List of Past Events

2019 Sayonara BBQ

Casting Real People in the PDX Japanese Community

Krista Hershberger is casting REAL PEOPLE for a photoshoot by Michael Jones Studios, Inc. They’re paying $100 per person for a 1 hour photoshoot in a variety of locations around Portland. See below for the details she has provided. These images will be used by the US Census Bureau Regional Offices to promote and encourage […]

July 2019 Book Club

The next book club with be July 27, 3pm at Oyatsupan. We will be reading two items: – The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto– “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami If anyone is interested in joining the book club, but is unable to attend the next one, please email Rianna at

Volunteers Needed for JASO Beer Garden – July 18th

Needed: 4 helpers for the JASO Beer GardenDate: Thursday, July 18th, 2019Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pmLocation: WACOM Building in the Pearl DistrictBenefits: Free entry to the JASO Beer Garden and networking opportunities! Workers will be expected to assist with the event doing set-up, clean-up and helping to pour beer, bus tables and keep the area clean throughout. […]

Summer 2019 Program Coordinator Opportunity

See below for details on a Program Coordinator opportunity with US-J Connect. Our company, US-J Connect, Inc. handles Educational program for Japanese students and we care currently looking for a program coordinator for the summer program. A program coordinator supervises and organizes Japanese high school students (and Americans high school students ) when they have […]

June 2019 Tabemashou!

We’ve never been to Nikki Sushi & Steak in southern Beaverton, so natually, we aim to fix that.  Are you interested in some hibachi?  Or maybe the we-dare-you-to-ask-for-this Sex on The Beach roll?  RSVP to take us up on that dare! Location: 15135 SW Barrows Rd #145, Beaverton, OR 97007*For Trimet-ers: a ride to the restaurant can be arranged from […]

Pre-Departure Orientation 2019 Nijikai

We’ll be sending off new JETs at the Pre-Departure Orientation (8AM – 1PM, June 24th @ the Mark Spencer Hotel). Join us at the nijikai  to celebrate with some ramen! When: 1PM, Saturday June 22nd Where: Afuri Ramen (50 SW 3rd Ave)

Pre-Departure Orientation 2019

Remember how you felt in the months before leaving to start your new life in Japan? The stress nightmares about choosing the perfect omiyage, the endless scrolling through JET forums? Impart your sagely JET alum wisdom to these tender young shoots, and help send them off to their JET career smoothly at the Pre-Departure Orientation. […]

May 2019 Tabemashou!

Miyamoto is a destination we’ve tried before and it’s got hella–good reviews!  Come and enjoy the good food with us. Location: 422 SE 81st Ave, Portland, OR 97215Date & Time: Saturday, May 18, 6pmTo join: RSVP to tabemashou@jetaaportland.comRemember: BRING PAPER MONEY!  Our cost is subsidized but goes on one bill; we split the rest. Tabemashou is a visitor-friendly event, so non-alumni are welcome, […]

May 2019 Book Club

The next book club will be Saturday, May 18th at 3pm at Oyatsupan. We are reading a collection of short stories by an author from Aomori-ken: Blue Bamboo by Osamu Dazai.


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.