Aug 21



On August 13, 2019, US JETAA hosted a webinar for JET alumni interested in going to law school or pursuing a career in the legal field. Four JET alums: Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-1994), Andy McCarthy (Akita-ken, 2005-2008), Jonathan Carll (Niigata-shi, 2008-2011), and Sarah H. Lee (Kumamoto-ken, 2004-2006) shared their experiences in law school, what they’ve done after they finished, and gave some pointers for those considering a career in law. Feel free to check out the full webinar here.

More information about the speakers can be read below. Thanks to US JETAA for their biographies and hosting a wonderful webinar!


Steven Horowitz (Aichi, 1992-1994) is the Director of Legal English Programs at St. John’s University School of Law where he has the good fortune to work with two other JET alumni! He has a JD from Duke Law School, an MA TESOL from CUNY-Hunter College, a CELTA Certificate, and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied law at Waseda University and interned for Japanese law firms.

Andy McCarthy (Akita, 2005-2008) works for a boutique law firm focusing specifically on oil and gas transactions in various oil and gas plays throughout the United States. After JET, Andy returned to the United States and studied at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, graduating in June, 2011. Shortly after graduation, Andy worked as a field landman in eastern Ohio for nine months, before joining a large oil and gas law firm in Houston, Texas in May, 2012. Andy is licensed to practice law in Texas, Ohio, and Nebraska.

Jonathan Carll, (Niigata City, 2008 – 2011) Graduated from law school in 2015. Licensed in Texas. He worked mostly as a Japanese document review attorney since that time. Prior to law school he worked for a year as a translator on similar Japanese document review projects.

Sarah H. Lee (Kumamoto, 2004-2006) is a legal aid attorney in Boston, MA with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. She currently practices housing and family law; her past practice also includes child welfare law, immigration, consumer law, and foreclosures. Sarah earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was a member of The Ohio State Law Journal and a law clerk with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.


Jul 10

Job Burnout Worksheet

Emily Frank (Hokkaido, 1993-1996) is a professional career counselor and coach who has worked with and helped JET alumni all over the world. Her website is

Job Burnout Worksheet

Are you struggling with a decision about whether it’s time to leave your job or not?  This worksheet will help you decide if you’re really burning out or if you can make some changes at your current job that make it worth sticking out.  Write your answers in as much detail as possible.

  1. Control: Do you feel you lack autonomy at work? What causes you to think that?  For instance, is your work an always-on-call culture, with expectations that you will respond to emails and phone calls even at night or on weekends?  Do you have enough staff to accomplish what needs accomplishing? If not, are there any steps you can take so mitigate these?

  2. Workload: Can you feasibly accomplish your work and still do things like eat lunch and leave work on time?  Have you successfully prioritized your tasks and figured out ways to delegate things? Are you letting perfect be the enemy of good?  Would learning effective time management strategies make your workload manageable?

  3. Reward: Are you getting enough from your job?  Remember that rewards are both intrinsic (the intangible things that make the job itself satisfying, like being acknowledged by colleagues and clients, feeling like you’re growing, etc.) and extrinsic (the things you get from the job like pay and benefits) and that we each need some of both in order to be happy.  What do you need to be getting from your job in order to feel happy with it? Would getting a raise or promotion be enough? (If so, absolutely seek one!)

  4. Fairness: Does praise get spread fairly evenly across all areas of your team, or are certain people given more for doing the same amount of praise-worthy work as others?  Are there racial, gender, age, or gender identity biases? If so, you may want to start by pointing these imbalances out—people are often unaware of their own biases, but tread carefully so as to avoid hurting feelings!  You may even enlist the help of a sympathetic colleague who can say something like, “I noticed that Janet contributed a lot to this program but wasn’t one of the people who got a thank-you gift card for it. Can you please help me understand why that is?”

  5. Culture: Who do you work with?  Are there people who regularly ask how your day is going?  Are people supportive and trustworthy? Is water cooler talk discouraged?  Sometimes you can mitigate some of these relationship challenges by simply getting to know the others you work with a little better, but sometimes those behaviors are frowned on, or your colleagues are simply not people you can trust.  We humans need a sense of community, so the culture of your workplace can have a huge impact on the sustainability of your job.

