Japanese Reading Group #17 (3/8)


A post from the Japanese reading group leader, Daniel.  Join and RSVP on the Facebook event today:

“Hey all. I stumbled across a really interesting blog post about giving condolences in Japanese. The blog author is a funeral director who has been blogging since 2009, perhaps inspired by the 2008 movie Departures.

So for the March reading group, we’ll read the blog post ご愁傷様の意味と正しい使い方: http://funeralservice.livedoor.biz/archives/494034.html

It’s mediumish/longish in length, but I think having access to the digital text will make reading easier. Should be a 深イイ text to discuss!”

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JETAA Chicago March Board Meeting (3/7)


On Monday, March 7, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly board meeting. We will finalize plans for our annual White Day event, start the conversation about outgoing JET intiatives, and discuss changes to our board structure and voting process. It promises to be an engaging and exciting meeting.

The meeting’s location is at 737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000. The building may require a photo ID so be sure to bring one. We will meet for about 90 minutes.

For those unable to attend in person, please email info@jetaachicago.com if you would like to call or video into the meeting. We have successfully had call-ins, Google Hangouts, and Skype-ins in past meetings. Don’t hesitate to let us know you’d like to do that.

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 or any items you would like to add to the agenda. RSVP on our Facebook event page!

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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 & 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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