NEJETAA would like to showcase YOUR Cherry Blossom Photos

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Where was this beautiful cherry blossom pic taken? Why in Kakunodate, Akita, Japanese hometown of NEJETAA webmaster Tim. But we’d like to see YOUR town’s cherry blossom pics too!

Hanami season is upon us and cherry blossoms are in full bloom everywhere. NEJETAA would like to host your cherry blossom photos from your town or anywhere in Japan on our website! Please send any cherry blossom pics with your name (for photo credit) and location and we will host them on our website banner!

Please send all photos to Tim: webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com

Looking forward to seeing your pics!

NEJETAA May Officer Elections coming up!

It’s that time of year again! We will be holding elections for three NEJETAA Executive Board positions: Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. If you are interested in becoming more involved in NEJETAA, this is a great opportunity! Keep an eye out for details about platform submission and voting procedure, upcoming.

Questions? Contact Leslie, president [at] nejetaa [dot] com.


Japan Festival Boston – Volunteers Needed

Feeling nostaglic? Get a little taste of Japan at the Japan Festival Boston, held on the Boston Common on Sunday, April 26th. The festivities will run from 10am to 5pm and include stage performances, Japanese food, and cultural booths.

Come be a part of NEJETAA’s booth – Morning and Afternoon volunteers needed! Contact Tim at webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com. Share your JET experience and talk with people interested in Japan!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

NEJETAA’s Hanami Photo Contest!

Introducing: NEJETAA’s Hanami Photo Contest!

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

We’re still shivering in New England, but it’s almost time for the cherry blossoms to start blooming in parts of Japan. With that, we would like to feature YOUR pictures of YOUR town’s cherry blossoms on the NEJETAA website main page header!

To submit your photos, you may either:
1) Post them to our Facebook page (
2) Email them to webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com

Please include the picture’s location and your name (if you would like to be credited) with your picture by April 3rd to be considered.

The best submissions will be chosen to be in our NEJETAA website header and may be featured on our Facebook and Twitter accounts during the cherry blossom season!

Any questions? Please email Tim, at webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com!


Welcome, New NEJETAA Officers!

Congratulations and welcome to the new NEJETAA Officers!

President: Leslie Risak
Membership Coordinator: Bill Zagata
Communications Coordinator / Webmaster: Tim Ogino

And a big thank you to Jenny Cheng, our outgoing NEJETAA Treasurer. Thanks for your service!

Finally, Rachel Paulis has kindly agreed to step in as treasurer and will serve the remainder of Jenny’s term.

New officers: よろしくお願いします!

Call for Platforms! Join the NEJETAA Executive Board, Due 11/16

Call for Platforms (due by 11/16)

Become an NEJETAA Officer!

It’s time for our Fall election cycle. Want to be more involved in NEJETAA and the Japanese community in New England? 
Become an NEJETAA Officer! See below for detailed position descriptions.


We are asking for platforms of all interested candidates to be submitted for review by our membership. If you’re interested in joining the NEJETAA board, please submit a platform.

Positions up for election:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator / Webmaster

What we need from you:

*Less than 200 words
*What you want to accomplish in your time as an officer

Please don’t include any sensitive personal information (phone number, email, etc.), as your platform will be posted online for the membership to read. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just introduce yourself to everyone and tell us what you want to do! Check out platforms from last year’s elections here. 

Questions and Platform submissions can be sent to Matt (vicepres [at] nejetaa [dot] com). Platforms should be submitted by Sun. November 16th

NEJETAA will then be holding officer elections on November 24th.
(You will also have the option to vote online 11/17 – 11/24, or in person, location TBD, on Mon. 11/24)



Position Descriptions below: 


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It’s JET Recruiting season! Opportunities to get involved

A message from Susan Gill at the Consulate General of Japan, Boston:

JET recruiting is starting and I will be headed to some career fairs at area universities. It can be very helpful to have a fairly recent JET come along with me to talk to students, so I am asking for volunteers. We can pay a small honorarium of $50/session and often snacks are provided by the school. Volunteers can meet me at the consulate and ride to the venue or else meet me there.  

Below are some upcoming events—if anyone is interested, please email me. S [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp


Updates: New Officers and Events

The NEJETAA Executive Board would like to officially welcome Daniel Lowe to the leadership team! Daniel has been serving in the previously vacant Social Chair role since the end of July! We 

Also, keep an eye out for some great upcoming events next month including a Sushi Making / Language Exchange dinner and a day trip to Portland, ME. A special shout out to our non-Boston JET alumni! If you’re available for these events, we’d love to see you!

See below for details. We hope you can join us! 


Plenty of fortunes at Japan Festival Boston

We had a great time at the Japan Festival Boston, at the Cambridge River Arts Festival this past Saturday! We had a fantastic turnout from NEJETAA members and festival goers alike. Thank you for our members who volunteered – we couldn’t have done it without you. Also thank you to everyone who helped us write omikuji! They were so popular that we ran out for the second year in a row. By the end, our bamboo tree was bogged down with everyone’s curses!


It was a great opportunity to share our stories of Japan and promote the JET Program! By the way: another great chance to get involved is coming up! Help the next wave of JETs by answering their questions at the JET Q&A and/or join for an informal Social Hour to follow. Details here


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Congratulations, new NEJETAA Officers

The votes are in!  

Congratulations and welcome to the new NEJETAA Officers!

President: Leslie Risak
Vice-President: Matt Castle
Treasurer: Jenny Cheng


Thank you to our outgoing NEJETAA Officers for their dedicated service:
Brian Peckrill (President), Jeffrey Vales Kennedy (VP), Patricia Frisoli (Treasurer), Katie Mulroy (Social Chair)
お疲れ様でした! Best of luck to you all!