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  • When: Saturday, October 18, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Where: JET-owned bar, Glorietta Baldy (502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 between Hancock St & Fulton St in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill); Right near the A/C stop at Franklin Ave Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions?: Email Pam Kavalam at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org We are excited to be hosting our first joint happy hour with the Peace Corps alumni organizations, Big Apple Corps and the Brooklyn/Queens Returned Peace Corps Volunteer meetup group! What’s especially awesome about this event is we’ll be having it at Glorietta Baldy, the newest venture of Ben Wiley (Fukui CIR, 2003-2005) who also owns Brooklyn bars Mission Dolores, Bar Great Harry and the Owl...

    (9/18) Daytime Happy Hour with Peace Corps Alumni!

    When: Saturday, October 18, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Where: JET-owned bar, Glorietta Baldy (502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 between Hancock St & Fulton St in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill); Right near the A/C stop at Franklin Ave Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions?: Email Pam Kavalam at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org We are excited to be hosting our first joint happy hour with the Peace Corps alumni organizations, Big Apple Corps and the Brooklyn/Queens Returned Peace Corps Volunteer meetup group! What’s especially awesome about this event is we’ll be having it at Glorietta Baldy, the newest venture of Ben Wiley (Fukui CIR, 2003-2005) who also owns Brooklyn bars Mission Dolores, Bar Great Harry and the Owl…

  • On Saturday, September 27, we are hosting our annual Career Forum focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to stay in teaching, use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, then this event is perfect for you. Date: Saturday September 27th Time: 2:30pm – 6:30pm Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street) RSVP:ONLINE by Wednesday 9/24 – To attend this free event we ask all attendees to fill out a quick form regarding your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally as you re-enter the workforce. Questions: Contact Monica at president@jetaany.org Presentation Topics: Crafting a Resume:...

    (9/27) JETAANY Career Forum – Open to all Job Seeking JET Alumni

    On Saturday, September 27, we are hosting our annual Career Forum focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to stay in teaching, use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, then this event is perfect for you. Date: Saturday September 27th Time: 2:30pm – 6:30pm Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street) RSVP:ONLINE by Wednesday 9/24 – To attend this free event we ask all attendees to fill out a quick form regarding your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally as you re-enter the workforce. Questions: Contact Monica at president@jetaany.org Presentation Topics: Crafting a Resume:…

  • 2014 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 13, 2014 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 13th Warm up/Field Set up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 20 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball. Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn to make new friends and network with the Japanese community. We will be challenged this year by teams from Mitsubishi, NHK CosmoMedia, Amnet, Japanese Consulate and many more! Join the team $20 Join the JETAANY Team (fun day...

    JETAANY Softball Tournament 2014

    2014 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 13, 2014 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 13th Warm up/Field Set up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 20 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball. Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn to make new friends and network with the Japanese community. We will be challenged this year by teams from Mitsubishi, NHK CosmoMedia, Amnet, Japanese Consulate and many more! Join the team $20 Join the JETAANY Team (fun day…

News & Events
  • When: Saturday, October 18, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Where: JET-owned bar, Glorietta Baldy (502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 between Hancock St & Fulton St in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill); Right near the A/C stop at Franklin Ave Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions?: Email Pam Kavalam at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org We are excited to be hosting our first joint happy hour with the Peace Corps alumni organizations, Big Apple Corps and the Brooklyn/Queens Returned Peace Corps Volunteer meetup group! What’s especially awesome about this event is we’ll be having it at Glorietta Baldy, the newest venture of Ben Wiley (Fukui CIR, 2003-2005) who also owns Brooklyn bars Mission Dolores, Bar Great Harry and the Owl...

    (9/18) Daytime Happy Hour with Peace Corps Alumni!

    When: Saturday, October 18, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Where: JET-owned bar, Glorietta Baldy (502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 between Hancock St & Fulton St in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill); Right near the A/C stop at Franklin Ave Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions?: Email Pam Kavalam at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org We are excited to be hosting our first joint happy hour with the Peace Corps alumni organizations, Big Apple Corps and the Brooklyn/Queens Returned Peace Corps Volunteer meetup group! What’s especially awesome about this event is we’ll be having it at Glorietta Baldy, the newest venture of Ben Wiley (Fukui CIR, 2003-2005) who also owns Brooklyn bars Mission Dolores, Bar Great Harry and the Owl...

