NEJETAA Nabe Party (12/14)

Stay warm in this cold weather with nabe!


Please join NEJETAA for a Nabe-hotpot-Party on Sunday, Dec. 14th from 3pm in Somerville, MA. 

All JETs and friends of JETs welcome!

Enjoy delicious food, friends, conversation, and fun!

What: Nabe party!
Why: It’s cold, and nabe is great.
When: This Sunday, 12/14 from 3pm
Where: Somerville, MA (specific address will be sent to those who RSVP)

What to bring: a hotpot if you have one, stuff to put in hotpot, your favorite Japanese snacks and drinks.

RSVP to Bill Zagata (membership at nejetaa dot com) or on our Facebook event here.  Address will be given upon RSVP.

Welcome Back Potluck! 10/19


Welcome back the recently returned JETs to New England!


Whether you are a recent returnee or a long-since-returned alumnus, you are welcome to join us for a potluck in Somerville on October 19th from 3pm. Enjoy conversation about the olden days in Nippon and meet the recently returned JETs!

We will share directions / the address with all who RSVP at a time closer to the event.

Bring your favorite Japanese or American dish to share or grill (weather permitting)! Bring photos or any bits of Japan from your experience to share with other returnees and alumni!

RSVP to Bill (membership [at] nejetaa [dot] com) or on our Facebook event.


Who: You!
What: Welcome back Potluck
Where: Somerville, MA (details upon RSVP)
When: Sunday, October 19th, 3pm
What to bring: Food or drink to share!

sushi clipart

NEJETAA September Events!

New England JETAA

September Events


Interested in strengthening your connections with the JET Alumni and Japanese communities in New England? Then check out these events!


#1 Free Language Exchange and Sushi Making Night with Japanese College Students


sushi clipart

Date:        September 11, 2014 (Thurs.)

Time:        6:00pm – 7 :30pm

Place:       Showa Boston Institute


Address:  420 Pond Street

                    Boston, MA 02130





 Please RSVP by September 3rd to Daniel Lowe at dlowe [at] showaboston [dot] edu



Note on transportation:

Parking is free and easy. For those using public transportation, there will a shuttle running from Reservoir Station (Green Line – D) to Showa Boston at 5:50 pm.

For the return, there will be shuttles running from Showa Boston to Reservoir Station at 7:40 

and 8:40 pm     



#2 Day Trip to Portland Maine

Date:        September 13, 2014 (Sat.)

Time:        Meet @ 11:30 for lunch

Place:       Miyake Restaurant

Address:  468 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101


Please RSVP by September 3, 2014 (Wednesday) to

Daniel Lowe at dlowe [at] showaboston [dot] edu

*Also mention if you would like to carpool

Summer General Meeting: August 7th

Come join the NEJETAA General Meeting on Thursday, August 7th. It’s a great chance to get yakiniku and drinks with friends new and old! We’ll be meeting at Gyu-Kaku at 7pm. RSVP to Matt at Vicepres [at] nejetaa [dot] com or via our Facebook page here

Date: Thursday, August 7th 

Time: 7:00pm 
Location: Gyu-Kaku, 1002 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446

Getting there: St. Mary’s St Station Green Line/street parking available.

JET Q&A and Social Hour



STILL SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!! Help new JETs by answering their questions and sharing your words of wisdom (and stories!). If you can volunteer, for any amount of time, contact Susan Gill, at the Consulate General of Japan, Boston. (Contact info below). This Saturday at the Boston Children’s Museum.

 If you can’t make the event join us after (around 4:30/5) at Lucky’s Lounge (directions here) for a casual social hour! Chat with old friends and meet the new JETs!


Details about the even from Susan Gill: 


In a few days, on Saturday, June 28 we will be holding an Orientation for this year’s group of new JETs and we need your help!  The Orientation will be held at the Boston Children’s Museum, mainly in the 5th floor meeting spaces. An NEJETAA Social Hour will follow at Lucky’s Lounge!

The goal of Orientation is to give new JETs an idea of what they should do to prepare to move to Japan in early August.  What will they need to bring or leave behind?  What should they wear to work? Which things are better bought here or in Japan?  We will also give an introduction to Japanese-style living in the Boston Children’s Museum’s Japanese house (kyo no machiya).

This year, Tokyo-to will be accepting some JETs, including 12 from Boston.  If you have some experience living on your own in Tokyo (non-university / non-corporate budget) I’m sure Tokyo-bound JETs would appreciate your advice.

If you are interested in helping out, please email Susan Gill (s [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jpwith the topics that you are willing and able to speak on and order of preference. While the Orientation lasts all day, you need only attend during the time of your presentation.  Some topics (especially the longer ones) can benefit from a pair of presenters.  Timing is flexible, but due to museum constraints, “Money and Banking” and “Living in the Japanese Style” [in the kyo no machiya] are presented first.  For these two topics, JETs are split into two smaller groups and each presentation is made twice.

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS! Email Susan to let her know if you have any questions and to find out how you can help!

