JET alumni have an opportunity to revisit their home from when they were employed on the JET Program and make new contributions in those communities. CLAIR and local governments of Japan have recently begun the JET Furusato Vision Project to send over a number of lucky alumni with the hopes of further promoting globalisation.

To learn more, please visit http://jetprogramme.org/en/furusatovisionproject/ and https://www.facebook.com/furusatovisionproject/?hc_location=group.

Florida JETAA is looking for a new Tampa Region Rep! Region Reps are our JETAA contacts to welcome alumni that move to their areas, and promote community there. Minimum requirement is to host ONE (1) event per year in your region – and it can be anything!

If interested, please email President@floridajetaa.org!

JeenieTM is a mobile app that connects travelers on demand via video/audio with LIVE linguists who can help them with language and cultural issues (think “Uber” for languages). Linguists can sign up at absolutely no cost and then decide how much, how often and where they would like to work. It all takes place in cashless transactions, worldwide, 24/7, via smartphone. More information is at Jeenie.com

There are significant opportunities for bilingual Japanese speakers to earn extra income right now, and JET alumni may be good candidates for providing services on the platform. You can work on your own schedule from home (or almost anywhere) and get paid for your valuable language skills. Jeenie would be delighted to welcome JET alumni to their community of Language Jeenies! To apply, a PDF flier is available for download here

 

Do you miss the classroom? Are you interested in sharing your Japan experience at a school? In mid-November, schools across the nation will be participating in the Great American Teach-in, where professionals and parents can visit and teach students about a topic of their choosing.

If this interests you, a clever and kid-friendly powerpoint presentation about Japan is available for you to use. Email Dolly at webmaster@floridajetaa.org and we can send it your way. 

 

This is one of the largest Japan festivals in Florida. This is the 18th annual.
Admission is FREE!
When:  Sun. 11/4, 11am-5pm
Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park – 69 Lakeshore Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34741

On stage performances:

  • Koto
  • Iai
  • Judo
  • Taiko drumming

Also featuring special guest performer Mr. Yasunori Kimatawe, who is a live Shodo artist. Shodo (or Shuji) is a Japanese form of calligraphy. Mr. Kimata will paint live, using various brush strokes and movements.

Join the festival for the authentic Japanese food, performances, and experience Japan right in Orlando!

For more information, please visit the Japan Association of Orlando website.


Volunteers Needed!

Florida JETAA will have a presence at the Orlando Japan Festival by manning a booth. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share information and your own personal experience about the JET Program with youth and parents at the festival
  • Make new connections in the Japanese community of Central Florida
  • Reconnect with other JET alumni
  • Enjoy the festival!

Assistance that will be needed:

  • Tent setup at 10 am
  • Tent breakdown at 5 pm
  • Encourage visitors to participate in our games and photo booth for donations
  • Collect donations for Florida JETAA and other causes

These shifts are available. (Feel free to stick around as long as you’d like. )

  • 10 am – noon (set up and beginning of festival)
  • noon – 2 pm
  • 2 pm – 4 pm
  • 4 pm – 6 pm (end of festival and breakdown)

Please contact Hartley at newsletter@floridajetaa.org or Dolly at webmaster@floridajetaa.org, if you would like to volunteer. Thank you for your support!

This upcoming year, with the kind funding of Japan Foundation, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is able to debut the Morikami Film Series this October. The first film of the season is the classic Japanese movie, “Tokyo Story.

Tokyo Story – A film by Yasujirō Ozu (136 min., 1953)
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Cocktail reception: 6:00 pm
Film Showing: 7:00 pm
Price: $7 (members $5)
(In Japanese, subtitled in English)
RSVP 561-233-1367 or lniven@pbcgov.org by Oct. 19, 2018

20 Complimentary tickets are provided to the first FL-JETAA members that RSVP. It will be an interesting event for JETAA members to network with the community interested in Japan and Asia. When you RSVP, you must mention that you are a member of FL-JETAA. Deadline for RSVP is Oct. 19, 2018.

For this debut film, special guests from the film series sponsor, the Japan Foundation, and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami will be in attendance.

 

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujirō Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores. Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of cinema’s mightiest masterpieces. – Criterion Collection

To download the event flyer, click here. For more information about the Morikami Film Series, please visit here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are SO PROUD and GRATEFUL of our Info Officer Hartley Haft and our Superstar alumnus Aiyana Mathews for representing Florida Jetaa at the 2018 JETAA National Conference this past weekend! We’re looking forward to hearing the great things they learned, and using their ideas to create an even better experience for our members in the coming year.

Thanks, also, to the JETAA Rocky Mountain for hosting the conference this year, and JETAA USA – JET Program Alumni Association, as well as all the other wonderful organizations that make these annual conferences possible for our alumni chapters to learn and grow.

The Career Development Workshop, presented by Florida JETAA, is this Saturday!

TIME:  Saturday, September 8, 2018
Check-In:  1:45 PM
Workshop:  2:00-5:00 PM at Room#111
Consulate Reception:  5:30-7:00 PM at Disney Dining Room

WHERE: Rosen School of Hospitality, University of Central Florida
(9907 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL)

FOR WHO: JET Alumni registered with Florida JETAA. ALL career backgrounds welcome!

COST: FREE! Thanks to our co-sponsors, we are able to provide this event free of charge.

Please note that the dress-code is Business or Business Casual.

Click for info on speakers.

 

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