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  • When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 am – 3:30 pm Where: Location will be emailed to volunteers prior to event RSVP: Sign up here to volunteer: http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2016 Questions: Email Nikki at n.l.knight1[at]gmail.com. This is a great event held every year with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS) of NYC. Volunteer with us and help introduce Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister through fun and varied activities. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! See here for pictures from the last Japan-A-Mania. Help make the event a success by filling out the volunteer form linked here (http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2016) by Monday, February 8th. See photos from last year’s event linked here!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/27) Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania – RSVP by February 8th

    When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 am – 3:30 pm Where: Location will be emailed to volunteers prior to event RSVP: Sign up here to volunteer: http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2016 Questions: Email Nikki at n.l.knight1[at]gmail.com. This is a great event held every year with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS) of NYC. Volunteer with us and help introduce Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister through fun and varied activities. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! See here for pictures from the last Japan-A-Mania. Help make the event a success by filling out the volunteer form linked here (http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2016) by Monday, February 8th. See photos from last year’s event linked here!

  • What: BATSU! NYC’s live Japanese game show! When: Saturday, February 20th at 8 pm Where: JeBon Sushi (lower level), 15 St. Marks Pl (Btwn 2nd/3rd aves) Trains: N Q R to 8th/NYU; 6 to Astor Place Tickets & RSVP: $30/each. Buy your ticket here RSVP deadline is Mon., Feb 8th (you can still get a ticket on your own after that, but won’t be guaranteed seating with the group and/or it might sell out) So do two things 1) buy tix 2) RSVP with us! Facebook: Let others know you are coming via our events page Questions: Contact Pam at president[at]jetaany.org New York City’s live Japanese game show has become an “East Village Sensation!” (Asian Fusion Magazine) Four warriors compete […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/20) Batsu Face-Off Unlimited!

    What: BATSU! NYC’s live Japanese game show! When: Saturday, February 20th at 8 pm Where: JeBon Sushi (lower level), 15 St. Marks Pl (Btwn 2nd/3rd aves) Trains: N Q R to 8th/NYU; 6 to Astor Place Tickets & RSVP: $30/each. Buy your ticket here RSVP deadline is Mon., Feb 8th (you can still get a ticket on your own after that, but won’t be guaranteed seating with the group and/or it might sell out) So do two things 1) buy tix 2) RSVP with us! Facebook: Let others know you are coming via our events page Questions: Contact Pam at president[at]jetaany.org New York City’s live Japanese game show has become an “East Village Sensation!” (Asian Fusion Magazine) Four warriors compete […]

  • RSVP/Questions: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing bookclub@jetaany.org What: Discussion of The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe When: Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue)   Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks.  Soda will be provided The JETAANY Book Club (which is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading) will meet in the dead of winter to discuss Kobo Abe’s 1962 novel The Woman in the Dunes. One of the premier Japanese novels of the twentieth century, The Women in the Dunes combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/10) February Book Club: The Woman in the Dunes

    RSVP/Questions: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing bookclub@jetaany.org What: Discussion of The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe When: Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue)   Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks.  Soda will be provided The JETAANY Book Club (which is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading) will meet in the dead of winter to discuss Kobo Abe’s 1962 novel The Woman in the Dunes. One of the premier Japanese novels of the twentieth century, The Women in the Dunes combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and […]

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  • By Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. A dusty old fixture of the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) community, Rick manages projects at a software company by day and sends drafts late into the night as a writer for JQ. Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. Maybe you have a special someone you’re going out with on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you’re grabbing a bunch of friends and doing a “singles karaoke night” instead (Like some JETAANY folks are). Maybe you forgot and this is a great reminder to get some flowers and make a dinner reservation ASAP. Either way, you can only hope for the best. But some people seem to luck out in love, and I […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JETAA Sakura Sweethearts

    By Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. A dusty old fixture of the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) community, Rick manages projects at a software company by day and sends drafts late into the night as a writer for JQ. Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. Maybe you have a special someone you’re going out with on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you’re grabbing a bunch of friends and doing a “singles karaoke night” instead (Like some JETAANY folks are). Maybe you forgot and this is a great reminder to get some flowers and make a dinner reservation ASAP. Either way, you can only hope for the best. But some people seem to luck out in love, and I […]

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  • When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 am – 3:30 pm Where: Location will be emailed to volunteers prior to event RSVP: Sign up here to volunteer: http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2016 Questions: Email Nikki at n.l.knight1[at]gmail.com. This is a great event held every year with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS) of NYC. Volunteer with us and help introduce Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister through fun and varied activities. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! See here for pictures from the last Japan-A-Mania. Help make the event a success by filling out the volunteer form linked here (http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2016) by Monday, February 8th. See photos from last year’s event linked here!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/27) Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania – RSVP by February 8th

