March Event: JETAA Ottawa Board Games Day @ The Loft
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!
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!
The Japanese Film and Literature Society presents:
Wednesday, March 14th 2018
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
February Event: JETAA Ottawa Japanese Potluck Event
Come one, come all, to JETAA Ottawa's first official event for 2018!
This year, we'd like to kick off the mid-winter fun with some delicious eats and delightful company. After the gustatory festivities, we'll also have karaoke and pool set up if you'd like to join in!
Some ideas include: gyoza, sushi, takoyaki, karaage, tempura, tsukemono, katsu curry, and more! There will be a small kitchen area (no oven) and microwave available for use, as well. But, if you're not particularly skilled in the kitchen, not to fret--you could always bring some chuhais, bottled tea, or Pocky!
Date: Saturday, February 17th
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: Central 2 Building Party Room, 360 McLeod St.
To access the entrance, take the elevator to the second floor and turn left.
Cost: Free, but please bring (Japanese-style) food!
Past Films - The Japanese Film and Literature Society presents:
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Film: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Tuesday, January 16th 2018
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Auditorium
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Book: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Tuesday, January 23rd 2018
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Room B125
6:00pm to 8:00pm
More upcoming films/books:
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
Tues. Oct. 17, 2018
Book: Paprika (Yasutaka Tsusui)
Tues. Oct. 24
Tues. Dec. 12, 2018
Book: Silence (Shusaku Endo)
Tues. Dec. 18
Film and Book Description:
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a 1985 American biographical drama film co-written and directed by Paul Schrader. The film is based on the life and work of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima (portrayed by Ken Ogata), interweaving episodes from his life with dramatizations of segments from his books The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. It was executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. Movie Trailer
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, celebrated Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima creates a haunting portrait of a young man’s obsession with idealized beauty and his destructive quest to possess it fully.
Mizoguchi, an ostracized stutterer, develops a childhood fascination with Kyoto’s famous Golden Temple. While an acolyte at the temple, he fixates on the structure’s aesthetic perfection and it becomes his one and only object of desire. But as Mizoguchi begins to perceive flaws in the temple, he determines that the only true path to beauty lies in an act of horrific violence. Based on a real incident that occurred in 1950, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion brilliantly portrays the passions and agonies of a young man in postwar Japan, bringing to the subject the erotic imagination and instinct for the dramatic moment that marked Mishima as one of the towering makers of modern fiction. With an introduction by Donald Keene; Translated from the Japanese by Ivan Morris.
Welcome Back Reception and 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme Networking Event
Date: Friday, January 19th
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Where: Ambassador of Japan's Residence (725 Acacia Avenue, Rockcliffe Park)
Cost: Free to our members
Our next event is our Welcome Back Reception and 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme Networking Event!
JETAA Ottawa's annual networking event will be co-hosted with the Embassy of Japan's Welcome Back Reception for our most newly returned alumni. Join us for a lovely evening of Japanese food, drinks, and networking.
~~~ Deadline to RSVP was January 9th ~~~
Tickets limited to JET alum, one per person.
Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Practice
We are offering anyone in the Ottawa-Gatineau area a chance to practice their Japanese and gage their level of profiency. It's Free!
Date: Sunday, November 19th
Location: University of Ottawa, Social Science Building, (120 University) Room: 7035,
We're offering various levels for students with different Japanese proficiency, ranging from N5 (easiest) to N2 (more difficult).
The times for the different levels are:
N5, 5:45 pm- 8pm
We will be providing all needed materials, all you need is a pencil and eraser.
At the end of the test, we will hand out the answer sheets to everyone, and there will be some time to discuss particually difficult questions as a group.
Please reserve you place by filling in our google form here:
The JLPT is offically adminstered by the Japan Foundation, via approved institutions around the world. As the closest official JLPT for people in our area is in Toronto, we're planning this test as an unofficial practice of the JLPT.
More info on the JLPT here:
JETAA Ottawa Social
Date: Friday Oct. 20th 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Mu Goong Hwa Garden at 376 Rideau St.
Join us for a casual night of Korean food followed by karaoke!
We will be making a reservation, so if you plan on attending, please email Brandon Wallace - email@example.com
Due to group size limitations, this event is only open to JET Programme Alumni + Significant Others
Kingston Boat Cruise + Fort Henry
Date: Weekend of September 16th-17th, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Kingston waterfront, Kingston
Hello JETAA members in Ontario and Quebec! We’re having our 2nd annual Kingston Ontario inter-chapter event on Saturday, Sept. 16th, and we would love for you to come out!
This is a joint initiative between JETAA Ottawa, Toronto, and JETAA Quebec Atlantique, with the goal of bringing our chapters closer together, and giving the opportunity to JETs alums from Ontario and Quebec to meet-up and network in a central location!
