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London Landmarks Half-marathon Charity Places

24th January 2024

London Landmarks Half-marathon Charity Places

Run to support orphaned youth with education! Ashinaga, a Japanese charity with a UK office, has 5 places for the London Landmarks Half-marathon on April 7. The route is 13.1 miles long and goes past iconi...

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Japan and UK to increase number of Working Holiday Visas

26th November 2023

Japan and UK to increase number of Working Holiday Visas

photo by  Giuseppe Milo  Working holiday visas are fantastic. It was what I used to decide that I didn't want to just holiday in Japan, I wanted to properly live there for a number of years as an English teacher. When researching it online, I was advised to call ahead as there were only so many given out each year. It wa...

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yatsuhashi recipe

15th November 2023

yatsuhashi recipe

By Matsuyuki     70 g glutinous rice flour 65 ml water 60 g sugar 2 tsp cinnamon powder Mix 70 g of your glutinous rice flour with 65ml of water, ensuring there are no lumps. Add 60 g of sugar. Once combined, the...

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Dorayaki recipe

15th November 2023

Dorayaki recipe

By OCDP   Dorayaki, a great snack, or possibly a replacement for those who like scotch pancakes for breakfast. 2 large eggs 80 Grams of Caster Sugar 10 grams of Honey 100 grams of flour 2 tbsp of baking powder 50 ml of w...

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JET Spotlight: Jonathan Longden

15th November 2023

JET Spotlight: Jonathan Longden

 Jonathan Longden was a Shiga Prefecture JET in 2016 but is now a project management team leader in the pharmaceutical industry. He sat down to chat with us about his time in Japan and the transition back into that industry.  How did you become interested in the JET Programme, and where did you go? Every time s...

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December 2023 Events news round up

15th November 2023

December 2023 Events news round up

London . .   JETAA London had a great time seeing the stage adaptaion of Garden of Words, and are hoping to see more theatre shows in the future. Spirited Away - London Coliseum, 2024 - 30th April to 20th July 2024 If you haven't already sorted tickets for this, ...

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School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day for Applicants

1st November 2023

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day for Applicants

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Information Day for Applicants   

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JET Video Contest Now Accepting Submissions!

22nd October 2023

JET Video Contest Now Accepting Submissions!

    JET Video Contest Now Accepting Submissions!   CLAIR is very happy to announce the long-awaited return of the JET Video Contest, being held for the first time in 7 years! All JET Programme alumni as...

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Speech Contest for Spoken Business Japanese  at SOAS on Tuesday 7th November 2023

22nd September 2023

Speech Contest for Spoken Business Japanese at SOAS on Tuesday 7th November 2023

Speech Contest for Spoken Business Japanese at at SOAS 7th November 2023 The purpose of the Awards is to deepen the understanding of Japanese business culture by businessmen and women of the UK and the European Union through the study of the Japanese language, and to contribute to goodwill and mutual understan...

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September 2023 Events news round up

3rd September 2023

September 2023 Events news round up

London . .   JETAA London had a great time seeing the stage adaptaion of Garden of Words, and are hoping to see more theatre shows in the future. On Thursday 28th of September we are planning to watch the Japan Vs Samoa Rugby world cup game together from 19:30 til 22:30 at The Hercules Pillars, 18 G...

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JET Spotlight Philip Harper

3rd September 2023

JET Spotlight Philip Harper

Philip Harper is a successful sake brewer and author. He is the first non-Japanese person to earn the title of Toji 杜氏 or master sake brewer. He is Toji of Kinoshita Brewing Company in Kyoto. He wrote The Insider's Guide to Sake (1998) and The Book of Sake: A Connoisseurs Guide (2006).    How...

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Haruka Kuroda

3rd September 2023

Haruka Kuroda

Haruka Kuroda is CEO of the A Thousand Cranes Theatre company. She was kind enough to tell us about her "Anglo-Japanese theatre company that creates shows for young people using the Japanese language, culture and storytelling styles, such as Kamishibai." She is also quite a prolific actor, ...

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Japanese Cabbage rolls

3rd September 2023

Japanese Cabbage rolls

Photo by Masahiko Satoh Japanese cabbage roles, or ロールキャベツ, are a great food to tide you over though these autumn months. You'll need mince for this, but it can be any kind, Quorn, beef, pork or turkey are all fine for this recipe.  250g mince  6 cabba...

