JETAA Autumn events roundup 2019

14th October 2019

JETAA Autumn events roundup 2019

This section of the newsletter is designed to be a guide to the range of upcoming JETAA UK events right across the country, coordinated by active Chapters in London, the Midlands, the North West and Scotland. Some individual chapter updates and news are also included. Enjoy! Find all contact details on the About section of the website. 


Following a bustling nijikai after the 'welcome back' reception, karaoke is the next thing on the agenda for JETAA London. Expected to be on Friday 22 November for around £15, please await final details or get in touch with Carly. Limited places expected to fill up fast! 

Early in the new year, a combined AGM and shinnenkai are also in the works! 


Several events follow the launch of the Derbyshire-Japan Season of Culture, co-organised by JETAA Midlands. These include 'Ghosts and Demons' – a touring exhibition of striking Japanese prints from the Ashmolean Museum which have rarely been seen in public – and 'Powerful Nature' – an exhibition of Japanese watercolours, prints and exhibits from Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Find more of the upcoming events on Derbyshire County Council's website

North West

Chair's Greeting and Message

Autumn greetings from JETAA North West! Hopefully this message finds you well and everyone had a good summer. JETAA NW had a quiet one. However, we look to be more active as we move into autumn and winter. At the beginning of September, we collaborated with Japan Society North West to bring members an afternoon of Rakugo (video here), which was well-received. Don’t worry if you missed out though, we have another collaboration coming up in November to give members the chance to experience Minyo, traditional Japanese folksong, and we also plan to welcome JET returnees back to the UK with an afternoon of Japanese cinema too. Friends, family, and those interested in Japan are also always welcome so do bring some people along to our next event as you’re sure to have a fantastic time with us.

I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in JETAA NW events so far this year, the pre-departure events being particularly successful. After meeting outgoing JETs in both the North West and in London, I was lucky enough to also meet up with some of them in Japan this summer. They seemed to have fitted into JET life very well and thanked JETAA UK for the support in making their transition a smooth one. I am delighted to have confirmation that JETAA is working and feel motivated to continue to support both JETs and alumni throughout the UK and in Japan also. As mentioned earlier, we have put together some great collaborations and fantastic new events for the remainder of the year. You are bound to find something to suit you so please do join us in making more wonderfully fun memories together.

Upcoming Events:

DokiDoki Festival - JETAA NW stall 
Date: 9-10 November
Venue: Sugden Sports Centre, Manchester
Blurb: ETAA NW will have a stall at the annual festival held in Manchester.  With everything from Taiko to karate, talks on Japanese culture to cosplay competitions, and craft, manga, and food stalls, there is something for everyone at this festival. 
More information:

Minyo Workshop
Date: 23 November (time TBC)
Venue: Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester
Blurb: JETAA NW are collaborating with Japan Society North West and SOAS University of London to give participants the opportunity to learn Japanese folksong and try their hands at playing traditional instruments.
RSVP: Corrina  - 

JET Returnees Event and Bonenkai
Date: 1 December
Blurb: JETAA NW invites alumni and returnee JETs alike to join us for a day trip to Altrincham to see the Japanese film ‘Good Morning’ (Director Yasujiro Ozu, 1959). We will follow this with a meal to begin the end of year festivities. Time and place to be decided.
Details of the film are on the film festival website:
RSVP: Caroline -


From the Chair

Monthly Socials:

We have been enjoying some nice Japanese food in our joint socials with Nihongo Connection, a group for Japanese language students, founded by JETAA's Jessica Brown, who meet the same night that we do and then join us for dinner. We get a nice 10% discount and complimentary mochi with ice cream from Maki and Ramen (because I asked, so worth asking).

Sake Tasting:

On 13 September we visited Andamiro for great Japanese food and a sake tasting. The sake (six bottles!) was generously provided by the Consul General in Edinburgh. We invited The Japan Society of Scotland and Edinburgh Japanese Students Society. The sake was really great and we tried them all. Korean chef and owner Youngsook Park at Andamiro provided free okonomiyaki and Korean pancakes. It was a great night.

See also the writeup of Fuji Fest – a series of JETAA Scotland-organised events for primary school children, including everything from taiko to manga to sushi making.

Upcoming Events: 

We are looking forward to our end of year bonenkai, and another two monthly socials, the second of which will be followed by karaoke. You can find out about all of our events on our Facebook page.

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