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PNWJETAA May Newsletter

Check out what's going on in the community!
Here's some up coming events, jobs, and other opportunities that are happening through June. Also, we have a new postcard from our JET friends in Montana!
Pre-Departure JET Orientation
Seattle University
June 22nd and 23rd
We're looking for volunteers! It's that time again where we get the new JETs ready for their adventure in Japan.  We're looking for volunteers for both days.  We need people to help present, set up, tear down, help with registration, manage snacks and the all important Q&A sessions.  If you'd like to help out, please sign-up: Volunteer Sign up Form
Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels
PNWJETAA Wine Tasting
Gorman Winery, Woodenville
Sunday May 19th 
12:00 - 1:00pm |  ~ $10 for 5 tastings
Join us in Woodenville for Wine Tasting. We'll be meeting at the Gorman WInery Hollywood Hill Tasting Room at noon.  We'll do some tasting and then get pizza afterwards. There is limited attendance so sign up as soon as possible: Sign up Form
The PNWJETAA Walk for Rice team from last year.
ACRS Walk for Rice
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Walk for Rice on June 22nd, 9 am - 1 pm @ Seward Park.  For the past 20 years, PNWJETAA has participated in this event as part of our community outreach effort to this worthy cause to raise funds for ACRS programs.  Find out more about ACRS and join PNWJETAA in the fight against hunger one grain at a time!  PNWJETAA Team page and 2019 Team Captain(s) will be posted soon!

Teaching Foreign Language in the Japanese Context:
EFL in Japan and JFL in the US

University of Washington
Spring Quarter 2020
How could you have been better prepared for the JET Program? Or to connect JET to your career or teaching career upon your return to the US? Amy Ohta, Associate Professor of Japanese at UW and former MEF (Miyazaki Prefecture, 1984-1986) is planning a new course for students who are interested in teaching English in Japan, or Japanese in the US.
The new course, tentatively entitled “Teaching Foreign Language in the Japanese Context: EFL in Japan and JFL in the US,” will consider Japan EFL teaching contexts, job types, and approaches to teaching children through adult EFL learners. Because teaching in Japan is a temporary career for most, the course will also consider teaching-related careers in the US, focusing on JFL in K-12 contexts, with consideration also of ESL and transition to other careers upon return from Japan.
The course will be taught in Spring quarter 2020 and will include a practical, exploratory component, connecting UW students to community members with related experience. Would you be willing to talk about your JET experience with a UW student? About how JET relates to your subsequent career development? Or, if you’ve become a teacher in the US, about that aspect of your career? For more information please contact Amy at

[contributed by Amy Ohta]
Japan Arts Connection Lab Fundraising Concert
Friday, May 31st, 2019
6:30 pm  
$40 - $85
Support the Japan Arts Connection Lab (JACLab) by joining them for a rare dinner show by Yu Emao, former Snow Troupe Top Star of the Takarazuka Revue. Since 1914, the Revue has been celebrated for its dream-like stages and beautiful performances by rigorously trained, all-female performers.  This event focuses on raising support for JACLab and its mission of making unique Japanese arts accessible to the people of Washington. Enjoy a traditional Japanese bento and a musical show by a master performer. Browse their website and like them on Facebook to learn more about JACLab.

[contributed by Elizabeth Lee]

— Postcards from Montana —
In October last year, two of our officers at PNWJETAA connected with JET alumni in Montana. A few times a year, we will be featuring an article from these alumni to check-in with our members in distant areas of the Pacific Northwest. If you are a JET living outside the greater Seattle-Tacoma area and would like to contribute to this series, please contact
Spring has finally come to Montana, though to be honest there is not much change in the weather (it snowed as I was writing this). For me, that means that soon the lakes will start to melt and the ice fishing season will come to an end. The five years I lived in Japan I only managed to visit during the summer, winters were reserved for vacationing with friends, and I was eager to go fishing this winter. Salmon is the main prize, I like mine smoked, and you can catch up to twenty a day. While I never did hit the limit, I was simply happy to enjoy this Montana pastime. If you ever get a chance and have the patience to spare, ice fishing is a winter sport you should not pass up.

Randi Edwards, Hokkaido, 2013–2018
Job Opportunities on the Website
For those seeking employment opportunities, please check PNWJETAA's Career Opportunities page frequently for jobs.
If you know of any employment opportunities that may be of interest to fellow PNWJETAA members, please send them to
The Newsletter Coordinator position has become vacant.  If you'd like to be a part of the council and publish the monthly newsletter for PNWJETAA, please contact for more details.  No prior experience with MailChimp needed!
If you have anything you'd like to post on this newsletter related to the Japanese, Japanese-American or JET community, please contact
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