August JETAADC News

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August EventsIn this edition of JETAADC News:

Message from the Board:

The 2013-2014 edition of Okaeri, the JETAADC Returnee Handbook is coming soon!

Currently, the new edition, in both a .pdf and wiki form, is slated to arrive late August/early September. The main difference of the new edition will be an updated Japan–In–DC Directory and an improved wiki-version (if this individual can overcome the challenges of internet-thing-creation).

At this time, you can help!

I am looking for suggestions on what should be added to the Japan–In–DC Directory. The Directory can be found at and includes sections such as restaurants, cultural activities, language classes, etc. Also, feel free to comment on other areas of the handbook. (Please keep in mind that I am currently more interested in suggestions for content rather than the format of the wiki.)

Please send suggestions and any questions you have to me, the Returnee Handbook Chair, at Thank you and come back again to find more information about the 2013-2014 edition of Okaeri.


Chrissie Skodon
2013 JETAADC Returnee Handbook Chair

August JETAADC Events:

The Avengers Open-Air Screening

Thursday, August 1, 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Canal Park 250 M Street, SE
Washington,DC 20003

Join us for an open-air screening of The Avengers at Canal Park near the Capitol Riverfront on August 1st at sundown. You can find more info here.

Please meet us in front of the Navy Yard Metro at 8pm. We will be holding a JETAADC sign.

Fruit Picking

Saturday, August 10, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Hollin Farms Snowden Road
Delaplane,VA 20144

Hollin Farms is a pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farm, about 45 minutes from the DC beltway. This location requires a car for access. If you need or can offer a ride, please write on our Facebook event page (link coming soon). For more information (including prices, fruits, and directions), please visit: Hollin Farms Website

Maryland Happy Hour

Thursday, August 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location TBD

More details coming soon!

New on the Blog!

Hopefully you’ve noticed some changes to our website (somewhat regular new blog posts – what!), and there is much more to come. In addition to our monthly newsletter, event recaps, and JETAADC news, we’ll be adding some new regular posts including:

Member of the Month: Meet other JETAADC members or volunteer to be featured yourself! (to volunteer, email

look for it the second Wednesday of each month (see our first one here!)

I <3 JAPAN: Half American/Half Japanese couples (and JETAADC Board members extraordinaire) share discoveries about each other’s cultures

look for it the third week of each month starting in August (please bear with us if we’re a little late our first month!)

my japan: Photo-blogging series centering around a new theme each month — look forward to reliving school lunch, tiny apartments, festivals, and more as seen through the eyes of current JETs from the DC area!

look for it the fourth Monday of each month starting in September

monthly field report: Guest posts from current JETs out of the DC area on varying topics related to JET and life in Japan

look for it the fourth Wednesday of each month starting in August (hopefully!)

We’re looking into adding a professional development / professional advice column in the fall. If you have other ideas for the blog or would like to contribute, please contact

Other (non-JETAADC) events you may be interested in…

Book Talk — Women Adrift: The Literature of Japan’s Imperial Body

Wednesday, August 14, 12:00 noon
Room 113 Thomas Jefferson Building
Sponsored by the Asian Division, Library of Congress

For more information, contact Mari Nakahara at (202) 707-2990 or

Cultural Program Sponsored by the GW University and Fukuoka University

Thursday, August 15, 9:30 am – 3:45 pm
The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC
1819 L Street NW, 1B Level

Free Admission — Please confirm your attendance by August 2. RSVP at:

Best of JET (etc.) Around the Web

Once a month, the U.S.-Japan Research Institute publishes interesting abstracts from universities around Japan. Look at July’s abstracts (and instantly feel smarter) here.

Have you seen AJET Connect magazine yet? Take a peek here.

From Need more Okinawa in your life? Try this recipe for Fu Chanpuru from Benjamin Martin’s blog

Mount Fuji was just granted UNESCO world heritage status this year.

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