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JET Alumni Careers Fair 2023 - Sep 27, 11 :00AM - 4 :00PM BST

1st September 2023

JET Alumni Careers Fair 2023 - Sep 27, 11 :00AM - 4 :00PM BST

• Returning or considering a move to the UK after your JET experience? • Uncertain about finding work or contacts after your arrival? • Or simply want to keep in touch with the JET community and Japan? Join us for this year’s JET ALUMNI CAREERS FAIR ONLINE, organised by the Japan Local Government...

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Pre-Departure Informal Q+A Session

20th June 2023

Pre-Departure Informal Q+A Session

***JETAA volunteers are needed to help with London pre-departure meet-up for outgoing JETs!*** The new JETs have recently been given their placements in Japan and will be attending their pre-departure orientation on Friday 7th July. We would like to invite JET Alumni to join us at a pre-departure meet-up following their orienta...

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Four Seasons in Japan book review and giveaway

19th June 2023

Four Seasons in Japan book review and giveaway

Nick Bradley’s second book, Four Seasons in Japan, is a moving story covering a range of topics including grief, loss, relationships and seeking fulfilment, all with a beautiful backdrop of the country vividly described by the author. The structure of a book within a book is beautifully crafted, it pulls the reader into a novel difficult to pu...

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Message from North East Chair

30th May 2023

Message from North East Chair

Hi all, I’m Naomi And I have just become the Chair of the North-East chapter. I was on the JET Programme as an Irish JET 2008-2011 and was an ALT in Umaji-Mura, Kochi.  I was involved with the JET Programme in Ireland upon my return in 2011 and have got involved with the North-East Chapter through our many online events. I also happen to live...

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JET Spotlight: James Gamgee

19th May 2023

JET Spotlight: James Gamgee

James Gamgee is a Learning and Development manager at the Scottish Government, has been studying Psychology since 2017, and is one of the main organisers of the Fuji Festival. The Festival is an educational project to promote fun study days on Japanese culture in schools.

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Melon-Pan Recipe

18th May 2023

Melon-Pan Recipe

Photo by Lovejsc     Melon Pan is my favourite Japanese bread,  and it comes from such a simple recipe. We have a step-by-step recipe for those just wanting a quick and fun treat, and one for those who have a bit more time on their hands   Part 1, The Outer L...

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KarePan Recipe

18th May 2023

KarePan Recipe

This is a great recipe if you've got any leftover curry. You could make some fresh curry just for this recipe, but make sure it's not too saucy. 200G of strong white flour 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of sugar 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil 120ml of milk 1 teaspoon of instant yeast 2 e...

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June 2023 Events news round up

18th May 2023

June 2023 Events news round up

London . .   We are having an informal gathering in the upstairs room at the Marquis Cornwallis near Russell Square Station from 7pm after JET orientation on Friday the 7th of July. JETAA volunteers are needed to help with London pre-departure meet-up for outgoing JETs! Sign up using the Even...

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Japanese Novels Getting Translated This Year

4th February 2023

Top 10 Most Anticipated Japanese Novels Getting Translated This Year

Image by Abhi Sharma   Love at Six Thousand Degrees by Maki Kashimada A psychological romance exploring PTSD and taboo that won Kashimada the Mishima Yukio Prize...

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Karaage air fryer

4th February 2023

Karaage air fryer

Image by Katherine Lim   Karaage seems to be the staple of many JET diets. If you're hosting a party, at karaoke, or looking for a last minute meal in the konbini, karaage has your back. Fried chicken from the UK just isn't the same, but with this recipe you should be able to recapture some of the magic of Japanese ...

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Age Dashi

4th February 2023

Age Dashi

Image by Daremoshiranai In my opinon, cripsy tofu is the best kind of tofu, and you can get a wonderful crisp in an air fryer. To make crispy tofu you will need potato starch and cooking spray. It's really important to drain the tofu, then wrap it in a piece of kitchen roll to absorb any excess water. Mois...

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JET Spotlight : Will Farr

2nd February 2023

JET Spotlight : Will Farr

Dr. Will Farr is an academic, currently a Senior Teaching Associate at Cambridge University, who specializes in autism in education. His career has developed a lot since he was a JET in Tottori in 1998; he sat down with us a discussed some of his best experiences and how it led to his current career.  Will Farr has always been intereste...

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Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023

1st February 2023

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023

we have linked up with the Japan Foundation to give you the chance to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to see a film of your choice as part of their 2023 Touring Film Programme. You have three chances to win: Like the JETAA London Facebook page (if you haven't already) and the promotional post which will appear there. Follo...

