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JETAANY 30th Anniversary Photo Contest – Accepting entries through October 6/ Voting October 6 to October 23
JETAANY is hosting a photo contest as part of our chapter’s 30th anniversary! We are opening this contest to all JETAANY members, regardless of when you went on JET. Doesn’t matter if you were in Japan in 1989, 2006 or are still there! We want to help our alumni to help share their best memories and photos of Japan throughout the long history of the JET Program
2020 has been a turbulent year, and with travel restricted, many of us have been looking through old photos of our lives in Japan on the JET Programme. Now’s the time to put them to good use and help celebrate 30 years of JETAANY! Please submit entries here:
Once entries close, we’ll open up the voting online and winners will be chosen. Winners will receive prints of their photos on canvas.
Every Monday at 12 pm PT – JETAASC Water Cooler
Monday WFH blues got you down? Not being productive anyway? Just need a place to eat lunch? Take a break at the JETAASC Water Cooler! This is a casual drop-in type hang out where you can say hi, stick around for some lunchtime conversation, or just tune in to some ambient social interaction we’ve all been missing away from the office. Bring your favorite drink or a full meal, pop in for a few minutes or a few hours. We’re looking to make this a weekly event to start your week off right.
Meeting ID: 959 0877 8396
See you at the water cooler!
Every Wednesday at 8 PM EDT
JETAA USA Yoga: Zoom Link
Every Thursday at 8 PM EDT: JETAA Great Lakes Thursday Watch Party: Join Facebook Group for info.
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Every Thursday at 8 we’ll be hosting a Netflix watch party! See the posts for specific details on what is currently being viewed, and how to join. We hope to see you there!
Be sure to download the “Neftlix Party” extension at least the day before. There regularly has been issues for people who download it and then immediately tried to join a party.
Every Friday at 11:30 AM ET (8:30 AM PDT)
JETAA USA Radio Taiso: NEW LINK https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMldeutqzoiGtEwWoSkCCkHOZ_fi9Gu5H44
Join your fellow JET alumni for Radio Taiso every Friday morning! It’s a 3-6 min stretch followed by a quick social check-in if you have time to chat.Check your timezone:
11:30am EDT (New York)
10:30am CDT (Kansas City)
9:30am MDT (Denver)
8:30am PST (Los Angeles)
Every Sunday at 2 PM to 3 PM
JETAA DC Japanese Script Reading Club – Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/4bG2LS6KVgRRPRNX9
October 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM ET – JETAADC Sake Experience
While you were on JET, did you have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate sake? Have you had the chance to try good sake since you’ve been back in the DC region? Do you miss the opportunity to share and reminisce about Japanese culture with your fellow JETs? Thanks to DC local and Friend of JET, Reiko Hirai, and her DC Sake co, we have the opportunity to learn more about the history and production techniques of Sake from Sake specialist Chizuko Niikawa, Founder of Sake Discoveries in NYC, Certified sake sommelier, and Sake Samurai who is certified as an expert by the Japan Sake Brewers Association. (https://www.sakediscoveries.
Due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual event hosted through Zoom on Saturday, October 3rd at 7 pm. As a special treat, Chizuko Sensei will also guide us on a tasting of a sake that’s never previously been available in DC! Participants will be able to purchase sake tasting sets to sample during the presentation through the DC Sake Co. [Link will be provided to those who sign up]. Please note that we will set up a time for you to pick up the Sake in Washington, DC the before the event. Purchase of sake is NOT required to participate in this event.
The event is supported by JETAA DC and is free to JET Alumni, though space is limited. Sign up today!
October 5, 2020 at 6:30 PM CST – JETAA Chicago Open Board Meeting, October 2020
At our September meeting, we will be discussing plans for future events and other opportunities in the virtual space! Interested in taking part in the conversation? Join us for our September Open Board Meeting!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS ONLINE ONLY!
Monday, October 5, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Online – In the Comfort of Your Own Home
Please register here: https://guestlist.co/events/662385
October 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM CST JETAA Chicago (Illinois, Wisconsin & Indiana) Cross-Generational JET Happy Hour. 1987-2020!
