Canberra JETAA Inc E-mail for week ending 14 August 2009

  • JETAA Meeting – this Sunday
  • JETAA Trivia
  • News from a new JET
  • O-Shaberikai
  • JALT Buddies 2009
  • Japanese Language Speech Competition
  • Japanese National Language Proficiency Test
  • News from Japan

JETAA Meeting – This Sunday

Apologies for the late notice. The next JETAA meeting will be held this Sunday (16 August 2009) in Narrabundah from 3.00pm

If you would like to come along or if you require more details please contact Nicola on 0123 588 709 or at:

JETAA Trivia

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.

News from a new JET

Shirin Sane is one of the new JETs whom we farewelled a few weeks ago. She’s been in touch and here’s what she has to so about her new life in Japan:

It’s been truly manic, and I had a melt down yesterday getting lost on the roads in amongst the rice paddies (which by the way are gaijin traps and I’m going to fall into one!)…. but other than that, I love Japan! I love my apartment, my car, the food and my supervisor and work colleagues and all the people here! I taught my first kindy class today! I did a jikoshoukai for them and they LOVED ME! yay! Then I stayed and ate lunch with them, played, and now I’m back at the office! Glad to hear you are all well, please say hi to everyone back home for me!


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 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

J-pop star surrenders to police after a week on the run for drugs charge:

Have a great week,

JETAA President

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