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Shinnenkai UPDATE! Consul General Tajima and Chef Satoshi Ito join us on Saturday!

Join JETAA Chicago on Friday and Saturday for our annual Shinnenkai Fundraiser! JUST ADDED - Consul General Tajima and Chef Satoshi Ito are also joining the fun on Saturday!

This year our annual fundraiser features a 書道 (shodō) and ikebana presentation, Tamagoyaki demonstration, 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. Consul General Tajima will help us kick off the festivities with his personal Chef Satoshi Ito (check out his Cooking with Chef Ito Series!) who will demonstrate his Tamagoyaki cooking method! 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 the 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! 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.

Part II features an all out Trivia Battle themed 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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