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  • When: Sunday, July 12th, 3 pm – 7 pm Where: Duet 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $20 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs! Price includes tip and pizza/snacks (you can get your own drinks at the bar- they’re 50% off!); you are also welcome to bring your own food as well (just no drinks!) RSVP: Get your spot via Paypal by Wednesday, July 8th Options JET Alum $20.00 USDNew JET $20.00 USD Questions: Email Pam at president-at-jetaany-dot-org and check out who’s coming at the Facebook event HERE Let’s orient the newest batch of JETs by teaching them the traditional Japanese pastime of karaoke! Reminisce about your favorite memories while singing those hits you belted out while waiting for the morning train back from the city Please RSVP...

    (7/12) New JET/Vet JET Karaoke @ Duet 48

    When: Sunday, July 12th, 3 pm – 7 pm Where: Duet 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $20 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs! Price includes tip and pizza/snacks (you can get your own drinks at the bar- they’re 50% off!); you are also welcome to bring your own food as well (just no drinks!) RSVP: Get your spot via Paypal by Wednesday, July 8th Options JET Alum $20.00 USDNew JET $20.00 USD Questions: Email Pam at president-at-jetaany-dot-org and check out who’s coming at the Facebook event HERE Let’s orient the newest batch of JETs by teaching them the traditional Japanese pastime of karaoke! Reminisce about your favorite memories while singing those hits you belted out while waiting for the morning train back from the city Please RSVP…

  • What: Discussion of Kafka on the Shore by Murakami Haruki When: Tues, July 21st, 7:00 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue) RSVP & Questions: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing secretary[at]jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Haruki Murakami takes on another surreal adventure with Kafka on the Shore. The following excerpt from Publisher’s Weekly describes it well:  . . . 15-year-old Kafka Tamura as he runs away from home, both to escape his father’s oedipal prophecy and to find his long-lost mother and sister. As Kafka flees, so too does Nakata, an elderly simpleton whose quiet life has been upset by a gruesome murder. Nakata has never recovered from the effects of a mysterious World...

    (7/21) July Book Club: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

    What: Discussion of Kafka on the Shore by Murakami Haruki When: Tues, July 21st, 7:00 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue) RSVP & Questions: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing secretary[at]jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Haruki Murakami takes on another surreal adventure with Kafka on the Shore. The following excerpt from Publisher’s Weekly describes it well:  . . . 15-year-old Kafka Tamura as he runs away from home, both to escape his father’s oedipal prophecy and to find his long-lost mother and sister. As Kafka flees, so too does Nakata, an elderly simpleton whose quiet life has been upset by a gruesome murder. Nakata has never recovered from the effects of a mysterious World…

  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. After an unusually chilly spring, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Enjoy some seasonal events this month that celebrate the best of both fine art and pop art. This month’s highlights include: June 4-5, 6:30 p.m. New York Japan CineFest 2015: Program 1 & Program 2 Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $12, $10 students/seniors, $8 members Co presented by Asia Society and Mar Creation, Inc., New York Japan CineFest highlights some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, presenting two nights of short films by emerging Japanese and Japanese American filmmakers. The first night features all-new works made within the last year, while the second night’s...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Pokémon Symphony, Hiromi, Kamijo, ‘ROBOT,’ AnimeNEXT

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. After an unusually chilly spring, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Enjoy some seasonal events this month that celebrate the best of both fine art and pop art. This month’s highlights include: June 4-5, 6:30 p.m. New York Japan CineFest 2015: Program 1 & Program 2 Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $12, $10 students/seniors, $8 members Co presented by Asia Society and Mar Creation, Inc., New York Japan CineFest highlights some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, presenting two nights of short films by emerging Japanese and Japanese American filmmakers. The first night features all-new works made within the last year, while the second night’s…

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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. After you’ve seen the outdoor fireworks, enjoy some summer events in the cool indoors, whether it’s catching one of 28 films premiering at Japan Society’s annual festival, enjoying the new sounds of electronic and jazz veterans, or witnessing an all-new retelling of the work of contemporary Japan’s most influential novelist. This month’s highlights include: July 9-19 JAPAN CUTS 2015 Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street $13, $10 Japan Society members, seniors and students (most screenings) North America’s largest festival of new Japanese film, the ninth annual edition of JAPAN CUTS is proud to present actress Sakura Ando with the CUT ABOVE Award for Outstanding Performance in Film, presenting...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York—JAPAN CUTS, Kishi Bashi, ‘Kafka on the Shore,’ Keiko Matsui

