Category: Events

JETAA Prairies Virtual J-Horror Movie Night, Saturday, October 24th, 7pm-10pm!

JETAA Prairies is holding virtual J-Horror Movie Night
J-Horror movie classics

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 jetaambsk@gmail.com 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.

JETAA Southern Alberta Virtual Career Series: October 16th/November 6th @ 9am-12pm!

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 sajetaa@gmail.com. Lastly, we wish the best of luck to all returning alumni!

JETAA Southern Alberta is holding a workshop for JET alumni on how to market their JET experience in their job search.

JETAA Prairies 1000 Cranes (Senbazuru) Paper Folding Event!

JETAA Prairies folding paper cranes for its first-ever 1000 Cranes (Senbazuru) Paper Folding Event. Finished cranes were sent to the Manitoba Buddhist Temple.
JETAA Prairies alumni folding paper cranes for its first-ever 1000 Cranes (Senbazuru) Paper Folding Event. Members sent their cranes to the Manitoba Buddhist Temple.

On August 29th, 2020, members of JETAA Prairies held its first ever 1000 Cranes Paper Folding Event (Senbazuru). Members met online and folded paper cranes together. If you are not aware, folding 1000 paper cranes are done when someone is seriously ill (like Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes), wishing team mates good luck, or commemorate peace.

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!

JETAA Prairies folding paper cranes for its first-ever 1000 Cranes (Senbazuru) Paper Folding Event. Finished cranes were sent to the Manitoba Buddhist Temple.
Finished paper cranes for JETAA Prairies 1000 Cranes (Senbazuru) Paper Folding Event. Members sent their cranes to the Manitoba Buddhist Temple.

Pre-Departure Orientation, July 4th via Online

JETAA Prairies holding a teleconference with Jenna, current JET living in Saitama, and talking about her experiences so far.
JETAA Prairies holding a teleconference with Jenna, current JET living in Saitama, and talking about her experiences so far. June 15th, 2019.

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.

Japanese Language Classes and Winterfest 2020

JETAA Prairies members attending Japanese langauge classes in downtown Winnipeg. February 2020.
ETAA Prairies members attending Japanese langauge classes in downtown Winnipeg. February 2020.

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.

JETAA Prairies members speaking Japanese in downtown Winnipeg. February 2020.
JETAA Prairies members speaking Japanese in downtown Winnipeg. February 2020.

Winterfest: Aikon’s Little Sibling

JETAA Prairies alumni atteneding Winterfest at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. February 22nd, 2020.
JETAA Prairies alumni attending Winterfest at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. February 22nd, 2020.

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

Time: 12pm

Location: Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery, 800 Pembina Highway

Please RSVP to JETAAMBSK@gmail.com.

It’s Back! Japan Trivia & Networking Night @ Dwarf!

This is the poster for JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia and Networking Night 2019
JETAA Prairies will be hosting its annual Japan Trivia and Networking Night at Dwarf No Cachette on Provencher Road in Winnipeg, November 15th, 2019 at 6:30pm.

Do you like Japan?! How about Japanese food?! Are you genki for some trivia?! Why not all three?!

JETAA Prairies is hosting its second annual Japan Trivia & Networking Night (sponsored by The University of Winnipeg East Asian Languages & Cultures Program). Interestingly, this year, it will be at the local favourite, Dwarf no Cachette Cafe & Gift, on Provencher.

How To Prepare

Above all, this event is open to the public and not just exclusively for JET Programme alumni. In the meantime, please check out last year’s Trivia & Networking Night. To prepare yourself, we suggest you to check out news sites like The Japan Times, blog sites like SoraNews24, and of course, good ol’ Wikipedia. But remember, this event is for fun and nothing is really at stake. Just a good excuse to unwind after a busy week and get ready for the weekend.

If you think nothing has significantly happened in Japan this past year so far, please think again. A new emperor has ascended the throne, thus ushering a new era; the tragic Kyoto Animation fire; a particular typhoon rampaged Japan this past month; and a particular rugby tournament is happening now as we speak in various locations. If you like Japanese music, don’t forget to research the Japan’s version of Billboard, Oricon, and listen to the latest in Japanese pop music. We will be surely asking about current events. Furthermore, it doesn’t hurt to know your Japanese history, language, business, and geography.

One Last Thing

More importantly, please send your RSVP to rsvp@jetaaprairies.ca OR hit the “Going” button for this event in our Facebook group by Friday, November 8th, 2019.

See you all there!

Name: Japan Trivia & Networking Night

Place: Dwarf No Cachette, 157 Provencher Rd

Date: November 15th, 2019 at 6:30pm.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. All participants are responsible for their own cost of food/drink.

We Need More Volunteers for Folklorama!

Gondo, Nagano City, March 2018
Gondo (Shopping Street), Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, March 2018

Hello, everyone!

We need JET alumni to be present at our booth at the Japanese Pavilion for Folklorama. Here’s the information below:
Location: Petrus Hall | 2624 Inkster Blvd.
Dates: Sunday, August 11 – Saturday, August 17, 2019 (Folklorama week 2)
Times: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
*Show times are 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm Sunday to Friday and 5:15, 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm on Sat. If we can get more than 2 volunteers per day, we can split the time up as only 2 staff are needed at a time.

Japanese Pavilion link:
https://www.folklorama.ca/find-a-pavilion/54?pavilionId=54

If you would like volunteer, please let us know via our Contact Form or our Facebook group comment section.

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.

#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!

Volunteering Opportunity: JETAA Prairies Alumni Needed For Folklorama! Onegaishimasu!

People place their push pins to places they have been to in Japan. Japanese Pavilion, Folklorama, August 2017
People place their push pins to places they have been to in Japan. Japanese Pavilion, Folklorama, August 2017

With Folklorama on the horizon, we are looking for volunteers to staff the JETAA Prairies table at the Japanese pavilion. This is a great place to meet people who have been to Japan, who want to go to Japan or who may be interested in the JET Programme.
As this is a multi day event, we are hoping to get many volunteers as we can. At least 2 volunteers are needed each day. Even if you can only help out for one day, that would be great!  

FOLKLORAMA:
Location: Petrus Hall | 2624 Inkster Blvd.

Dates: Sunday, August 11 – Saturday, August 17, 2019 (Folklorama week 2)
Times: 5:30pm to 10:30pm 

*Show times are 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm Sun to Fri and 5:15, 6:45, 8:15, 9:45 pm on Sat. If we can get more than 2 volunteers per day, we can split the time up as only 2 staff are needed at a time. Please let us know via our Facebook Group or our Contact Form if you can help out and what day/days you are available.


Japanese Pavilion link:
https://www.folklorama.ca/find-a-pavilion/54?pavilionId=54

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