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JETAA National Event

28th August 2021

JETAA National Event

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, our first truly national cultural event was a massive success.  JETAA UK hosted a Summer Matsuri with a range of in-person workshops and activities all around the country. Scotland, the North East, the North West and London each hosted an event that was streamed online and intersected ...

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JETAA September events news round up

28th August 2021

JETAA September events news round up

London . .   JETAA London have been running all sorts of events, and has an eye to having more in person meet-ups.  These are also socials where JETs just hang out and play online games (Jack in the Box, Among Us, cards). More events are being planned all the time; contact 

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Out going JETs please get in contact!

28th August 2021

Out going JETs please get in contact!

If you or someone you know is embarking on the JET programme soon why not come along to an event with you local chapter?  Each chapter is ready to welcome new JETs with advice on what to do once they're are in Japan and stories of their own experience. If you're lucky enough to be starting this exciting journey we want to hear ...

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JET Spotlight: Angela Davies

28th August 2021

JET Spotlight: Angela Davies

We sat down and chatted with ambassador, lecture, interpreter, coordinator and promoter of Japan; Angela Davies. She spoke with us about her time on JET and how it led to some of the great opportunities of her career.   Where did you go on JET? I went to Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku, so I was in Takamats...

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Make your own Tsuyu for Somen

22nd August 2021

Make your own Tsuyu for Somen

Soba & Somen, $20: Busshari, Potts Point. Sydney Food Blog Review by insatiablemunch   This Summer has been intense, to say the least. Whilst not many of us have been able to go abroad, it sure seems like we...

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Interview with Japanese teacher, Ayae Kobayashi Santos

22nd August 2021

Interview with Japanese teacher, Ayae Kobayashi Santos

we interviewed Ayae Sensei, the Japanese teacher who has been offering group lessons with JETAA North east. All of our readers have expereince teaching English in Japan, but what is it like when the languages are reveresed?  An introduction to Ayae sensei I am from Hokkaido prefecture in the far north of Japan. ...

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JETAA UK and The Great Virtual Balloon Race!

29th May 2021

JETAA UK and The Great Virtual Balloon Race!

We have partnered with Eco-Racing

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Japanese lessons with Ayae Sensei

25th May 2021

Japanese lessons with Ayae Sensei

JETAA North East have teamed up with Ayae-sensei from NCL Japanese lesson to bring you friendly and casual Japanese language lessons based around Japanese culture and your time in Japan. Classes will be on a first-come, first-served basis and are aimed at around N4 Level.  Ayae Sensei is a Japanese teacher from Hokkaido now living in Ty...

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The Olympics are still going forward!

23rd May 2021

The Olympics are still going forward!

The Tokyo Olympics are happening on July 23. As the date looms closer, the International Olympics Committee and the population of Tokyo are readying themselves for what is sure to be the strangest Olympics yet.    There has been a lot of talk of another delay, or even cancelation of the event, but the key decision-makers are ch...

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Sake facts with Helen Pang

22nd May 2021

Sake facts with Helen Pang

I thought I’d start everyone off from scratch, assuming you have absolutely no knowledge of sake at all. (You are like Manuel from the British Comedy Classic Fawlty Towers, “I know nothing”.) I also want to keep these posts short and sweet, giving you small snippets and quick facts about sake and not a long, tedious...

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Jet Spotlight: Kaya Holder

22nd May 2021

Jet Spotlight: Kaya Holder

Kaya Holder is an Ex JET who still has a passion for education that she has used to write her own children's book, that is soon to be part of a series.    Please, tell us about your new book.  My new children’s book ‘Tawny and Maya: Unique Me’ came from an idea I had during JET to create a visual...

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Japan Centre Ramen Review

19th May 2021

Japan Centre Ramen Review

Whilst many restaurants have transitioned to some sort of open-aired seating or takeaway system over the last year, I still find myself eating out considerably less than I would have two years ago. Sainsbury's sushi and Aldi tempura can only serve as a substitute for authentic Japanese cuisine for so long. Luckily I have found a way to have a de...