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JETAA March 2023 events round up

1st February 2023

JETAA March 2023 events round up

London . .   JETAA London are planning to see Japanese comedian YURIKO KOTANI: KAIJU ABOUT at Soho Theatre on Thursday 23rd March at 8:45pm. BBC New Comedy Award winner, Japanese Londoner Yuriko Kotani, was about to make a change and have a fresh...

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Japanese Chocolate pie recipe

27th November 2022

Japanese Chocolate pie recipe

Photo by: Brisbane falling      Japanese bakeries are filled with light and fluffy cakes that always appeal to those who want a not-so-filling snack between meals. Rarely do you find something so decadent and filling as this recipe.  You may recognise a version of this choco...

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December 2022 event round up

15th November 2022

December 2022 event round up

London . . Join the London chapter on Monday 12th for a night of KFC and Karaoke! We'll be meeting at the Lavender Hill KFC at 18:30, which is a short walk from Clapham Junction station.and after feasting on fried chicken in that time-honoured Japanese tradition, we'll be making our way to the Four Thieves pub for chr...

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Daigaku Imo Recipe

15th November 2022

Daigaku Imo Recipe

photo by taylorandayumi   Also known as Candied Sweet Potato, Daigaku Imo (大学芋) are an inexpensive and tasty dessert. Daigaku Imo, as you might have guessed from the name, has always been pop...

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My Neighbor Totoro, adapted for the stage by Tom Morton-Smith, Review

13th November 2022

My Neighbor Totoro, adapted for the stage by Tom Morton-Smith, Review

The Royal Shakespeare’s production of My Neighbour Totoro (となりのトトロ) is a love letter to Miyazaki’s animation, but realised with puppetry. The stagecraft is simply epic. From the opening animated credits (yes you read that right) with crawling insects to Oki-Totoro and an illuminated Catbus the production is simply brilliant. T...

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JET Spotlight: Gavin Hugh

13th November 2022

JET Spotlight: Gavin Hugh

We recently sat down with JET Alumni Gavin Hugh. Gavin runs his own digital media business called MidgieBite Media, which offers video production, photography, and aerial drone services. They do projects for businesses and charities, as well as events coverage and music videos.   "I've been running my business for around five ye...

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Departing JETs Event Huge Success

6th September 2022

Departing JETs Event Huge Success

Recently, brand new JETs all across the country have been welcomed to leavers events to wish them well before they head off to Japan. The pub where people met in London was packed with outgoing JETs, all chattering excitedly as they found people headed to similar prefectures, swapping experiences, wondering what the future held. The weat...

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JET Alumni Careers Fair 2022

6th September 2022

JET Alumni Careers Fair 2022

The  JET Careers Fair is returning again this year and will take place on 28th September 2022 (11:00 to 16:30 BST), in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in the UK and Japan Local Government Centre (CLAIR in London). Whether you are looking for information on finding a job after returning to the UK, or just want to kee...

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Sushi Me Rolling: Restaurant review

9th August 2022

Sushi Me Rolling: Restaurant review

Sushi Me Rolling is a Cosy Newcastle restaurant that serves delightful pun-based, fusion dishes. They have two locations, one in the centre of Newcastle and the other on the coast in Whitley Bay.  Whilst the set meals aren't exactly traditional; they do offer some exciting and delicious dishes that cater to a wider audience than traditi...

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Japan and UK to collaborate on Aerospace

7th August 2022

Japan and UK to collaborate on Aerospace

The annual international Farnborough airshow was held from 18-22 July 2022. Professionals across the aerospace industry discussed future plans for aerospace, ranging from Low-emission air travel to military defence.  One of the Key takeaways was that the UK government is working towards a deal for Japan to help build the UK’s next-gen...

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JETAA 2022 September Events round up

4th August 2022

JETAA 2022 September Events round up

London . .   JETAA London will be hosting a charity pub quiz in central London on the evening of Thursday October 27th. Compete against teams of up to 6 in order to win prizes, earn the respect of your friends and, most importantly, support a worthwhile cause. Details to follow, so make sure to look out for th...

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JET Spotlight: Sarah Backley

31st July 2022

JET Spotlight: Sarah Backley

I am currently the executive director at the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ). I initially joined the BCCJ in January 2020 as the associate director and began my current position in April of this year.  The BCCJ is a nonprofit organisation based in Tokyo, with a mission to help its member companies and individuals make conne...

