Canberra JETAA Inc E-mail for week ending 7 August 2009

The 2009 movie night was a great success, thanks to everyone who came along and thank you to Megan for hosting. I think everyone enjoyed “Tampopo” and most attendees will never look at live crustaceans or egg yolks in quite the same way again.

Thanks also to Christie Harvey for stepping up and volunteering to be the JETAA Candle Festival liaison officer. Please give her as much support as you can as she undertakes this role.

  • JETAA Trivia – details confirmed – note new venue
  • O-Shaberikai
  • JALT Buddies 2009
  • Japanese Film Noir
  • Japanese Language Speech Competition
  • Japanese National Language Proficiency Test
  • News from Japan

JETAA Trivia – details confirmed – note new venue

The details have been confirmed for the fourth annual JETAA Australia-Japan Trivia night, they are as follows:

Date – Monday, 14 September 2009

Time – 7.00 pm

Venue – Holy Grail, Civic (Cnr Akuna & Bunda Streets)

Cost – $15 each

Places are limited and experience indicates that available places fill up fast. Please book early to confirm your place at this event. For bookings please contact:

10% of all ticket sales will go to support JETAA International’s charity, Room to Read. More information on their work can be found here:

As with the last couple of years, the questions will be on both Australia and Japan so teams with both Australian and Japanese players will be at an advantage. If you can’t get a team of 8 together you can register as a single person or in small groups and we’ll find a team for you.


The next O-Shaberikai will be held on Wednesday, 2 September 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.

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?

Japanese Language Speech Competition

ACT finals will be held on Saturday, 19 September 2009.

For more details contact Ms Jan Hutchinson at the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of ACT on (02) 62026407 or at:

The national final contest will be held on Saturday, 10 October 2009 in Sydney.

Japanese National Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

The 2009 Japanese Language Proficiency Test will be held on Sunday, 6 December 2009.

Please note:

The deadline of the applications is on Friday 4 September 2009.

Each test site application procedure is slightly different.

Please check your test site’s conditions before submitting.

DO NOT submit your application directly to the Japan Foundation, Sydney.

For 2009 Guidelines, 2009 Application, Test fees, Test Sites/Contact etc. please visit the website at:

For further information, please contact the Japanese Language Department on 02 8239 0077 or e-mail at:

News from Japan

Skank kimono worn by Miss Universe contestant outrages Japanese public:

Have a great week,


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