With the departure delays for new JETs and the sporadic flow of returnees over the last few months, the original plans for summer and fall have had to change!
So in keeping with the enkai tradition of being on a week night with work the next day, on Thursday, October 8, at 6:30 PM CST, we are hosting a happy hour to bring every generation of our community together for a night of conversation and fun!
For more information and to sign-up, go here: https://guestlist.co/events/658596
October 9, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET – JETAA Pittsburgh (JETAANY subchapter) Kokono-online-kai
October 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM HST – New JET Workshops: Self-Intro Lesson JETAA Hawaii
RSVP here: https://forms.gle/
In this New JET Workshop you will learn about one of your most important lessons: The Self-Introduction Lesson! Jodie-Sensei, a seasoned Unicorn on JET, will present about the dos and don’ts of a great first lesson. We hope this helps you think of fun and creative lessons for your first day on the job! There will be a short Q&A after the presentation.
Deadline to RSVP: Friday, 10/09 11:59PM HST
Zoom Meeting ID & Passcode will be sent out at least 1 hour before the event.
October 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM ET – JETAADC Fall Picnic
Come and enjoy the fall weather and a delicious Japanese bento from Toryumon’s new Arlington location. Chat warmly with your fellow JET community members from a careful social distance! Click here to purchase tickets. The confirmation page will lead you to the Bento Order Form.
Guidelines: Please bring your own picnic blanket, chairs, and non-alcoholic drinks. Picnic areas will be marked and spaced six feet apart or more and masks will be mandatory unless eating.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is October 3 so that we can maintain careful control over the number of attendees and bentos. We will NOT be accepting on-site ticket purchasing so purchase your ticket today!
Time/Date: October 10th @ 12 -3
Location: Virginia Highlands Par
October 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – JETAANY Nihongo Dake 春のお喋りタイム
Questions: contact Giuseppe Di Martino at email
In recognition of the changing seasons, we’ll read Hiromi Kawakami’s STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO – a moving, funny, and immersive tale of modern Japan and old-fashioned romance.
October 13, 2020 8:00 PM ET – USJETAA Foreign and Civil Service Careers Networking Session
USJETAA will be holding a networking session for anyone currently working in or interested in working in the foreign or civil service. Join USJETAA, our speakers from the webinar on careers in foreign service, and other JET alumni working in the field to ask questions and learn about their experiences. We will be using breakout sessions for networking in small groups.
Please register in advance here:
October 14, 2020 at 7 PM ET – JETAANY Craft Night & Mask Making
Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do – doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft). Past participants have worked on home repairs, embroidery, knitting, birdhouse painting, sound recording, card-making, photo albums, and more. What unusual projects will emerge this time?!
Fill out this simple form to receive the Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/y37qbdsg
Contact Monica or Christy with questions!
October 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM HST – JETAA Hawaii Virtual Kaiwa Table
RSVP here: https://forms.gle/
Monthly Japanese-English Conversation Table. Second Wednesday of the month. Bring your dinner and have fun chatting in Japanese. Welcome all levels of Japanese speakers, JETAA, & non-JETAA members
October 17, 2020 at 7 PM CT – One Cut of the Dead Live Watch and Discussion JETAA Texoma
Here we sit on the tail end of o-bon and Halloween is sitting on the horizon. It’s still 2020. You’re looking for a reason to smile. I have one.
Saturday, October 17, 2020, we’d like to get together online*, watch, and discuss “One Cut of the Dead” aka “Kamera wo Tomeru na!” – a light-hearted Japanese zombie movie about family and the importance of teamwork. Every word of that description was true. I promise.
Viewing: 7pm Central Time. Discussion will start after the film concludes at around 8:45 pm Central Time. This time – you’ll need to acquire/rent the film independently. Currently, there appear to be two options to do so: (1) Free: go to Amazon – you can rent for free via a 7-day trial of “Shudder”, a horror streaming service; or (2) $4-$5: YouTube – currently you can rent the film for $4-$5.
October 18, 2020 at 11:30 AM PDT – Bento Workshop – Presented by JETAA Portland and JETAABC
Click here to join the Zoom meeting:
Have you always wanted to make a bento but didn’t know how to begin?
