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JETAA Toronto December Newsletter

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December 2010

In This Issue
Ice Skating Event
Verge Ed. To Speak
2011 Art Show
Setsuko Thurlow Event
Scotland Conference
Job Postings
Kobayashi in T.O.
Japanese Lessons
We Want Your Input
Briefly Noted
December Photo Quiz
Life After The BOE
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Editor: Ben Singer
2011 JETAA AGM: Come Join The Team

It's that time of year again: the holiday season with all the family and feasting, and then new year's parties and (soon to be broken) resolutions. But most importantly, this means a new year for JETAA Toronto and a new executive. On January 29th, JETAA Toronto will be holding ourAnnual General Meeting, at which the year's activities and events are reviewed and the 2011 executive will be chosen.

We hope to have some new faces on next year's team, as some key members are moving on to other challenges in 2011. Please see our website for a detailed list and descriptions of the positions available. Consider being part of the 2011-12 Executive!

After the AGM, we will enjoy the rest of the night with our long awaited Shinnenkai to kick off the New Year! So, come on out and show your support!

Date: Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Time: 4pm - 8pm, meeting followed by the JETAA Shinenkai
Location: Milestones at Yonge/Dundas Square, top floor (directions)
Cost: Free to come!
Food: Appetizers provided by JETAA Toronto. Drinks, dinner at your own cost.
NOTE: Those interested in joining the exec please be prepared to deliver a short platform as part of the voting process.
Lace 'Em Up For JETAA's Ice Skating Event

You don't want to end up like this guy, right? Well here comes your chance to get some skating practice in early in the winter season, and hang out with some excellent JET alumni while you're at it.

Step out of the December rush, enjoy the outdoors and take in the best view of all the rinks in Toronto at the Harbourfront. Bring your own skates or rent a pair. JETAA Toronto will provide hot chocolate for JETAA members -- as long as you RSVP!

The rink is easily accessible by TTC (streetcar from union station) and by car (parking right at Harbourfront Centre).

What: JETAA Ice Skating Event
Date: Sunday, December 12th, 2010
Time: 2-5pm
Location: Harbourfront Centre, Natrel Kinder Rink(map)
Cost: Free ($7 for skate rentals; $6 for kids 12 and under)
RSVP to if you're interested in joining us!

Verge Magazine Founder Next In Speaker Series

Hot on the heels of our incredible first-ever speaker event on Nov. 27, JETAA is already gearing up for the second in our speaker series in January.

Join JETAA Toronto as we welcome Jeff Minthorn, founder and editor of Verge Magazine. Verge is Canada's resource for people who work, study, volunteer and travel overseas. Jeff Minthorn draws on ten years with the publication and his own experience studying, working or traveling in six continents (including Antarctica) to share his thoughts and insights about turning overseas
experience into one of your most effective career-building tools.

Where: The Japan Foundation Toronto, 131 Bloor Street W., Suite 213 (map)
Date: Sunday January 16, 2011
Time: 2-4pm
Cost: Free for all JETAA members and their family/friends
Refreshments: Cookies and tea will be served!
RSVP to:
Wear Your Art On Your Sleeve This Spring

Calling all shutterbugs, painters and creators of all kinds in the JETAA community! Have some Japan-inspired work you would love to show off at an evening of art, music and good times? JETAA Toronto is gearing up for our annual art and photography exhibit this March and we need your submissions! We hope to make the 2011 JETAA Art Show the biggest and best yet. So, stay tuned to our newsletters and website ( for updates and more details in
the coming weeks!

Setsuko Thurlow's Poignant, Painful Picture of Nuclear War

Photo: Hitoshi Murakami

It was an emotional and inspirational day for those who made it to the Japan Information Centre on November 27 to hear Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow speak.

The eloquently spoken 78-year-old treated the crowd to a screening of the 2009 documentary, "Flashes Of Hope", in which she and 102 other Hibakusha travelled for four months on the Peace Boat. On the journey they shared their first-hand accounts and their desire to never again see nuclear war on this planet with people around the world.

Read the full story of this amazing event on our website here.
JETAA International 2010 Conference In Edinburgh, Scotland

From Oct 1 - 3 2010, our very own Jamie Shah, JETAA Toronto's Events Coordinator and JETAA Canada National Representative attended the JETAA International conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference was a chance for 15 country chapter delegates from around the globe to share JET success stories, and concerns about the funding and future of the JET Program. Also in attendance were representatives from CLAIR and MOFA.

Read Jamie's full report on our website!
Job Postings

SALES/ MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE - North Toronto $35K/yr + Benefits

A Japanese company just north of Toronto requires a Sales Representative to provide customer support and market products to new and existing clients. It is a great opportunity to grow with this well established organization! Drivers license required.

For this role or for more info on other Japan related opportunities, please contact: Eika Sato (Ph) 416-867-1162


The JET Programme Assistant Coordinator will provide assistance in the winter selection process of the JET Programme. The job is full-time for a seven week period starting in January.

