2022 Nara Candle Festival & Volunteer Callout!

After a long three year hiatus, the Canberra Nara Candle Festival is BACK and we couldn’t be more excited for the ACT’s biggest Japan festival!

We hope to see you at the festival! And if you’re going to be there anyway, why not help us out by volunteering!

JETAA Canberra will be running a booth (the best one, if you ask us) selling gyoza and beer (Asahi anyone?) and we need your help! If the idea of chilling with us for a few hours flipping gyoza, serving fun Japanese drinks and showing off your best “Irrashaimaseeee!” sounds like fun then you’re in luck! We’re making a call out for volunteers to help staff our booth on the day – and to thank you for your time we’ll throw in a dinner on us!

Here are all the important details:

FESTIVAL DATE: Saturday 29 October 2022 4-9pm

LOCATION: Canberra Nara Peace Park

VOLUNTEER SIGNUP CLOSES: Midnight Monday 24 October 

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION DINNER: Wednesday 26 October 6:30pm (location will be provided after signup)

There’s not much time so get in quick and we’ll touch base with you on further details. 

The below button takes you to a google form to complete with your info and give you more information about the day so what are you waiting for? Did we mention you get a free dinner?? Click on through!!

2022 Chopsticks Making Workshop

Our incredibly popular chopstick making event returns in 2022! Join us from 10am to make your own chopsticks followed by a free Bento lunch

Register via Eventbrite

Learn about the culture of chopsticks and how to make them. Plus you’ll be able to go home with your very own hand-made pair of chopsticks!

At the well-established Koitoya in Oaks Estate.

Workshop starts at 10am and will be followed by a free Bento lunch from 12pm where you can try out your new chopsticks!


JET Alumni Members: $15
Non-JET Alumni Members: $20*

Payment details are available on the Eventbrite page

*Priority registration for JET Alumni Members available from 1 June. Registration for Non-JET Alumni Members available from 11 June.

Lunch + dietaries

Spots are limited! 12 participants maximum as Koitoya Studio is small and cozy – a bespoke experience!

Please RSVP on Eventbrite. Please pay via bank transfer to secure your spot. Be sure to include any dietary requirements for your Bento lunch and we will do our best to accommodate.

*JET Alumni family are also welcome

2022 Alumni* Shinnenkai

2:00pm Saturday 19 March 2022 @ The RUC Turner Bowls Club

(54 McCaughey St, Turner ACT 2616)

Register via Eventbrite

Hey everyone!
It’s another happy new year, which means it’s time for our (belated!) annual shinnenkai, or New Year’s Party!
Come down to the RUC Turner to play a few rounds of lawn bowls, relax and celebrate together outside!

Who: JETAA Alumni and their families!
If you are a non-JET alumni or a non-alumni member, please get in touch for our wait-list.

Regular Events

JETAA Oshaberikai おしゃべり会

This regular event is your opportunity to put your Japanese into practice and get to know new people over drinks and snacks! Everyone with an interest in Japan is welcome.

This is held on the first Wednesday of every month (Except January).

For specific details on the next up-coming event see our Facebook Event page