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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. A native of Delmar, New York, Mark Deyss (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) is a history and social studies teacher at Marist Brothers International School in Kobe, which has been a historic institution for the Kansai region’s pre-K through 12th children since 1951. Married with two young children, Mark is also a competitive bodybuilder in his spare time. In this expansive interview, Mark spoke with JQ about how a visit to Iowa landed him his job, the unique benefits and challenges that go with teaching and...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Mark Deyss of Marist Brothers International School in Kobe

    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. A native of Delmar, New York, Mark Deyss (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) is a history and social studies teacher at Marist Brothers International School in Kobe, which has been a historic institution for the Kansai region’s pre-K through 12th children since 1951. Married with two young children, Mark is also a competitive bodybuilder in his spare time. In this expansive interview, Mark spoke with JQ about how a visit to Iowa landed him his job, the unique benefits and challenges that go with teaching and...

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  • On Saturday, September 27, we are hosting our annual Career Forum focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to stay in teaching, use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, then this event is perfect for you. Date: Saturday September 27th Time: 2:30pm – 6:30pm Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street) RSVP:ONLINE by Wednesday 9/24 – To attend this free event we ask all attendees to fill out a quick form regarding your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally as you re-enter the workforce. Questions: Contact Monica at president@jetaany.org Presentation Topics: Crafting a Resume:...

    (9/27) JETAANY Career Forum – Open to all Job Seeking JET Alumni

    On Saturday, September 27, we are hosting our annual Career Forum focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to stay in teaching, use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, then this event is perfect for you. Date: Saturday September 27th Time: 2:30pm – 6:30pm Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street) RSVP:ONLINE by Wednesday 9/24 – To attend this free event we ask all attendees to fill out a quick form regarding your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally as you re-enter the workforce. Questions: Contact Monica at president@jetaany.org Presentation Topics: Crafting a Resume:...

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden hails from the JETAA New South Wales chapter in Sydney, Australia, aging one hour at a time, his soul still empty, on the slow gentle slide to the eternal sleep of the grave. With the wind in his hair and a song in his heart, of course. Haruki Murakami is a rare, superstar author who can engender the kind of excitement and anticipation more often seen with pop and movie idols. His latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, sold over a million copies in Japan in the first week, and overseas, the reception has been no less enthusiastic, with its release celebrated by midnight openings of bookstores with breathless fans queuing with anticipation. Since its...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’ by Haruki Murakami

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden hails from the JETAA New South Wales chapter in Sydney, Australia, aging one hour at a time, his soul still empty, on the slow gentle slide to the eternal sleep of the grave. With the wind in his hair and a song in his heart, of course. Haruki Murakami is a rare, superstar author who can engender the kind of excitement and anticipation more often seen with pop and movie idols. His latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, sold over a million copies in Japan in the first week, and overseas, the reception has been no less enthusiastic, with its release celebrated by midnight openings of bookstores with breathless fans queuing with anticipation. Since its...

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  • Help bring the holidays to the pre-school students in Tohoku. We are asking JET alumni & friends to raise funds to purchase candy treats to share traditional holidays like Halloween, Santa Claus and Valentine’s day with the students. These supplies will be taken to pre-schools in hopes it will help the kids learn about our holiday traditions and go home happy which makes for a more congenial family environment and this, too, leads to overall healing.     Message from the Organizer: The funds are strictly for candy.  It’s important for these kids to have fun.  I know that might sound trite and cliche, but when you drive through Rikuzentakata everyday and see nothing or hear at home about what “was”,...

    Bring American Holidays to Tohoku

    Help bring the holidays to the pre-school students in Tohoku. We are asking JET alumni & friends to raise funds to purchase candy treats to share traditional holidays like Halloween, Santa Claus and Valentine’s day with the students. These supplies will be taken to pre-schools in hopes it will help the kids learn about our holiday traditions and go home happy which makes for a more congenial family environment and this, too, leads to overall healing.     Message from the Organizer: The funds are strictly for candy.  It’s important for these kids to have fun.  I know that might sound trite and cliche, but when you drive through Rikuzentakata everyday and see nothing or hear at home about what “was”,...