Look no further!
Join us on Sunday, October 18th as Amanda Ouymiya, our expert judge from the Kyaraben Contest, shows us how to make a simple bento using on-hand ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. She’ll clue us in on the basics and secrets of putting together a good bento, and, when the bento is complete, we’ll end with a Q&A session where everyone can ask her all their bento-related questions.
If you have questions that you would like to ask Amanda prior to the event, please use our google forms here: https://forms.gle/puGjUL8ZfodcaFRt6
And if not, there will be plenty of time for asking questions during the event!
We’ll see you there!
October 18, 2020 at 1 PM HST – JETAA Hawaii Talks: Calligraphy
Our October JET Talk invites a special guest to be our presenter, Calligraphy Instructor Hiromi Peterson (Toka). She is a Calligraphy Instructor at Punahou School and JCCH with Kanji Calligraphy 8th dan and Kana Calligraphy 7th dan. She is also the calligraphy mentor to our own Co-Media Coordinator Taylor Date. Come learn about Peterson-sensei and how she uses calligraphy in her daily routine. If you want to pick up a new hobby for quarantine time or just learn more about the art of calligraphy this is the perfect start for you!
Peterson-sensei will be demonstrating calligraphy techniques during this talk. If you would like to learn calligraphy with her, but don’t have materials we are offering some calligraphy packages to mail directly to you!
October 20, 2020 9:00 PM Japan Time – USJETAA Microgrant Initiative for American JETs Information Session
Please join USJETAA and US Embassy Tokyo for an information session on the 2020 Microgrant Initiative for American JETs. This session will give you the basic information on applying to the program and answer any your questions.
The Microgrant Initiative for American JETs is funded by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. This program provides small grants to JET participants working in Japan on the JET Programme to fund projects that introduce American culture and English language to students in their classrooms and to the local community.
Please register for this webinar in advance:
Ever dreamed of living and working in Japan? Already interested in JET but not sure if you should take the leap? Join us for an Online Info Session co-hosted with the JET Program Coordinators at the Embassy of Japan in the US! This webinar will dig into the details of JET – departure schedule, salary, daily life, and more. They’ll also be sharing some common pitfalls to look out for as you put together your application.
Please register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7016015742603/WN_X2COXPBlRo-0i8o0Llw8iA
October 23, 2020 at 8 PM – JETAA Minnesota Japanese Game Show Night
Do you like to watch people in spandex suits try to climb up a slippery slide from the comfort of your own home? Then join us over Zoom on October 23rd from 8pm for Japanese Game Show Night! Bring your drinks, snacks, and get ready to laugh out loud!
Sign up to receive the Zoom link and let us know what kind of game shows you’d like to watch. Visit the Facebook Event for more information.
October 23, 2020 at 8 PM EST – GLJETAA The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Register by email: email@example.com
Not a horror film. Despite the title, this is a comedic rock musical!
This is the story of when Brad and Janet, a straight-laced couple, get a flat tire in front of a castle full of interesting characters. It is considered a cult classic, and is reguarly watched by many during the Halloween season and beyond.
You must have a Hulu account to participate (there is a free trial) and the Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party) browser extension. A link to the Teleparty will be provided on our Facebook (or emailed to those who request it) at 7:45 p.m. and viewing will start at about 8:00.
**IMPORTANT: Be sure to download the Teleparty extension in advance. There have regularly been issues for people who download it and then immediately tried to join a party. Please contact us if you are having tech issues. You must also have a Hulu login to participate in this event. Props are optional. 😉
October 24, 2020 at 5 PM CST – JETAA Chicago Virtual Halloween Extravaganza
No trick-or-treating? No costume parties? No problem!
JETAA Chicago is planning our own virtual Halloween Extravaganza!
Join us on Saturday, October 24th as we celebrate Halloween with a virtual happy hour! Show off your costumes, have a drink, and enjoy Halloween-themed trivia and games. There will even be a kids’ virtual craft workshop and costume parade for our JETlings!
Go here for full event details and to sign-up.
