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Famous National Geographic Photographer, Hidehiro Otake, Appearing At JCAM, Sunday, August 19th @ 8pm

Hidehiro Otake will be making an appearance at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, 180 McPhillips Street, on August 19th, 2018 at 8pm.

Hidehiro Otake will be making an appearance at the Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, 180 McPhillips Street, on August 19th, 2018 at 8pm.

The Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba, JCAM,  will be hosting an evening with Hidehiro Otake, a wildlife photographer originally from Winnipeg’s sister city, Setagaya, this Sunday, August 19th starting at 8pm.  Otake has been photographing the wildlife and their enviornment in Canada and the USA.   He has published his photos in forms of children’s books in Japan.  His photographs can been seen in other publications and are so loved that various people have asked him to take them to these spots.

Finger food and light refreshments will be available.  Please contact JCAM by phone at 204-774-5909 for more information regarding the event.  If you want more information regarding Hidehiro Otake, you can visit his official website,  Instagram page, blog and/or National Geographic profile page.

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.

 

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.

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!

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!

If you had missed the Bon Odori Festival on July 7th….

JCAM's Yuhito Adachi being interviewed by CBC News.

JCAM’s Yuhito Adachi being interviewed by CBC News.

If you had missed JCAM’s Bon Odori Festival this past July 7th, we have a couple of articles regarding Winnipeg’s inaugural festival.

Here’s an indepth CBC article interviewing the organizer of the event, Yuhito Adachi.    The article can be found at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/bon-odori-festival-winnipeg-1.4737839

Here’s a link to CityTV’s interview with Yuhito at https://winnipeg.citynews.ca/video/2018/07/07/winnipeg-celebrates-first-ever-bon-odori-japanese-festival/ 

On a side note:  we have our JETAA Prairies Karaoke Night this Saturday, July 21st starting at 7pm.  Let us know by sending us a message via our website form and we can send you the details!

Bon Matsuri in Winnipeg

Tanabata, Obon Matsuri, Burton Cummings Community Centre, Winnipeg, July 7th, 2018

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!

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. 🙂

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!

Welcome To Our New Site!

Finally!  After years of not having a site, we’re finally back.  It’s a work in progress so stay tuned!