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November 19: Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Practice

We offered anyone in the Ottawa-Gatineau area a chance to practice their Japanese and assess their level of proficiency. It’s Free!

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017
Location: University of Ottawa, Social Science Building, (120 University) Room: 7035,

We’re offering various levels for students with different Japanese proficiency, ranging from N5 (easiest) to N2 (more difficult).

The times for the different levels are:
N2, 9am-12noon.
N3, 12:15pm-3:15pm
N4, 3:20pm-5:30pm
N5, 5:45 pm- 8pm

We provided all needed materials, all that was needed was a pencil and eraser. At the end of the test, we handed out the answer sheets to everyone, and there was some time to discuss particularly difficult questions as a group.

What is the JLPT? The JLPT is officially administered by the Japan Foundation, via approved institutions around the world. As the closest official JLPT for people in our area is in Toronto, we’re planning this test as an unofficial practice of the JLPT.

More info on the JLPT here:

October 20: JETAA Ottawa Social

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mu Goong Hwa Garden at 376 Rideau St.

Members joined for a casual night of Korean food followed by karaoke!

Due to group size limitations, this event was only open to JET Programme Alumni + Significant Others

September 16 & 17: Kingston Boat Cruise + Fort Henry

Date: September 16 & 17, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Kingston waterfront, Kingston

Tentative schedule:

11:30: Meet at the Kingston waterfront!
12:00pm: Board the BOAT for the BOAT CRUISE!
12:30-3:30pm: Cruise the Thousand Islands in paddle-wheeler style
3:30: Head to the historic Fort Henry for dinner on the battlements
After that: Whatever the night brings (There may be a non-officially sanctioned Air B&B – Contact your chapter head for more details (Brandon Wallace – JETAA Ottawa, Clarissa Marie – Toronto, Ugo Jose Lachapelle – Montreal)

Boat cruise details:
Battery Bistro

More info on our Facebook event page

July 23: Natsu Matsuri 2017

We celebrated summer and Japanese culture! Natsu Matsuri is a summer festival held throughout Japan, and every year, JETAA organizes one in the heart of Ottawa!

Attendees enjoyed some food, performances of dancers, musicians and martial-artists, and discovered Japanese culture with our many exhibitor booths.

Date: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Time: 11am-4pm
Location: Mooney’s Bay, Ottawa

Thank you to all our volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who signed up as a volunteer for Natsu Matsuri! Every year, JETAA is grateful to the volunteers who help at each of the festival stations throughout the day, as well as preparations. Don’t miss your chance to get involved in an upcoming event! If you aren’t free all day, you can volunteer based on your schedule.

Sign up as a Natsu-Matsuri volunteer here!

May 20: Hanami and Sushi Picnic

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: Noon
Meeting spot: Dunton Tower on the Carleton University campus RSVP: REQUIRED (RSVP HERE)

Thnak you to everyone who joined us in enjoying the Japanese tradition of having a picnic under the beautiful blossoming trees during spring! The event was open to everyone! Friends and family of JET alumni included.

The picnic was in the arboretum, a large 26 hector park, located between Prince of Wales Drive and the Rideau Canal, with a lot of open space. It has over 1,700 of different kinds of shrubs and trees from all over the world – including the famous Japanese cherry blossom trees! We met at the Carleton University campus at Dunton Tower and then walked over to the Hanami Picnic area.

This event was a bring-your-own-food/drinks event, but we were took orders for Sushi Fresh!

April 29: Japanese Cooking Class

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: Laurentian Leadership Centre Of Trinity Western University, 252 Metcalfe Street

JETAA Ottawa held our annual Japanese Cooking Class! This year we made delicious Okonomiyaki (Japanese ‘savoury pancake’/omelette), and matcha (green tea) flavoured ice cream!

This event was FREE and opened to the PUBLIC. Registration was required! Participation was limited and first-come first-serve, so be sure to sign up now!

March 25: Board Game Night

Date: Saturday, March 25th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: The Loft Board Game Lounge (14 Waller St, 2nd floor)
Cost: $5.50/person ‘Stay and Play’ fee

Thank you to anyone who joined us for a fun afternoon of games, food and drink.

This event was open to everyone. RSVP appreciated to give us an idea of numbers.

February 11: JETAA Canal Skate and Winterlude 2017

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Confederation Park

The event was open to all Ottawa alumni, family and friends in downtown Ottawa!

We met at 2:00 p.m. by the fountain at Confederation Park to first take a look at the Winterlude sculptures.

For those who just wanted to ice skate on the Rideau Canal and eat BeaverTails, or got lost/sidetracked with the sculptures, we met at 3:00 p.m. at the Rental Hut for skates.

The event wrapped up around 5:00PM.

***JETAA Ottawa offered free skate rentals ($16.00 + deposit) to any alumni or guest without their own skates, as long as they registered using the Google Form by or before 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 (this was on a limited first-come, first-serve basis). https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mSaWdEGvXQuPnWCA3GCBYnQvtbkqVj8lPsuDAEKscD0