    When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 11 am – 3:30 pm Where: Location will be emailed to volunteers prior to event RSVP: Sign up here to volunteer: http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2016 Questions: Email Nikki at n.l.knight1[at]gmail.com. This is a great event held every year with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS) of NYC. Volunteer with us and help introduce Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister through fun and varied activities. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! See here for pictures from the last Japan-A-Mania. Help make the event a success by filling out the volunteer form linked here (http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2016) by Monday, February 8th. See photos from last year’s event linked here!

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  • What: BATSU! NYC’s live Japanese game show! When: Saturday, February 20th at 8 pm Where: JeBon Sushi (lower level), 15 St. Marks Pl (Btwn 2nd/3rd aves) Trains: N Q R to 8th/NYU; 6 to Astor Place Tickets & RSVP: $30/each. Buy your ticket here RSVP deadline is Mon., Feb 8th (you can still get a ticket on your own after that, but won’t be guaranteed seating with the group and/or it might sell out) So do two things 1) buy tix 2) RSVP with us! Facebook: Let others know you are coming via our events page Questions: Contact Pam at president[at]jetaany.org New York City’s live Japanese game show has become an “East Village Sensation!” (Asian Fusion Magazine) Four warriors compete […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/20) Batsu Face-Off Unlimited!

    What: BATSU! NYC’s live Japanese game show! When: Saturday, February 20th at 8 pm Where: JeBon Sushi (lower level), 15 St. Marks Pl (Btwn 2nd/3rd aves) Trains: N Q R to 8th/NYU; 6 to Astor Place Tickets & RSVP: $30/each. Buy your ticket here RSVP deadline is Mon., Feb 8th (you can still get a ticket on your own after that, but won’t be guaranteed seating with the group and/or it might sell out) So do two things 1) buy tix 2) RSVP with us! Facebook: Let others know you are coming via our events page Questions: Contact Pam at president[at]jetaany.org New York City’s live Japanese game show has become an “East Village Sensation!” (Asian Fusion Magazine) Four warriors compete […]

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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. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an exhibition that will transport you to another time, some cool late night jazz celebrating the best of two different cultures, and a fashion show and traditional performances you won’t want to miss. This month’s highlights include: Feb. 5-6, 11:15 p.m. Patrick Bartley—Parallel Worlds: Japanese and American Music in the 20th Century Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway and 60th Street, 5th floor $10, $5 students (Friday); $20, $10 students (Saturday) Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Late Night Session performances feature some of jazz’s most talented up-and-comers. Following his three nights of Bix and Tram: A Retrospective held earlier in the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Kamakura, TAO, Kimono Fashions, Noh, Kyogen

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an exhibition that will transport you to another time, some cool late night jazz celebrating the best of two different cultures, and a fashion show and traditional performances you won’t want to miss. This month’s highlights include: Feb. 5-6, 11:15 p.m. Patrick Bartley—Parallel Worlds: Japanese and American Music in the 20th Century Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway and 60th Street, 5th floor $10, $5 students (Friday); $20, $10 students (Saturday) Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Late Night Session performances feature some of jazz’s most talented up-and-comers. Following his three nights of Bix and Tram: A Retrospective held earlier in the […]

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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 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for JETAANY Board Nominations – (2/14 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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  • 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. On Jan. 25, George Takei participated in a talk at Japan Society in New York. Best known for playing the role of Sulu on the original Star Trek and its movie incarnations, Takei has embarked on a second career as a social rights activist. Takei’s childhood in a pair United States internment camps for people of Japanese descent during World War II provided the focus for the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: New York Pledges Allegiance to George Takei at Japan Society

    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. On Jan. 25, George Takei participated in a talk at Japan Society in New York. Best known for playing the role of Sulu on the original Star Trek and its movie incarnations, Takei has embarked on a second career as a social rights activist. Takei’s childhood in a pair United States internment camps for people of Japanese descent during World War II provided the focus for the […]

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  • RSVP/Questions: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing bookclub@jetaany.org What: Discussion of The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe When: Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue)   Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks.  Soda will be provided The JETAANY Book Club (which is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading) will meet in the dead of winter to discuss Kobo Abe’s 1962 novel The Woman in the Dunes. One of the premier Japanese novels of the twentieth century, The Women in the Dunes combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/10) February Book Club: The Woman in the Dunes

