July 26: Virtual Book Club: “Kitchen” by Yoshimoto Banana

JETAA Ottawa is hosting its 2nd Virtual Book Club via Zoom.

We will be reading and discussing Yoshimoto Banana’s highly acclaimed novella “Kitchen.” Friends and family of JET Programme Alumni are encouraged to join (regardless of location in the world)!

Feel free to read the book in any language or format, but the discussions will be held in English. 

*Should there be excessive interest groups will be capped and other date(s)/time(s) may be arranged.

Date: Sunday July 26, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Digitally on Zoom (link to be shared at a later date)

Register on Eventbrite to join!

About the book and how to read it:

More about the book: here!

Ottawa Public Library Availability: here!

Chapters/Indigo: here!

Amazon: here!


MAY 9: Virtual Book Club: Haruki Murakami – Kafka on the Shore

JETAA Ottawa is hosting its first ever virtual book club!

Join this physical distancing-friendly event where we’ll be reading Haruki Murakami’s classic novel “Kafka on the Shore”. You can feel free to read it in any language or format, but the discussions will be held in English. 

This book club will be hosted on Zoom and led by veteran book-club alumnus and JETAA Ottawa Vice-President Brandon Wallace (Hyogo 2011-2013). This event is open to all JET alumni as well as friends and family of alumni! 

Date: Saturday May 9, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Digitally on Zoom (link to be shared at a later date) 

Check out the Facebook event page for the latest details!


Important Announcement: Japanese Language Classes Cancellation

Due to the current public health situation, the JETAA Ottawa Japanese Classes for alumni are cancelled effective immediately.

For updates regarding the situation and the possible continuation of the classes once the situation changes, be sure to check our social media pages or our website. Please rest assured that we place the health and safety of our members and community first.

Thank you for your understanding.


TBA: Natsu Matsuri

The 16th Annual Natsu Matsuri event, a celebration of Japanese culture and the summer season. Enjoy a variety of tasty food, amazing performers, and discover Japanese culture with our exhibitor booths.

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: Marion Dewer Plaza City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa)


JETAA Ottawa has a paid opportunity open to all JET Alumni to design the 2020 Natsu Matsuri poster! If you are interested, please submit concepts of the poster by May 31, 2020. Please send all questions and submissions to vicepresident@jetaaottawa.ca


If your Japan-related organisation or group would like to take part in this year’s exciting edition of Natsu Matsuri, please contact JETAA Ottawa at specialevents@jetaaottawa.ca

To learn more about Natsu Matsuri, its history and goals, check out the general Natsu Matsuri page

For previous Natsu Matsuri pages, please consult the links below.



March 6: Live, Work, Study in Japan!

Enjoy Japanese food and drink while sharing your JET experience with members of the public to promote the JET Programme! The attendance of as many JET Alumni as possible is highly desired in order to share as much information about JET as possible with the public. This is your chance to mingle with potential applicants in an informal networking environment!

Alumni from the MEXT Scholarship Program and Working Holiday Visa will also be present. The event is free and complimentary food and drinks will be served!

Doors open at 5:30pm. Please arrive before 6pm, when the presentations about the programs will begin.

The Embassy of Japan does not have public parking available. If you require parking, you may check adjacent residential streets for space. The number 9 bus stops in front of the Embassy.

Feel free to be dressed comfortably; professional or formal attire is not required. 

**If you find you will be unavailable to attend this event, we kindly ask that you cancel your Eventbrite ticket so that others on our waitlist may be able to attend. Please note that each guest only requires one ticket (in one category) to attend the entire event.**

Date: March 6, 2020
Time: From 6 PM to 8 PM
Location: The Embassy of Japan (255 Sussex Drive)
RSVP: Register on Eventbrite HERE

Click here to see the full flyer!