THANK YOU TO PNWJETAA Aki Matsuri Volunteers


A special thank you goes out to all our volunteers who made this year’s Aki Matsuri an overwhelming success. We had quite a few people stop by and enjoy writing where they have been on our map, playing our Japan Quiz game, snacking on some Japanese candy, watching our JETAA slideshow on our digital photo frames and even playing shogi with Vince!

Keep an eye on this space for an update with all the results tallied from our map. You’d be surprised how many different places people have been!

PNWJETAA is looking for alumni volunteers who can help out at the booth for 2 or 4 hour shifts for the Aki Matsuri at Bellevue Community College on September 8-9. This year, rather than just promoting JET, we will have a few booth activities. There will be a Map of Japan which we will encourage people to place pins where they lived, were born, or would like to go. We will tally the results and post them on our website. Also, we will have a Quiz on Japan to test people who come by. We will give snacks to those who can answer the questions correctly. This will make the experience more interactive and fun.

If you see a shift you can help out with, please RSVP Shun(sarigenaku26 (at) hotmail(dot) com) We encourage people to take on two consecutive shifts if possible, and we will try to get two volunteers for each time slot. We will post this schedule onto the website as we fill in the information:


Saturday, September 8 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

A: 10am – 12pm (OK! Thank you to our volunteers!)
12pm – 2pm (OK! Thank you to our volunteers!)
2pm – 4pm (OK! Thank you to our volunteers!)

Sunday, September 9 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.),

E: 11am – 1pm (OK! Thank you to our volunteers!)
1pm – 3pm (OK! Thank you to our volunteers!)
3pm – 5pm (OK! Thank you to our volunteers!)


Details on the Aki Matsuri event are listed below.2007 Aki Matsuri Information

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!

When: 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.

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