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  • Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan.We hope you are well. Here in Tokyo the trees are taking on their autumnal hues as we move deeper into the autumn months.  We have just issued the Autumn 2014 edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine and published it online. We hope you will take a look.  In this edition, we would like to once again share with you a broad variety of contents, from rich autumnal produce and colorful autumn leaves from around Japan, to the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in Myanmar and Palau, how Tokyo keeps tap water safe and delicious. From November,...

    We Are Tomodachi (Autumn 2014)

    Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan.We hope you are well. Here in Tokyo the trees are taking on their autumnal hues as we move deeper into the autumn months.  We have just issued the Autumn 2014 edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine and published it online. We hope you will take a look.  In this edition, we would like to once again share with you a broad variety of contents, from rich autumnal produce and colorful autumn leaves from around Japan, to the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in Myanmar and Palau, how Tokyo keeps tap water safe and delicious. From November,…

  • Winter is coming. So how about delicious Michelin starred Szechuan food to warm yourself up! Come practice your Japanese with JETAA members and native speakers over at Cafe China. The price includes a family-style Chinese dinner with plenty of vegetarian, gluten free. and non spicy dishes. Cafe China is a charming restaurant with a slinky 1930′s Shanghai decor. All language levels are welcome! Hope to see you there! Space is limited so please RSVP quickly and pay in advance via PayPal. Deadline to RSVP is 5 PM on Monday, 11/24. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu! Date: Monday, November 24th Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm Location:  Cafe China (13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016, http://www.cafechinanyc.com/) Nearest subway stations: Grand Central, Times Square, Bryant Park Questions: E-mail...

    November Nihongo Dake Dinner

    Winter is coming. So how about delicious Michelin starred Szechuan food to warm yourself up! Come practice your Japanese with JETAA members and native speakers over at Cafe China. The price includes a family-style Chinese dinner with plenty of vegetarian, gluten free. and non spicy dishes. Cafe China is a charming restaurant with a slinky 1930′s Shanghai decor. All language levels are welcome! Hope to see you there! Space is limited so please RSVP quickly and pay in advance via PayPal. Deadline to RSVP is 5 PM on Monday, 11/24. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu! Date: Monday, November 24th Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm Location:  Cafe China (13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016, http://www.cafechinanyc.com/) Nearest subway stations: Grand Central, Times Square, Bryant Park Questions: E-mail…

  • When: Saturday, December 6, 2 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–-you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs, drinks 50% off (outside food is welcome) RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–-but please RSVP by Monday, November 24, if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention all drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs and friends of JET alike! (Note: you must be 21 to attend.)

    (12/6) Third Annual Karaoke Marathon!

    When: Saturday, December 6, 2 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–-you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs, drinks 50% off (outside food is welcome) RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–-but please RSVP by Monday, November 24, if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention all drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs and friends of JET alike! (Note: you must be 21 to attend.)

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  • JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear’ By Heather Wilson Tomoyasu (Ibaraki-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Heather is a blogger on her site US-Japan Fam, owner of Miny Moe (multi-brand variety packs that allow parents to find the best brand for their baby), founder of Tunes 4 Bay Ridge Tots, and mommy to her yummy toddler, Kenzo! You can follow and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m a sucker for the word chan. Seriously. I don’t know what it is; chan is just so endearing and cute and, well, Japanese!! If you’re a chan-aholic like me, get excited, because there is a new children’s book coming your way that is all about the chan! The beloved children’s book, Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear, originally written by Kazue Takahashi and published in Japan in 2001, has...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear’

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear’ By Heather Wilson Tomoyasu (Ibaraki-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Heather is a blogger on her site US-Japan Fam, owner of Miny Moe (multi-brand variety packs that allow parents to find the best brand for their baby), founder of Tunes 4 Bay Ridge Tots, and mommy to her yummy toddler, Kenzo! You can follow and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m a sucker for the word chan. Seriously. I don’t know what it is; chan is just so endearing and cute and, well, Japanese!! If you’re a chan-aholic like me, get excited, because there is a new children’s book coming your way that is all about the chan! The beloved children’s book, Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear, originally written by Kazue Takahashi and published in Japan in 2001, has...

