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JETAA London – Pre-Departure Event

6th August 2018

JETAA London – Pre-Departure Event

On Friday 20 July the London Chapter hosted a pre-departure gathering for outgoing JETs. The event followed the pre-departure orientation and embassy reception, and many took the short walk over to the Marquis Cornwallis to meet JET alumni and get advice based on first-hand experience (and be introduced to the concept of NIJIKAI!) It wa...

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JETAA North West Kimono Afternoon Tea in Chester

24th July 2018

JETAA North West Kimono Afternoon Tea in Chester

On July 21st, JETAA North West collaborated with SugarSalt Bakery and Kimono Keiko, both based in Chester, to bring together Japanese and British culture.  We named the event Kimono and Japanese Afternoon Tea. We had hired a room at The Unity Centre in Chester and upon arrival we were presented with a selection of beautiful...

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JETAA London: World Cup – Samurai Sunday!

19th July 2018

JETAA London: World Cup – Samurai Sunday!

On a scorching Sunday 24 June JETAA London met at Katzenjammers Bierkeller near London Bridge for a thrilling fun-filled afternoon of football. There were two second group matches: England v Panama and Japan v Senegal. Both teams could seal their progress into the knockout stage with wins, so all was to play for. A rowdy atmosp...

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The JET with his own TV show

12th July 2018

The JET with his own TV show

A former JET broke major ground last year when he became the first non-Japanese person to have his own sitcom on NHK.  BJ Fox – a comedy alias – is the star of Home Sweet Tokyo. The show focuses on the lives of the British Bryan Jenkins (played by Fox), his Japanese wife Itsuki and their daughter Alice after the family mo...

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Dojima: the first Japanese-owned sake brewery in the UK

12th July 2018

Dojima: the first Japanese-owned sake brewery in the UK

The first Japanese-owned sake brewery in the UK is on the cusp of opening. Dojima’s purpose-built facility on the grounds of the Fordham Abbey estate in Cambridgeshire promises to be a 'taste of Japan in the heart of the English countryside'. It’s been nearly 200 years in the making. The Hashimoto family behind Dojima first started b...

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Europe's largest Japanese food hall opens

12th July 2018

Europe's largest Japanese food hall opens

Europe’s largest Japanese food hall has just opened in Westfield London. Ichiba combines an array of food stations with retail space for Japanese culinary staples, sweets and treats, kitchenware and ceramics, sake, books and beauty products. All in all, 3000 Japanese products are reportedly on sale! Diners can choose between a ...

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Harajuku Kitchen, Edinburgh: review

8th July 2018

Harajuku Kitchen, Edinburgh: review

Submitted by a former JET: Hokkaido 2007-2009 The pitch: Award-winning, high quality Japanese food Review: I’ve actually visited this place a number of times over the years and have been constantly impressed with the high quality food offered. The menu does get refreshed every now and then and...

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Event Showcases Japanese Business Links in the North

8th July 2018

Event Showcases Japanese Business Links in the North

The Japan Society of the UK recently held its first regional business event: ‘Japanese Business Links in the North of England’, hosted by PwC in Leeds. Sarah Parsons, Managing Director of East West Interface, who is also a Trustee to the Japan Society and JETAA UK Chair, invited speakers within Japan-related businesses in that area to come ...

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JET Spotlight: Damon Mitchell

8th July 2018

JET Spotlight: Damon Mitchell

For Damon Mitchell, JET helped him to create and realise a lifelong connection with Japan, a connection he continues to nurture back in the UK as Games and Community Director of Ludorati, a board game café in Nottingham. JETLAG caught up with him to learn how he first made it to Japan (via Slovakia) and why he recommends the film Y...

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A new board game event for JETAA

8th July 2018

A new board game event for JETAA

On 22 May the first JETAA Midlands Japanese-Themed Board Gaming Social took place at Ludorati in Nottingham.  It was conceived as a joint event including both JETAA Midlands and students of the Japanese Society from Nottingham University to promote participation in the JET Programme. The idea was to create an informal atmosphere where...

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JETAA Scotland: Fuji Fest and beyond

8th July 2018

JETAA Scotland: Fuji Fest and beyond

The JETAA Scotland Chapter has been seriously busy since spring, organising several events promoting Japanese culture and intercultural interaction, with the support of JETAA, Japan Society of Scotland, Japan Society UK and The Sasakawa Foundation and supported by the Japanese Consulate in Edinburgh. Fuji Festival ...

