory waiting to be made! For an enjoyable Michigan afternoon, visit Yates Cider Mill!

http://www.yatescidermill.com/

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PC: From GLJETAA Facebook event page

11. JETAA Rocky Mountains

Second Sunday: Board Meeting and Networking Nomikai

When: October 9th, 12 pm-3 pm MDT
Where: Fort Collins Brewery & Tavern-1020 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, United States

Come one, come all, to October’s Second Sunday Board Meeting and Networking Nomikai, or should I say, Norikai?! Grab a bike and a helmet and join us for pedals and pints in Fort Collins where we will pedal our way through town sampling the delicious drinkable fare.

Board Meeting @ Fort Collins Brewery and Tavern: 12 PM-2 PM
Networking Norikai @ Odell Brewing Company*: from 2:05PM

*Our pedals and pints adventure starts at Odell’s, but feel free to drop in to the Board Meeting at FCB beforehand. Bring your own bike or grab one at the bike share station. Check out http://bike.zagster.com/fortcollins/ for the specifics to ensure a stress-free riding experience.

If you need a ride or want to carpool, post to this event and we’ll get it figured out!

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PC: From JETAA Rocky Mountain’s Facebook event page

12. JETAANC

East Bay Networking Nomikai

When: October 13th, 6 pm-7:30 pm PDT
Where: B-Dama ビー玉-907 Washington St, Oakland, California 94607

Join alumni and friends at our monthly East Bay Networking Nomikai (happy hour)! We are heading back to B-Dama in Old Oakland, near 12th Street BART, 12 minutes from SF. B-Dama offers real-deal Japanese izakaya food and drinks, including $5 Asahi on tap:
http://www.asbdama.com/

Come out, make new friends, and catch up with old ones. It’s a good chance to develop your network. Everyone is welcome!

Look for alumni with red JETAANC lanyards. Or print out this mini JETAANC table sign so people can find you! Just fold in half and then fold the bottom of each side into a base to make a standing “triangle”:
http://bit.ly/Xedg5s

JETAANC East Bay Networking Nomikai are held the second Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars!

**Please drink responsibly.**

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PC: From JETAANC’s Facebook event page

13. JETAA Ottawa 

Welcome Back Pub Night

When: October 15th, 7:30 pm-10:30 pm EDT
Where: Clocktower Brewpub Byward Market 89 Clarence, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5P5

Join your fellow alumni and recently returned JETA at the Byward Clocktower Pub as we get all natsukashiiiiiii and dish about our lives pre, during, and post-Japan. Get and give insight and advice at our annual “okaeri” event. RSVP to events@jetaaottawa.ca today.

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PC-From JETAA Ottawa’s Facebook event page

14. JETAANY

Career Forum

When: October 15, 3 pm-6 pm
Where:Nippon Club-145 West 57th street

On Saturday, October 15, we are hosting our annual Career Forum at the Nippon Club. The event is focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to stay in teaching, use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, then this event is perfect for you.

Date: Saturday October 15th

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street)

RSVP: ONLINE by Wednesday, October 6th.  To attend this FREE event we ask all attendees to fill out a form about your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally

Questions: Contact Wendy at social[at]jetaany.org or David at treasurer[at]jetaany.org

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Schedule: 

3:00 – Doors open, registration, networking

3:30 – Welcome Remarks

3:35 – Writing Resumes for Results session

4:00 – Interviewing with Confidence session

4:25 – Break

4:40 – JET Alumni Panel Discussion with Q&A

5:10 – Wrap up

5:15 – Introduce Japanese recruiters

5:20 – Break-out sessions: Meet recruiters & JET Alumni

5:50/6:00 – End

We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming JETAANY event!

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PC: From JETAANY’s Featured News and Events section on its website

15. GLJETAA

Cedar Point Trip

When: October 15th, 7 am EDT
Where: Cedar Point 1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, Ohio 44870

Between out two great states we have some stellar day trip locations, one of them being Cedar Point! So all you rollercoaster lovers out there be sure to sign up for this event! (It will also be Halloweekends season!!)

If you’ve got a bit of a drive to the park, we encourage carpooling!