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  • When: Saturday, September 6, 3:00 pm – Until we can’t hop! Where: The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway, New York, NY 11106 – Broadway stop off the N Line) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Summer’s not over until September 21st (at least according to the official calendar)- so let’s keep the summer going with a Yukata Hop in Queens!Meet us at the Strand Smokehouse in Astoria and then we’ll head out to a couple other bars in the area (TBA soon). If you don’t have a Yukata, you are still welcome to join! Please feel free to wear other festive garb (happi coats, jinbei, etc.).Also, if you need help...

    (9/6) Yukata Hop in Astoria!

    When: Saturday, September 6, 3:00 pm – Until we can’t hop! Where: The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway, New York, NY 11106 – Broadway stop off the N Line) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Summer’s not over until September 21st (at least according to the official calendar)- so let’s keep the summer going with a Yukata Hop in Queens!Meet us at the Strand Smokehouse in Astoria and then we’ll head out to a couple other bars in the area (TBA soon). If you don’t have a Yukata, you are still welcome to join! Please feel free to wear other festive garb (happi coats, jinbei, etc.).Also, if you need help...

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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. An Internet sensation that debuted as the Angry Video Game Nerd ten years ago, filmmaker James Rolfe has taken millions of YouTube visitors back to the past with his hotheaded, foulmouthed alter ego, who gleefully tears down some of the most notorious titles and accessories (the Power Glove, anyone?) from the golden age of retrogaming. (If you’ve ever thrown a controller across the room, you’ll understand.) As the creative linchpin of his website and production company Cinemassacre, the AVGN legend culminates with this year’s release of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, a feature-length, years-in-the-making collaborative effort between Rolfe and co-writer/co-director Kevin Finn. A satisfyingly silly sci-fi/adventure hybrid in the Troma tradition, the film enjoyed a sold out 16-city North American screening tour earlier...

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with James Rolfe of Cinemassacre on ‘Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. An Internet sensation that debuted as the Angry Video Game Nerd ten years ago, filmmaker James Rolfe has taken millions of YouTube visitors back to the past with his hotheaded, foulmouthed alter ego, who gleefully tears down some of the most notorious titles and accessories (the Power Glove, anyone?) from the golden age of retrogaming. (If you’ve ever thrown a controller across the room, you’ll understand.) As the creative linchpin of his website and production company Cinemassacre, the AVGN legend culminates with this year’s release of Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie, a feature-length, years-in-the-making collaborative effort between Rolfe and co-writer/co-director Kevin Finn. A satisfyingly silly sci-fi/adventure hybrid in the Troma tradition, the film enjoyed a sold out 16-city North American screening tour earlier...

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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. As the summer winds fade into fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed after Labor Day. Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 p.m. J-COLLABO Fall Festival feat. Geisha Kikuno J-LABO Brooklyn, 300 Seventh Street Suggested donation: $20 The history of the geisha spans over 300 years. Their beauty and grace is legendary as is their exceptional skill in music, dance and entertainment. In spite of a near worldwide fascination, the number of geisha is decreasing year by year. Geisha Kikuno is a unique Geisha from Osaka. She is dedicated to finding new approaches to promote this unique history to the next...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — J-COLLABO Fall Fest, Craft Beer, The Joy of Sake, Akiko Yano

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. As the summer winds fade into fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed after Labor Day. Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 p.m. J-COLLABO Fall Festival feat. Geisha Kikuno J-LABO Brooklyn, 300 Seventh Street Suggested donation: $20 The history of the geisha spans over 300 years. Their beauty and grace is legendary as is their exceptional skill in music, dance and entertainment. In spite of a near worldwide fascination, the number of geisha is decreasing year by year. Geisha Kikuno is a unique Geisha from Osaka. She is dedicated to finding new approaches to promote this unique history to the next...

