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Congratulations, you are a JET! You are going to be living in Japan for a year or more! Are you already bursting with questions? Don't worry, it's completely normal. Many JETs have done what you are about to do, and we would like to make it easier for you.

As you prepare for your experience, please check out our Survival Guides, created with the knowledge and experience of your Alumni predecessors. From what to wear to how to clean tatami, we've collected all the information you'll need to help get you set up in your new home. 


Connect with other Outgoing JETs and Alumni mentors by attending one of our signature events. Our Alumni Mentors will be more than happy to give you advice!

Our initiatives focus on providing support to help educate and prepare new JETs for a smooth and smart transition to their lives in Japan and on the JET Programme.

  • Arts and Crafts
    Chicago Area Origami Society Ikebana International – Chicago Chapter Midwest Bonsai Society
  • Attractions
    Anderson Japanese Gardens (Rockford) Bonsai Collection at Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe) Boone Collection at the Field Musuem Japanese Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago King Spa and Sauna (Niles) Oda Japanese Calligraphy School (Arlington Heights) Osaka Garden
  • Culture
    Chicago Japanese American Historical Society Consulate-General of Japan – Japan Information Center Japanese American Citizens League Chicago Chapter Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago Japan America Society of Chicago Japanese Culture Center Chicago
  • Food and Fun
    Akai Hana (Wilmette) Arami Chicago Kalbi Golden Pacific Market The Green Teaist (Lake Forest) Gyu-Kaku Chicago Izakaya Mita Izakaya Sankyu (Mt. Prospect) House of Sushi and Noodles Hiromi Restaurant and Karaoke H-Mart Asian Grocery (Niles) Kai Zan Kamehachi Kampai Japanese Steak and Sushi (Mt. Prospect) Katsu Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya Kuni’s Japanese Restaurant (Evanston) Lincoln Karaoke Midori Mitsuwa Marketplace (Arlington Heights) Murasaki Lounge Ramen Misoya (Chicago & Mt. Prospect) Renga-tei (Lincolnwood) Sakura Karaoke Lounge Slurping Turtle Takashi Tensuke Market (Arlington Heights) Yusho Wasabi
  • Martial Arts
    Chicago Aikiai Chicago Kendo Dojo Japan Karate Assoc. Chicago – Sugiyama Dojo Midwest Aikido Center Midwest Token Kai Japanese Sword Show Shinjinkai Tenshin Shinjitsu Dojo of Chicago
  • Performing Arts
    Chicago Koto Group Ho Etsu Taiko Tsukasa Taiko
  • Religious Centers
    Buddhist Temple of Chicago Midwest Buddhist Temple Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago


Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Alumni Association of Chicago
Connecting JET alumni in the Midwest - Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana
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