Florida JETAA

2014 Florida JETAA Annual Bonenkai

Posted by President

Dear JETAA members,

It's that time of the year for our annual JETAA Bonenkai!

This year's JETAA Bonenkai will be once again held at Sekita-san's restaurant, Koume in Plantation (just outside of Miami). Sekita-san was once the former JET coordinator for the Japanese Consulate and helped many of us get into the JET program. He makes delicious food and is an awesome host!

The agenda is to network and meet new and old JET alumni and build a stronger JETAA community in Florida to foster cultural exchange with the US and Japan.

This will be a pre-set meal of $20 per person, which involves several courses: soup, salad, appetizers, sushi, other dishes and desert. That is a lot of food for that amount of money especially since Japanese food is so expensive. Each year, he surprises us with a unique menu.

The cost of drinks and tip are not included into the deal, so that would be paid separately by you.

Location: Koume Japanese Restaurant

11905 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL. 33323
Tel: 954-577-9277
(located in the Petsmart Plaza)

Date: December 20, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 6:15pm

Reserve your spot at: http://floridajetaabonenkai.brownpapertickets.com/

Please RSVP to Wendy. The deadline to RSVP is Dec. 13th. Tell us if you are bringing a guest. Purchasing a ticket secures your spot for the event. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies you must inform us by Dec 16th or else the restaurant will not be able to accommodate you.

You must pay in advance and you cannot bring a surprise guest the day of the event. Please let us know ahead of time if you are bringing a guest and pay in advance for them as well.

Sekita-san's restaurant is small, so space is limited. He also asks that you arrive on time, because food will be served promptly as scheduled. Think of this as Japan, be on time.
If you RSVP and later cannot make it, please have the courtesy and let us know by Dec. 16th, because once we give the final numbers to Sekita-san we end up paying for the person who doesn't show up. In other words no refunds of your pre-payment. It will be considered as a donation to the FL-JETAA fund.

Hope to see you there!
Wendy Lo
FL-JETAA, S. Florida Regional Rep.
(Toyama, ALT 2002-2005)


New Secretary Appointed!

Posted by President

Hi everyone! Our wonderful secretary Jennifer Garcia just departed to teach English in Spain. In the interim, the board has appointed Keys Region Rep Adriana Jenkins to fill the position for the rest of the terms. The position will be up for election in our January/February elections.

Welcome to the board, Adriana!

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Posted by vice president

To all JET Programme participants returning to Florida this year:
On behalf of the Florida Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (FLJETAA) we would like to welcome you back to the USA and hope you had a great experience while on JET!
We received news from CLAIR that you have returned and we would like to extend an invitation to you to join our community. Below are our links and we hope to hear from you soon. And our "Welcome Back Party" is in the works so if you have time we would love to have you! Take care and if you have any questions feel free to ask!
Florida JETAA Website
JET Alumni Association of Florida (JETAA FL) and Friends
JETAA 2013 Bonenkai
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433986693484452/?ref=4Consulate General of Japan in Miami



Florida JETAA


2014 JET Program Information Sessions

Posted by President

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and the members of the FLJETAA will be hosting info sessions about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program across the State of Florida.

***The schedule is subject to change, so please double check with the University to verify dates and times.***

SCHEDULE UPDATED: Sept 20th, 2014

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and the members of the FLJETAA will be hosting info sessions about the Japan Exchange and Teaching(JET) Program across the State of Florida. The schedule is subject to change, so please double check with the University to verify dates and times.

9/11/2014 University of Tampa 5:00P.M.~5:55 P.M. (Riverside Building)

9/15/2014 Florida State University 6:00 P.M~7:30 P.M. (Diffenbaugh 009)

9/16/2014 University of Florida 1:00 P.M~2:30 P.M. (CSE E220)

9/16/2014 University of Central Florida 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (CSEL Bldg. #140, Room 115)

9/16/2014 Rollins College 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (Cornell Campus Center, Bieberbach-Reed Room)

9/17/2014 Florida Gulf Coast University 11:00 A.M.~12:00 P.M.