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is a JETAA New South Wales committee member, who would like it to be known that if it wasn’t for getting involved with JETAA, he wouldn’t know what to do with his spare time after hours. JET: It’s like the Illuminati, except less about the world domination and more about the fun denomination. Got feedback on this article? Leave a comment below. If ever there was a prize for most unexpected job opportunity spin-off from the JET Program, the career of John Gauntner (Kanagawa-ken, 1988-89) would be hard to beat, especially after a few rounds of nihonshu. A longtime resident of Kamakura and the world’s first (and only) non-Japanese to hold certification as both a Master of...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with John Gaunter on ‘Sake Confidential’

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is a JETAA New South Wales committee member, who would like it to be known that if it wasn’t for getting involved with JETAA, he wouldn’t know what to do with his spare time after hours. JET: It’s like the Illuminati, except less about the world domination and more about the fun denomination. Got feedback on this article? Leave a comment below. If ever there was a prize for most unexpected job opportunity spin-off from the JET Program, the career of John Gauntner (Kanagawa-ken, 1988-89) would be hard to beat, especially after a few rounds of nihonshu. A longtime resident of Kamakura and the world’s first (and only) non-Japanese to hold certification as both a Master of...

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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… “If you attach a reason to an adventure, it ceases to be one.” –Uemura Naomi, noted Japanese mountain climber and adventurer. 「冒険に理由をつけると、冒険でなくなってしまう。」植村直己 There is something timeless and romantic about the idea of the wandering artist. Drifting aimlessly down untrodden roads and stumbling across hidden paths. Going wherever the wind might take them and all the while sketching random scenes from daily life, in all its raw and unfettered glory. Japan 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project by current Melbourne resident J...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Japan 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project’

    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… “If you attach a reason to an adventure, it ceases to be one.” –Uemura Naomi, noted Japanese mountain climber and adventurer. 「冒険に理由をつけると、冒険でなくなってしまう。」植村直己 There is something timeless and romantic about the idea of the wandering artist. Drifting aimlessly down untrodden roads and stumbling across hidden paths. Going wherever the wind might take them and all the while sketching random scenes from daily life, in all its raw and unfettered glory. Japan 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project by current Melbourne resident J...

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  • 2014 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 13, 2014 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 13th Warm up/Field Set up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 20 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball. Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn to make new friends and network with the Japanese community. We will be challenged this year by teams from Mitsubishi, NHK CosmoMedia, Amnet, Japanese Consulate and many more! Join the team $20 Join the JETAANY Team (fun day...

    JETAANY Softball Tournament 2014

    2014 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 13, 2014 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 13th Warm up/Field Set up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 20 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball. Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn to make new friends and network with the Japanese community. We will be challenged this year by teams from Mitsubishi, NHK CosmoMedia, Amnet, Japanese Consulate and many more! Join the team $20 Join the JETAANY Team (fun day...

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  • By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. A member of the JET Alumni Association of New York’s board of directors, Mark is a program director at the Japan ICU Foundation in New York City and was also a Rotary Peace Fellow at ICU from 2010-12, during which time he volunteered for a tsunami relief mission in Ishinomaki after the terrible 3/11 tragedy. He can be contacted at mflanigan[at]jicuf.org. Trixie Cordova (Shimane-ken, 2007-09) began volunteering with Peace Boat US in New York since last October. A civil society and non-profit organization, Peace Boat US works to promote peace, sustainable development, human rights and respect for the environment throughout the United States and the world through educational programs organized in partnership with the Japanese NGO Peace Boat, which carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Trixie Cordova, Peace Boat US Volunteer Staff and World Up Education Director

    By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. A member of the JET Alumni Association of New York’s board of directors, Mark is a program director at the Japan ICU Foundation in New York City and was also a Rotary Peace Fellow at ICU from 2010-12, during which time he volunteered for a tsunami relief mission in Ishinomaki after the terrible 3/11 tragedy. He can be contacted at mflanigan[at]jicuf.org. Trixie Cordova (Shimane-ken, 2007-09) began volunteering with Peace Boat US in New York since last October. A civil society and non-profit organization, Peace Boat US works to promote peace, sustainable development, human rights and respect for the environment throughout the United States and the world through educational programs organized in partnership with the Japanese NGO Peace Boat, which carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship...

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  • When: Thursday, August 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Galway Pub NYC (7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Come have a drink and network with JET alumni, friends and our special guests, 11 medical students from Kanazawa University in Japan, led by professor and JET alum Andrew Schneider.We have reserved the Galway Pub’s downstairs lounge starting from 6 PM. There are $5 beers, wines, and cocktails until 7 PM. We would especially welcome JET alumni working in the medical field as well as JET alumni from the Tohoku and Kanazawa/Hokuriku regions.

