March Nomikai & Networking – Game Night Edition!

Join us at Meeples, West Seattle’s friendly local gaming cafe, for the March edition of Nomikai & Networking. In addition to a fun gaming environment, the cafe at Meeples features local brews on tap, wine, coffee, and a selection of delicious shareable snacks.
Who: PNW JETAA and friends of JET welcome!

When: Friday, March 24 at 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: Meeples Games – 3727 California Ave SW #2B, Seattle

PNW JETAA Meeting March 2017: Super Friends Edition

Where:  The JCCCW, 1414 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144

When:  March 1st, 6:30pm


A call to all PNW JETAA members! Justice needs you!

It seems the Legion of Doom are up to their old tricks again. Their evil plan? Create a dull and eventless year for the PNW JETAA. But united, our amazing group of JETAA Super Friends will foil their fiendish plot by creating fun, incredible events for the upcoming year. Yes, our mighty league of justice once again convenes to plan and coordinate, and you can help!

Topics of discussion will include:
– Sakuracon
– Sakura Matsuri
– A reenactment of the world record breaking sushi rolling
– And much more!

Whether you’re a Themyscirian warrior princess, billionaire playboy with a penchant for winged rodents, or heck, if you just enjoy talking to fish, lend us your aid in this matter! The fate of the world may depend upon it (ok, probably not, but it’ll be fun)!

Super Friends, away!!!!!

Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association’s 60th Anniversary!


Dear JETAA Friends,

A heartfelt 明けましておめでとうございます to all of you. I am sad that I was not able to celebrating with you at the 2017 Shinnenkai & Annual Meeting.

I’d like to ask you all to take a moment and remember the faces of people you met in Japan. The experience that binds us as JETs, I would contend, we owe to those people. Our students, coworkers, friends: The people of Japan are the core of our memories.

The organization I am honored to serve, the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, is devoted to the kinds of connections that JET strives to create: people-to-people connections. This year, we are celebrating our 60th anniversary.

All throughout the year, we will have numerous events and programs celebrating the friendship between Seattle and Kobe. If you are interested in learning more about our work, please visit us at   Numerous JETs work with us as volunteers, directors, and friends.

I wish you all the best in this new year, and look forward to building more connections with the people of Japan together with all of you.

Ben Erickson
President, SKSCA

Nijikai Karaoke after Shinnenkai


Wanna sing your heart out after Shinnenkai?

Limited spots so follow the link to reserve your spot.

Location: Venus Karaoke in the ID

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 after Shinnenkai

Beverages: BYOB! We have a banquet permit so stop by Uwajimaya for your favorite beverage

Reserve your spot!

Asia Business Forum: 2017 Outlook for Asia’s Economic Powerhouses under Trump’s Trade Policy

This first Asia Business Forum of the year will assess the economic prospects for China, India and Japan in 2017 and the impact of President Trump’s new trade policies and campaign promises. Join ABF’s panel of experts for a lively discussion of the issues making an impact in the region and across the Pacific.

As an added bonus, attendees can enjoy free admission to the Seattle Art Museum before and after the Forum.

If interested, please register here!

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Networking begins at 5:15pm!)

Where: Seattle Art Museum (Nordstrom Lecture Hall), 1300 1st Ave, Seattle

Cost: $20 (Early bird)


2017 Pacific Northwest JETAA Shinnenkai! February 18th!!



Hey, everyone! Look at that sky, life’s begun, nights are warm and the days are young…for 2017! So be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming Shinnenkai!


When:  February 18th, 5pm

Where:  The JCCCW in the International District
Tickets for the event may be purchased here:

Please note that, although tickets may also be purchased at the door, reserving a ticket though the Brown Paper Tickets link above is preferable as it helps us know how much food and drink to order.

Come celebrate the new year and all the ch-ch-ch-ch-changes it’s sure to bring! Let’s dance, lay down some rock n’ roll lotta soul, and ring in the New Year all hunky dory!


In support of Kumamoto earthquake relief, the Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai have created T-shirts to raise donations. Shirts will be $25 each. For every $25 donation collected, $20 will go to Peace Winds America to directly transfer funds to Peace Winds Japan for the Kumamoto earthquake relief. The remaining $5 covers the cost of production of the t-shirts. Please note that only cash can be accepted.

The following sizes will be available for sale: S, L, XL, XXL



It’s a wonderful cause, so please consider donating at Shinnenkai.

Further details on Kumamoto earthquake relief may be found here.

PNW JETAA Outing: Ramen + Tampopo at SIFF


Join us for a showing of Tampopo at SIFF Cinema Uptown on Friday! An unbelievably charming ramen western (yep, that’s what it is), “Tampopo” is being shown in a beautiful 4k restoration on the big screen!

To sweeten the deal, Samurai Noodle Truck will be serving ramen from 5pm in front of Uptown Cinema (show starts at 7). So come early and come hungry!

Tickets are $14 and may be purchased online. Details here.