Month: July 2018

Ai-Kon 2018 @ RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

JET Prairies (Manitoba Saskatchewan) talking about ways to work and travel in Japan at AiKon 2018, RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre.

JETAA Prairies (Manitoba Saskatchewan) talking about ways to work and travel in Japan at AiKon July 27th, 2018, RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg .

This past weekend, JETAA Prairies attended AiKon from July 27th to July 31st, 2018 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.  We not only had an information desk at AiKon but JETAA Prairies held a panel titled Exploring and Working in Japan.  We discussed job opportunities in Japan which included the JET Programme, private English conversation schools (eikawas), and the holiday working visa.  We also discussed how to travel in Japan (e.g. JR Rail Pass, wi-fi rental vs SIM card, accomodations) and held a Q & A with the audience.

JETAA Prairies (Manitoba and Saskatchewan) presenting about working and travelling in Japan

Alumni being super genki for the panel and ready to share their collective wisdom about Japan.

As you would expect, there were people from all walks of life stopping by the JETAA Prairies information desk inquiring about Japan and the JET Programme.

JET Prairies (Manitoba Saskatchewan) alumni present at AiKon 2018, RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

JET Prairies (Manitoba Saskatchewan) alumni present at AiKon 2018, RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Our next event is the biggest event for all JETAA chapters:  the National Conference which will be held from August 10th-12th in Winnipeg.  All Canadian JETAA chapters will be sending their representatives to Winnipeg.  If you are JET Alumni and would like to volunteer during the conference, feel free to contact us via the Contact Form.   

See you next year, AiKon!

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We Kame. We Karaoke’d. We Konquered.

Yes, Karafun has TV themes in its catalog. Autobots, roll out!

Yes, Karafun has TV themes in its catalog.  For some, we channelled our inner child.

The past Saturday night, we had our growing karaoke event.  Twelve were present at our karaoke event including the new JET participants.  Our karaoke program of choice is Karafun.  Some members brought drinks and snacks.  Karafun’s catalog even contained famous TV theme songs like from The Transformers, Beverley Hillbillies, and The Flinstones (but there was no Jetsons’ theme song).

JET Alumni and New JETs Singing Karaoke using Karafun.

JET Alumni and New JETs Singing Karaoke using Karafun.

Our next event will be at Ai-Kon which takes place from July 27th to the 29th at the RBC Convention Centre at 375 York Avenue in Winnipeg.  We will have a table setup there and alumni will present information about working in Japan.  If you are JET alumni and want to help out during Ai-Kon, let us know via the contact form!

Winnipeg's annual anime/manga convention: Ai-Kon.

We will be here!

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If you had missed the Bon Odori Festival on July 7th….

JCAM's Yuhito Adachi being interviewed by CBC News.

JCAM’s Yuhito Adachi being interviewed by CBC News.

If you had missed JCAM’s Bon Odori Festival this past July 7th, we have a couple of articles regarding Winnipeg’s inaugural festival.

Here’s an indepth CBC article interviewing the organizer of the event, Yuhito Adachi.    The article can be found at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bon-odori-festival-winnipeg-1.4737839

Here’s a link to CityTV’s interview with Yuhito at https://winnipeg.citynews.ca/video/2018/07/07/winnipeg-celebrates-first-ever-bon-odori-japanese-festival/ 

On a side note:  we have our JETAA Prairies Karaoke Night this Saturday, July 21st starting at 7pm.  Let us know by sending us a message via our website form and we can send you the details!

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Bon Matsuri in Winnipeg

Tanabata, Obon Matsuri, Burton Cummings Community Centre, Winnipeg, July 7th, 2018

Obon Matsuri, Burton Cummings Community Centre, Winnipeg, July 7th, 2018

This past Saturday on the Japanese holiday of Tanabata (the Star Festival), Winnipeg held it’s first Bon Odori Matsuri organized by JCAM (Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba).  The venue was the Burton Cummings Community Centre (Yes, the guy who sang “These Eyes” and “American Woman”).  JCAM served cold drinks and beer, sold taiyaki (think of them as a cake in the shape of a fish and usually filled with azuki beans/cream), takoyaki (fried octopus covered in batter), and kakigori (shaved ice with your choice of flavour).  Also, there was entertainment in the form of traditional Japanese dances, taiko drumming, and otaku dancing.  This event was the perfect example of the small but burgeoning Japanese community in Winnipeg.

A few members of JETAA Prairies volunteered for the day with responsibilities ranging from setup/takedown, entertainment, security, and concessions.  Our next event will be the JETAA Prairies Cooking Class and Karaoke Night for our new JETs on July 21st.  To all alumni, let us know if you want participate!

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