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  • Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan.We hope you are well. Here in Tokyo the trees are taking on their autumnal hues as we move deeper into the autumn months.  We have just issued the Autumn 2014 edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine and published it online. We hope you will take a look.  In this edition, we would like to once again share with you a broad variety of contents, from rich autumnal produce and colorful autumn leaves from around Japan, to the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in Myanmar and Palau, how Tokyo keeps tap water safe and delicious. From November,...

    We Are Tomodachi (Autumn 2014)

    Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan.We hope you are well. Here in Tokyo the trees are taking on their autumnal hues as we move deeper into the autumn months.  We have just issued the Autumn 2014 edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine and published it online. We hope you will take a look.  In this edition, we would like to once again share with you a broad variety of contents, from rich autumnal produce and colorful autumn leaves from around Japan, to the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in Myanmar and Palau, how Tokyo keeps tap water safe and delicious. From November,...

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  • Winter is coming. So how about delicious Michelin starred Szechuan food to warm yourself up! Come practice your Japanese with JETAA members and native speakers over at Cafe China. The price includes a family-style Chinese dinner with plenty of vegetarian, gluten free. and non spicy dishes. Cafe China is a charming restaurant with a slinky 1930′s Shanghai decor. All language levels are welcome! Hope to see you there! Space is limited so please RSVP quickly and pay in advance via PayPal. Deadline to RSVP is 5 PM on Monday, 11/24. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu! Date: Monday, November 24th Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm Location:  Cafe China (13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016, http://www.cafechinanyc.com/) Nearest subway stations: Grand Central, Times Square, Bryant Park Questions: E-mail...

    November Nihongo Dake Dinner

    Winter is coming. So how about delicious Michelin starred Szechuan food to warm yourself up! Come practice your Japanese with JETAA members and native speakers over at Cafe China. The price includes a family-style Chinese dinner with plenty of vegetarian, gluten free. and non spicy dishes. Cafe China is a charming restaurant with a slinky 1930′s Shanghai decor. All language levels are welcome! Hope to see you there! Space is limited so please RSVP quickly and pay in advance via PayPal. Deadline to RSVP is 5 PM on Monday, 11/24. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu! Date: Monday, November 24th Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm Location:  Cafe China (13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016, http://www.cafechinanyc.com/) Nearest subway stations: Grand Central, Times Square, Bryant Park Questions: E-mail...

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  • By Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) for JQ magazine. A member of JETAA New South Wales, Rafael is a collector of words on a journey still searching for a destination, who has a tendency to forget, we are all sometimes like the rain… Lee-Sean Huang (Oita-ken, 2003-06) was an ALT in Nakatsu City. Upon returning to the United States, he became the webmaster for JETAA New York. In 2008, together with Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-94), he helped to found JETwit.com in 2008 as an avenue for connecting and giving voice to the JET alumni freelance and professional community. A modern-day Renaissance man, Huang is the co-founder and creative director behind the community-centered design and social innovation firm Foossa. He is also a faculty member at SVA’s MFA Design for Social Innovation program and an instructor of...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Lee-Sean Huang of Foossa on ‘The Thinking Body’

    By Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) for JQ magazine. A member of JETAA New South Wales, Rafael is a collector of words on a journey still searching for a destination, who has a tendency to forget, we are all sometimes like the rain… Lee-Sean Huang (Oita-ken, 2003-06) was an ALT in Nakatsu City. Upon returning to the United States, he became the webmaster for JETAA New York. In 2008, together with Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-94), he helped to found JETwit.com in 2008 as an avenue for connecting and giving voice to the JET alumni freelance and professional community. A modern-day Renaissance man, Huang is the co-founder and creative director behind the community-centered design and social innovation firm Foossa. He is also a faculty member at SVA’s MFA Design for Social Innovation program and an instructor of...

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  • When: Saturday, December 6, 2 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–-you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs, drinks 50% off (outside food is welcome) RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–-but please RSVP by Monday, November 24, if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention all drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs and friends of JET alike! (Note: you must be 21 to attend.)

    (12/6) Third Annual Karaoke Marathon!

    When: Saturday, December 6, 2 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–-you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs, drinks 50% off (outside food is welcome) RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–-but please RSVP by Monday, November 24, if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention all drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs and friends of JET alike! (Note: you must be 21 to attend.)

