Hi everyone. I’m sure you’re busy leading up to Christmas – as are we, so this will likely be the last update for 2011!
1. TOHOKU FUNDRAISING
JETAAWA operated a stall cooking and selling gyoza at the Cha-cha-charity event at the Japanese School in Perth on 27 November 2011, replacing the usual JSP bunkasai. From early morning until mid-afternoon, volunteers worked hard to serve an ever-increasing queue of ravenous customers. The result? A total, after expenses, of almost $700 was donated to the Japanese Red Cross via Niji-no-kai. That was the largest donation from any single stall.
Thanks to everyone who put in the hard yards to make the stall possible.
2. JOB OPPORTUNITY
We have been advised that a large Japanese trading company is seeking to fill a Document Controller position which includes secretarial duties. JET participants are officially “highly regarded”. The position is up on SEEK, which explains:
Great career opportunity in a resource related company
- Perth CBD location
- Available from next year
- Japanese language skill needed
A major diversified company in resources industry based in Perth is currently seeking to employ a Document Controller / Secreatry. This is an exciting opportunity to join a high profile and dynamic natural resource related company.
The key responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to, the following:
- Management of project documents, internal documents, and formal correspondence;
- Maintain electronic and hard copy filing system, retrieve documents from filing system;
- Assisting with the production of presentations and documents using various media;
- Assist administration of office expense, budget and create and update routine report for office expense;
- Coordinate detailed schedule (including accommodation, transportation etc) for visitors to Perth in relation to client’s business;
To be successful in this position you will have a minimum of 2 – 3 years demonstrated experience in similar role and be able to read Japanese. Those who experienced JET program are highly regarded. If you meet the aforementioned criteria and possess numerical accuracy and exceptional business acumen, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your interest will be treated with strict confidentiality.
3. ARRIETTY TICKETS
Madman Entertainment are releasing the film ARRIETTY on 12 January, 2012. It is from Studio Ghibli – creators of other animated masterpieces ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ and ‘Ponyo’. The film opens January 12 and here in Perth it will be screening at Luna Leederville, Luna SX, Hoyts Carousel and Event Cinemas Innaloo.
The official blurb is:
In cinemas 12 January | Madman Entertainment
This is a story of a family of ‘little’ people.
Beneath the floorboards of a sprawling mansion set in a magical, overgrown garden in the suburbs of Tokyo, tiny 14-year-old Arrietty lives with her equally tiny parents. The house is occupied by two old ladies, who are absolutely unaware of the existence of their miniature tenants. Arrietty and her family live by ‘borrowing”. Everything they have, they borrow or make from the things they have borrowed. Essentials like gas, water and food. Tables, chairs, cooking utensils. And treats – a sugar cube here, a scrap of material there. But only a little each time, so the ladies do not notice. A 12-year-old boy, Sho, moves into the mansion while he waits for urgent medical treatment in the city. Arrietty’s parents have always warned her: “Never let humans see you”. Once seen, little people always have to move on. But the adventurous Arrietty doesn’t listen, and Sho discovers her.
The two begin to confide in each other and, before long, a friendship begins to blossom…
We have been fortunate to receive some family (admit 4) passes to see Arrietty. If you’d like one, please send us (email@example.com) your name, placement and years on JET, and a short (no more than 100-word) blurb on how you stay connected to Japanese culture – which you can interpret as you like! The catch? We get to run your responses in the annual newsletter. We’ll contact winners with further details on collecting your prize! Good luck! Entries close 31 December 2011.
The final kaiWA for 2011 is on 15 December 2011 from 17:30 at 43 Below as always. We will let you know 2012 dates as soon as they are set.