2018


July 22: Natsu Matsuri 2018 – Japanese Summer Culture Day

Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Marion Dewer Plaza City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1)

Thank you for joining us! See you next year!


March 18: JETAA Ottawa Board Games Day @ The Loft

Date: Sunday, March 18, 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!


March 14 & 21: The Japanese Film and Literature Society Events

Film: Rashomon
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Movie Screening
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Auditorium
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Book: In A Grove (Ryunosuke Akutagawa)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Movie & Book Discussion
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Room
6:00pm to 8:00pm


February 17: JETAA Ottawa Japanese Potluck Event

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
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!


January 16 & 23: Past Films – The Japanese Film and Literature Society presents: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Film: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Movie Screening
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Auditorium
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Book: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Book/Movie discussion
Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe St.) Basement Room B125
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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.


January 19: Welcome Back Reception and 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme Networking Event

Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 (RSVP by or before January 9)
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Where: Ambassador of Japan’s Residence (725 Acacia Avenue, Rockcliffe Park)
Cost: Free to our members

JETAA Ottawa’s annual networking event co-hosted with the Embassy of Japan’s Welcome Back Reception for our most newly returned alumni. Tickets limited to JET alum, one per person.