14th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnenkai

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Want a taste of Japan this new year? Then come to the 14th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnnenkai on January 21 (Saturday), from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the Japanese Culture Center – 日本文化会館.

  • What Japanese things can I experience while there you ask? Well…
  • Calligraphy
  • Ema Plaques
  • Fukuwarai (Pin theTail on the Donkey)
  • Karuta (PlayingCards)
  • Kimono Dress-up
  • Onigiri (RiceBall) Making
  • Origami
  • More!


  • $20.00 – Adults (21+)
  • $10.00 – 12 and Older
  • Free – Under 12
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Akira Ifukube 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert


Project 120 Chicago presents the Akira Ifukube 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston on Saturday, Dec. 17. Ifukube is a Japanese composer of classical music and movie scores, best known for his work on the Godzilla movies soundtracks. Performers include accomplished Chicago-based musicians: Reiko Yamada (piano), Kaori Williams (soprano), Shigetoshi Yamada (violin), and Hiroko Nagahata (piano).

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Employment Opportunities (updated 10/24)

  1. Chicago Futabakai School
  2. Wanted immediately: English and ESL Teacher

    Organization: Chicago Futabakai Japanese School Day School

    Position Title: Full-Time ESL Teacher

    Department: English Department

    State: Illinois

    City: Arlington Heights

    Full-time/ Part-time: Full-time (40 hours a week); overtime and weekends may be necessary.

    10-month academic schedule as per the Japanese school year.

    General responsibilities:

    Design and implement lessons based on school and departmental standards.  Teach ESL classes for elementary and middle school students.  Create and maintain a positive learning environment.  Work in a team setting to help achieve professional goals.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    -Native level English ability (speaking, readings, writing, and listening)

    -Bachelors from an accredited college or university in a related field

    Desired Qualifications:

    -PEL (Professional Educators License), or TBE-Japanese (Transitional Bilingual Educator-Japanese), or 3-5 years of teaching experience.

    -At least 2 years of elementary or middle school teaching experience

    -Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills

    -Receptive of feedback

    -Japanese proficiency (sufficient ability to perform various school administrative duties and tasks in Japanese)

    Start Date:

    November 7, 2016 (As soon as possible)


    Mr. Toshimasa Asai


    Chicago Futabakai Japanese School

    2550 N Arlington Heights Road

    Arlington Heights, IL 60004

    Phone: 847-590-5700 Fax: 847-590-9759

    E-mail: principal_d@chicagojs.com

    “Please send a letter of introduction and resume to Principal Asai.  Email only.”


  3. Japanese program at Burr School (Preschool).
  4. We have 5 classes, 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Our schedule in the past has looked like this:




    and then



    Akiko Sensei came every Wednesday till the end of the school year, minus vacation days for CPS.  Please let me know if you need any more information.

    Contact: jsgillespie@cps.edu

  5. Japanese Teacher at Near the Pier Preschool
  6. Contact: Tonia Evans (nearthepier@gmail.com)Full-time position. The hours would be from 8 am-5pm Monday-Friday. Every class on Tuesdays learns Japanese. The pay rate is something not to be discussed with Tonia Evans, but is handled by the Human Resource Department.

  7. JET Program Coordinator at the Embassy
  8. Administrative Assistant at the Embassy
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October Bingo (10/20)


Every month, a group of JETAA members visit the elderly home Heiwa Terrace to play bingo.  For October, member will meet at Heiwa Terrace (Lawrence and Sheridan) on October 20 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Let us know if you are available to lend a hand.

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