Free Japanese Classes For JET Alumni

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This Fall JETAA is offering FREE Japanese classes for all JET alumni.

The classes will be on Tuesday evenings, starting next Tuesday, October 20th.

Please note the location has changed since last time around! Classes will be held at My Byward Office in the market.

There is a beginner/intermediate class from 6-7pm and an intermediate/advanced class from 7-8pm. Alumni are encouraged to register for the class that best suits their level; that being said if you find yourself somewhere in between you are welcome to register for both classes. 

To register for the classes please fill out the following form. Then, join the class Facebook Group!

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

Saturday, October 24th

**Please note this event is FULL. You may still register for the waiting list.**  

With the cooler weather quickly moving in, come join us for a cozy evening of nabe (Japanese hotpot) and Japanese cultural arts. Camellia Teas will be hosting us at their lovely Japanese arts studio, where we will enjoy nabe, a traditional winter dish. It will be a chance to eat great food, learn about the Japanese arts such as tea ceremony and shodo taught at Cemellia Teas, and generally reminisce about Japan. This event will be at 6:00pm on Saturday, October 24. There is no cost for this event and everyone is welcome, but please confirm your attendance by Friday, October 23 by writing to Space is limited.

Networking Wine & Sushi

Friday, November 13th

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! This year's Networking Wine & Sushi will be on Friday the 13th. For good luck with networking of course. Details and tickets available here!


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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