Participate in the 2016 JETAA Singapore Photo Contest!

In conjunction with the JET Programme 30th Anniversary Photo Contest, we are calling all photo-loving JETAA SG members to participate in the 2016 JETAA Singapore Photo Contest. Winning submissions will be printed and distributed in JETAA SG’s events as postcards.


1. The photo theme should be either of the following:

「給食」:Kyushoku, school lunches
「教室」: Kyoushitsu, classrooms
「国際交流」:Kokusaikoryū, international relations
「祭り」:Matsuri, Japanese festivals

2. Only submit photos that you’ve taken and have the right to share

3. Photographs featuring the faces of people are not acceptable.

4. All submitted photos must have been taken in Japan.

5. Each entrant may submit up to 2 photo entries for each theme.

6. Each image must be in JPEG format with a resolution of at least 1600×1200 pixels.

7. Each image should not be bigger than 10MB.

  • Entry method:

Send your photos to

Please indicate your:
– Full name (For winners, please note that your name will be published on the postcards)
– Your year and placement
– A title for each photo, where and when

This contest in eligible to all JETAA SG members.
Contest entry period: July 25 (Mon), 2016 ~ August 10 (Wed), 2016

General consent: By submitting your entry, you give JETAA SG permission to publish your photos and the information you provided on the Facebook page and other related social media channels. You also give JETAA SG permission to use your entry as a photo motif for the JETAA SG postcards.


Looking back on 2015-2016

Hi guys!

You might’ve noticed that the updates here are horrendously slow. It’s been an uphill struggle for us this year, as we try to diversify our events, and start to bring in more events that will be of interest to everyone.

As we head towards our AGM, we’ll be looking back on the year with this year’s Kuchikomi. These are the highlighted events of the year – we’ll be working to bring more of these events to you as we head into the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme, and the 50th year of friendly ties between Singapore and Japan (SJ50)!

You can download it here: Kuchikomi 2015-2016

Enjoy! We hope to see you at our events soon!


Sorry for our long absence.

Our new board has taken over, but with such a swift flow of events (yes, we’ve had quite a number so far!), it’s hard to keep up.


Our new board members are:

  • Ms Yeo Yi Hua, President
  • Ms Nathalie Ng, Vice-President
  • Mr Heng Kai Le, Secretary
  • Mr Wong Hung Shane, Treasurer
  • Ms Yao Shuying, Events & Outreach Officer
  • Ms Faith Ong, Events & Outreach Officer

Ms Sheryna Yip and Ms Annette Lee have also graciously agreed to be stay with this board to help with our various events.

So far, we’ve had our amazing Ohanami on Lazarus Island in early May, attended by many JETAA members and members of the local Japanese community. You can find more photos on our Facebook page. I assure you the island is gorgeous.


We’ve also had a karaoke session in end-May at Cash Studios, where we belted out Japanese songs on their DAM system. (Unfortunately, we were too happy singing, and forgot all about the photos.)

We’ve also had the good fortune to meet some incoming JETs at our monthly Japanese class on every last Thursday of the month. During that class, our lovely teacher, Chie-sensei, taught us about famous omiyage from various prefectures all over Japan. Everyone had lots of fun discussing which are the omiyages that we were most likely to bring home.

In the past month of May and June, we’ve also been able to pair up the incoming JETs with seniors in our Buddy program, and we’ve come up with a list of exciting activities for the next few months. More details about these activities will be announced as soon as we can over on Facebook and our newsletter!

JETAA Conversational Class

Written by Natsumi Tanaka (Kai Le’s wife)

Translated by Heng Kai Le (Kumamoto JET, 2011-2013)

Japanese Conversational Class





Participating in a Japanese class

This was my first time joining the EoJ/JETAA Japanese class this time round. Seeing JETAA members leverage their advanced Japanese skills to effectively convey their thoughts and experiences in their unique ways struck a deep impression within me.

In addition, other Japanese participants who might have been similarly impacted like me (?) shared openly about their personal selves and private lives. These were things that Japanese people wouldn’t bring up in a typical classroom comprising of only Japanese people. Hence, their behaviour was something that has stayed in my mind.

From this Japanese lesson, I once again recognised how a language class afforded people the opportunity to learn other things beyond language. I thank JETAA sincerely for letting me participate in such a fun lesson.

