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Our First Executive Meeting of the Year…and Discovering an Old JET Video from 1993

The Meeting

Yummy….

We held our first meeting of the new year at Chosabi’s in Winnipeg. We have a couple of events coming up in the next couple of months: namely, we are planning to have a Japan panel at next month’s Winterfest (a.k.a. Ai-kon Lite), and a March screening of a documentary commemorating the Great Tohoku Earthquake. If you are a JET alumni who would like to get involved, please let us know!

Afterward, via Skype, JETAA Prairies members talked to a JET alumni in Saskatchewan and would like to contribute to JETAA. One of the challenges for JETAA Prairies is to connect and work with JET alumni living in Saskatchewan. However, the distance and transportation costs are always a barrier. As a result, JETAA Prairies don’t have an enough presence in Saskatchewan. Hopefully, we can slowly change this in the upcoming future.

A Piece of History

Lastly, after we concluded our Skype teleconference, we went through this bin of old JET Prairies materials. Most materials looked like they are mostly from the early 2000s. Then we found this disc that said “JET Video”. Our curiosities peaked. What was this? We popped it into a player. We were not disappointed.

Well, hello there…

It looked like an informational, yet casual, video of JET Program life, particularly in the southern island of Kyushu. The fashion was definitely early 90s and in one of the scenes, there was a timestamp of “1993”. All of us were in awe. The best way to describe the video: combine JET informational content with the aesthetic of 90s skateboard videos done in 8mm.

Hockey in Kyushu 1993

There were nice sceneries of Fukuoka and a shot of an ice hockey game. There were also some strange scenes in the video. The most hilarious part was when a JET participant and her Japanese friend were talking about their art exhibit. The JET participant tried to explain the theme of their art but couldn’t explain very clearly. Her Japanese friend also made an attempt….and said the art being “something sexual”. Then for some reason, the editor of the video decided to loop that sound clip three more times.

We tried to understand their art. We just couldn’t…

All of us were so enamoured by this video that we decided to reach out to one of the hosts. Hopefully, we can get the complete story (or a sequel). This video made our night, at least, made my night. To all of our JET senpais: WE SALUTE YOU!

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あけましておめでとうございます!今年もよろしくお願います! Happy New Year!!!

Firstly, Happy New Year to all our alumni! We hope that you all had a lovely holiday! 明けましておめでとうございます!今年もよろしくお願いします!

Secondly, our first meeting of the new year is on January 17th at Chosabi, 2696 Pembina Highway at 7pm. This January is an exception since our committee usually meets on the second Thursday evening of every month. If you want to attend, let us know via email or Facebook.

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Wrapping Up The Year With Ramen & Cake Night!!!

Enjoying ramen at Cho Ichi Ramen on Pembina, Winnipeg.  

We had a small gathering of JET alumni at Cho Ichi Ramen on Pembina.  The members enjoyed great ramen and we even had a small debate on which we preferred more:  Vietnamese pho or Japanese ramen.  Afterward, we went to one of the JET alumni’s home and we feasted on Christmas cake.  

JETAA Prairies members enjoying some festiva Christmas cake.
Who wants some Christmas cake?  

As the evening progressed, we discussed about upcoming events for 2019.  To sum it up:  we have more events coming your way, so stay tuned!  Lastly, ramen and cake really do make a good combination (especially during winter).

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Japan Trivia Night: A Sucess!

Teams participate at the inaugural JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia Night, December 1st, Garbonzo's Pizza Pub, University of Winnipeg

Teams participate at the inaugural JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia Night, December 1st, Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub, University of Winnipeg AnX

We held our inaugural Japan Trivia Night at Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub in the University of Winnipeg AnX.  A total of three teams participated.  It was a nice mix of Japanese nationals, university students, and JET alumni.  Topics spanned from anime to history to sports to pop culture.  The level of difficulty ranged from easy to hard as time went on.  But  most importantly, the number one goal of holding Japan Trivia Night is fun.

