Nijikai Send-Off (7/25)

nijikaiFollowing the official pre-departure dinner, many of the outgoing JETs are left to their own devices for the evening. We will throw a little nijikai party for them at Harry Caray’s nearby. We have reserved a large space and appetizers will be served and provided by JETAA. In addition, a cash bar will be available.

  • Date: Friday, July 25, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Harry Caray’s at 10233 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018 (https://goo.gl/maps/2m02P)

Parking available, but also acceccible by Public Transportation: Metra North Central Service (NCS) O’Hare Transfer stop is walking distance, and the Pace 223 bus Higgins/Orchard stop is right in front.

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Join the JETAA Chicago Sempai Initiative

A note from our President:Wesley Julian

Dear JETAA Members,

Please join us in the JETAA Chicago Sempai Initiative. Every year we send over 100 new JETs to Japan via Chicago, and starting this year we are aiming to get more involved with their pre-departure. It is our hope to connect outgoing JETs with JETAA Chicago members who have similar backgrounds and interests.

The expectation is that after filling out a short questionnaire, you will be able to connect with a new JET who will have a similar experience. The information will be treated as sensitive and handled in a discreet and appropriate manner in order to be shared with outgoing JETs who wish to connect with you. If you have any questions about the Sempai Initiative, please contact info@jetaachicago.com. A link to the questionnaire (here) is also listed below.

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu
Wesley Julian
Presdient, JETAA Chicago

Please find the questionnaire that will help us connect you with outgoing JETs for the JETAA Chicago Sempai Initiative: Register Here

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Japan Talks at the Art Institute (7/31)

Join us in the next installment of our series: Japan Talks. We are aiming to organize interesting and engaging speakers and events on various topics of interest. Alumni Elizabeth Gordon has arranged for a very special opportunity below. Hope to see you there!artins

  • Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
  • Time: Meet between 5:15 – 5:30pm at the start of the Japanese galleries, just beyond the glass doors behind the grand staircase on the first floor (the same floor you enter on); the talk will begin at 5:30pm
  • Location: The Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Avenue)
  • RSVP: Please email Elizabeth Gordon here.  Space is limited to 20 people.
  • Cost: The event is free, but an optional donation of $10 upon arrival will help to sustain the Japan Talks program

Janice Katz, Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese art, will walk us through the Japanese art galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago that were renovated in 2010.  Highlights include a gallery for ancient Japanese art, an expansive space for religious arts that includes Buddhist sculpture and decorative arts as well as Shinto sculpture, and a section devoted to the arts of the tea ritual in Japan.  Also installed in the galleries after a year-long conservation project are the last remaining fragments of the the Phoenix Hall, the Japanese national pavilion at the 1893 World’s Fair.

Thursday evenings are free for Illinois residents, so please bring your ID.  Please meet the Japan Talks group  at the start of the Japanese galleries, just beyond the glass doors behind the grand staircase on the first floor (the same floor you enter on).

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JETAA Book Club (8/6)

The Book Club’s current fiction selection is “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa. A cothmpelling read, and at less than 200 pages, there’s still time to read it at your leisure.

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

Also, if you want to get a head start, for our September meeting (9/3), our non-fiction selection will be “Shutting out the Sun: How Japan Created its own Lost Generation” by Michael Zielenziger!

 

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JETAA Chicago Board Meeting (8/4)

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On Monday, August 6th, JETAA Chicago will hold its monthly board meeting. The meeting will be held in at the Japan Information Center (737 North Michigan Avenue Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611) at 6:30 PM and last about 90 minutes. The building is the Olympia Center and the location is the Japan Information Center of the 10th floor. A photo ID may be 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. Please also visit our Facebook event page to confirm your attendance to the event.

If you’re interested in calling or video-chatting into the meeting, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate.

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JETAA Chicago July Board Meeting (7/7)

 

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On Monday, July 7, JETAA Chicago will hold its monthly board meeting. The major focus will be the ongoing programs for new JETs departing in July and the continued discussion of the chapter logo. PLEASE BRING WITH YOU ANY LOGO IDEAS you’ve created and submit them to the discussion. Again the discussion about our logo a…nd branding will be at the conclusion of the meeting. A final decision will not be made at this meeting.

The meeting will be held in at the Japan Information Center (737 North Michigan Avenue Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611) at 6:30 PM and last about 90 minutes. The building is the Olympia Center and the location is the Japan Information Center of the 10th floor. A photo ID may be 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. Please also visit our Facebook event page to confirm your attendance to the event.

If you’re interested in calling or video-chatting into the meeting, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate.

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Mitsuwa Market Sweep (7/13)

mitsuwamarketWe will be going to Mitsuwa to indulge in the Japanese grocery experience, and have a little fun while doing it. New, outgoing JETs & alumni are encouraged to join us for a Japanese grocery scavenger hunt, paired with recipes for cooking in Japan! We’ll introduce basic grocery items and recipes that will help for survival in Japan.

  • Date:      Sunday, July 13, 2014
  • Time:      3-3:15 PM
  • Location:      Mitsuwa Marketplace (100 E Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60005)

Please RSVP by July 7th. Contact us at info@jetaachicago.com or please also consider RSVPing on our Facebook event page!

If you plan on going by public transportation, please meet us at the Rosemont CTA blue line station by 2:30. The 606 Pace bus drops off in front of Mitsuwa. If you’re driving, consider setting up a carpool (just let us know where you’re coming from and how many seats you have open).

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