  6. Values: If you’ve followed any of my social media, you’ll know that this is one of my key talking points.  A mismatch in your values and those of your workplace will burn you out in a job faster than just about anything I know.  Did your workplace once have values that aligned with yours but those have shifted? If so, in what ways has that become apparent?  Are the decision-makers open to suggestions and willing to make small changes? What are the current underlying motivations for decisions, and how do those feel to you?


Deciding whether or not to leave a job can feel like a heavy burden, but be thoughtful and honest about these questions and you will have a better understanding of whether to stay or go.

© 2019

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Jun 25

Horimono: Co-Directed by JET alum, David Caprara (Nara-ken, 2012-2014)

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JET alum, David Caprara (Nara-ken, 2012-2014) has been working as a journalist post-JET. He credits his time on the JET Programme to help his career. For three years, he worked in New York City for two Japanese media outlets, NHK, and the Tokyo Shimbun. Before that, he was a freelancer for a wide array of international outlets around the world. Today, he’s currently working on a new documentary, Horimono, which follows a group of tattoed pilgrims to the holy mountain of Oyama in Japan.

For more information about the documentary, which includes the trailer, the project outline, and the list of the crew, please click here.

Jun 7

“100 Best Things to do in Japan”

Janice, who’s an editor for an RV Road Trip blog sent this link to us and we thought it would be interesting to share. Do you agree with her? Let us know in the comments if she’s missing one of your best things to do in Japan.

Jun 2

JETAA June Chapter Beats 2019

Chapter Beats June, 2019


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




Visit the UK’s First Sake Brewery

In 2017 Tom and Lucy Wilson started a sake revolution in Peckham – bringing Kanpai to life: the UK’s very first brewery championing Japan’s national drink.

We have space for up to 20 people to come along and learn about how they’ve bought this amazing part of Japan to London. We’ve reserved a private space for JETAA (plus friends), but head to the link and sign up as spaces are limited and fill quickly!

Date: 8th June 2019
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Location:      Kanpai London Sake Brewery &

Taproom, Unit 2A-2, 133 Copeland

Rd, Peckham, London SE15 3SN

Want to learn more beforehand?





  • JETAA Ottowa


Our hanami flower-viewing picnic has moved to June 1 due to the unfortunate forecast this weekend. On the plus side, that means extra time to let us know you’re coming through Eventbrite and/or order a Sushi Fresh bento lunchbox.


Join us in this long-term Japanese tradition of having a picnic under the beautiful blossoming trees during spring! Everyone is welcome, including friends and family of JET alumnus.
Date And Time

Saturday, 1 June 2019

12:30 PM – 5:00 PM EDT



Dunton Tower

917 Sherwood Drive

Ottawa, ON K2C 3R6

View Map

Since Carleton University is close to the Arboretum, we will be meeting at the university campus at Dunton Tower and then walk over to the area we’ll be using for our hanami and bento picnic.

For those of you who don’t know, the Arboretum is a large 26 hector park, located between Prince of Wales Drive and the Rideau Canal, with a lot of open space. It has over 1,700 of different kinds of shrubs and trees from all over the world – including the famous Japanese cherry blossom trees!






Clean Up For Sarah

This event was created to honour Sarah Auffret, who was tragically taken from this world she so loved on March 10, 2019.

Since Sarah has left an impression on people across the globe, let us remember and honour her together.

Sarah was passionate about her job and keeping this wonderful world free from our own rubbish that has affected the environment. Please join us in a big clean up that will happen annually on her Birthday 16th June. It doesn’t matter what part of the world you’re from let’s clean it together!

Please share and invite your friends that knew Sarah. Comment where you’re from, as we all know Sarah has touched so many lives across the globe.


