Yee-Hawnami 2020: Texas Bluebonnets in Houston

Members from the Texoma region and the NOLA/Mid-South region will gather in Houston for a Hanami picnic and ‘onsen’ weekend. Interested? Keep your ear to the ground for more details coming soon.

When: March 27 – 29 2020 | Friday – Sunday
Who: JET Alumni and friends

Tentative/Proposed Itinerary

Friday

  • Evening: Welcome Mid-South JET Alum and have a Japanese dinner

Saturday

  • Prepare food for hanami picnic together
  • Hanami Picnic to enjoy the Texas Bluebonnets
  • Korean spa https://gangnamspa.org
  • Dinner at Conveyor-belt Sushi restaurant
  • Possible Karaoke niji-kai

Sunday

  • Morning shopping trip to Daiso, Seiwa Supermarket, etc
  • Mid-South JETAA group departs Houston

Participants will individually pay for:

  • ​Personal pass to the Korean Spa (approx $45.00)
  • Personal restaurant meals
  • Their own shopping purchases

JETAA Texoma Establishes a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

The events of Hurricane Harvey have left many dealing with extensive damage and even total destruction of their home and property. The Japan Exhange in Teaching Alumni Association of Texas and Oklahoma and its membership were not spared from this tragedy.  We are setting up a gofundme fundraiser to aid those in our community who have been impacted by this catastrophe.

Japan Festival Houston 2017

JETAA Texoma hosted a booth at Japan Festival Houston on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, 2017, to boost the JET Program and the Alumni Association.

Eight volunteers assisted our JETAA booth during a busy matsuri environment and made meaningful connections with attendees. Seventy guests stopped by the booth to take brochures about the JET Program, and nine Alumni came by to say hello, some chomping down okonomoyaki, and some taking free cupcakes and pocky off our hands. Alumni enjoyed hearing “Wasshoi, wasshoi!” again and seeing lively booths, dances, and demonstrations by the local Japanese community.

We hope to see you next year at Japan Fest, but in the meantime, we’re all looking forward to Japanese festivals in Dallas and San Antonio this fall!

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.

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) .

 

Houston-area: Trivia Night at Porch Swing Pub on Wednesday

Location: Porch Swing Pub, 69 Heights Blvd. , Houston, TX 77007
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 7:00pm-9:30 pm

We are going to try to have Trivia night on the first Wednesday of each month starting THIS WEDNESDAY. Please join us so we can discuss our JETAA plans for the year STARTING WITH JAPAN FEST!!! J-Fest is right around the corner and we need to talk shop.

If you can, email Drew (president [at] texomajetaa.org) before tomorrow at 2:00PM it will help us get better seating.