Jul 15

Dancing, Drums, Dragons & MORE!!! Starting this weekend 7/16 & 17!

Check out these fun events to keep you busy through the end of July & to meet up with other JET alumni*!

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, here are two great options in the International District!

DragonsDragon Fest 2016* in the International District, SAT (7/16), 12 – 8 PM & SUN (7/17) 12 – 6 PM:  Dragon & Lion dances, taiko performances, martial arts and the $3 Food Walk featuring over 40 restaurants to delight your taste buds!

PNWJETAA Connection – Be sure to stop by the GOLDEN INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION Booth (near Hing Hay Park at 6th & King to say “hi” to fellow alumni Cheryl, Zung, Annie & Ashley!


2016 Bon Odori - Image onlySeattle Bon Odori Festival@ Seattle Buddhist Temple (ID) – SAT (7/16), 4 – 10 PM &

SUN (7/17), 3 – 8 PM:  Dust off your happi, yukata or jinbei and put on your geta to odoru all weekend at this great two-day event!  There will be taiko, Japanese cultural displays and a beer garden to relax in after putting on your best odori moves in front of the temple!


* PNWJETAA Connection – If you come on Saturday, be sure to swing by the beer garden after 7:30 to say hi to fellow alumni Adam, Grant, Sandra & Lynn who’ll be bartending at the beer garden!  ID will be required to enter!

JETAA at Obon 2015 - edit




Look for our PNWJETAA Fish Logo to find other Alumni!


Bon Odori - editWhite River Bon Odori Festival* @ White River Buddhist Temple (Auburn, WA) – SAT (7/23), 4-9 PM: Here’s another chance for you to show off your dance moves and dress up in your yukata, happi or junbei!

PNWJETAA Connection – Join our president Zung and help vounteer at this fun event! Please contact her directly by email if you can help!


Dragon BoatWant more dragons?!? – Check out the Annual Seattle Dragon Boat Festival* @ South Lake Union – SAT (7/30), Festival runs from: 9 AM – 5 PM, but arrive early for the boat races which begin at 8:30!

Enjoy a day by the water with live music, children’s activities and the Dragon Boat Races!

*PNWJETAA Connection – Join other alumni in cheering on our fellow alumna Annie and her team “Sunrise” as they do their best to paddle to victory!

Jul 12

PNWJETAA Fights Hunger in Our Community!

2016 - WFR Team

A big “Thank You” to everyone who supported the PNW JET Alumni Association Team this year at the 26th Annual ACRS Walk for Rice!  Your participation and donations enabled our team to collect $1,410 and helped ACRS raise a record $312,000 to fight hunger and provide much needed services in our communityGreat Job everyone!!!

PS – This year we set out to register 15 people and raise $1,500. We were able to surpass the number of team members and we are only $80 short of our fundraising goal! There is still time to help us reach/surpass this year’s fundraising goal, by donating via our PNWJETAA team page. ACRS will still be accepting donations through the end of the year.

Jul 05

[Event] 2016 Summer Picnic and Undoukai ~ 運動会

Another year, another awesome Summer Picnic.




We’ll be hosting again on August 20th, at Luther Burbank Park! Weather has been a wee bit unpredictable this year, but it should be hot and sunny and perfect for a big old BBQ and potluck! We’ll be prepping BBQ items (meaty, vegetarian, and vegan!) and drinks for the group, so bring a side dish to share with everyone and enjoy sunny sunny days and as always, The Legendary Undoukai.


Prepare for trouble!
Make it double!
To crash the park with undoukai games!
To unite all alumni to do the same!
To denounce the evils of rain and mud!
To cook a side dish of yummy sludge!
Team Alumni, blast off at the speed of a well-regulated association!
Attend now and join our roasting station! 


Join our facebook event so that we know how many delicious burgers and drinks to prepare!

