PNWJETAA -mini-Welcome Back Event

Recent returnees, come meet other alumni and learn how to combat culture shock.

See the event page for more details and let us know you’re coming by filling out this quick survey.

Annual Picnic and Undokai 2019

Come join us at our annual summer picnic and undokai.  It’s on August 11th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Park.

More information can be found on the event page: Summer Picnic Event

Fun, sun, food, games and friends! What a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. See you there!

Help PNWJETAA Fight Hunger at the Walk for Rice – Sat., 6/22!

2018 PNWJETAA Team
2018 PNWJETAA Team

The  PNW JET Alumni Association Team Page is now up and running, so please help us fight hunger one step at a time at the 2019 Walk for Rice!   
This event is a lot of fun and a great way to support an important cause and make a positive difference in our community!  Funds raised help provide sticky rice (the good stuff) & other needed groceries for the Asian Counseling and Referral Service Food Bank.  

Everyone is welcome to join our team, so please invite your friends and family to join the fun as well (this also includes well behaved pets) – the more the merrier! If this will be your first time participating, please  check out the event FAQs page, which should answer most of your questions!  

It’s super easy to join us! From our TEAM PAGE:   – Click on “JOIN TEAM” to register as either a runner or walker or   – Click on “DONATE NOW” to donate directly to our team or    – If you cant join us in person, sponsor one (or more) of the our team members listed on our “TEAM ROSTER” to become a Supporter in Spirit!

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DATE:  Saturday, June 22nd 
LOCATION: 5902 Lake Washington Blvd South / Seattle, WA 98118                                                                                                         


8:00 AM – Check-in begins

9:30 AM – Team photo – more details will be shared with registered team members

10:00 AM – Walk begins

12:00 PM – Optional but delicious post-event gathering at Tutta Bella in Columbia City
Thank you and we’ll look forward to seeing you on June 22nd at Seward Park!


Yuki2019 PNWJETAA Team Captain & LynnOfficial Leash Holder & Chauffeur

Questions about this event? Contact us @

Looking for Host Families for Japanese High School Students

Image courtesy of Megumi Kanzaki, North American Nippon Educational Services

North American Nippon Educational Services is looking for 12 ~ 14 host families for high school students from Japan this summer for four weeks. The boys and girls are attending classes at the Northwest School Summer Program in Seattle.

Desired location: Seattle or Eastside
Dates: July 20 – August 18, 2019
Students’ ages: 15 – 17 years old

We are looking for families who would enjoy:
• Learning about Japanese culture
• Dining together in the evening and providing breakfast (lunch is provided at the school)
• Including the students with family activities and providing some entertainment on weekends

Host families will receive:
• Gifts from Japan
• $700 stipend
• Memories of fun and friendship that will last a lifetime

If you are interested, please call North American Nippon Educational Services at 206-484-1972 or email at

2019 Election Results

Thank you to everyone who has participated in voting this past election. We are excited to announce the new Council for PNWJETAA!

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President — Adam Ledyard
Vice President — Michelle Kato
Secretary — Samantha Corpuz
Media Relations — Janice Laureano
Social Coordinator — Dawn Wyruchowski
Transitions Coordinator — Jessica Record
Compliance Coordinator — Jeremy Odden

Check back here again soon for officer profiles! For details on the roles and duties of the council members, please check our Officers webpage.

Shinnenkai 2019! (ver. 2.0)

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UPDATE: 2019 Shinnenkai has been rescheduled for March 16th!


Join the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association as we celebrate another year! Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones as we reflect on 2018 and look ahead to 2019, the year of the boar.

Date: March 16th
Time: 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Venue: Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA
Address: 1414 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144
Register: Google Form

The PNWJETAA Council decided to err on the side of caution and postponed the 2019 Shinnenkai to March 16th. The venue and time of the Shinnenkai will be the same.

We wanted everyone to be safe and comfortable with transportation to/from the venue, with parking, and to not be disappointed they couldn’t make the big event!

For those who RSVPed through Brown Paper Tickets, you should have received a refund.

We have changed the event to be pot-luck style, so please feel free to bring a dish. Drink tickets will be made available, 2 drinks for $5.00.

Thank you everyone for your kind understanding, and we look forward to seeing you all in March! Stay safe and warm in the meantime!


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Elections for the 2019–2020 PNWJETAA Council are now underway!

Read the nominees’ platforms and vote by clicking here.

Please vote by Friday, February 15th at 11:59 p.m. The new council will be announced on Saturday, February 16th, 2019. Thank you to all the nominees for your participation!