**UPDATE:
Due to the weather report being rainy on May 19th, the EVENT DATE HAS BEEN MOVED to May 26th. Thanks for understanding!

Every year across the country Japan, from the months of February to May, cherry blossoms begin to see first bloom. Families, couples, and friends alike gather under the shade of the cherry blossom trees to celebrate the arrival of spring with food and drink, a tradition known as 「花見」 or flower viewing. Though we don't have our fair share of cherry blossoms here in Ottawa, that won't dissuade us from having a little flower viewing get-together of our own!

Come join JETAA Ottawa for a wonderful Saturday afternoon flower viewing and pleasant conversation with the option of a sushi lunch! Be sure to bring a tarp, picnic blanket, or foldable chairs to make sure you're comfortable. We also encourage you to bring snacks, board games, frisbees, or any other activities suitable for a spring picnic.

We will meet at Dunton Tower at 12:30 PM
 and make our way to the Fletcher Wildlife Garden at 12:45 PM. If you arrive after 1:00 PM, please give our president Brandon a call (613 979-6417) and we will direct you to our gathering spot at Fletcher Wildlife garden.

➞ Eventbrite - click here to RSVP for the May Hanami Event, and if you wish, order a lunch set

➞ Facebook Event page - sign up on Facebook for event updates

Note that each lunch sets include a green salad and miso soup. All prices include taxes and delivery (note that Eventbrite also charges a nominal extra fee for paid tickets.) Vegetarian options also available upon request.

Date: Saturday, May 19th 2018 DATE MOVED: May 26th, 2018
Time (Meet-up Point): 12:30pm
Where (Meet-up Point): Dunton Tower, Carleton University Campus
Time (Event): 12:45pm
Where (Event): Fletcher Wildlife Garden (917 Sherwood Dr, Ottawa, ON K2C 3R6, Canada)
Cost: $0 to attend, $0 to $14.99 for lunch sets (see the Eventbrite link to order)

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Attendees of all ages, shapes, sizes, colors, limb counts, and fingernail lengths are welcome!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The meeting spot will be at Dunton Tower at 12:30 PM on Carleton University campus. After a few of us have gathered, we'll make our way into the park around 12:45 PM. The closest bus station is Carleton U (5 min walk) or Heron / Heron Bridge (12 min walk), and the closest O-Train Station is Carleton (6 min walk).

A variety of parking options are available at Carleton University campus for a fee.

If you arrive after 1:00 PM, please call Brandon and we will guide you to the gathering spot! (613) 979-6417

What should I bring to the event?

We recommend you bring a tarp or picnic blanket to sit on, as well as water or juice to stay hydrated. Of course, snacks and games are also a great idea.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to email the event coordinator at events@jetaaottawa.ca or contact us on our Facebook page.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

If you order a lunch set with us, please bring either a screenshot of your ticket confirmation or a printed ticket to make sure you get your food!

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We are pleased to announce that preparations are well underway for our annual Natsu Matsuri event, a celebration of Japanese culture and the summer season. Come and join us and enjoy a variety of tasty food, watch performers such as dancers, musicians and martial-artists, and discover Japanese culture with our many exhibitor booths.

This year`s performers and participating organizations will be updated in the months leading up to the event, so please check back on the website or social media to stay informed of all the exciting fun.

Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
Time: 11am - 4pm
Location: Marion Dewer Plaza City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1)

We`re looking forward to seeing you there!

 

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Our annual cooking class is soon! This is a very popular event every year and space is on a first come, first served basis.

Come join us for an afternoon of educational culinary excitement and Japanese food-tasting! On the menu for this year: oyakodon and sukiyaki. JET alumni and former JETAA President Alex Svetlovsky will be leading the class. This is a ticketed, limited-attendance event, so please be sure to snag your ticket ASAP!

Tickets Available Here

Date: Saturday, April 28th 2018
Time: from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: The Booth Mansion / Laurentian Leadership Centre (252 Metcalfe St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1R3)
Cost: $5

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Thank you everyone for coming out to make the JETAA’s February potluck event a smashing success! For our second event of the year, we’d thought we’d mix things up with a dice roll or two at Ottawa’s own THE LOFT Board Game lounge! Come join us Sunday afternoon for some fun and games with friends!

If this sounds like something you’d want in on, please click “going” on the Facebook events page and fill out this form below to let us know a little more about you.

Facebook Event Page

Form for Board Games Day @ The Loft – fill out if attending the event

Date: Sunday, March 18th 2018
Time: from 1:30pm to wherever the night takes us!
Where: The Loft Board Game Lounge (2nd Floor, 14 Waller St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C4)
What to Bring: $6 for the Loft’s Stay-and-Play charge. The Loft also offers drinks and food, so keep that in mind if you plan join in on the fun for a few hours!

Hope to see you all there!

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The Japanese Film and Literature Society presents:
Rashomon

Film: Rashomon
Wednesday, March 14th 2018
Movie Screening
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Auditorium
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Book: In A Grove (Ryunosuke Akutagawa)
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Movie & Book Discussion
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Room
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Film Description:
Rashomon was Akira Kurosawa’s 11th film as a director and his international breakthrough. The story, based on short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, features a horrible crime which is told through various conflicting points of view, raising questions about the nature of truth.  In feudal Japan, three men sheltering from a storm discuss an incident where a bandit raped a woman whose husband then somehow died. The film’s innovative narrative structure recounts that incident from four differing viewpoints.

More upcoming films/books:

Film: Kwaidan
Tues. May 16, 2018
Book: Kwaidan (Lafcadio Hearn)
Tues. May 23, 2018

Film: Norwegian Wood
Tues. July 18, 2018
Book: Norwegian Wood (Haruiki Murakami)
Tues. July 25

Film: The Remains of the Day
Tues. Sept. 12, 2018
Book: The Remains of the Day (Kenzaburo Oe)
Tues. Sept. 19

Film: Paprika
Tues. Oct. 17, 2018
Book: Paprika (Yasutaka Tsusui)
Tues. Oct. 24

Film: Silence
Tues. Dec. 12, 2018
Book: Silence (Shusaku Endo)
Tues. Dec. 18

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