    RSVP/Questions: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing bookclub@jetaany.org What: Discussion of The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe When: Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue)   Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks.  Soda will be provided The JETAANY Book Club (which is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading) will meet in the dead of winter to discuss Kobo Abe’s 1962 novel The Woman in the Dunes. One of the premier Japanese novels of the twentieth century, The Women in the Dunes combines the essence of myth, suspense, and the existential novel. In a remote seaside village, Niki Jumpei, a teacher and […]

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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. Those who have attended intimate Japanese arts performances in the city—such as last November’s sold-out shows of “IN THE BOX” at the Martha Graham Dance Company featuring Bessie Award winner Miki Orihara—might be familiar with the name Mar Creation, Inc. Established by Nagoya-born Hiroshi Kono in 2003 as an independent record company with him doubling as label artist, Mar Creation expanded its focus to live events in 2008, and in recent years has been involved with various charitable causes. Some of its popular series include j-Summit NY (which hosted its 27th edition last month at The Bowery Electric featuring Alan Merrill, the original singer and composer […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Mar Creation, Inc.

    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. Those who have attended intimate Japanese arts performances in the city—such as last November’s sold-out shows of “IN THE BOX” at the Martha Graham Dance Company featuring Bessie Award winner Miki Orihara—might be familiar with the name Mar Creation, Inc. Established by Nagoya-born Hiroshi Kono in 2003 as an independent record company with him doubling as label artist, Mar Creation expanded its focus to live events in 2008, and in recent years has been involved with various charitable causes. Some of its popular series include j-Summit NY (which hosted its 27th edition last month at The Bowery Electric featuring Alan Merrill, the original singer and composer […]

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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. Start 2016 off right by heading down to Japan Society for some fantastic new year’s fare. This month’s events celebrate the power of theater, with productions that examine international relations between East and West, celebrating a century of growing diversity but also spotlighting a stormy past. Treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlight: Monday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. George Takei: From Barbed Wire to Broadway Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street SOLD OUT. Limited tickets may be released; please call the box office on January 19 at (212) 715-1258 to check availability. “Too few people know about that dark chapter of American history,” film and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: George Takei Comes to Japan Society

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Start 2016 off right by heading down to Japan Society for some fantastic new year’s fare. This month’s events celebrate the power of theater, with productions that examine international relations between East and West, celebrating a century of growing diversity but also spotlighting a stormy past. Treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlight: Monday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. George Takei: From Barbed Wire to Broadway Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street SOLD OUT. Limited tickets may be released; please call the box office on January 19 at (212) 715-1258 to check availability. “Too few people know about that dark chapter of American history,” film and […]

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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. The afternoon of March 11, 2011 brought unprecedented destruction along the Tohoku coast and challenges that many locals have struggled to overcome even up to this day. The survivors’ stories have been told many times since then. Now, young readers get another glimpse into that day and life in the disaster-stricken area. Inspired by a young boy she met in the disaster zone, Leza Lowitz pieces together the events of that fateful Friday to create […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Up from the Sea’

    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. The afternoon of March 11, 2011 brought unprecedented destruction along the Tohoku coast and challenges that many locals have struggled to overcome even up to this day. The survivors’ stories have been told many times since then. Now, young readers get another glimpse into that day and life in the disaster-stricken area. Inspired by a young boy she met in the disaster zone, Leza Lowitz pieces together the events of that fateful Friday to create […]

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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 surely watched NHK while you were living in Japan. Whether you understood the content was another story, of course. But with the right cable provider, you might be able to enjoy Japan in a way that you were unable to during your JET days, thanks to NHK World. NHK World serves as the organization’s international broadcast service and features English-language programming devoted to Japanese news, sports, cuisine and culture. Even if your cable provider […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: NHK World, Your 24-Hour Guide to Japan

    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 surely watched NHK while you were living in Japan. Whether you understood the content was another story, of course. But with the right cable provider, you might be able to enjoy Japan in a way that you were unable to during your JET days, thanks to NHK World. NHK World serves as the organization’s international broadcast service and features English-language programming devoted to Japanese news, sports, cuisine and culture. Even if your cable provider […]

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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. For many of us, our time teaching Japanese people the finer aspects of English was limited to…well, the JET Program. But that hasn’t been the case for James Rogers (Aichi-ken, 2003-06). As the president of Kyoto JALT and the founder and editor of the Kyoto JALT Review, Rogers has utilized his comprehensive knowledge of English-language education to develop Smart Smart, a series of apps containing materials geared towards Japanese learners of English and vice versa […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with James Rogers on Smart Smart Language Apps

