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The Japan America Society of Chicago will be hosting their virtual 2022 Illinois Japan Bowl: Japanese Culture Trivia event on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00-2:00 pm.

This has been another challenging year for students and teachers, and our goal for this year’s event is to create a fun space to expand student’s knowledge and interest in Japanese culture and language. Students will be participating in all aspects of Japanese culture and language individually, however they will register for the event in teams of three. Each individual score will be added to create a final team score. All questions will have multiple choice answers.

Since this year’s competition will be held via Kahoot, we are currently seeking the below volunteers:

  1. Question writers (help a team lead in level 2, 3 or 4 choose and confirm 75 questions for each level, as well as create additional questions/answers. For level 3 and level 4 teams, fluency and/or heightened knowledge of Japanese language/culture required)

  2. Room monitor (monitor each level of competition via ZOOM)

  3. Tally volunteer (assist with tallying of team scores for each level)

Our goal is to have all questions and answer choices complete by the end of February.

If you are interested in volunteering please email kono@jaschicago.org no later than Monday, January 31.

Thank you so much for all of your support!!!

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Join JETAA Florida for a discussion on the social justice legacy of the Japanese American (“Nisei”) soldiers of the 442nd RCT who overcame poverty and prejudice to become the most decorated outfit in US military history for its size and length of service. The discussion will feature Dr. Lynn Heirakuji, President and Board Member of the Nisei Veterans Legacy, whose father was a member of the 442nd RCT, with commentary from Diane Hirabayashi Carter, Collections Assistant at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, and Dr. Mitzi Uehara Carter, Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology, East Asian Studies, and the African and Africa Diaspora Program at Florida International University.

Sign up here!

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This year our annual fundraiser features a 書道 (shodō) presentation, recipe swap, food-themed trivia and more! Attendees who buy into the trivia will have a chance at some wonderful prizes including a one-of-a-kind Calligraphy piece, memberships to the JASC YPC, and JETAA Chicago swag! Check below for full details!

To honor our continued connection to Japan, all donations and proceeds from the "Trivia+" tickets will go to support two of our local partners - the Japan America Society of Chicago(JASC) and the Japanese Culture Center(JCC)!

Friday, Feb. 4 - 6PM-7PM CST - Opening Ceremony The kick-off introducing our two beneficiaries this year - the Japanese Culture Center and the Japan America Society of Chicago. Includes a special 書道 (shodō) presentation by Hekiun Oda-Sensei, the JCC's resident calligraphy master, and an 生け花 (ikebana) demonstration by Professor Charles Harris.

Saturday, Feb. 5 - 7PM-9PM CST - Cultural Connections Happy Hour(s): Recipe Swap and Trivia Night An evening of exploring our connections with Japan through our culinary favorites. Part I will open a discussion about how our community (JETs and Friends of JET) maintain our Japan connections through food! Attendees are encouraged to bring stories and recipes to swap! After the event, JETAA Chicago is going to collect the recipes and share them with everyone that attends. Part II features an all out Trivia Battle theme around Japanese Food with the chance to win wonderful prizes for those that make a donation! Anyone can attend, but you must sign-up for the “+Trivia” ticket in order to participate in the game itself.

General Admission is free for both days, but attendees have the option to upgrade to expand their experience. Go to the sign-up below to see our Guestlist page with full details about the different days and ticket options.

We hope to see you there!

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