9/17/2014 New College of Florida 12:00 P.M.~1:00 P.M. (Library, 156)

9/17/2014 University of South Florida 3:30 P.M.~5:00 P.M. (CGS 140)

9/22/2014 Florida Atlantic University 11:00 A.M.~12:30 P.M. (GS214B)

9/22/2014 University of Miami 4:00 P.M.~5:30 P.M. (Whitten Learning Center, 140)

9/24/2014 Florida International University 1:30 P.M.~3:00 P.M (GC140).

9/25/2014 Eckerd College 5:00 P.M.~6:00 P.M. (Seibert 106)

9/25/2014 Ringling College 6:30 P.M.~7:30 P.M. (Location)

9/29/2014 University of North Florida 10:30 A.M.~11:30 A.M. (58W/3804)

9/29/2014 Barry University(Miami) 1:00 P.M.~2:30 P.M. (Landon Student Union Conference Room 204)

9/30/2014 University of West Florida 11:00 A.M.~2:00 P.M. (Career Services Building 19)


The Consulate is attempting to set up information sessions at the following schools: New College, and Florida Gulf Coast University, Ringling College, Saint Leo University, Florida Southern College, and Saint Thomas University. Please contact the Consulate for questions regarding these sessions. Depending on availability, we may or may not be able to visit these schools.

Contact jet@mi.mofa.go.jp for questions or concerns



Job Description: Part-time Youth & Outreach Program Coordinator (20 hours)

Posted by President

The Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach is looking for a Part-time Youth & Outreach Program Coordinator (20 hours).

Position Description:

The Youth and Outreach Program Coordinator will be responsible for the creation and implementation of educational programming for children (K-12) activities and outreach programs. This includes children’s activities at our annual festivals, special events, and Summer Tour Plus program. Must be able to work evenings and weekend events.

Position Reports to: Curator of Education

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Create and implement museum educational programs for children and families.
  • Develop, implement, and manage outreach programs.
  • Develop, create, and coordinate children’s (K-12) activities at our annual festivals, including the supervision of festival volunteers and managing setup and cleanup
  • Work in conjunction with staff to develop, implement and oversee the Summer Tour Plus (STP) program activities.
  • Supervise daily operations of STP, which also includes training and scheduling of interns and high school volunteers for the STP program.
  • Assist staff in developing and implementing school programs and teacher development workshops
  • Work in conjunction with staff to develop educational teaching materials and tour program contents
  •  Other duties as specified

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, art, Japanese studies or related field
  • Knowledge of Japanese language and culture
  • Experience in teaching and working with children (K-12)
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Personal transportation required for outreach programs
  • Strong organizational and computer skillsExperience working in a museum or cultural institution a plus

Please send resume to: wlo@pbcgov.org

Submission deadline: September 30, 2014

No phone calls, no walk ins.


Donate to help disaster victims in Hiroshima!

Posted by President

The death toll from mudslides in the city of Hiroshima jumped to 71 on Wednesday, with at least 15 people still missing. Nearly 1,000 people out of about 1,300 evacuees are sheltered in nine local elementary schools: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/27/national/hiroshima-slide-toll-rises-66-dead-21-missing-mayor-admits-delayed-alert/#.VAAfDPldV8E

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California has formally joined the efforts of Hiroshima Prefecture and various Hiroshima-based NGOs and NPOs in the effort to raise funds in support of the victims of the disaster that befell the local community and residents in northern Hiroshima.

Anyone interested in joining in this effort, please send donations to:

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California (payable to "Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of SC"; please write "JET Program Alumni" in the memo)
Attention: Mr. Takami Igawa - HKSC President
712 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

This fundraising drive will be carried through the end of September (September 30, 2014). All funds collected in this drive will be sent to Japan Red Cross Hiroshima Office for distribution to the disaster victims. For any inquiry, please contact Dr. Charles Igawa, HKSC Secretary via email at <icigawa@gmail.com> or via (562) 818-7857.


Tanabata Potluck Party

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Dear Florida JETAA Members,

This is your South Florida Regional Representative, Wendy Lo, we will be holding our 2ndannual JETAA Tanabata get together on Saturday, July 19th at 4pm.

This year our president, Bahia and her husband Chris, have kindly offered their home for us to have the JETAA Tanabata party. Bahia’s place is in Miami, 33134

In the tradition of a Japanese summer festival  I am suggesting that people attending to wear a yukata or jinbei. I have a few ladies yukatas with obi that I can lend out for the party and three men’s jinbei and one men’s yukata (but no obi).
I will also have some tanzaku slips in which you can write your wishes for Tanabata. Luckily, Bahia and Chris have Bamboo growing in their front yard so we can tie them onto the branches.

