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Join one of our groups!

Are you looking to connect with other JET alums or people interested in Japan? Join one of our monthly groups! Whether you're interested in keeping up your Japanese, reading Japanese literature, eating Japanese food, or just hanging out with cool people, there's something for you!


In addition to being a great social and language-building event, it’s a terrific chance to network. J-Kaiwa meets on the second Friday of every month at 7PM and speak Japanese while nibbling on some snacks and sipping a cold drink of choice. Snacks & non-alcoholic drinks are provided by the JETAA-PDX.

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Gatherings start at 7pm, but attendees are welcome to drop by anytime between 7 – 10pm, and bring a friend. Come out and get those Japanese gears turning again!


What you need to know:


What: Japanese Conversation (J-Kaiwa) Group

Who: JETAA members, JET Program Alumni, JET friends, Japanese speakers of all levels

Where: Rogue Hall (1717 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon 97201)

When: Second Friday of the Month, 7-10 PM

Who to contact:

Rabia Shahab


The Tabemashou! group gathers to explore, critique, and enjoy Japanese dining options in the Portland metro area. Attendees typically order family style in order to sample menus extensively and casually critique the food, atmosphere, and value of each restaurant. If you love food, come join!


How it works: JETAA PDX hosts the event up to a certain amount, after which attendees are kindly

expected to cover the remaining costs. This usually costs $5 -10/person.

What to bring: Tabemashou! is cash only! Be sure to bring enough cash to cover your meal.

RSVP: In order for the hosts to plan well, we ask that you please RSVP before attending. Just send a

quick email to

Who to contact: 

Lindsay Amor & Chikako Houser

Book Club

The JETAA Portland Book Club meets once each season to discuss works from Japanese authors and books related to Japan and Japanese culture. Recent reads have included The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki, The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories. Meetings take place at Oyatsupan. Join the group for a book and pastries hosted by JETAA PDX.

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Who to contact: 

Rianna Robertson

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