List of Past Events

Tabemashou! at Yama Sushi and Izakaya – September 13th

Here it is, friends! September’s Tabemashou! will be at Yama Sushi and Izakaya. Yama Sushi? More like Yum-a Sushi, ammiright? When: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7pm Where: Yama Sushi & Izakaya (2038 SE Clinton St, Portland 97202) If you’ll be joining us, please don’t forget to RSVP! As always, we are cash only.

J-Kaiwa – September 8th @ Lucky Lab

WHEN: Friday, September 8th, 7-9:00 p.m. WHERE: Lucky Lab Brew Pub on Hawthorne (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd) NIJIKAI: TBA WHO: JETAA members, JET Program returnees, Japanese friends and Nihongo speakers of all levels. COST: It’s free to join! There will be snacks, subsidized by JETAA (to give you more chances to practice your gion-go, gisei-go […]

Tabemashou! at Syun Izakaya – August 24th

By popular demand, August’s west side Tabemashou! will be at Syun Izakaya.

JASO Beer Garden – July 14th, Buy Tickets Here!

It’s time for the JASO Beer Garden! You know what that means: tabehoudai (all-you-can-eat) sizzling yakitori, gyoza, and noodles, nomihoudai (all-you-can-drink) beer from local breweries, music, raffle prizes, and the buzzing of the cicadas (hmm, maybe not in Oregon). When: July 14th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm Where: EcoTrust building, 3rd floor Terrace (721 NW 9th Ave, Portland) Tickets: $25 for […]

Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association Online Auction: Ichiro Collectables – June 27th ~ July 11th

The Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association’s 60th anniversary of fostering and promoting cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and Japan is coming up in 2019.  To prepare for the anniversary year, they will launch a series of fundraising events.  Firstly, they are auctioning off a very special Ichiro-themed collector’s item package! When: June 27th – July 11th […]

Volunteers Needed for JASO Beer Garden – July 14th

The JASO Beer Garden is back and we have spots for six people to eat food and drink beer for free! If you haven’t been in previous years, this is by far JASO’s most fun and popular event. There’s loads of traditional Japanese summer food, like yakitori and yakisoba, and all-you-can-drink beer. Usually, it costs […]

J-Kaiwa – July 7th @ Lucky Lab

WHEN: Friday, July 7th, 7-9:00 p.m. WHERE: Lucky Lab Brew Pub on Hawthorne (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd) NIJIKAI: TBA WHO: JETAA members, JET Program returnees, Japanese friends and Nihongo speakers of all levels. COST: It’s free to join! There will be snacks, subsidized by JETAA (to give you more chances to practice your gion-go, gisei-go and gitai-go). Otherwise, you may purchase your own food […]

Sayonara BBQ – July 8th

Let’s send off the newest JETs as they depart for life in Japan! This event is organized to give the soon-to-depart JET participants another chance to meet JET alumni and other JETs departing from Portland and talk about the JET Program in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Plus, this is a chance for JET alums to […]

Volunteers Needed at Japanese Garden – July 9th

The Portland Japanese Garden needs 3 volunteers with origami experience to help children make origami ornaments for their Tanabata Festival on July 9th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Once the ornaments are made, the volunteers help the children hang them on pieces of bamboo.  They’re also looking for one volunteer to help brew and serve a traditional barley tea. […]

Cross-Border Learning Journey in Tohoku – Apply by July 15th

Spend a week in Japan working with other U.S. and Japanese leaders to solve the challenges and problems facing local people in Tohoku. This program is hosted by WIT (World in Tohoku). You’ll tour sites in the Tohoku Region to see first-hand the restoration process from the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, and work in […]


The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.