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JETAA April Chapter Beats 2019

Chapter Beats April, 2019

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



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

Date:                      Friday, April 29th

Time:                     18:30 – 21:00 PDT

Venue:     Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern

                  Carolina (JCCCNC)

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

Nabe Nights @ The Center

Monthly Community Dinner Fundraisers

April Community Partner: 2019 COPANI XX Conference

Friday, April 26, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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


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

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



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


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

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

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

Typical festival day events include;

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

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

Date:    Sunday, April 7th

Venue: Farmleigh Estate

Phoenix Park, White’s Road,

Dublin 15



    1. 2019 Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival

Date:        Saturday, April 13th

Time:       10:30 – 18:00 EDT

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

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,

Washington, DC 2001

Cost:                      $10 – $50

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

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

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



    1. Fukushima in London ~ Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta Conert

Date:        1st April 2019

Time:       19:30 – 22:00

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


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

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

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

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

Kyosuke Takano – Cello



Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

Masanori Tanaguchi conductor

Panos Karan conductor*

Zach Tarpagos flute



Beethoven:       Oveture, Coriolan

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

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

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5*

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




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

Date:        Friday, April 12th

Time:       18:30 GMT+10

Venue:     Milk the Cow Carlton

323 Lygon Street, Carlton,

Victoria Australia,3053

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

What’s in it for me?

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


WHAT: Sake and Cheese tasking

WHEN: Friday, April 12th

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

WHERE:            Milk and Cow – 323 Lygon St, Carlton

COST:               #30


RSVP BY:         April 7th

RSVP and Tickets are available from Eventbrite only:


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Date:        1st April

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

Venue:     Japan Foundation, Sydney

                  Level 4 (access via lifts only), Central Park

28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

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

Fee:                        Free! Bookings essential

Max:                       40 participants

NB:           All participants must RSVP by 29th March

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



  • JETAA Western Japan
    1. Health and Wellness

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time:       13:30 – 15:30

Venue:     Dr. Masatoki Adachi Clinic Kobe

11th floor

ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kobe,

1 Kitanocho, Chuoku,

Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Phone/Fax:          078-855-2753


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




  • JETAA Great Lakes

The Karate Kid – 35th Anniversary

Date:        Sunday, March 31st

Time:       16:00 EDT

Venue:     Marcus Crosswoods Cinema

200 Hutchinson Ave

Columbus, Ohio 43235

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

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

Crosswoods Cinema

200 Hutchinson Ave. Columbus, OH 43235

(614) 841-1600     (614) 436-9818



    1. Celebrate Tax Day! April JETAAMN Networking and HH

Date:        Tuesday, April 16th

Time:       17:30 – 18:30 CDT

Venue:     Sushi Train

1200 Nicollet Mall c3,


Minnesota 55403

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

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