JETAA Chicago March Board Meeting (3/2)


On Monday, March 2, JETAA will hold its monthly board meeting. Remember that meetings are always the first most of every month, so be sure to save the date. For those unable to attend, please email if you would like to call or video into the meeting.

The meeting will be held at 203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2500 at 6:30 PM and will last about 90 minutes.  The building requires a photo ID 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 with any questions you would like to add to the agenda. Please RSVP on Facebook

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Nihongo Dake Dinner (3/6)



Japanese slipping? Can’t seem to find a place to utilize your skills? Well, never fear, we’re having our next Nihongo Dake dinner at the wonderful Cocoro restaurant! You’ll have a chance to brush up your Japanese and have fun doing it- No English allowed!

  • Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Cocoro Restaurant in River North (668 North Wells Street) (map)

Our target level for this time is beginner-intermediate and we will once again be joined by Ms, Risa Enyu to help us refresh and expand our skills! Beginning and Intermediate level students will receive additional practice tips via email before attending the event.

We have limited space, so register soon on Guestlist!

For more information, email us at

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Kodo One Earth Tour (3/16)


The Japanese drum troupe Kodo returns to Chicago with their newest show “Mystery!” Created by artistic director Tamasaburo Bando, Mystery “fuses the power and dynamism of the taiko drum with the wondrous beauty and true charm that lie within rituals expressing the worship of myriad gods and reverence for nature that have been traditions in Japan since ancient times.”

  • Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
  • Time: Doors open at 6:45 PM, performance begins at 7:30 PM
  • Location: Symphony Center Orchestra Hall  (220 South Michigan Avenue) (map)
  • Cost: $30-80.

There is nothing like seeing Kodo live! The One Earth Tour only travels the world once every two years.  For more information, please visit this website or contact the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at 312-294-3000.

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JETAA Chicago Book Club (2/18)


This month, JETAA Chicago Book Club will be reading Japan 1941 by Eri Hotta (2014).

  • Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street) (map)

Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year

“A groundbreaking history that considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and is certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific.

When Japan attacked the United States in 1941, its leaders, in large part, understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose. In a groundbreaking history that considers Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective, certain to revolutionize how we think of the war in the Pacific, Eri Hotta poses essential questions overlooked for the last seventy years: Why did these men—military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor—put their country and its citizens in harm’s way? Why did they make a decision that was doomed from the start? Introducing us to the doubters, bluffers, and schemers who led their nation into this conflagration, Hotta brilliantly shows us a hidden Japan—eager to avoid war but fraught with tensions with the West, deluded by reckless militarism, tempted by the gambler’s dream of scoring the biggest win against impossible odds and nearly escaping disaster before it finally proved inevitable.”

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Bingo @ Heiwa Terrace (2/19)


For those who haven’t attended before, it’s pretty easy–we call out numbers and distribute small prizes. Of course, the residents are always happy to see us.

  • Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Heiwa Terrace (920 West Lawrence Avenue #1) (map)
    It’s right next to the CTA Red Line Lawrence stop!

Please email with questions or interest.

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