Winter 2022 Japanese Language Classes [Sign-ups Open] – JET Alumni only

FREE interactive Japanese language classes for JET alumni of all levels (beginner to expert), led by an experienced former-CIR instructor. Whether you’re preparing for JLPT or just want to remember katakana, join us! Register now! Participation is limited!
If you have any questions or concerns, please email
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Book Discussion – “Drive My Car” – January 12 (Wed) @7pm EST

Let’s read and discuss the Haruki Murakami’s short story “Drive My Car,” found within the book “Men Without Women”!

(Non-JET Program Alumni, including friends, family, and Japan enthusiasts – even those located outside of Ottawa- are encouraged to join!!)

This short story was the basis of the 2021 film “Drive my Car,” directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, and selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival where it won three awards including Best Screenplay. It was also selected as the Japanese entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.

Ottawa Public Library


Register for this event via Zoom:


2022 Canadian-Japanese Calendar [Free Download]

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2022!

As we look forward to the new year, JETAA Ottawa is proud to present it’s own custom Canadian-Japanese calendar to everyone on the internet, for Free!

Download and print the beautiful calendar with iconic images from Japan. Feel free to share with your friends!

We hope to see you in 2022!

Download Link: JETAA Ottawa Calendar 2022


December 18: Annual General Meeting (AGM) [PAST EVENT]

JETAA Ottawa will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 18, 2021 online over Zoom! As a volunteer-based registered not-for-profit organization, JETAA Ottawa will soon be looking for new and excited individuals to help run the chapter. The AGM is where JETAA members vote for the next year’s Executive Committee as well as reminisce on the past year’s events! This year’s AGM will be held virtually, but that doesn’t mean the fun can’t continue!

For more detailed information about the current positions on the JETAA Ottawa Executive Committee, including the time commitment involved, check out this page! Email us at if you want to submit your platform ahead of the AGM!

Date: December 18, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom (available through Registration)
Registration: RSVP HERE! (JETAA members only)

[Past] 2020 AGM Minutes: Availale Here

Learn more about the 2021 Executive Committee here, read the descriptions of Committee positions here, and consult our By-Laws here.

The current list of positions for 2021 are:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Communications
  • Web Editor
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • External Relations Coordinator
  • Newsletter Editor

Any willingness to help will be accommodated. You can submit a platform, a few sentences about yourself and what you’d like to do in your role, ahead of the event to be posted on the website. To see the platforms that have been submitted, click here!

*Note: a platform is not required to stand for election. Your platform can be submitted verbally at the AGM.


October 17, 2021: Digi-Aki Matsuri 2021

Join us on October 17, 2021 for JETAA Ottawa’s second ever DIGI-AKI, a celebration of Japanese culture online! Come discover and support Ottawa-based wonderful artists, performers and businesses, and learn more about Japan, Japanese culture and Japanese community!

Click here to find stream link, information and more!!

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Youtube Stream
Cost: Free
RSVP: Not required