October 24, 2020 at 6-8 PM HST – New JET Workshops: Etiquette JETAA Hawaii
Etiquette is everything in Japan, especially when you are drinking with your bosses and co-workers! JETAA Hawaii invites you to bring your dinner and a drink to our Virtual ZOOM Enkai (office party) and learn how to bond with your fellow co-workers for a harmonious work environment. To make this event more realistic in the time of COVID-19, JETAA Hawaii is offering a $10 rebate for anyone ordering takeout food from a Japanese restaurant for dinner! (NOT for alcohol) A list of approved Japanese restaurants and more instructions on how to get the rebate will be emailed to you after you RSVP. If there is a Japanese restaurant in your area that is not on our list, you can suggest it in the Google Form below by 10/17. Pending approval from the JETAA Board, you may be able to get the $10 rebate for the suggested restaurant.
This event is mainly to benefit the 2020 New JETs, but alumni are welcome to come and provide feedback about their personal experiences as well! JETAA Board members will present on the dos and don’ts of etiquette and open it up to a Q&A.
October 24, 2020 at 10AM ET – JETAASC Fall Career Fair
We’re excited to announce our Annual JETAASC Fall Career Fair this year! This event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24th from 10 am – 2 pm. Since we continue to be under the Safer at Home mandate, we will be hosting this popular event virtually.
We’re currently looking for JET Alumni who are interested in sharing their expertise and knowledge of their respective industries with our fellow JETAASC members during our Career Fair. Speakers will be given a 30-minute session from 10 am – 12 pm and have an opportunity to interact and network with fellow JET Alumni during our virtual networking lunch.
If you’re interested in participating as a speaker, please fill out the form here and choose a preferred time to present.
Thank you for your interest in being a part of our JETAASC Career Fair!
October 24, 2020 at 6-8 PM ET – JETAASC October Natsukashii Kai
Come join us this fall for our virtual October Natsukashii Kai! This month’s event will take place on Saturday, October 24th from 6-8 PM. Attend as the JETAASC Career Fair after-party or just attend as a stand-alone event (or just pop in to say “hi”).
Bring your “Fall in Japan” stories, like first classes on JET, seeing leaves change color, fall foods, and travel, etc. We’re bringing the 懐かしい back to this 会! If we have enough people, we can do breakout rooms for even cozier fall conversations!
Come ready to chat, hang out, and play some games. Feel free to bring any game recommendations.
If you’d like to join us, please register in advance at: https://zoom.us/…/tJIrd-
October 24-25, 2020 – Japanese American Association Virtual
Walk/Run Fall Fundraiser (JETAANY)
Time: Anytime all weekend!
Details: To celebrate Japanese American community connections and their history in New York, come join JAA’s fall fundraising walk/run anytime over the weekend of October 24 to 25. This is a virtual event, in support of JAA, the Japanese American Association of New York, a nonprofit that builds community ties between Japanese, Japanese Americans and those who love Japanese culture. It is also in commemoration of the 160th anniversary of Japan-New York relations. In 1860, the first Japanese delegation, in samurai gear, was welcomed to New York with a parade in lower Manhattan.
Donation: Suggested registration/donation: $30 for non-JAA members, $20 for members, $10 for seniors and students.
Join USJETAA and TABLE FOR TWO for an #Onigiri Action 2020 virtual event. TABLE FOR TWO (TFT), a global nonprofit with roots in Japan, is again sponsoring its #OnigiriAction Campaign. Join us for a family-friendly event where we will make, decorate, and eat rice balls, and then post pictures of the onigiri. Each onigiri photo post brings 5 school meals to children in need.
We will learn how to make:
Traditional Onigiri (Tuna-mayo)
Gochiso Onigiri (gourmet onigiri using not-so traditional ingredients like scrambled eggs, ham, smoked salmon, cheese)
Furikake (rice sprinkles made with Nori, Sesame (optional), Katsuo)
An ingredient list will be provided to all registrants
Onigiri Action 2020 runs the whole month of October. Learn more at www.onigiri-action.com/en to download their Getting Started Guide.
October 29, 2020 at 8 PM PDT – 10 PM PDT – JETAA Portland Networking Nomikai
October 29, 2020 at 8 PM CDT Japanese Regional Specialities and Local Cultures