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. After you’ve seen the outdoor fireworks, enjoy some summer events in the cool indoors, whether it’s catching one of 28 films premiering at Japan Society’s annual festival, enjoying the new sounds of electronic and jazz veterans, or witnessing an all-new retelling of the work of contemporary Japan’s most influential novelist. This month’s highlights include: July 9-19 JAPAN CUTS 2015 Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street $13, $10 Japan Society members, seniors and students (most screenings) North America’s largest festival of new Japanese film, the ninth annual edition of JAPAN CUTS is proud to present actress Sakura Ando with the CUT ABOVE Award for Outstanding Performance in Film, presenting...

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  • When: Sunday, July 12th, 3 pm – 7 pm Where: Duet 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $20 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs! Price includes tip and pizza/snacks (you can get your own drinks at the bar- they’re 50% off!); you are also welcome to bring your own food as well (just no drinks!) RSVP: Get your spot via Paypal by Wednesday, July 8th Options JET Alum $20.00 USDNew JET $20.00 USD Questions: Email Pam at president-at-jetaany-dot-org and check out who’s coming at the Facebook event HERE Let’s orient the newest batch of JETs by teaching them the traditional Japanese pastime of karaoke! Reminisce about your favorite memories while singing those hits you belted out while waiting for the morning train back from the city Please RSVP...

    (7/12) New JET/Vet JET Karaoke @ Duet 48

    When: Sunday, July 12th, 3 pm – 7 pm Where: Duet 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $20 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs! Price includes tip and pizza/snacks (you can get your own drinks at the bar- they’re 50% off!); you are also welcome to bring your own food as well (just no drinks!) RSVP: Get your spot via Paypal by Wednesday, July 8th Options JET Alum $20.00 USDNew JET $20.00 USD Questions: Email Pam at president-at-jetaany-dot-org and check out who’s coming at the Facebook event HERE Let’s orient the newest batch of JETs by teaching them the traditional Japanese pastime of karaoke! Reminisce about your favorite memories while singing those hits you belted out while waiting for the morning train back from the city Please RSVP...

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi  Shukan NY Seikatsu. Visit his Examiner.com Japanese culture page here for related stories. Lovers of Japanese food and drink gathered at 230 Fifth in Midtown Manhattan on June 20 for the Wismettac Asian Foods 2015 NY Premium Sake and Shochu Tasting Event, an annual business-to-business gathering that served up a foodie’s paradise. Formerly known as Nishimoto Trading Co., Ltd. USA, Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. was established in Kobe in 1912, and is one of the oldest importers, wholesalers and distributors of Asian food products in North America. It is well known in the U.S. for its Shirakiku brand food products, which include rice, noodles, and seafood. Now in its eighth year, the event featured around 25 different Japanese...

    Justin’s Japan: Wismettac Wows at Japanese Food Fest

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi  Shukan NY Seikatsu. Visit his Examiner.com Japanese culture page here for related stories. Lovers of Japanese food and drink gathered at 230 Fifth in Midtown Manhattan on June 20 for the Wismettac Asian Foods 2015 NY Premium Sake and Shochu Tasting Event, an annual business-to-business gathering that served up a foodie’s paradise. Formerly known as Nishimoto Trading Co., Ltd. USA, Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. was established in Kobe in 1912, and is one of the oldest importers, wholesalers and distributors of Asian food products in North America. It is well known in the U.S. for its Shirakiku brand food products, which include rice, noodles, and seafood. Now in its eighth year, the event featured around 25 different Japanese...

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  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Master’s degree in Responsible Tourism Management (for more on his life in the U.K., visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com). While in Japan, Rashaad completed the 2010 Tokyo Marathon, ran two half marathons in Yamagata Prefecture, was a part of an ekiden club, and finished fourth in the 2009 Ishidan Marathon (a race up the steps of Mount Haguro). Hopefully, your JET experience included you busting out your running shoes and joining your prefecture (or village) in a road race. It did for me on several occasions. But if you never got around to working up a...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Marathon Japan’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Master’s degree in Responsible Tourism Management (for more on his life in the U.K., visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com). While in Japan, Rashaad completed the 2010 Tokyo Marathon, ran two half marathons in Yamagata Prefecture, was a part of an ekiden club, and finished fourth in the 2009 Ishidan Marathon (a race up the steps of Mount Haguro). Hopefully, your JET experience included you busting out your running shoes and joining your prefecture (or village) in a road race. It did for me on several occasions. But if you never got around to working up a...

