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JETAA Chapter Beat June 1st, 2016

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. 

June marks the official start of summer and with it, many new JETs anxiously awaiting more information about coming to Japan in either July or August. In addition to regular JETAA community events, this chapter beat will feature the first batch of pre-departure orientations/events where many JETAA chapters are looking for volunteers to help usher in the new JETs of 2016.

Regular JETAA Community Events


JETAA NOLA First Wednesday – NOLA Brewery + McClure’s BBQ

When: June 1st, 6:30-8:30 pm (CDT)
NOLA Brewing – 3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

The city’s best beer and barbecue, all in one place? You’re not going to want to miss this one. JETAA NOLA First Wednesday is heading to the NOLA Brewing tap room for cool brews and outstanding BBQ from McClure’s. As always, Friends of JET and anyone with an interest in Japan is welcome to join. Come for the whole evening or just pop in to say “Hi”. See you there!



2. JETAA Rocky Mountain

Casual Career Advice Meet-Up

When: June 1st, 7 pm (MDT)
Coffee at The Point – 710 E 26th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80205

So you lived in Japan, huh? And what did you do? We all have that experience in common. Now let’s work together as we look at the present and to the future while translating our time in Japan into marketable skills. Network, peer review resumes, contribute! In addition to the experience and expertise of those attending (yes, me and you!) we will also have two special guests- Catherine Rackley and Mariko Watanabe. See you there! And don’t forget your resume and business cards!




JETAA Trivia Night and Kumamoto Earthquake Fundraiser

When: June 2nd, 6:30-9 pm (AEST)
AB Hotel – 225 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW 2037, Australia

Calling all former JETs and friends of JETAA! Come and join the annual JETAA Trivia night! No team required- most people will come solo and we’ll make up the teams on the night. Friends and family welcome. It’s free to join and there will be a great mix of general and Japan-related trivia and tasty hot finger food. We’ll be running some games during the night to raise funds to assist those affected by the Kumamoto earthquake in April 2016.


4. JETAA Wellington

JkaiWA (Japanese Conversation Evenings) 

When: June 9th, 6-7:30 pm (NZST)
Japan Information and Cultural Centre – Level 18, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street

If you would like to come along to practise your Japanese conversation, meet some new friends, and enjoy some Japanese supper all for the bargain entry fee of $2 or free if you join the Wellington Sakai Association($10unwaged / $15waged per year) then be sure to RSVP to jkaiwanz@gmail.com by next Friday 3 June to secure your space.

Also please suggest a topic for the June session when you RSVP.
The Wellington Sakai Association, JET Programme New ZealandWellington Alumni Association and Japan Society of Wellington 日本ウェリントン協会 look forward to seeing you there


5. JETAA Toronto

The Inerasable: Canadian Premier

When: June 10th, 7 pm (EDT)
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Z5

JETAA is proud to be a sponsor for the Canadian Premier of The Inerasable. This 2015 horror-mystery film, directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura and staring Yuko Takeuchi was based on the novel Kang-e by Fuyumi Ono. We hope you will make this film one of several, or many selections at this year’s Toronto Japanese Film Festival.



Spring Family Picnic 

When: June 11th, 1-3 pm (EDT)
At the site of the Japanese Lantern and the First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees at 17th St and Independence Ave, SW (just south of the WWII Memorial) (Nearest Metro:Smithsonian | Orange Line)

Come out to the Tidal Basin and join our spring family picnic! Bring your significant other, bring your kids, or just bring yourself and enjoy a beautiful spring afternoon in DC! We will provide light snacks and have a few organized games to enjoy. Please bring any other things you may need (meals, frisbees, blankets, etc.). If you would like to join, please RSVP to secretary@jetaadc.orgWe hope to see you there!



Nihongo Cup 2016 Finals Day

When: June 12th, 12:30-5:00 pm (BST)
Conway Hall – 25 Red Lion Square London, London WC1V 6NY United Kingdom

Come and see the UK’s most talented young students of Japanese language at the Finals Day of the Nihongo Cup – the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students! Students from all levels of secondary education – Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 – will showcase their amazing talent and hard work in their Japanese language studies while competing for some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan! Don’t miss out this chance to see the UK’s biggest Japanese speech contest for secondary school students. The contest will be followed by a reception, giving you a chance to meet the students.



Walk for Rice

When: June 25th, 8 am (PDT)
Where: Seward Park – 5902 Lake Washington Blvd South / Seattle, WA 98118

It’s that time of the year for the annual Walk for Rice! For those unfamiliar with the event, the PNW JETAA forms a team to raise money to fight hunger in the community. This is hosted by the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) and takes place in beautiful Seward Park. All are welcome to participate, JET and non-JETs alike and it is a very family friendly event. Sign-up or donate at our team page here: http://acrs.walkforrice.org/site/TR/Events/General?team_id=1173&pg=team&fr_id=1060 Hoping to see lots of people there!



Pre-departure Orientations/Events


Pre-departure Orientation Sign-up
Pre-departure Orientation Event Page

When: June 4th, 1 pm (BST)
Where: Edinburgh

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to any new JETs who will be leaving for Japan this Summer 2016 as well as to former JETs, their friends and family. We will be holding our famous “No matter what the weather” BBQ on Saturday 4th June at 1pm in Bruntsfield Links! (Unless there is a crazy storm, in which case we will post here details of change of venue). After the massive success of the BBQs of years gone by, we now have state-of-the-art gazebos on hand to block out any crazy Scottish Rain and allow comfort for all BBQers. This year we will also hoping for some live music, so if you own a (reasonably portable) instrument, please bring it along! Do come and find us cooking up a treat and ask us all about our time in Japan.




