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16th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnenkai

Want a taste of Japan this new year? Then come to the 16th Annual JETAA Chicago Shinnenkaion January 19, 2019 (Saturday), from 5:00 to 8:00pm. The Japanese American Service Committee has graciously offered to host our evening of cultural celebration!

You must buy tickets on our Guestlist page for the event, which you can find here:

What Japanese things can you experience while there? Well...

  • Japanese Food & Drink

  • Calligraphy

  • Ema Plaques

  • Fukuwarai (Pin the Tail on the Donkey)

  • Karuta (Playing Cards)

  • Kimono Dress-up

  • Onigiri (Rice Ball) Making

  • Origami

And as always, all of our activities are free with the price of admission! Do note that events listed above are tentative and subject to change.

This year, in loving memory of Daniel Pruitt, a portion of the proceeds from ticket and Fukubukuro (Lucky Bags) sales will be donated to the Be The Match Foundation.

Again, you must purchase tickets here:

Be The Match Foundation

For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 30 years Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. They work every day to save lives through transplant. Visit to learn more about how you can help.

Volunteering to Help

Every year we have activity tables that alumni are in charge of for shifts. We will need members to help volunteer the day of with a number of items, including the calligraphy station, origami station, karuta station, onigiri station and more. We are also open to ideas of a station you may be able to host.

Please email if you are interested in volunteering.

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