It has already been ten years since a devastating earthquake rocked Tohoku Japan. Close to 16,000 people lost their lives including a JET, Taylor Anderson. Tohoku is in the process of rebuilding.
To commemorate this dark day, Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR in New York) has a week long event starting March 5th-11th. There will be collection of films and panel discussions centering around Tohoku. Tickets are free and you can register online.
It’s that time again! On February 20, 2021 starting at 12pm, we will be reviewing our past events of the past year and planning for the 2021-2022 period. This an opportunity for alumni to select members for the Executive. Also, this meeting is a great way to voice your concerns and/or suggest new opportunities for the chapter.
It’s already October and Halloween is soon approaching. But don’t let COVID19 get you down. If you love J-Horror, join us in our very first virtual movie night, Friday, October 24th, from 7pm to 11pm! Films are yet to be determined.
Open to all JET alumni. If you are planning to attend, please send a RSVP email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get the meeting number/password/link since the event will be held on Cisco WebEx.
Let’s enjoy the classics from the safety and comfort of our own homes.
Are you a returning JET and are job searching? Are you a JET alumni and are searching for something new? Luckily, JETAA Southern Alberta is here to help you. They will be holding a Virtual Career Series starting with two sessions: Employability Smarts on Friday, October 16th and Mastering the Cultural Shift on Friday, November 6th. Both are from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Employability Smarts will help you how to market your JET experience and navigate through the job market. Mastering the Cultural Shift will help you how to manage reverse culture shock and how to readjust to life back home. In addition, this session requires the use of Cisco WebEx.
This event is open to all JET alumi. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, please RSVP by October 14th/November 4th via email to email@example.com. Lastly, we wish the best of luck to all returning alumni!
Afterward, members either mailed their finished cranes or dropped them off at the Manitoba Buddhist Temple as part of a cultural display with the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. During this interesting time, we could all use some peace, good health, and good luck!
On July 4th, alumni from JETAA Prairies held its first pre-departure orientation that was delivered through the web. The software of choice for the web conference was Cisco WebEx. The alumni welcomed the new JETs who are are from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. To wake up the new JETs on the Saturday morning, alumni held a Japan-themed trivia contest using Kahoot!. It was really close as you can see the final scores for the Top 3 finishers.
After that, alumni presented the more useful topics. For example: how to get ready for Japan, planning your introduction lesson and teaching English, making a bucket list, city vs rural living, and studying Japanese. Above all, the common mantra on the JET Programme is “Every situation is different”. Certainly, the collective information and experience that the alumni bring was immensely valuable for the newbies.
Jenna, a current Winnipeg JET, joined the pre-departure orientation live from her home in Saitama Prefecture. During the Q & A, the new JETs asked her a lot of questions about her daily life in Japan, her work, and her living space. What a great way to give a sneak peak to the rookies!
JETAA Prairies would like to thank Jenna and alumni for participating in the pre-departure orientation. Finally, everyone at JET Prairies would also like to send our well-wishes to all the new JETs and wish them good-luck! May we cross paths again in the future!
JETAA Prairies will hold its Pre-Departure Orientation online for the very first time on July 4th, 2020 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Alumni will present on a variety of topics to help ready the new JETs for Japan. Congratulations to the new JETs and see you all soon.
For the month of February, JET Programme alumni members in Manitoba/Saskatchewan kept busy in February by holding Japanese language classes for its alumni and participating in an anime convention.
JETAA Prairies held Japanese language classes for its alumni members in downtown Winnipeg. What did we do? We reviewed/practiced our vocabulary, grammar, and actively applying it in casual conversation. This was a good opportunity to refresh our Japanese skills – especially in a city like Winnipeg where there’s limited chances to use Japanese.
Winterfest: Aikon’s Little Sibling
On Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, JETAA Prairies members had a table setup at Wintefest (the mini-version of Aikon) at the RBC Convention Centre. Meanwhile, in the spirit of the convention, a few of our members cosplayed during the day-long convention. For example, one of our members dressed up as one of the characters from the cartoon, Gravity Falls, and another one dressed up as one of the characters from Game of Thrones. Unsurprisingly, the anime map of Japan was in huge demand. Unfortunately, we only had one copy left (i.e. the display copy) as we didn’t get new copies of the maps in time. Well, next time.
Annual General Meeting: March 7th, 12pm, at Brazen Hall
Our next event will be our Annual General Meeting, It will be held at Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery at 12pm, March 7th, 2020. See you all there!
Event: Annual General Meeting/AGM
Date: March 7th, 2020
Location: Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery, 800 Pembina Highway
This past Sunday, JETAA Prairies and the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba presented Japanese Christmas Chicken Event. Around 20 people showed up to feast on fried chicken, fries, salad from KFC. More importantly, this was the first-ever event of its kind held by JETAA Prairies.
But that wasn’t all: another staple of Japanese-style Christmas is Christmas cake. Yes, we had cake for everybody and plenty of it!
Were we done? No. Not so surprisingly, we concluded the night with some karaoke via the karaoke app, Karafun. Yes, we did the full Japanese experience on a snowy day in Winnipeg.
2019 has been a very active and busy year for everyone at JETAA Prairies. This first-ever event was the perfect way to close out this past year. Everyone at JETAA Prairies would like to thank the people at JCAM for helping co-presenting this event.
Finally, we would like to extend our sincerest wishes to everybody in the JET alumni community and the many people whom crossed paths with this past year. Happy holidays, everybody!
This past Friday, JETAA Prairies hosted its second annual Japan Trivia and Networking Night at the Japanese restaurant, Dwarf no Cachette, in Winnipeg. JET alumni, JET prospects, and Japanese ex-pats/exchange students mingled for the next two-and-a-half hours over great Japanese food while testing their general knowledge about Japan in a relaxed atmosphere. More importantly, this trivia is non-competitive: it’s all about fun.
So, what’s the trivia’s format? Firstly, three teams of four were made on the spot. Secondly, the trivia had two halves of 20 questions each. So, what did the quiz masters ask? A variety of random questions. To clarify, here is a sample of some of the questions (for the answers, please look at the end of this post):
1)”What is the nickname for the test trains that are used on the Japanese Shinkansen?
2)”Who ‘sparks joy’ from Japan?”
3)”What video game company did Hideo Kojima leave in 2015?”
After finishing the quiz, participants told quiz masters that they really enjoyed the event. For example, one participant (who came to last year’s trivia event) said she enjoyed this year’s edition more than last year’s. Also, the other participants who came for the first time have said that it was really fun and enjoyed the questions.
Our next event will be on December 15th for our Christmas Event. This event is for alumni. Likewise, please stay tuned for more details.
Lastly, JETAA Prairies would like to thank Dwarf no Cachette, the University of Winnipeg East Asian Languages and Cultures Program for sponsoring the event, and to those who came out for the event. See you all next year!