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Taking full and outrageous advantage of being a JETAA member, Eden returns again this year to watch and review the 18th Japanese Film Festival, now covering both Australia and New Zealand, with more films than ever. It’s so big that both himself and Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) will shoulder the burden of covering this, the biggest and best method of (legally) watching Japanese films outside of Nippon. The 18th Japanese Film Festival continues in Auckland (6-12 Nov), Sydney (13-23rd Nov) and Melbourne (27 Nov-7 Dec). The 18th Japanese Film Festival became a pan-Oceanic film festival this year with the inclusion of New Zealand, making it the largest Japanese film festival in the world....

    JQ Magazine: The 18th Japanese Film Festival — More Films, More Countries

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Taking full and outrageous advantage of being a JETAA member, Eden returns again this year to watch and review the 18th Japanese Film Festival, now covering both Australia and New Zealand, with more films than ever. It’s so big that both himself and Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) will shoulder the burden of covering this, the biggest and best method of (legally) watching Japanese films outside of Nippon. The 18th Japanese Film Festival continues in Auckland (6-12 Nov), Sydney (13-23rd Nov) and Melbourne (27 Nov-7 Dec). The 18th Japanese Film Festival became a pan-Oceanic film festival this year with the inclusion of New Zealand, making it the largest Japanese film festival in the world....

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  • By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle has completed a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association of New York since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a New York City-based soccer team. When the Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, it became inevitable that the superheroes in the comic book canon would find themselves headlining their own Disney movies. That notion came to fruition in 2012 when Disney released Marvel’s The Avengers, followed by the Thor, Iron Man and Captain America sequels. The lesser-known comic book superheroes collectively known as the Guardians of the Galaxy made their debut in 2014 and grossed an astounding $765 million worldwide. Coming...

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘Big Hero 6’

    By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle has completed a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association of New York since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a New York City-based soccer team. When the Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, it became inevitable that the superheroes in the comic book canon would find themselves headlining their own Disney movies. That notion came to fruition in 2012 when Disney released Marvel’s The Avengers, followed by the Thor, Iron Man and Captain America sequels. The lesser-known comic book superheroes collectively known as the Guardians of the Galaxy made their debut in 2014 and grossed an astounding $765 million worldwide. Coming...

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. From Disney to heavy metal to J-pop, November is just as colorful as the leaves tumbling through the air. Add to that a cutting-edge kimono exhibition, a Shakespearean samurai epic, and the largest event in the USA dedicated to love and sex, and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown. This month’s highlights include: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7:00 p.m. Babymetal Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street $49.50 Formed in 2010, Babymetal brings a kawaii blend of traditional schoolgirl J-pop and death metal. Hot off the heels of their debut album released in the U.S. earlier this year, the band has been burning up the charts in Japan, where their live video...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — ‘Big Hero 6,’ Babymetal, Richie Kotzen, Asa Akira, Perfume

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. From Disney to heavy metal to J-pop, November is just as colorful as the leaves tumbling through the air. Add to that a cutting-edge kimono exhibition, a Shakespearean samurai epic, and the largest event in the USA dedicated to love and sex, and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown. This month’s highlights include: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7:00 p.m. Babymetal Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street $49.50 Formed in 2010, Babymetal brings a kawaii blend of traditional schoolgirl J-pop and death metal. Hot off the heels of their debut album released in the U.S. earlier this year, the band has been burning up the charts in Japan, where their live video...

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  • By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate student of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. Starting Point: 1979-1996, translated by Beth Cary and Frederik L. Schodt, is quite unlike its sequel, Turning Point: 1997-2008 (read JQ’s review here). Technical rather than creative, Starting Point shares renowned director Hayao Miyazaki’s recollections of his early days as an animator. The essays and interviews follow anime through production development, touching on the intricacies of character design, layout, and story adaptation. For those who enjoy the process and precision behind an art, Starting Point is a rare glimpse into an often-times enigmatic industry. The first half of the work features essays on Miyazaki’s long hours in the studio, culture, and...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Starting Point: 1979-1996’ by Hayao Miyazaki

    By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate student of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. Starting Point: 1979-1996, translated by Beth Cary and Frederik L. Schodt, is quite unlike its sequel, Turning Point: 1997-2008 (read JQ’s review here). Technical rather than creative, Starting Point shares renowned director Hayao Miyazaki’s recollections of his early days as an animator. The essays and interviews follow anime through production development, touching on the intricacies of character design, layout, and story adaptation. For those who enjoy the process and precision behind an art, Starting Point is a rare glimpse into an often-times enigmatic industry. The first half of the work features essays on Miyazaki’s long hours in the studio, culture, and...