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  • By Brett Rawson (Akita-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Brett is a writer, translator, and Ramen Runner. He has an MFA in Creative Writing Non-Fiction from The New School, and his writing has appeared in Narratively and Nowhere magazine. He is also co-founder of the quarterly publication The Seventh Wave and founder of Handwritten, a place in space for pen and paper. After reading Monkey Business Volume 5, the image of a blender might pop into your mind. Perhaps this is because it is almost summer and you have recently begun making smoothies in the early morning. Or perhaps this is because you came across the description Monkey Business as genre-defying, which made you think of cross-genre, blending boundaries, and thereafter,...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Monkey Business Volume 5’

    By Brett Rawson (Akita-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Brett is a writer, translator, and Ramen Runner. He has an MFA in Creative Writing Non-Fiction from The New School, and his writing has appeared in Narratively and Nowhere magazine. He is also co-founder of the quarterly publication The Seventh Wave and founder of Handwritten, a place in space for pen and paper. After reading Monkey Business Volume 5, the image of a blender might pop into your mind. Perhaps this is because it is almost summer and you have recently begun making smoothies in the early morning. Or perhaps this is because you came across the description Monkey Business as genre-defying, which made you think of cross-genre, blending boundaries, and thereafter,...

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  • When: Saturday, June 27, 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm Where: Faces and Names (159 West 54th St @ 7th 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. Share your sempai wisdom over a beer or two with the outgoing JETs. During the day, they will have attended their Pre-Departure Orientation and will likely be full of questions and excitement to hear about your stories from the inaka (or shi). This is a great chance to re-connect with other alums and get natsukashii about your experiences while helping the newbies prepare for their voyage to Japan!  

    (6/27) Happy Hour with the 2015 JETs @ Faces and Names

    When: Saturday, June 27, 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm Where: Faces and Names (159 West 54th St @ 7th 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. Share your sempai wisdom over a beer or two with the outgoing JETs. During the day, they will have attended their Pre-Departure Orientation and will likely be full of questions and excitement to hear about your stories from the inaka (or shi). This is a great chance to re-connect with other alums and get natsukashii about your experiences while helping the newbies prepare for their voyage to Japan!  

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  • What: Discussion of Kafka on the Shore by Murakami Haruki When: Tues, July 21st, 7:00 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue) RSVP & Questions: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing secretary[at]jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Haruki Murakami takes on another surreal adventure with Kafka on the Shore. The following excerpt from Publisher’s Weekly describes it well:  . . . 15-year-old Kafka Tamura as he runs away from home, both to escape his father’s oedipal prophecy and to find his long-lost mother and sister. As Kafka flees, so too does Nakata, an elderly simpleton whose quiet life has been upset by a gruesome murder. Nakata has never recovered from the effects of a mysterious World...

    (7/21) July Book Club: Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore

    What: Discussion of Kafka on the Shore by Murakami Haruki When: Tues, July 21st, 7:00 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue) RSVP & Questions: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing secretary[at]jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Haruki Murakami takes on another surreal adventure with Kafka on the Shore. The following excerpt from Publisher’s Weekly describes it well:  . . . 15-year-old Kafka Tamura as he runs away from home, both to escape his father’s oedipal prophecy and to find his long-lost mother and sister. As Kafka flees, so too does Nakata, an elderly simpleton whose quiet life has been upset by a gruesome murder. Nakata has never recovered from the effects of a mysterious World...

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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. After an unusually chilly spring, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Enjoy some seasonal events this month that celebrate the best of both fine art and pop art. This month’s highlights include: June 4-5, 6:30 p.m. New York Japan CineFest 2015: Program 1 & Program 2 Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $12, $10 students/seniors, $8 members Co presented by Asia Society and Mar Creation, Inc., New York Japan CineFest highlights some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, presenting two nights of short films by emerging Japanese and Japanese American filmmakers. The first night features all-new works made within the last year, while the second night’s...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Pokémon Symphony, Hiromi, Kamijo, ‘ROBOT,’ AnimeNEXT

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. After an unusually chilly spring, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Enjoy some seasonal events this month that celebrate the best of both fine art and pop art. This month’s highlights include: June 4-5, 6:30 p.m. New York Japan CineFest 2015: Program 1 & Program 2 Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $12, $10 students/seniors, $8 members Co presented by Asia Society and Mar Creation, Inc., New York Japan CineFest highlights some of the most exciting new voices in cinema, presenting two nights of short films by emerging Japanese and Japanese American filmmakers. The first night features all-new works made within the last year, while the second night’s...

