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JETAARM Upcoming Events

September Networking Happy Hour
Join us after our Monthly Meeting to connect with alumni at Highlands Tap & Burger in Denver from 12pm to 2pm on Sunday, September 8th. 
JLPT Study Group
The next JLPT study groups will be on September 14th, and 28th at Stella's Coffee in Denver.
Bring your books, flashcards, and kanji knowledge! 

We will be reading
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Join us September 14th to discuss the book! 

JETAARM Sports Day
Join us in October for some Fall fun! We'll be welcoming back returnee JETs and playing old favorites like the three-legged race and cornhole, along with some new games we're sure you'll love! Stay tuned for more details, date TBD.
Upcoming Community Events

Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC) is looking for volunteers for their Kite Festival!

Volunteer Opportunities:
#1) Thursday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 13 in schools all day sharing kite making
#2) Sunday, Sept. 15th at the park volunteers are needed throughout the day from 10am until 3pm to make kites with little kids!
If you are interested in helping JASC and representing JETAARM in our Colorado community, please email Kim McMillen at for more details and/or to let me know how and when you would like to help!

If you are interested in attending the festival as a guest, you can RSVP Below
JA-NE Pop-Up Event!
Hello everyone! Our friends at Japanese Arts Network are crowdfunding for a Samurai themed Pop-Up Event this October 5th at Sakura Square! This is their first time holding such an event, so we want to help them out however we can. If you donate to the event, they have some great tier prizes!

Recap: Deputy Consul General Farewell/Welcome Dinner 
On August 29th, our chapter president, Teri Galvez, had the chance to see off Deputy Consul General Kazumasa Kondo. Mr. Kondo has been here in Denver for 3 years, and has been a big help to us during his tenure. It was quite an event, and Teri was glad she was able to thank him for his assistance before his departure the following day. Guests also had the opportunity to welcome the new Deputy Consul General, Kiyoshi Mihara. Previously Mr. Mihara worked in the Hawaii Consulate. He has also worked and traveled extensively in the Middle East for the Consulate. We are excited to welcome him into our Rocky Mountain community!
Alumni Spotlight
Do you know a standout alumni in our community who deserves recognition? Let us know! We would like to celebrate the successes of our community with a shout out every month! Send nominations to:
Current JET Spotlight

New JET Erin Grassie writes from Murakami-shi in Niigata-ken:

"Murakami is so beautiful! The combination of the mountains and the ocean are just as incredible as I imagined and the people have been incredibly gracious and welcoming. I feel really fortunate in my placement! I finally started teaching classes last week and the kids are amazing! They are so funny, curious, and more outgoing than I would have imagined.  I have to say that reciting my jikoshokai in Japanese in front of the entire school was a little unnerving, but a good chance to really practice my Japanese. I have also already participated in four festivals and danced at the Shibata Matsuri. There are so many matsuri - I can't keep up with all of them!"

You can follow Erin's adventures in Japan on her Instagram page: @erinainjapan

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