New Alumni Welcome Party at Festival Japan

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New Alumni Welcome Party at Festival Japan

Festival, food, karaoke… sanjikai anyone?

Hey returning JETs! JETAA Portland would like to welcome you back Japan-style–with a festival, dinner, and a karaoke nijikai!

Come party with us at Festival Japan 2009, 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.

We’ll head to dinner (RSVP req’d) and then karaoke, both of which are 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 only required for dinner)
: Saturday, September 26th. Join us at any point in the FUNction that works for you:

Festival Japan
Meet at 4 p.m. at Uwajimaya Plaza, 10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Look for us and the JETAA sign in the beer garden area. More info on the festival at the bottom of the email.

Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Koreana Restaurant (9955 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, #140, Beaverton, OR)
Cost: $5 recent returnees or first-time JETAA participants; $10 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 September 25th)

Nijikai downstairs at Family Karaoke Studio (9955 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy Ste. #135, Beaverton, OR)
Cost: Free!

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

Filed in: Past Events • Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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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.