Pre-departure Orientation

When: June 10th, evening
Where: Manchester

The JETAA Pre-Departure Meetups organised by the JET Alumni Association of the UK are separate and very different from the one run by the Embassy of Japan. They are optional and meant to facilitate discussion on (almost) any aspect of the JET experience: from preparation and expectations, issues you may encounter, making the most of the experience, being family of a JET, and the options available to you after JET (like JETAA!).

They are casual meetups, usually over food/drink. Everything discussed is held privately within the JET alumni family. So please come to any/all of these events.



Pre-departure Orientation

When: June 18th, evening
Where: Liverpool

The JETAA Pre-Departure Meetups organised by the JET Alumni Association of the UK are separate and very different from the one run by the Embassy of Japan. They are optional and meant to facilitate discussion on (almost) any aspect of the JET experience: from preparation and expectations, issues you may encounter, making the most of the experience, being family of a JET, and the options available to you after JET (like JETAA!).

They are casual meetups, usually over food/drink. Everything discussed is held privately within the JET alumni family. So please come to any/all of these events.



Pre-departure Mixer

When: June 18th 7-9 pm (PDT)
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown – 120 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, California 90012

It is that time of the year again everyone! That time when JET Alums and new JETs build connections before the new JETs depart for the Land of the Rising Sun. Please join us for the post seminar mixer and help us usher in a new generation of JETs.

Golden State Ballroom Foyer
New JET and JET Dependent (EARLY BIRD): $20.00
JET Alumni (EARLY BIRD): $20.00
Friend and Family of JET: $35.00

Tickets include entry, reception hors d’oeuvres and access to a private cash bar. The first 100 departing JETs or alumni who purchase a ticket will pay just $20.00! After that, the cost will increase to $35.00. This will fill up quickly!


5. Music City JETAA (Bluegrass Sub-chapter)

Q&A Session for Outgoing JETs Louisville, KY

When: June 18th 6-9 pm (EDT)
Where: hiko-A-mon – 1115 Herr Ln, Louisville, Kentucky 40222

*Please note that venue is subject to change but will be held in Louisville, KY.

All outgoing JETs and former JETs are invited, so please share with friends you think may be interested. Former JETs will share their stories, provide idea of what to pack, what to plan for your first lessons and what to expect in a typical Japanese school. Former JETs will be on hand to answer any questions. Expect a laid-back atmosphere!

Please also note that you will have to pay for your own drink/dinner/appetizer/whatever you order.


6. Heartlands JETAA

New JET 2016 Q&A Session

When: June 18th 9 am (CDT)
Where: Kansas City Art Institute – 4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

On Saturday, June 18th, Heartland JETAA will be hosting a Q&A session for new JETS covering how to transfer money back home, basics to Japanese language, basic medical knowledge, and more. This will be a relaxed, informal event, the perfect opportunity for the incoming JETs to learn about Japan and being a JET.


7. JETAA Southern Alberta

Pre-departure After Party

When: June 25th 4:30 pm (UTC-06)
Where: Donegals Calgary, Alberta T3C

Any and all JET Alumni and departing JETs are welcome to join us for an informal meet-up following Pre-Departure Orientation on June 25th. We will be celebrating the JET participants who are taking off this summer for Japan! This is a great networking opportunity for all members of our community, and we encourage everyone to come out and join us!

Donegals is located just off 17th Avenue at 37th Street SW. PDOT ends at 4:30pm, so we will arrive shortly after that. Rides to and from the PDOT location to the pub can be arranged. We hope to see you there!



Pre-departure Seminar

When: June 25th 10:00 am-3:30 pm (EDT)
Where: Nippon Club (145 W. 57th Street, between 6th Ave and 7th Ave on the 2nd floor).

It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our recent alumni to teach and share their experiences to hopefully prevent some surprises or embarrassing moments and make their time in Japan something they will never forget.

The Pre-Departure Seminar will be on Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 am – 3:30pm at the Nippon Club (145 W. 57th Street, between 6th Ave and 7th Ave on the 2nd floor). We’ll have a happy hour from 4 pm onwards nearby which all are welcome to (no need to be a seminar presenter)! You only need to attend the sessions you are presenting, therefore you may not need to be there the entire day.

We are looking for presenters on the following topics.  Please sign up at this link. The form will be open from now until Wednesday, June 1 at 5:00 pm. Thank you in advance for your help!

  • JET Job Skills- Elementary, Junior High,  High School, CIR
  • Being a Minority-Asian, African American, LGBT
  • Women’s Issues
  • What to Expect your First Few Weeks
  • Money Management
  • Studying Japanese
  • Being Vegetarian or Dietary Restrictions
  • Community Involvement
  • Japanese Social and Business Etiquette
  • How to Prepare for your Departure

Questions? Feel free to contact Pam Kavalam at president-at-jetaany-dot-org.


9. JETAA Portland

Pre-departure Orientation

When: June 26th 8 am-1:30 pm (PDT)
Where: World Trade Center, Portland – 121 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

Help the new JETs as they get ready to depart for Japan! We are looking for JET Alumni to assist with morning registration, our men’s and women’s breakout sessions, and to join the departing JETs for lunch at a local restaurant. Answer questions, share your own experiences, and help us prepare this year’s JETs for their jobs as ALTs and CIRs. To volunteer or for more information, contact Matt Turner (matthew.turner@se.mofa.go.jp) at the Japanese Consular Office.




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