JETAA Prairies J-Horror/Networking Night – Perfect Blue

Satoshi Kon's 1997 psychological thriller/horror, Perfect Blue.

For the 2023 edition of J-Horror/Networking Night, we will feature the 1997 critically acclaimed Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue. It’s about an idol, Mima, who leaves her idol group and singing career to pursue an acting career while being stalked by a radical fan. Unexplained murders follow Mima while her mental health deteriorates and she loses sense of reality. Roger Corman has said, “If Alfred Hitchcock partnered with Walt Disney, they’d make a picture like this.”

As per the Parents Guide on IMDB, it’s rated “R” or “Restricted” as it contains:

  • Sex & Nudity (10)
  • Violence & Gore (12)
  • Profanity (2)
  • Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (1)
  • Frightening & Intense Scenes (3)

What: JETAA Prairies J-Horror/Networking Night – “Perfect Blue” (Japanese language with English Subtitles)

Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2023

Time: 6pm-8pm Central Daylight Standard Time (Manitoba); 5pm-7pm Central Standard Time (Saskatchewan)

Where: Cisco Web Ex (if you are part of our mailing list, the room number/password will be emailed to you). Otherwise, please email to get login info.

How: To be included in the snack cost-sharing, please RSVP to by November 3rd, 2023 10pm. It’s first come, first serve. For the movie alone, all JET alumni are welcome to attend this event without a RSVP.

Also: This event is open to all JET alumni. Cost-sharing is only applicable to JET alumni who reside in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Movie run time: 1 hr 21 min.

Wanna Go to Japan?! Calling All Submissions: JET Video Contest is Here!

JET Video Contest. Deadline is January 17, 2024. The Prize: A trip to Tokyo. Videos are to be about your JET experience and to use one of the three themes: "Once-in-a-lifetime chance"; "Trying as hard as one can"; "The beauties of nature"
We know you wanna….

Yes, you read that right! Current and former JETs are eligible to enter!

The video is to be about your experience in Japan with one of the following themes:

  • 一期一会: “Ichigo ichie” or once in a life time experience
  • 一生懸命: “Ishyokenmei” or giving it your best
  • 花鳥風月: “Kachyofugetsu” or the beautify of nature

Submission Period: 1 October 2023 – 17 January 2024 17:00 JST

Terms and Conditions

  • Length: 1-5 minutes
  • Format: mp4, wmv, or mov
  • Background for each video must include: Name, home country, contracting organization, ALT / CIR, where you lived in Japan, when you went on JET
  • The video needs to either be in English with Japanese subtitles, or Japanese with English subtitles. If that’s difficult we can contact the contest office
  • It has to be an original video that you have not published previously
  • If you have a third party in the video, make sure you get the proper rights and permissions from them.
  • You can submit more than one video.

You need to have a public Youtube account. If yours is private, you’ll need to make it public in order to take part in the contest.

When uploading to Youtube, make sure to add the hashtag #JETVideoContest2024. After uploading it please enter the following info and e-mail it to the above mentioned address:

  • Name
  • Current Country of Residence (or prefecture in Japan)
  • Job type (ALT or CIR)
  • Contracting Organization
  • Years on JET
  • Title of Video
  • Theme (selected from one of the 3 mentioned above)
  • Link to Video
  • Contact e-mail address

Winners will be contacted by e-mail. Be sure to have a scan of your passport ready for travel arrangements to be made.

If your video wins, your Contracting Organization will be notified and it will also be used for JET PR afterwards.

Read the full 2024 JET Programme Video Contest Terms and Conditions here.

Aikon 2022 and Meeting the New JETs

For the last two weekends, JETAA Prairies alumni have been busy promoting the JET Programme at Winnpeg’s premier anime/manga conveniton and finally, meeting the new JETs in person two weeks before their departure. These two events mark the first time in over two years for the alumni chapter to hold events in person since the pandemic began.

Aikon 2022

On the weekend of July 22nd-24th, 2022, Over a hundred people stopped by at the JETAA Prairies table and chatted about the JET Programme (the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme). Alumni dressed up for the occasion to blend in with the crowd and even participated in some late night karaoke at the convention. It was a very busy three days indeed!

JETAA Prairies alumni at Aikon which is Winnipeg's premier anime/manga convention and expo. Alumni were present to promote the JET Programme.
JETAA Prairies alumni at Aikon on the weekend of July 22nd-24th, 2022. Aikon is Winnipeg’s premier anime/manga convention and expo. Alumni were present to promote the JET Programme.

Meet the New JETs 2022

On July 31st, 2022, the new JETs finally met up with current/former JETs in person at Shark Club in downtown Winnipeg for lunch. While this event was a non-official JETAA Prairies event, it was a good opportunity for the new JETs to finally meet each other and ask last minute questions to current/former JETs before departing.

On behalf of all alumni at JETAA Prairies, we wish all new and current JETs best of luck and wish them safe journeys to the Land of the Rising Sun.

The newly selected JETs meet current and former JETs at Shark Club for lunch on July 31st two weeks before their departure.
The newly selected JETs meet current and former JETs at Shark Club for lunch on July 31st two weeks before their departure.

Pre-Departure Orientation 2022

JETAA Prairies held a virtual Pre-Departure Orientation for the new JETs (short-listed and alternates) on June 18th, 2022.
JETAA Prairies held a virtual Pre-Departure Orientation for the new JETs (short-listed and alternates) on June 18th, 2022.

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022, JETAA Prairies held the 2022 edition of the Pre-Departure Orientation. The new JETs (both short-listed and alternates) came from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The one-day included opening remarks from Consul Mr. Riki Kishimoto of the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary.

A current JET held a 30-minute session/Q&A where she talked about her situation in Japan. Alumni of JETAA Prairies presented on a variety of topics: Getting Involved With Your School, Lesson Planning/English Team-Teaching, Learning Japanese, Living In The Inaka, and Getting Involved With Your Community. Some alumni also shared materials via email.

Everybody at JETAA Prairies wish all candidates good luck!

Pre-Departure Orientation, June 18, 2022

When our powers combine…

The new JETs have been selected and we are currently looking for volunteers to present at this year’s Pre-Departure Orientation (PDOT) this year. The tentative date is Saturday, June 18th, 2022.  If you are interested, please reply to or fill out our Contact Us form.

What:  2022 Pre-Departure Orientation

When:  June 18, 2022 (Saturday)

Where:  TBA (In-person/virtually)

There will be honorariums/lunch set aside for those who volunteer.  Spots are limited.  First come, first serve basis.