A Visit with the First Lady of Japan!

Some representatives of Florida Jetaa in West Palm Beach were invited to have tea with the First Lady of Japan, Mrs. Akie Abe! Thank you very much for dedicating time to sit with us during Prime Minister Abe’s visit with President Trump.

Thank you, also, to Mrs. Sugiyama (Wife of Ambassador of Japan to the U.S.), Consul General Ken Okaniwa (Consulate General of Japan in Miami), and Ms. Tanaka (Executive Assistant to Mrs. Abe). We thoroughly enjoyed discussing the impact that JET has had on our careers and our views of Japan, and how the JET Alumni network can further contribute to mutual, cultural understanding and foreign relations.

【Photos Copyright: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan】

May 12, 2018 | Yukata Bar Crawl | Winter Garden, FL (Near Orlando)

May 12, 2018 | Yukata Bar Crawl | Winter Garden, FL (Near Orlando)

Let’s explore the craft breweries of Winter Garden. Japanese summer festival wear is highly encouraged, so grab your yukata and go!

When: Saturday, May 12, 4:00 p.m.

Where: A selection of bars in downtown Winter Garden starting with Crooked Can Brewing Company. Please see below for full lineup.

Contact/RSVP: Dolly Sanborn (webmaster@floridajetaa.org)

Pub Crawl Lineup:
1) Crooked Can Brewery – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2) The Attic Door (on plant street) – 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
3) Moon Cricket Grill (right next door) – 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
4) Tony’s Liquors (this place is a straight dive bar, so only the serious pub crawlers will be left at this point!) 6:30 -7:00 p.m.

For tips on how to put on your yukata, see here!

Volunteer Opportunity 4/22 – Morikami Hatsume Fair

Have you heard of the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens? It’s the only public museum dedicated solely to Japanese Culture, and it’s here in Boca Raton, FL!

Florida JETAA needs volunteers to help with tabling on SUNDAY, APR. 22 at the annual Hatsume Fair. At their table, they will be talking about JET, JETAA, and also raising money for a Japanese Scholarship Fund with a photo booth. Although you’re still quite a ways away from departure, this is a good opportunity to start getting involved with the JET community and meet some JET sempai!

TO VOLUNTEER: Please send a private message to Allan Mordetsky (FL-JETAA Vice President)

Calling all Japanese language high school teachers in the US

We are now accepting applications from US high schools for the 2018-19 Global Classmates program, our grant-covered 6-month virtual cultural and language exchange for high school students in the US and Japan.

Move beyond the textbook and provide an opportunity for your upper level Japanese language students to practically learn Japanese in a fun and exciting way, while making friends with Japanese teens in Japan, all from your classroom!

If you are interested in applying, please fill out this simple form (https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfkVleOHZntflcrJn…/viewform) and we will follow up with an application and further details. Applications must be received by April 18th, so be sure to get in touch with us right away!

Scholarship for International Students in Japan 2017-2018 Guide

Ever thought about studying in Japan after JET? Alumni have the advantage of already having cultural experience there. The Japanese Governement offers the MEXT Scholarships for Research (non-degree) and Graduate studies (Master’s & PhD). But there are other scholarships to help get you to Japan!
Check out the Scholarship for International Students in Japan provided by JASSO (downloadable PDF included)!