Canberra JETAA Inc E-mail for week ending 4 September 2009

JETAA Trivia
Candle Festival 2009
New Website!
Funding to promote JET
Next Meeting

Japanese Language Speech Competition
Japanese National Language Proficiency Test
News from Japan

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.

Candle Festival 2009

The Canberra Nara Candle Festival will take place on Saturday, 26 September 2009 from 3pm to 9pm in the Canberra Nara Park.

JETAA will participate for the fifth consecutive year, and like in previous years, will run a gyoza and beer stall.

We are looking for a group of eager volunteers to assist with pre-event preparations (ordering) and on-the-day preparations (such as cooking, selling, setting-up and packing-up). If you are able to help in any way, we would love to have you on board.

For more information please contact Christie at:

Information on the festival can be found at:

Thank you.

New Website!

Canberra JETAA Inc has a new website. To see the latest of our presence in the web check out:

Funding to promote JET

CLAIR has advised that they have some additional funding to support any projects to promote the JET Programme to try to encourage more people to apply to participate in JET.

The Committee is already working closely with CLAIR on this project, but new ideas are always welcome.

If you have any great ideas to encourage more people to apply for JET please contact Murray at:

Next Meeting

The details for the next JETAA meeting are:

Date: Sunday, 20 September 2009
Time: 3.00 pm
Place: The Presidential Palace, Ainslie

This meeting will be very important as it falls between the Trivia Night and Candle Festival. Please do attend if you can. JETAA will provide snacks and refreshments.

For more information, please contact Murray at:


The annual Australia-Japan softball competition will be held ths year on Saturday, 17 October 2009.

As in previous years, the JETAA/CJC/AJS team will hold practice sessions at Yarralumla Neighbourhood Oval every Saturday afternoon from 12 September 2009 until 10 October 2009.

For further details please contact the skipper at:

All levels of player are welcome to participate.


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.

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) Applaiction due THIS Friday

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: jlpt/index.html

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

News from Japan

As Aso and his crue (sic) retreat into distant memory one man has discovered what Brando meant when he uttered those immortal lines “the horror, the horror”:

Have a great week,

JETAA President

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