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  • By Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) for JQ magazine. A member of JETAA New South Wales, Rafael is a collector of words on a journey still searching for a destination, who has a tendency to forget, we are all sometimes like the rain… Like many JET alums, Vanessa Villalobos (Tochigi-ken, 2000-03) thoroughly enjoyed her time in Japan and was seeking a practical means to maintain that connection upon returning home. Seeking to recapture her experiences on the JET Program and maintain her Japanese language skills after returning to the United Kingdom, she founded the travel/lifestyle/culture site JapaneseLondon.com and the language exchange hub, IsshoniLondon.co.uk. As a young, independent businesswoman and entrepreneur, she offers some advice to JQ readers seeking to pursue their own ventures and shares some insight into the trials and tribulations of language...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Web Entrepreneur Vanessa Villalobos

    By Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) for JQ magazine. A member of JETAA New South Wales, Rafael is a collector of words on a journey still searching for a destination, who has a tendency to forget, we are all sometimes like the rain… Like many JET alums, Vanessa Villalobos (Tochigi-ken, 2000-03) thoroughly enjoyed her time in Japan and was seeking a practical means to maintain that connection upon returning home. Seeking to recapture her experiences on the JET Program and maintain her Japanese language skills after returning to the United Kingdom, she founded the travel/lifestyle/culture site JapaneseLondon.com and the language exchange hub, IsshoniLondon.co.uk. As a young, independent businesswoman and entrepreneur, she offers some advice to JQ readers seeking to pursue their own ventures and shares some insight into the trials and tribulations of language...

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  • Visit to Nomura Bank Calling all JET alumni seeking employment in the financial industry.  Nomura is giving 6 JET alumni the opportunity to a meet and greet at their office in Manhattan.  Nomura is a Japanese financial holding company dealing with brokers, banking and other financial services. They also provide investment, financing and related services to individual, institutional and government clients on a global level with an emphasis on securities. Mid-career JET alumni looking for a career in finance are invited to join! Date:  Wednesday November 5th Time: 11:00 to 1:00 Details: Meet at the Nomura office, Worldwide Plaza, 309 West 49th Street **Tour of the office **Meeting with recruiting officer **Meeting with JET sempai currently working there **Lunch in their cafeteria RSVP: Email...

    Visit Noruma Bank

    Visit to Nomura Bank Calling all JET alumni seeking employment in the financial industry.  Nomura is giving 6 JET alumni the opportunity to a meet and greet at their office in Manhattan.  Nomura is a Japanese financial holding company dealing with brokers, banking and other financial services. They also provide investment, financing and related services to individual, institutional and government clients on a global level with an emphasis on securities. Mid-career JET alumni looking for a career in finance are invited to join! Date:  Wednesday November 5th Time: 11:00 to 1:00 Details: Meet at the Nomura office, Worldwide Plaza, 309 West 49th Street **Tour of the office **Meeting with recruiting officer **Meeting with JET sempai currently working there **Lunch in their cafeteria RSVP: Email...

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  • Become more involved in JETAANY and help shape it’s direction! JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board is comprised of a group of experienced professionals, all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY is the only executive committee member to sit on the Board of Directors and is...

    Call for JETAANY Board Nominations – (11/17 Deadline)

    Become more involved in JETAANY and help shape it’s direction! JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board is comprised of a group of experienced professionals, all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY is the only executive committee member to sit on the Board of Directors and is...

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  • JQ magazine editor/Japanese Culture Examiner Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) was recently interviewed by Alex York of Fujisankei (FCI) News for commentary on X Japan’s debut performance at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 11. The spectacular three-hour show (see JQ‘s review of the concert here) was X Japan’s first and only American concert in four years, and the first to retain the band’s signature full stage production outside of Japan.  Check out the video here or click on the image for Justin’s comments, and read his exclusive interview with X Japan’s leader Yoshiki here. Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWptyvtYCXM#t=43

    JQ Magazine Editor Interviewed by FCI News on X Japan at Madison Square Garden

    JQ magazine editor/Japanese Culture Examiner Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) was recently interviewed by Alex York of Fujisankei (FCI) News for commentary on X Japan’s debut performance at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 11. The spectacular three-hour show (see JQ‘s review of the concert here) was X Japan’s first and only American concert in four years, and the first to retain the band’s signature full stage production outside of Japan.  Check out the video here or click on the image for Justin’s comments, and read his exclusive interview with X Japan’s leader Yoshiki here. Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWptyvtYCXM#t=43

