The JETAA New York chapter, in conjunction with six sub-chapters, fosters a community for over 1,500+ and ever growing vibrant JET Alumni. Recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2007, we draw upon our diverse membership in the tri-state area to promote the JET Program, while regularly hosting programs and events promoting Japanese culture and understanding. The main JETAANY organization hosts events throughout the five boroughs of New York (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island and Queens), and supports the activities of sub-chapters in New Jersey, Long Island, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Albany and the Finger Lakes.

The New York chapter has a wide variety of events throughout the year to assist with social and professional networking.  We have a strong presence in the Japanese community and co-host a variety of events to promote Japan to the people of New York.  Our sub-chapters strengthen our network by reaching out beyond New York City and giving members a chance to reminisce about their time in Japan, participate in Japanese cultural activities and practice the language.

To learn more about the JETAANY and its sub-chapters, please visit our website. Join the bi-weekly e-mail list to learn about upcoming JETAANY and Japanese community events.  We encourage you to join our various groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and JETwit.

JETAA NY Regular Events

Networking Happy HourOur after work happy hours are a great opportunity for members to meet in a casual setting to share stories about Japan and network.MonthlyVarious bar/restaurants around New York City
Nihongo Dake DinnerNihongo Dake Dinners are a very popular monthly event that encourages the preservation and development of JETAANY members' Japanese language skills. During the dinners participants get to practice their Japanese, as well as meet and socialize with fellow JETs and Japanese members of the New York community.MonthlyVarious restaurants around New York City
Japanese Cultural ActivitiesEach month JETAANY, in conjunction with Mie, Inc. hosts an event for members to participate in Japanese cultural activities. Past events include: Learn to make temaki sushi, Explore Japanese Wagashi and Echinzen Laquerware, Samurai Sword fighting class, Japanese Calligraphy, Karate, traditional Japanese dance, Shogi, and many more.MonthlyVarious locations around New York City
Book ClubThe book club meets regularly to discuss a previously assigned Japanese literary work. Light refreshments are servedQuarterlyFlatiron Building
Quarterly MeetingsAll members are invited to attend these meetings where we discuss upcoming events and brainstorm new event ideas. QuarterlyVarious locations around New York City
Networking events with Japanese OrganizationsJETAANY has a close relationship with the Kyushu Battenkai and other local Prefectural Organizations. We host a variety of events both social and cultural. These are great opportunities for members to practice their Japanese while experiencing traditional regional food and activities.QuarterlyVarious locations around New York City
Planning meetingsAt these meetings we prepare for the departure conference and develop presentations to help new JETs understand what they can expect when they arrive in Japan and teaching techniques to use in the classroom. We also plan a welcome back reception and career forum to help all returning JETs to the New York area get settled and re-enter the job market.QuarterlyJapan Local Government Office

