Aug 12

Japan Night with the Seattle Storm! 8/31/16

RamuCheer on Ramu Tokashiki and the Seattle Storm as they host the Dallas Wings for Celebrate Japan Night!  After the game, stay for a special Q&A Session with Ramu-san!

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Key Arena
Purchase Tickets: HERE                                                                                                     $18 per person (enter special promo code: JAPANNIGHT to get this special price)

Limited spaces are available to participate in a “Fan Experience” (High 5 Fan Tunnel, Ball Exchange, Bench Warmers) – Contact Gangho Yun for more information.

There will also be a special halftime  performance by Chikiri and The School of Taiko!


Aug 06

CLAIR & Nat-Geo Want Your Images of Japan! (Deadline 8/31/16)

30th Ann video contestWe all have special memories of things we saw in Japan, while on the JET Program.  Think about sharing those images and your impressions through photos, videos and your own words.  To celebrate 30 years of the JET Program and to promote Japan, CLAIR is seeking submissions for their “Arigato Campaign” and for their JET Program Video Contest!

National Geographic in collaboration with the Japan National Tourist Organization are teaming up with Instagram for their “Discover Japan Contest“.  First prize will be a special guided trip for two in Japan!

Aug 03

[Event] 2016 Summer Picnic and Undoukai ~ 運動会

UndoukaiFirst, an Ode:

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!

Another year, another awesome Summer Picnic!

We’ll be hosting again on August 20th, at Luther Burbank Park! The 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!

For the first time ever, Portland JETAA will have members in attendance! Join us in making their first picnic and undoukai an unforgettable experience!

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

Please add your dish to the Summer Picnic Google Sheet! You will need to request permission to join, and permission will be granted as soon as I see it pop up on my phone!

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

Where: Luther Burbank ParkArea 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

Jul 31

From Hiroshima to Hope – August 6th

Hiroshima to Hope - ZungEach year, members of the community gather on the shores of Green Lake to take part in the annual peace event. “From Hiroshima to Hope” honors the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war and violence, with music, performances and a lantern floating ceremony. See full details here.

Jul 28

Sending Off the New JETs in Style!

the Gang - 2016On Saturday, July 23rd members of PNWJETAA gathered bright and early at Sea-Tac International Airport to wish the newest group of JETs good luck as they headed off for Japan! The departing JETs received cool PNWJETAA swag including logo tagged mini-towels and folding fans to help the JETs stay cool, when they first arrive in Japan and feel the intense summer heat in Tokyo!

2016 JETsThis newest crew of JETs will be joining one early departure already in Japan and later in August, will have two more JETs flying over to round this year’s Seattle departure group to 36 ALTs and 1 CIR!  Best wishes to everyone for an exciting first year on the JET Program!

2016 Dep Grp

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.

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