Canberra JETAA Inc E-mail for week ending 31 July 2009

  • JETAA movie night – Tonight
  • Japan-related children’s book author talk
  • O-Shaberikai – next week
  • Candle Festival Liaison officer still needed
  • JALT Buddies 2009
  • Japanese Film Noir
  • JETAA Trivia – date confirmed
  • News from Japan – ALT ruminations

JETAA Movie night – Tonight

JETAA will be screening Itami Juzo’s classic film “Tampopo” (with English Subtitles)

Where: Narrabundah

When: 7pm Tonight

Notes: JETAA will provide the pizzas and popcorn

As places are limited please RSVP your attendance to Megan at

Japan-related children’s book author talk

Sandy Fussell, the author of the “Samurai Kids” (aimed at readers 5-8 years old) series is visiting Canberra to give a talk about writing and researching her books.

Where – Asia Bookroom, Lawry Place, Macquarie

When – 7.00pm, Monday, 3 August 2009

For more details contact the Asia Bookroom on 6251 5191 or:

O-Shaberikai – next week

The next O-Shaberikai will be held on Wednesday, 5 August 2009 at the Holy Grail in Civic from 5.30pm onwards. Please do come along if you can.

For those who don’t know, the O-Shaberikai is a very informal monthly get-together where Japanese people staying in Canberra can meet Australians who have some interest in Japan. As it is informal, you’re not bound by time constraints so turning up late or leaving early is not a problem at all.

Candle Festival Liaison Officer still needed

JETAA seeks an enthusiastic member to lead the organisation of this years Canberra Nara Candle Festival on 26 September. The role is not exhaustive due to the great team of volunteers (who will sign up in due course) but it requires you to do a number of things such as (or to delegate):

  • attend the pre-event meetings which are held once a month from 5pm in Canberra Nara House in the City
  • arrange the ordering of food, drink and equipment supplies
  • prepare pre-event paperwork such as registration and liquor licence
  • enlist the volunteers and write the roster for the day
  • act as the contact person for the organisers (the ACT Chief Minister’s Department).

If you would like further information on what is involved, please do not hesitate to contact Murray at

The Candle Festival will take place on Saturday, 26 September 2009.

JALT Buddies 2009

Could all JALTS and JETAA members who wish to participate in the buddy program for 2009/10 please contact Megan Vidgen at and register with the following details:

Full Name:

Address (and host family’s name) in Australia:

Home Town in Japan (or JET Town for JETS):

Home Phone:

Mobile Phone:

Email address:

School and teacher in Australia:

Your information will only be distributed to those registered for the buddy program. Your buddy will be there to help out with anything you may wish to discuss about life and travel in Australia, shopping, eating out, home stays etc! If you have any further questions about the program please contact Megan or Murray (

Japanese Film Noir

Much too much Japanese film just gets us over the line. The Ark Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive will be screening Japanese Film Noir series from 16 July to 13 August.

All tickets will be $10 fill / $8 concession / $70 for a 10-ticket pass.

Arc Cinema.

National Film and Sound Archive

McCoy Circuit, Acton

For more information, please see:

Sports fans will be glad to know that this coincides with the Second to Fourth tests of the Ashes. Why not catch some Japanese Noir and then settle back with our chums at SBS to watch the greatest sporting contest of all?

JETAA Trivia – date confirmed

The fourth annual JETAA Australia-Japan Trivia night will be held on Monday, 14 September 2009 – please mark this date in your diaries.

More news on JETAA trivia soon.

News from Japan

This week something a bit more serious.

An article on the ALT system and what effect the “dispatch companies” are having on it. 25% of ALTs are JETs, the rest are either directly employed by their school or BOE or, more commonly, employed by dispatch companies who are the subject of scrutiny in this (Japanese language) article originally from the Daily Yomuri”

Have a great week,


JETAA President

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