Date:      June 16th

Time:      09:00 – 12:00 UTC+08






  • JETAA Queensland

Seminar: Cycle Around Japan – Brisbane

Date: Monday, June 17th

Time:     14:00 – 16:30

Venue:   Dexus Place, L31, Waterfront Place,

1 Eagle Street, Brisbane


Join us at the ‘Cycle Around Japan’ seminar in Brisbane, where NHK World-Japan television presenter and cyclist Michael Rice will recount his cycle touring experiences in Japan and offer advice on the opportunities available and waiting for the intrepid explorer—where all roads lead to the heart and soul, to the essence of Japan.

From winding coast to snow covered mountains, from the boundless horizons of Hokkaido to the ancient forests of mythology in Miyazaki prefecture, from well-loved destinations to the next new discovery awaiting around each bend of road, cycling in Japan offers a total immersion into the atmosphere of Japan – a unique way of experiencing the natural and cultural wonders of this country in a way like no other.

Register your interest by clicking “Going” on this page or by contacting the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane –
phone: (07) 3221-5188

*The seminar will be followed by networking with refreshments.

*You can view Michael’s NHK World programmes on demand at:






Pre-Departure Meeting

Date:     June 22nd

Time:     15:30 PDT

Venue:   Downtown Vancouver


The newest group of JET participants are preparing for life in Japan! We are looking for energetic and committed JET alumni to facilitate the passing of the torch. Consider sharing your expertise and enthusiasm with the next generation.

Below you will find details on Pre-Departure Orientation and a full description for each volunteer position. Most volunteers are not required to attend the full day but you may sign up for multiple positions. We want to provide new JETs with the best possible head start so there will be some preparation required for workshop presenters.

Register for your desired position(s) at
by Sunday, May 26th.


Pre-Departure Orientation – Day 1 (Saturday, June 22nd)

BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour St, Vancouver

Reception Dinner & Social Event, Free for JETAABC Members (details TBA)

Pre-Departure Orientation – Day 2 (Sunday, June 23rd)

Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver





    1. Rock Climbing Night!

Date:     Tuesday, 4th June

Time:     18:00 – 21:30

Venue:   Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

23 – 10 41st Avenue,

Long Island City 11101

Join Princeton in Asia and JETAANY for our first ever Rock Climbing Night! Experienced and first time climbers welcome! We’ll be meeting up at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge at the registration dest at 18:00 to climb, mix and mingle. Or, drop by anytime and look for folks wearing “Princeton in Asia” t-shirts. If you’re new to climbing there’s a free orientation and those who want pizza, bring or Venmo $5 for pizza to be delivered to the climbing gym at 19:30.

RSVP by June 2nd here





  1. SWFL Area Meet Up for Ramen

Date:     Saturday, June 15th

Time:     18:00 EDT

Venue:   NAMBA Ramen and Sushi

8847 Tamiami Trail North,

Naples, Florida, 34108


If you are in the SWFL area and are available – please join us for a get together for some excellent ramen. Get ready to experience a little 懐かしい for Izakaya dining!





  • JETAA Heartland
  1. KC JET Q&A

Date:     Saturday, June 8th

Time:     09:00 – 17:00 CDT

Venue:   Kansas City Art Institue

4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City,

Missouri 64111


The new JETs are about to ship out to Japan! Let’s send them off as prepared as possible. It will still be at the Batty House across the street from Nelson Atkins Art Museum.


JET Alumni are welcome to attend the Q&A to help support or watch the sessions. We will also be streaming the sessions to the Heartland JETAA Facebook Group if you want to watch there.


Dress-code:    Business Casual

Schedule is being finalized.






  • JETAA Rocky Mountain
  1. JLPT Study Group

Date:     Sunday, 9th June

Time:     12:00 – 14:30 MDT

Venue:   Stellas Coffee

              1476 S Pearl Street,

Denver, Colorado, 80210

Friendly reminder that December’s JLPT is only 6 months and some days away! Let’s start studying hard so we can all 合格する!


I am starting a study group in June for anyone who is interested in studying for the JLPT together. The first meeting will be sometime during the first week of June.


All levels are welcome!


If you are interested in joining please comment.


UPDATE: Let’s meet June 9th since Denver Pop Culture Con is the first weekend in June and the 8th is the Q&A session for departing JETs.


