Houston Book Club First Meeting Announcement

The first JETAA Houston Book Club meeting details have been finalized:

Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time: 10:30 A.M
Place: EQ Heights (1030 Heights Blvd.)
Book: Silence by Shusaku Endo

Please be aware that parking may be limited. For those close enough, car-pooling or ubering may be preferable.

Our Houston Rep, Emily Gurvis, will arrive early to hopefully secure a table, and will also be leading the discussion. If someone else has an interest in leading, please contact her at: houstonrep@jetaatexoma.org

As June is just around the corner, now is a good time to begin sourcing your book. For those of you that prefer borrowing books from the library, consider digital copies, which are also available for loan through various library apps.

Friends (JETA and non) are welcome to join, but please inform Emily in advance so she can anticipate the number of seats needed. And if you haven’t RSVP’d yet, or need to change your RSVP to ‘no’, please reach out in a timely manner. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed: Japan Fest Booth, May 6-7, 2017

If you’re a JET Alumni and you want to volunteer at our booth at Japan Festival Houston 2017,  May 6 or May 7, here’s how:
1. Click the In It Live link: https://app.initlive.com/JE/bybejjzff9771i
2. Create an account for volunteers at Japan Fest by entering your first & last name, email address, and a password for this volunteer account.
3. Check to agree to the event waiver.
4. Enter your date of birth, sex, phone number, and an emergency contact.
5. Read the two-tab info box and click out of it.
6. Look at my pictures below for how to find and fill out Step 1 of the Questionnaire.


7. Fill out your questionnaire (Step 1), click the green save button at the bottom to continue onto Step 2 (roles), and Step 3 (schedule).

And that’s it. In 5-7 minutes you’re signed up to volunteer at the JETAA Texoma booth at Japan Fest Houston! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Houston Book Club Announcement

Houston has spoken! The books selected for the first Houston-area book club are, in order of month of suggested reading:

July 2017:  Silence by Shusaku Endo

September 2017:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

November 2017: Our Land was a Forest by Kayano Shigeru

January 2018: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

March 2018:  The Sarashina Diary by Lady Sharashina

April 2018:  Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

The order is subject to change based on member feedback.

If you are interested in reading and meeting about the first book, Silence, RSVP to houstonrep@jetaatexoma.org .

RSVP’s are not binding, but will help us anticipate the number of participants. In your email, please also indicate where you are located in Houston, e.g. Sugarland, the Heights, Katy, EaDo, etc. This will help me to choose a meeting place each month.

At the top of each meeting I will welcome newcomers, give a brief introduction of our book club, and ask you to introduce yourself. We will then segue into the discussion. I would like for members to be active participants! If you are interested in leading the inaugural discussion on Silence, please say so.

After concluding each meeting, another similar announcement will be sent out via the Newsletter and Facebook.

I look forward to meeting everyone.
Emily Gurvis
Houston Rep, JETAA Texoma

August Meet-ups – DFW/Houston (August 23/24)

martinhous FORT WORTH – August Brewery Tour & Tasting
WHEN? August 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM
WHERE? Martin House Brewery, 220 South Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, TX

Who’s free for an afternoon at Martin House Brewery in Fort Worth next Saturday? Hope to see you there!”

Please RSVP via Facebook.


brunch HOUSTON – Brunch with Fukushima University Students
WHEN? August 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM
WHERE? Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe

Join Texoma JETAA pals and 8 Fukushima University students (6 Japanese and 2 International) for a lovely Restaurant Weeks brunch at Ouisie’s Table located at 3939 San Felipe St, Houston, Texas 77027 (brunch will be $25/pp)

The students are all participating in the “Business English Internship: Texas 2014” program. This is the 5th year of this program, which promotes the students’ English skills as well as their cultural understanding of the US and US government institutions. 6 of the students are interning at the City of Houston, and 2 are at the Harris County Housing Authority.

Please RSVP to info@texomajetaa.org or on Facebook by August 20, 2014 (Wednesday) so we can confirm our reservation.

Second Annual Central Texas Camping Trip

Our Second Annual Texoma JETAA 2013 Central Texas Camping Trip is just around the corner. We would like to invite both members of JETAA, their families, and friends to Central Texas for a weekend of good times. The event will take place on November 15-17 at Pedernales State Park.