    (8/21) Networking Happy Hour

    When: Thursday, August 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Galway Pub NYC (7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Come have a drink and network with JET alumni, friends and our special guests, 11 medical students from Kanazawa University in Japan, led by professor and JET alum Andrew Schneider.We have reserved the Galway Pub’s downstairs lounge starting from 6 PM. There are $5 beers, wines, and cocktails until 7 PM. We would especially welcome JET alumni working in the medical field as well as JET alumni from the Tohoku and Kanazawa/Hokuriku regions.

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  • By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Sheila is a scientific writer at the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Read more of her writing at her blog. Consider the following historic events: the bombings of Dresden begin; Franklin D. Roosevelt dies after serving 12 years as president; the B-29 bomber Enola Gay drops “Little Boy” on Hiroshima followed days later by “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, unprecedented instant destruction, and long-lasting illnesses caused by radiation exposure; after six long, bloody years, the Second World War finally ends. Now consider that all of these events took place in 1945. Following these milestones in the span of only a few months,...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Year Zero: A History of 1945’

    By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Sheila is a scientific writer at the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Read more of her writing at her blog. Consider the following historic events: the bombings of Dresden begin; Franklin D. Roosevelt dies after serving 12 years as president; the B-29 bomber Enola Gay drops “Little Boy” on Hiroshima followed days later by “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, unprecedented instant destruction, and long-lasting illnesses caused by radiation exposure; after six long, bloody years, the Second World War finally ends. Now consider that all of these events took place in 1945. Following these milestones in the span of only a few months,...

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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. In the dog days of summer, it’s best to escape the heat in a place that’s cozy and cool. For those into Japanese cultural events, this month offers a diverse selection of film premieres and live music—all in the comfort of indoor air conditioning. Aug. 5, 9 and 11 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue $14 Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight the first new Dragon Ball Z feature film in seventeen years! After the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York – ‘Dragon Ball Z,’ ‘Naruto,’ ‘Angry Video Game Nerd’ premieres

      By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. In the dog days of summer, it’s best to escape the heat in a place that’s cozy and cool. For those into Japanese cultural events, this month offers a diverse selection of film premieres and live music—all in the comfort of indoor air conditioning. Aug. 5, 9 and 11 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue $14 Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight the first new Dragon Ball Z feature film in seventeen years! After the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the...

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  • By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. School might be out, but that doesn’t mean your educational summer reading can’t be fun. Welcome to part two of Shigeru Mizuki’s manga history of Japan during the Showa period! If you’re just tuning in or need a refresher, check out JQ’s review of the first book, Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan. This series is translated beautifully in English by none other than JET alum Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06) and published in North America by Drawn and Quarterly. Illustrious manga artist Mizuki continues his retelling of...

    JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan’

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. School might be out, but that doesn’t mean your educational summer reading can’t be fun. Welcome to part two of Shigeru Mizuki’s manga history of Japan during the Showa period! If you’re just tuning in or need a refresher, check out JQ’s review of the first book, Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan. This series is translated beautifully in English by none other than JET alum Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06) and published in North America by Drawn and Quarterly. Illustrious manga artist Mizuki continues his retelling of...

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  • By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. As a martial artist, Monbusho Fellow, JET, consultant and CEO, there seems little that Harry Hill (Gifu-ken CIR, 1987-88) has not done or experienced when it comes to U.S.-Japan relations. Now, Hill can add another feather to his cap: last February, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and CULCON (the Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange) in Washington, D.C. appointed him has their new chairman. For those familiar with Hill and his history, this appointment comes as no surprise: Hill knows Japan as intimately as he knows America. He began his career there...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Harry Hill, Chairman of CULCON

    By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. As a martial artist, Monbusho Fellow, JET, consultant and CEO, there seems little that Harry Hill (Gifu-ken CIR, 1987-88) has not done or experienced when it comes to U.S.-Japan relations. Now, Hill can add another feather to his cap: last February, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and CULCON (the Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange) in Washington, D.C. appointed him has their new chairman. For those familiar with Hill and his history, this appointment comes as no surprise: Hill knows Japan as intimately as he knows America. He began his career there...