    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. For many of us, our time teaching Japanese people the finer aspects of English was limited to…well, the JET Program. But that hasn’t been the case for James Rogers (Aichi-ken, 2003-06). As the president of Kyoto JALT and the founder and editor of the Kyoto JALT Review, Rogers has utilized his comprehensive knowledge of English-language education to develop Smart Smart, a series of apps containing materials geared towards Japanese learners of English and vice versa […]

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  • This year New England JETAA will host the 3rd Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip from January 29th – 31st at Killington Ski Resort, the largest ski area in the eastern United States. Due to popular demand we have chosen to stay at the Summit Lodge, the hotel we stayed at two years ago. It features a pub, hot tub, etc. Complementary breakfast is also included. For those who are not interested in skiing, the Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals to do cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (1/29-1/31) 3rd Annual JETAA Northeast Region Ski Trip!

    This year New England JETAA will host the 3rd Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip from January 29th – 31st at Killington Ski Resort, the largest ski area in the eastern United States. Due to popular demand we have chosen to stay at the Summit Lodge, the hotel we stayed at two years ago. It features a pub, hot tub, etc. Complementary breakfast is also included. For those who are not interested in skiing, the Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals to do cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long […]

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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 currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Welcome to the most difficult book review I have ever written. Not only am I challenged to write something meaningful about a great artist’s work on a very complicated and rightfully vilified man, but I also bear a burden on my heart as I address the passing of said great artist, Shigeru Mizuki. Last week, the world lost a much-loved cartoonist. Mizuki brought comics into the world that celebrated the strange and mysterious with unique humor and style. He brought […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler’

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Welcome to the most difficult book review I have ever written. Not only am I challenged to write something meaningful about a great artist’s work on a very complicated and rightfully vilified man, but I also bear a burden on my heart as I address the passing of said great artist, Shigeru Mizuki. Last week, the world lost a much-loved cartoonist. Mizuki brought comics into the world that celebrated the strange and mysterious with unique humor and style. He brought […]

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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. With Thanksgiving (and the hopes of sensible eating) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking to squeeze in an event or two in between parties, we’ve got you covered. This month’s highlights include: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10:00 p.m. Gene Ess & Fractal Attraction Club Bonafide, 212 East 52nd Street $15 Fresh off the heels of their 2015 SESAC Award-winning album Eternal Monomyth, Gene Ess and Fractal Attraction have been solidifying themselves as one […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Kyogen, J-MUSIC Ensemble, Shunzo Ohno, Video Games Live

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. With Thanksgiving (and the hopes of sensible eating) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking to squeeze in an event or two in between parties, we’ve got you covered. This month’s highlights include: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10:00 p.m. Gene Ess & Fractal Attraction Club Bonafide, 212 East 52nd Street $15 Fresh off the heels of their 2015 SESAC Award-winning album Eternal Monomyth, Gene Ess and Fractal Attraction have been solidifying themselves as one […]

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  • Do you enjoy talking about Japan? Are you an active with JETAANY? Do you like (or not mind) appearing on camera? Then step right up. Nikki Knight (Shiga 07-09) is seeking a small group of volunteers to appear in a video project about life after Japan.Volunteers would talk about different experiences in Japan and highlight some ways they keep Japanese culture in their lives since returning. This project is part of her media studies graduate coursework at The New School and the completed video may also be used on  JETAANY’s website, Facebook page, or other JET-related outlets. Contact Nikki at n.l.knight1@gmail.com for more information or sign up here. Date: Thursday, December 3 Time: 6-8pm Location: Japan Local Government Center (3 Park Ave – 20th Floor, New […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/3) JETAANY Volunteers Needed for Video about the Post-Japan Experience!

    Do you enjoy talking about Japan? Are you an active with JETAANY? Do you like (or not mind) appearing on camera? Then step right up. Nikki Knight (Shiga 07-09) is seeking a small group of volunteers to appear in a video project about life after Japan.Volunteers would talk about different experiences in Japan and highlight some ways they keep Japanese culture in their lives since returning. This project is part of her media studies graduate coursework at The New School and the completed video may also be used on  JETAANY’s website, Facebook page, or other JET-related outlets. Contact Nikki at n.l.knight1@gmail.com for more information or sign up here. Date: Thursday, December 3 Time: 6-8pm Location: Japan Local Government Center (3 Park Ave – 20th Floor, New […]

