Category Archives: Events

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
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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

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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) .

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

 

End of Summer BBQ in Houston

What: 2012 JETAA BBQ!

When: Saturday, September 8th, 5:00 PM

Location: Dusty & Emily’s House, 912 Eleanor St., Houston, Tx, 77009

Come one come all! we will be having an End-of-Summer barbeque just north of downtown Houston. Come on down and enjoy that last little bit of the searing summer sun before it’s gone (in approx. 3 months). Standard BBQ Food and drink will be provided by JETAA, but feel free to bring anything special you might be interested to eat and share.

JETAA will also be taking charity donations for The Alliance for Multicultural Affairs, so bring some cash!

Central Texas Camping Trip Update and Survey

We are very excited to officially announce the Texoma JETAA Central Texas Camping Trip (aka the JETAAstrophe). 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 October 5-8 at Garner State Park.

Event: Texoma JETAA Central Texas Camping Trip (aka the JETAAstrophe)
Location: Garner State Park
Date: October 5th-8th

If you are planning on coming, please fill out the form at the “continue reading” link by September 15th.

Please email any questions to info@texomajetaa.org

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Austin Area JETs: Calligraphy Class in Austin

Ms. Michiko Miyata will be holding a beginner calligraphy class on the UT Austin campus. It will be a beginner class, and all materials will be provided. No reservations are necessary!

This class will be a test run, and if it goes well, it may become a regular series during UT’s summer semester beginning in June. Please contact Adam with any other questions.

Date: Friday, April 20
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: UT Austin campus, room PAR 210 (see map below)

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.

Japan-America Society DFW Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration

The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is hosting our 12th annual Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration on January 15th, 2012. Bring the family to this annual festival presented by the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth featuring Japanese New Year traditions. Performers include Kotokai Aikido, Kotomi-kai Koto Ensemble, Dallas Kiyari Daiko, Cherry Blossom Chorus, and Daffron Kids Yosakoi Dancers. Watch rice being pounded for mochi (rice cakes), a treat you can sample with various toppings (including Sendai specialty kurumi,walnut paste).  There will also be cultural activities, displays, and traditional games for children. Sponsored by Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

DATE: Sunday, January 15th, 2012

TIME: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

PLACE: Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., 2801 Telecom Parkway, Richardson, TX  75082

COST: $8 for non-members, $5 for JASDFW members, $2 for children aged 6-12 yrs, FREE for children aged 5 yrs and under

An English event flyer can be found here, and a Japanese flyer can be found here.

Contact: info@jasdfw.org

Telephone: 214-342-2022

Website: www.jasdfw.org

Returning JET Reception

Attention JET Program Alumni!

The Consulate-General of Japan at Houston will be holding a luncheon to honor the recently returned members of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, alumni, and supporters and we want you there. Please join us at the official residence of newly arrived Consul-General Jota Yamamoto and Mrs. Yamamoto on Saturday, December 10th from 11:45 AM to 1:45 PM as we welcome our newest alumni members while celebrating the JET Program’s 25 years.

Joining our celebration will be 14 Japanese English teachers, part of the Japan-United States Training Exchange (JUSTE) Program. These teachers are studying English teaching methods in Austin as part of a 6-month training course to better their English skills before returning to Junior High Schools all across Japan.

Come join us as we reminisce about our past experiences on the JET Program, help us to welcome our newest class of Alumni and cheer on the next generation of the Japanese Teachers of English. We hope to see you there.

For more information or to make reservations, please email Ryan Pauley at jetcoord@cgjhou.org or call (713) 652-2977 x 2114