On January 16, 2016, JETAA Q/A held its Annual General Meeting to review the events held in 2015-2016 and elect a new executive committee for the 2016-2017 term. After a successful Shinnenkai in 2015, JETAA Q/A returned to Japanese/French bistro Sa-Fran once again this year to enjoy another delicious custom 4-course set menu of Japanese and French cuisine.
The 2015 JETAA Q/A Executive Committee met over tea to sign postcards and get care packages signed and ready for current JETs who stayed in touch and helped out the Montreal JET Desk.
In the midst of winter, JETAA Q/A Book Club members braved the cold to meet in a cat cafe and discuss the English translation of Kawabata’s Snow Country.
As one of our mandates is to support the Consulate General of Japan in the promotion, recruitment, and training for the JET Programme, as per every year, JET Alumni assisted the JET Desk with the interview process.
TRANSITION & ORIENTATION
Meetings with the new Executive committee, including returning and new members, began.
As a big Thank You from JETAA Q/A, we organized a Volunteer Appreciation event on March 12, complete with Japanese-style snacks for extra natsukashii times!
JETAA Q/A started its 2016-17 year on a fun note with food and drinks at the blogged about izakaya, Ichigo Ichie.
For their fifth instalment, JETAA Q/A Book Club members discussed detective novel “All She Was Worth”, written by Miyuki Miyabe.
In a service exclusive to the Quebec-Atlantic jurisdiction, JET Alumni Shauna Callender, in collaboration with the JET Desk, provided 2016 JET Programme short-listed Participants with a valuable post-interview feedback session to help them highlight their strengths and find their focus for the Pre-Departure training sessions ahead.
On the afternoon of May 14, 2016, in the spirit of o-Hanami, JETAA Q/A members and new JET Programme participants gathered under the flowering (or soon-to-flower) trees of Westmount Park to enjoy Japanese-style snacks and beverages as well as homemade baked goods, and exchanged about Japanese culture and life in Japan… until rain set in!
Cooking Workshop leaders Mark Rostrup and Sally Harada, with the support of a few JETAA volunteers, taught 2016 JET Programme Participants and Hopefuls a few classic Japanese recipes, such as onigiri, goma-ae, and kinpira gobo, for a flavourful bento-inspired meal!
On June 11 and 12, JET Programme Short-Listed Candidates and JET Hopefuls attended Weekend Orientation in Montreal to learn more about living and working in Japan, through presentations and workshops given by JETAA Q/A members and guests. Several cultural aspects were introduced throughout the weekend, including bento lunches on both days and a traditional Japanese dance lesson with Ms. Kayo Yasuhara from Komachi Montréal on Sunday.
Japanese classes for JETAA Q/A members and for 2016 JET Programme participants and JET hopefuls were held in May and June at the Consulate, with Japanese language instructors Patrick Chaury and Hidetaka Yoneyama.
After their last Japanese class, several JETAA Q/A members and 2016 JET beginner level class attendees went to a Montreal izakaya to celebrate. Otsukaresama!
On June 24, 25 and 26, a three-day Weekend Orientation was held in Halifax for Atlantic JET Programme training. Several JETAA Q/A members attended to give advice and share their experiences. In addition to several workshops and presentations, participants enjoyed a field trip to the ikebana shop for a hands-on flower arrangement activity lead by Ms. Ballesteros.
On July 9 and 10, JETAA Q/A and the JET Desk put together workshops on various topics including classroom management, team-teaching dynamics, lesson planning, and cultural representation, in order to help participants prepare their self-introduction activities. We also welcomed a special guest presenter to share some ideas and activities to foster exchange through living cultural heritage.
For the sixth JETAA Q/A Book Club, led by President Moti Lieberman, attendees met at the Anticafé in an appropriately-themed reading room to talk ‘teaching in Japan’ over “Botchan” by Natsume Sôseki.
On the 20th edition of Fantasia, JETAA Q/A provided subsidized tickets and VIP seating to members and their friends for a duo of Japanese films.
On July 29, 2016, Quebec and Atlantic JET Programme participants attended Pre-Departure Orientation in Montreal to get ready for departure on the following day, with last-minute workshops and presentations from JETAA Q/A and the Montreal JET Desk.
On the afternoon of Friday, July 29, Consul General Kuramitsu welcomed to his residence 2016 Quebec and Atlantic JET Programme participants, JETAA Q/A members, as well as representatives of the local Japanese community for the 2016 JET Programme Farewell Reception.
Way too early on the morning of July 30, many members of the 2016 JETAA Q/A executive committee were at Trudeau International Airport to assist the JET Desk and send off the new JETs.
In collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in Montreal and with the support of JNTO, two JETAA Q/A members were present at Otakuthon this year, to help run the Consulate kiosk (promoting Japanese culture, exchange programmes and traveling in Japan).
Several JETAA Q/A members, a few former MEXT scholars, and a mysterious Red Ranger helped run the “Japan Experience Booth” to talk about working and studying in Japan, with a photo exhibit and a prize draw for attendees!
A joint initiative between JETAA Toronto and JETAA Ottawa, this Kingston Ontario sub-chapter/inter-chapter event gave JETs alums from Ontario and Quebec the opportunity to meet-up and network in a central location!
JET alums welcomed newly-returned JET Programme participants at Otto Yakitori for a night of catching-up and good eats! Several participants then headed to K Karaoke for a nijikai of natsukashii tunes.
JETAA Q/A organized an outing to Mount Royal Park to enjoy the kaleidoscope of colors that is Canadian kôyô. Tasty eats (including fresh apples, baked goods, but also shôyu crisps and dorayaki!) were had near Beaver Lake, despite the threat of swarming seagulls, not to mention ravaging squirrels trying to steal pumpkin cookies.
The past few months have been very busy for JETAA Q/A and the MTL JET Desk, promoting the 2017 JET Programme. Between August and November, Kiosks, Information Sessions, and Application Clinics were held at venues such as Matsuri-Japon and universities across Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. We wish all those applying to the JET Programme this year good luck, and thank you for your interest in Japan! 頑張って下さい!
For the seventh JETAA Q/A Book Club, led by President Moti Lieberman, attendees met at the aforementioned venue to discuss “After Dark”, by Haruki Murakami.
To thank its numerous volunteers who helped run events over the past few months, JETAA Q/A organized an afternoon get-together that included snacks, refreshments, and games (along with some prizes for attendees!).
On December 2, JETAA Q/A and friends celebrated the end of the year with a ramen-themed bounenkai at Schlouppe Bistrot Nakamichi.