Read thefull job posting here. Interested applicants should submit a covering letter and resume by fax at (416) 363-6074 or email at by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 4th 2011.

Belly-To-Belly With Eating Champ Takeru Kobayashi In Toronto

Photo: Chris Draenos
Think of Japanese athletes and maybe Ichiro Suzuki comes to mind? Or the great figure skaters or judokas the country produces?

Well, they don't have anything on the achievements of competitive eaterTakeru Kobayashi. On a recent Saturday, Nintendo hosted a banana eating contest (video here!), at Yonge and Eglinton, featuring Kobayashi, to promote the Donkey Kong Country Returns game. Some JETAA members and friends had the pleasure of meeting the eating champ and play a bit of Wii. It was a great experience and we got to see and feel Kobayashi's legendary stomach. Who knew eating hot dogs was a way to great abs!

Click here for more great pictures of the event.

Get Registered for A New Season of JETAA Japanese Lessons

日本語 覚えてますか? Do you remember your Japanese?
If the answer to that question is "nuh-uh" or even "it's getting a bit rusty" well here's your chance to do something about it!

The first set of 2011 Japanese Lessons with Sugiyama-Sensei are starting in January. Join a great teacher and a group of learners of various levels for the Monday evening classes.

Here are the details so far:

Days: Mondays
Times: 6:15 - 8:15pm
Dates: January 17, 24, 31 -- February 7,14, 28 -- March 7, 14, 21, 28
Location: Downtown central location (yet to be finalized)
Cost: Approximately $70* for 10 weeks of lessons (to be confirmed)

For more into, or to secure a spot in the class, contact Sonia

We Want Your Input!

Got a story to tell? A crazy JET tale to spin? Some cutting commentary about the program, Japanese politics or anything JETAA related at all?

If so, let us know! We are looking at revising the JETAA Toronto newsletter and website in the interest of making them more more interactive, dynamic, and just plain interestig for our great membership. To do that, we need your input.

We want to hear your ideas, but here are some possibilities:
* Japanese Restaurant Reviews in the GTA
* Stories from your JET Years
* Essays about how JET inspired or enhanced (or ruined!) your life
* Interviews or stories on artists, personalities and performers with a
Japanese connection
* Profiles of interesting JET alumni
* Haiku or other poetry or fiction
* Photos or other art you took in Japan, or since and would like to show off
* Ideas or suggestions for the future of the JET Program
The list could go on! If you have any interest in contributing or offering your two yen's worth, please contact Ben Singer, the JETAA Toronto newsletter guy, at

As always, itsumo oseiwa ni narimasu!


* A multi-media exhibition jointly in the gallery and the online world of Second Life, this is three artists' contributions to a project highlighting the augmented reality of our times
* Dec. 4, 2010 - Jan 14, 201 at the Gendai Gallery, located at the Japanese Canadian Culture Centre, 6 Garamond Court (map)
* Also on Dec. 4 a free Art-bus Tour between Gendai and two other RMB exhibitions

* "Just Add Shoyu" is a new cookbook full of Japanese recipes and stories from Canadian issei and nissei who lives before and after the Second World War
* The hardcover book took four years to make, and is full of photos of the recipes. Cost is $39.95 plus taxes.
* For more info or to purchase a copy please contact the JCCC at 416-441-2345

* Family Anime Movie Day at the JCCC. Screening "Chocolate Underground." Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 at 1 pm. For the chocoholics out there, this is a movie not to be missed! Cost is $6, and free for children 12 and under. 6 Garamond Court (directions).
* Holiday Bake Off Challenge, in conjunction with the screening above at JCCC, Dec. 12, 2010 from 1 pm. Download entry forms here. LIVE LONG AND PROSPER: IMAGES OF LONGEVITY IN JAPANESE UKIYO-E

* This exhibition (details here) continues through to March 5, 2011 at Japan Foundation Toronto (map). Entry is free. See website for times and holiday closures. FREE JAPANESE FILM SCREENINGS

* Presented by Japan Foundation Toronto. Dec. 9-12 at Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. "I Just Didn't Do It", "Memories Of Matsuko" and others. See website for times, details.

* Calling all ladies for JAVA Girl's Night on Friday, Dec. 4 fro 7 pm at I Feel Like Crepe, 605 College St. (map)
* Then, JAVA Pub Night is on Friday, Dec. 10 from 8 pm at Alio, 108 Dundas St. W (map)

* Thursday, Dec. 2, from 6 pm at Alio Wine Bar, 108 Dundas St. W (map)
* JETAA members get a special CJS member-price of $15, including food and fun. Cash Bar. RSVP to
* Open to students currently studying Japanese at an educational institution or in private tutoring in Ontario form Grade 1 to 12. All art must be received by Feb 9, 2100. More information here. Photo Quiz

What is the exact name for this food?

The first correct answer received will win an amazing JETAA Toronto tote bag!

Email your answers to:


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