Friday, November 15- Sunday November 17, 2013

5:00 ~ 8:00 PM Friday, Nov 15th – 2:00 PM Sunday Nov 17th

Pedernales State Park, Texas (2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, Texas 78636)

* Park Link * Map Link *

If you are planning on coming, please fill out the form at the “continue reading” link as soon as possible.

Please email any questions to info@texomajetaa.org
Continue reading “Second Annual Central Texas Camping Trip”

JETAA Q&A Meet-n-Greet – RSVP/Location Update!

JETAA Summer Happenings
Is it just me or is summer off to an oddly cooler start? Enjoy it while it lasts! For this edition of the newsletter we have an assortment of events for you to consider. Aside from our own events, JETAA is partnering with organizations such as the Japan-America Society of Houston, in hopes to connect you with some Japanese Cultural Activities that you might be interested in and give you that natsukashii tingle…

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP, EVENT THIS WEEKEND!

Hands-on Japanese Pottery Experience

Saturday, June 1, 2013
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sam Houston National Forest, 45 Shady Oak, Sheperd TX, 77371.
Cost $60 for JASH member $75 for nonmembers.
Reservations at info@jashouston.org (mailto:info@jashouston.org)

Shane Tidmore, a Japanese trained ceramic artist will present the history of ceramics in Japan and give you the tools to make tea bowls, flower vases, pots and much more.

Shane studied in Japan under pottery masters, and some of his pieces sell for over 5K.

After the clay work you will have a chance to sign up for a time slot to work the fire kiln: a giant pottery oven that takes 5 tons of wood at a temperature of 2400 degrees Fahrenheit firing 24 hours a day for 5 days in order to glaze the Japanese pottery.

This once in a lifetime experience will take place in a picturesque national forest, an ideal setting for the serene art of clay work.

Materials and lunch will be provided. The event is Saturday! There are still a few open spots, If you are interested sign up now by emailing info@jashouston.org (mailto:info@jashouston.org)

June Pub Quiz@ Porch Swing Pub

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
7:30 PM
Porch Swing Pub
69 Heights Blvd Houston, TX 77007

Come spend their bar tab join the JETAA Team as they defend their multi-win dominance!
To make a reservation email drew@texomajetaa.org (mailto:drew@texomajetaa.org)

Mastering Fish the Japanese Way

A lecture with All-Japan Sushi Association Director Masayoshi Kazato

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Free Sushi Reception: 6:00 PM Free Lecture 7:00 PM
Rice University, Sewall Hall 309

From preservation necessity to luxury treatment, learn how fisuh has been finessed into an artform from none other than the All-Japan Sushi Association Director Masayoshi Kazato. This delicious event is FREE!

Departing JET Q&A Session After-Party!

Saturday, June 29, 2013
6:00 PM
Sushi Raku (Tentative)

While soon-to-depart JETs will spend the day at the annual Q&A Session, it’s important that the JETAA teach them about the Japanese tradition of Enkai! Come out to meet with our newest group, share stories, advice, and make new contacts. To make a reservation please email jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp (mailto:jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp)

Sake Professional Course

Thursday, August 8 – Saturday, August 10, 2013
Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas

The course is led by John Gauntner, a JETAA member who has since become known as “The Sake Guy”

The content of this intensive sake course will be identical to that of the Sake Professional Course held each January in Japan, with the exception of visiting sake breweries. The course is recognized by the Sake Education Council, and those that complete it will be qualified to take the exam for Certified Sake Specialist, which will be offered on the evening of the last day of the course.

The course is geared toward industry professionals wishing to expand their horizons in a thorough manner into the world of sake, and will therefore be somewhat technical in nature, and admittedly somewhat intense. It is likely more than the average consumer needs! But the course is open to anyone with an interest and sake and will certainly be enjoyable.

The cost for the three-day class, including all materials and sake for tasting, is US$825. Participation is limited and reservations can be made now to secure a seat,
with payment due by July 8, 2013.

For more information and a view of the daily syllabus, please see www.sake-world.com/html/spctexsom.html (http://visitor.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?u=25910D0&e=2DB3A2&c=8993&t=0&l=3433C61&email=THCzQ8YJpYgWwFL0dRGJza0DO%2F4OjaF%2B) now. Testimonials from past participants can be found there as well. For reservations or inquiries, please send an email to sakeguy@gol.com (mailto:sakeguy@gol.com) .

 

Summertime JETAA Events: JET Q&A Meet-n-Greet – Sake Course – Karaoke?