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Don't miss out on JETAA UK's Welcome Back Careers Event

8th July 2018

Don't miss out on JETAA UK's Welcome Back Careers Event

JETAA UK’s annual Welcome Back Careers Event will be held at Asia House in London on Friday, 21 September 2018, 13:30-18:00.  This event provides an invaluable opportunity for former JETs to receive advice on developing their careers post-JET and the ideal forum to learn about job opportunities and industries where their skills ...

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JETAA NORTH WEST Japan Day 2018

2nd July 2018

JETAA NORTH WEST Japan Day 2018

On June 3rd JETAA North West attended Japan Day as an exhibitor.  We had a stand where we exhibited paraphernalia from our time teaching in Japan, kimono and Japanese culture books.  Japan Day is Japan Society North West's free all-day festival celebrating the many fascinating aspects of Japanese culture.  Since 2006, it has been held every ...

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JET AA North West Pre-departure Events

1st July 2018

JET AA North West Pre-departure Events

JET Pre-departure Events in the North West On June 16th and 23rd JETAA North West held get-togethers in Liverpool and Manchester respectively for those in the area who are due to go out on JET this summer.  We also invited alumni along to give advice from their first hand experience of Japan. The Liverpool get-to...

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JETAA London Chapter – Pub Quiz

18th May 2018

JETAA London Chapter – Pub Quiz

The JETAA London pub quiz returned again this year for an evening of trivia fun. Over 30 people turned up to The Somers Town Coffee House (between Euston and Kings Cross) making up 7 teams competing against each other for the pot. The teams were put to the test with 6 rounds of challenging questions, followed by some casual catch-up time over so...

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Review restaurants for JETAA UK

8th April 2018

Review restaurants for JETAA UK

JETAA is creating a Japanese restaurant map of the UK, and we need your help. The goal is to create a resource showcasing the best Japanese and Japanese-influenced food the length and breadth of the UK. So, if you know of a yummy or interesting Japanese restaurant in your area, whether it's just-opened or an established favourite, we'd love to ...

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Heaven's Wind: a new bilingual anthology

6th April 2018

Heaven's Wind: a new bilingual anthology

Heaven's Wind, published by The Japan Society, is the world’s first dual language anthology of Japanese women’s writing. The authors were born over fifty years from 1929 to 1979, and their stories written over the past five decades. Tales of deceit, loss and self-affirmation are set against pre-war to post-tsunami backdrops,...

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Annual General Meeting 2018 Report

5th April 2018

Annual General Meeting 2018 Report

This year’s JETAA UK Annual General Meeting took place in Edinburgh in March, giving committee members the chance to meet up and discuss the JETAA UK calendar of events as well as enjoy the beautiful capital city of Scotland. As well as JETAA UK committee members and chapter representatives, delegates from the Japan Local Government Centre (CL...

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JET Furusato Vision Project 2018

2nd April 2018

JET Furusato Vision Project 2018

The idea of the ‘furusato’ or hometown still holds strong sway in Japan. The JET Programme represents a unique opportunity for participants to become embedded in a local Japanese community and, though they can stay for a maximum of five years, many continue to feel a strong connection to where they were placed after finishing the programme....

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Ramen roundup

2nd April 2018

Ramen roundup

In the 1985 cult film Tampopo, one of the main characters goes for a meal with a ramen master who’s “studied noodles for 40 years”. Two steaming bowls are placed before them. The younger grabs his. He is about to dive in, before he turns to ask the still motionless old man, “Sensei, soup or noodles first?” The master turns slowly, rep...

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Spring 2018: London Chapter Roundup

2nd April 2018

Spring 2018: London Chapter Roundup

24 March, 2018 Iconic Architecture Photography Walk The Saturday before last the JETAA UK London chapter took a stroll around the City, taking in the new and old architecture and London's landmark buildings. Ryan, our vice-chair, led the 90 minute walk which started at Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral, and ended at ...

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Spring 2018: North West Chapter Roundup

2nd April 2018

Spring 2018: North West Chapter Roundup

Greeting Happy Easter from JETAA North West! We hope everyone has had a nice few days off and the sugar has helped recharge your batteries. The new year got off to a very good start here in the NW. In January we collaborated with World Museum Liverpool to put on a Study Day exclusively for JETAA and Japan Society members...

