November JETAA Chicago Member Meeting (11/7)


On Monday, November 7th, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly member meeting from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. The meeting’s location is TBD. It will not be at Mitsuwa. (But that photo is from our Survivor Series, which you can learn about!)

This meeting will be the introduction of the new board for the 2016-2017 year. Come learn about the new leadership and how you can get involved with our awesome activities! We gladly welcome returnees and alumni alike.

A light dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances. There will be a nomikai afterwards.

Email with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda. Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.  We are looking forward to seeing you!

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Career Development Workshop (11/12)



Come learn from like-minded professionals at our annual Career Development Workshop.

-Theme: Telling your JET story for the career you want-

We will have former JETs speaking on their current careers, how to update Linkedin profiles, and most importantly, how to tell your JET story for the career that you want. We will have a keynote speaker, and people from the fields of translation, international business, non-profit work and more!

**If you are from out of state, be sure to let us know in advance. We can reimburse for some of the costs of travel.

Supported by USJETAA and the Sasakawa USA. Be sure to register via our guestlist website above and RSVP on our Facebook Event Page!

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JETAA Chicago Book Club – Rice Noodle Fish (10/5)


For our September selection, the Japanese Reading Group will read Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture by Matt Goulding.

They will meet at the Starbucks at 8 North Michigan Avenue, across from Millennium Park. They have the special evening menu, including beer and wine. RSVP on our event page now!

This is about Japan’s unique food culture. If you like Japanese food and enjoyed the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi, then this is right up your alley. Should be a great discussion.

An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan’s extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along with 195 color photographs. In this 5000-mile journey through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and teahouses of Japan, Matt Goulding, co-creator of the enormously popular Eat This, Not That! book series, navigates the intersection between food, history, and culture, creating one of the most ambitious and complete books ever written about Japanese culinary culture from the Western perspective.

Written in the same evocative voice that drives the award-winning magazine Roads & Kingdoms, Rice, Noodle, Fish explores Japan’s most intriguing culinary disciplines in seven key regions, from the kaiseki tradition of Kyoto and the sushi masters of Tokyo to the street food of Osaka and the ramen culture of Fukuoka. You won’t find hotel recommendations or bus schedules; you will find a brilliant narrative that interweaves immersive food journalism with intimate portraits of the cities and the people who shape Japan’s food culture.

This is not your typical guidebook. Rice, Noodle, Fish is a rare blend of inspiration and information, perfect for the intrepid and armchair traveler alike. Combining literary storytelling, indispensable insider information, and world-class design and photography, the end result is the first ever guidebook for the new age of culinary tourism.

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2016 JET Program Information Session (10/8)


The Japan Information Center of the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago will hold a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session for those who are interested in finding out more about teaching English or working for a local government in Japan. Learn more about the opportunity here:

The application will be open from October until early November.

JET Program alumni will be on hand to speak with prospective applicants and talk about their experience. Alumni will give brief presentations on the following topics:
* What Does an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) Do?
* What Does a Coordinator of International Relations (CIR) Do?
* Placements / Living Conditions in Japan
* Money Matters (Salary, Benefits, Living Expenses, Budgets)
* Culture Shock and Cross-Cultural Communication

For additional information, please contact the JET Desk at and RSVP now on the event page!

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