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Buta no Kakuni

27th February 2021

Buta no Kakuni

Recipe  from Rob Gorton   Buta-no-kakuni (requires a pressure cooker ideally...)   This is a bit of a long recipe so I tend to make it at celebrations in winter - new years particularly! It's great served with white rice, a little english mustard and maybe sprinkled with chopped green onions  

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How JET experience can help you become an entrepreneur

27th February 2021

How JET experience can help you become an entrepreneur

Work culture in the UK has never been more changeable. Many people are working from home, Furloughed or unemployed and none of us know what the next week will bring. With an unstable job market, many are making their own opportunities and starting businesses rather than waiting for companies to start hiring again. With this in mind, we interview...

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London Chair Message

27th February 2021

London Chair Message

“Soon morning will break on the far side of night”                                                                        Lyrics from Hana wa Saku (Flowers will Bloom)   This month marks 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the tsunami that struck...

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Cultural Exchange and the JET Programme - Power, Nostalgia and Emotions

27th February 2021

Cultural Exchange and the JET Programme - Power, Nostalgia and Emotions

JETAA Scotland are hosting a MEXT Scholars JETAA UK Academic Special Interest Group (SIG) Event all about how JET has been beneficial in changing attitudes towards Japan through grassroots diplomacy.   It is supported by the Embassy of Japan, The University of Sheffield, School of East Asian Studies And Japan Local Government Ce...

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Gyoza Making Class

27th February 2021

Gyoza Making Class

Come and join JETAA: London at a specially discounted gyoza making class, with the talented Tokyo cook Kei! For an exclusive, subsidized price of £5 (the class is usually £11 pp), you’ll learn to make gyoza from scratch, as well as meet & chat with other JET alumni from all over! Kei-san is an experienced host-mother who taug...

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Korokke or Japanese Croquettes recipe

21st February 2021

Korokke or Japanese Croquettes recipe

Korokke or Japanese Croquettes are a wonderfully moreish food, especially in these colder months. The fried potato patties may have started as a French food, but Japan has definitely put its own spin on the potato croquette, as many of you will now. Korokke ...

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JETAA February Events Round up

20th February 2021

JETAA February Events Round up

London . .   On Saturday 20th March, JETAA London will be going international, with an online gyoza-making class taught by Tokyo cook Kei, all the way from Japan. This comes at heavily subsidised price of only £5, but is only limited to 30 attendees, so make sure to book quick if that sounds up your street. Pl...

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JET Spotlight: Chris Leyland

20th February 2021

JET Spotlight: Chris Leyland

Please, tell us about your career. I am a Lecturer of Applied Linguistics At Newcastle University. So, I do a lot of teaching, research and supervision.    Teaching:  I lead modules on learning and teaching second languages on an 

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JETAA December Events Round Up

2nd December 2020

JETAA December Events Round Up

London . .   Last month JETAA London held a Netflix party where we watched Makoto Shinkai's acclaimed anime, 'Your Name'.  And had a Second Lockdown Social where JETs hung out and, played online games (Jack in the Box, Among Us, cards) More events like this are coming up soon, contact 

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North East Chair Message

1st December 2020

North East Chair Message

Hello everyone and welcome to the winter edition of jetlag. This year has been unlike any other, and we have all had to adapt to a new way of life as we adjust to a post-pandemic world. As 2020 draws to a close, I would like to focus on the positives that JETAA has achie...

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Super Easy Mochi Recipe

1st December 2020

Super Easy Mochi Recipe

Mochi is Japan’s favourite sweet. You can eat it all year round, but it is primarily linked to New Year’s Day. Whilst it is a typical food in Japan, it can be challenging to find in the UK, and the options are very limited. It’s surprisingly easy to make your own mochi at home in the microwave, all you need is:  

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Japanese Christmas Cake Recipe

1st December 2020

Japanese Christmas Cake Recipe

If you have lived in Japan, then you know about the bizarre interpretation of Christmas they have over there. For the perfect 25th of December, you need some fried chicken, hot sake and a strawberry cake. When I used to teach in Japan, my students would always tell me that the Christmas cake was the most important part of Christmas. I’...

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JET Spotlight: Chris Broad

1st December 2020

JET Spotlight: Chris Broad

How did you end up on the JET programme and where did you go?

