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Monday, September 10, 2018

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Japanese Culture Center, 1016 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 6065

Chicago Wafu Club (シカゴ和風倶楽部) and the Japanese Culture Center present

Kimono Dressing Live!

The event features one of the best-known Kimono specialists, Mrs. Toshie Kasada, from the Hakubi Kyoto Kimono School in Japan. Mrs. Kasada will demonstrate how to dress different types of kimono in various ways. Participants will learn the basics of wearing kimonos and useful tips.

Kimonos will be provided by Tangerine Mountain Imports (みかん山), an importer of authentic vintage kimonos from Japan based in Schaumburg. They will bring various types of kimono to the event. The participants will have opportunity to browse through their collection.

Mrs. Kasada’s demonstration will be accompanied by beautiful Koto music played by acclaimed musician, Tokiko Kimura.

Refreshments will be served after the presentation, courtesy of Yoshi's Cafe! Participants will have a chance to talk with Mrs. Kasada and the members of Chicago Wafu Club at the reception. There will be a Tangerine Mountain Imports pop-up store where participants can purchase items from small accessories to kimonos used in Mrs. Kasada’s demonstration.

Purchase tickets to the event here. They're only $5!

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Join USJETAA for their second webinar in the newly launched webinar series for JET alumni. Career counselor Emily Frank will be speaking to us on how to find a career. This webinar is FREE!

Date: August 23rd, 2018 Time: 12:00 PM EDT / 10 AM MDT / 9 AM PDT

Webinar Summary

Are you unsure where to go from here? You've had your JET experience, you gained some skills and did some fabulous stuff but you're not sure what's next? Then please join us as we explore tips for identifying your needs and values, and learning how to weave those together with your international experiences to find a career path! In this webinar, we will identify some of the ways you can highlight your time in Japan, even if you don't want to teach or translate. We will explore some of the ways that living and working abroad can be attractive to employers, and we'll take a peek into why who you are matters in your career development.


Emily Frank graduated from Smith College and was an AET in southern Hokkaido from 1993-1996. After spending a lot of time afterwards feeling lost, she eventually got a master's degree in counseling and now helps others who are similarly lost regarding careers. She spent over 12 years working at a large public university, and has been in private practice since January, 2018. Emily is based in Denver but does distance work with clients from all over the globe. Through generous grants from organizations like the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, she has also been able to offer free career counseling to JET alumni in the past, and has enjoyed reconnecting with fellow JETs that way.

Joining the Webinar

Interested in joining the website? Go to the post on USJETAA's website for details on how to call in.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

7:30 pm - Pre-party / 9:00 pm - Movie Screening

The Logan Theatre

Join the The Logan Theatre, Japanese Culture Center - 日本文化会館, and C2E2 for an evening celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Katsuhiro Ôtomo's AKIRA!

Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a covert government project called Akira. But a bloody battle ensues when Kaneda sets out to save his friend.

Celebrate in The Logan Lounge with illustrator Waking Oni (artist of the event post below) and DJ Van Paugam spinning 80s Japanese Disco, Funk, & City Pop Vinyl Records!

Expect drink specials, raffles, and a dance party. We enthusiastically welcome cosplay!

There is no cover for the Lounge Pre-party.

Screening tickets are $15 and include Waking Oni limited edition "Neo Logan" poster (numbered and signed by artist), as well as a raffle ticket for prizes from C2E2.

Follow the event on Facebook and grab your tickets here.

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