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  • Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. It’s finally warming up in NYC and time to get outside.  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! Date: Saturday, May 3rd 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...

    (5/3) Hanami Picnic – Central Park

    Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. It’s finally warming up in NYC and time to get outside.  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! Date: Saturday, May 3rd 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…

  • Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 11th   On Sunday May 11th, 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 (free breakfast provided by JETAANY) (18...

    Volunteer at Japan Day (5/11)

    Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 11th   On Sunday May 11th, 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 (free breakfast provided by JETAANY) (18…

  • The Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet want to create an opportunity to keep former JET Program participants up-to-date and interested in the current events in Japan.  The Office of the Prime Minister will be publishing an e-zine/newsletter which will contain exciting new information on current diplomatic activities, policies of his Cabinet, Japanese cultural and political trends, and more. Sign up Here

    Sign up for the new e-zine from Prime Minister

    The Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet want to create an opportunity to keep former JET Program participants up-to-date and interested in the current events in Japan.  The Office of the Prime Minister will be publishing an e-zine/newsletter which will contain exciting new information on current diplomatic activities, policies of his Cabinet, Japanese cultural and political trends, and more. Sign up Here

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  • Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. It’s finally warming up in NYC and time to get outside.  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! Date: Saturday, May 3rd 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...

    (5/3) Hanami Picnic – Central Park

    Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. It’s finally warming up in NYC and time to get outside.  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! Date: Saturday, May 3rd 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...

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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 http://brittlejules.wordpress.com and Twitter @brittlejules. Miyuki Miyabe is a Japanese author who writes widely popular fantasy, science fiction, and crime fiction for adults and young adults. Some of her works translated into English are Brave Story, ICO: Castle in the Mist, and The Book of Heroes. Published by Haikasoru last November, Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo is a collection of Miyabe’s short stories (translated by Daniel Huddleston) about pre-modern Japan depictions of ghosts, oni, and other supernatural events. Apparitions includes nine short...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo’

    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 http://brittlejules.wordpress.com and Twitter @brittlejules. Miyuki Miyabe is a Japanese author who writes widely popular fantasy, science fiction, and crime fiction for adults and young adults. Some of her works translated into English are Brave Story, ICO: Castle in the Mist, and The Book of Heroes. Published by Haikasoru last November, Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo is a collection of Miyabe’s short stories (translated by Daniel Huddleston) about pre-modern Japan depictions of ghosts, oni, and other supernatural events. Apparitions includes nine short...

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  • When: Monday, April 28 @7 pm Where: Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost: $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP: Let others know you are going on our Facebook page here. Questions: Email Liz Mathews eimathew[at]gmail.com. Since your name needs to be on the security guest list for entry into the building, RSVP is required. This month’s book is by Ruth Ozeki, a bestselling author who was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Below is a description of the book on her website: “In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist...

    (4/28) JETAANY Book Club in April: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

    When: Monday, April 28 @7 pm Where: Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost: $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP: Let others know you are going on our Facebook page here. Questions: Email Liz Mathews eimathew[at]gmail.com. Since your name needs to be on the security guest list for entry into the building, RSVP is required. This month’s book is by Ruth Ozeki, a bestselling author who was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Below is a description of the book on her website: “In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist...

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  • Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 11th   On Sunday May 11th, 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 (free breakfast provided by JETAANY) (18...

    Volunteer at Japan Day (5/11)

    Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 11th   On Sunday May 11th, 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 (free breakfast provided by JETAANY) (18...

