US-18 Minnesota

Hello everyone and welcome to the JET Alumni Association of Minnesota (JETAAMN) page – thank you for visiting!!  It is our hope that you are a) from Minnesota and are either already here or returning here soon, or b) you are not originally from here, but are moving to the area soon.  We’d love to meet you!

We are chapter JETAA US-18 and proud of it!  JETAAMN covers the state of Minnesota.  Our headquarters are in Minneapolis, and most of our events are held in the Twin Cities…but if you have an idea (we love ideas!) for an event outside of these metro areas – let us know!  We have a monthly newsletter that we send out chock full of good information on our events, our local chapter, national news of JETAA USA, Japan-related events, and of course, news about JET.

Please get in touch with us when you are returning from Japan and JET…there is a whole community here that understands your experiences and wants to hear about them – and also share their own with you!  We are a fun group that meets several times a year…COME GET ON BOARD!

Please keep a lookout on our website and Facebook page for smaller, impromptu events such as dinners at Japanese restaurants, Japanese-related events, and KARAOKE nights! If you have questions, want to become a member, or want to receive the newsletter, please email See you soon!

JETAA MN Annual Events

JETAAMN's Monthly Networking Mixers!Get out of traffic and stop in to one of the many Twin Cities bars and restaurants for some good conversation, great happy hour deals, and new friends. We meet every month on the 4th Wednesday, starting at 5:30 pm - until......see you there!! Check out our website and/or Facebook for event details.Each month on every 4th Wednesday, 5:30 pmVaries each month
JETAA USA National Conference 2013JETAAMN is hosting the annual JETAA National Conference this year!! To be held tentatively in September 2013. Please email to volunteer and get involved - we'd love to have you! Keep up with news and announcements of it through our monthly newsletter. Email if you are not getting this and would like to.September 27-30, 2013TBD
Active Winter Event: 2013 – Ice Skating!Tired of just watching the NHL? Come skate for yourself!
JETAAMN will cover the cost of skate rentals for the first 15 people signed up! Bring your cash for the concession stand and if skating is not your thing come and sit by either the indoor or outdoor fireplace!
This is Super Bowl Sunday, but our event is early enough that it shouldn't interfere with your game day plans!
*****Please sign up here - you are not covered for free skates until you sign up on this registration form.
Bundle up and see you there!
February 3, 2012
12:00-2:30 pm
Centennial Lakes Park
7499 France Ave.
South Edina, MN 55436
Cultural Winter Event: 2013 – Cooking Class!One of the five “Can’t Miss” events, every year we do a Cultural Event sometime in April. We’d like to coordinate and spend time with the Japanese community, learning from them for the day. It could be anything from a Japanese cooking class, ikebana (flower arranging), tea ceremony, to a history session! It’s not to be missed – a lot of fun bonding with our Japanese friends. Helps with that nostalgia for Japan and makes us feel a little closer to “home.”
See you there!
April 2013

See our website for more details or "Like" us on Facebook to see the event invite!
MN Community Center; TBD
Spring Event: Hanami!Do you have fun memories of Hanami parties in Japan? We do! Every spring, usually in May, we hope to bring back the fun of Hanami time by pulling out the blue tarps and picnicking in a beautiful blooming park in the city. Everyone brings a scrumptious dish to share, games to play, and stories to share! We may not have the abundance of gorgeous cherry blossoms, but we sure do have Hanami spirit!May-ish; TBD - Depending on when Spring arrives!TBD - Whichever park is looking the best that week!
Summer Event: Lantern Lighting Festival!The Lantern Lighting Festival, the largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, takes place in Como Park every August. It is wonderful! Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, it features stage performances, cultural demonstrations, activities, and, of course, Japanese food. The event is reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, an important cultural and family event. During this holiday it is said that ancestral spirits revisit their families for three days. Many people will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites, and often small paper lanterns are lit and floated down the river to guide ancestor’s spirits. The Obon Festival also features the Bon Odori, or folk dance, in which all are invited to join in the circle and dance.
A collaborative effort between JASM, Como Park, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee (SPNSCC), JETAAMN joins the event by hosting a booth at the festival. So come on!! Come share the experience with people who fondly remember festivals in Japan, and those who wish to experience one for the first time.
Usually the 3rd Sunday in August
4-8ish pm
(until dusk)
Como Park
1225 Estabrook Dr.,
St Paul, MN 55103
Fall Event: Welcome Back BBQ!It’s that time of the year when JETs have said some teary-eyed goodbyes to their cozy homes and friends in Japan and have returned to our lovely state of Minnesota, where we all await to welcome them home! How do we celebrate their return and help ease the transition? No better way than a great big welcoming BBQ! This event is usually held at in September, in the midst of beautiful fall weather at one of our city’s great parks.September or October 2013
Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, MN

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