3/2/17 – First Natsukashii Nomikai in Little Tokyo

Announcing Natsukashii Nomikai!

Starting March 2nd, this happy hour will focus on JET alumni gathering to wax nostalgic at a different Little Tokyo establishment, one Thursday, each month. Reminisce about the good times and reconnect with your fellow alums, while discovering new (old) Japanese bars in Little Tokyo, and help support these small businesses one drink at a time!

Don’t drink? Don’t worry! Whatever you put in your cup, all are welcome to join!

When: Thursday, March 2nd, 5:30pm onwards!
Where: 3rd Generation Sake Bar
808 W 7th St, Los Angeles, California 90017

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1/29/17 – Nancy Kikuchi Memorial Golf Tournament and New Officer Installation Dinner



JETAASC Memorial Golf Tournament and New Officer Installation Dinner! We will start off the afternoon by honoring Nancy Kikuchi, one of our chapter’s founders and long-time Little Tokyo supporter. If you have never played golf before, this is the perfect time to try as we play as a team.

Following our 9 hole game of golf is our the Installation Dinner! Please come to welcome our newly elected officers as we kick off another amazing year at NBC Seafood for a family style Chinese dinner. Please RSVP through this link with whether you are attending for golf, dinner, or both.


JETAASC Memorial Golf Tournament
Monterey Park Golf Course
Address: 3600 W Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Time: 2pm
Cost: $10

Installation Dinner
NBC Seafood
Address: 404 S. Atlantic Blvd, Suite A, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Time: 6pm
Cost: $25

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Annual JETAASC Career Forum and Meishi Exchange

We are proud to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s JETAASC Career Forum & Meishi Exchange: 

ROCHELLE KOPP, world renowned intercultural communications expert, founder of Japan Intercultural Consulting, author of “The Rice-Paper Ceiling.” 

We have invited Ms, Kopp from Silicon Valley to offer her expertise on bridging Japanese and American business communication styles.

This event is open to career-minded JET Alumni and Friends of JET, whether currently job seeking, simply interested in intercultural communication, or searching for ways to enhance one’s career.

A professional resume reviewer, recruiters, and company representatives will be in attendance, so don’t forget your business attire, your resumes if job hunting, and your meishi/business cards!

Who: JETs and Friends of JETs, Recruiters & Companies! 

What: Networking and Career Development; Intercultural Communication Expertise

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 12-4pm,  refreshments served
12:00 p.m. Registration, refreshments, and networking
01:00 p.m. Presentation by Rochelle Kopp
02:00 p.m. Interview-style conversation and Q&A
03:00 p.m. Networking and dessert
04:00 p.m. Closing
04:15 p.m. Nijikai in a private room at Far Bar (next door to the event)

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Garden Room A
244 South San Pedro Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

$5-10 Parking structures and metered street parking nearby

Please reserve tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2540879 and spread the word on Facebook!

Kelley Rich, Co-President, JETAASC 

president2@jetaasc.org / 310-729-1211

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5/14/2016 – JETAASC Meishi Exchange and Career Forum

JETAASC Meishi Exchange and Career Forum

Looking to expand your professional network? Exploring ways to make your international experience more relevant to your post-JET career?

Join the JETAASC on Saturday, May 14, 2016 for an afternoon of networking and career development in Little Tokyo.

We would like to hear back from our members about what topics/ industries/ companies are of interest to you.

Please take a quick moment to complete this brief survey.

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3/18/2016 – Tohoku Tomo Film Screening and Q&A Session with Director Wesley Julian

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Tohoku Tomo Film Screening and Q&A Session with Director Wesley Julian


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA— On Friday, March 18th, 2016 at Occidental College, JETAASC, the Occidental College Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Japan Foundation will present a free screening of Tohoku Tomo, a 60-minute film dedicated to the friendship and commitment by the international community following The Great East Japan Earthquake. This free screening commemorates the fifth anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused a tsunami that claimed over 15,000 lives on March 11th, 2011. Tohoku Tomo (translated: “Friends of Tohoku”) brings attention to the ongoing efforts to rebuild the Tohoku region of Japan which was directly impacted by the disaster.

Chicago-based filmmaker Wesley Julian, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and former participant on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, was in Japan on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake struck. Seeing the devastation first-hand and losing a close friend in the tsunami, he returned to the USA committed to helping bring attention to the ongoing needs in the areas devastated by the tsunami.

“It was important to me to not forget what happened, but also to tell the story of what’s happening now in Japan,” Julian said. “The film captures the stories of people who saw a need and did what they could to make a difference. My hope is that it will inspire others to visit the area and be a part of the rebuilding efforts in Japan.”

A special Q&A session with director Wesley Julian will follow the screening of the film. This screening and special Q&A session is generously supported by the Japan Foundation. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved at https://tohokutomo-la.eventbrite.com .

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, which helps students, schools and families in the Ishinomaki area recover from the earthquake and tsunami while honoring the memory of Taylor Anderson, who was one of 2 JET participants whose lives were lost in the tragedy.

Price: Free! Please register at https://tohokutomo-la.eventbrite.com .
When: Friday, March 18th, 2016 starting at 7:00PM

Where: Choi Auditorium at Occidental College (1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, CA 90041)

To register for this free event, please go to https://tohokutomo-la.eventbrite.com .

For more information about Tohoku Tomo, please visit http://www.tohokutomo.com.

If you are a teacher looking to give extra credit to your students for attending this free screening, please use the “Extra Credit for Tohoku Tomo” (.docx format) worksheet for a sign-off sheet students can take to the event.

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