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1. This is just a quick reminder that this is your last opportunity to RSVP for Let’s Ensoku!, our annual trip to the Swan Valley.
Don’t worry if you haven’t been to many JETAAWA events recently – this is the perfect one to participate casually, bring your friends or fellow ex-JETs, catch up with old friends and make new ones. Details:
Bus leaves at 10:30 sharp from Barrack St Jetty on Sunday 20 June 2010 and returns there by around 5pm
Margaret River Chocolate Company
Edgecombe Bros Winery
Feral Brewery (for lunch)
Tickets are $20 and include wine and cheese tastings, drinks and snacks on the bus, transport, and snacks at Feral. Bargain!
We really hope lots of members take part – we still have about 20 spots but will get rid of them to non-members next week if we don’t hear anything.
2. Don’t forget we also have the Leavers Sayonara Party on Friday 9 July from 6pm at Jun restaurant on Hay Street in Perth.
Convenient, authentic, tasty, and FREE! Dinner and drinks included.
Unfortunately, this one is for members only.
The leavers function is very important to JETAAWA and, indeed, JET. Ex-JETs can impart their experience of the program in general and of specific regions of Japan to budding JETs, as well as catch up with friends and make new ones. We want the new JETs to enjoy the hospitality of JETAAWA so that they know they have plenty of support here in Perth while they are in Japan and after they return.
3. You also have one last chance to win tickets to Drum Tao:
$280 in prizes!
This year we are designing the official JETAAWA magazine as a “returnees welcome back pack”. We are looking for contributors in any size, shape or form. JETAAWA has received 2 sets of 2 tickets to the performance by Drum-Tao on Tuesday 22 June, and we will be giving them away to the contributions that we consider the best, the funniest, the most interesting, etc. More details below:
We all know the power and primal energy of taiko drumming, and Drum-Tao has received outstanding critical acclaim for its stirring worldwide performances. Drum-Tao is returning to Australia in 2010, with shows from 22-26 June inclusive at the Perth Concert Hall, as well as special performances on 19 June in Mandurah and 27 June in Bunbury. Tickets are available from BOCS and more details are available below.
JETAAWA has been fortunate enough to secure 4 tickets (valued at $70 each!) to the Tuesday 22 June performance by Drum-Tao at the Concert Hall.
At the same time, we have decided that our first official magazine this year should be specially targeted at 2010 returnees, giving them information on ways to deal with reverse culture shock, reminding them of great memories of Japan, and introducing them to ways to continue their relationship with Japan here in WA (restaurants, clubs, etc.)
The upshot is that we are looking for submissions from all of you for the magazine, with the 2 best submissions (in the opinion of the committee) receiving 2 tickets each to see Drum-Tao on 22 June! As noted, we would prefer submissions that might be of use or interest to 2010 returnees. Other than that, the content is up to you!
Given that the committee needs to decide on this prior to the show, the deadline for receiving submissions (which should be sent to email@example.com) is Sunday 13 June 2010. Good luck – we look forward to a big response!
A special contribution request from our Media Rep:
Watch this (else forward it to ur home so u can see how awesome it is) :
How cool right~!!!!!! :O
What I need: an article of about 500 words* firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 13 June 2010
What you get: chance to win 1 of 2 double passes to Drum Tao~!!!!! rarrrr! (or just feeling awesome helping me out )
[Tuesday 22 June at the Concert Hall]
This year we have a HEAP of returnees coming back.. we’re also hosting the 2010 Regional Conference later this year (like.. Oceania is coming to us!!!) so we wanna make an AWESOME mid-year magazine
Our focus is on the returnees – all of you were returnees and know the good/bad/ugly of ESID and returning
So, as senpai’s let’s helping our fellow jets ~
…Whether you found it easy or difficult returning – you each have knowledge you can share & help the returnees transition run smoothly
*Article inspiration! [all articles should be about 500 words(unless pictorial/etc)…. absolute max of 1k – EASY]
Practical advice: (~500 words)
– Reverse culture shock
– Cultural differences (can be humour article!)
– Keeping up your Japanese (courses available, self-study, websites, events/clubs etc)
– Getting a job/where to look(or experience of)
– A list of cool websites/helpful resources (with captions)
– Establishing a routine/re-organising your life & reassessing your goals
Experience/maintaining cultural ties: (~500 words)
– Japanese restaurants/cultural places in WA
– Japanese movies/books/music/anime/reviews&best lists(with captions)
– Japanese cooking
– Memories/experiences/life after JET
– If you have returned to Japan since, was it diff the 2nd time around?/etc
– Other travel/charity involvement/etc
– a love/rship column! The long distance r/ship, or just meeting people/friends/settling back in
Creative (within themes of transition/return/experience):
– Photo essay (1ish pages)
– Short story (up to 1000 words)
– Poetry (1 page)
– Artwork (1 page)
– Hematology Astrology (Blood Horoscopes for types A, B, O and AB)
DRUM TAO! More info:
Japan’s most celebrated and elite company of martial arts drummers, Drum-Tao return to Australia starting their national tour from Perth, with their new awe-inspiring and innovative production of “The Samurai of the Drum”.
The artists sculpt their artistic bodies and express their music with their whole being as they play – the precision and the power of the performance is heightened by their infectious smiles, enthusiasm and burning passion shining in their eyes.
Explosive percussion and timeless rituals are complimented perfectly in this Japanese spectacular featuring unrivalled drumming, martial arts mastery, and with the incorporation of the softer tones of the Japanese flute and horizontal harp the true brilliance of this show is the ability of the performers to balance the thunderous drumming with moments of delicacy and playfulness that create an unforgettable performance, enhanced by brilliant set designs and the artist’s vibrant attire.
“Spectacular percussive, visually compelling, and elementally energising… precisely choreographed and athletically executed… as strange and beautiful as a dream” – UK Independent
“Extraordinary talented percussion artists, and they’re seductive, alluring performers” – Chicago Tribune
“Sheer intensity and power” – The Sunday Times
“The pounding resonates in the bones and people rock in their chairs.” – The West Australian
“Knock on the sound of life. TAO will vibrate people’s heart.” – China Times
“This is a show of rare excellence… run, don’t walk to the box office.” – The Edinburgh Evening News
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