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Get excited, it's drawing nearer! Join us for our 14th 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 are being announced as we confirm them, 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)

Please check out the Performance Schedule below to see all the exciting fun planned!


We`re looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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Senpai-Kohai Pub Night

Our annual Senpai-Kohai Pub Night is upon us. It's a prime time to get the real wisdom from the JET alumni who have gone before you. It's not just the alcohol, but also great advice that will pour out freely, as you prepare to embark on your Japan journey! Of course non-alcoholic delicious beverages and great pub food will also be enjoyed.

Current JET Alumni, put on your best senpai smile (or smirk) and see off the starry-eyed out-going JET's.

The pub night will be held immediately following the out-going JET Orientation on Sunday, July 15th at Wasabi Sushi Bar [link to their site] (41 Clarence St. Ottawa) at 5:30pm. (please note the change of venue and time)

Check out the Facebook event page here!

Who?: Outgoing 2018 JET Participants and JET Alumni
Date: Sunday, July 15th, 2018 at 41 Clarence St. at 5:30pm
Time: 5:30pm onwards (changed from previously 4:30pm)
Where: Wasabi Sushi Bar [link to their site] (41 Clarence St. Ottawa) (changed from the Earl of Sussex)

2017 JET Alumni sending their kohai off on their Japan adventure

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To all new JET participants! The JET Survival Cooking Class at the Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) is coming up! It’s closed to outgoing JETs (apologies to any community members). We plan to have about 4-5 food stations which are led by alumni, and introduce how to make easy Japanese dishes such as onigiri, miso soup, curry rice, etc, to familiarize yourself with your new food reality when you arrive in Japan.
Who?: Outgoing 2018 JET Participants (and volunteer JET Alumni)
Date: Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) (252 Metcalfe St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1R3, Canada)
Hope to see you there!
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**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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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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