JET Returnee Party – Sept. 28th

By treasurer


New Alumni Welcome Party at Festival Japan

Festival, food… nijikai anyone?

Hey returning JETs! JETAA Portland would like to welcome you back Japan-style!

First, we invite you to check out Festival Japan 2013, held at the Uwajimaya Japanese grocery store in Beaverton. There will be lots of performances, demonstrations and festival food, and you can also stock up on natto and umeboshi. We won’t ask any questions.

Then, meet us at dinner (RSVP req’d), sponsored by JETAA Portland. You’ll get to know a whole bunch of JETs from recent years and ones who have been in Portland for a while. It’s a great networking opportunity, and a fun intro to JETAA Portland.

What if you don’t want to be “involved”? That’s fine! JETAA Portland has a handful of officers and committee chairs who take care of the logistics, and a few hundred members who come to whatever social events they like through the year. Whether you think you want to run the show next year, or you just want an invite to the Bonnenkai, you’re welcome!

JETAA New Alumni Welcome Party (RSVP required for dinner)
: Saturday, September 28th. Join us at any point in the function that works for you:

Festival Japan
11am – 5pm at Uwajimaya Plaza, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Don’t forget to stop by the Japanese Consulate booth and say “Hi!” to some of our members! More info on the festival at the bottom of the email.

Welcome Back Dinner
5:15pm at Koreana Restaurant (9955 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, #140, Beaverton, OR)

Cost: $10 recent returnees, first-time JETAA participants, and all other members.
We’ll also put up for the first round of drinks, but bring some extra cash if you’d like to drink more.
(Please RSVP for dinner by Wednesday, September 25th)

Who: New alums, old alums, and in-between alums.

Why: Because we all know how much of a “shock” it can be to come back to the US after a year or years abroad in Japan and this is a great chance to have fun with old and new friends Nihon-style.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Festival Japan is an exciting community event that showcases a wide variety of performances, exhibitions, cultural demonstrations and artisans. Everything from Taiko drumming to Koto, Martial Arts and Japanese children’s games can be experienced. The Festival of Japan runs Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm

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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.