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 events@jetaaottawa.ca. Bring a friend and volunteer together!  

For any other inquiries, please send an email to summer.festival@jetaaottawa.ca.

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Take me out to the ball game!

Image credit: ottawachampions.com

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 events@jetaaottawa.ca 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 events@jetaaottawa.ca. You can also join the Facebook festival event page.



May Event: O-Hanami!

Spring is FINALLY here in Ottawa, and far too long after our friends in Japan tortured us with their beautiful sakura photos, at the time of this writing the first buds had been spotted along the Rideau Canal. Finally it's our turn to enjoy the flowers!

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