Aki Matsuri

2007 Aki Matsuri Information akimatsuri

Join JETAA at our booth for the 10th Annual Aki Matsuri! PNWJETAA will have a booth together with the Seattle Consulate to answer questions about the JET Program and to make sure all JET Alumni know about us! This is one of our larger events, so if you have an hour or two to help out, please come out! Plus, you will get to take advantage of all the other cool things happening at the event listed below. See you there!


Saturday, September 8 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and
Sunday, September 9 (
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), 2007
Place: Bellevue Community College Main Campus [directions]
G-Building (Gymnasium), L-Building and R-Building [campus map]

Japan comes to Bellevue Community College (BCC) for a weekend! A two-day program of Japanese cultural and educational events for all ages! Matsuri (Festival) features:

More than 60 Exhibitors … ranging from fine arts and crafts to Japan related business.

Lively Performing Arts Program on the stage including koto, shamisen, ikebana demonstrations, and Japanese dances & songs. Feel the beat of Japanese Taiko Drums! Observe the elegant Tea Ceremony performed in the Tea House.

On-going Martial Arts demonstrations by the local dojo members.

Special exhibits, demonstrations and workshops by guest artists from

Hyogo, Japan are planned as follows:


Wa-rosoku: A 4th generation warosoku craftsman (Yasukazu Matsumoto) from Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo-ken will exhibit and demonstrate the making of “Japanese Candles” using traditional techniques and materials.



Take Zaiku: A 5th generation take’ zaiku craftsman (Kazutaka Toda) from Miki-shi, Hyogo-ken will exhibit and demonstrate traditional bamboo craft, and conduct a “kids toy making workshops” using bamboo materials.



Higo Chonkake Goma Perfromance – Mr. Kazuhito Miki will demonstrate his splendid feat using a top and a cord on the stage (Sat. 11:30 am & Sun. 3:30 pm) to shamisen accompaniment by his wife.



Special Exhibition of the 100 Shrine Forest Paintings and Photographs with the theme of “The Journey to Pray for World Peace and Live in Harmony with Others” by the delegation from Ichinomiya Junpaikai @ L-Bldg. L122


The following workshops will be conducted during 2007 Aki Matsuri. Pre-registration is required. More details will be announced soon.

Japan Night with the Seattle Mariners


Let’s show our pride for the Seattle Mariners! Although this won’t be an “official organized” JETAA event, there will be many JETs attending and we can all make a pretty good go at it. Come watch the game with other PNWJETAA members. Let

Ticket deadline for Japan Night at the Mariners!


Make sure you purchase your tickets for Japan Night on July 30th vs. the Angels before July 20th. Come watch the game with PNWJETAA. Let’s show Ichiro and Johjima what we are all about! For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/ticketing/japan_night.jsp or http://www.seattlekobe.org/.

Seattle Bon-Odori

Jul 21-22: Seattle Bon-Odori. Sat 4-10 pm, Sun 3-8pm. 75th Anniversary.

The PNW JETAA is planning a mixer in the beer garden on Sunday. Enjoy some beer,
dance and the company of other JETs.

Mixer Info:
Date: July 22nd, Sunday
Time: 5:00 pm
Where: Beer garden (at the back of the temple)
Who: past, present and future JETs and as always friends of JETs

Look out for the folks dressed in red!

RSVP to pnwjetaa.social@hotmail.com
Include your name, JET year, number of people.
And please DON’T FORGET to bring your IDs


New JET orientation and Happy Hour Recap


The NEW JETs are all smiles as they talk about what’s to come

On June 30th/July 1st, the Consulate had a training session for the new JETs, who will leave in late July. They spent two days in preparation for their move to Japan. Several alumni participated in a panel to give advice to these curious and nervous JET newbies. After the Saturday training, PNW JETAA hosted an informal pizza party followed by a happy hour at the Rock Bottom Brewery downtown. There was a great turnout of new JETs, excited to learn more. Thanks to all the alumni who attended and showed the kids the ropes. Thanks to Heidi and Claire for setting that up! Continue reading

WALK FOR RICE was a success!


Hundreds gathered for the 17th annual Walk For Rice on June 16th at Seward Park in Seattle. The PNW JETAA team was out in full force with our bright red happi & musubi/sushi headbands! This year our team was 20 strong (including 2 new 2007 JETs Colin & Bin, Consulate staff, spouses and family members of Alumni and last but not least our unofficial mascot Sumi “the dog”. We were also well represented in the notoriety department having winners in two of the Walk’s competitions. New JET Colin Fishwick won the over all race for runners that day & blew any competition out of the water! – Congratulations Colin!

In the super hero dog costume contest, Sumi won for the 3rd year in a row, this year as “Iron Chef Sumi” fighting off hunger one musubi at a time! After the race about half the team met up at Tutta Bella for lunch & more sharing of experiences & advice with the new JETs.

Thanks to everyone who joined this year & helped to raise funds to support the Asian Counseling & Referral Service Food Bank! It was a big success & you can be proud to know that we helped in a very worthwhile cause in our community! Colin, Sumi & I were also featured on the news. For a replay of the clip, please visit: http://www.komotv.com/news/local/8035107.html click on “Watch the Story” below Sumi’s picture.

Thanks also to those who were not able to join us but supported our team through their generous pledges!!! (PS – donations are still being accepted. If you would like to contribute please send your contribution to: ACRS Food Bank & write in the note section of the check “Walk For Rice” & “TEAM: PNW JET Alumni”, c/o Asian Counseling and Referral Service, 720 8th Avenue South, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104

Lynn & Sumi
2007 PNW JET Alumni Walk for Rice Team, Co-Captains

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Lynn Miyauchi Met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe!

Prime Minister Abe and Lynn Miyauchi!

Lynn went to a conference of 50 JET Alumni in Washington D.C. a few months back (April 27, 2007). It was hosted by Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shimomura, and Ambassador Kato. Lynn was able to give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a gift from PNW JET AA. It was a ball autographed by Ichiro! She was the only JETAA to give her a gift! watashi-tachi wa totemo shinsetsu desu nee….