We have a tentative schedule as follows:
11:30: Meet at the Kingston waterfront!
12:00pm: Board the BOAT for the BOAT CRUISE!
12:30-3:30pm: Cruise the Thousand Islands in paddle-wheeler style
3:30: Head to the historic Fort Henry for dinner on the battlements
After that: Whatever the night brings (There may be a non-officially sanctioned Air B&B - Contact your chapter head for more details (Brandon Wallace - JETAA Ottawa, Clarissa Marie - Toronto, Ugo Jose Lachapelle - Montreal)
Cost: The boat cruise will be $31.40/person if we can get at least 20 people. If we are less than 20, it will be $40/person. Last year we exceeded 20 people. Let's go for gold again this year! This is a reduced Group Rate. Normally it costs $46! RSVP and pay via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kingston-boat-cruise-dinner-at-fort-henry-tickets-37228231643
Members of JETAA Ottawa may be arranging cars to drive people to and from Kingston, so if you're able to host a car, or you're looking for a ride let us know on the Facebook Event page.
Celebrate summer and Japanese culture with us! The Natsu-Matsuri is a summer festival held throughout Japan, and we're organizing one in the heart of Ottawa!
Come and enjoy some food, watch performers such as dancers, musicians and martial-artists, and discover Japanese culture with our many exhibitor booths.
Date: Sunday, July 23rd 2017
Location: Mooney's Bay, Ottawa
Want to be even more involved in the Natsu-Matsuri? Sign up as a volunteer! We need help at each of the festival stations throughout the day, as well as preparations. If you aren't free all day, you can volunteer based on your schedule.
Hanami and Sushi Picnic
Date: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Meeting spot: Dunton Tower on the Carleton University campus (directions)
RSVP: REQUIRED (RSVP HERE)
Join us in enjoying the Japanese tradition of having a picnic under the beautiful blossoming trees during spring! Everyone is welcome, including friends and family of JET alumni.
The picnic will be in the arboretum, a large 26 hector park, located between Prince of Wales Drive and the Rideau Canal, with a lot of open space. It has over 1,700 of different kinds of shrubs and trees from all over the world – including the famous Japanese cherry blossom trees! We will meet at the Carleton University campus at Dunton Tower and then walk over to the Hanami Picnic area.
This is a bring-your-own-food/drinks event, but we are also taking orders for Sushi Fresh!
To order sushi:
Note: Tax is not included in these prices, so please factor that in when you make your order.
2) When you RSVP to the Hanami Picnic, there will be a space to enter your order.
3) Bring your payment to the Hanami Picnic. We will have your sushi ready for you!
We look forward to welcoming spring with you under the spring blossoms!
Japanese Cooking Class
Saturday, April 29th
11am to 3pm
Location: Laurentian Leadership Centre Of Trinity Western University, 252 Metcalfe Street [directions]
JETAA Ottawa will be holding our annual Japanese Cooking Class! This year we will be making delicious Okonomiyaki (Japanese ‘savoury pancake’/omelette), and matcha (green tea) flavoured ice cream!
This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. Registration is required! Participation is limited and first-come first-serve, so be sure to sign up now!
JETAA Canal Skate and Winterlude 2017
Saturday, February 11th
Open event for all Ottawa alumni, family and friends in downtown Ottawa!
We will be meeting at 2:00PM by the fountain at Confederation Park to first take a look at the Winterlude sculptures.
For those who just want to ice skate on the Rideau Canal and eat BeaverTails, or have gotten lost/sidetracked with the sculptures, we'll be meeting at 3:00PM at the Rental Hut for skates.
The event should wrap up around 5:00PM.
After parties are expected (dinner, drinks, karaoke).
***JETAA Ottawa will be offering free skate rentals ($16.00 + deposit) to any alumni or guest without their own skates, as long as they register using the Google Form before 12:00PM on Saturday, February 11th (this is on a limited first-come, first-serve basis). https://drive.google.com/
Board Game Night
Saturday, March 25th
The Loft Board Game Lounge
14 Waller St, 2nd floor
Cost: $5.50/person 'Stay and Play' fee
Come join us for a fun afternoon of games, food and drink. Last year's event was a blast and we're hoping to have just as much fun this year. Don't worry if you don't know any games, as the staff are great at explaining everything. Just show up at 3pm at 14 Waller Street and head upstairs.
You can also order food and drinks. Check out the The Loft website (http://www.theloftlounge.ca/) to see their menu and to get an idea of the games available (basically everything)
This event is open to everyone, please RSVP to give us an idea of numbers: firstname.lastname@example.org