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  • The Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet want to create an opportunity to keep former JET Program participants up-to-date and interested in the current events in Japan.  The Office of the Prime Minister will be publishing an e-zine/newsletter which will contain exciting new information on current diplomatic activities, policies of his Cabinet, Japanese cultural and political trends, and more. Sign up Here

    Sign up for the new e-zine from Prime Minister

    The Prime Minister of Japan and his Cabinet want to create an opportunity to keep former JET Program participants up-to-date and interested in the current events in Japan.  The Office of the Prime Minister will be publishing an e-zine/newsletter which will contain exciting new information on current diplomatic activities, policies of his Cabinet, Japanese cultural and political trends, and more. Sign up Here

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is JETAA New South Wales‘s webmaster, meaning he is the voice on all the online and social media for the Sydney-based chapter like Twitter, Instagram (both @jetaansw) and Facebook. Outside of JETAA, he doesn’t exist, and is merely a concept of a shadow of a dream of an enigma, wrapped in mystery and served with a side of salad.  Introduction The following is a shamelessly biased opinion: Being a member of JETAA is fantastic. One gets to help organise and be involved in events and projects that reach the general public here in Sydney (like the Japan Festival), hang out with a great group of like-minded people that know all the best Japanese places to eat, drink and be merry, and...

    JQ Magazine: JETAA Global Membership Outreach—An Analysis

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is JETAA New South Wales‘s webmaster, meaning he is the voice on all the online and social media for the Sydney-based chapter like Twitter, Instagram (both @jetaansw) and Facebook. Outside of JETAA, he doesn’t exist, and is merely a concept of a shadow of a dream of an enigma, wrapped in mystery and served with a side of salad.  Introduction The following is a shamelessly biased opinion: Being a member of JETAA is fantastic. One gets to help organise and be involved in events and projects that reach the general public here in Sydney (like the Japan Festival), hang out with a great group of like-minded people that know all the best Japanese places to eat, drink and be merry, and...

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  • When: Saturday,  April 26, 5:00 pm – ??? Where: McAffrey & Burke’s, 2854 31st St, Astoria, NY 11102 (Take the N, Q to 30th Ave) RSVP: No RSVP needed, but check out who’s coming (and invite your friends) via the Facebook Event Questions: Prior to the event, feel free to reach out to Katy at katy.edwards-at-gmail-dot-com. The day of, make sure to check the JETAANY Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/jetaany) to know our exact location! We’ll also be putting updates on the Facebook event. Cost: Everyone will be purchasing their own food and drink. Since it’s finally starting to feel like spring, it’s time to kick off the season of awesome events with a bar crawl in Queens! Kochi JET alumni and current Astoria residents, Katy and Zach Piper, have put...

    (Sat 4/26 @ 5 pm) Queens Event: Astoria Bar Crawl!

    When: Saturday,  April 26, 5:00 pm – ??? Where: McAffrey & Burke’s, 2854 31st St, Astoria, NY 11102 (Take the N, Q to 30th Ave) RSVP: No RSVP needed, but check out who’s coming (and invite your friends) via the Facebook Event Questions: Prior to the event, feel free to reach out to Katy at katy.edwards-at-gmail-dot-com. The day of, make sure to check the JETAANY Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/jetaany) to know our exact location! We’ll also be putting updates on the Facebook event. Cost: Everyone will be purchasing their own food and drink. Since it’s finally starting to feel like spring, it’s time to kick off the season of awesome events with a bar crawl in Queens! Kochi JET alumni and current Astoria residents, Katy and Zach Piper, have put...

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  • When: Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where: JLGC Conference Room, 3 Park Avenue, New York NY, 20th Floor Questions: Contact Pam Kavalam at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org RSVP: On Facebook or email vicepresident[at]jetaany.org.  Cost: Free! Have you been out in the working world for a few years, but feel like you haven’t progressed quite as far as you hoped? Do you feel like you are capable of taking on more responsibility, but have trouble presenting yourself as a leader? Do people assume you are younger or less experienced than you actually are? Are you trying to figure out what your next steps for your career are? If so,  ”Get Gravitas: Project Excellence Without Saying a Word” is the perfect workshop for you! Beena Kavalam, MBA, CPCC is...

