June 9 to July 28: JETAA Ottawa Japanese Classes (online)

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 June 9 to July 28, 2020.

The classes will be held online on Tuesdays. The format remains the same with a focus on Beginner to Intermediate skills from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Upper-Intermediate+ from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT ALUMNI WHO DO NOT SUBSCRIBE USING THIS FORM WILL NOT BE CONTACTED, AND THEREFORE WILL BE UNABLE TO JOIN. Please register only if you intend to attend. If you are unsure about your willingness or ability to attend, please refrain from registering. You can contact us later if you change your mind.

Who: Limited to JET Alumni
Date: Every Tuesday from June 9, 2020 to July 28, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Google Hangouts OR Google Classroom (you will be contacted prior to the first lesson)
Cost: Free
RSVP: You must register below to be able to attend.



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.