US-5 Mid-South (NOLA)

The JET Alumni Association of New Orleans (jetaaNOLA), also known as Mid-South JETAA, has been serving JET Alums and the Japanese community at large in south Louisiana since the 1990’s.  Any and all JET alumni living in Arkansas, Louisiana, or Mississippi, this is the chapter for you! With a membership of approximately 120 former JET members, we participate in local Japanese cultural events, implement local community outreach events, and supply a social network for former JET participants in the region.

In the wake of the March 11th Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, jetaaNOLA played an integral role in the formation of the NOLA Japan Quake Fund, which to date has raised approximately $300,000.  JetaaNOLA also organized (independent and in conjunction with other local groups) fundraising efforts, including Drink for Japan, A Night for Nippon Benefit Gala, and Jammin’ for Japan benefit concert.

Membership in jetaaNOLA is open to any and all JET alums living in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  While the majority of our membership resides in southeast Louisiana, we are always looking to expand our membership in other areas under our three state jurisdiction.  If you’d like to get involved with us, please send us your contact info and a representative will get in touch with you!

To learn more about jetaaNOLA, please visit our website. Join the e-mail list to learn about upcoming jetaaNOLA and Japanese community events.  We encourage you to join our various group on Facebook.

JETAA NOLA Regular Events

Library Outreach ProgramsInteractive presentations aimed at children. Short presentations about Japanese culture, arts and crafts activities, Japanese storytelling time (Kamishibai). Additional activities from past events include: origami, Japanese clothing dress-up (with Polaroids taken), writing letters to students in Japan. A great chance to cultivate and share interest in Japanese culture with local youth.QuarterlyVarious libraries in New Orleans
Quarterly Dinner/ MeetingMembers gather together for a dinner at a local restaurant and discuss club matters (and then some!). Karaoke may or may not be involved.QuarterlyVarious locations around New Orleans
Japanese Language TableA chance for those proficient in Japanese to brush off the dust and bust out some skills! Also a chance for those interested in learning more Japanese to pick up some new vocabulary! Word games, conversations, and more!QuarterlyVarious locations around New Orleans
Movie NightsPotluck get-together where we hang out, eat heartily, and watch a Japanese cinematic masterpiece (hopefully no Ponyo…)QuarterlyFlatiron Building

JETAA NOLA Annual Events

Shinnenkai Members gather together to ring in the new year and network amongst each other. Quite possibly followed with a Nijikai! Time frame fluctuates based on Mardi Gras schedule and the New Orleans Saints being in the playoffs! WHO DAT!January/Early FebruaryVarious Restaurants
Mardi Gras-namiI know the name doesn’t make sense, but let’s roll with it. Think of this as a New Orleans-style Hanami. Except replace beautiful cherry blossoms with giant illuminated papier-mâché floats & marching bands. BYOR(efreshments).Varies based on Mardi Gras (February-March)New Orleans parade routes
Bon Odori FestivaljetaaNOLA cooperates and assists the Japan Club of New Orleans by dancing the Bon Odori with family and friends of the Japan Club. Can you teach me how to Odori?AugustLakeside Mall in Metairie
New Orleans Japan FestAnnual festival celebrating Japanese culture with food, entertainment, and a chance to win a free trip to Japan! JetaaNOLA runs a booth annually selling cheap Japanese candy, Japanese dress-up (with Polaroids), and more. This past year, we kicked off our 1,000 Cranes for Tohoku Project at the Japan Fest.OctoberNew Orleans Museum of Art (and surrounding areas)

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