May 9

JETAA May Chapter Beats 2019

Chapter Beats May

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)




Picnic on Primrose Hill –> Bang Bang Oriental hall in Colindale

             Sunday, 12th May
Rough times:           12:30 – 14:30            Primrose Hill – exact picnic spot TBC;

14:30 – 16:30        Bang Bang Oriental Hall (Colindale)


Join us for a picnic on Primrose Hill! Located on an elevation in North London, this park offers great views of the city. It is an open event where we can socialise on a (hopefully) sunny Sunday and play games and activities. Feel free to bring family members, friends and lots of snacks!


After a few hours relaxing in the park, we will move on to Bang Bang for some food. This is a large oriental hall in Colindale (just a few stops further north on the Northern Line). The food hall offers food from all over Asia, bubble tea vendors, and a bar with draft beer! (There is also a large Chinese supermarket next door if you need to pick up any home supplies!)





Exchange Sushi and Sake Hour

Event Details:

Celebrating International Friendship: Japan Exchange Sushi & Sake Hour
Date: Wed. May 29, 2019
Time: 6:00- 8:30 pm
Location: Cultural Vistas 


RSVP by May 20th!

Celebrating International Friendship: Japan Exchange Sushi & Sake Hour
May 29, 2019

You are cordially invited to a reception at Cultural Vistas to celebrate international exchange with Japan during the NAFSA Annual Conference. Come mingle with fellow exchange professionals invested in the U.S.-Japan relationship as well as Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Alumni from all over the United States. Help us strengthen our community of JET alumni, exchange professionals, diplomacy enthusiasts, and Japanophiles all while enjoying delicious sushi and sake!


Sushi platters and other popular Japanese dishes will be provided. Sake tasting stations, beer, and wine will also be available.


The event is sponsored by Cultural Vistas and JETAADC.


Please RSVP by Monday, May 20th, 2019 and email if you have any questions.


Getting There:

Closest Metro Stop: Metro Center (Red Line)

For those attending NAFSA: The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is only a 10 min walk away.





2019 AAPA Mentoring Program “21st Century LeaderShifts”

Co-Presented by JASSC



Date:  Thursday, May 9th

Time:  17:30 – 20:30

Venue:           Bank of America Center, 14th floor conference room

333 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Admission:  Free


“There’s a “Perfect Storm” happening in leadership today, and it’s being fueled by a new generation of leaders. By challenging the status-quo, millennials…are pushing us to “shift” the way we lead in ways we never envisioned or wished for – leading that’s in sync with twenty-first century.” Consider attending this great professional development event co-presented by AAPA and JASSC!
RSVP here:




  • JETAA Ottowa

Cooking Class; Japanese Sweets

Date:  Saturday, May 4th

Time:  14:00 – 16:00

Venue:           Laurentian Leadership Centre of Trinity Western University

(252 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1R3)

Fee: $5 registration fee


Register here


It’s time for our annual Japanese cooking class. This year’s menu is traditional sweets: daifuku and dango! Registration is currently only open to alumni, but will open to the general public in one week, on April 27, so get your tickets now!




  • JETAA South Island

Sake Tasting

Date:  Thursday, May 9th

Time:  18:30 – 20:30

Cost:  $30.00

Venue:           Tomi

76 Edgeware Road

Christchurch, 8014

Phone:          377 8028



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.

As this event is limited to 20 participants, please RSVP either by emailing your details to, or select “going” on our Facebook Event page. Payment for this event can either be cash on the night or bank transferred into account number 11-7892-0469438-00 (please add your name to the reference).

Bring a photo and a story from your time in Japan to share on the night! Participants will be entered into a prize draw for a $30 Tomi gift voucher.

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





Quiz Night

Date:  Thursday, May 16th

Time:  18:00 – 21:00

Venue:           Rosie O’Grady’s Function Room

205 James Street, Northbridge,

Perth, Western Australia 6003

Tickets:         Early bird: $15.00*

At the door: $20:00*

*Prices are exclusive of additional fees

The JETAA WA Quiz Night 2019 promises another fun-filled night of questions, activities, prizes and entertainment.


