September JETAADC News

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September JETAADC EventsIn this edition of JETAADC News:

Message from the Board:

Hello all! Hope everyone had a great summer.

First of all, we’d like to congratulate all the new JETs (about 70 lucky people) who recently left for Japan on August 3. It was great to meet some of them at JETAADC events this summer and we wish them the best of luck in Japan! Check back on the blog often for a taste of JET Life from our new field reporters.

Welcome to any newly minted JET Alumni — we hope you’re getting settled into the area and that we’ll see you out at a JETAADC event soon! And be sure to check out our Returnee Handbook Wiki.

We’re still working on our fall event schedule, but we’ll update this post as soon as we confirm event details.


Kat Kovacs
JETAADC Newsletter Chair

September JETAADC Events:

National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 28, 8:30 am
Register by Saturday, September 21
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20019

National Public Lands Day is the country’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is located on the border of DC and Maryland, right off the Anacostia River, and as its name suggests it specializes in water plants. This year Kenilworth is aiming high and trying to rally about 350 volunteers. “It will be an incredible day – one of the only chances for volunteers to put on waders and muck around in the ponds to pick up cut lotus and lily pads. There will also be plenty of less intensive projects including trash pick up, planting & potting, and invasive species removal in the forests.”

Register on facebook or by emailing

JETAADC – JASW Networking Night

Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Perrys Restaurant
1811 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
Nearest Metro: Woodley Park or Dupont Metro Stations

Register here by Tuesday, October 1!

Let us buy you a drink! Take our short quiz to be entered into a drawing for a free drink.

Register Now for the JLPT!

The JLPT will be administered on Sunday, December 1 at Georgetown University. Registration closes September 27. Find more info (and register) here.

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

Otskumi: Moon Viewing at Ekohi Buddhist Temple

Saturday, September 14, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m
6500 Lakehaven Lane
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Join the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASW) and Ekoji Buddhist Temple for a celebration the ancient custom of admiring the Harvest Moon. Find out more here.

Pages of Beauty and Madness: Japanese Writers Onscreen
The Outrage Book Club Screening

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 pm
Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20013
Free Admission

Read Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s stories “Rashomon” and “In a Bamboo Grove,” watch Rashomon, and then join Noriko Sanefuji of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center for an informal discussion in the Freer conference room after the screening.

The Freer Gallery will be screening film adaptations from Japan, the United States, Korea, and Cambodia that offer a cross-cultural exploration of the rich history of Japanese literature, from classic novels to modern manga. See the complete listing of film screenings on Fridays and Sundays in September and October, including a couple other book club screenings, here.

Best of JET (etc.) Around the Web

Take AJET’s Life After JET Survey. AJET will present their findings to Japanese government ministries and CLAIR in hopes of securing more support for professional development initiatives for JET participants. The survey should only take 6 – 9 minutes.

From the JETAA USA Facebook Page: Pioneered by former JET Leah Hashinger, the ESL to Go Truck can motor to meet its English-learning students where they live and serves Nashville’s refugee communities.

JET in The Japan TimesJET alumni advocates for Japan: Program lauded for continuing to bear cultural fruit, friendships

From A little something for anyone who could always find their keitai because of the 20 Hello Kitty charms hanging off of it (guilty!): A JQ Magazine book review of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific.

Field Trip! The ramen burger takes New York by storm.

Do you know of any events or announcements that should go in the next issue of JETAADC News? Let us know at

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