Category: Ai-Kon

That’s a Wrap: Ai-Kon 2019

Over 150 people stopped by at the JETAA Prairies desk over the past weekend at Ai-Kon at the RBC Convention Centre. People of all ages and backgrounds asked questions and picked up free swag. (Also, it does help that a couple of the JETs cosplayed, too.)

Members of JETAA Prairies gives a group selfie by their info desk at Ai-Kon 2019.
Hello!

In addition, we held a panel/Q&A regarding our wonderful/wackiest stories from Japan. We gave our presentation at the JCAM room and each JET took turns telling their stories. Likewise, at the end of the panel, we invited the audience to share their stories. For example, one member of the audience told a story about when she was in Japan for a school trip, the class accidentally took a wrong turn and found themselves in the red light district.

JETAA Prairies members giving a presentation about their wackiest stories from Japan
Packed house!

Interestingly, we met several people who are close to or have already graduated from university. We encouraged them to apply for the JET Programme. More importantly, we only hope that they can apply and we see them at Pre-Departure Orientation. We wish them the best of luck!

Lastly, JETAA Prairies would like to thank the organizers of Ai-Kon and Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary for allowing us to be there.

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#AskaJET: Our Ai-Kon Panel Preview

A preview of JETAA Prairies' Presentation/Q&A Panel for Ai-Kon 2019
A preview of JETAA Prairies’ Presentation/Q&A Panel for Ai-Kon 2019. “Wild and Wonderful Stories from Japan” will happen Friday, July 26th, at 7:30pm at Rm 15, at the RBC Convention Centre.

Yes, we’re planning for our much-anticipated Wild and Wonderful Stories from Japan panel for Friday, July 26th at 7:30pm. The above image is one of our slides for the upcoming panel. Likewise, there will be more material to cover.

In the meantime, we will also try to trend Twitter by inviting people to ask questions before and during the panel by using “#AskaJET”. For example, a potential tweet might be “Hey @jetaaprairies, what are the coolest spots in Japan? #AskaJET”. If you have questions, feel free to give @jetaaprairies a shoutout!

See you there!

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Wild and Wonderful Stories from Japan Panel + Q&A at Ai-Kon 2019!

JETAA Prairies will hold a panel + Q&A on Friday, July 26th, 7:30pm in the JCAM Room (Room 15) at the RBC Convention Centre
JETAA Prairies will hold a panel + Q&A on Friday, July 26th, 7:30pm in the JCAM Room (Room 15) at the RBC Convention Centre

Do you see that dotted red circle in the above image? That is the JETAA Prairies panel + Q & A called Wild and Wonderful Stories from Japan. It will take place at Room 15 at the RBC Convention Centre, Friday, July 26th, at 7:30pm. More importantly, our alumni will be present to share their wacky stories from the Land of the Rising Sun. Also, for those who are thinking about applying for JET Programme some time in the future, this is the perfect opportunity to ask your questions.

Finally, please check the Ai-Kon website routinely to make sure you’re updated with the most recent schedule. See you all there!

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Karaoke Fun!!!

JETAA Prairies Karaoke Send-Off
JETAA Prairies alumni hosts a karaoke party for the new JETs. The new JETs depart for Japan in August 2019.

On Saturday, July 13th, JETAA Prairies alumni hosted the newly-selected JETS to a karaoke party. Everyone brought snacks and drinks. At the start of the evening, the new JETs asked questions about Japan and JET alumni advised the new JETs and shared more stories. The night continued by singing our favourite songs.

Next up for the JETAA Prairies: we will host a panel talking about our first-hand hilarious stories in Japan for Ai-Kon on Friday, July 26th at 7:30pm in the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. See you there! (Please check Ai-Kon’s official website to make sure of final date and time)

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Ambassador of Japan Meets With JETAA Prairies

His Excellency, Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane, his wife Ms. Kaoru Ishikane, and members of the JETAA Prairies at the Fort Garry Hotel after lunch, Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
His Excellency, Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane, his wife Ms. Kaoru Ishikane, representatives of the Consul General of Japan in Calgary and the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa, and members of the JETAA Prairies at the Fort Garry Hotel after lunch, Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

On Tuesday, May 14th, JETAA Prairies members were invited to have lunch with the Ambassador of Japan to Canada, His Excellency Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane. Mr. Ishikane, his wife Ms. Kaoru Ishikane, representatives from the Consul General of Japan in Calgary, and JETAA Prairies members gathered at the historic Fort Garry Hotel. Mr. Ishikane is making an official visit to Winnipeg.

Indeed, JETAA Prairies would like to send our sincerest gratitude to Ambassador of Japan, Ms. Ishikane, Consul General of Japan in Calgary, and the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa for having us. In addition, if you would like to know more about His Excellency Mr. Kimihiro Ishikane, please read his CV.

Monthly Meeting in Osborne Village

Coincidentally, the evening of May 14th was also the time for our Monthly meeting. Members gathered at the famous Baked Expectations in Osborne Village. Particularly, we discussed plans in the upcoming months. For example, the upcoming Pre-Departure Orientation in June, Ai-kon, and Folklorama. Furthermore, if you would like to help in some sort of capacity for any of these events, please let us know via our Facebook group page or Contact Form.

Cake and coffee/latte at Baked Expectations
Cake and coffee/latte at Baked Expectations, May 14th, 2019
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May’s Monthly Meeting Coming Up: May 14th, 6:30pm, Baked Expectations!

Kanazawa Station, March 2018
JR Kanazawa Station

Is there a better way to spend time with individuals who have lived in Japan than eating dessert in a popular Winnipeg neighbourhood? Soon, we will meet next Tuesday, May 14th, at 6:30pm at Baked Expectations, 161 Osborne Street. Furthermore, the main points on the agenda are:

  • We will discuss planning for the Pre-Departure Orientation (happening on June 15th)
  • Ai-kon (July 26th – July 8th)
  • Folklorama 2019: Winnipeg’s largest multicultural festival

Likewise, if you are a JET alumni, are willing/genki to help out (even for just a little bit), and are hungry for some dessert, let us know via our Contact Form or Facebook Event.

By the way, this is our first monthly meeting under the Reiwa Era! We hope to see you all soon! (Side note: we have moved our monthly meetings from the second Thursday to the second Tuesday of every month)

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Representing JETAA Prairies at Winterfest

JETAA Prairies members giving presentation and Q&A at Winterfest 2019, February 23rd, 2019, at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
JETAA Prairies members giving presentation and Q&A at Winterfest 2019, February 23rd, 2019, at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

This past Saturday, February 23rd, members from JETAA Prairies attended Winterfest. We had an JET information table full of goodies such as pamphlets, Japanese maps, and other related materials. About a hundred people stopped at our table.

We also tried to recreate the atmosphere of a typical Japanese classroom during our presentation about the JET Programme. JET alumni took on roles of the Japanese Teacher of English (or JTE), the Assistant Language Teacher (or ALT), and the student leader who leads the classroom during the greeting. About 25 people attended our presentation. Because of our informative presentation, the small audience asked the JET alumni a lot of questions.

We hope that those who we spoke to or who attended our presentation will apply for the JET Programme in the near future. We wish them luck. It was a fun, great day!

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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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