I know it will be past the actual Tanabata date, but it’s the spirit of it all that counts and this was the only available date.

This is a potluck so please feel free to bring a food item or drink.

Please RSVP to wlo01@hotmail.com by July 16th. If you are bringing a guest please include that in your RSVP.

If you plan to bring a food item, please let me know and I will place that on the list.

Parking is extremely limited, so please RSVP, Bahia will email parking instructions and her address to those who RSVP as the date approaches.

This is a great way to meet new and old JET alumni and to reconnect to our time in Japan. I hope to see you there!


Wendy Lo

JETAA-FL, South Florida Rep.

(Toyama-ken, 2002-2005)


Second Annual City of Sunrise Anime Film & Japanese Culture Festival

Posted by vice president


The City of Sunrise and Tate's Comics have partnered to host the second annual Anime Film & Japanese Culture Fest. This free event features displays of vintage Japanese cars and motorcycles; bonsai, Taiko drum, martial arts and manga demos; and a sumi e-brush painting activity. There will be vendor tables and Japanese food will be available for purchase.

In addition, Tate's Comics is sponsoring a Cosplay Costume Contest and screenings of two Hayao Miyazaki films - "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Castle in the Sky." (Film seating is limited, and passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Jun 28, 2014: 12 pm - 6:30 pm (Sat) - Free Admission




JET-inspired Kanji App on Kickstarter

Posted by vice president


My name is Saren and I am a JET alum living in Irvine, California. My six year-old, Genji, is in Japanese Saturday School here and now that he is a 1st grader, he's starting to memorize the first of his ichinensei kanji. Kanji, as I'm sure you remember, isn't easy. It's a lot of rote memorization and repetitive practice. It's the same for all beginners, no matter how old.

Genji and I started brainstorming recently about what the perfect app would be to help memorize kanji. I said it needed to have tons of good looking flash cards, and Genji said it should all be one big game. It was an awesome beginning to what would become our personal passion project together.

We call our project Kanjilicious and this weekend we put it up on Kickstarter.


We would really like to engage with the larger JET community, so I'm writing to ask if you wouldn't mind posting our Kickstarter link into the JETAA network, or pass it along to friends who you think might like the app. Of course we're looking for backers, but we're also looking for collaborators, designers, developers, anyone who has had similar experiences, and shares our love for Japan and Japanese.

Here are the other relevant links just in case.

Thank you very much for the time and consideration. Please let us know if you have any questions.


m(_ _)m

Saren Sakurai

Miyagi-ken 1999-2001


CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S.

Posted by President

I received the following message about a career forum being held in NYC on June 14th.

Details below:

My name is Catherine Rackley of DISCO International
(aka CareerForum.net).  I hope you don't mind my
contacting you out of the blue, but as a fellow JET alumnus
(Shibayama, Chiba 2005-2006) I wanted to make some information
available to you and your JETAA Florida members about a job
fair for Japanese-English speakers that we will be holding
next month.

If you haven't heard of our Career Forums before,
allow me to offer a brief explanation.  We hold
them a few times a year in Japan and the U.S. and
on a smaller scale in Sydney and London. However,
our Boston Career Forum is our biggest event, spanning
three days and featuring over 200 companies.

These events are not just an excellent chance to
see what kind of job market is out there for Japanese
speakers, but above all a real opportunity to land
a job that makes use of both Japanese language and
a sincere interest in Japan.  They are, of course,
completely free for job seekers to attend.

As I mentioned, our next event is coming up next
month and is already featuring some great companies
like Disney, Fujisankei Communcations, JTB (Travel)
and others with even more expected to sign up.

CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S.
Saturday, June 14, 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Metropolitan Pavilion, 2F (New York, NY)

If you would be so kind as to forward this
information on to your members, it would be
greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to include
the information on your site's job posting section
or Facebook page as well with my contact info included.
I truly hope that some members will be able to take
this opportunity to use their experience in Japan
and Japanese skills in their careers.

Please feel free to contact me if you
or any of your JETAA Florida members have
any questions at all.

Kind regards,


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