If you are wondering how we formatted the quiz, we broke the trivia into two halves with each half containing 20 questions.  Firstly, the questions were grouped into groups of 5 questions (hence 4 groups in total) and the groups increase in difficulty as you go from the first group to the fourth group.  For example, Group 1 are worth 100 points, Group 2 are worth 200, and so on.   Secondly, all questions require one answer except for every fifth question where they require two answers and doubling the points to close the group.     As a result, trivia can be bring out the roller coaster of emotions because you could gain points back if you know how to answer the questions which are worth double.  Below are a sample of a team’s answer sheets.

Answer sheets from one of the teams. Could you decipher that questions asked?

Answer sheets from one of the teams. Could you decipher that questions asked?

To sum the event up, it was a huge success.  We will definitely be holding another Japan Trivia Night sometime in the near future.  A big thank you to all participants.  See you next time!

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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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Information Session Dates

2018 JET Programme Info Sessions for the University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University, and the University of Winnipeg

2018 JET Programme Info Sessions for the University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University, and the University of Winnipeg

Are you person who loves Japanese culture?  Do you consider yourself as a “Japanophile”?  If you want to join the JET Programme or know of someone, please come to our info sessions:

Oct 1st, 2018 @ University of Manitoba, 12:00-13:00, Rm 474 UMSU
Oct 2nd, 2018 @ Canadian Mennonite University, 12:00-13:00, Conference Room A0
Oct 3rd, 2018 @ University of Winnipeg, 12:30-13:30, Rm 1C16A

Do you know the samurai in the poster?  If you do, please write your answer in the comment section below!

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Thank You, Winnipeg! The 2018 JETAA Canada National Conference Is Now History!

JETAA Calgary presenting at the 2018 JETAA Canada National Conference, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, August 10th-12th, 2018. Photo courtesy of Kotaro Kashiwai/JLGC.

JETAA Calgary presenting at the 2018 JETAA Canada National Conference, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg, August 10th – 12th, 2018. Photo courtesy of Kotaro Kashiwai/JLGC.

JETAA Canada National Conference has wrapped up in Winnipeg. After 10 years of last hosting the conference, JETAA Prairies hosted the event at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Representatives from JETAA BC/Yukon, JETAA Calgary, JETAA Edmonton, JETAA Toronto, JETAA Ottawa, and JETAA Quebec/Atlantique, as well as representatives from the Japan Local Government Centre in New York (CLAIR) and the three JETAA USA representatives attended the event.

Officals from the Japan Local Government Centre in New York, 2018 JETAA Canada National Conference, The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, August 10th - 12th, 2018.

Officials from the Japan Local Government Centre in New York, 2018 JETAA Canada National Conference, The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg, August 10th – 12th, 2018.

The conference kicked off with a video message from the Consul General of Japan in Calgary, Shigenobu Kobayashi and a welcome reception.  During the three-day conference, the Canadian chapter representatives presented their respective chapters’ events during the past year and the challenges that each chapters had faced. The JETAA USA reps also presented their year-in-review including the JET 30 Celebrations. In addition to these presentations, there was a brainstorming session on what activities  a chapter would like to do in the future or how to tackle a current issue.

Tea ceremony demonstration, 2018 JETAA Canada National Conference, The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, August 10th - 12th, 2018.

Tea ceremony demonstration, 2018 JETAA Canada National Conference, The Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Winnipeg, August 10th – 12th, 2018.

It has been a productive three days. JET Prairies would like to thank the Consul General of Japan in Calgary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Japan Local Government Centre in New York, JETAA USA reps, all the Canadian chapter delegates, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, The Mere, and all the JET Prairies alumni and guests who attended the conference.

 

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6 More Days to the 2018 JETAA National Conference…in Winnipeg!

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg is the venue of the 2018 JETAA National Conference.

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg is the venue of the 2018 JETAA National Conference.

Yes, we’re hosting the 2018 JETAA National Conference next weekend from August 10th to August 12th.  Representatives from all Canadian JET chapters as well as representatives from JETAA USA and the Japan Local Government Centre of New York will be in attendance.  This is the biggest event in the JETAA calendar.  We had sent an email invitation for the Friday, August 10th dinner to all JETAA Prairies alumni.  Space is limited.  If you haven’t RSVP’d, please do so by Tuesday, August 7th.  Let us know if you are a JETAA Prairies alumni, hadn’t received the email invitation, and would like to go.

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