21 Feb 2018
31st October 2017
Autumn 2017 Chapter roundup: North West
Autumn 2017 update
Greetings from JETAA North West! The summer months brought us lots of opportunities for more great events that were each, in their own way, fun, fascinating and rewarding.
At the moment there appears to be an abundance of chances to experience Japan-related activities in not only the bigger cities of Liverpool and Manchester but also the smaller areas of Chester and Wigan.
Since June, JETAA North West has been involved in a local Tanabata festival, an installation of Japanese woodblock prints at a gallery, and a memorial event for the bombing of Hiroshima. In addition, we put on our very own Japanese-style summer matsuri.
Our committee has had a meeting and planning is underway for our next events. The autumn months look set to bring at least one event a month, each as diverse and interesting as the next. JETAA members, friends and family will undoubtedly find something to suit them, and they are sure to have great fun. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.
June 3rd Outgoing JETs pre-departure get-together at Etsu in Liverpool
June 16th Outgoing JETs pre-departure get-together at Yuzu in Manchester
Tanabata festival and Edo-Pop woodblock print exhibition in collaboration with Japan Society North West and Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight
Hiroshima A-bomb Peace Memorial Service at Museum of Manchester. JETAA NW attended the service and folded 350 paper cranes. These have been sent to Japan to be shown at various peace talks before being officially presented to Hiroshima City.
Returnees Event, Manchester: Nature walk in Heaton Park followed by ramen at Shoryu.
Returnees Event, Liverpool: World Museum Study Day (exclusively for JETAA and JSNW members) followed by fireworks and nabe.
Doki Doki Festival, Sugden Sports Centre, Manchester. JETAA NW is to have a stall.
Japanese Woodblock Prints Talk by local art historian Frank Milner followed by a wine reception.
December (date and venue to be announced)
Japanese Arts and Crafts Night: Tea ceremony, origami, ikebana, calligraphy, and body art in Liverpool.
Bounenkai at Umezushi, Manchester
July saw us say goodbye to the new JETs who joined us for pre-departure meet-ups in June. Though they are embarking on something new and exciting, the JETs often stay in contact with alumni here and show enthusiasm for joining us on their return. I am pleased that we were able to show JETs that they will have support when they come home and will always be able engage with Japanese culture via JETAA North West.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to the alumni who helped me fold paper cranes to send to Hiroshima for the 72nd anniversary of the dropping of the A-bomb on Hiroshima. It was something I had personally wanted to do for the city that was my home for so long, and I feel proud that cranes from JETAA North West will hang in Hiroshima Peace Park amongst others from around the world.
Our biggest event over the summer was our matsuri to celebrate 30 years of JET. With everything from takoyaki and yakisoba to putting on yukata and trying Doraemon Bon Odori, who couldn’t have fun?! The event brought together alumni and the local Japanese community in a way we have not really seen in the North West before. Through this event, we made various new contacts and gathered lots more ideas for future events.
I feel communication and participation within the chapter is increasing and alumni are slowly but surely making a network of good friends and valuable Japan-related connections within the North West. It is a pleasure to help facilitate this and I intend to continue to move forward positively. I hope you will join us at our upcoming events as you are sure to have a great experience.
Chair, JETAA North West