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Visit his Examiner.com Japanese culture page here for related stories. This August will be a hot month for anime fans, as the latest feature length entries for two of the world’s most popular series debut at Village East Cinema. First up (Aug. 5 and 9) is “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,” the 18th animated feature of author Akira Toriyama’s massively popular martial arts adventure series “Dragon Ball,” which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The plot focuses on the dessert-loving God of Destruction Beerus, who awakes from a decades-long slumber to challenge Goku, the strongest fighter in the universe. “‘Dragon Ball Z’ has been a gateway for me personally. Growing up watching Toonami in the...

    Justin’s Japan: ‘Dragon Ball Z,’ ‘Naruto’ Come to the Big Screen

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Visit his Examiner.com Japanese culture page here for related stories. This August will be a hot month for anime fans, as the latest feature length entries for two of the world’s most popular series debut at Village East Cinema. First up (Aug. 5 and 9) is “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods,” the 18th animated feature of author Akira Toriyama’s massively popular martial arts adventure series “Dragon Ball,” which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The plot focuses on the dessert-loving God of Destruction Beerus, who awakes from a decades-long slumber to challenge Goku, the strongest fighter in the universe. “‘Dragon Ball Z’ has been a gateway for me personally. Growing up watching Toonami in the...

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  • What: Meet & Greet with the East Japan Dream Project When: Tuesday, August 19th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Who: Tohoku JET alumni Where:  75th floor of the Empire State Building (350 5th Ave between 33rd St and 34th St) Kenshiro Oshima from the East Japan Dream Project has invited two students from Iwate to give presentations about their life in Tohoku after the events of March 2011. They are in NY for two weeks to study English and fisheries. They will be accompanied by their teacher and others from Japan and will be meeting with Tohoku JET alumni. We’ll share stories over sushi, beer, sake and snacks. If you are a JET from Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Akita,  Aomori, or Yamagata, feel free to RSVP for the event HERE. We are limited...

    (8/19) Tohoku JETs Event with Iwate Students

    What: Meet & Greet with the East Japan Dream Project When: Tuesday, August 19th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Who: Tohoku JET alumni Where:  75th floor of the Empire State Building (350 5th Ave between 33rd St and 34th St) Kenshiro Oshima from the East Japan Dream Project has invited two students from Iwate to give presentations about their life in Tohoku after the events of March 2011. They are in NY for two weeks to study English and fisheries. They will be accompanied by their teacher and others from Japan and will be meeting with Tohoku JET alumni. We’ll share stories over sushi, beer, sake and snacks. If you are a JET from Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Akita,  Aomori, or Yamagata, feel free to RSVP for the event HERE. We are limited...

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  • JETAANY Book Club – The Guest Cat by Takashi HiraideMonday, September 8 at 7pmHeld at Japan Society (333 E. 47th @ 1st Ave.)Join us in September for a discussion of The Guest Cat by the poet Takashi Hiraide.  A bestseller in Japan (Neko no Kyaku, 2001), France (Le Chat qui venait du ciel, 2006), and the U.S. (translated by Eric Selland, 2014), The Guest Cat is a “moving and beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living.” It’s only 144 pages so procrastinators and slow readers alike shouldn’t have any problem finishing in time! RSVP to bookclub@jetaany.org or on the Facebook event page so that we have an accurate head count.  Please bring $3-4 to cover...

    (9/8) Sept Book Club: The Guest Cat @ Japan Society

    JETAANY Book Club – The Guest Cat by Takashi HiraideMonday, September 8 at 7pmHeld at Japan Society (333 E. 47th @ 1st Ave.)Join us in September for a discussion of The Guest Cat by the poet Takashi Hiraide.  A bestseller in Japan (Neko no Kyaku, 2001), France (Le Chat qui venait du ciel, 2006), and the U.S. (translated by Eric Selland, 2014), The Guest Cat is a “moving and beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living.” It’s only 144 pages so procrastinators and slow readers alike shouldn’t have any problem finishing in time! RSVP to bookclub@jetaany.org or on the Facebook event page so that we have an accurate head count.  Please bring $3-4 to cover...

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