JETAA Chapter Events: February 2021
Every Tuesday at 12 pm – 1 PM PT – JETAA Southern California Water Cooler
Meeting ID: 959 0877 8396
Every Wednesday at 8 PM EDT: JETAA Great Lakes Thursday Watch Party: Join Facebook Group for info.
Every Wednesday at 8 we’ll be hosting a watch party! See the posts for specific details on what is currently being viewed, and how to join. We hope to see you there!
We will still use teleparty due to size limitations on Hulu’s watch party service. Please remember that the teleparty app will need to be installed into your browser ahead of time and can be found at netflixparty.com ! In addition, you will need an account with Hulu to be able to join.
*As of this posting, they are watching My Hero Academia! We starting from the very beginning of the series on the Hulu platform.
Every Friday – JETAA Raido Taiso
11:30am EDT (New York)
10:30am CDT (Kansas City)
9:30am MDT (Denver)
8:30am PST (Los Angeles)
Every Sunday from 2pm-3 pm ET – JETAADC Japanese Script Reading Club
Join your fellow Japanese language learners and read through a Japanese short play script! The first read-through is for language study, the second read-through is for putting emotion into your Japanese. There will be three language levels available (easy, medium, hard), and a native-speaking Japanese Pronunciation Coach in every zoom breakout room.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. yo sign up : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScl3pMd4reYVdHdyo_iqkjKubOKrL2m_ejc_KEKJFjBl1lzMg/viewform
Time/Date: Every Sunday from 2:00PM to 3:00PM
February 3rd, 7-8:30 pm ET – JETAADC Open Meeting
Join us on February 3rd from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, for our annual open board meeting. All members of the JETAADC community are encouraged to come and connect, whether you are a recent returnee or a veteran 10+ alumni, we’d love to have you there. If you are interested in joining the board in spring elections, this is a great opportunity to learn what the individual roles entail.
February 4 at 8:20 – 9:10 PM EST – Relive JET: English Chat w/Japanese Junior High Students
February 5th at 8 PM ET – Great Lakes JETAA Dinner and a Movie
We’re doing dinner and a movie, and you’re invited!
We’ll be watching Flavors of Youth on Netflix together (look for a Teleparty link on the day of) AND we’ll help pay for your dinner.
Here’s how dinner works…
We’ll reimburse up to $15 of your dinner costs for the first 12 participants who come to the event.
To receive reimbursement, just send us a picture or a copy of your dinner’s receipt (receipts from restaurant carryout or DoorDash) by Feb. 10, 2021. Please send your receipt to: email@example.com
Please have the date and time clearly visible in the picture and include your address when you email us.
We also want to help out our local Japanese restaurants, so if you have one nearby, grab some carryout or DoorDash and join in for dinner and a movie!
**IMPORTANT: Be sure to download the Teleparty extension at least the day before. There have regularly been issues for people who download it and then immediately tried to join a party. You must also have a Netflix login to participate in this event.
February 5-7 – JETAA Chicago’s Virtual Shinnenkai Returns
Register here: https://guestlist.co/events/673338
After taking a break in 2020, our annual Shinnenkai is back! Virtually of course!This year we are spreading the fun out over three days from Friday, February 5 through Sunday, February 7! Each day will have a different focus, as we celebrate the culture of Japan and our community’s continued connection to it. In honor of that connection, this year funds raised will go to support two of our local partners!
Friday, Feb. 5 – 6PM-7PM CST – Kick-off
Our welcome event featuring presentations from the Japanese American Service Committee and the Japanese Culture Center.
Saturday, Feb. 6 – 7PM-9PM CST – Cultural Connections Happy Hour(s): Storytelling and Trivia Night
A casual evening for exploring our connections with Japan post-JET. Split into two parts, the first hour will focus on sharing ways alumni have maintained their Japan connections (featuring special guest, Joe Palermo, Gunma 1982-1983) and the second hour will be an all out trivia extravaganza with a few fun prizes to be won! Anyone can attend, but you must sign-up for the “+Trivia” ticket in order to participate in the game itself.
