Natsu Matsuri 2022 – Aug 28th, 2022 is a GO!

Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: 250 Somerset St. E, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6V6
Cost: Free

Performance Schedule

Site Map


JETAA Ottawa Sempai-Kouhai (Mentor) Program

Are you an alumni of the JET Program who is interested in mentoring a soon-to-be departing JET? Register now to become a mentor to a JET scheduled to leave for Japan this year! The next batch of JETs are scheduled to depart for Japan in the late summer / early fall.

Remember the millions of questions you had when you were departing for JET? Now is your chance to help answer those questions and allay those concerns for the next generation of JET Program participants. Give back with the simple gift of your knowledge and experience by virtue of your past participation on this life-changing program.
Sempai (mentors) will be paired with kouhai (departing JETs) based off their answers. Sempai may be paired with backups (i.e. those not guaranteed to go to Japan) or possibly those highly interested in JET. Unfortunately not all willing applicants will be able to be paired, but we appreciate your willingness.

By filling out this form you agree to have JETAA share your contact information with a departing JET so that the two of you can communicate on a mutually decided basis. After the initial pairing JETAA takes no responsibility for coordination. There is no specific date/time of this program (despite the limitations of Facebook events).

Register via Google Form: Here

Question? Email


Shodo Workshop (Japanese calligraphy)

Thank you for attending!!

JETAA Ottawa


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
Follow JETAA on the web for more events, programs, and opportunities!

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.