List of Past Events

Tabemashou! @ Akasaru Ramen – May 24th

Bring your bib — this month’s Tabemashou! is at Akasaru Ramen on Alberta Street, where you can slurp Asian-Fusion ramen and dig into donburi. (Veg + gluten free options available!)  When: 7pm, Wednesday, May 24th Where: Akasaru Ramen (2712 NE Alberta St) Tabemashou! is cash only. Be sure to bring enough cash to cover your meal. To […]

J-Kaiwa @ Lucky Lab – May 5th

  WHEN: Friday, May 5th, 7-9:00 p.m. WHERE: Lucky Lab Brew Pub on Hawthorne (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd) NIJIKAI: ?? WHO: JETAA members, JET Program returnees, Japanese friends and Nihongo speakers of all levels. WHY: To catch up with old friends, make some new ones and maintain that connection to Japan COST: It’s free to join! There will be some pitchers […]

Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) @ the Portland Japanese Garden – May 7th

Children’s Day is observed in Japan as a day to honor all children in the hopes that they will grow up healthy and strong. When: May 07, 2017, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Where: Portland Japanese Garden What: Origami helmet-making, a haiku scavenger hunt, Taiko drum performances, height measuring, a kid-friendly tea ceremony, and the famous Koi-nobori Parade. […]

Washoku vs. Kimjang: Japanese Gastronationalism in Comparative Perspective – May 9th

The PSU Center for Japanese Studies with co-sponsor Kikkoman Corporation Presents Katarzyna J. Cwiertka (Leiden University) When: May 9, 2017, 6:00P.M. Where: Smith Memorial Student Union, room 327/8/9 What: On 4 December 2013, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage of the UNESCO inscribed twenty five new elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural […]

Growing Together from Shared Roots: Inside the Merger of The Standard and Meiji Yasuda – May 11th

JASO Business Speaker Series: One of Oregon’s oldest and most respected corporate citizens, known familiarly as The Standard, had been sold for $5 Billion to Japan’s oldest life insurer, Meiji Yasuda. How did this happen and what were the reasons behind the transaction? Who is Meiji Yasuda and why did their business strategy lead them across the […]

Why is Portland a Popular Destination among Japanese Visitors? – May 17th

A presentation by Mitsuhiro Yamazaki, International Business Development Officer for the Portland Development Commission (PDC). When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:30 PM Where: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union Room 296/8 (1825 SW Broadway, Portland) What: Today Portland has become a popular destination among Japanese tourists, media, students, researchers, governments and multinational corporations. What’s behind this phenomenon. This lecture […]

Iron Chef 2017 – April 29th

Iron Chef 2017: JETAA Portland’s 15th Annual Cooking Competition! It’s time to sharpen those knives and dig up your best recipes as contestants, judges, and other hungry mouths gather for one of our most popular (and delicious) events of the year! Date: Saturday, April 29th Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Location:  At Demaree’s home in SE Portland, RSVP for […]

Tabemashou! @ Shogun – April 26th

The Tabemashou! group gathers to explore, critique, and enjoy Japanese dining options in Portland. Through numbers we’re able to sample menus extensively and casually critique the food and experience together. When: Wednesday, April 26th at 7pm (Please RSVP by Monday, April 24th) Where: Shogun (2215 NW Allie Ave. Hillsboro) What to bring: Tabemashou! is cash only! Be sure to bring enough cash to cover […]

Book Talk with Jane Yamashiro @ Pacific University – April 12th

Join JET Alum Jane Yamashiro (CIR, Nagano-ken, 1995 – 1998) for a discussion about Japanese American experiences living in Japan! Redefining Japaneseness chronicles how Japanese American migrants to Japan experience both racial inclusion and cultural dislocation while negotiating between the categories of Japanese and “foreigner.” Drawing from extensive observations and interviews with Japanese Americans who are geographically, culturally, and […]

J-Kaiwa @ Lucky Lab – April 7th

WHEN: Friday, April 7th, 7-9:00 p.m. WHERE: Lucky Lab Brew Pub on Hawthorne (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd) NIJIKAI: ?? WHO: JETAA members, JET Program returnees, Japanese friends and Nihongo speakers of all levels. WHY: To catch up with old friends, make some new ones and maintain that connection to Japan COST: It’s free to join! There will be some pitchers […]


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The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.