Sunday, Feb.7 – 2PM-3:30PM CST – Sunday Family Fun-day
Attendees will be treated to a variety of fun craft activities including origami and nengajo design. You may bring your own supplies or sign-up for the “+Activity Supply Pack” ticket to have some mailed to you!General Admission is free for all three days, but attendees have the option to upgrade to expand their experience. Click the red buttons to see our Guestlist page with full details about the different days and ticket options.If you are interested in potentially volunteering to share your story on Saturday or lead an activity room on Sunday, let us know!We hope to see you there!
February 6 at 1pm PST – JETAAPNW Annual Meeting and Shinnenkai
**Open to members of other JETAA chapters**
1:10pm • Annual Meeting & Steering Council Election Results
1:45pm • Special Guest Introductions
2:00pm • Small Group Networking
2:20pm • Door Prize Drawing
2:30pm • Closing Remarks
February 6 – JETAADC 10+ Annual Reunion & Japanese Cooking Event
February 9 at 8 PM EST – JETAAMN February Open Board Meeting
February 10 at 6 PM PST – JETAASC Kizuna: Connecting Little Tokyo’s Past and Present
Thanks to generous funding from Sasakawa USA and USJETAA, JETAA Southern California and Arizona is proud to present an informational webinar highlighting Los Angeles’ own Little Tokyo community. Our panelists will share an overview of Little Tokyo’s history, its contributions to U.S-Japan relations, and its response to the pandemic including initiatives and community support. This event is open to all JETAASC and USJETAA members, and our friends in the greater Los Angeles area.
To register, please use the below link:
February 11th at 6:30pm ET – JETAANY How to Start a Podcast
Social Media: Facebook
Details: If you’re thinking that now is the time to start that podcast you’ve been thinking about for like, ever, then you won’t want to miss this workshop! Whether for your business or for personal interests, starting a podcast is an experience like no other. Led by Lee Uehara, (Chiba-ken, ’93-’95), a former reporter and the host of five podcasts
Topics Covered in this LIVE online workshop:
-Why you should start a podcast now
-What you need to know pre-launch
-Easy steps to launch your show
-What equipment to get for your set-up
-How to create your show’s intro — and outro
-Q & A Session: Bring your questions!
Questions: Contact Ryan via email
February 13 at 12pm EST – JETAA Chicago Virtual Valentine’s Day: Choco Love
JETAA Chicago is partnering with JETAA Music City to put on a virtual Valentine’s Day about chocolate! Join us on Saturday, February 13th at 12 pm EST/11 am CST for a presentation from JETAAMC President Ashley Fox and Chicago-native, JETAAMC Member Amber Mahjé about Valentine’s Day in the United States and Japan. We will also have a raffle and two attendees (one from each region) will win a prize from local chocolatiers!
REGISTRATION REQUIRED here via JETAA Music City’s Zoom Account. Feel free to bring your favorite chocolate to our virtual event, because participants will be able to share what chocolates they love the most and why!
February 14, 2021 at 10:00am-12:00pm JST – Post-JET Job Search Webinar
Tagline: Power-up your job search
Scope: 2 hours of training and Q&A delivered online via YouTube Live
Event Registration Link: https://kamaratoffolo.com/postjet-jobsearch-webinar/
Broadcast Platform: YouTube Live (session will be recorded and available for replay after the broadcast)
- How to stand out in your job search in 2021, whether you are returning from JET this year, or returned years ago
- What’s expected, required, and needed in writing resumes in 2021
- Why LinkedIn is vital to your job search, and how to build a profile and best use LinkedIn to get noticed
- How to translate and integrate your JET story, experience, and skills into your resume and LinkedIn
USJETAA and Kokoro Care Packages are pleased to announce this event that will give you a peek into the world of Japanese farming. One cannot think of the Japanese countryside without conjuring up images of terraced rice fields, lush and green or filled with water depending on the season. Yet most of us don’t know much about the concerns of small farmers, the impact of an aging population, or the economic and other challenges unique to Japanese agriculture. Three speakers will each provide a different perspective for a nuanced look at the current state of agriculture in Japan. Featuring Dr. Patricia Maclachlan of the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Kay Shimizu of the University of Pittsburgh, and special guest Shohei Takemura of Bamboo Village Farm. The primary language for the event will be English. Japanese portions of the event will include consecutive interpretation. Event runs 1.5 hours.
