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PNWJETAA July Newsletter

…I don't know when they'll be back again 🎵

Here's some up coming events, jobs, and other opportunities that are happening through August, including the 2019 JET Send-Off!
87th Annual Bon Odori Festival Poster. Via the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple website.
Bon Odori Festival
Saturday, July 20th & 21st, 2019
4:00–10:00pm (Sat)  |  4:00–8:00pm (Sun)
The 87th Annual Bon Odori Festival is this weekend! Everything you loved in the first 86 Bon Odori festivals, from dancing to eating to looking at displays to watching martial arts and enjoying taiko, will be back!

PNWJETAA will be there on Saturday, with a prime spot on the street (perfect for watching and dancing!) and a table in the beer garden ('nuff said). Come eat yakisoba, drink Asahi, and be sūpā genki with your fellow alumni! The the festival is also running on Sunday, in case you aren't able to join us on Saturday — or if one day of matsuri just isn't enough.
JET Send-Off 2018. Photo courtesy Michelle Kato.
2019 JET Send-Off
Saturday, July 27th, 2019
8:00am – 11:00am  |  Seatac Int'l Airport
The next generation of JETs are ready! Are you?
It is time for that incredibly special day it all starts: Send-off Day!

Come join fellow alumni at the Seattle-Tacoma Int'l Airport to send off a group of shiny, brand new JETs who are coming from across Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana. We'll be meeting at the Delta Airlines check-in counter (look for the PNWJETAA banner!).

Come when you can and stay for however long you are able! Alumni and officers can expect to support the send-off by keeping everyone together, handing out swag, and returning promise letters from training — but please feel free to bring tissues, hugs, advice, snacks, and well-wishes! This is where the journey and the memories start!
Image retrieved from event website, EventBrite.
Film Screening:
Persona Non Grata
Monday, July 29th, 2019
5:45pm doors open  Free
The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle and the Holocaust Center for Humanity invite you to join them for a film screening and panel discussion of Persona Non Grata (杉原千畝, Japanese title) at the Broadway Performance Hall in Seattle Central College.

The film will be preceded by the short film, Sugihara Survivors, and panel discussion with award-winning director Junichi Kajioka. Admission is free, registration is required at the link below.
Register »
Volunteers Needed!
From Hiroshima to Hope 2019
Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Shifts available from 1:00pm until 12:00am
Volunteers are needed for the 2019 From Hiroshima to Hope event at Green Lake, Seattle. Shifts are available from 1:00pm onward, with variable lengths of 4–5 hours per shift.

From Hiroshima to Hope's mission is to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war and violence. We educate for peace, non-violent conflict resolution and nuclear disarmament through a public outdoor event on August 6th each year featuring music, speakers, and a lantern-floating ceremony.
Volunteer Form »
Save the Date
PNWJETAA Summer Picnic
Saturday, August 17th, 2019
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
This time-honored PNWJETAA tradition is back on August 17th! Join us for our annual picnic and undokai (sports day) with plenty of food, games, and fun for the whole family!

Keep an eye out on our Facebook and website for more event details. We hope to see you there!
New Job Opportunities on the Website!
For those seeking employment opportunities, please check PNWJETAA's Career Opportunities page frequently!
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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