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Fuji Festival Is Looking For Volunteers

1st December 2020

Fuji Festival Is Looking For Volunteers

Do you have a flair for creativity and want to help U.K. people learn more about Japan? Then why not contribute to the new website for The Fuji Festival?  The Fuji Festival is a volunteer-led educational initiative that aims to expand the horizo...

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Online sessions with JETAA Scotland

1st December 2020

Online sessions with JETAA Scotland

JETAA Scotland are still running online sessions welcome to all, on the first Friday of every month. In Novemeber we had Mio Shudo, a famous, Scottish based, Japanese storyteller, run an event. She dazzled attendees with dramatic, live storytelling in English and Japanese. On the 4th of December there was a great session about ...

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JETAA North East relaunches

1st December 2020

JETAA North East relaunches

JETAA is expanding with a chapter for the North East. The chapter has been relaunched by Jess Williams, a 2016 JET who lives in Whitley Bay. They had their first meeting on the 27th of the month, with a very successful origami session and online hang out. The plan is to...

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The latest episode of JET Alumni Chris Broad's web series: Japan's British Theme Park

1st December 2020

The latest episode of JET Alumni Chris Broad's web series: Japan's British Theme Park

Jet Alumni Chris Broad's YouTube channel has rocketed to success over the last eight years, with almost 2 million subscribers.  His latest popular web series, Journey Across Japan: Escape to Fu...

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Studio Ghibli’s new film will be set in the U.K.

1st December 2020

Studio Ghibli’s new film will be set in the U.K.

  Studio Ghibli announced a released date for their next feature film. Earwig and the Witch, known as アーヤと魔女 (Aya and the Witch) in Japanese, will be shown on NHK at 7...

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Call for JET Foodies Submissions!

7th September 2020

Call for JET Foodies Submissions!

Do you love Japanese food? Do you know a great recipe or a fantastic Japanese restaurant near you? We want to hear from the JETAA community and how they have kept in touch with the culinary delights of Japan since returning to the UK. If you would like to write a food based article to be featured on the site please conta...

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Japanese Curry Recipe

7th September 2020

Japanese Curry Recipe

A classic Japanese dish that is sure to make great comfort food this autumn. This dish is not as fast as the Katsu, but it's not difficult either and could be an impressive recipe to add to your

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Chicken Katsu Recipe

7th September 2020

Chicken Katsu Recipe

Chicken Katsu   This is a great way to get a taste of Japan with easily available British ingredients. Katsu just means cutlet, an...

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JET spotlight: Nick Bradley

7th September 2020

JET spotlight: Nick Bradley

1. How and why did you end up on the JET Programme and where did you go?   I had just finished my master’s degree in English literature, and w...

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The Cat In The City Review

7th September 2020

The Cat In The City Review

For lovers of Japan, cats, Street Fighter and okonomiyaki (and the debate about where the best one comes from), this book is difficult to put down once started.  The Cat in the City, the debut novel by JET alumni Nick Bradley...

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Message from the Scottish Chair

7th September 2020

Message from the Scottish Chair

To all JETAA UK members Around 2000 Martin Sel...

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JETAA September events round up 2020

7th September 2020

JETAA September events round up 2020

  London Green Chain Walk

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JET Returnees Careers Fair 2020

7th September 2020

JET Returnees Careers Fair 2020

This year's JET Returnees Careers Fair will take place on the 23rd of October 2020 from 11:00 to 16:00. The event will be held online, using the event platform Whova, and will be accessible both on the web app and on t...

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JETAA North West Folding Cranes for Peace

20th August 2020

JETAA North West Folding Cranes for Peace

A wish for peace and good health During lockdown JETAA North West decided to fold paper cranes to combine commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the A-bomb in Hiroshima with a wish for good health and peace for all across the world during the pandemic.  The number of cranes started small.

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JETAA Charity Photo Competition Winners Announced

1st August 2020

JETAA Charity Photo Competition Winners Announced

JETAA Photo Competition Winners Announced  It's the moment all our entrants have been waiting for. After an extremely difficult process of choosing from 25 excellent entries, our judges have made their decisi...

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What's life like for a Japanese foreign correspondent in the UK? Reflections on the pub!