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Save the date: JETAA Careers Fair 2018

2nd April 2018

Save the date: JETAA Careers Fair 2018

JETAA UK’s next ‘Welcome Back Careers Event and Exhibition Space’ will be held on Friday 21 September 2018, followed by an evening reception co-hosted by the Embassy of Japan and Japan Local Government Centre (JLGC). This event provides the opportunity for former JETs to receive key advice and insight on the post-JET experience a...

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JET Spotlight: Caroline Klein

2nd April 2018

JET Spotlight: Caroline Klein

After studying Japanese at university, Caroline Klein spent five years in Japan, first as a CIR and then working for CLAIR in Tokyo. After JET, she spent nearly ten years working in marketing and communications for Daiwa Capital Markets before joining the (at the time) Japanese-owned Canopius Group. JETLAG caught up with Caroli...

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JET Spotlight: Alison Bond

2nd April 2018

JET Spotlight: Alison Bond

Alison Bond was an ALT in Shingu, Hyogo Prefecture (the above photo was taken on a recent visit to her old apartment!). Returning to the UK, she continued to work in education, coordinating partnerships for Warwickshire County Council and then Warwick University. She is now Director of External Relations at Oxford Brookes University. Ali...

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The Great Wave: play review

30th March 2018

The Great Wave: play review

It begins with a flash of lightning. Hanako (Kirsty Rider) and Reiko (Kae Alexander) are squabbling sisters living with their mother, Estuko (Rosalind Chao), on the west coast of Japan in 1979.  Their classmate Tetsuo (Leo Wan) comes round to study that stormy evening, heralding a proxy battle between them. The rebellious Hanako follows...

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JETAA North West Hina Matsuri

18th March 2018

JETAA North West Hina Matsuri

Hinamatsuri in Liverpool   On March 6th, JETAA NW held its annual Hinamatsuri at the usual location, Sugar and Dice Board Game Cafe.  Though Hinamatsuri is known as Girls Day, and our get-together usually falls just before International Women’s Day, the event was open to all and we were pleased to ho...

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Where I Belong: film review

21st February 2018

Where I Belong: film review

94% of Japan’s population now resides in urban areas. This radical demographic shift contains a hidden violence. Communities are hollowed out and old traditions and ways of life severed from reality.  Where I Belong begins with an explicit act of violence. Its protagonist, Izumi (played by Kento Hayashi – star of the Netfli...

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JETAA NW Study Day and Shinnenkai

28th January 2018

JETAA NW Study Day and Shinnenkai

JETAA NW and JSNW Netsuke Study Day On January 20th JETAA NW helped organise a Study Day at World Museum Liverpool exclusively for JETAA and JSNW members.  The chosen subject for the Study Day was netsuke and we were pleased to see that this provoked a very fast response from JSNW members and drew in JETAA members from as far as London....

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The UK's first sake brewery

17th January 2018

The UK's first sake brewery

Peckham, London might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of sake. But in 2017 it became ground zero of a budding ‘sake revolution’ when Tom and Lucy Wilson started Kanpai, the UK’s first brewery of Japan’s national drink.  Kanpai’s backstory is endearing. The couple first fell in love with sake – whic...

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Umame: restaurant review

17th January 2018

Umame: restaurant review

Restaurants in the UK can play pretty fast and loose with Japanese culinary terms – I’ve lost count of the number of ways I’ve seen yakitori spelt. So as I walked into ‘Pan-Asian Kitchen and Bar’ Umame (umami is a Japanese word for savouriness), I felt ready for surprises. Umame opened in Kingston, south west ...

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Second JETAA UK Academic Special Interest Group

17th January 2018

Second JETAA UK Academic Special Interest Group

JETAA UK held its second Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures at the University of East Anglia in Norwich on Friday 8 December 2017. This event was organised by Dr. Simon Kaner, Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at UEA and Head of the Centre for Archaeolog...

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JLPT Bootcamp – Edinburgh 2017

16th January 2018

JLPT Bootcamp – Edinburgh 2017

Friday, 17 Nov – Sunday, 19 Nov JETAA Scotland has been busy again, organizing its second JLPT Bootcamp retreat in Edinburgh.  The Bootcamp fun began in July this year when JET Alumni Jess Brown and Emma Boardman teamed up to start organizing the second JLPT Bootcamp retreat after the success of the first, held in November 2...

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JETAA UK Chair's New Year Message

16th January 2018

JETAA UK Chair's New Year Message

Happy New Year to you all. 2017 was an exciting year for JETAA UK. We celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme at the Houses of Parliament in March, we organised a successful Careers Day for returnees in October supported by many ex-JETs from companies such as Toshiba and Toyota, we held our second Academic Special Interest Group in...

