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

JETAA Trivia – This coming Monday
Candle Festival 2009
Funding to promote JET
Next Meeting
Softball – updated practice times
Japanese Language Speech Competition
News from Japan
JETAA Trivia – This coming Monday

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.

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:

Softball – Updated practice times

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 the practice session will be as follows:

13/Sep: Sun 1-3pm
19/Sep: Sat 1-3pm
27/Sep: Sun 1-3pm
3/Oct: Sat 1-3 pm
10/Oct: Sat 1-3 pm

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, 7 October 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.

News from Japan

Japan’s new first lady reveals unusual travel history:

Have a great week,

JETAA President

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