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Shinnenkai Night Two! Join Our Cultural Connections Happy Hour(s) Tonight!

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Three days of fun, each with its own focus! Help JETAA Chicago celebrate the culture of Japan and our community’s continued connection to it while supporting our local partners! As always, the Shinnenkai is open to the public!

Schedule of Events

Cultural Connections Happy Hour(s) - Saturday, Feb. 6 - 7PM-9PM CST

A casual evening for enjoying our shared connection to Japan. Special guest alumni Joe Palermo (Gunma, 82-83, author of No Pianos, Pets, or Foreigners! My life in Japan in the 80's) will be on hand to talk about his experiences and then attendees can go head to head and test their knowledge with a US-Japan themed trivia. Donate with the "+Trivia Pack" for the bonus of having the chance at a few amazing prizes, including a a one-of-a-kind calligraphy piece crafted by Oda-Sensei with the JCC!

Sunday Family Fun-day - Sunday, Feb.7 - 2PM-3:30PM CST

Participate in a variety of craft activities including origami and a nengajo design workshop!

(PAST) Kick-off Celebration - Friday, Feb. 5 - 6PM-7PM CST

Our welcome ceremony, with special guest Consulate General Okada and a Haiku presentation from the Resident Poet at the Japanese Arts Foundation, William Seiyo Sheehan!

General Admission is free for all three days, but attendees have the option to upgrade to expand their experience and support our partners. Check out the Guestlist for more information.

And in the spirit of strengthening our community’s connection with Japan, this year proceeds from the “Activity Supply Pack” and “Trivia” upgrades are benefitting two organizations in Chicago that have been incredible partners to our chapter over the years: the Japanese American Service Committee and the Japanese Culture Center.


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