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!

JETAA Ottawa will be having O-Hanami, aka a spring picnic on Saturday, May 23rd, at the Arboretum near Dow's Lake. We plan to meet at Dunton Tower on Carleton University campus (there is lots of parking in the area) and walk over together to find a spot. We have a couple tarps, but feel free to bring your own tarps, blankets, chairs, snacks, drinks or whatever else you think will help enhance the picnic experience. We will be eating bento, hanging out, and reminiscing about Japan. Who knows what we'll see instead of sakura - it is the Arboretum after all.

We will be ordering bento boxes from Sushi Fresh. Email by Wednesday, May 20th, with your order (prices listed here include tax, more details here) and pay in cash on the day of:

Roll Bento                        $17.50

Veggie Roll Bento            $17.50

Tempura Bento                $17.50

Sushi Bento                      $18.50

Sashimi Bento                  $18.50

TTR Bento                        $20.10 

This event is open to all so feel free to invite your family and friends. Hope to see you all there!



April Event: Ramen Class & Karaoke Night

Ever wanted to make your own ramen? JET Alumni & Family are invited to join us to do just that at the JETAA Ottawa event this month. 

The Ramen Class will start at 4pm at the Laurentian Leadership Centre (fmr. Laurentian Club) at 252 Metcalfe. All ingredients will be supplied and an instructor will guide you in how to make it. This portion of the event is family-friendly (read: alcohol-free) so bring your significant others and spawn if you have them! The class is open to JETAA Ottawa Alumni & family, and it is free but there is a number limit so please RSVP to this event on facebook or to Free parking is available on site for attendees.

Following the ramen class we will be having a nijikai at VIP karaoke on Somerset. For those who can't imagine ramen (or karaoke for that matter) without alcohol feel free to imbibe henceforth (on your own tab for this portion)! Let's singing in the spring!


JETAA Canada Rep Election 2015

The call for platforms for the JETAA Canada's Country Representative has begun and we’re looking for interested candidates!  The Canada Representative is the primary point of contact to Canada’s various chapters, and represents our country at the JETAA-International level, as required. See the job description for further details on the Canada Rep's responsibilities. 

Candidates are asked to submit a platform that states the following:
* Experience with JETAA
* Vision for future of JETAA chapters in Canada
* Action plan for year ahead and ideas to strengthen JETAA Canada
The deadline to submit a platform is March 27, 2015. For questions or to submit your platform, contact


Events: February - March

March Gallery Visit & Pub Night

Thursday, March 19th

Come instill some life into your soul near the end of winter as JETAA visits the National Art Gallery of Canada. Then come fill your belly at the Earl of Sussex afterwards. On Thursday, March 19, we will be meeting in the lobby of the National Art Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Drive) at 6:00 pm. We’ll spend a couple hours expanding our minds with a stroll through the gallery. Engage in lively conversations with other JET alumni about the nuanced differences of art in Canada versus in Japan; or just come to look at some funky colours! Museum admission is free. Shortly after 8:00pm we will head across the street to the Earl of Sussex pub for some drinks and food. Admission is free, but you’ll have to pick up your own bar tab. JET alumni, friends, and family are all welcome to attend either or both parts of the evening. For more information or to RSVP, please contact

Event Details

Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 6 pm
Location: Lobby of the National Art Gallery (380 Sussex Drive)

Admission: Free!


Continue Reading

More Articles ...