I’ll be at Tokyo Premium Bakery around 11:30 then head over to Stellas around 12:00 to grab a couple of tables. Feel free to drop in and out at anytime!




  • JETAA Music City
  1. 6th Annual JETAA Yakiniku BBQ

Date:     Sunday, 2nd June

Time:     12:00 – 15:00 CDT

Venue:   Shelby Park, Shelby Ave & S 20th St,

              Nashville, TN 37206


Your favorite summertime event is back!


Meet us at Mission Shelter in Shelby Park for our Yakiniku grill-out. Tickets can be pre-purchased online (portal will be posted closer to the date) and pricing is as follows:


JET Alumni, departing JETs, and children: $5/person

Everyone else: $10/person


Tickets are available for purchase at:


We ask that you buy your tickets no later than Friday, May 31st, so we know how much meat and vegetables to purchase. Any last-minute guests will need to bring exact change to participate. Food, soft drinks, plates and plastic-ware will be included, so please come hungry!


If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. Thank you!






  1. Nihongo Dake Dinner

Date:     Wednesday, 5th June

Time:     17:30 – 19:30 CDT

Venue:   Saji Ya,

695 Grand Ave, Saint Paul,

Minnesota 55105

Come join us for food, drinks and some conversation in Japanese!


This is a great way to meet new people, practice your Japanese skills and just have fun!


Hope to see you there!

May 31

Alumni Spotlight: Steven Horowitz

Check out AJET’s Connect Alumni Spotlight featuring JETwit’s own, Steven Horowitz:

Apr 23

Congratulations to the Six New ALTs Selected from Hendrix College


Hendrix College record of six seniors have been accepted as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program:

  • Alex Berner, a psychology major from Keller, Texas
  • Jazmin Calixto, a psychology major/studio art minor from Dallas, Texas
  • Adrienne McGooden, a psychology major from Siloam Springs, Ark.
  • John Tran, a religious studies/neuroscience double major from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Katherine Verdaris, an economics major from Little Rock, Ark.
  • Hueseng Xiong, a biochemistry and molecular biology major/Chinese minor from Subiaco, Ark.

“I think this year’s success is largely the result of these students’ active participation in a broad range of Japanese cultural activities on campus and in the community,” Gwen Stockwell, director of ESOL and International Student Services for Hendrix, said.

“It has been great to see Japanese language and culture contribute to diversity on our campus and in our community. As a JET alumna myself—I served in Miyazaki, Japan, from 1998 to 2001—I’m delighted to see our graduates now be able to benefit from cultural exchange programs like this.”

Read more about the new ALTs and their experiences here!

Apr 22

Welcome to the New Staff at CLAIR New York

Please give a warm welcome to the new staff at CLAIR New York

Takahiro Ando — Deputy Director, JLGC

Hello, everyone! I am Takahiro Ando, the new Deputy Executive Director of Japan Local Government Center. Like ex-Deputy Executive Director, Fukutomi, I am originally an officer at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, specializing in local government administration. In addition to my work in Tokyo, I have worked for two prefectural offices: Fukushima and Tochigi. Also, I was born in Kagawa, and raised in Chiba.

Although I have some “hometowns” in Japan, I have had almost no chance to visit foreign countries, so far. Therefore, I am so happy to have this opportunity to live and work in New York, which is full of energy and enthusiasm.
Concerning JET, my mother is an English teacher in Chiba, and I heard about ALT members she worked with. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to meet them in Japan. So, I am looking forward to getting in touch with you!

CLAIR Staff Responsible for JETAA USA

Sugawara san and Fujiwara san will be responsible for JETAA activities in the U.S.  The same as last year, chapters will have a designated contact in CLAIR, separated into Eastern and Western Chapters. Shinori Nagasawa is still in New York and will be supporting JETAA Canada.