Money and Banking (45 minutes x 2)
Living in the Japanese Style (45 minutes x2)
Emergencies—(15 minutes)

Omiyage — (20 minutes)
Clothing—How to Dress & Regional Considerations—(25 minutes)
Communications/Technology–(30 minutes)
Teaching Materials —   (15 minutes)
Japanese Language Learning – (15 minutes)
Q&A Free-for-all/ Things That We Wished We’d Brought
Medication & Baggage— (15 minutes)



flower arrangement ikenobo boston

Japanese flower arranging classes, June 18th, July 16th

If you’re interested in trying your hand at Japanese flower arranging, check out this information we recently received from a member of the Ikenobo Japanese Flower Arranging Society about two upcoming beginners classes in June and July:
 ————flower arrangement ikenobo boston
TRY New Monthly Evening FUN Creative Beginners Japanese Flower Arranging Class. In this hands on class you will learn the basics of Japanese Flower Design from the President of Ikenobo Boston. The Ikenobo style has the longest tradition of Japanese Flower Arranging. You MUST RSVP and pay in advance as the Instructor will buy your flowers for you from the Boston Flower Market.
RSVP to: GloriaHammac [at] Juno [dot] com Bring scissors/garden shears.
Cost: a modest $35 for Flowers + Instruction. You may attend as many classes as you like. Each month we will have DIFFERENT Flowers + Learn a NEW Technique. IMPORTANT: The Instructor REQUIRES PAYMENT IN ADVANCE.
Dates: June 18th from 6–8pm (repeats July 16th)
Venue: TOTO Gallery,  123 North Washington Street in Boston
On street parking. Or park in the nearby Government Center garage. MBTA: Haymarket or North Station the Orange and Green Lines.
More about our AWESOME Instructor. He is the PRESIDENT of Ikenobo Boston. Ikenobo is the original and oldest style of Japanese Flower Arranging. The Instructor is J.Padilla-Zamudio. He has certification from Ikenobo Headquarters in Japan to teach. He goes back frequently to Kyoto, Japan to learn from his Ikebana Masters. He has taught for 15 years. He discovered Ikebana while studying Science in Japan. He is a Scientist by Day. Japanese Flower Arranging Teacher by Nite.

As far as we know, we are the ONLY ones with a downtown Nite after work  Boston Japanese Flower Arranging Class.
For more info about our Classes, please see our Japanese Flower Arranging Meetup Site at: 
It is FREE to join. We have many pics of past classes, upcoming Classes & Events, etc… 
Happy Hour and Hanami

Hanami (5/4) and Happy Hour (5/8)

We have two big events coming up! Hope to see you there: 


 Hanami (POSTPONED) Happy Hour at Ittoku (5/8)

 Happy Hour and Hanami



Place: On the Charles River Esplanade, down by the river close to the Half Shell, about a 10-15 walk from Charles MGH station on the Red Line (same place as the past few years). Link to Google Maps HERE.

Who: Everyone is invited, so bring your SO’s, your roommates, your friends, your family/kids, and pets! 
Please also bring:
– blanket or a chair to sit on
– food/snacks to share
– your own beverages
– any games (cards, frisbee, etc.) you’d like to play

Happy Hour at Izakaya Ittoku:

Thursday, May 8th. Authentic Izakaya style appetizers and drinks available!
 RSVP to Katie (social at nejetaa dot com) or at the Facebook event.

Time: 6:00pm ~ 
Location: Izakaya Ittoku (Allston/Brighton) Google Maps

1414 Commonwealth Ave, BostonMA 02135 

      T-Access: Green Line Accessible (B)
      Parking: Street parking only 


NEJETAA General Body Meeting

Join us for NEJETAA’s General Meeting! 


Edit: Meeting minutes now available here. (4/23/2014)

NEJETAA is having a general meeting in two weeks on April 16th! Come out, meet your friends, have some free food. We’ll provide more snacks and good conversation than we know what to do with. The plan is to discuss past events, announce the upcoming May election positions, and get your views on what NEJETAA should focus on next year.
Who: You!
What: General Meeting
When: Wednesday, April 16th at 6:00 PM
Where: Uno’s in Harvard Square. 22 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA 02138
RSVP to Trish (treasurer at nejetaa dot com)



Agenda is posted below (subject to change): 

Continue reading

Need Japanese speaking volunteers for NASA Hackathon

Every year, NASA sponsors a global (100 cities from 6 continents) hackathon called the international space apps challenge(ISAC). This year, Boston join this event first time, at the Cambridge Innovation Center on April 12 and 13. This year’s challenges fall into 5 areas: human spaceflight, technology in space, robotics, asteroids, and Earth watch.


In this hackathon, there are 2~3 teams which will be remotely collaborating with a team in Tokyo. This Boston-Tokyo mix team is supported by the Japanese consulate, and will have Japanese media coverage.

We are looking for 2~3 software engineers or data scientists to join these teams. Kick off meeting with Tokyo team will be held 3/29 20:00~23:00 EST at MIT.


Also, we need people who can speak some elementary Japanese to volunteer at the event. Its a great way to practice your new language skills. If you are interested, please email: info at SpaceAppsBoston dot org or erico dot ni at gmail dot com


For more information, visit :

NASA International Space Apps Challenge (ISAC) Main :

NASA International Space Apps Challenge (ISAC) Boston local :

3.11 Documentary Screening @ Tufts “Children of the Tsunami”

Children of the Tsunami Screening 

Sponsored by the Tufts University Japanese Culture Club 

The Tufts JCC has been very active in raising funds and awareness of the aftermath of 3.11.

The Tufts JCC will be screening Children of the Tsunami, a 2012 BBC documentary. Tewassa will also be on hand to talk about our work and attendees will have a chance to decorate a square for our next quilt.

Directed by Dan Reed
2012 | 60 mins | Documentary 

On March 11th 2011 Japan was hit by the greatest tsunami in a thousand years. Through compelling testimony from 7-10 year-old survivors, this film reveals how the deadly wave and the Fukushima nuclear accident have changed children’s lives forever. The story unfolds at two key locations: a primary school where 74 children were killed by the tsunami; and a school close to the Fukushima nuclear plant, attended by children evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone.

Date & Time

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tufts University

Visitors may park in faculty lots for free after 5pm. The closest parking lot is the Upper Campus Lot.