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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.

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Japanese Christmas Chicken Event!

JETAA Prairies, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, presented Japanese Christmas Chicken Night at JCAM in Winnipeg. Event sponsored by JCAM.
Playing charades at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, December 15th, 2019.

This past Sunday, JETAA Prairies and the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba presented Japanese Christmas Chicken Event. Around 20 people showed up to feast on fried chicken, fries, salad from KFC. More importantly, this was the first-ever event of its kind held by JETAA Prairies.

If you didn’t know, having KFC chicken over the Christmas holidays is a tradition of Japanese Christmas. However, while we waited for the food to arrive, we participated in warm-up games like charades and decorating gingerbread cookies.

KFC food is here!
KFC food is here!
The food at Japanese Christmas Chicken Night
The food at Japanese Christmas Chicken Night

But that wasn’t all: another staple of Japanese-style Christmas is Christmas cake. Yes, we had cake for everybody and plenty of it!

Cake served as dessert for JETAA Japanese Christmas Night at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, December 15th, 2019.
Hungry yet?

Were we done? No. Not so surprisingly, we concluded the night with some karaoke via the karaoke app, Karafun. Yes, we did the full Japanese experience on a snowy day in Winnipeg.

Guests enjoying some karaoke at JCAM, the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, December 15th, 2019
One of the other things we miss about Japan….
Enjoying karaoke at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, December 15th, 2019.
The fun never stops…

2019 has been a very active and busy year for everyone at JETAA Prairies. This first-ever event was the perfect way to close out this past year. Everyone at JETAA Prairies would like to thank the people at JCAM for helping co-presenting this event.

Finally, we would like to extend our sincerest wishes to everybody in the JET alumni community and the many people whom crossed paths with this past year. Happy holidays, everybody!

JETAA Prairies alumni at the front desk for Japanese Christmas Chicken Night, December 15th, 2019, at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba.
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JETAA Prairies Japan Trivia & Networking Night Part 2: Success!

JETAA Prairies presents Japan Trivia and Networking Night on the second floor of Dwarf no Cachette in Winnipeg, November 15th, 2019.
JETAA Prairies presents Japan Trivia and Networking Night on the second floor of Dwarf no Cachette in Winnipeg, November 15th, 2019.

This past Friday, JETAA Prairies hosted its second annual Japan Trivia and Networking Night at the Japanese restaurant, Dwarf no Cachette, in Winnipeg. JET alumni, JET prospects, and Japanese ex-pats/exchange students mingled for the next two-and-a-half hours over great Japanese food while testing their general knowledge about Japan in a relaxed atmosphere. More importantly, this trivia is non-competitive: it’s all about fun.

So, what’s the trivia’s format? Firstly, three teams of four were made on the spot. Secondly, the trivia had two halves of 20 questions each. So, what did the quiz masters ask? A variety of random questions. To clarify, here is a sample of some of the questions (for the answers, please look at the end of this post):

  • 1)”What is the nickname for the test trains that are used on the Japanese Shinkansen?
  • 2)”Who ‘sparks joy’ from Japan?”
  • 3)”What video game company did Hideo Kojima leave in 2015?”

After finishing the quiz, participants told quiz masters that they really enjoyed the event. For example, one participant (who came to last year’s trivia event) said she enjoyed this year’s edition more than last year’s. Also, the other participants who came for the first time have said that it was really fun and enjoyed the questions.

Our next event will be on December 15th for our Christmas Event. This event is for alumni. Likewise, please stay tuned for more details.

Lastly, JETAA Prairies would like to thank Dwarf no Cachette, the University of Winnipeg East Asian Languages and Cultures Program for sponsoring the event, and to those who came out for the event. See you all next year!

Answers: 1)Dr. Yellow, 2) Marie Kondo, 3)Konami.

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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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JETAA Prairies Alumni Attend The Kakehashi Project

The Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, poses with students from Nagoya's Toho High School, Miles Macdonnell, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. March 13th, 2019.
The Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, poses with students from Nagoya’s Toho High School, Miles Macdonnell, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. March 13th, 2019.

Tonight, JET alumni of JETAA Prairies attended a presentation of the Kakehashi Project at Vincent Massey Collegiate. Firstly, The Kakehashi Project is a youth exchange between Japan and Canada. This year, the Project finally selected schools outside of Alberta to participate. Secondly, the two participating schools were Vincent Massey Collegiate and Miles Macdonnell School. These students did a homestay in Nagoya. Tonight, the two groups of Canadian students gave their respective presentations about their experiences in Japan. Thirdly, a group of students from Nagoya’s Toho High School are currently doing a homestay in Winnipeg right now, and will do their presentations once it is over.

The Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, giving a welcome speech at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 13th, 2019
The Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, giving a welcome speech at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 13th, 2019, to students from Toho High School of Nagoya, Miles Macdonnell School, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. All students participate in an exchange program as part of the Kakehashi Project.

In addition to JET alumni in the audience, also in attendance were the Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, Mr. Shigenobu Kobayashi, representatives from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (who co-administers the Kakehashi Project), the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba (JCAM), the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Manitoba. As JET alumni, we hope that one of these high school students, who participated in the Kakehashi Project, decides to participate in the JET Programme.

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