List of Past Events

2019 Career Panel

Join us on Thursday, Feb 21 for an evening of career strategies, discussion, and networking. Bring your meishi and your resume, and get ready to dive into your post-JET career. Or as we like to say: “It’s a Journey, Not a Destination: Navigating Your Career Roadmap & Networking Along the Way” We are excited to […]

Karaoke Night

On Saturday, February 16th, JETAA Portland will be hitting up Voicebox to sing our hearts out. Please join in on the fun, funk, and food! We only have 15 spots open, so join now while you still can! Where: Voicebox NWWhen: Saturday, February 16th from 6:45PM to 9:45PMCost: $10 (includes limited menu items excluding alcohol; […]

JETAA Portland 2019-2020 Elections

Want to get more involved with JETAA? Consider running for one of our officer positions! We are looking for JETAA members to step up and create new leadership for JETAA Portland. All positions are a one year commitment, starting April 1st 2019 and ending March 31st 2020. Open Officer Positions President Ensures the solid foundation […]

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 […]

February 2019 Book Club

We are reading the first book of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (~beginning to p. 309). Where: Oyatsupan, 16025 SW Regatta Lane, Beaverton, OR 97006 When: Saturday, February 2 @ 2:00pm Hope to see you there!

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) […]


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.