Aki Sugawara

Chicago, Heartland, Texoma, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, Portland, Northern California, Southern California, Hawaii, Minneapolis

I’m in charge of the western JETAA chapters this year. I’m originally from Yamagata Prefecture, which is located in northern Japan. Yamagata is famous for hot springs and ski resorts. Also, cherries and pears are so delicious. I’ve never been to America before, so this is my first trip. Everything about American life is new and it makes me excited. My hobby is playing instruments. But usually, I like to do things like walking and listening to music. I also like traveling. I’m looking forward to seeing many people and our getting to know each other. I’m so glad to be working with you. Let’s keep building a good relationship. Thank you!


Tomoko Fujiwara

Washington DC, New York, New England, Southeast, Mid-South, Florida, Alaska, Great Lakes, and Music City

I’m in charge of the eastern JETAA USA chapters this fiscal year. I’m from Nagano Prefecture. Originally, however, I was born in Hiroshima and then moved to Tokyo. I also lived in Kyoto too. After that, I started working at the Nagano Prefectural Office from 2016. I had been to the US three time before I came to New York in April. My first visit to the US was to Guam with my family. The second time was Indiana State through a study abroad program to learn about agriculture in the US. After the program, I went to Washington, D.C., and New York. When I was a graduate student, I visited Philadelphia and Boston. As you can see, I like traveling abroad. I’ve been to Kenya, Spain, Germany, Mexico, and so on. I would like to visit the places I’ve never been to in the US as much as I can. Also I love music, including singing karaoke. I’m looking forward to working with you all and hope I have the chance to get to know each of you!





Farewell to Kotaro and Shigeru!

Thank you to all the chapters that submitted farewell messages to Kotaro (Tony) Kashiwai and Shigeru Fukutomi.  They absolutely loved the messages and photos you included in their personalized books.

To stay in touch with Kotaro (Tony) Kashiwai please reach out to him on Facebook https://www.facebook. com/kotaro.kashiwai. To contact Shigeru please email him at


Mar 27

JET Alum, Andy Shartzer releases Parody of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” Dubbed “Small Charcoal Grill / Shichirin”


JET Alum Releases a Parody of Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” Dubbed “Small Charcoal Grill / Shichirin”
As you may or may not know, in January 2019 Ariana Grande found her new tattoo the center of controversy when what she thought said “7 Rings” in Japanese actually said shichirin which means “small charcoal grill.”

A recent JET alum, Andy Shartzer (Shizuoka, 2014-2016), and his sketch group Overstep Comedy, made a tribute to the art of Japanese BBQ, “Small Charcoal Grill / Shichirin” — written by and starring Andy Shartzer, directed by Jatin Chhugani, and produced by Otter Lee and Helen Shih. In the original song, Ariana shows her love and appreciation for her friends by buying them expensive gifts. In this parody, “Andiana Grande” shows his love for his boys with expensive, delicious morsels of meat. While the video is a parody of Ari’s tattoo fail, it is also an homage to her aesthetic of the original “7 Rings” and a tribute to the art of Japanese BBQ.

Overstep Comedy is an Asian-American comedy group in NYC dedicated to increasing representation and kicking ass!

Full Video:

Instagram: @OverstepComedy
Twitter: @Overstep_Comedy

Mar 23

Congrats to JET alumnus and Oscar winner, Tim Harms!

Congratulations to JET alumnus Tim Harms, member of JETAASC, who won an Oscar for best Short Film (Live Action). “Skin,” directed by Guy Nattiv and produced by Andrew Carlberg, Tim Harms, and Jaime Ray Newman, is about how at a small supermarket in a blue-collar town, a black man smiling at a 10 year old white boy sends two gangs into a ruthless war. The trailer is available on YouTube. You can learn more about the film here

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Mar 19

JETAA Chapter Beats March 2019

Chapter Beats March

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



    1. Career Workshop
      Yvonne Thurman-Dogruer
      March 5th, Time TBD
      1156 15th St. NW, Suite 1105
    2. Still looking for a job? Want to learn how to get to next stage in your career? Join us on March 5th for a workshop featuring Yvonne Thurman-Dogruer, Director of Administration at Brookings Institutuion. Ms. Thurman-Dogruer, a former JET, has years of experience in mentoring and guiding applicants. The workshop (located at 1156 15th Street, Suite 1105) will include tips on resume-writing, applying to jobs, networking, and information on careers availiable at Brookings. Follow our Facebook page for more information on the event and RSVP information.



