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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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Certificate and Diploma in Communicative Japanese Course at SOAS

22nd August 2017

Certificate and Diploma in Communicative Japanese Course at SOAS

The Diploma in Communicative Japanese programme at SOAS Language Centre in London is designed to prepare students with no previous knowledge of Japanese to live and work in an Japanese-speaking environment. Rohit Gupit-"My first experience with Japanese was as a language te...

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JET Pre-Departure Events in the North West

27th July 2017

JET Pre-Departure Events in the North West

On June 3rd and 16th JETAA North West held get-togethers in Liverpool and Manchester respectively for those in the area who were due to go out on JET this summer.  We invited alumni along to give advice from their first hand experience of Japan.

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Tanabata and Edo Pop in Liverpool

27th July 2017

Tanabata and Edo Pop in Liverpool

On July 8th a Tanabata festival was held at The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.  Volunteers from the Japan Society...

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Spotlight: Jayne Joso

6th July 2017

Spotlight: Jayne Joso

What inspired you to join the JET Programme? When I was about 12, I fell in love with a book of short stories by Angela Carter called Fireworks, which were based on her time living in Japan between 1969 and 1971. I vowed that when I was grown up I would go and live in Japan. At university, I heard about the JET ...

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Save the date: Careers Seminar 2017

6th July 2017

Save the date: Careers Seminar 2017

JETAA UK is organising its next annual careers seminar in central London, on 6th October, 2017. This year we will have an exhibition space for employers seeking JET alumni. These employers could be Japanese or non-Japanese companies looking for high-quality candidates with international experience. The primary goal of the event i...

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Japanese Food, Music Set for Cotswold Ekiden

6th July 2017

Japanese Food, Music Set for Cotswold Ekiden

Discount for JETAA participants On 3rd September, 2017, one of Japan's most popular sports, the ekiden or relay race, will come to the Cotswolds. Participants will follow an undulating, multi-terrain course through beautiful English countryside in the grounds of Sudeley Castle, each running 5.5km (3.42 miles). Cotswolds...

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Rural Japan Comes to UK Screens

6th July 2017

Rural Japan Comes to UK Screens

In recent months, there have been lots of programmes broadcast in the UK from rural regions of Japan. The presenters have visited places well off the beaten track that we, as ex-JETs, probably know very well from our experiences in Japan but are unfortunately not so familiar among the British public. JETAA UK is delighted that these programmes m...

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Society Deal for JET Alumni

6th July 2017

Society Deal for JET Alumni

The Japan Society, the leading independent body in the UK dedicated to enhancing the British-Japanese relationship, is offering JET alumni discounted membership for one year on their return to the UK. The Japan Society has some 1,000 members, both individual and corporate, of whom 50% are Japanese.  Its varied events programme provides ...

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JET Spotlight: Jeremy Sanderson

6th July 2017

JET Spotlight: Jeremy Sanderson

Long-term Japan resident Jeremy Sanderson has had a passion for Japanese language and culture since his youth. After studying Japanese at university, a spell as a CIR on the JET Programme seemed the natural next step in his Japan experience and, after getting settled, he now calls Japan his home. He told Jetlag about his adven...

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Putting Wales on the Map in Japan

6th July 2017

Putting Wales on the Map in Japan

JET alum supports inbound tourism Following a JETAA UK promotion in February about an opportunity for someone with a connection to Wales to showcase the nation’s walking gems, Rachel McCrystal couldn’t wait to put herself forward.

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Chapter Roundup: North West

4th July 2017

Chapter Roundup: North West

Spring 2017 update Greetings! Since April, I have noticed more alumni coming to events and getting involved in the North West. I have been thrilled to see our events attracting new faces and enabling ex-JETs to get together. Our pre-departure events for new JETs were particularly popular. Indeed, they w...

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Chapter Roundup: Scotland

4th July 2017

Chapter Roundup: Scotland

Spring 2017 update On the 23rd of June, committee member, James Gamgee, ran a day of activities at North Berwick Law Primary School. Through activities and demonstrations, the children learnt about and experienced Japanese culture. More information and photos are coming soon! Our annual pre-departure BBQ was held on Saturday 1s...

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Chapter Roundup: London

4th July 2017

Chapter Roundup: London

Spring 2017 update The London chapter has continued to hold at least one social event for members per month this year. With pub quizzes, karaoke and book clubs we have aimed to offer events for everyone. Events over the last few months include: Pub socials A pub quiz (at which we raised £100 for charity)

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Chapter Roundup: Midlands

4th July 2017

Chapter Roundup: Midlands

Spring 2017 update In June, we met up with some of the outgoing JETs living in the Midlands area at the Nottingham Contemporary Arts Cafe and spent a couple of hours chatting about Japan and sharing our experiences. We are also hoping to meet up over the summer and link up with the Leicester Japan Group. Our chapter mai...

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