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PNWJETAA June Newsletter

Check out what's going on in the community!
Here's some up coming events, jobs, and other opportunities that are happening through July.
The PNWJETAA Walk for Rice Team, 2018. Photo courtesy of Lynn Miyauchi.
ACRS Walk For Rice 2019
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
8:00am registration opens   12:00pm lunch

The PNW JET Alumni Association Team Page is now up and running for Walk for Rice 2019! Please help us fight hunger one step at a time as our team walks to raise funds for the Asian Counseling and Referral Service's (ACRS) food bank.

Everyone is welcome to join our team: friends, family, well-behaved pets — the more the merrier! If this will be your first time participating, please check out the event FAQs page, which should answer most of your questions.

If you can't join us in person, please consider making a donation to our team, or sponsor one (or more) of the our team members listed on our "TEAM ROSTER" to become a Supporter in Spirit!

Our group will meet up at 9:30am for a group photo before the official start at 10:00. Everyone is invited to join us for lunch afterward at Tutta Bella in Columbia City.

We hope to see you there!

Donate & Sign Up »
Pizza slices with vegetables, herbs, and beer. Photo by from Pexels.
Pizza JET-Together
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
4:00 – 6:00pm  |  $5 for Alumni, New JETs eat FREE!

Come meet the 2019 JETs over pizza and bevs at Optimism Brewing CompanySome people describe pizza as the origin of all good things, and we couldn't agree more! We'll be bringing in several pies from Pagliacci Pizza to enjoy while getting to know the newest members of the JET family.

All-you-care-to-eat pizza is $5 for alumni and FREE for 2019 JETs, beverages are extra. And if you're still hungry after pizza, Off the Rez Native Food Truck will be on-site serving up frybread Indian tacos and burgers!

RSVP via Facebook »
Bon Odori Festival
Saturday, July 20th, 2019
Save the date for Seattle Bon Odori 2019! Join JETAA at the beer garden behind the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple before we dance the night away on the main street of the festival. We'll be there with towels, castanets, uchiwa, and other dancing props so you can shake your groove thing. Arts & crafts, matsuri food, taiko performances, and more await at this family-friendly event.

Not confident in your Obon dancing skills? Dance classes will be held at the temple on July 8, 9, 11, 15, and 16 from 7:30–9:00pm.
PNWJETAA July Book Club
Sunday, July 21st, 2019
3:00pm onward
Please join PNWJETAA Book Club for a discussion of Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama translated by Ralph McCarthy.

We look forward to seeing you all on July 21 at 3:00pm to discuss the novel and watch the documentary Kusama: Infinity. Please bring a (polka dot) dish to share. Email for the address.

Learn more about the PNWJETAA Book Club at
In 1957, encouraged by Georgia O’Keeffe, artist Yayoi Kusama left Japan for New York City [by way of Seattle] to become a star. By the time she returned to her home country in 1973, she had established herself as a leader of New York’s avant-garde movement, known for creating happenings and public orgies to protest the Vietnam War and for the polka dots that had become a trademark of her work. Her sculptures, videos, paintings, and installations are to this day included in major international exhibitions.

Replete with the sense of the sheer necessity within an artist to create, Infinity Net is an energetic and juicy page-turner that offers a glimpse into Kusama’s exhilarating world.

Click here to view this book on
New Era, New Location!
The Consulate-General of Japan has moved to a new location! It is now located at 701 Pike Street, Suite 1000, Seattle WA 98118. Stop by to check out our new location when you have a chance!

The JETAA Crew (Maggie, Travis & Lynn) at the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
Website Update
PNWJETAA 2019–2020 Committee!
Get to know your Executive Officers and Steering Council! We're working hard to connect and engage our local JET alumni and the wider Japanese and Japanese-American community. Learn what makes us so excited to be a part of this awesome team on our website!
Jazz hands for some, fun times for all! Photo by Michelle Kato.
New Job Opportunities on the Website!
For those seeking employment opportunities, please check PNWJETAA's Career Opportunities page frequently! Our most recent job opportunity: Japanese Bilingual Department Assistant at Mitsubishi Aircraft!
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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