    1. Meishi Exchange and Networking Event
    2. DATE: Thursday, 7 March 2019
    3. TIME: 18:30 – 21:30 EST
    4. VENUE: Legends Bar

6 W 33rd St, New York, New York 10001

  2. Details
    • Join us for our largest networking event of the year! We get 100+ attendees every year so make sure to get your spot!

      When: Thursday, March 7th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Where: Legends Bar, 6 West 33rd Street @ 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Private space downstairs)

      Cost: $15 prepay (Wednesday, March 6th at noon/ $20 (Thursday, March 7th Cash at the door)

      What you get: We’ll be serving “hearty hors d’oeuvres” included in the entry price. There will be a ***special extended happy hour*** for attendees! And of course, you’ll get the opportunity to connect and meet INCREDIBLE people!

      Questions: Contact Ryan (

    1. AGM 2019
    2. DATE: Saturday, 19th March
    3. TIME: 13:00 – 17:00
    4. VENUE: CLAIR Singapore

6 Battery Road #26-01/02 Singapore

  1. Details
    • 2018 was exciting, and we’re looking forward to what else 2019 can bring for us! Come join us as we create our personalised art pieces, decide on our favourite haiku writer, take a trip down memory lane, and choose our next board representatives!

      (And yes, if you would like to be JETAA SG’s favourite Haiku writer, submit your Haiku by 28th Feb! Stand to win a pair of Kiriko glasses and a voucher!)

      Resin Origami Art
      Haiku Writing Contest
      Recap past activities
      Election of new board

    1. Kobe International Club London Branch Opening Party
    2. DATE: Friday, 15th March
    3. TIME: 19:00 UTC
    4. VENUE: City Miyama Restaurant

17 Godliman Street, EC4V 5BD London, UK

  1. Details
    • 日本語は下に続きます。)
      We are pleased to announce that the London Branch of the Kobe International Club will soon be established! The Club acts as the international network of the Kobe City Government, where people with links to Kobe can come together and engage in a wide range of activities, such as promoting the many things that make Kobe a wonderful city, and providing useful information for Kobe’s development.
      Come and celebrate at the inauguration party: join us and meet people based in London and further afield who have a special relationship with Kobe City, in a casual environment.
      About the Kobe International Club:

      Fee for food and drink: £50 (service charge included)
      * Due to restrictions on room capacity, the number of spaces available is limited.
      * Please register by Friday 22nd February by clicking “Going” on this Facebook event.




    1. Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
    2. DATE: March 9th
    3. TIME: All Day
  3. JETAA Southern Alberta
    1. JETAA Cooking Lesson #3: Temaki Zushi and Onigirazu
      • DATE: Saturday, 9th March
      • TIME: 13:00 – 15:00 UTC-07
      • VENUE: Kerby Centre

1133 7 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B2

  • Details
    1. Exciting news! We have our third cooking lesson coming up! In this lesson you will learn how to make temaki-zushi and onigirazu! Everyone is welcome, JET Alumni, or not. Cost is only $10. Parking is available. Register quickly because seating is limited! Please email to reserve your place!
  1. JETAA NZ3 South Island
    1. Sake Tasting with JETAA South Island
    2. DATE: Friday, March 15th
    3. TIME: 19:00 – 22:00 UTC+13
    4. VENUE: Tomi Japanese Restaurant

Edgeware Mall

76 Edgeware Rd

Christchurch, New Zealand

  1. Details
    • Join JETAA for an evening of fine Japanese food and drink.

      Enjoy a multi-course Japanese meal accompanied by samplings of five premium sake varieties.

      This event is limited to 20 participants, so please RSVP either by selecting “Going” on this event page or emailing

      This event is priced at $30 per person; payment may be made on the night or paid via bank deposit into account number 11-7892-0469438-00. For those paying via bank deposit, please put your name in the payment reference.

