Canberra JETAA Inc E-mail for week ending 20 November 2009

  • Room to Read information session – tonight
  • Field trip to Young – Cherry Picking
  • Japanese Beer for sale
  • Japan Film Festival
  • O-Shaberikai
  • Dates for your diary
  • News from Japan

Room to Read information session – tonight

Room to Read, JETAA-I’s charity (which was so generously supported at Canberra JETAA Inc’s recent trivia night) is holding an information session.  Details as follows:

When: 6.00pm Friday, 20 November 2009
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Community Room, 92-96 Corinna St Woden
Contact: Yash Varma 0415 573 520 or or

All are welcome to attend this session.

Field trip to Young – Cherry Picking

Cherry Picking Trip
Who likes cherries?  Who likes eating cherries for free?  As a member or friend join Canberra JETAA’s day trip to Young, NSW to sample some fine cherries.
Young is a small country town about 2 hours drive north west of Canberra famous for its cherries.  The day trip involves meeting for lunch in Young followed by cherry picking and eating.  You only have to pay for the cherries you take back home.
At this stage we are still sorting out transport options and the possibility of a picnic lunch.  If you would like to register your interest please email with the subject Cherries and your name.

When: Sunday, 6 December 2009
Where: Young, NSW
Cost: Free

Japanese beer for sale

Following the inclement weather of the Canberra-Nara Candle Festival, JETAA has an over-stock of beer.  If you are interested in acquiring a case or two (or three …) please contact Murray at:

The beer is being sold at cost as a cost-recovery exercise and we will pass on out bulk discount to you.  How about that?

Price per case (24 bottles) is:

Asahi $56
Kirin $55

Japan Film Festival

Dates: 18, 19, 21, 22 November 2009
Venue: National Film & Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit, Acton

Goemon 18 Nov, 7:00pm
Summer Days with Coo 19 Nov, 9:30am
Still Walking 19 Nov, 7:30pm
Yunagi City, Sakura Country 21 Nov, 4:30pm
K-20: Legend of the Mask 21 Nov, 7:00pm
Tokyo Sonata 22 Nov, 4:30pm
The Cherry Tree in the Hills 22 Nov, 6:45pm

Ticketing: Adult $10
Concession $8
10 Pass $70
– Special screening for Schools (Summer Days with Coo) $3
– Special screening (Yunagi City, Sakura Country)   $8


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

Please note there will not be an O-Shaberikai in January 20101.

Dates for your diary

Friday, 5 February 2010 – Shinnenkai

More information will be forthcoming closer to the date of the event.

News from Japan

More on rent-a-mate.  Cat cafes now provide punters with quality time with professional pets – and that is just the tip of a deeply sad iceberg:

Have a great week,

JETAA President

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