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  • By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle has completed a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association of New York since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a New York City-based soccer team. When one hears the name “Studio Ghibli,” the director Hayao Miyazaki immediately comes to mind. Starting with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Miyazaki has continually delivered hit after hit for the past 30 years, making him the most successful contemporary Japanese filmmaker (animated or otherwise). Moviegoers can be forgiven for not recognizing the name of Miyazaki’s partner and Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, who tends to operate behind the spotlight. But Takahata is an accomplished animator and filmmaker...

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’

    By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle has completed a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association of New York since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a New York City-based soccer team. When one hears the name “Studio Ghibli,” the director Hayao Miyazaki immediately comes to mind. Starting with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Miyazaki has continually delivered hit after hit for the past 30 years, making him the most successful contemporary Japanese filmmaker (animated or otherwise). Moviegoers can be forgiven for not recognizing the name of Miyazaki’s partner and Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, who tends to operate behind the spotlight. But Takahata is an accomplished animator and filmmaker...

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  • Nihongo Dake Billiards Event This month join us at Fat Cat, one of New York’s best billiards/pool halls, for great conversation with fellow JETs and native Japanese speakers. There will also be live jazz music. Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. Hope to see you there! All levels of Japanese welcome! Date: Wednesday Oct 22nd Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Fat Cat 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 Nearest subway stations, 1 to Christopher St, A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th Questions: E-mail David at treasurer[at]jetaany.org Cost: $11 which includes the cover charge and 2 hours of pool/billiards. Drinks are to be paid for separately. There is no food at...

    Nihongo Dake Billiards Event

    Nihongo Dake Billiards Event This month join us at Fat Cat, one of New York’s best billiards/pool halls, for great conversation with fellow JETs and native Japanese speakers. There will also be live jazz music. Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. Hope to see you there! All levels of Japanese welcome! Date: Wednesday Oct 22nd Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Fat Cat 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 Nearest subway stations, 1 to Christopher St, A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th Questions: E-mail David at treasurer[at]jetaany.org Cost: $11 which includes the cover charge and 2 hours of pool/billiards. Drinks are to be paid for separately. There is no food at...

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  • DUE TO THE COLD, WINDY, AND WET CONDITIONS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL THIS HIKE. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR HIKE IN THE SPRING. What better way to enjoy the fall foliage than by going on a hike in beautiful Hudson Valley! Take in breathtaking Hudson River views. When: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8:30am-5:45pm Meet at 8:30AM at the clock in Grand Central Terminal (GCT). Train will depart promptly so please be on time. Depart GCT – 8:43AM –> Arrive at Manitou Stations – 9:52 AM Depart Manitou Station – 4:26PM –> Arrive GCT – 5:41 PM Cost: Round trip off-peak Metro-North ticket to Manitou Station is $26.50 – please buy your ticket on your own beforehand at a Metro North Kiosk or...

    (11/2) Fall Hike 2014 – Cancelled

    DUE TO THE COLD, WINDY, AND WET CONDITIONS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL THIS HIKE. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR HIKE IN THE SPRING. What better way to enjoy the fall foliage than by going on a hike in beautiful Hudson Valley! Take in breathtaking Hudson River views. When: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8:30am-5:45pm Meet at 8:30AM at the clock in Grand Central Terminal (GCT). Train will depart promptly so please be on time. Depart GCT – 8:43AM –> Arrive at Manitou Stations – 9:52 AM Depart Manitou Station – 4:26PM –> Arrive GCT – 5:41 PM Cost: Round trip off-peak Metro-North ticket to Manitou Station is $26.50 – please buy your ticket on your own beforehand at a Metro North Kiosk or...

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  •   Thirteen high school students from Iwate Prefecture will be visiting NYC with their CIR in October. We would like to invite JET alumni to the following events to interact with the students and help as tour guides. If you are interested in all or some of these events please e-mail Monica at president@jetaany.org. Reception Monday, October 27th 6pm to 8pm Evening gathering at Japan Local Government Office (34th street and Parck Ave) for light snacks and drinks. Come listen to the students’ brief speeches and have a chance to talk with them one-on-one. Touring Tuesday, October 28th (time TBD) Possible late afternoon of touring to the Met or other iconic locations. Time to be determined but possibly after 3pm. Touring...