      NB: Those who drive are to follow their own alcohol standards and drive safely at your own risk.

  2. JETAA Auckland
    1. AGM 2019
    2. DATE: Sunday, March 10th
    3. TIME: 15:00 – 17:00 UTC+13
    4. VENUE: Q1/240 Broadway

Newmarket (Station Square, Newmarket)

  1. Details
    • It’s time to get together to plan out the year ahead for JETAA Auckland…

      …So come along and join us in Newmarket for our AGM ^_^

      We’ve already started brainstorming lots of fun activities Japan, JET, and social-related for you all for the coming year, but we’d love further input from everyone who is a member of JETAA.

      You’re all welcome to come along, even if you’ve recently “returned” to NZ, are looking to reconnect with JETAA, or simply want to reminisce about your time in Japan ^_^

      Also, our treasurer committee position is up for election, so if that sounds like something right up you alley, put your hand up for it!

      Snacks and drinks are provided by JETAA :)

  2. JETAA Chicago
    1. Soup and Rice
    2. DATE: March 8th
    3. TIME: 18:00 – 20:00 CST
    4. VENUE: JASC – Japanese American Service Committee

4427 N Clark St, Chicago, Illinois 60640

  1. Details
    • Based on the idea of Soup & bread community meals, we wanted to host our own community meal and gathering during the cold winter months.
      How does it work?
      Volunteer soup makers bring a crock pot of their favorite soup to share, we provide rice, bowls and spoons. Soup eaters make a donation which will be donated to the Lakeview Food Pantry.
      Call or e-mail to with any questions or to sign up to bring soup:
      Joan Ambo – (773) 275-0097 x228|
    1. 2019 PNW Shinnenkai
      • DATE: Saturday, March 16th
      • TIME: 16:00 – 19:00
      • VENUE: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WA

1414 S Weller St, Seattle, Washington 98144

  • Details
    1. 明けましておめでとうございます!

      Save the date! Join the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association on snow-free March 16 (Saturday) as we celebrate another year! Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones as we reflect on 2018 and look ahead to 2019, the year of the boar.

      The event will be potluck-style and free -so there will be no tickets or fees! Please register using the Google Form listed below, and specify what kind of food item you are able and willing to bring.

      Drink (alcoholic beverage) tickets will be available day-of for $5.00 (2 drinks).

      [[ Register Here – ]]

      Please consider allergies to and common dietary restrictions towards ingredients such as nuts, gluten, meat/fish, dairy, mushrooms, etc. If you will be bringing an item with any of the aforementioned ingredients, we will ask you to indicate so on a large index card at the event (PNWJETAA will provide index cards).


Mar 2

JETAA All-Chapter Ski Trip Raffle

Want to test your luck and see if you can save big on this trip? We’ve added 2 Raffle Ticket options for rooms! Here are the details:

1) Private King Room Raffle Ticket – $800 value, sleeps 2. $8 Ticket

2) Sofa Bed Raffle Ticket – $300 value, sleeps 1. $3 Ticket

Each ticket bought counts as one entrance to the raffle, so you ABSOLUTELY CAN buy multiple tickets to increase your odds of winning! The drawing will be on Saturday 3/9.

The raffle tickets are on our Eventbrite page in the link below. Best of luck!

Feb 28

Mothra “Leaps of Faith”: A JETAANY Storytelling Event

On Saturday, February 23rd, JETAANY hosted its first Mothra storytelling event (inspired by The Moth Storytelling Hour) at Hostelling International of New York City. The theme for the inaugural event was “Leaps of Faith.” Hosted by Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-1994) and Kirsten Henning (Hyogo-ken, 1999-2002), they along with eight other JET alums gave a brief five-minute story of a time when they took a “Leap of Faith” in Japan.

