Newly-wed JETs Give to JETAA USA Earthquake Fund

Rachel and Josh, JET alums from the DC area were married this past summer. They met while on JET in Kumamoto-ken, falling in love with Japan and each other during their years in Japan. As they celebrated their marriage this summer, Rachel and Josh approached JETAA USA, expressing a desire to have their wedding guests give to the JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund in lieu of getting toaster ovens, china, towel sets and mixing bowls. We were deeply touched by their thoughtfulness, belief in the JET alum community and their continual and sincere dedication to Japan.

The generous contributions Rachel and Josh’s wedding guests made in their name will help the Japanese communities that most need it. どうも ありがとう ございました!

About the bride

Rachel is from Alexandria, Minnesota.  An English major at Gustavus Adolphus College, she flew on a JET plane to Japan to test out her teaching skills and try something new!  Little did she know, a Texan would capture her heart! 

About the groom

Josh is from Dallas, Texas.  He did Computer Science at the University of Texas (Dallas) and went on to get his MBA before JET.  Unsure about joining the corporate world and eager to experience Japan, Josh flew out of Texas.  Little did he know, a blond Minnesotan was waiting for him!

How they met

Rachel and Josh met in Japan while on JET. Rachel was just starting her second year as an ALT in Kumamoto-ken, when Josh landed on the foreign soil.  Taking care of the ‘newbies’ as a social chair, Rachel helped plan Orientation for the new JETs.  They met the weekend before Orientation, at a lantern festival with friends.  Josh asked Rachel if she thought they’d be friends had they met under normal circumstances in the United States.  Rachel looked at the charming Texan and said, ‘Yes, we’d be friends.’  He agreed and the rest is history.

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One Response to Newly-wed JETs Give to JETAA USA Earthquake Fund

  1. Terry Vo says:

    I am so proud to call Josh and Rachel friends. Due to work and promoting Japanese cultural exchange, I couldn’t attend their wedding so I went to check their wedding registry to purchase a gift and there was no registry! I then realized that we could give them a gift by giving to the victims in Japan! Their hearts are so large and I am excited to say that I was able to witness their “falling in love” and even the first time they met! KumAJET brought lovers together! 🙂 Thank you Josh and Rachel for what you are doing. You are incredible examples of the amazing individuals that are part of the JET Program. I am fortunate to not only call you colleagues but dear friends.

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