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

2016 Nengajo Workshop

*New Date! Please Mark Your Calendars!*

It’s about that time to prepare for the Year of the Monkey and make your nengajo (new year’s cards).

JETAA Rocky Mountain will be hosting a small nengajo workshop on Saturday December 19. We provide the supplies and some snacks, you just bring yourself (and maybe some holiday goodies to share if you feel so inclined). Family and friends are welcome. We will be holding this event at a private home so please RSVP president@jetaarockymountain.org or respond to the nengajo post  on our Facebook Group. so we know you’re coming and can send you the address.

When: Saturday, December 19, 1pm to 3pm
Where: Lakewood, CO
Bring: Yourself and any family or friends
FYI: Host has pet dogs

We hope to see you there! Akemashite Omedetou!

2015 Welcome Back Tsukimi!

Join us in wishing an “okaerinasai” to the recently returned JETs at our Tsukimi picnic! Friends and family are welcome to join us for taiko, tabemono (food), hot tea and, of course, full moon viewing!

When: Saturday, October 24th, from late afternoon until after sundown.

Where: Chautauqua Park in Boulder, the lower park area near Baseline Road and Kinnekinic Road.

We’re going to have this pot luck style so please bring a dish to share. Hot tea will be provided, but feel free to bring the beverage of your choice. It is autumn in Colorado, so don’t forget temperatures can drop fast especially after sundown!

Looking forward to seeing you there!