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Mochi Cookies recipe

19th May 2022

Mochi Cookies recipe

One thing that I miss about living in Japan is having that Mochi texture in all sorts of other foods. Whilst you can buy mochi at import shops in the UK, there are very few bakeries or restaurants that bake things to have that soft and squidgy texture.  Here is an easy vegan recipe to have that same experience at home. More than just mo...

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JETAA May 2022 Events Round Up

18th May 2022

JETAA May 2022 Events Round Up

National  . .   ​​​There will be national event this summer that everyone is encouraged to go to. The North West chapter will be hosting a Matsuri at Tatton Park (Knutsford WA16 6SG) 

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New Committee members elected at AGM

18th May 2022

New Committee members elected at AGM

We had our AGM in March and had a lot of new faces taking over JETAA Roles. Ryan Keeble, previously head of the London chapter, is now the National chair. You can read his thoughts here. Joining him is Kay Webber, taking over as national treasurer. The...

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Interview with the Director for Space Education at JAXA

20th May 2022

Interview with the Director for Space Education at JAXA

  Dr. Tomoko Lisa Kate Kitagawa (who usually goes by kate) is the newly appointed director of the Space Education office of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. She helps inspire students from Nursery to High school to get interested in the cosmos, as well as organise events for adults. In the past she has also been a writer, histori...

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JET Spotlight: Michael Rivera King

10th May 2022

JET Spotlight: Michael Rivera King

I currently serve as CEO of Ashinaga Association in the UK. Ashinaga Foundation is one of Japan's largest charities and has supported over 110,000 students who have lost one or both parents. Ashinaga UK was established in 2017 and registered as a charity as 2019. We predominantly support the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. This program aims to recru...

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QUAD to hold JAPAN FEST a celebration of Japanese culture in July

8th May 2022

QUAD to hold JAPAN FEST a celebration of Japanese culture in July

QUAD in Derby will hold a celebration of Japanese culture in June. Japan Fest is a brand-new event organised by Otaku World in association with QUAD. Besides Anime film screenings there will be performances of Kendō, Japanese drummers and a Japanese Folk dancer and sin...

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Nikujaga recipe

12th February 2022

Nikujaga recipe

Meat or quorn- 200g  Potatoes - 5  Carrot - 2  Onion - 1  Dashi powder - 1tbsp  Sugar - 3tbsp  Mirin - 3tbsp  Soy sauce - 3tbsp  Sake - 3tbsp First, peel and chop your potatoes into quarters. Then chop your carrots and onions into large chunks too. Cook all the vegetables in...

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Japanese Pancake Recipe

12th February 2022

Japanese Pancake Recipe

image by Ma Shimaro Pancake day is one of the most fun and universally loved UK holidays. When I was in Japan, Japanese people loved to hear about the holiday and always wanted to have a go at joining in with the cooking (or just the eating). If you're not be able to introduce pancake day to Japanese students this year, why n...

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Review: Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan

12th February 2022

Review: Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan is a fascinating and exciting documentary series about the unification of Japan.    Netflix has gathered a large group of historians from Japan, the UK, and America to tell the tale of the Nobunaga and the feudal lord's who used his conquest to try and gain power for themselves. One of...

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JET Spotlight : Lesley Downer

30th January 2022

JET Spotlight : Lesley Downer

Please give us a brief introduction to who you are and what you do I’m a writer, historian, speaker and occasional broadcaster, focussing on Japan, and also a freelance journalist with a much wider brief. I’ve written some 14 books on Japan and fronted two television programmes on 

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Get Involved With A Variety Of Roles At JETAA

6th February 2022

Get Involved With A Variety Of Roles At JETAA

JETAA UK is a volunteer organisation, and thus we depend on people getting involved to keep things running.  Every March, at our AGM, we vote for who will take each role. Anyone can run for any role, but some roles are going to become vacant soon.   Each chapter has at least a Chairman and a Treasurer. These roles require ...

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The royal collection of Japanese artefacts to go on display at Buckingham Palace

2nd December 2021

The royal collection of Japanese artefacts to go on display at Buckingham Palace

Japan and the UK are united in their status as constitutional monarchies. Whatever your opinion on the royal families in modern times, they were profoundly crucial in history.    The relationship between the British and Japanese royals informed the relationships between the two nations. The first official contact between them w...

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