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  • It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our recent alumni to teach and share their experiences to hopefully prevent some surprises or embarrassing moments and make their time in Japan something they will never forget. The Pre-Departure Seminar will be on Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 am – 3:30pm at the Nippon Club (145 W. 57th Street, between 6th Ave and 7th Ave on the 2nd floor). We’ll have a happy hour from 4 pm onwards at Faces and Names nearby which all are welcome to (no need to be a seminar presenter)! You only need to attend the sessions you are presenting, therefore you may...

    (Sat 6/27) Calling Recent Returnees for the 2015 JET Pre-Departure Seminar!

    It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our recent alumni to teach and share their experiences to hopefully prevent some surprises or embarrassing moments and make their time in Japan something they will never forget. The Pre-Departure Seminar will be on Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 am – 3:30pm at the Nippon Club (145 W. 57th Street, between 6th Ave and 7th Ave on the 2nd floor). We’ll have a happy hour from 4 pm onwards at Faces and Names nearby which all are welcome to (no need to be a seminar presenter)! You only need to attend the sessions you are presenting, therefore you may...

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  • Brewing Up Something at Japan Society 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 associate at Asia Society in New York City. When it comes to notable food and drink of Japan, for many “coffee” is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, on May 21, Merry (Corky) White, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, will teach audiences at Japan Society in New York City just how robust their coffee culture is, and how exacting their measurements are. Get ready for something good at Kissaten: Japanese Cafes, Past and Present. White’s no newbie to food and Japan—it’s been much of the foundation of her professional...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Merry White on ‘Kissaten: Japanese Cafes Past and Present’

    Brewing Up Something at Japan Society 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 associate at Asia Society in New York City. When it comes to notable food and drink of Japan, for many “coffee” is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, on May 21, Merry (Corky) White, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, will teach audiences at Japan Society in New York City just how robust their coffee culture is, and how exacting their measurements are. Get ready for something good at Kissaten: Japanese Cafes, Past and Present. White’s no newbie to food and Japan—it’s been much of the foundation of her professional...

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  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. You probably remember reading some of Aesop’s Fables—such as “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”—during your childhood. Or more importantly, the lessons those fables are supposed to teach. Likewise, your students in Japan likely read similar tales, and one of them might have been Gon, the Little Fox. Written by the legendary children’s book author Nankichi Niimi (1913-1943) when he was just seventeen years old, the story brings to life...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Gon, the Little Fox’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. You probably remember reading some of Aesop’s Fables—such as “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”—during your childhood. Or more importantly, the lessons those fables are supposed to teach. Likewise, your students in Japan likely read similar tales, and one of them might have been Gon, the Little Fox. Written by the legendary children’s book author Nankichi Niimi (1913-1943) when he was just seventeen years old, the story brings to life...

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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 has had experience working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. A Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, Jay Rubin has also served as a distinguished translator of Japanese literature for more than a quarter century, most notably on the works of Haruki Murakami. June 2 marks the release of his debut novel The Sun Gods (Chin Music Press), which is set in Seattle during World War II and explores the relationships between a Seattle-based Japanese national named Mitsuko and her young adopted American toddler, Billy, who...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Jay Rubin on ‘The Sun Gods’

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio has had experience working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. A Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, Jay Rubin has also served as a distinguished translator of Japanese literature for more than a quarter century, most notably on the works of Haruki Murakami. June 2 marks the release of his debut novel The Sun Gods (Chin Music Press), which is set in Seattle during World War II and explores the relationships between a Seattle-based Japanese national named Mitsuko and her young adopted American toddler, Billy, who...

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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 spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out. This month’s highlights include: Friday, May 1, 8:00 p.m. VAMPS Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway $35 Japan’s most daring rock band, VAMPS is fronted by vocalist hyde of L’arc~en~Ciel and guitarist K.A.Z of Oblivion Dust. Now touring in support of their latest album, Bloodsuckers (available on iTunes), VAMPS returns to take another bite out of the Big Apple for their first area performance since 2013. Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue in Words and Pictures Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $15, $10...