JETAA NY Annual Events

Shinnenkai Members come together to dine at a traditional Japanese restaurant and celebrate the start of the new year. Due to the large number of participants, the Shinnenkai is one of the year’s best chances to meet and network with many JETAANY members.JanuaryVarious Restaurants
Ski/Snowboard Trip to Killington, VTIn the past JETAANY has put together a ski/snowboarding package deal for JETAANY members, friends, and family to join for a weekend of winter. We car pool up to the mountain together and stay at a large lodge with hot tub and quick access to the slopes.FebruaryKillington, Vermont
Annual Meishi ExchangeThis is JETAANY’s most popular annual networking event. The Meishi Exchange is open to all JETAANY members, friends, as well as local Japanese organizations and recruiting companies. Participants are able to make new contacts, as well as strengthen pre-established relationships.MarchNew York City
Japan-a-maniaJET alumni come together to teach NYC kids about Japanese culture in partnership with Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and NY de Volunteer. They teach children and young adults how to make origami, use chopsticks, write katakana and wear a kimono. In 2011 over 60 children attended the event with their Big Brother or Sister.AprilBig Brother/Big Sister headquarters
Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanical GardenMembers come together to enjoy the 200 sakura trees in bloom at Brooklyn’s famous botanical garden. The “Sakura Matsuri” includes entertainment such as traditional Japanese music, dance, and other arts. JETAANY organizes a gathering spot in the park and participants picnic and enjoy the cherry blossoms.MayBrooklyn Botanical Garden
Japan Day in Central ParkJETAANY organizes a group of members to volunteer for New York's annual "Japan Day in Central Park.” Volunteers work in different shifts assisting at various booths from Japanese games to language tents.JulyCentral Park, New York
Pre-Departure SeminarHeld for the benefit of departing new JET participants, JETAANY members conduct group discussions on various topics ranging from a variety of issues to prepare for, Japanese language study, etiquette, money management, teaching techniques, what to pack, and etc.JulyNippon Club
New JET, Vet JET Networking Dinner A special opportunity for newly selected JET participants in the NY area to meet their senpai and learn more about what to expect during their time on the JET Program.JulyNew York City
Urasenke Tea CeremonyJETAANY members attend a tea ceremony with the newly selected JET participants who will leave for Japan soon to go on the JET Program. This event helps introduce Japanese culture to new JETs before they depart to Japan.JulyUrasenke Tea House
Japan Heritage NightJETAANY members attended a Mets vs. the Seattle Mariners baseball game dedicated to Japan Heritage Night. Before the game attendees enjoy Japanese dance and Taiko performances on the baseball field.AugustMets Citi Field
Softball TournamentThis all day softball tournament attracts over 150 JETs and people in our community. Seven teams are invited to compete in a friendly slow pitch softball game. Some of the teams include, Mitsubishi, JNTO, DOCOMO, Actus, Kintetsu, and many more. The tournament ends with an award ceremony where BBQ and beverages are served.SeptemberRed Hook, Brooklyn
92nd Street Y FestivalA team of JETAANY volunteers assist The Consulate General of Japan in New York at their Samurai armor booth at the popular 92nd Street Y Street Festival. JETAANY volunteers assisted the public with wearing the samurai armor for photo sessions. This event afforded JETAANY a fun opportunity to team up with our local Consulate and interact with the NY community.SeptemberLexington Ave and 92nd street, New York City
Momiji Viewing – Fall Hiking TripThis event is open to all JETAA members and friends to come together for a mountain hiking adventure. While enjoying the views of the fall foliage participants strengthen old bonds and form new friendships on a 3 hour hike. The hike ends at the local Oktoberfest serving traditional German food and beverages.OctoberBear Mountain New York
Hands on New York DayJETAANY organizes a team to participate in the annual Hands on New York Day – a day of volunteering in NY to care for the city’s parks and gardens.OctoberAssigned by NY Cares
Anime FestivalJET Alumni are invited to volunteer at the Anime Festival held in New York. They work side by side with the Japan Local government office and the Consulate to promote tourism to Japan. JETAANY volunteers assisted the public with wearing the samurai armor for photo sessions.OctoberJavits Center
Career ForumOur Annual Career Forum provides pertinent discussions on how to leverage our time on JET when returning to the workforce or changing careers. Presentation topics includ: “Writing Resumes for Results,” “Leveraging Social Media and Social Networks for Career Success” and “Interviewing Workshop.” Participants also hear a panel discussion with various JETAA industry experts and have a chance to network with them for tips and advice. Recruiting companies are invited to attend to give job hunters advice and promote opportunities they may have.NovemberNippon Club
10+ Year ReunionThis new annual event creates an opportunity for JET Alumni who started the JET Programme 10+ years ago to connect and reminisce about their time in Japan. This event helped bring alumni who might have been active years ago a chance to reconnect and get involved again with the people they first met when they finished JET.NovemberSolas bar in New York City
BounenkaiOur Annual Dinner Meeting, open to all JETAANY members, affords our membership the chance to meet the JETAANY Board Members and hear about the chapter’s directives for the upcoming year. Additionally, it allows the chapter to review our previous year’s events and receive feedback from our membership.DecemberBao Noodles – restaurant owned by a JET alum
Miscellaneous Social EventsWe host a variety of events throughout the year to foster a strong alumni network. Past events have included Dim Sum Networking brunch, trips to an Onsen in Queens, Quiz night about Japan, etc.

JETAA NY Sub-chapter Events

Networking and Social EventsOur subchapters gather JETAA members in various locations outside of the New York metropolitan area to network and reminisce about Japan together. Past events have included a beer garden outing, a bonenkai at a yakitori restaurant with JUSTE (Japan-U.S. Teachers of English) participants from Rutgers University, informal coffee chats, and an autumn trip to the Gearhead Farms Corn Maze in PA. Subchapters also help organize informal and formal recruitment efforts for prospective JETs.QuarterlyNew Jersey, Philadelphia, Long Island and Albany (Capital Region).
Pittsburgh Happy HoursJETAA Members gather to discuss current events in Japan and network.Bi-monthlyvarious locations in Pittsburgh
Philadelphia Sakura-matsuriThe Philly Sub-Chapter organizes an annual group hanami during Philadelphia’s Sakura Festival.AprilPhiladelphia
Pittsburgh ShinnenkaiCelebration with new and old members of the Pittsburgh JETAA to welcome the new year.JanuaryPittsburgh
Japan America Society of Pennsylvania Annual DinnerHeld annually, the JASP Annual Dinner is heavily attended by Pittsburgh JETAA members who act as volunteers or participants. Annually (month varies)Pittsburgh
Koyo CelebrationPittsburgh JETAA members gather in the fall for a koyo celebration. Celebrations are typically held outdoors.FallPittsburgh
JET Info SessionThe Info Session is held at the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Asian Studies Center. The Pittsburgh JETAA introduce, promote, and answer questions about the JET Programme during this session. NovemberUniversity of Pittsburgh

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