List of Past Events

Volunteers Needed for JASO’s 2019 Shinnenkai

The JASO Shinnenkai, or New Year’s Party, is one of the signature events of the Japanese community in Portland. We are looking for volunteers to help work at this fun occasion! Volunteers will receive free access to the event and will be able to enjoy the food, drinks and guests as we gather to kick […]

JASO Shinnenkai 2019

Join JASO for their annual Shinnenkai! This traditional Japanese celebration will have osechi, ozoni, sushi, desserts, and sake. There’s even koto and shamisen music, not to mention kimono, calligraphy, fukubukuro, and more! If you want to join in the fun, get your tickets at JASO’s website: Buy JASO Shinnenkai Tickets When: 17 Jan 2019 6:00 […]

2018 Bonenkai

Join JETAA Portland for the 2018 End-of-Year Party! Where: Uchu Sushi, 3940 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227 When: Saturday, December 8th at 6:30 PM Cost: $20 per person The deadline to RSVP is December 4th. Don’t miss out!

November 2018 Tabemashou!

We’ve gotten word of a new spot in town, called Wa Kitchen Kuu… who wants to put it to the test?  Bring your taste buds! Location: 125 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232 Date & Time: Saturday, November 17, 6pm   * Please note the change from our usual mid-week/7pm schedule. To join: RSVP to Remember: BRING PAPER MONEY!  Our […]

December 2018 Book Club

The next book club is on Saturday 12/15 at 2pm at Oyatsupan. We will complete the last third of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories, edited by Theodore W. Goossen, which includes stories “The Bet” through “Dreaming of Kimchee” (~pages 264-443). 

2018 Returnee Dinner/お帰り会

Welcome back to our recent JET returnees! To celebrate, JETAA Portland will be hosting a Welcome Back Party. Join us for food, drinks, and merriment – and reflect on your JET experience with folks who understand. Where: Shigezo Izakaya When: Saturday, October 6 at 6:30 PM Cost: $10 for returnees; $15 for current JETAA members + friends (non-returnees) […]

Campus Recruitment Opportunity – Fall 2018

Volunteers Needed with Campus Recruiting for Future JETs! You can help recruit the next crop of JETs by sharing your experiences of your time in Japan on the JET program. Representatives of the Japanese Consular office in Portland will be visiting colleges in the region during September and October to tell students about the opportunities […]

September 2018 Tabemashou!

You get one guess about what’s on the menu at Sushi Ki-ichi (hint: don’t say “pizza”) and an open invitation to join us! Location: 11940 SW Pacific Hwy G, Tigard, OR 97223          *For Trimet-ers: a ride to Tigard can be arranged from Sunset TC; RSVP with request.  Date & Time: Tuesday, September 18, 7pm To join: RSVP to […]

Book Club: Next Meeting September 15th

Book Club is reading the first 12 stories of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories edited by Theodore W. Goossen (this is through Spring Riding in a Carriage by Yokomitsu Riichi). Join us on Saturday September 15th at Oyatsupan in Beaverton at 3PM.

August 2018 Tabemashou!

This month, we’re heading to Takahashi!  It’s been almost 7 years since our last visit, and we think it’s time to fix that, don’t you? Location: 10324 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland OR 97266 Date & Time: Thursday, August 16, 7pm To join: RSVP to Remember: BRING PAPER MONEY!  Our cost is subsidized but goes on one bill; we split the rest. […]


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.