Tickets are $15 (plus fees) in advance – advance sale closes on Monday May 13th. Any leftover tickets will be available at the door for $20 on the night. All profits from the quiz night go to charity!


Quiz Night is on Thursday May 16th, 6:00pm for a prompt 6:30pm start!


Just click “TICKETS” to book your place!


If you would like to register as part of a team, just click on “TEAM” on the next screen – someone from your group will need to register your team name first, then it will be findable in the box provided. Each table has a maximum of 8; if you don’t have 8 people don’t worry we’ll find some excellent extras to join you.

No team, no problem – register as an individual and we’ll take care of the rest.


Buy tickets here.






  • JETAA Toronto

Izumi Sake Tour Time!

Date:  Saturday, May 11th

Time:  15:15 – 16:30 EDT

Venue: Izumi泉 Ontario Spring Water Sake Company

51 Gristmill Lane, Distillery District,

Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4

RSVP:            click facebook Going then email me ‘Sabrina’ at


JETAA Toronto is organizing sake brewery and tasting on a fine Spring Saturday afternoon for all our Alumni guests! Ontario Spring Water Sake Company’s ‘Izumi’ is Toronto’s local sake brewery located in the distillery district.


Getting There

You can walk from King Station

Take a streetcar eastbound from King Station

Take a bus eastbound from Union Station







Date:  Saturday, 18th May

Time:  12:00 – 15:00 CDT

Venue:           Lyndale Park

1300 42nd Ave NE,


Minnesota 55409


This is just tentative and bloom-based!


We’ll keep you posted on the time and location weather depending!!!

It’s time for our annual Hanami Picnic! The crab apple tree blossoms are nearly in full bloom. Hopefully the weather will be perfect as well!

Bring your family and friends for games, food, and conversation at Lyndale Park on the NE side of Lake Harriet (location is near the Rose Garden).

JETAAMN will provide sandwiches for all who come. All that you need to bring are your own beverages as well as a dish to share with the group.

In addition, feel free to bring some outdoor games/activities to play with others! We will try to bring some too!

How the potluck dishes will be organized:

**Last name that begins with the letters A-L bring a side dish, salad or chips.**

**Last names that begin with the letters M-Z bring fruit or a dessert.**

Please RSVP by emailing us or through our Facebook event page!!





  • JETAA Vic/Tas/SA 2019 JETAA Trivia Night in Cooper’s Inn

Date:  Saturday, 25th May

Time:  17;00 – 21:30

Venue:           282 Exhibition Street,


Victoria 3000

Tickets:         $15.00

Tickets can be bought here.

Our biggest event of the year is back for a brand-new era of riddles and mind-boggling quizzes! Do you have what it takes to be crowned Reiwa Trivia Champions?


Once again, we have the entire 3rd floor of Cooper’s Inn on Exhibition all to ourselves, for dirt cheap. Only $15 gets you entry, dozens of tailor-made trivia questions, a complimentary drink, and finder food.


Date:   Saturday, May 25th

Time:  5pm meetup, 5:30 start

Place: Cooper’s Inn, 282 Exhibition St Melbourne, 3rd floor

Cost: $15.00

RSVP by: May 18th, via Eventbrite (


Bring along your family, friends, and colleagues to make a team of up to 8 people. If you’re coming solo, never fear, we can place you on a team of former JETs and friends of JETAA.


The best part? Prizes are promised to those worthy enough for the Reiwa Trivia Champion crowns! 頑張れ!


Q:        Will we see you there?

A:        Yes, yes we will.


  • Jetaa North Carolina

Reiwa Celebration Event


Date:  Tuesday, May 7th

Time:  18:30 – 20:30

Venue:           Sono Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Raleigh


This incredible, multi-course dinner and sake tasting is to celebrate the advent of the new imperial ‘Reiwa Era’ in Japan, and to commemorate the abdication of Emperor Akihito as his son Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne.


The event starts at 18:30 sharp.


Ms. Sara Guterbock, Director of Education and Sake Portfolio Manager at Johnson Brothers Mutual Distributing Company, is our Certified Sake Sommelier for the evening.


There are only 60 seats available for this event, so please register quickly!


The registration/payment link is:

For further information, please go to

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