Hajimemashite, I’m Rabia the new organizer for J-Kaiwa. I’ve recently returned from Japan and I’ve been excited to get this group up and going again. After a long hiatus, J-Kaiwa will be returning in April 2018.

For those of you who don’t know, J-Kaiwa is a once-monthly gathering for JET returnees to practice their Japanese in a comfortable atmosphere. However, you do not have to be a previous JET to attend. Anyone interested in speaking Japanese and staying connected to Japan is more than welcome to attend. Including Japanese people living in the Portland area.

In addition to being a great social and language-building event, it’s a terrific chance to network. We meet on the last Thursday of every month at 7PM and speak Japanese while nibbling on some snacks and sipping a cold brew. While the gathering starts at 7PM, people are encouraged to join whenever they can because people could still be chatting until 10PM. Come out and get those Japanese gears turning again!

What you need to know:

What: Japanese Conversation (J-Kaiwa) Group

Who: JETAA members, JET Program Alumni, Japanese speakers of all levels

Where: Von Ebert Brewing, 131 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

When: Second Friday of the Month, 7-10 PM


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.