COVID-19 UPDATE: JETAARM has decided to suspend all upcoming and future events until further notice.
We will be focusing on online engagement, so be sure to check our Facebook group for virtual activities.
(You do not need a Facebook account to view activities or posts!)
Please stay safe!
Join the JETAA Rocky Mountain Chapter for our first Japan-Themed virtual Jeopardy Night!
Test your knowledge of all things Japan in this friendly team competition event. Spectators are also welcome (so long as you can supress the urge to shout out the answer). More information about how to form teams and sign up for our Jeopardy night will be available soon, so check out the Facebook Event to stay in the loop!
Join the JETAA Study Group on Saturday mornings to brush up or expand your Japanese skills. Our Language Coordinator has lots of resources to share and recommend if you are having trouble finding the right study method, and she's also available to practice speaking with :) >>RSVP on our Facebook Group<<
2021 Shinnenkai Recap
We are so grateful that we were still able to celebrate our annual Shinnenkai this year. Since we could only do this virutally for the safety of all our members, we could only celebrate with a small group this year. However, it was still a lot of fun since it gave us the chance to meet our alumni that usually can't make it due to the vastness of our chapter. Thank you again to all who attended, and here's to a fantastic 2021!
Below is a recording of the speech given by one of our board members, David LaCharite, who organized this year's Shinnenkai!
First part of the speech "Good evening and welcome to the JET Alumni Association Rocky Mountain Chapter 2021 Remote Shinnenkai.
We'd like to start out by thanking each of you joining us this evening.
I personally departed for JET in August 2012, with the first cohort who applied for JET after the tragic events in the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011 which we should remember took place almost exactly ten years ago..."
Teri Galvez is one of our in-house anime nerds. Here are a couple recommendations from her!
Cells at Work: Have you ever seen Osmosis Jones? Well get ready for the fantastic, in-depth anime version! This fun show goes into more detail about what the cells in your body! Follow the adventure of a red blood cell just trying to do her job, while also running into plenty of trouble. Not only does it have a little bit of comedy and action, this is a very family friendly show! Available on Netflix, Funimation, and Crunchyroll
The Devil is a Part Timer: Foiled by a hero when he’s inches away from conquering the world, the devil finds himself in modern-day Tokyo. With no real-world skills to speak of, the devil is forced to make ends meet flipping burgers at a fast food joint!
This anime is great for all who enjoy slice-of-life and some fun fantasy action! Now is also a great time to get caught up because they just announced Season 2 coming out soon!! Available on Netflix, Funimation, and Crunchyroll
Small Business Support
JETAA Rocky Mountain enjoys supporting the Japanese community, as well as small businesses where we can! So here is a store we recommend checking out.
The Native Sakura - Jewelry Store in Denver, CO
Viki Eagle identifies as Sicangu Lakota and Half Japanese. Her mother is from Tokushima, Japan and her fathers family is from Rosebud, South Dakota. She creates authenitc Native American Jewelry inspired by her cultures to create Japanese-Lakota inspired Jewelry. Each piece is created with a story and vision from her cultural upbringing. Viki also works with her mother (Misa) to create new ideas that blend these cultures into Jewelry. Her inspiration may draw from creation stories, experiences in Japan or fun stories she experienced. On top of Jewelry, she also sells Sakura inspired makeup!
Who doesn't love discovering new Japanese restaurants?
Check out this month's featured review!
Temaki Den, Review by David LaCharite
One afternoon last month I ordered takeout from Toshi Kizaki's new venture, Temaki Den. You might be familiar with Kizaki from his restaurant ventures on South Pearl: Sushi Den, Izakaya Den, and Ototo. It is housed in Denver at The Source + Market Hall in RiNowith a wrap around sushi bar in the center of the main food hall. But the same commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients you'll find at Sushi Den is in abundance here. The star of the show is temaki - uncut sushi rolls which you can eat with your hand, hence the name te(hand)maki. Remember the ingeniously engineered temaki packaging at konbinis which protected the nori seaweed from the moisture of the rice? That packaging is used here, providing a natsukashi reminder of konbini ingenuity for this former JET. But the packaging was no mere distraction. This was some seriously delicious sushi. Kizaki is locally famous for his commitment to the freshness of his ingredients which are personally selected by his brother at Nagahama seafood market in Kumamoto and within 24 hours are on the plate in Denver. This seafood certainly tasted that fresh.
I ordered the Taste of Temaki Ben-to-Go (picture below) which was a sampler of some of their temaki rolls along with some nigiri, sashimi and a few other goodies. Everything was amazing. Surprisingly for this seafood lover, the avocado temaki was my personal favorite. It had a subtle citrusy taste (maybe Yuzu?) which was novel for me. That's not the take away from the delicious spicy tuna and blue crab temaki rolls. Among the nigiri, the Hokkaido scallop and Wagyu beef nigiri particularly stood out to me.
While you are waiting for your seat or takeout, check out the pop-up shop Made in Japan (picture below) which is currently featured in The Source + Market Hall. There are several little shops with Japanese novelties. Some Monocle Travel Guides for Japanese destinations are great to browse while dreaming of your first post-pandemic Japan trip. And some artsy Japanese anti-Covid posters would be a great addition to your 2020 dumpster fire souvenir collection.
Did you recently eat some great Japanese food or have another Japanese cultural experience in the JETAARM region you'd like to share with us? Let us know if you'd like to submit a review to the newsletter!
Introducing the Alumni Spotlight
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