JET Arigato Campaign

JET 30th Anniversary Arigato Campaign. Be in with a chance to win a 30th Anniversary Goods Package and a 50 euro voucher for Yamamori Restaurant in Dublin. Create a text, audio or video message thanking the people you have grown close to because of the JET Programme. Contact for more details!

Arigato JET

Calling all Shakespeareans

Experience Japan are looking for someone with an interest in Shakespeare and Japan to present a mini-TED type talk in UCD on April 23 as part of a larger event. It doesn’t have to be very scholarly, just a way to mark the man’s birth/death day! Email if you’re interested



Sake Tasting

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February Japanese Class

Japanese Class

Satogaeri Programme- Fiona Uyema


I applied for the JET programme as I believed it provided an invaluable opportunity for me to live and work in Japan. I spent two years on the JET programme from 2002 to 2004 and still today I have close connections with the JET programme and community.

The JET programme was a life changing experience for me. During my time on the JET programme I lived in a rural village called Nishiyama located in Niigata prefecture. Although it was challenging to live in the countryside of Japan, the warm welcome I received from the local community during my two years living there helped me to experience the real Japan. I would encourage new JETs to be proactive and to get involved in the school and local community as it’s so rewarding and will help build relationships and the opportunity to experience Japanese culture.

I used a spare room in my Junior High School and created an English room for students to visit during break time and after school. This helped me to get to know the students outside of a formal classroom settings and also gave them the opportunity to speak English in an everyday environment. I also joined local clubs in the community such as calligraphy, dancing and hiking. This was a fantastic way to make friends (friends I’m still in touch with today!), improve my Japanese and to experience Japanese culture.

During my time on the JET programme I learned so much about Japanese food & culture from the local community. Thanks to the JET programme I now work full-time as a Japanese cook. I’m a food writer, author and tutor specialising in Japanese cooking. I published my first cookbook called “Japanese Food Made Easy” which is now available on Amazon. There are stories throughout my cookbook giving an insight into Japanese food and culture during my time on the JET programme. Part of my cooking inspiration comes from the local community in Niigata and everything they taught me about Japanese food and culture.

Last year, the JET programme brought twelve ex-JETS worldwide back to Japan on a programme called the “Satogaeri Programme (return to your Japanese hometown)”. I was the Irish representative and after ten years I had the opportunity to return to my Japanese hometown in Niigata prefecture. It was an unforgettable return trip to Japan and it was broadcasted on NHK World –

I would highly recommend the JET programme. It provided me with unique experiences and so many opportunities when I returned to Ireland. Back in Ireland I continue to use the experience and knowledge I gained on the JET programme in my work today. I also work closely with the JET programme and stay in touch with the JET community.

To see more about Fiona go to:

Twitter: @fionauyema

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The 14th Japanese Speech Conest


Recruiting Sales People/Travel Consultants

Unique Japan Tours, one of Europe’s leading Japan travel specialist companies, are now recruiting for eager, talented, sales people/travel consultants who know and love Japan, are target driven with  travel industry background preferred (but not essential) , and have travelled extensively in Japan. A Full training provided with immediate start required.

To Apply, send your CV to Closing date for applications December 2nd.

IJETAA Bonenkai


Japanese Classes

As we all know living outside of Japan can be detrimental to your Japanese. Phrases and Kanji you saw and recognised everyday become, well….like Japanese! Once you are on home soil again.

With the JLPT December exam fast approaching we decided it might be a good idea to get back into the J-go way of thinking. We enlisted the help of 3 Japanese teachers Ms. H Ozaki, Ms T Ozaki (no relation!) and Ms. Maeda.

For the past two weeks we have been doing some JLPT prep and also just having some general banter in Japanese.

Our next class is Tuesday, December 1st in the Japanese Embassy from 6pm – 8pm. If you would like to attend this free class simply email Eileen at


Ikebana Classes

Thanks to the wonderfully talented Ms. Tomoko Ozaki a number of IJETAA members could explore the world of ikebana.

Ms. Ozaki showed us that there is far more to ikebana than simply arranging flowers in a vase, there are a number of rules involved in order to bring the arrangement to life.

The Japanese peoples deep love an affinity towards nature have all lead to the great appreciation they hold towards ikebana. An appreciation which is gaining momentum the world over.

Thank you once again Ms.Ozaki for sharing the secrets of this stunning art form with us.