Dr. Patricia Maclachlan will give an overview of Japanese agriculture reform policies and challenges, explaining the role of agricultural cooperatives, the changing economic landscape, and the threats posed by an aging population. Dr. Kay Shimizu will join us from Japan to share an on the ground perspective of Japanese farming during the past year with information on the impact of COVID and an overview of relevant policies from the new Suga administration. Takemura-san, organic farmer and owner of the Bamboo Village Farm in Machida City, Tokyo, will share his personal story of leaving his career in engineering and his life as an all-natural farmer.
To register, please use the below link:
Details: Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do; it doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft). Past participants have worked on home repairs, embroidery, knitting, sound recording, card-making, baking, gardening, photo albums, and more. What unusual projects will emerge this time?!
Register: Get zoom link here
Facebook Invite: Facebook event page
Questions: contact Christy via email
February 18 at 7:00pm CST- JETAA Chicago Mixed Multitudes: A Discussion about Identity in the US-Japan Community
JETAA Chicago is pleased to present the second webinar in our 2021 series, J-Talks: Strengthening Ties Through Dialogue, centered around the themes of identity, cultural understanding and leadership, as experienced by JET alumni and individuals with meaningful connections to Japan.
Mixed Multitudes: A Discussion about Identity in the US-Japan Community (Thursday, February 18th from 7pm-8:45pm CST) will aim to cultivate connections between the U.S. and Japan by bringing together multiracial Japanese American/Nikkei speakers to explore their different experiences and help attendees understand and navigate the concept of mixed race identity in both the U.S. and Japan.
February 20 at 6:30pm CST- JETAA Mid-South Shinnenkai
Happy New Year, JETAA family! 2020 was a year like no other, and the same can be said about our virtual Shinnenkai event. Even though we can’t gather physically, we can still “get together” online and pass a good time!
We plan on making our virtual party as fun as possible by including breakout rooms for that authentic social feel. The breakout rooms can be about a multitude of topics, so if you have any great ideas or would even like to facilitate one, please let us know!
And what shinnenkai is complete without delicious Japanese food? Though we can’t nosh on sushi together, you can bring the feast to your doorstep! Order from your favorite delivery app and choose your meal to enjoy while we have a good time! Got any favorite local joints? Share those gems with us! And if you decide to cook a Japanese meal for the event, feel free to share it on screen and tell us the recipe
Come log on to the party for a virtually great time!
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this event and should be completed in advance at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
February 21 at 6:00 PM EST – PNWJETAA Book Club: Sailor Moon Edition!
Details: All JET alumni have a story or two that includes “the last train home.” Sign up to share your story or come and listen to your fellow alumni recap the hilarious details from their nights back in Japan. Once your registration has been reviewed, you will receive a confirmation email.. This is a cross-chapter event hosted by JETAA New York, Mid-South and Texoma.
How to join: Register here
Facebook Invite: Facebook event page
Questions: contact Ryan via email
We are having such a fun time playing Among Us & Jackbox games. Won’t you join us?
Games begin at 8:00 PM and a link will be posted on Facebook, as well as sent to those who register through email.
Click the “Register” button to let us know you’re planning to attend.
February 27 at 8:30 PM EST – JETAAMN Game Night!
February 27 at 8 PM EST – JETAARM Shinnenkai
February 28 at 2 PM CST – JETAA Chicago 2021 JET Career Development Workshop with Emily Frank
Are you currently searching for a job, interested in making a career change, or trying to navigate pandemic hiring practices?
Emily Frank, a JET alumni and career coach with over 10 years of experience, will be leading a workshop on Sunday, February 28th to advise on career growth during the pandemic. Whether you are currently employed or looking for work, we’d like you to bring questions, thoughts, and your experiences to our workshop. It will be held from 2 – 3:30 PM CST and will consist of presentations and break-out rooms. We will also be providing some online resources to aid in job searching and interview preparation practice.
Whether you have questions or career advice you’d like to share, we’d love to have you join!
This event is for JET alumni only. For full event details and to sign-up, click through to the Guestlist page: https://guestlist.co/events/676128
February 28 at 4 PM EST – JETAARM Book Club – The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
February 28 at 4 PM PDT – JETAASC and JETAAHI Book Club – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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