We are the alumni association for past JET Programme participants now living in the Wellington region. JETAA organises meetups, dinners, cultural experiences and more.
We meet every month on the first Thursday from 17:30 to around 19:00 at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan. All JET alumni are welcome to attend these meetings. You can also get in touch with us via email, or register for our mailing list to find out more about what we do and upcoming events.
We're always looking for volunteers for our events and activities, so if you're interested in getting involved send us an email
JETAA Wellington’s annual Japan Photo Contest is back for another year! The contest is open to any amateur photographers who have been to Japan. 2019 entries are now open until 20 November. Since 2014, we have organised a community photo contest for people to show off their best photos of Japan. The best entries are Read more about 2019 Japan Photo Contest NOW OPEN! Rules & Entry Forms[…]
The AGM, or Annual General Meeting, is a key event for any JETAA chapter. It’s where members get together over dinner to review the past year, plan for the next, and decide on a new executive committee to lead the group. This year’s JETAA Wellington AGM was held on Tuesday, 5th March at Japanese restaurant Read more about 2019 AGM & A New Executive Committee[…]
JETAA Wellington once again joined in on the city’s biannual Japan Festival, and we had a great time! We brought back our ever-popular taiyaki booth as well as a stamp rally booth to encourage visitors to see a variety of exhibitors on the show floor as they hunted for stamps. We gave out all 300 of Read more about Serving Up Taiyaki Sweets and Stamp Rally Sheets at the Japan Festival[…]
The 2018 Wellington Japan Festival is coming up on Saturday, 24th November and JETAA will be bringing back its popular taiyaki and stamp rally booths from 2016! Those tasty fish-shaped pastries don’t make themselves, though, so we could use some help during the event. If you were planning to attend and want to swing by the Read more about Help us out at the Wellington Japan Festival![…]
JETAA Wellington’s annual Japan Photo Contest is back for another year! The contest is open to any amateur photographers who have been to Japan. Since 2014, we have organised a community photo contest for people to show off their best photos of Japan. The best entries are displayed in the Japan Information & Cultural Centre (JICC) , and Read more about 2018 Japan Photo Contest – ENTER NOW![…]
That’s right! This year for hanami, rather than relax under gently drifting cherry blossom petals JETAA Wellington headed down to the Fergs on the waterfront and strapped up for some indoor rock climbing. Why rock climbing, you ask? Why not, we say! As part of our efforts to discover interesting new group activities in Wellington Read more about Hanami…Rock Climbing??[…]
For our most recent JETAA catch up, we spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon at Wellington’s very own Japanese-style cat cafe. Neko Ngeru, located in Petone, serves up tasty cafe fare while giving visitors the chance to hang out in a room full of (usually) friendly cats. What’s extra nice is that Neko Ngeru also serves Read more about A Visit to the Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe[…]
In May, JETAA Wellington volunteers put on our annual Children’s Day craft event, where we invite the Wellington community to come by, make some mini koi-nobori carp streamers, and learn a bit about Japan in the process. With a last-minute change in our usual Te Papa venue, we weren’t sure if we’d be able to put Read more about Children’s Day 2018[…]
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Seatoun, JETAA Wellington organized a special hands-on lesson in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower-arranging. The event was hosted by Ikebana Wellington, and allowed our members who joined in to try making their very own floral works of art. We even had a JET alumni come all the way down from Read more about Hands-On With Some Ikebana Flower Arranging[…]
In coordination with JET alumni Helen Kono and her husband Yoshi, JETAA Wellington organized a scrumptious sushi-making class at Yoshi Sushi & Bento‘s beautiful new location in Press Hall. The event was one of our busiest in recent months, with lots of new friendly faces showing up to hang out and learn how to roll Read more about A Hand-Rolling Masterclass with Yoshi Sushi[…]