JETAA Events

Halloween Haunt – Ghost of JETAA


JETAA Toronto invites you to join us for a spooky evening of thrills at Canada Wonderland’s Halloween Haunt!

Relive the theme park joy of Fuji Q, Tokyo Disneyland and Sea, and USJ without leaving the country. Relive your childhood. Feel the chill of…its not age, it’s just the Fall weather!

Feel free to dress up but beware clothing that might prevent enjoyment of rides and the outrunning of zombies.

Ticket info: We’ve got a treat of a deal! We’re covering the taxes and some of the ticket cost because you’re awesome! Join us for $30! (

Sunday, October 22nd from 3pm

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Boston Career Forum Road Trip

Join JETAA Toronto as we descend on Boston for the world’s largest English-Japanese bilingual career fair:  the Boston Career Forum!
Over 200 multinationals will be looking for candidates with a wide variety of career and language skills, often with a quota to fill.  For more details on the main event, check out

A Roadtrip for Everyone!

Whether you’re an N1 ninja, someone looking for a new career path, or are just interested in enjoying this lively weekend (11/17-19) in Boston in November, join us for our 2nd annual road trip.
We’ll be meeting up with our friends from JETAA New England for the social events they build around this Japanesey weekend, including a pub night and a nihongo dake dinner.
Thrifty Travellers Welcome!
We car pool to keep travel expenses low, so let us know you’re interested and we’ll help find you a ride that works for you.
A JETAA New England member who works at a local university has secured us dorm accommodations at a great rate!
Preparatory Help Available!
Take advantage of JETAA Toronto’s connections with Toronto-based Japanese career support professionals to polish your Japanese resume or rehearse potential interview scenarios.
Not sure if the JETAA Toronto’s BCF Roadtrip is right for you?  Reach out to for more info.

Calling all paddlers!

Are you interested in paddling in a group of 20, getting fit, having fun, and raising JETAA Toronto spirit? Our dragon boat team, the Fighting Carps, is looking for more paddlers for its 2017 season.
Join the team for six practices on Tuesday evenings from approx. 6-9 pm at 1 Humber Bay Rd. in Toronto and participate in the GWN Dragon Boat Challenge on Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10th at Marilyn Bell Park. Email if interested.

Japan Festival CANADA 2017 – Tokyo Talent Competition

It’s that time of the year again — the largest Japanese Festival in Canada “Japan Festival CANADA 2017” will be held on August 26th and 27th!! This year’s event will include a ceremony to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Let’s celebrate this special day together!

Also, as one of the main features of the event, the “Canada – Tokyo Talent Competition”, will be held. The event is open to all talented Canadians. The winner will be awarded a round trip airline ticket to Japan, will be eligible to perform at many Canada-Japan collaboration events, have a chance to make their debut in Japan, and more!

We are looking for talented Canadians; it may be you! If you are confident in any category, be sure to send in an application!

ENTRY DEADLINE: Canada Day July 1, 2017

Venue: Japan Festival CANADA 2017 performance stage

Date: August 26th (Sat)  2017 (It may change to August 27th (Sun) 2017)

Final Judges/Panels: TBA


  • A free round flight ticket to Japan
  • Chance to perform at Canada-Japan events
  • Chance to debut in Japan

For more information, visit:

Japan Festival CANADA 2017:

Talent Competition:

Presented by Japan Expo Canada Inc.

Supported by Tokyo Tourism


Documentary Review: Ukiyo-e Heroes

By: Amy Uyeda

On May 2nd, 2017 the Toronto Hot Docs film festival hosted the world premiere of Ukiyo-e Heroes as part of a special programme of Made In Japan films. Ukiyo-e Heroes is a film about woodcut printmaking master David Bull and his collaboration with graphic designer Jed Henry.

David Bull is an English-born Canadian artist who lived in Toronto before moving to Japan permanently in the mid-1980s. He said he first learned of Ukiyo-e prints in Stuart Jackson Gallery in Toronto. David Bull has a strong online presence, including many instructional Youtube videos about his woodblock printmaking practice and his Tokyo live-work space.

Last year, I had the privilege of meeting David Bull at Edo Day, an event hosted by the Consulate of Japan in Toronto at the ROM. David was at the tail end of a 5-hour printing session, having not stopped for an obento lunch break. He is truly a printing machine! He was graciously printing 4-colour demo prints and giving them to eager visitors to his table.  I met a young couple who were longtime fans and customers of his prints and who had driven to Toronto from Rochester, NY just to meet him in person. He warmly greeted them, and it was inspiring to see young collectors because it showed how approachable David is and that his prints are actually quite affordable. David’s generosity reflects his dedication to upholding the original intent of Edo-era Ukiyo-e prints: the dispersion of fine art and popular culture among the masses, without clear delineations between the two. For this reason, he does not number or edition his prints. He keeps the woodblocks from which the prints are created and reprints images after their initial runs.

amy1The documentary cuts between interviews with David Bull in his Tokyo studio and Jed Henry in his Utah home and studio, as well as their skype communication. Jed approached David a few years ago after learning of his work online. After a few tenacious attempts at proposing a collaboration, David agreed, and so began their Ukiyo-e Heroes endeavor.  Using imagery from Japanese video games such as Super Mario, Megaman, Pokemon, Kirby, and Shadow of the Colossus,  Jed creates the initial concept design, using video game characters and storylines to compose a narrative image inspired by elements of Edo-era Ukiyo-e prints.

In Ukiyo-e Heroes, David Bull states that the unique quality of Edo art can be summarize in one word –  線 せん –  line. So much visual information is conveyed through the carefully considered line-work of Ukiyo-e artists such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, Yoshitoshi, and Utamaro, to name a few.  Jed creates the original image in digital form, lays the brushwork by hand, then sends scanned images to David. David must think as printmakers do: in layers. He must conceptualize a plan to carve blocks corresponding to each layer of the image, while considering colour separations and the culmination of the overall finished impression. In this way, the finished Ukiyo-e Heroes prints are a pure combination of the line of Jed and David.

Now there are fewer than 10 Ukiyo-e artists printing in Japan. This art form which is considered by many as ‘the face of Japan’ is a uniquely Japanese traditional form of printmaking. Toronto is fortunately home to a few practicing Mokuhanga – woodblock printmaking artists.

If this timeless and fascinating form of Japanese printmaking piques your interest, please stay tuned for updates about a Beginner Mokuhanga Workshop which will be offered in August 2017!

For more information about Ukiyo-e Heroes prints, and info about David Bull and Jed Henry, click here.

For more information about the Ukiyo-e Heroes documentary, click here.


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