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!

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