Here's What's Happening at JETAA Toronto:
Article by Patricia Nip
When I first met Mike Connolly in November of 2011, we were in the living room of a reclaimed house in Ishinomaki. I had just arrived for a week of volunteering in the tsunami ravaged coastal region just north of Sendai. During the grand tour, I was told that I was in good company because there were two other Canadians in the house that was serving as the headquarters for the volunteer group It’s Not Just Mud. The first one that I met had been my ride from the train station, and now I was meeting the mysterious Mike. As we were introduced, I couldn’t shake a strange sense of déjà vu.
A few days later, Mike and I were sent off together on a tsunami clean up request. We made our way to what used to be the Kikuchi family’s small family business. Their simple wish was to regain access to the second floor of the building, where their family had lived before the tsunami debris filled the first floor and made it impossible to access the stairwell. It was during the course of our path clearing, potentially tetanus causing endeavours that the mysterious source of my déjà vu became clear to me. Mike Connolly, was Mike-sensei… Continue reading
Spring is on the way and it’s time to shake off those winter cobwebs!
Have you ever dreamed of dangling from terrifying heights à la Clint Eastwood in The Eiger Sanction? … Yes – this is a real movie where Clint Eastwood plays a professor/art collector/assassin who needs to avenge his friends’ murder via rock climbing. No? Good! ^_^ That would be ridiculous! A more exciting dream would be to jump on the walls of a local climbing gym and のぼる to your heart’s content with your fellow JETAA members!
Date: Saturday, April 12th
Time: Arrive at 1:45pm, lesson begins at 2:00pm
Location: Joe Rockhead’s, 29 Fraser Street, Toronto ON. Accessible via King Street Car, street parking available
Admission: JETAA Members = $25 + tax & service charge, Non-JETAA Members = $30 + tax & service charge
To Register: Purchase tickets online at http://guestli.st/234363!
Nijikai: Not in a rock climbing mood? Then join us in Liberty Village at around 5:00pm for a post-climb drink! Location TBD.
Sound fun? Of course it does! Come on out and join us on Saturday, April 12th for a day of Rock Climbing fun at Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Gym!
In case you have any questions, please contact Carl at email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing you there!
February in Toronto is pretty cold, especially this year, so on Saturday, Feb. 22, a bunch of JETAA members got together at Goodfellas Art Gallery to feast on some fresh brewed Nabe and reminisce about Japanese culture over a Miyazaki animation: The Borrower Arrietty.
Everyone really enjoyed the four varieties of Nabe which were really vegetarian, meat, meat and more meat with a side of Korean Kimchi. Nothing quite hits the spot like Nabe, except maybe the accompanying desserts and pie. It was pretty interesting just to hang out in an art gallery afterhours, but combined with food, Japanese animation and people, it was a pretty good party.
Cold enough for you yet? Why not join us for a bowl of delicious, hot nabe? Join your fellow members at this informal gathering. Film to be decided the night of.
Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: 6:30pm – late
Location: Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen St West, just off Noble Street. (Parking and gallery entrance located at the North side of the building). Click here for map.
Admission: $10 (dinner)
Please RSVP Nadine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s celebrate our frigid winter with good ol’ skating at Harbourfront centre bring your kids (or borrow the neighbour’s).
Cookies and hot chocolate and nijikai to follow.
Open to all JETAA members, family, and friends.