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Saturday, June 6, 2020


7:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm CST

If you love Harry Potter as much as we do, then this is the event for you! Join us for our Third Time’s the Charm Harry Potter trivia night!

Whether you’ve only read the books or only seen the movies, this trivia challenge is sure to be fun for all. Show off your Wizarding World wisdom and compete with your fellow alumni to earn the House Cup!

That’s right! This time it’s to be a Team Challenge between Hogwarts Houses! We’ll be using the same quiz platform as the previous trivia nights, but this time when you enter the game you’ll be able to choose which Hogwarts House team you want to join. The team with the highest average score will win the game!

We are limiting the number of competitors, so only the first 20 RSVPs for the Trivia Participant ticket will be able to officially compete.

Of course, spectators are welcome and encouraged to join as well! We’ll be doing our usual between round icebreakers and discussions, nerding out and goofing off.

Introductions will start promptly at 7pm CST, with an aim for the trivia to start at 7:20pm. If you are not on the call by 7:20pm, we may give your spot to another alumni. The event should wrap up around 9:00pm.

RSVP Here!

* This event is for JET alumni-only. If an alumni is social distancing with a Friend/Family of JET (FOJ), they are welcome to join on their screen with them.

Questions? Contact us at info@jetaachicago.com

A message from our JETAA USA Country Reps:

JETAA International needs a new logo to represent the 72,000 JET alumni around the world. Your logo will be the visual cornerstone of the re-branding effort, and will be featured on our website, announcements, marketing materials, letterhead, business cards, etc.

Contest open to all JET participants and alumni!

Prize:  The winner will receive a Kokoro Care Package valued at over ¥10,000. Plus you'll be providing JETAA International with a new visual calling card representing 72,000 alumni around the world to add to your design portfolio.

Timeline: Submission deadline June 14, 2020 Unveiling of new Logo July 15, 2020

How to Enter: Send your design(s) to info@jetaainternational.org with your name, prefecture, and years on JET.  You may enter as many designs as you like. To increase your chances of winning, please be sure to send in a high-resolution graphic, preferably in .png/.gif/.jpg form.

Questions: Contact info@jetaainternational.org

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Need inspiration? Check out JETAA logos from around the world:

JETAA USA Chapter Logos


JETAA Chapter Logos Around the World


Current JETAA International Logo

Sunday, May 17, 2020


3:00 pm ~ 4:00 pm CST

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our lives in nearly every sense — from how we think and communicate, to our daily routines and work habits. But through these challenges, many of us have rediscovered the joy and satisfaction of cooking at home using minimal ingredients.

On Sunday, May 17, at 3 PM CST, we invite you to join JETAA Chicago for a virtual Netflix Watch Party. We will watch Episode 1 of the Netflix series, “Midnight Diner,” about a chef whose late night diner attracts an array of interesting characters every night in the early hours of the morning, while the rest of Tokyo sleeps.

Joining us will be Seimi Rurup, social media coordinator of the Japanese cooking website Just One Cookbook. Seimi grew up in New Jersey and is heavily influenced by Japanese, Korean, and Italian cooking. She will share general cooking tips and discuss different ways to make the main dish featured in Episode 1 of Midnight Diner (“Tan-men” タンメン).

Participants also will receive a PDF of cooking tips curated by JETAA Chicago Philanthropy Coordinator Sheila Burt, with input from her brother, Robert Burt. Robert has nearly two decades of experience in the food industry and is a certified sommelier and cheese expert.

After signing up, participants will be emailed the PDF and receive a Netflix Watch Party link on the day of the event. The event is free and open to both JETAA alumni and Friends of JET, but participants must have a Netflix account and download the Netflix Party Google Chrome extension prior to the event.

Introductions will start promptly at 3:00pm with an aim for the show to start at 3:15pm. After the show, a Q&A session will begin around 3:45pm.

RSVP Here!

Questions? Contact us at info@jetaachicago.com

* Photo from Just One Cookbook's recipe for Tan-Men


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