Is it just me or is summer off to an oddly cooler start? Enjoy it while it lasts! For this edition of the newsletter we have an assortment of events for you to consider. Aside from our own events, JETAA is partnering with organizations such as the Japan-America Society of Houston, in hopes to connect you with some Japanese Cultural Activities that you might be interested in and give you that natsukashii tingle…

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP, EVENT THIS WEEKEND!

Hands-on Japanese Pottery Experience

yufuku-japanese-pottery-ceramics-works-mino-hananoki-TN

Saturday, June 1, 2013
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sam Houston National Forest, 45 Shady Oak, Sheperd TX, 77371.
Cost $60 for JASH member $75 for nonmembers.
Reservations at info@jashouston.org

Shane Tidmore, a Japanese trained ceramic artist will present the history of ceramics in Japan and give you the tools to make tea bowls, flower vases, pots and much more.

Shane studied in Japan under pottery masters, and some of his pieces sell for over 5K.

After the clay work you will have a chance to sign up for a time slot to work the fire kiln: a giant pottery oven that takes 5 tons of wood at a temperature of 2400 degrees Fahrenheit firing 24 hours a day for 5 days in order to glaze the Japanese pottery.

This once in a lifetime experience will take place in a picturesque national forest, an ideal setting for the serene art of clay work.

Materials and lunch will be provided. The event is Saturday! There are still a few open spots, If you are interested sign up now by emailing info@jashouston.org

 

June Pub Quiz@ Porch Swing Pub

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
7:30 PM
Porch Swing Pub
69 Heights Blvd Houston, TX 77007

Come spend their bar tab join the JETAA Team as they defend their multi-win dominance!
To make a reservation email drew@texomajetaa.org

 

Mastering Fish the Japanese Way

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A lecture with All-Japan Sushi Association Director Masayoshi Kazato

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Free Sushi Reception: 6:00 PM Free Lecture 7:00 PM
Rice University, Sewall Hall 309

From preservation necessity to luxury treatment, learn how fisuh has been finessed into an artform from none other than the All-Japan Sushi Association Director Masayoshi Kazato. This delicious event is FREE!

 

Departing JET Q&A Session After-Party!

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Saturday, June 29, 2013
6:00 PM
Sushi Raku (Tentative)

While soon-to-depart JETs will spend the day at the annual Q&A Session, it’s important that the JETAA teach them about the Japanese tradition of Enkai! Come out to meet with our newest group, share stories, advice, and make new contacts. To make a reservation please email jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp (mailto:jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp)

 

Sake Professional Course

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Thursday, August 8 – Saturday, August 10, 2013
Four Seasons Resort and Club, Dallas

The course is led by John Gauntner, a JETAA member who has since become known as “The Sake Guy”

The content of this intensive sake course will be identical to that of the Sake Professional Course held each January in Japan, with the exception of visiting sake breweries. The course is recognized by the Sake Education Council, and those that complete it will be qualified to take the exam for Certified Sake Specialist, which will be offered on the evening of the last day of the course.

The course is geared toward industry professionals wishing to expand their horizons in a thorough manner into the world of sake, and will therefore be somewhat technical in nature, and admittedly somewhat intense. It is likely more than the average consumer needs! But the course is open to anyone with an interest and sake and will certainly be enjoyable.

The cost for the three-day class, including all materials and sake for tasting, is US$825. Participation is limited and reservations can be made now to secure a seat,
with payment due by July 8, 2013.

For more information and a view of the daily syllabus, please see www.sake-world.com/html/spctexsom.html (http://visitor.benchmarkemail.com/c/l?u=25910D0&e=2DB3A2&c=8993&t=0&l=3433C61&email=THCzQ8YJpYgWwFL0dRGJza0DO%2F4OjaF%2B) now. Testimonials from past participants can be found there as well. For reservations or inquiries, please send an email to sakeguy@gol.com (mailto:sakeguy@gol.com) .

Texoma JETAA – Japan Festival – JETAA/Pre-JET Meet-ups

Hello TEXOMA JETAA Community,

In this Spring Update we have a few items coming up that we thought you would be interested in, but for the most part, we just wanted to remind everyone that the Houston Japan Festival is this weekend. Grab your sunscreen and your friends and come out to enjoy some sunshine and some takoyaki as we talk about JET and Japan!

