On June 22, 23 and 24, a three-day Weekend Orientation was held in Halifax for Atlantic JET Programme shortlisted and alternate candidates. Several JETAA Q/A members attended to give advice and share their experiences. In addition to several presentations, participants enjoyed a workshop on Japanese ikebana and, during one memorable evening, unwinded at a local izakaya.
After their last Japanese class, several JETAA Q/A members and 2018 JET beginner level class attendees went to a Montreal izakaya to celebrate. Otsukaresama deshita!
Again, this year, Japanese classes for JETAA Q/A members, 2018 JET Programme participants, and JET hopefuls were held in May and June at McGill Thomson House with Japanese language instructors Patrick Chaury and Hidetaka Yoneyama.
On the evening of June 9th, several Weekend Orientation attendees in Montreal got together at Pang Pang to sing their hearts out. Karaoke classics in several styles – and in several languages! – got their minute of glory.
For the second year, the Japanese cooking workshop for JET Programme participants was held at Marusan Comptoir Japonais (401 Notre-Dame Ouest), allowing departing JETs to be taught by a professional Japanese chef!
On May 26, under the augur of a beautiful sun, JETAA Q/A and the Montreal JET Desk held the first First Nations First pre-departure workshop (a lot of firsts!).
On May 18, 2018, in the spirit of o-Hanami, JETAA Q/A members and new JET Programme participants gathered under the flowering trees of Westmount Park to enjoy Japanese-style snacks, baked goods, and beverages!
Though the memories are now fogged over in a haze of forgetfulness, the notes pinned on my suit confirm that a JETAA Q/A Book Club meeting took place this day at Argo Bookshop.
On February 17, 2018, JETAA Q/A launched its new Atlantic Subchapter!
Today, this very day – although the notion of time becomes quite blurry after a while – brave souls wandered into the Argo Bookshop lounge to discuss Natsuo Kirino’s The Goddess Chronicle.