    Volunteer Tour guides needed for Students visiting from Iwate

      Thirteen high school students from Iwate Prefecture will be visiting NYC with their CIR in October. We would like to invite JET alumni to the following events to interact with the students and help as tour guides. If you are interested in all or some of these events please e-mail Monica at president@jetaany.org. Reception Monday, October 27th 6pm to 8pm Evening gathering at Japan Local Government Office (34th street and Parck Ave) for light snacks and drinks. Come listen to the students’ brief speeches and have a chance to talk with them one-on-one. Touring Tuesday, October 28th (time TBD) Possible late afternoon of touring to the Met or other iconic locations. Time to be determined but possibly after 3pm. Touring...

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  • Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania November 15, 2014 Love Japan? Like children? Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering? Then sign up for JETAANY’s Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City. Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! The event will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5pm. Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please Monica at president@jetaany.org and fill out the survey here to sign up Sign up here to volunteer Have an idea for an activity or have questions regarding...

    (11/15) Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania

    Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania November 15, 2014 Love Japan? Like children? Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering? Then sign up for JETAANY’s Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City. Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! The event will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5pm. Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please Monica at president@jetaany.org and fill out the survey here to sign up Sign up here to volunteer Have an idea for an activity or have questions regarding...

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  • By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. For his photo gallery of X Japan’s concert at MSG, click here. On Oct. 11, Madison Square Garden was ignited by the amazing energy of the sensational Japanese rock group X Japan. Realizing a lifelong dream of its founding members—vocalist Toshi and superstar drummer/pianist Yoshiki—X Japan overcame years of behind-the-scenes drama to finally play the World’s Most Famous Arena, as one of the most successful Japanese music groups of all time brought down the house in NYC. For the first time ever outside of their native Japan, X Japan culminated their dream to perform an all-immersive concert, armed with a full array of fireworks, pyrotechnics, confetti, and incredible light effects.  According to Yoshiki in one of many heartfelt messages delivered to the...

    JQ Magazine: Concert Review — X Japan Marks the Spot at Madison Square Garden

    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. For his photo gallery of X Japan’s concert at MSG, click here. On Oct. 11, Madison Square Garden was ignited by the amazing energy of the sensational Japanese rock group X Japan. Realizing a lifelong dream of its founding members—vocalist Toshi and superstar drummer/pianist Yoshiki—X Japan overcame years of behind-the-scenes drama to finally play the World’s Most Famous Arena, as one of the most successful Japanese music groups of all time brought down the house in NYC. For the first time ever outside of their native Japan, X Japan culminated their dream to perform an all-immersive concert, armed with a full array of fireworks, pyrotechnics, confetti, and incredible light effects.  According to Yoshiki in one of many heartfelt messages delivered to the...

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  • Tsukemono at Home: The Pleasure of Japanese Pickles with Karen Solomon (JET Alumni) Are you in love with umeboshi? Crazy for nukazuke? Is your sushi incomplete without gari? Then you are a fan of tsukemono – the ancient art of Japanese food preservation. Asian Pickles author Karen Solomon will give an introduction to the world of Japanese pickles, including techniques, ingredients, flavor profiles, and serving suggestions. Karen will also discuss how tsukemono are different than common vinegar and fermented pickles, and demonstrate some quick pickle recipes that will inspire both novice and accomplished picklers to make their own. After her presentation, you will also get a chance to sample some tsukemono prepared by Karen. Visit http://ksolomon.com/ to learn more about Karen.  Tsukemono_Flyer...

    Learn how to make Tsukemono

    Tsukemono at Home: The Pleasure of Japanese Pickles with Karen Solomon (JET Alumni) Are you in love with umeboshi? Crazy for nukazuke? Is your sushi incomplete without gari? Then you are a fan of tsukemono – the ancient art of Japanese food preservation. Asian Pickles author Karen Solomon will give an introduction to the world of Japanese pickles, including techniques, ingredients, flavor profiles, and serving suggestions. Karen will also discuss how tsukemono are different than common vinegar and fermented pickles, and demonstrate some quick pickle recipes that will inspire both novice and accomplished picklers to make their own. After her presentation, you will also get a chance to sample some tsukemono prepared by Karen. Visit http://ksolomon.com/ to learn more about Karen.  Tsukemono_Flyer...

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