Six Flags Great America (10/26)

Join JETAA Chicago and the WI Subchapter for an autumn group trip to Six Flags Great America. Enjoy the thrilling rides and attractions of Great America, splash through the water park at Hurricane Harbor, and meet fellow JET Alums from the area. Don’t miss out on this outstanding opportunity!


9:00 AM Departure (from Chicago)

10:30 AM - Meet at the Front Gate

9:00 PM - Park Closes

Tickets are significantly lower than regular price admission because we will be going as a group. When registering on Guestlist, please provide your name as it appears on a valid ID. If you are purchasing multiple tickets, please provide a name for each ticket. We must register a name for each ticket with Six Flags; vouchers without a valid ID will not be accepted.

More details of the trip (i.e. transportation and ticket exchange) will be shared with those who register. You can register now on Guestlist.

Those who are willing to help with transportation, please email



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JETAA Career Development Workshop (11/8)

Mark your calendar for our annual Career Development Workshop!mohammed

  • Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
  • Time: 2:30 – 5:30pm
  • Location: Japan Information Center, on the 10th floor of the Olympia Center (737 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611)

Register for this FREE event on Guestlist.

We’ve lined up an amazing speaker, Mr. Mohammed Faheem of Illinois WorkNet to talk on the subject, “How the Job Search Paradigm has Changed”. You will also have a chance to network with other attendees, both job-seekers and professionals alike!

The networking reception will follow the speaker.

Our speaker:

Mohammed Faheem is a popular speaker known for delivering hard-hitting messages that move people emotionally and inspire them to make long-term, substantive changes in their personal and professional lives. Mohammed is currently the Director of Business Employer Solutions and Corporate Relations at the Illinois workNet Center in Arlington Heights, where he has developed nationally recognized programs for workforce development. Mohammed’s Contributions to public service have been lauded by President Clinton, President Bush, the U.S. Congress and a host of Community Organizations.


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Japanese Reading Group (11/11)

A new Japanese reading group will be meeting to go through a Japanese short story readingsentence by sentence for reading comprehension practice. The group target level is intermediate-to-advanced, but the text will be available in advance so that those who are interested can study ahead of time.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
  • Location: 2nd Floor of Argo Tea in the Theater District (16 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601)

The group is meeting the first Tuesday of each month. The first reading will be “Dame ni natta oukoku” by Haruki Murakami and you can access the PDF via Dropbox here.


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Nihongo Dake Dinner (11/15)

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


Our target level for this one is intermediate-advanced and we will once again be joined by Ms. Atsuko Noguchi to help us refresh and expand our skills!

  • Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 – ?
  • Location: Uptown
  • Cost: $5 + a dish to share*!

We have limited space, so register soon on Guestlist!

For more information, email us.

*We are asking attendees to bring a simple dish according to your the first letter of your last name.

A – I: an appetizer
J – R: a main dish
S – Z: a dessert


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Bingo @ Heiwa Terrace (10/16)

Bingo at Heiwa Terrace is this Thursday. 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. bingo

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Heiwa Terrace (920 West Lawrence Avenue #1, Chicago, IL 60640) (map)
It’s right next to the CTA Red Line Lawrence stop.

Please email with questions or interest.


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JETAA Book Club (10/16)

JETAA Chicago Book Club update! We will discuss our fiction selection, “The Briefcase” by Hiromi Kawakami on Thursday.octbook

Date: Thursday, October 16th
Location: 2nd Floor of Argo Tea in the Theater District (16 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601)
Time: 6:30 – 7:30p

If you want to get a head start on the book we’ll be discussing in November, 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, or join the Facebook group here:


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November Board Meeting (11/3)

The next board meeting with be November 3. More details to come soon!

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.


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