Autumn 2015 Events Lineup


Well it's September, and in Ottawa you know what that means... Winter is coming! So let's make the most of our time before that white stuff that no one wants to think about quite yet graces us with its presence. We've got a full line-up of events for alumni old and new this autumn. See below for details and check back often, as we'll continue to update this space with more info as the more distant events take shape.

Hiking in Gatineau Park

Saturday, September 12th 

Cancelled due to rain. Our apologies!

Welcome Back Pub Night

Friday, October 9th 

Join us to welcome back the returning JETs and our newest fellow alumni! We'll be meeting at the Lieutenant's Pump to catch up with old friends and make some new ones too, at 7pm on Friday, October 9th. Please RSVP by email or on Facebook so we can make an accurate reservation. Hope to see you there! 

Japanese Culture & Nabe Night *tentative* 

Late October; stay tuned!

Details to come!

Networking Wine & Sushi

Early November; stay tuned!

Because it wouldn't be Ottawa without some good old-fashioned networking. But why should networking have to be painful? It's certainly not when you throw wine and sushi into the mix! Stay tuned for more details about this annual favourite event.  


11th Annual Summer Festival | Natsumatsuri 2015

**Wondering about the weather? We have hundreds of hot dogs and all the delicious Japanese-style fixings, and we'll be going ahead rain or shine! If it does storm we may move some things inside and/or adjusting the performance schedule, but the party will go on, so hope to see you there!!!**

Come celebrate Ottawa’s 11th annual Japanese Summer Festival on Sunday, July 19, 2015 in front of City Hall at Marion Dewar Plaza!

Thanks to last year's highly successful 10th anniversary, JETAA Ottawa is teaming up with the City of Ottawa again this year to hold the festival at Ottawa City Hall in the heart of Ottawa, rain or shine. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese-Canadian performances and demonstrations, including martial arts, shamisen, kimono wearing, Japanese calligraphy, crafts, and displays. For the adventurous, sumo suits will be available for a small donation and those looking for a taste of Japan, can try Japanese-inspired hot dogs or “JETAA dogs” for free! This festival caters to all ages and for the children, come check out the children’s tent, balloon animals, and face painting.

We are looking for volunteers for the festival day. If you might be interested in volunteering for the festival – even just a couple hours – please send an email to Bring a friend and volunteer together!  

For any other inquiries, please send an email to

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Take me out to the ball game!

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On June 27th (7:00) and 28th (1:30) the Shikoku Island League All Stars will be taking on the Ottawa Champions for a two game series of Independent League Baseball. Join JETAA Ottawa to take in the games and make some noise! We will have a couple of "cheer captains" to teach Japanese cheers to the crowd. 

The organizers of the games have been gracious enough to provide JETAA and other Japanese cultural associations in Ottawa with a special cheering section behind the Shikoku Island League All Stars dugout.  If you'd like to join us in this special section, please email so that we can sign you up for a seat in this section. We will also be lending happi to people who sign up with us so you can look the part (while supplies last). 


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JETAA CanCon 2015

This year we are excited to be hosting the annual JETAA Canada Conference in our fair city of Ottawa! JET reps from around the country (and a few from our southern neighbours) will be converging on Ottawa this weekend (June 5-7) for some conferencing and good times. 

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Volunteer at the Ottawa Japanese Summer Festival!

We need your help to make Ottawa's biggest Japanese festival a success again this year! Natsumatsuri has now been running for over a decade, and every year it depends on you, its volunteers. 

Natsumatsuri 2015 will be held on Sunday, July 19, in front of City Hall, Ottawa. 

We will need help with many roles, including food preparation, sumo suit wrangling, sharing Japanese cultural activities with the public, and entertaining children. You are welcome to volunteer with a friend; the more the merrier!

If you are interested in volunteering or would just like more information, please write to You can also join the Facebook festival event page.



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