    Justin’s Japan: VAMPS, ‘Monkey Business,’ AKB48 at Japan Day @ Central Park

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out. This month’s highlights include: Friday, May 1, 8:00 p.m. VAMPS Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway $35 Japan’s most daring rock band, VAMPS is fronted by vocalist hyde of L’arc~en~Ciel and guitarist K.A.Z of Oblivion Dust. Now touring in support of their latest album, Bloodsuckers (available on iTunes), VAMPS returns to take another bite out of the Big Apple for their first area performance since 2013. Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue in Words and Pictures Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $15, $10...

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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. Japan is legendary for its social drinking culture, and now fans of its most popular beverage—beer—have a new reason to toast. Hoppy, a popular 110-year-old beverage that looks and tastes very much like beer, is making its debut in New York. While most beers contain about 5% alcohol content, Hoppy is practically non-alcoholic at 0.8%, and can be mixed with shochu and liqueurs. Fuko Chubachi, creative director for 3 Day Monk, a local design and promotion business that organized a release party for Hoppy at East Village eatery Wasan on April 9, explains its arrival in America: “Hoppy’s CEO, Mina Ishiwatari, has a very modern approach...

    Justin’s Japan: Hello Hoppy

    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. Japan is legendary for its social drinking culture, and now fans of its most popular beverage—beer—have a new reason to toast. Hoppy, a popular 110-year-old beverage that looks and tastes very much like beer, is making its debut in New York. While most beers contain about 5% alcohol content, Hoppy is practically non-alcoholic at 0.8%, and can be mixed with shochu and liqueurs. Fuko Chubachi, creative director for 3 Day Monk, a local design and promotion business that organized a release party for Hoppy at East Village eatery Wasan on April 9, explains its arrival in America: “Hoppy’s CEO, Mina Ishiwatari, has a very modern approach...

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  • Call for Paddlers: JETAANY Dragonboat Team Here’s your chance to join in this racing tradition that dates back over 2000 years! We are looking for paddlers to compete for the JETAANY team in the 2015 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015). No experience is necessary, we will provide training. Training sessions are held every Saturday morning from June 13- August 1 at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadow Park. The cost for practice time and the race will be around $40-$50 per person.   What is Dragonboat racing? Dragonboat racing is an exciting team paddling sport that started in China about 2300 years ago. Small dragonboats holding 8-12 paddlers and large boats holding upwards of 20....

    (Summer) Join the JETAANY Dragonboat Team

    Call for Paddlers: JETAANY Dragonboat Team Here’s your chance to join in this racing tradition that dates back over 2000 years! We are looking for paddlers to compete for the JETAANY team in the 2015 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015). No experience is necessary, we will provide training. Training sessions are held every Saturday morning from June 13- August 1 at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadow Park. The cost for practice time and the race will be around $40-$50 per person.   What is Dragonboat racing? Dragonboat racing is an exciting team paddling sport that started in China about 2300 years ago. Small dragonboats holding 8-12 paddlers and large boats holding upwards of 20....

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  • Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 10th On Sunday, May 10th, JETAANY and the Japan Society will be hosting the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent at Japan Day in Central Park. We’ll be helping visitors “fish” for Yo-yo Balloons and need volunteers to assist in many areas of the booth – including greeting the guests, explaining the game, prepping water balloons, and assisting children with the game. All volunteers will get a delicious bento lunch, a drink and a free Japan Day t-shirt, plus meet tons of fun people and teach the NYC community a fun Japanese festival game. Volunteers are needed for two shifts: #1 Morning 8am-12:30 pm #2 Afternoon 12 pm-4:30 pm Thank you...

    (5/10) JETAANY Booth at Japan Day in Central Park- Volunteer Spots Filled!

    Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 10th On Sunday, May 10th, JETAANY and the Japan Society will be hosting the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent at Japan Day in Central Park. We’ll be helping visitors “fish” for Yo-yo Balloons and need volunteers to assist in many areas of the booth – including greeting the guests, explaining the game, prepping water balloons, and assisting children with the game. All volunteers will get a delicious bento lunch, a drink and a free Japan Day t-shirt, plus meet tons of fun people and teach the NYC community a fun Japanese festival game. Volunteers are needed for two shifts: #1 Morning 8am-12:30 pm #2 Afternoon 12 pm-4:30 pm Thank you...

