JETAA Survival Series 2015: Japanese Monkey Meet & Greet (5/16)


Attention JETs short-listed for the 2015-2016 year – Congratulations!  You’re going to be living in Japan for a year or beyond —lucky you!  Probably you already have questions, maybe a lot of questions.  And that’s okay.  Many JETs have done what you’re about to do, and we’d like to make it easier for you.

JETAA Chicago will kick-off the Onboarding Education Initiatives for new JETs known as the Survival Series with the Japanese Monkey Meet & Greet at Lincoln Park Zoo.  Visit our Facebook Event Page for more details.

  • Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Location: Meet at the meet at Stockton and Webster, West Entrance of Lincoln Park Zoo(map)

This is an organized, but casual daytime event to celebrate the exhibit and becoming a JET!


If you still have questions, post a comment and/or email:

We have developed initiatives that focus on providing support to help educate and prepare the new JETs for a smooth and smart transition to their lives in Japan and on the JET Program.  Please visit our Outgoing JET page to learn more about all upcoming programs.


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Japanese Reading Group (5/12)


It will be the lucky number 7th Japanese Reading Group! We will be reading our first digital story from Japan’s public works collection Aozora: The first part of Natsume Soseki’s 夢十夜 (ゆめじゅうや, Ten Nights of Dreams).

We’ll read the first night.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Argo Tea, Randolph and State

Refine your Japanese translation skills and join the fun!  Register through our Facebook Event


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JETAA Book Club (4/21)


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

  • Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Fountainhead (1970 West Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613) (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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