Category: New JETs

JETAA Prairies Delights Folklorama Patrons

Hinode Taiko performing at the Japanese Pavilion, Folklorama 2019, @ Petrus Hall
Hinode Taiko closing the night with a boom.

After a year-long absence, JETAA Prairies (the local JET alumni for Manitoba and Saskatchewan) returned for this year’s Folklorama. The Japanese Pavilion is one of the most popular pavilions. This year’s iteration took place at the large Petrus Hall on Inkster from August 11th to August 17th. Out of the Japanese Pavilion audience who attended the week-long festivities, over 400 patrons visited the JETAA Prairies table.

What’s New at the JETAA Prairies Table?

JETAA Prairies information table in the culture booth section at the Japanese Pavilion at Folklorama 2019
Our table

Coupled with the traditional brochures and pamphlets, we brought back the Japan map and invited the public to place stars on where they’ve been. We also had an ema made of paper and cardboard. An ema is a small wooden plaque found at Shinto/Buddhist shrines. People write their wishes and hang them at a specific place at the shrine. We asked people to write down their wishes. Here are some of their wishes:

JETAA Prairies Ema full of wishes on August 17th at Petrus Hall, Folklorama
“I wish to get a puppy!”
“I wish to get a horse!”
“Let’s go to Japan!”
“Follow me on Instagram…”
JETAA Prairies map on the final night of the Japanese Pavilion, Folklorama 2019, atPetrus Hall, August 17th.
The map on the final night.

The Entertainment and the Food/Refreshments

In terms of entertainment, this year’s Japanese Pavilion provided folk dancing performances, martial arts demonstrations (judo and karate), and even an idol dance group. After those performances, the final act of the show is the thunderous sounds of Hinode Taiko. Also, the Pavilion offered Japanese food like sushi, Japanese beer, and kakigori (shaved ice flavoured with syrup).

A Diverse Group of People

Interestingly, we met a diverse group of people who have Japan as part of their lives. Firstly, we met people who are planning to apply for the JET Programme this year (or the following year). Secondly, we met people who had lived and worked in Japan via a private teaching company and we also met a former JET from the late 90s! Lastly, a teen stopped by and explained that her parents were both JETs! For the most part, JET alumni enjoyed their interactions with the crowd.

Wrap-Up

By the end of the week, the people filled our Japan map with stars and ema. We even ran out of JET pamphlets towards Friday! Good thing we’ve found a pile of them in one alumni’s home. Above all, JETAA Prairies would like to thank JCAM (Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba) for allowing us to have a presence at the Japanese Pavilion. Likewise, thank you to all the JETAA Prairies volunteers who administered our table.

Certainly, if you would like to contact JETAA Prairies, please contact us via our Contact Form or our Facebook group.

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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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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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Meet Your New JETs! Pre-Departure Orientation Recap!

The new JETs pose in jinbei and yukatas. June 15th, 2019, at JCAM.
The new JETs pose in jinbei and yukatas. June 15th, 2019, at JCAM.

This year, the JET Programme selected three people from Manitoba and six from Saskatchewan for the 2019-2020 year. JETAA Prairies alumni held an orientation at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba for the new JETs. Alumni brought the doughnuts, coffee, and lunch for everyone involved in the full-day event. Above all, alumni brought a lot of vital information about Japan and what’s to come.

JETAA Prairies member, Roger, giving presentation about what to bring to Japan, June 15th, 2019 at JCAM.
JETAA Prairies member, Roger, giving presentation about what to bring to Japan, June 15th, 2019 at JCAM.

Alumni talked about what to bring to Japan, how to get involved with the community, and an interactive time-capsule activity where the new JETs wrote their goals for Japan and current emotions (subsequently, alumni will mail these worksheets to the new JETs in December). More importantly, there were surprises for the new JETs. The new JETs tried on yukatas/jinbeis (brought by alumni). Next, alumni Michelle brought her photo albums about her experience on JET in the late 90s and talked about how JET affected her career path. Following that, everyone chowed down on Chosabi sushi burritos.

JETAA Prairies alumni, Michelle, brings her photo albums and talks about her experiences on JET in the 90s.
JETAA Prairies alumni, Michelle, brings her photo albums and talks about her experiences on JET in the 90s. June 15th, 2019 at JCAM.

