Tag: JET Programme

Circle Your Calendar: JETAA Prairies Picnic in the Park, Sunday, June 23rd, 2019!

Picnic
Want to join us?

Yes, you read the right! We will hold our first ever picnic near the Lyric Theatre at Assiniboine Park, Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, 11am-3pm. Please bring some snacks to share. Certainly, if you have some Japanese clothing like a yūkata or jinbei, you are more than welcome to wear it. We will have some (Japanese) games for the kids, too. More importantly, don’t forget the sunscreen!

Lastly, if you are planning to come out, please RSVP via our Facebook event page.

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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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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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Annual General Meeting, Sunday, April 14th, 12pm @ Izakaya Edokko!!!

Kobe, Japan
Kobe, Japan

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 14th, 2019, 12pm at Izakaya Edokko, 190 Smith Street. This is your opportunity to voice your opinions/suggestions for events that JETAA Prairies should get involved in. Also, we will also be creating the 2019/2020 executive! This event is open to all JETAA Prairies alumni. You don’t have to be a regular volunteer of the JETAA Prairies community to attend. If you can only attend the AGM, that is ok, too. If you are planning to go, please let us know via our website or our Facebook events page on what you want to order by April 12th. We can cover the cost of appetizers for everyone, however, each member is responsible for his/her own meal (here’s the link to Izakaya Edokko’s menu). We won’t do omakase because it requires an $80 minimum per person.

Hope to see you there!

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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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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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Pre-Departure Orientation: The Countdown Begins

Showcasing our new banner!

We held our Pre-Departure Orientation at the Japanese Cultural Assocation of Manitoba.    JET Prairie alumni gave presentations on a variety of aspects of Japanese life (e.g. What to bring to Japan, ideal Japanese learning materials, how to get involved with the community, driving in Japan, etc.).  We answered any questions the new JETs asked us.

Next is our JET Prairie Cooking Night and Karaoke Send-Off for our new JET participants on July 21st.  Also, some of our alumni will have a table setup at this year’s Ai-Kon Convention on July 27th-29th.  If you’re alumni and want to hang out with us, let us know!

And of course, good luck Japan in the World Cup. 🙂

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JETAA Karaoke Night

“Sometimes, I do need to go karaoke, sometimes I need to relax.” – Jackie Chan

JETAA Prairies Karaoke Night

 

On May 12th, we had our first Karaoke Night!  Once you do karaoke in Japan, it’s very hard to shake the habit off after returning to your home country.   If you are wondering which karaoke machine we used, we used Karafun.  Flight of Conchords songs ruled the evening.  If you somehow didn’t get the chance to go, don’t worry!  We will hold another JETAA Prairies Karaoke Night again!  So, stay tuned!

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