Upcoming Events


We always have new events in the works! Check out what we're up to:

2021 JETAA Elections Are Here!

By JETAA PDX News | March 2, 2021

Calling all JET Alumni – the online voting polls for the 2021 JETAA officer elections are now open! Polls are open from March 2nd to March 16th. The officer platforms are listed below and the online voting is ready for you to cast your vote for this year’s JETAA officers. Here’s what you need to …

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National Japan Bowl Event Volunteers Needed (4/8 and 4/9)

By JETAA PDX News | February 28, 2021

What is a Japan Bowl, you ask? The National Japan Bowl is a yearly competition where teams of High School students from across the country who are studying Japanese put their knowledge of Japanese culture and history to the test in a serious of fast-paced trivia quizzes. This year, because of the Pandemic, the Japan …

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Foundations of Investing – Webinar

By JETAA PDX News | February 11, 2021

It’s a market (jungle) out there! Stocks or bonds? Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, 401k, or something else? What about changing jobs or inheriting? The path forward isn’t formulaic, and there’s always a tradeoff between benefits and costs. Jana Basden will walk us through the basic concepts and intimidating lingo to help us all ask the …

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JET Ski: At Home Edition!

By JETAA PDX News | February 1, 2021

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to the JET Ski: At Home Edition Photo Contest! The submission period is now closed. Voting for the People’s Choice winner is now OPEN. Head over to this form to vote on your top three favorites: https://forms.gle/Ae6Yv8hy9CZ6zXY88 While you’re there, don’t forget to register for our Après Ski …

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Sake Happy Hour, hosted by The Original Fare

By JETAA PDX News | December 8, 2020

Love Sake and looking for things to do this holiday season? Check out the Sake Happy Hour, hosted by the TV show The Original Fare and the Consular Office of Japan in Portland. Join host Kelly Cox and guests Julia Momose, Monica Samuels, and Marcus Pakizer, for The Original Fare’s first-ever Livestream Party celebrating Sake, …

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2020 Bounenkai

By JETAA PDX News | November 30, 2020

(RSVP required to attend! See below for link) Who’s ready to “Forget the Year”? Yep, us too! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 12. Kid-friendly fun starts at 7pm with more challenging games after 8pm. Raffle prizes will be given away to participants throughout the night! To make up for missed Tabemashou dinners this year, …

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Temari Workshop

By JETAA PDX News | November 8, 2020

When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 12PM-2 PST via Zoom Temari is an old tradition, but it’s hardly outdated: these thread-covered balls make lovely gifts and holiday decorations!  We’ll give you a kit of everything* you need to do a “kiku” (chrysanthemum) pattern temari in two colors of your choice, with live instruction via Zoom. No experience, purchase, …

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October Networking Nomi-kai

By JETAA PDX News | October 27, 2020

Looking for a chance to connect with fellow JET alumni and meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere? Join us with your beverage of choice for an evening of networking and getting to know your fellow JETs better. Click here to join the Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99698859490?pwd=cDBPY1lWcnlZakcyeFF0Y0xXNkRCZz09 Meeting ID: 996 9885 9490 Passcode: Network

Bento Workshop Q&A Answers

By JETAA PDX News | October 18, 2020

Thank you Amanda Oumiya for such a wonderful presentation at the workshop today, and thank you everyone who attended! We had a wonderful Q&A session, and in case you missed it, or forgot to take notes, here are all of Amanda’s answers with some other handy information shared by those who attended: Amanda’s Answers If …

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October Book Club

By JETAA PDX News | September 17, 2020

Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenko Written between 1330 and 1332, Essays in Idleness reflects the Buddhist priest Kenkō’s thoughts on a variety of subjects. His brief writings, some no more than a few sentences long and ranging in focus from politics and ethics to nature and mythology, mark the crystallization of a distinct Japanese principle: that …

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