Volunteers Needed for Kizuna 5!

Kizuna5 Team Seeks Volunteers

The Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is presenting Kizuna 5, a series of events to remember the victims, celebrate the reconstruction of the Tohoku region and show continued support from the people of Chicago to those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. The Kizuna5 series will consist of the following events:

  1. Commemoration Ceremony at Chicago Cultural Center on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00pm
  2. Photo Exhibition Featuring Tohoku Youth March 7–11, 2016 – James R. Thompson Center March 14–April 1, 2016 – Richard J. Daley Center Lobby
  1. Economic Seminar Highlighting Business in Tohoku on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Grant Thornton, 171 N. Clark St. #200, Chicago
  2. Panel Discussion on Natural Disasters and Global Partnership, tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 14 at Japan Information Center, 737 N. Michigan Ave #1000, Chicago
  3. Film Screening of the 113 Project, a short documentary on Tohoku youth

Dates & Locations: TBD

The Kizuna5 team from the Osaka Committee of the CSCI is currently seeking more volunteers who could help us with the following:

  1. To work on a website and video production
  2. To insert captions to video messages. Adobe premiere (video editing software) user may be ideal
  3. To assist in administrative works
  4. To assist at the Commemoration Ceremony

If you are interested in working with the Kizuna5 team, please contact the volunteer administrator. We’ll welcome anybody who is interested in working with us on this important project.

Kizuna 5 is co-hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, the Japan America Society of Chicago, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago, and the Japan External Trade Organization Chicago Office. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel serve as honorary of chairs of Kizuna 5.

Thank you so much!

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YPC Koval Whiskey Tour, Tasting & Discussion (1/21)

The Young Professionals Committe of the Japan America Society of Chicago and the JET Alumni Association invite you to a:  KOVAL Whiskey Tour, Tasting & Discussion



Location: KOVAL Distillery

5121 North Ravenswood, Chicago IL

Date and Time: Thursday, January 21, 2016 [6:30-8:00 PM]

Fee: $20 JASC/JETAA Members/ $23 Non-Members

Space limited, Maximum space for 30.
*Pre-payment required in order to confirm your reservation no later than January 20.


Come join JASC and JETAA members for a tour, tasting and discussion of Chicago’s very own KOVAL Distillery, set on the Northside of Chicago in Ravenswood.  Embracing the grain-to-bottle mentality, each step of the spirit-making process is thoughtfully monitoerd: beginning with contracting local farmers to grow the grain, to on-site milling and mashing, to finally distilling, bottling, and packaging.  KOVAL has grown to be one of America’s leading small batch, independent spirit manufacturers.

Sample whiskey, gin, vodka and liqueurs while touring the distillery and learning more about the whiskey making process, and what sets KOVAL apart from the competition.  The tour will end with a discussion from Fuyuko Kojima, Japanese market manager for KOVAL, who will lend insight into KOVAL’s marketing strategies in Japan and discuss cultural obstacles and challenges.  Products will be available for sale during the event with a 10% discount for all attendees.

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YPC & JETAA Business Card Exchange (2/17)

Downtown Business Card Exchange Social



Location: Brasserie by LM

800 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 (Paris Room)

$15 Valent parking available at the Essex Inn/ $6 Parking at 8th and Wabash

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 [6:00-8:00 PM]

Fee: $20 JASC/JETAA Members/$25 Non-Members (Appetizers and Cash Bar)

*Pre-payment required in order to confirm your reservation no later than February 14.



Join Chicago’s finest professionals for the Young Professionals Committee of the Japan America Society of Chicago and JET Alumni Association’s Downtown Business Card Exchange.  Network with engaging individuals, enjoy delicious appetizers, and mingle in a vibrant atmosphere.  Come make valuable contacts, grow social capital, and build your network base.

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Shinnenkai New Year Party 2016 (1/16)



JETAA Chicago is proud to present the 13th annual Shinnenkai New Year’s Party. Join us as we welcome the Year of the Monkey! Celebrate Japanese culture, play traditional games, win prizes and meet others interested in Japan.

When: Saturday, January 16th, 5-8pm
Where: The Japan Information Center, Consulate-General of Japan (737 N. Michigan, 10th Floor, entrance on Chicago Ave)

Buy tickets in advance until January 16th and save $5!

Adults – $15 for advanced tickets* ($20 at the door)
Students and Volunteers – $10 for advanced tickets* ($15 at the door)
Children 12 and under – $5 (kids under 5 are free)

Enjoy appetizers, snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Experience Japan’s traditional arts and crafts including: calligraphy, origami, and kimono dress-up. Challenge your friends in a trivia tournament or a game of karuta (picture matching game).

Win prizes in the charity raffle benefitting a soon to be announced charity. Prizes include gift certificates to local businesses, Japanese themed treats and treasures, and more!

This is a family-friendly event. Kids of all ages are welcome and kids under 5 are free.

Want to volunteer at the event? Volunteer shifts are 4:30-6pm or 6-7:30pm and are an easy way to get involved, meet people and save money! Find out more by emailing info@jetaachicago.com.

*all advance tickets are non-refundable

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