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JETAA East Anglia Meet-up

15th January 2018

JETAA East Anglia Meet-up

Want to reconnect with JET? Oscar Wrenn works at the University of East Anglia and is looking to get ex-JETs in the region together to meet up at Shiki – Norwich’s premier Japanese restaurant – at 7pm on Friday 26 January. For a great chance to reminisce about old times and make new connections, please contact Oscar at

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JETAA North West Bounenekai 2017

7th January 2018

JETAA North West Bounenekai 2017

On December 16th, JETAA NW had our annual bounenkai at Yuzu in Manchester.  It is a nice little izakaya with authentic food and drink that will take you right back to your time in Japan.  We highly recommend it. We had a nice turnout of people: current committee members, previous committee members who want to get involved again, and ...

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Autumn 2017 Chapter Roundup: Scotland

1st November 2017

Autumn 2017 Chapter Roundup: Scotland

This year the Fuji Festival presented 10 events, involving all of the 700 students at Law Primary School in East Lothian. Events also included several school...

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Japan Matsuri 2017

31st October 2017

Japan Matsuri 2017

London's cultural event proves big success JET alumni were among attendees and volunteers at Japan Matsuri 2017, which celebrated its 9th anniversary this year. Held on Sunday 24th September in Trafalgar Square, the event was energetic and fun, featuring Japanese food, music, dance and other entertainment. Hig...

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Autumn 2017 Chapter roundup: North West

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 f...

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Autumn 2017 Chapter roundup: Midlands

31st October 2017

Autumn 2017 Chapter roundup: Midlands

Autumn 2017 update Welcome home to all the recently returned JETs in the Midlands. We try to meet up every few months, varying our location from among Derby, Leicester and...

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JET Spotlight: Timothy Anderson

26th January 2018

JET Spotlight: Timothy Anderson

Bringing a taste of Japan to the UK In this JET Spotlight, Jetlag caught up with London-based Japanese chef and cookery book author Timothy Anderson. Read on for his story.  

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Become a mentor

27th October 2017

Become a mentor

Returnees need you! Transitioning back to life in the UK after a period of time on JET can have its ups and downs. That's why more and more JET alumni are becoming mentors for fellow alumni who are returning to the UK.  If you are keen to help other former JETs settle back into the UK, by providing hints and tip...

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New mentors on board

27th October 2017

New mentors on board

One-on-one support for returnees  Transitioning back to life in the UK after a period of time on JET can have its ups and downs. That's why more and more JET alumni are becoming mentors for fellow alumni who are returning to the UK. This month, three more mentors have joined the ranks.   

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Japan conferences at SOAS, London

27th October 2017

Japan conferences at SOAS, London

A look at employment and social innovation SOAS, University of London is hosting two Japan-related events in November that will explore employment in Japanese companies and tackling the challenges of an ageing society. 1: Foreign Graduate Employment in Japanese Companies - Implications for Japanese...

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The History of Convicts and Penal Colonies in Hokkaido

27th October 2017

The History of Convicts and Penal Colonies in Hokkaido

A JET's research By Clare Anderson                   

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JET experience inspires novel

27th October 2017

JET experience inspires novel

Behind the scenes of Hijacking Japan By the book's author Christopher Hood

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JETAA UK Careers Forum 2017

27th October 2017

JETAA UK Careers Forum 2017

On Friday 6th October we held our annual JETAA UK Careers Forum at Asia House in London. It was wonderful to welcome back all of the newly returned JETs and JET alumni from a range of indu...

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Mid-term AGM Report

27th October 2017

Mid-term AGM Report

The JETAA UK annual mid-year meeting was held at the London office of our main sponsor, the Japan Local Government Centre, in Whitehall on 19th August. Representatives from the UK’s cur...

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JETAA UK Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) University of East Anglia, Norwich, Friday 8 December 2017.

13th October 2017

JETAA UK Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) University of East Anglia, Norwich, Friday 8 December 2017.

For information on attending, submissions of current research, and about potential funding available for accommodation and travel expenses, please contact this year’s convener Simon Kaner, Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute ...

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Summer Matsuri in Liverpool Festival Gardens

22nd August 2017

Summer Matsuri in Liverpool Festival Gardens

On August 20th, JETAA North West organised a mini matsuri to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the JET programme. As well as JETAA NW, we invited members of Japan Society North West and local Japanese families and friends. The turnout was p...

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