Canberra JETAA Inc E-mail for week ending 25 September 2009

This Saturday JETAA will again run our famous beer and gyoza stall at the Canberra-Nara candle festival. Please come along and help out if you can and even if you can’t do be sure to drop by and sample some of our wares and enjoy the festival.

  • Candle Festival 2009 – this weekend!
  • Funding to promote JET
  • Softball – updated practice times
  • Request from the Embassy
  • JETAA International Country Rep up for grabs
  • O-Shaberikai
  • News from Japan

Candle Festival 2009 – this weekend!

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:

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.

Request from the Embassy

Mr Shinki, the First Secretary for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan, has asked for additional information on JETAA members who are active in the field of politics, economy, culture and education such as government, universities, mass media and so on by 7 October 2009.

If this is you, and if you are happy for this information to be released to the Embassy please advise your title, occupation and workplace to Mr Shinki directly at:

Please note that JETAA respects your privacy and will not release this sort of information about our members without their express consent.

JETAA International Country Rep up for grabs

Lucy Shields’ two year term as Australian Country Rep is coming to an end. The job itself is not onerous and she suggests it would be most easily undertaken by someone with a working knowledge of JETAA administrative processes at the chapter level. Lucy welcomes questions from potential nominees to or on 0419 344 926.

Nominees should send their nomination platform to (cc. between 10-15 OCTOBER 2009.

Voting (one vote per Australian chapter) will be held at the Oceania Regional Conference in November


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.

News from Japan

Controversial director visits Tokyo for screening of “the Cove”:

Have a great week,


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