Hey everyone –
A few big dates for your diary and some deadlines to win prizes worth over $100!
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1. Let’s Ensoku!
On Sunday 20 June JETAAWA has chartered a bus for the annual Let’s Ensoku! to the Swan Valley. We will be visiting:
- Lancaster Winery
- Margaret River Chocolate Factory
- Edgecombe Bros Winery
- Feral Brewery (for lunch)
- Mondo Nougat
This is a great event to just relax and enjoy the company of fellow ex-JETs and others, as well, of course, as delicious Swan Valley produce.
Tickets are $20 and this gets you transport, wine and food tastings at the venues and snacks on the bus.
The bus will be leaving from the Barrack Street Jetty at 10:30 am sharp and returning at around 5 pm.
If you would like to come please RSVP ASAP and by Friday June 11 at the latest. Tickets are limited so RSVP early!
Non-members are welcome.
2. Leavers function
This year’s new JETs are leaving town in late July and, as usual, we are hosting a leavers function. This year it is on Friday 9 July from 6pm, probably at Restaurant Jun on Hay Street (TBC). Depending on numbers, attendance will either be free or cost around $5 – this gets you a course meal and bottomless drinks! Score!
Put it in your diary and RSVP ASAP and by Friday 2 July at the latest. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment, as they say.
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.
Sorry, but given our largesse in terms of cost v value, this one is for members only!
3. Drum Tao prizes! $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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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* email@example.com 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
Cheers! Don’t forget kaiWA continues every second week (3 June, 17 June, 1 July…)!