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  • Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. Come join your fellow JET alum and friends for a casual picnic sitting under the Sakura on the Great Lawn in Central Park.  This is a free event! Just bring anything you’d want to have for a picnic – blankets, snacks and drinks to share – plus park activities like frisbee, volleyballs, softballs for catch, or bubbles! Friends and family are welcome to join. Date: Saturday, May 2nd Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Central Park ~ Great Lawn (near The MET Museum~ 84th Street and 5th ave) Subway Directions: 4/5/6 train to 86th street  or  6 train to 77th street or C train to 81st street  Map to...

    (5/2) Hanami Picnic – Central Park

    Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. Come join your fellow JET alum and friends for a casual picnic sitting under the Sakura on the Great Lawn in Central Park.  This is a free event! Just bring anything you’d want to have for a picnic – blankets, snacks and drinks to share – plus park activities like frisbee, volleyballs, softballs for catch, or bubbles! Friends and family are welcome to join. Date: Saturday, May 2nd Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Central Park ~ Great Lawn (near The MET Museum~ 84th Street and 5th ave) Subway Directions: 4/5/6 train to 86th street  or  6 train to 77th street or C train to 81st street  Map to...

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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 comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. After spending a few years in Chiba doing teaching and promotional work that would be all too familiar to JET ALTs and CIRs, Bruce Rutledge went on to work as an editor and writer in Japan for over 15 years. Today, he is the owner of Chin Music Press, a publishing company in Seattle with strong ties to Japan. In this exclusive interview, Rutledge discusses his time as a Monbusho English Fellow (MEF), which was in some ways a precursor...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Chin Music Press Owner Bruce Rutledge

    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 comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. After spending a few years in Chiba doing teaching and promotional work that would be all too familiar to JET ALTs and CIRs, Bruce Rutledge went on to work as an editor and writer in Japan for over 15 years. Today, he is the owner of Chin Music Press, a publishing company in Seattle with strong ties to Japan. In this exclusive interview, Rutledge discusses his time as a Monbusho English Fellow (MEF), which was in some ways a precursor...

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  • When: Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am–5 pm Meet: JETAA members will meet near the stage around 11 am. Where: Horticulture Center, Fairmount Park, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia 19131 (Montgomery Drive & Belmont Avenue, I-76 Exit 341) Cost: Adults $10 / Children (12 & under) free Parking note: Carpooling is recommended as there is a parking fee. RSVP/Questions: Check out the Facebook page HERE Sakura festival is in full swing in Philadelphia, and culminates in the main event at 9:30 am, Sunday, April 12. Let’s celebrate the sakura, fun times, and the spring together. JETAA members and friends should meet near the stage at 11 am. Sakura Sunday, the centerpiece event of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, is a celebration...

    (4/12) Sakura Festival In Philadelphia

    When: Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am–5 pm Meet: JETAA members will meet near the stage around 11 am. Where: Horticulture Center, Fairmount Park, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia 19131 (Montgomery Drive & Belmont Avenue, I-76 Exit 341) Cost: Adults $10 / Children (12 & under) free Parking note: Carpooling is recommended as there is a parking fee. RSVP/Questions: Check out the Facebook page HERE Sakura festival is in full swing in Philadelphia, and culminates in the main event at 9:30 am, Sunday, April 12. Let’s celebrate the sakura, fun times, and the spring together. JETAA members and friends should meet near the stage at 11 am. Sakura Sunday, the centerpiece event of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, is a celebration...

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  • What: Discussion of The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara When: Monday, May 18th, 7:00 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue) RSVP: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing bookclub[at]jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org May’s selection is The People in the Trees, the debut novel from Conde Nast Travel editor Hanya Yanagihara. Considered one of the best books of 2014, Trees is the story of a young doctor who embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in the 1950’s in search of a rumored lost tribe. After encountering a group of forest dwellers who appear to have found the secret to immortality, he brings his discovery back to America,...

    (5/18) May Book Club: The People in the Trees by Yanagihara

    What: Discussion of The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara When: Monday, May 18th, 7:00 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue) RSVP: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing bookclub[at]jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org May’s selection is The People in the Trees, the debut novel from Conde Nast Travel editor Hanya Yanagihara. Considered one of the best books of 2014, Trees is the story of a young doctor who embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in the 1950’s in search of a rumored lost tribe. After encountering a group of forest dwellers who appear to have found the secret to immortality, he brings his discovery back to America,...

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