Upcoming Events (updated 8/22)


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JETAA Book Club Meeting (9/3)

JETAA Chicago Book Club update!

Our September non-fiction selection is “Shutting out the Sun: How Japan Created its own Lost Generation” by Michael Zielenziger. It’s sure to provide plenty of discussion points!shutingout

Here’s an excerpt from the back cover: “Giving a human face to [Japan's] malaise, Zielenziger explains how the country’s [rigid, tradition-steeped society, its aversion to change, and its distrust of individuality and the expression of self] have driven intelligent, creative young men to become modern-day hermits. At the same time, young women…are rejecting the traditional path to marriage and motherhood, preferring to spend their money on luxury goods and travel…Shutting Out the Sun is a bold explanation of Japan’s stagnation and its implications for the rest of the world.”

Check the following links for a copy:

If you want to get a head start on the book we’ll be discussing in October, we will be reading “The Briefcase” by Hiromi Kawakami.

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Upcoming Ho Etsu Taiko Shows

If you went to the annual Ginza Festival at the Midwest Buddhist Temple a few weekends ago, you might have seen our friends in the Ho Etsu taiko group. If not, here are a few more shows:taiko

August 23 + 24

10am, 12pm and 2pm both days

318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, IL.

September 20


205 North Archer Avenue Mundelein, IL.

You may also be interested in signing up for the Ho Etsu Taiko Workshop!

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Nihongo Dake Dinner (9/6)

Are you new to studying Japanese, or has your Japanese gotten a bit rusty? We will be speaking Japanese over sushi, takoyaki, noodles, and other delicious Japanese food. Remember, no English allowed! がんばれ!sushi

  • Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Location: Cocoro (668 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654) (map)
  • Target Level: Beginner-Intermediate
  • Price: $20.00 (includes dinner. Drinks not included)

Please RSVP by August 30 at Guestlist using the following link:


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