It’s Back: TRANSITIONS 2017 – Oct. 21st!

Want to network with people who share an interest in Japan!?

Need to brush up your resumé or explore new career options?

Ever thought about studying in Japan?

Get your tickets for PNWJETAA’s career exploration event of the year: 


Saturday, October 21st, 9 – 4:30 PM

Ness Academic Center, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA

Great Speakers, Interesting Panels, Photo Booth, Resume Reviews and more!

Visit the Transitions site for full details!

PNWJETAA September – Round 1 Karaoke & Bowling


While we normally have September Happy Hour, we’re changing it up this month for a September FUN HOUR! (is that corny, it’s corny isn’t it).

Join PNWJETAA at Round One in Tukwila (25 minutes south of Seattle and Bellevue at the Westfield Shopping Center) for two hours of karaoke, bowling, and many of the newest arcade games from Japan! BONUS – it’s next door to 85Degree; get your awesome Taiwanese bread fix! This is a super family friendly event and we encourage alumni to bring friends and family!

Due to the nature of the event, please either RSVP to our Facebook Event Page or email

Where: Round One Bowling and Amusement Entertainment Center
2351 Southcenter Mall
Tukwila WA 98188
Tel: 206-243-2787

When: September 16th (Saturday), 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

What: PNWJETAA will have one bowling lane and one massive karaoke room reserved for a two-hour block (will adjust upwards if more people sign up).

Cost: Cost is $10 per person and includes BOTH bowling and karaoke! Bowling will allow a max of eight people per game, and people will be able to cycle in and out via a signup list at the beginning! We’ll either be able to accept cash or payment via Square (fee will apply).

Important Awesome Fun Information! Parking is free at the center! If you have any issues with transportation, please PM Cheryl at cheryl (at) pnwjetaa (dot) org and we’ll figure something out!

Round One has a ton of arcade games and UFO machines; location staff will have game cards and single-pay tickets available for those interested! (UFO MACHINES WHOOHOO GONNA WIN ME A GUNDAM)

Post-Arcade Fun: We’ll be going to Kizuki Ramen after for those interested! We have a basic reservation down and will adjust as needed when we get there

Please let us know if you’re attending so that we can secure extra space if necessary! See y’all singing your hearts out in the karaoke room on 9/16!

2017 PNWJETAA Summer Picnic & Undoukai – Sun. 8/13

Another year, another awesome Summer Picnic & Undoukai!

We’ll be hosting again at Luther Burbank Park! The weather is looking a bit dicey, but rain or shine it promises to be good fun and good eating as always for our summer picnic and BBQ! We’ll have some food & drinks for folks but please bring a side dish to share with everyone and prepare for our “legendary Undoukai!”

When: August 13 (Sunday),  11 AM – 3 PM

Where: Luther Burbank ParkArea C,  Beach Area (South Parking Lot)  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.

Invite friends and family to join in the fun & festivities!  See you on the 13th!


Job Opportunity: Consulate-General of Japan, Seattle – closes 8/8/17

Media Relations & Public Outreach Specialist – Position expected to start late August 2017.

The Consulate is seeking a well-qualified individual who can respond to a variety of situations utilizing good communication skills to serve as a contact with the media, various organizations, and the public. This position will be responsible for a variety of tasks such as public relations, updating the official website and assisting in addressing economic-related issues. The ideal candidate is fluent in English, has good command of the Japanese language, has IT skills, has good knowledge of Japan as well as international affairs, and will be a reliable and flexible team member in a demanding environment.

Please submit a resume and cover letter by 8 August, 2017, to:

Consulate General of Japan
601 Union St. #500, Seattle, WA 98101
Attn. Mr. Yukio Motoe

Click HERE for full details.

JETAA Happy Hour at Seattle Bon Odori

Come and join JETAA & friends for an informal happy hour at the Seattle Bon Odori Festival! We will be gathered in the beer garden, which is located behind the Seattle Buddhist Temple. Please note that ID will be required to enter!

Who: PNW JETAA & Friends

What: Beer, friends, and all the Bon Odori festivities

When: Saturday 7/15, 3:30-5:30pm

Where: 1427 S Main  (Beer garden is located behind the Seattle Buddhist Temple)

RSVP on the Facebook event page


JET 30 Kagami Biraki

As a way to commemorate 30 years​ of JET, the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association would like to perform a small sake barrel opening ceremony (Kagami Biraki).  It would be wonderful to see you there in support of the JET program (plus a bit of sake is always nice).
Date: July 15th, 2:30 p.m.
Location: The JCCCW
 1414 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144
Space is limited so we are asking people to RSVP:
The event is Free but don’t forget to RSVP! More details can be found on the ticket site. Bon Odori will be happening that weekend too.  It starts at 4 p.m. so a ceremony at the JCCCW and then off to Bon Odori filled with festival food and dancing makes for a great weekend!
Happi and Yukata are strongly encouraged, so if you have one, pull it out and show it off ~

Walk for Rice @ Seward Park, Sat. 6/24 !

Everyone is welcome to join PNW JETAA’s Walk for Rice Team as they help fight against hunger one step at a time!

The ACRS Food Bank is the one of the most visited food banks in King County, and the only one in the state that regularly provides foods that are familiar to the Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) diet by providing rice, tofu, noodles, fish and fresh produce.
We also hope that some of the new 2017 JETs will join us as well, so it would be great to have a lot of JETAA members to walk & talk with the New JETs in order to answer questions that they may have before they depart in July!

So please support our PNW JET Alumni Association Team as either a runner, walker or team supporter & help us surpass our goal of raising $1,500 & recruiting at least 15 team members!

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!

Saturday, June 24th                                                                                                                    

5902 Lake Washington Blvd South / Seattle, WA 98118                         


8:30 Meet at Seward Park event site – details about where to meet will be sent to all registered members.

12:00 PM – Optional Post-event gathering at Tutta Bella in Columbia City
We’ll take a headcount at the event for anyone interested in getting some post event pizza! Tutta Bella is in Columbia City about a 10 minute drive from the event site.

Register today by visiting our 2017 PNW JET Alumni Team Page!
Thank you and we’ll look forward to seeing you on June 24th at Seward Park!
Ari the Dog, PNWJETAA Walk For Rice Captain
Amanda Suzuki (Captain’s Assistant)