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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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?
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!
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Obon Matsuri, Burton Cummings Community Centre, Winnipeg, July 7th, 2018
This past Saturday on the Japanese holiday of Tanabata (the Star Festival), Winnipeg held it’s first Bon Odori Matsuri organized by JCAM (Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba). The venue was the Burton Cummings Community Centre (Yes, the guy who sang “These Eyes” and “American Woman”). JCAM served cold drinks and beer, sold taiyaki (think of them as a cake in the shape of a fish and usually filled with azuki beans/cream), takoyaki (fried octopus covered in batter), and kakigori (shaved ice with your choice of flavour). Also, there was entertainment in the form of traditional Japanese dances, taiko drumming, and otaku dancing. This event was the perfect example of the small but burgeoning Japanese community in Winnipeg.
A few members of JETAA Prairies volunteered for the day with responsibilities ranging from setup/takedown, entertainment, security, and concessions. Our next event will be the JETAA Prairies Cooking Class and Karaoke Night for our new JETs on July 21st. To all alumni, let us know if you want participate!
“Sometimes, I do need to go karaoke, sometimes I need to relax.” – Jackie Chan
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!