JETAA Singapore, New Friends and Reality Sinking In

By A Yagnya (JET 2014~, Toyama-ken, taken from here: with express permission from the lovely girl herself )


JETAA Japanese class

On 29th May 2014 (last thursday), I finally met some people from JETAA Singapore and fellow 2014 Singapore JETs at JCS. And what a lovely bunch of people they are!

We had a lesson about weddings, found out that a sempai was getting married that week, heard vows being spoken in Japanese, learnt how expensive weddings could be, talked about Chinese, Malay and Indian weddings and had so much fun. It was wonderful to meet so many people, with varying Japanese abilities and I learnt so much from everyone.

The kaypoh in me was also very satisfied to FINALLY meet people.

On a more personal note, it was great to know how everyone came from diverse backgrounds. Having interacted with mostly theatre people for so long, I’m psyched to finally expand the walls of my world through JET. : P

Through the JETAA, I’ve also been assigned 2 buddies (both weren’t placed in Toyama, but I’m plenty grateful for all the advice). Exchanging e-mails with them calmed a lot of my frazzled nerves and I’ve gotten a lot of really handy tips. I’ve also met (online) some JET bloggers from Toyama and a Singaporean JET online, and chatting with them has put me at ease.

The fears and questions haven’t disappeared.
I’m still terrified of which school I might get.
What if they hate me?
What if they don’t understand the concept of Vegetarianism?
What if there absolutely nothing for me in that place?
What if I fall really sick in the winter?
What if, what if and more what ifs.
But, life was never meant to be ruled by fear.

And it’s not just fears.
There’s so much excitement bubbling within me at this point.
A different landscape, a new language, fresh challenges, a chance at independence, and, best yet,
A hope for doors to open in the future. 

So, come what may, I’ve resolved to take it as a learning experience. And at least now, I feel a little bit more informed.

Dinner at the Ambassador’s Residence

By Felicia Lee

Dinner Party Group photoGroup photo of the fantastic company for the evening.

On 2 May 2014, His Excellency, Mr. Haruhisa Takeuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, hosted a dinner reception at his residence in honour of Mr. Sekiguchi Masakazu, Senior Vice-Minister of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Other distinguished guests who attended the reception were Mr. Seki Hiroyuki, Director-General of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Mr. Uemura Satoshi, Director of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Mr. Komaki Kentaro, Executive Secretary to the Senior Vice-Minister of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Mr. Adachi Masahide, Director of CLAIR Singapore and Mr. Takema Makoto, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Singapore. JETAA Singapore enjoyed the privilege of being invited for this special occasion.

Mr. Takeuchi’s personal chef prepared a delectable 8-course Japanese dinner and most of the ingredients were imported from Japan. For dessert, Mrs. Takeuchi specially prepared the Strawberry Bavarois.

Strawberry Bavarois

The strawberry bavarois specially made by Mrs Takeuchi.

The guests had an enjoyable time chatting over a variety of topics. Mr. Sekiguchi also recommended a popular ramen chain, Hakata Fuuryuu (博多風龍) to the guests. There are about 20 branches in Tokyo serving up tasty tonkotsu ramen with each serving costing ¥550. Diners who are hungry can also request for two times of kaedama (refill of ramen) free of charge!

It was an enriching session for the Japanese officials and members of JETAA Singapore in exchanging views of Japan and Singapore, and group photos were taken at the end of the reception.

Have you made your RSVP to the AGM happening on the 22nd March at SMU from 1:30pm to 4?

Have you made your RSVP to the AGM happening on the 22nd March at SMU from 1:30pm to 4?

We would like to encourage everyone to attend the AGM, not just to elect the new board, but also to find out what JETAA Singapore has been doing.

This year, we’re meeting to push through the following:
– developing a framework to support ex-ALTs in projects related to our members’ interest and those that are related to Japan.
– building up relationships with other Japan-related organisations to help open doors for our members
– bridge gaps in our activities by finding out what our members’ interests are
– MOST IMPORTANTLY, the proposal to amend the Constitution which has been unresolved for the past 3 years

We really hope everyone can make a concerted effort to attend the AGM, even if just to vote on the amendments.

Come have your say on how we can be more relevant to you.

We need your help to make the changes needed in JETAA, and only you can help make this happen!

Please RSVP via the form below ↓