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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 a program coordinator at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law. The Inland Sea by the late Donald Richie is a legendary book in the Japan field. For many, it’s their first foray into the culture. Following Richie as he sets sail across the Seto Naikai, the body of water which spans between the islands of Shikoku, Honshu and Kyushu, The Inland Sea chronicles Richie’s quest for authenticity and escape. There, among the hamlets and fishing villages which dot the coastline, he paints for the readers a sun-drenched and hazy seascape; encapsulating his journeys into a memoir, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The Inland Sea’

    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 a program coordinator at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute of NYU School of Law. The Inland Sea by the late Donald Richie is a legendary book in the Japan field. For many, it’s their first foray into the culture. Following Richie as he sets sail across the Seto Naikai, the body of water which spans between the islands of Shikoku, Honshu and Kyushu, The Inland Sea chronicles Richie’s quest for authenticity and escape. There, among the hamlets and fishing villages which dot the coastline, he paints for the readers a sun-drenched and hazy seascape; encapsulating his journeys into a memoir, […]

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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. For parents of little ones not quite ready for Jurassic World comes You Look Yummy!, a children’s book by Tatsuya Miyanishi and newly published in English by Museyon. The story of a fearsome Tyrannosaurus (the star of 11 other bestselling titles written by the author) and the baby Ankylosaurus he grows attached to (the tot believes his “daddy” names him “Yummy” after he’s hatched), You Look Yummy! teaches valuable lessons about the bonds between a parent and child, and how those bonds can remain strong despite mistaken identity. As “father” and “son” grow close, the Ankylosaurus mimics the T-Rex in ramming mountains, cutting down trees and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: ‘You Look Yummy!’

    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. For parents of little ones not quite ready for Jurassic World comes You Look Yummy!, a children’s book by Tatsuya Miyanishi and newly published in English by Museyon. The story of a fearsome Tyrannosaurus (the star of 11 other bestselling titles written by the author) and the baby Ankylosaurus he grows attached to (the tot believes his “daddy” names him “Yummy” after he’s hatched), You Look Yummy! teaches valuable lessons about the bonds between a parent and child, and how those bonds can remain strong despite mistaken identity. As “father” and “son” grow close, the Ankylosaurus mimics the T-Rex in ramming mountains, cutting down trees and […]

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  •  JETAANY Annual Bōnenkai  When: Friday,  December 4th 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Cho Cho san (15 West 8th Street, New York) Cost/RSVP:  Via paypal Early bird is $30 (pre-pay by Friday 11/20) – SOLD OUT! Regular price is $35 (pre-pay by Sunday, 11/29) – 10 tickets left!! Last minute price is $45 (pre-pay by Tuesday, 12/2) Price includes appetizers, dinner and all-you-can-drink sake Questions:  Contact Pam Kavalam at president@jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai and Quarterly Meeting! Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and All-You-Can-Drink Sake. Let’s celebrate another successful year! If you are interested to get involved or have ideas to share this is a great place to join the planning committees.  This event tends to sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot through PayPal. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/4) JETAANY Annual Bonenkai 

     JETAANY Annual Bōnenkai  When: Friday,  December 4th 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Cho Cho san (15 West 8th Street, New York) Cost/RSVP:  Via paypal Early bird is $30 (pre-pay by Friday 11/20) – SOLD OUT! Regular price is $35 (pre-pay by Sunday, 11/29) – 10 tickets left!! Last minute price is $45 (pre-pay by Tuesday, 12/2) Price includes appetizers, dinner and all-you-can-drink sake Questions:  Contact Pam Kavalam at president@jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai and Quarterly Meeting! Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and All-You-Can-Drink Sake. Let’s celebrate another successful year! If you are interested to get involved or have ideas to share this is a great place to join the planning committees.  This event tends to sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot through PayPal. […]

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  • When: Thursday, December 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, N.Y.), 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5902 Cost: $6 for refreshment & supplies and 2 (or more) items (card, bookmark, or luggage tag. RSVP/Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event HERE Tis the season to spend time with friends, keep warm, and prep nengajo! Do all three on Thursday, December 10th with fellow JETs as we create nengajo with markers, stickers, and the impressive and easy style of oshibana, or pressed flowers. We will also bring stickers and things to  Bring $6 for supplies and refreshments.    <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/10) Make Your Own Nengajo!

    When: Thursday, December 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, N.Y.), 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5902 Cost: $6 for refreshment & supplies and 2 (or more) items (card, bookmark, or luggage tag. RSVP/Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event HERE Tis the season to spend time with friends, keep warm, and prep nengajo! Do all three on Thursday, December 10th with fellow JETs as we create nengajo with markers, stickers, and the impressive and easy style of oshibana, or pressed flowers. We will also bring stickers and things to  Bring $6 for supplies and refreshments.    

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