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.

PNW JETAA Council Learning with Lattes, January 22nd


When:  January 22nd, 2pm

Where:  Espresso Vivace, 227 Yale Ave, Seattle, WA


Interested in a post on the PNW JETAA council for the upcoming year? Have an idea for an event or activity you’d like to suggest or create? Or just curious about how you can participate more in the PNW JETAA?

Come for a casual meet-up with the PNW JETAA council members in addition to fine Italian coffee and biscuits at Espresso Vivace. Learn about council positions that may align with your own talents and passions! Discover how you can become more active in our chapter! All council members will be in attendance to answer your questions.

Although only former JETs may hold council positions, all are welcome to attend. So come say hello, learn something new, and enjoy the best espresso in the city!

Hope to see you there!

Bonenkai – December 10th, 2016

Historic Japanese village Shirakawa-go at winter, travel landmark of Japan

Let’s say goodbye to 2016 at the annual PNWJETAA Bonenkai and hello to the year long JET 30th Anniversary celebration. It’s going to be a big one!


Event details:

Where:  Nagomi Tea House
              519 6th Ave S #200
              Seattle, WA 98104

When:  December 10th, 6pm – 8pm


The Tea House in the International District is open again and we’ve got it reserved! A wonderful venue for the event! Please note that parking can be difficult in the International District on a Saturday night. There is a pay lot next to Nagomi Tea House but please allow extra time to find parking so you don’t miss any of the festivities!

Come celebrate with food, drink, and a very merry bunch of JETAA Alumni! There is plenty of space and there’s going to be a wonderful spread of delicious food and beverages!

This is going to be a big event so the more the merrier! Your ticket includes a buffet style catered spread and for $5 extra it will include 2 alcoholic drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks are of course free.

Children and families are definitely welcome, we would love to see everyone and celebrate together. And to help with that, children 12 and under are free!

Tickets may be purchased here:


See you there!!