Hi everyone – After a series of big events over the past couple of months (returnees function; Kagoshima function; careers seminar; bunkasai), JETAAWA itself will be pretty quiet until the Family BBQ, Quiz Night and AGM in the first few months of 2010. Fortunately, there are plenty of other things happening to keep you busy!
1. AJS Xmas Party
2. Anne Norman: Curiosi-tea
3. Takao Okamura: Opera and spoken word
4. Committee nominations 2010/11
1. AJS Xmas Party
As previously noted, the Australia-Japan Society of WA is having its annual gala event, the Christmas Dinner, at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on Friday 4 December – 7pm for a 7:30 start. Tickets are $65, which covers food and drink. There are always lots of prizes up for grabs from the AJS’s generous donors, so if you are interested, please let me know ASAP. RSVP and payment is due next Tuesday, 1 December 2009. The flyer is attached.
2. Anne Norman: Curiosi-tea
Anne Norman is a professional musician who specialises in the shakuhachi. She has also recently written and self-published a book entitled “Curiosi-tea“:
Curiosi-tea presents the world of tea in a fresh voice with a distinctly zany approach to history, cultures and spelling. Going well beyond the acceptable bounds of a nice, well-behaved tea book, Curiosi-tea links tea with diverse topics such as radioactivity, sex, nano-technology, fairy tales, music, politics, health and C(c)hina.
If you are an avid devourer of anecdotal history with an interest in East-West relations and an appreciation for puns and relentless dry humour, this book is for you!
Curiosi-tea will appeal not only to tea lovers, but anyone interested in an easy-to-read, entertaining approach to world history. Beautifully designed and laid out in short chapters with eye-catching graphics, Curiosi-tea is a laugh-out-loud read, touching on topics both fascinating and curious. In addition to solid research on the history and varieties of tea, Curiosi-tea contains cartoon-like illustrations, maps and tongue-in-cheek poetry, presenting quirky anecdotes on almost anything you care to think of. It begins in antiqui-tea and ends with infini-tea and covers a great deal of immorali-tea and frivoli-tea in between – with topics as diverse as the migration of Buddhism, Japanese tomb raiders in Korea, Russian colonialism in Persia, the British Raj, the Opium wars, the green tea habits of America, the naugh-tea innuendos of tea, Mao’s dental hygiene, indigenous land rights in Australia, and Dutch botanical espionage… to name a few.
Anne will be in Perth in December 2009 and has some TBA appearances around town. We will let you know about them as they arise, but for now, please refer to the attached documents on Anne and her new book.
3. Takao Okamura
Takao Okamura is one of Japan’s leading operatic basses. On Sunday 24 January, he is giving a free operatic and (interpreted) spoken-word performance at the UWA Octagon. Tickets will be available when RSVPs open from Wednesday 2 December on 9367 6191! Also see the attached flyer.
4. Committee nominations 2010/2011
As always, every position on the JETAAWA Committee is open for nomination, to be decided at the AGM in March 2010. This year we have a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Rep, Promos Rep, Careers Rep and Media Rep, as well as several General Members.
In the coming year, we are also going to be looking for a Webmaster (which won’t take much work as the new site is just about ready to go!) and again, plenty of General Members to enjoy the perks of being a committee member without any fixed responsibility.
Please let us know if you are interested in a position, and please don’t be shy just because someone else is either currently in the position or has already nominated for it! Most committee members do a bit of everything so in the end it’s just a title.
Benefits of being a committee member include invitations to functions attended by dignitaries, business leaders and other exciting types; subsidised dinner once a month for meetings; a chance to plan out and implement JETAAWA events for the year; and of course, the opportunity to stay involved with a program that has given us so much! It also looks good on your CV, as we can all attest.
The added bonus is that it is quite likely we will be hosting the ANZ Regional Conference in Perth next year, so being on the committee will be a chance to get involved in that big event and stay in close contact with JET around the region and diplomats / politicians etc.
We look forward to hearing from you!
kaiWA continues as usual at 43 Below from 5:30 every second Thursday. In December, that’s the 3rd and 17th (we rest for NY!)
Here are updated details of the upcoming Japanite on Friday 18 December 2009 from 6:15pm at the Deen.
As you can see from the attached flyer, tickets are normally $8 in advance or $13 at the door.
However, JETAAWA members and friends have been offered a special deal from our friends organising Japanite: $5/person entry! You need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the full names of everyone attending – your name will then be on the door for the discounted entry fee on the night. RSVP closes 17 December.