1) The 20th Annual Japan Festival in Houston’s Hermann Park
This weekend! From 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Saturday April 13 & 10:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday April 14, JETAA will have a booth to talk about Japan, the JET Program and have some cultural fun and games at this year’s Japan Festival in downtown Houston. If you’re anywhere near Houston, you should bring your friends and family and come out to experience a bit of Japanese culture. If you’re able to volunteer some time, sign up for a time-slot and come out to help us have fun and support Texoma!

Booth Sign Up Sheet

Japan Festival Details: http://japan-fest.info/

2) JETAA/Pre-JET Multi-City Meet-Ups
The 2013-2014 JET Program initial Short-List/Alternate notification went out last week and everyone is excited for their chance to live in Japan. Remember that feeling of excitement? Some of the short-listers up in Dallas are getting proactive and are working to arrange a meet-up in the DFW area (Time – TBD). However, I wanted to take a pulse and see if any other JETAA members in other cities might be interested to meet-up if there was enough interest as well. Austin? San Antonio? Oklahoma City? If you’re interested in sharing your sagely advice with the next class, email jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp and I’ll start collaborating with the departing candidates to see what can work.

3) Google Maps after the Great East Japan Earthquake
In honor of the Second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Google has released new Street View Photos of the damaged areas after the March 11 Typhoon damage. Both haunting and intriguing, it will be interesting to watch the progress as the communities of Japan rebuild.

Google Article Link

4) Pub Trivia – First Wednesday of the month (next to be May 1st)
Pub Trivia is still alive and well but we are always looking for new blood. We have a regular group of about 4-6 JETAA members who play on the 1st Wednesday of the month (sometimes more often) but newcomers are more than welcome. Please remember that the team sizes are capped at 7 people so if you are not a member of the Facebook group “Texoma Jetaa” please join and RSVP if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough tables and adjust team sizes accordingly. Side note, the JETAA team, “There’s always money in the Banana Stand” has won 2 out of the last 3 Trivia Nights!

Facebook Group Link

5) For a bit of fun: “Hadoken” Photo Craze in Japan (and now the US)
If you haven’t seen it yet, you will soon enough. Based on the popular Dragon Ball or Street Fighter, the fad begun with Japanese students taking photos of themselves posing as if hit with energy attacks. The craze has jumped the pond and is now among (popular?) memes such as planking and the Harlem Shake.

The Hadoken Meme

Japan Fest JET Booth Volunteer Sign-Up

Hello Texoma,

Spring is near and that means so is the Houston Japan Festival.

This year Jfest will be held on April 13 and 14 and TEXOMA JETAA will have a booth again this year.

We would really appreciate if some of you could help us man the booth over the weekend and tell attendees about the program and your experience. We will also have some Japanese games out to play with kids.

If you can volunteer please sign up here.

ALSO, we plan to make some pictographic trifold presentation boards to relay “A day in the life of a JET”. If you have any good pictures from teaching, traveling, hanging with other JETs or whatever else, please send them to us at officers@texomajetaa.com (mailto:officers@texomajetaa.com)

Thanks
Drew Himmelreich

 

Texoma JETAA – Events / Elections / Jobs and more

What’s Happening: Beginning of 2013
Hello TEXOMA JETAA community,

It has been quite a while since our last mass email but we have lots to cover. I was informed by most of the alums in attendance at the returnee reception that, in fact, email is their preferred method of being updated on events, so I would like to depend more on a monthly email update than just on our Facebook group (but please join and check the Facebook page for smaller updates and events).

Here is what is currently in the works:

1) TEXOMA JETAA OFFICER ELECTIONS – CALL FOR PLATFORMS – Any and all Texoma area JETs are encouraged to submit a platform by Thursday February 7th for the the following positions:
*President
*Vice President
*Secretary
*Treasurer
*Webmaster and Site Editor
*Newsletter Editor

—-Further information about the elections can be found later in this email—-

2) PUB TRIVIA – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 @ PORCHSWING PUB – Pub Trivia is still alive and well but we are always looking for new blood. We have a regular group of about 4-6 JETAA members who play on the 1st Wednesday of the month (sometimes more often) but newcomers are more than welcome. Please remember that the team sizes are capped at 7 people so if you are not a member of the facebook group “Texoma Jetaa” please join and RSVP if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough tables and adjust team sizes accordingly.