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PC: From GLJETAA Facebook event page

16. JETAAUK

NW Film Trip ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

When: October 16th, 12 pm-3 pm BST
Where: The Printworks 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS Manchester, United Kingdom

Missing anime but feeling too lazy to test out your Japanese? Say no more!
Kubo and the Two Strings is a new, beautiful stop-motion animation from Laika Studios (Coraline). Set in feudal Japan and drawing inspiration from Eastern traditions and folklore and receiving glowing reviews so far, it looks the perfect balance of 可愛い (kawaii) and怖い (kowaii).

JETAA North-West is proposing meeting on Saturday October 15th/Sunday 16th EITHER at the Liverpool Vue Cinema or at the Printworks in Manchester city centre to enjoy the film and maybe grab lunch/dinner (unfortunately precise film times are not available this far in advance).

Whichever venue seems to be the most popular is the one we will go for, so please RSVP Lorna (nwevents@jetaa.org.uk ) by October 10th and we will confirm times and meeting spots! (If you cannot make the date but would still like to see the film, please message with another date and if we have enough demand we may reschedule).

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PC: From JETAAUK’s Facebook event page

17. JETAA Rocky Mountain

Returnees Dinner

When: October 20th, 6 pm-8 pm 
Where: Address and directions to be sent to participants upon registration

2016 Retuners Dinner at the Denver Consular General’s Residence:

If you are a newly returned 2016 Alumni, you will receive a formal email from the Denver Consulate. Other Alumni, please read on:

We have 10 spots open to Alumni who would like to come and meet the newly returned 2016 JETs. This event requires an RSVP.

★ You must be a JET Alumni, and you must be registered in our membership database. Following our Facebook page does not count as membership. We will send details about the event after the first 10 slots have filled up.

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSd0jHcrUwT2ZVGAnt…/viewform

JETAARM membership form:
http://jetaarockymountain.org/register/

18. JETAAUK

NW Liverpool Welcome Back Party

When: October 22nd, 7 pm-9 pm BST
Where: Miyagi-77 Bold Street, L1 4EZ Liverpool

October is when we in the North welcome back our recently returned brethren. This year we will be holding two separate events in both Liverpool and Manchester where we will eat, drink, reminisce and carouse and help our new returnees recover from reverse-culture shock with some Northern hospitality! This is a great way to introduce new ex-JETs the wider JETAA community. Partners/friends/ adorable plushies are as always welcome but in case of number limitations, priority will be given to ex-JETs.

Saturday October 22nd 7pm-9:30pm at Miyagi in Liverpool (hosted by Corrina)

(http://www.mister-miyagi.co.uk/ )
Please note, this is the BOLD STREET Miyagi Restaurant! A five minute walk from Liverpool central or 8 mins from Liverpool Lime Street

Please RSVP Lorna at nwevents@jetaa.org.uk by October 1st for Manchester and October 15th for Liverpool. If you miss the deadline, you may still be able to squeeze in, so please message! (And of course attending both is fine too!)

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PC: JETAAUK’s Facebook event page

19. HJETAA

Returnee Social

When: October 28th, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm CDT
Where: Tapcade-1701 McGee St, Ste 200, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

(Due to scheduling conflicts and the new jETAA hadn’t returned yet, this is the actual event!)

Let’s meet the JET returnees over drinks and 80s/90s arcade games!

JET Returnees! Come meet the alumni! We’re an awesome community that wants to hear about your stories! We want to hear about your plans? Not sure what to do about grad school or a job? We’ve got members from all over walks of life that want to help you out.

Never been to Tapcade? $5 gets you unlimited arcade games. Drink menu on the website below. Parking is free on the streets.

http://www.tapcadekc.com/

*Not official JET-supported event.

** There are way more than 4 arcade games than pictured above. They’re behind the picture’s view.

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PC: From HJETAA’s Facebook event page


Sep 22

A huge congratulations to Katrina Barnas for starting up JETAA Mexico! Please read the following message from Katrina and pass this information to anyone you may know working or living in Mexico:

Know any JET alum in Mexico? JETAA Mexico is just fresh and new and would love to see who is out there. We have a Facebook closed group – JETAA Mexico. Please pass the word and have people contact me (Katrina Barnas) directly if they are having trouble getting access to the group. Gracias y Arigato!

 


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