After that, alumni talked via Appear.in with a current JET, Jenna, who departed Winnipeg last year. She talked about her JET life so far. Interestingly, one of the new JETs is friends with Jenna.

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

Our Next Event: Picnic!

Finally, JETAA Prairies would like to thank all alumni who made time for the event. Remember, our next event is the Picnic Event on Sunday, June 23rd, at Assiniboine Park. If you are going, let us know via Facebook or our website’s Contact form.

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2019 Annual General Meeting

Members of JETAA Prairies having the 2019 Annual General Meeting at Izakaya Edokko in Dowtown Winnipeg.  April 14th, 2019.
Do you crave for Japanese food? Why don’t you join us?

On April 14th, 2019, JETAA Prairies members, met at Izakaya Edokko in Downtown Winnipeg for the Annual General Meeting. JETAA Prairies is the local Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) alumni chapter representing Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Indeed, nine members showed up. We briefly introduced ourselves, and enjoyed the delicious food while talking about Game of Thrones and the Winnipeg Jets.

Afterward, the members reflected on past JETAA Prairies events/activities. For example, we reflected on last year’s National Conference at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, our info booth/panel at Ai-kon/Winterfest, the Japanese language classes for alumni, and the inaugural Japan Trivia Night. Truly, JETAA Prairies had an eventful year.

More importantly, we also voted for the 2019-2020 Executive. The results are:

  • Jeff: President
  • Melissa: Treasurer
  • Carol: Secretary
  • Ali: Cultural Ambassador
  • Roger: Senior Advisor
  • Alastair: Legal Attaché
  • Rigor: Webmaster/Communications

For the rest of the year, we have upcoming events lined up. For example, we will hold our Pre-Departure Orientation for the new JETs, we will return to Folklorama this year, and many others. Hence: stay tuned. By the way, if you are interested in helping out, even for a little bit, please let us know via our Contact Form.

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Reminder: JET Application Submissions/JETAA Prairies Trivia Night RSVP Deadline This Friday

ET Programme Applications Are Due This Friday, November 16th, 2018

JET Programme applications are due this Friday, November 16th, 2018.  Now hurry before the sun sets!

This is just friendly reminder that the 2018 JET applications will be due this Friday, November 16th, 2018.  If you need the link, please go to http://jetprogramme.ca/apply

Also due this Friday are the RSVPs for our first JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia/Networking Night.  If you are going, please rsvp to rsvp@jetaaprairies.ca

 

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Japan Trivia and Networking Night, Saturday, December 1st @ Garbonzo’s University of Winnipeg!

JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia and Networking Night; Saturday, December 1st, 2018; Start time: 6pm; at Garbonzo's University of Winnipeg.

JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia and Networking Night; Saturday, December 1st, 2018; Start time: 6pm; at Garbonzo’s University of Winnipeg.

We will have our first ever Japan Trivia and Networking Night!  We will hold it at Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub University of Winnipeg AnX at 2-471 Portage Avenue. This event is open to all who are interested and not just JET alumni.   Teams/tables will answer the questions.  We will create the teams depending on the number of people attending.  The questions will come from a variety of topics including Japanese history, pop culture, sports, and current events.

If you (and your friends) would like to participate, please send an RSVP with your name and number of guests to rsvp(at)jetaaprairies.ca.

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Info Sessions 終わりました (Finished)

JETAA Prairies alumni giving presentation on the JET Programme at the University of Winnipeg

JETAA Prairies alumni giving a presentation on the JET Programme at the University of Winnipeg, October 3rd, 2018.

We held our info sessions over the past three days at three different locations.  On October 1st, we held an info session at the University of Manitoba to about 13 attendees.  The next day, we held an info session at Canadian Mennonite University where one person came all the way from Brandon.  We held the last one on Wednesday, October 3rd, at the University of Winnipeg.  21 interested people showed up.

Please read this carefully to see if you’re eligible before you apply.  Also, please get familiar with the application processThe application deadline is November 16th, 2018.  It’s better to start sooner rather than later (especially with getting those reference letters).  

Good luck to everyone!  頑張れ!  A big thank you to the venues who hosted and to all the alumni who presented.  お疲れ様! (“Good job” in Japanese).

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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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