113 Project Short Film Screening

On the 5 year anniversary of the 3.11 Tsunami, Join JETAA Rocky Mountain and to see how the people of Tohoku have reclaimed their lives, community, and future – in the first showing of the 113 Project. Director and Executive Producer Wesley Julian will be joining us to answer questions about the documentary and life in Tohoku today.

We will hold the screening on Sunday, March 13th at 2pm at the Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave, Denver.

Your suggested donation of $10 is your RSVP and cost of admission. All funds raised will be donated to organizations dedicated to rebuilding and strengthening the communities affected by Great Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami.

Click Here to Donate and RSVP

About the films: From the creative team of the documentary Tohoku Tomo, an IFDA Finalist with over 30 domestic and international screening to date, comes the 113 Project, a short film series inviting you to rediscover Tohoku through the eyes of young adults, local businesses, and other communities rebuilding their lives and working towards the future.

Featuring over a dozen interviews and stories embodying hope and perseverance, these short films showcase the warmth and beauty of the region while sharing the voices of people who want to let you know how life is today.

The public is encouraged to use the hashtag #TTweek for Tohoku Tomo Week, where thoughts, photos, and memories of Tohoku can be shared on social media.

2016 Annual Meeting & Nabe Party

It’s time to elect a board for 2016-17 at our Annual Meeting. We will hold elections and discuss our plans and goals for the next year. Afterwards we will reward ourselves with a delicious nabe lunch!

When: Sunday, March 20th
10am-1pm: elections and meeting
1pm-4pm: Nabe potluck
Where: Lakewood, CO

The meeting will be held at a private home in Lakewood, and space is limited, so if you are interested in coming to the meeting, the nabe potluck, or both, please RSVP here.

We are also asking for $5 per attendee to help us cover the food  costs, but we promise you will get more than your money’s worth in yummy yummy nabe.

Hope to see you there!

Tohoku Today

On March 11th, our friends at the Sakura Foundation will be hosting a very special event.

The Sakura Foundation and community partners invite you to join us in supporting survivors & relief organizations in Tohoku and learning about their inspiring stories of progress and resilience on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region on March 11, 2011.

The event begins at 5:30pm on Friday, March 11th, 2016, in the Banquet Room of the First Baptist Church of Denver at 1373 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203.

Mio Yamamoto, Managing Director of WIT World in Tohoku, will be attending as a special guest and will share stories of recovery from the people of Tohoku working to rebuild their communities. There will also be jewelry for sale from the Nozomi Project, who craft beautiful jewelry from the broken shards of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami. And there will also be a sampling of sushi and the cuisine of Tohoku, prepared by Jun Nakajima, The Sushi Man.

The cost to attend is $15 per person, and all funds raised will be donated to the organizations featured in the program. Please click here to learn more and to RSVP. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate, you can do so at the link above.

 

2016 Shinnenkai

It’s time to celebrate the year of the monkey. Reminisce about the old times in Japan while celebrating the new year over a proper bowl of hot Ramen. Chat, network, befriend, and be merry.

Our shinnenkai will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20th from 5pm at Tokio (2907 Huron Street Unit #103, Denver, 80202)

Bring your +1’s and Kodomo’s. Space is limited to 30 (fire Marshal’s orders) – Reserve your spot by following the PayPal link below.

RSVP to 2016 Shinnenkai

Dinner is just $15 and includes an entree and a beer (or a softdrink with free refills). If you haven’t been to Tokio, take a gander at their website and check out their amazing space: http://www.mytokio.com/

Looking forward to catching up with everyone.

2016-17 Board Elections – Call for Platforms!

It’s election time! We’re looking for motivated members who would like to be part of the 2016-17 JETAA Rocky Mountain board, a team that creates cultural events, supports past, present and future JET Program participants, and continues to build that bridge between the US and Japan. You’ll have an opportunity to connect with not only with local JET alums and other Japanese communities, but also to be a part of the extensive national network.

To be a board member, you must be a JET Program alum and you must be able to attend a majority of board meetings (held once a month in the Denver area, generally on the 2nd Sunday) either in-person or via video chat.

If you would like to run for elections to hold office on the JETAA Rocky Mountain Board, you must submit a platform. Platforms will be posted to the JETAARM website. All Alumni residing in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming are eligible. You must also have your information up to date in our database. If you submit a platform, the JETAARM secretary will ask you by email to submit a a photo. Platforms must be submitted by February 21st, 2016. If you have additional questions please email the secretary, Adam Lisbon, at secretary@jetaarockymountain.org

Click Here to Submit Your Platform!

Please be aware that our bylaws require candidates to be present at the Annual Meeting in March. The annual meeting is held in Denver, CO, and is scheduled for Sunday, March 20th at 10am.

Additional Info and Links:
JETAARM membership signup
JETAARM bylaws
Descriptions of positions from the Bylaws