Japanese Reading Group (12/16)

After a very successful first meeting the JETAA Chicago Japanese Reading Group is reconvening to finish the short story  “Dame ni natta oukoku” by Haruki Murakami.  You can access the PDF via Dropbox here. The group target level is intermediate-to-advancedreading

  • Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Location: 2nd Floor of Argo Tea in the Theater District (16 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601)

Email Info@JETAAchicago.com for more details.


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JETAA Book Club (12/17)

The JETAA Chicago Book Club has decided to have a set meeting time! We’ll be meeting the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm downtown. To stay up-to-date about what books we’re reading and to receive event invites, join our Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JETAAChicagoBookClub/

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014riceself
Location:  Harold Washington Library (400 S State Street). There is a private study room reserved on the 6th Floor.
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM

We will be reading “Rice as Self” by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney. It’s available at various booksellers. A well priced choice is here.

In case of last-minute schedule/venue changes, let us know
you’ll be coming for the discussion by e-mail info@jetaachicago.com.



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Shinnenkai New Year Party 2015 (1/17)



Register online: https://guestlistapp.com/events/303645

JETAA Chicago is proud to present the 12th annual Shinnenkai New Year’s Party. Join us as we welcome the Year of the Sheep! Celebrate Japanese culture, play traditional games, win prizes and meet others interested in Japan.

When: Saturday, January 17th, 5-8pm
Where: The Japan Information Center (737 N. Michigan, Suite 1000, entrance on Chicago)

Buy tickets in advance until January 16th and save $5!

Adults – $15 for advanced tickets* ($20 at the door)
Students and Volunteers – $10 for advanced tickets* ($15 at the door)
Children 12 and under – $5 (kids under 5 are free)

Enjoy appetizers, snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Experience Japan’s traditional arts and crafts including: calligraphy, origami, and kimono dress-up. Challenge your friends in a trivia tournament or a game of karuta (picture matching game). Don’t forget about the $1 Janken Contest, where you can win the cash prize and be crowned the rock, paper, scissors champion!

Win prizes in the charity raffle benefitting Smile Kids Japan. Prizes include gift certificates to local businesses, Japanese themed treats and treasures, and more!

This is a family-friendly event. Kids of all ages are welcome and kids under 5 are free.

Want to volunteer at the event? Volunteer shifts are 4:30-6pm or 6-8:30pm and are an easy way to get involved, meet people and save money! Find out more by emailing info@jetaachicago.com

*all advance tickets are non-refundable


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Outreach Coordinator at Japan Information Center Opening

There is a Full-Time Position Opening as an Outreach Coordinator at the Conulate -General of Japan in Chicago’s Japan Information Center!

Applications are due by 5 PM on 12/15


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JETAA Chicago January Board Meeting (1/5)


Group photo from the JETAA “bowl-enkai!” Complete with game names such as the “Bowlinator” and Japanese goodies, complete with Chu-hi and flavored kit-kats! 懐かしいですね。。。

We have lots to chat about regarding our 2015 events (Especially the Shinenkai) and on-going projects.

The meeting will be held in downtown Chicago and last about 90 minutes. A photo ID is REQUIRED to enter the building, so be sure to bring one.

Our meetings are open to any and all JET Alumni. Dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances.

Email info@jetaachicago.com with any questions you would like to add to the agenda.


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