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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!

Are You Cold Yet? We’ve Got The Remedy….Ramen + Christmas Cake Night!!!

JETAA Prairies will hold a Ramen + Cake Night on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 6:30pm at Cho Ichi Ramen, Winnipeg.

JETAA Prairies will hold a Ramen + Cake Night on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 6:30pm at Cho Ichi Ramen, Winnipeg.

Do you miss having a bowl of hot ramen to warm you up? Do you miss having Christmas cake as well? Do you miss mingling with likeminded people who understand what Japan is all about? Behold! We will have Ramen + Christmas Cake Night! on December 13th, 6:30pm  at Cho Ichi Ramen, 1151 Pembina Highway. Cake will be held at a yet to-be-determined location. For JETAA Prairie members.  Please RSVP by December 5th, 2018 either through our Facebook Events page or RSVP directly to rsvp@jetaaprairies.ca

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

 

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.

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).

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!

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!

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