When: August 20 (Saturday), at 10:30AM

Where: Luther Burbank Park, Area C, North Beach – we’ll be right by their life-guarded lovely beach on Lake Washington so swimsuits should be brought! Map for Luther Burbank here. Parking is extremely limited, so please carpool or bus if possible. If you don’t mind a walk, the Mercer Island Park and Ride is about a ten minute walk from our BBQ area and will have plenty of parking

Jun 18

2016 Jet Training – It Begins!

The new JET training is off to a great start!

We’re kicking it off with an exciting presentation about death and taxes, and the rest of the day is going to be just as exciting. If you’re in the room with us, yay! If you couldn’t make it, we’ll have most of the presentation slides up on the website shortly.


Jun 14

[Event] RSVP for 2016 Pizza JET Together


We are resuming the Ye Olde Tradition of the Pizza JET Together!
Our 2016 new JETs are going out in late July to become yet another crop of future alumni! The annual PNWJETAA-led training will happen this Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday afternoon, after Day 2 of training, we will be our hosting our annual Pizza JET Together to give alumni and new JETs a great chance to mingle, chat, and absorb everything they can from their sempai!

Location: Japanese Culture Community Center of Seattle (JCCCW – in Dojo) – 1414 S. Weller Street, Seattle
Date and Time: June 19 (Sunday) – 1:00PM – 3:00PM (It’s Father’s Day, sorry about that!)
Cost: $5.00 Per Person – Pizza (Vegetarian options will be included), Drinks, Snacks

We have about thirty new JETs this year and they’re ready to hear your wit and wisdom
To RSVP, please email secretary@nullpnwjetaa.org to let us know you’re coming – PIZZA AHOY!
(If you’re gluten-free and/or vegan, please email cherylph@nullgmail.com and we will work something out for you!)

Jun 02

2016 New JET Training


Summer is here and a proud new class of JETs will be on their way to Japan in just a few short weeks.

Are you one of them? We have a two-day training session to help you prepare on June 18 and 19. Please read the full details here.

Read the ‘important’ items carefully! There are links to registration forms and information about what you will need to bring.


May 11

PNWJETAA’s Walk for Rice Team Page is now LIVE!

2015 WFR PNWJETAA Team - 2Please join the PNW JET Alumni Association Team fight against hunger in our community by participating in the 26th Annual Walk for Rice, hosted by the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS).  Our chapter has raised thousands of dollars over the past 15 years!  Be part of the PNWJETAA Walk for Rice legacy and support our team this year as a walker, donor or BOTH! Invite your friends and family to join the fun as well – this also includes well behaved pets! If this will be your first time participating, please check out the event FAQs page, which should answer most of your questions!

DATE:  Saturday, June 25th                                                                                                                                                                 LOCATION: 5902 Lake Washington Blvd South / Seattle, WA 98118                                                                               SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:

8:00 AM – Check-in begins

9:30 AM – Team photo (tentative)

10:00 AM – Walk begins

12:00 PM – Post-event gathering at Tutta Bella

As we hope to also welcome some of the new 2016 JET Participants to join us, the more alumni we have the merrier!  As always, everyone will be invited to join the post-event pizza feed at Tutta Bella in Columbia City, which is always a great way to wrap up a great day of community service with some delicious pizza and gelato for dessert!

On the day of the event, our enthusiastic Super Genki On-Site Team Leaders: Cheryl, Annie & Amanda will be eagerly awaiting everyone for the pre-event team photo and starting line fanfare with banner in hand!

Help us surpass our team goal of registering 15 members and raising $2,000! Don’t delay & register* TODAY!

The easiest way to support us is to visit the PNW JET Alumni Association Team page to either join our team or make a donation!

* Please note that if you decide to register as a team member, you are not obligated to use the suggested personal fundraising goal amount.  You can adjust your personal goal to whatever amount you are comfortable raising – any amount is greatly appreciated and all of our registered team members’ funds will be combined for our team total!

Specific details will be sent to all registered team members as we get closer to the day of the event!

Go PNWJETAA & thank YOU for your support!

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