3) LEO BAR COCKTAIL MIXER EVENT @ THE ASIA SOCIETY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – The Japan America Society of Houston’s Young Professionals Group is co-hosting the Leo Bar event for February. If you have not yet gotten to explore the new Asia Society building in the museum district this is a great opportunity to see the amazing building and rub elbows with a diverse crowd of youthful movers and shakers of the Houston area. No reservations or admission fees, so feel free to stop by. Leo bar link is below:

http://asiasociety.org/texas/leo-bar-asia-society-texas-center

4) JAPAN FEST – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – JET PROGRAM BOOTH
-The Japan festival will be held in April. There is a position on the JFEST organization committee open and if any JET is interested please let Ryan or I know ASAP. The position is for Opening Ceremony Coordinator.
-Online sign-ups will be live on the Japan Fest website soon for anyone interesting in helping to help during the actual events of the festival
-WE WILL BE NEEDING JETAA VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RUN THE JET BOOTH AND ADVERTISE TO POTENTIAL APPLICANTS

5) World Affairs Council of Houston’s Japanese Foreign Language
Luncheon

“This program will be held on Monday, April 22^nd from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. with approximately 85 high school students and their teachers celebrating the students dedication and hard work in learning Japanese in school. The students are carefully selected by their teachers.

The purpose of the program is to honor these students and reward them for their hard work. The program offers guest speakers, table hosts, a beautiful lunch, decorations and finally a certificate at the end of the program. Attached you will find a flyer that I have used for teachers to register their students. It can give you more detailed information. In April, we also celebrate six other languages as well – they are German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, French and Chinese and this is our 13^th year of doing so. The business community continues to support us in so many ways not only monetarily but with their attendance as table hosts. The table host sits with 9 students at a table, speaks in the language of the day and helps the student to understand the many ways careers can be enhanced by learning a second language. The table host is important and key to the success of that student returning to his training and feeling motivated by its many benefits.”

Any professional JET Alumns with Japanese ability please let me know if you have interest being a table host

6) CONSULATE JOB OPENING – MESSAGE FROM RYAN –
JETAA: I have a new employment prospect that has come up, this time in our own Houston Consulate office. We are looking for a new Consular Service Clerk (Visa). Candidates must have strong written and verbal Japanese ability. Traditionally, this position has been offered only to local Japanese natives, but our office wants to open it up to the JETs. If you want to strengthen your language skills and spend time learning more about Japanese legal culture and researching interesting requests. Candidates who enjoy researching and helping others in addition to language and cultural ability will be considered. For a full summary of the position, please email me at jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp (mailto:jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp)

7) JAPANESE RELATED JOB FAIR IN NEW YORK –

—New York Career Forum 2013 —
Date: February 22 & 23, 2013 (Fri. & Sat.)
Place: The Altman Building (New York, New York)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?ref=201341〈=E (http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?ref=201341〈=E)

8) NON-HOUSTON JET MEET-UP OPPORTUNITIES-
If any groups or alums are starting to gather or want to start in any of the non-Houston cities, let us know and we might be able to provide some planning and financial support.

9) EVENT IDEAS-
We remain eager for any event ideas JET alums in the area might have. Let us know by email or post in the facebook group.

FINAL NOTES: Hopefully everyone is well and the recent returnees are adjusting to being back home. If you are not a member of the facebook group, it is called TEXOMA JETAA, and members often post short notice social events or just Japanese news or articles. Now that the new year is in full swing, we look forward to improving and expanding the offerings of our TEXOMA chapter. Hope to see or hear from more of you in 2013.

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ELECTION DETAILS:

President
Role: Coordinate all activities. Chair general meetings, monthly socials. Liaise with outside organizations.
Incumbent: Drew Himmelreich

Vice President
Role: Assist in coordination of all activities. Chair special projects as defined by the President or the Executive Committee. Manage membership requests and work with webmaster to update member list as necessary.
Incumbent: Jessica Parker

Secretary
Role: Record information from meetings, distribute minutes, assist Executive Officers in administrative tasks.
Incumbent: No incumbent running.

Treasurer
Role: Develop annual budget. Secure funding from CLAIR and MoFA. Provide guidance to the board members on funds available for activities. Monitor bank account.
Incumbent:
Adam Hammick

Webmaster and Site Editor
Role: Ensure function of website and mass e-mail system. Update member list and ensure website has up to date information.
Incumbent: Dusty Downing

Newsletter Editor
Role: Edit and publish quarterly newsletter.
Incumbent: Ryan Pauley

LOCAL CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT POSITIONS
If you are interested in helping coordinate events in your area of Texas or Oklahoma, please contact us. We are particularly interested in setting up and supporting local chapters in the Austin/San Antonio area, the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City.