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)


Pizza JET Together


Please join us for the annual Pizza JET Together — An opportunity to mingle with our departing JETs over pizza and drinks. We will be hosting this event at the conclusion of day 1 of pre-departure training, and aim to give alumni the opportunity to assist the new JETs by sharing stories, answering questions, and highlighting their own experience in Japan.

Special dietary needs? Please email Sophie ( and we’ll do our best to accommodate!

Who: PNW JET alumni and spouses 

When: Saturday, June 17 at 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW – Dojo Room) – 1414 S Weller St, Seattle

Cost: $5.00 (Please pay on-site by cash or credit card)


Don’t forget about our events this coming weekend.  The first one is focused on discussing life in Japan as an LGBTQIA+ JET, click on the event for more details



And it’s at a Brewery so what’s a JET event without beer and friends!  Join us afterwards for our Pride Happy Hour

Kore-eda Film Kicks-Off SIFF & JETAA Connection!

Yoshikazu Kore-eda at SIFF with PNW JETAA members at the screening of his film, “After the Storm”

The Seattle International Film Festival is up and running and kicked-off it’s first day with a very special guest from Japan:Hirokazu Kore-eda and the screening of his 2016 film: After the Storm!  Kore-eda attended the screening and will also attend today’s  (5/20) matinee screening at the Egyptian at 4 pm and will have a Q&A Session following the film!  Tickets are still available!

Our very own PNW JETAA member Kasumi Yamashita (pictured to his left) is serving as Kore-eda’s interpreter at the festival!

This year SIFF will feature 6 films from Japan, three of which are included in the Asian Crossroads Series, which has a special deal for a $2 discount!

Discount code for $2 discount on Asian Crossroads films: enter “Japan2017” at checkout.

See you at SIFF!