Ann Chow (Hyogo-ken, 2007-2009) kicked off the storytelling by taking a Leap of Faith and going on a school trip. Even though she knew it was going to be expensive because most of the money she spent would be on seafood, which she couldn’t eat, she decided to attend. Someone noticed Ann wasn’t eating and the chef made a special meal for Ann with all kinds of chicken, beef, and pork. Michael Christian Younker (Ishikawa-ken, 2006-2008) reminded all of us of the glorious onsen experience. However, none of us probably had to experience onsen on the first day with their supervisor like Michael did. Next up was Catherine Khadabux (Ehime-ken, 2011-2015), who described one of her New Year’s resolutions to use 100 different toilets. This was a challenging goal for her because her routine had become limited to work and home life during a personally difficult year in Japan. However, Catherine’s new explorations led to an uplifting change in mindset. Steven (Aichi-ken, 1992-1994) followed Catherine and talked about a dojo, which he frequently passed by. He ended up taking a Leap of Faith and joined. Steven learned a bunch of different forms and techniques. Their dojo even won a tournament! To end the first half of the event, Alex Varney (Saga-ken, 2011-2013) told us an emotional story of Charles Keller who married Tomami Ayukawa, a Japanese national. However, Charles didn’t know anything about his wife’s family and took a Leap of Faith to reach out to various cities and prefectures in Japan in hopes of finding his wife’s relatives after her passing. Luckily, Alex was able to connect Charles with his wife’s sister, and the 85-year-old widower came to Japan to meet the family.

To start the second half of the Mothra Event, MariTi Blaise Lovell, (Hokkaido-ken, 2015-2018) spoke about her students. There were six girls and ten boys in her “best/worst” class. She likened the experience with her own neighborhood and learned she needed to earn the students’ respect. After MartTi, Giuseppe “Joe” di Martino (Yamagata-ken, 2013-2018) described his Leap of Faith while traveling and having his final “hurrah” tour of Japan. He became very intrigued by a cat and the moral of his adventure was to “feed the cat!” Kirsten Henning (Hyogo-ken, 1999-2002) was a Kobe JET when it hosted England for the World Cup in 2002. She studied a plethora of David Beckham interviews, so she was able to understand everything he said. Following Kirsten was Zachary Piper (Kochi-ken, 2001-2004), who lived in a small village. He learned that many people were friendly and had lots of amazing parties, but learned to always knock before entering a house because some people liked to use “ropes and candles in their private time.” Last, but not least was Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-2008), who, like many of us, was adopted by a Japanese family. One day, Ai asked Rick if he wanted to go to the club on a Thursday night. Rick was excited about going to a club and took a Leap of Faith when he went with Ai and her mom. After driving around for hours and going deep into the rice fields, they approach a tacky building. Rick was perplexed that the club would be hidden in the building, but was still excited about going. However, Ai’s mom found out the place was closed, so they decided to drive to the next club. At this point Rick was astonished that there was more than one club this far into the inaka. Some time later, they made it to another establishment, which was open and adorned with a massive neon crab sign. Rick was shocked to find out they had taken him to a “kani” or crab restaurant, not a club (many Japanese people have a hard time distinguishing their “r’s” and “l’s,” so when Ai said clabu, Rick thought it was club and not crab).

Again, special thanks to our sponsors Hostelling International of New York City for providing the space, Ito En for providing the tea, and Lagunitas Brewing Company for donating the beer.

Feb 28

Written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03), WIT Life is a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

The sports portion of today’s Japanese news showcased the celebration of Kazu Miura’s 52nd birthday.  Looking as dapper as ever in a fashionable white suit in front of a huge cake, he shared that every birthday he wore a different color suit (past years have included bright red, yellow and blue), but that he had run out of colors so had to return to white.  Perhaps it is this enthusiasm and youthful spirit that enables him to keep pace on the soccer field with professional players decades his junior.  Miura (a.k.a. “King Kazu”) began his career in 1986, and he is considered to be Japan’s first soccer superstar.

He was the subject of a NYT profile last year, in which he was described as the epitome of Read More

Feb 12

Brainstorm and Networking event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

USJETAA is hosting a fun brainstorm session over lunch in Atlanta on Sunday 2/16 1pm to 5pm. Come learn how to get involved and what is on the horizon for the chapter and sub-chapters. Please share with any JET alumni friends that live in GA, NC, SC and AL. Together we can strengthen the JET alumni community!

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