12th May 2020

What's life like for a Japanese foreign correspondent in the UK? Reflections on the pub!

Written by Mikako Yokoyama; translated by Jeremy Gordon.  Since October 2019, I have been working as a foreign correspondent in Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun’s general European bureau. As the name suggests, while the office is in London, we cover news across the whole continent. Personally, I am primarily respo...

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JETAA UK May 2020: lockdown and Ashinaga fundraising events roundup

12th May 2020

JETAA UK May 2020: lockdown and Ashinaga fundraising events roundup

Featuring chapter news and upcoming JETAA UK events right across the country, coordinated by active Chapters in London, the Midlands, the North West and Scotland. North West Chair's Message Hi everyone, I hope this message finds you well in these unusual times. JETAA NW has been quiet in terms of socia...

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JETAA UK and Ashinaga launch first joint campaign in 2.6 Challenge

10th May 2020

JETAA UK and Ashinaga launch first joint campaign in 2.6 Challenge

An exciting development for JETAA UK this year is our partnership with the UK branch of Ashinaga – a Japanese charity which has been supporting orphaned and single-parents students for over 50 years, and continues to expand its reach.  On 26 April, we launched our first event with Ashinaga UK as part of the 2.6 Challenge, a nationwide...

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JETAA London quiz goes digital in showdown of Japan knowledge

9th May 2020

JETAA London quiz goes digital in showdown of Japan knowledge

Ever adaptable and keen to meet members’ appetite to answer trivia questions on a competitive basis during lockdown, the JETAA London chapter hosted its first ever ‘online pub quiz’ on 30 April.  Over 30 people, and more including multi-person teams, joined from their homes with cups of tea and G&Ts in place of the pints of bi...

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2020 Welcome Back Careers Event: key info for companies and JETs

8th May 2020

2020 Welcome Back Careers Event: key info for companies and JETs

JETAA UK is going to partner with Japan Local Government Centre  (CLAIR in London) for the next ‘Welcome Back Careers Event and Exhibition Space’, which will be held on Friday 23 October 2020. This event provides the opportunity for former JETs to receive key advice and insight on the post-JET experience and job opportunities aroun...

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JET Spotlight: Zoë Vincent

8th May 2020

JET Spotlight: Zoë Vincent

Zoë Vincent was an ALT in Unzen city in Nagasaki prefecture from 2015-2016. After JET, she moved to work for the Fukushima Prefecture Tourism & Local Products Association. For that work promoting the region, hit by disaster in 2011, she has been featured both on NHK TV show Japanology Pl...

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Fuji Fest 2019: Round-up and Report

25th January 2020

Fuji Fest 2019: Round-up and Report

The Fuji Festival 2019 got off to a great start in September with a visit from Martin from Tsuchigumo Daiko to Kilmaron School in Cupar. Pupils of all ages were joined by a group from Castlehill Additional Support Class as they had the opportunity to learn Taiko drumming skills, a Japanese style of drumming. It was a fun packed, high energy afte...

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JET Spotlight: Alison Beale

25th January 2020

JET Spotlight: Alison Beale

Alison Beale was an ALT in Taketa, Oita prefecture. She is Director of the Japan Office for Oxford University, also her alma mater, with responsibility for forging and fostering links between Oxford and Japanese universities.  She talked to JETAA UK about her pride in being a JET and how the experience has shaped her life and career....

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JETAA New Year 2020 Events Roundup

14th October 2019

JETAA New Year 2020 Events Roundup

This section is a guide to the range of upcoming JETAA UK events right across the country, coordinated by active Chapters in London, the Midlands, the North West and Scotland. Some individual chapter updates and news are also included. Please look out for the dates of upcoming AGMs for JETAA Scotland, Midlands and North West. Where contact d...

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Japan Centre's Tak Tokumine on lessons from a life made in the UK

20th January 2020

Japan Centre's Tak Tokumine on lessons from a life made in the UK

Tak Tokumine is probably the most famous Japanese entrepreneur in Britain. As the man behind Japan Centre, the food hall and retailer just off Leicester Square, he’s helped to popularise authentic Japanese ingredients among a wider audience at the same time as Japanese restaurants – including some of his own – have boomed in popularity. ...

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