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


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

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.



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!




Due to the current public health situation, the JETAA Ottawa Japanese Classes for alumni are cancelled effective from March 16, 2020

For updates regarding the situation and the possible continuation of the classes, 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.

Are you a JETAA member looking to continue your Japanese language learning journey? Come join your fellow JETAA members and study with us with a professional, native Japanese teacher.

The next period will be from February 4 to March 24, 2020.

The format remains the same with a focus on Beginner to Intermediate skills from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Upper-Intermediate+ from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Who: Limited to JET Alumni
Date: Every Tuesday from February 4, 2020 to March 24, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Breather Room, 78 George St Ottawa (Byward Market)
Cost: Free
RSVP: Sign up below!


***Limited to JET alumni and plus-ones.***

Come escape the cold with us over board games at The Loft. With hundreds of games to choose from, including the very latest releases, you’re guaranteed to have a blast!

We’ll be taking a break for dinner and meeting up at Popstar Karaoke at 7 PM for another round of shenanigans. We’ve got the big room booked for two hours so everyone will have time to shine!

Board Game Day
Where: The Loft Board Game Lounge (2nd Floor, 14 Waller St)
When: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (or as late as they let us stay!)

Karaoke Night
Where: Popstar Karaoke (382 Rideau)
When: 7:00 – 10:00

RSVP: Register here!


The Welcome Back Social is a fun and casual get-together for newly returned or new-to-Ottawa JETs and other alumni! Come join us for good food, conversations and company! We’re also planning a karaoke session after from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.!

When: October 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: C’est Japon à Suisha ( 208 Slater St.)
RSVP: Please make sure to register on Eventbrite for either the dinner, the karaoke, or both!