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Upcoming JETAARM Events

Japanese New Year/Nengajo Workshop

This collaborative event will take place on December 7th from 12pm -3pm at 6th Garden Center, Broomfield and will include a presentation on traditional Japanese New Year traditions, storytelling using the traditional kamishibai performance, and a workshop where you can create your own New Years card or nengajo!

$5/Child or Student
$13/Family of 3 or more
$5 JASC/JETAARM Member *reach out to your organization for discount code!

We are also looking for volunteers to help us out with this event. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Kim McMillen at
All-Chapter Breckenridge Trip 2020

Join JETAARM the weekend of April 3rd, 2020 for an all-chapter winter weekend getaway in historic Breckenridge! We'll have some fun in the snow while building stronger JET alumni connections. We've booked a private mountain house, with easy access to both the historic mountain town and the ski resort. Join us on the slopes, or enjoy a plethora of other mountain activities like tubing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. In the evenings we'll explore the quaint town of Breckenridge and it's various restaurants, breweries, and shops! And it wouldn't be a JETAA event without some Japanese flavor, so we'll also have nabe and curry dinners provided by JETAARM.

Over half of our beds have already been booked!
Purchase your spot ASAP so you don't miss out on this epic vacation!

Upcoming Community Events
Studio Ghibli Fest: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Join JASC members in this subtitled viewing of The Tale of Princess Kaguya
at Harkins Theatres Arvada 14

Synopsis: From Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought you the Academy Award®-winning Spirited Away, comes a powerful and soaring epic that redefines animated storytelling and marks a triumphant highpoint within an extraordinary filmmaking career for director and studio co-founder Isao Takahata. 

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her – but ultimately, she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Recap: JET Returnee Reception
We had a wonderful time welcoming back JETs from their adventures at the Consulate General's residence. Newly returned JETs had the opportunity to network with local business representatives from the Japanese-American/JETAA community in Colorado as well as representatives from the Consulate. We hope to see everyone again at upcoming events! 
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: Katie Kim

New JET Katie Kim writes from Sado Island in Niigata:

I come from a small town outside of Kansas City, MO. My hometown doesn’t have even one coffee shop, and as I’ve said in my jiko shoukai hundreds of times, we’re 10 hours from mountains and 14 from the nearest beach. You can imagine my elation at being placed on Sado Island -- a non-tropical island with mountains, beaches, rice fields, caves... and coffee shops galore. 

When I first arrived, I made it a point to get to the beach for sunset as often as I could. One beach has man-made ledges leading down into the water, mimicking extremely wide stairs. Knowing nothing about the ocean, I tried to walk close to the water out of pure curiosity. One evening, I walked along the lowest “stair” which was freshly wet but not submerged. Suddenly, an old man and his dog arrived. As the dog bounded down the “stairs” for the water, the man called out sharply, “abunai yo!” ("it's dangerous!") Poor dog, I thought to myself. He just wants to enjoy the beach. There’s nothing “abunai” for a dog at the beach. And instantly, I slipped and fell onto the concrete. “Abunai to itteta!” (I told you it's dangerous!) yelled the man. Oh. Me. He was yelling at me. 

In my embarrassment, I continued walking along the beach until I reached an instagram-esque wooden pier extending far out and high above the water. With no one around, I ventured a ways out to enjoy the sunset and forget my recent face-plant. Just as I sat down, I heard footsteps behind me. Turning around, I saw the same old man walking towards me. Oh, great. But to my surprise, he walked straight past me to the very edge of the pier, where he let a small basket down into the water. “Crabs,” he said in Japanese. “I’ll be back soon to collect.” 

He returned just as the sun dipped behind the mountains. “Do you live in Sado?” he asked. We talked for quite some time -- me, in my broken Japanese, and him, in his hardly decipherable Sado accent -- before he suddenly said, “Wait, you’re not Japanese, are you?” My blond hair is usually the giveaway if the broken Japanese isn’t, but being mistaken for Japanese made me instantly like him 100x more. He shared his sadness about all the young people moving to the mainland, and even told me the dimensions of his house and his rent payment to prove how much more affordable it is than living in Tokyo. I assured him that I love living on Sado and find it to have everything anyone could ever need. Now, the sun sets before I finish work, but I still look for ojiichan when I visit the beach. His friendship is just one of the many unexpected treasures of Sado Island. 

You can follow Katie's island adventures on her Instagram at: @happyhatlady_katie 


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