Join us in wishing an “okaerinasai” to the recently returned JETs at our Tsukimi picnic! Friends and family are welcome to join us for tabemono (food), hot tea and, of course, full moon viewing!
When: Saturday, September 17th, from 5pm until after sundown.
Where: Chautauqua Park in Boulder, the lower park area near Baseline Road and Kinnekinic Road.
We will provide light Japanese snacks (sushi and onigiri) and attendees are welcome to bring a dish to share. Hot tea will be provided, but feel free to bring the beverage of your choice. It is (nearly) autumn in Colorado, so don’t forget temperatures can drop fast especially after sundown!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
So you lived in Japan, huh? And what did you do?
We all have that experience in common. Now let’s work together as we look at the present and to the future while translating our time in Japan into marketable skills. Network, peer review resumes, contribute! In addition to the experience and expertise of those attending (yes, me and you!) we will also have two special guests- Catherine Rackley and Mariko Watanabe.
When: Wednesday, June 1st, 7pm
Where: Coffee at the Point, 710 E 26th Ave, Denver
Catherine began her Japan-related career 10 years ago on the JET Program in Chiba-ken and has followed a winding path through design school in Tokyo and the fashion industry in New York to her current position at DISCO International, organizer of the world’s largest Japanese-English Career Forums. She has a keen interest in strengthening awareness of the skills that the JET experience imparts and their career potential and has made this a focus of Career Forum outreach.
Mariko Watanabe, from the University of Tokyo, used to be in charge of the JET Programme at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco and currently recruits students to the university’s English language degree programs (East Asian Studies and Environmental Sciences for both undergraduate and masters degrees). She would love to speak to any JET alumni who may be interested in this opportunity.
See you there! And don’t forget your resume and business cards!
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.
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.
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!
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.