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JETAA Chicago's Annual Shinnenkai Fundraiser is this Friday!

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

UPDATE! The Chicago Griller will be joining us on Saturday!

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. Also, Jerry Lai, a friend of JET behind the YouTube channel Chicago Griller, will join the fun to describe pandemic hobby of grilling has turned into a YouTube channel with 6,200 subscribers and growing! Join us for an inside look into ways he incorporates Asian flavors and cooking principles into his grilling methods and how he continues to teach himself new ways to explore food and culture!

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