    (4/22) “Get Gravitas”: A Personal Branding Workshop for JETs

    When: Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where: JLGC Conference Room, 3 Park Avenue, New York NY, 20th Floor Questions: Contact Pam Kavalam at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org RSVP: On Facebook or email vicepresident[at]jetaany.org.  Cost: Free! Have you been out in the working world for a few years, but feel like you haven’t progressed quite as far as you hoped? Do you feel like you are capable of taking on more responsibility, but have trouble presenting yourself as a leader? Do people assume you are younger or less experienced than you actually are? Are you trying to figure out what your next steps for your career are? If so,  ”Get Gravitas: Project Excellence Without Saying a Word” is the perfect workshop for you! Beena Kavalam, MBA, CPCC is...

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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. She’s an aspiring actress with visa problems; he’s a gay law student and newly homeless. Can a fake marriage solve their problems? Mariko and Taichi are the stars of a goofy Web comedy filmed on location in New York called 2nd Avenue. You can tune into their zany adventures on YouTube and view the entire six-episode first season, which ended this past February. The creative team behind 2nd Avenue includes Mari Kawade (director), Maho Honda (who plays Mariko), and Tsukasa Kondo (who plays Taichi). Kondo, who also is the...

    JQ Magazine: NY JET Alum Collaborates with Japanese Expats on ‘2nd Avenue’

    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. She’s an aspiring actress with visa problems; he’s a gay law student and newly homeless. Can a fake marriage solve their problems? Mariko and Taichi are the stars of a goofy Web comedy filmed on location in New York called 2nd Avenue. You can tune into their zany adventures on YouTube and view the entire six-episode first season, which ended this past February. The creative team behind 2nd Avenue includes Mari Kawade (director), Maho Honda (who plays Mariko), and Tsukasa Kondo (who plays Taichi). Kondo, who also is the...

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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. Spring has sprung in the Big Apple, and that means one thing: a new season of sounds, colors, and spectacular performing arts to match the blossoming sakura trees throughout the city. This month’s highlights include: Tuesday, April 8 Turning Point: 1997-2008 by Hayao Miyazaki The Art of The Wind Rises MSRP $29.99, $34.99 The companion second volume to the earlier chronicle Starting Point: 1979-1996 (also new in paperback),Turning Point is an insightful collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, and illustrations from legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki. The new title covers the critical stage in the legendary director’s career when his animated films for Studio Ghibli such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo began to garner a significant international audience. Turning Point follows...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Miyazaki, Godzilla, Tribeca Film Festival, Sakura Matsuri

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Spring has sprung in the Big Apple, and that means one thing: a new season of sounds, colors, and spectacular performing arts to match the blossoming sakura trees throughout the city. This month’s highlights include: Tuesday, April 8 Turning Point: 1997-2008 by Hayao Miyazaki The Art of The Wind Rises MSRP $29.99, $34.99 The companion second volume to the earlier chronicle Starting Point: 1979-1996 (also new in paperback),Turning Point is an insightful collection of essays, interviews, memoirs, and illustrations from legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki. The new title covers the critical stage in the legendary director’s career when his animated films for Studio Ghibli such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Ponyo began to garner a significant international audience. Turning Point follows...

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  • By Brett Rawson (Akita-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Brett is a writer, translator, and volunteer. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at The New School and is the professional development chair for the JET Alumni Association of New York. If you have job opportunities for JET alums, an interest in presenting at JETAANY’s annual Career Forum, or want to collaborate on professional endeavors, contact him at career@jetaany.org. If you listen closely, the age-old JET adage every situation is different can be heard echoing around the world. This is because it’s said so frequently, but that’s because there is truth to the takeaway: Paths to JET, experiences in Japan, and adventures thereafter run in every direction. But when the...

    JQ Magazine: From JET to Japan-Related Jobs – New York Edition

    By Brett Rawson (Akita-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Brett is a writer, translator, and volunteer. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at The New School and is the professional development chair for the JET Alumni Association of New York. If you have job opportunities for JET alums, an interest in presenting at JETAANY’s annual Career Forum, or want to collaborate on professional endeavors, contact him at career@jetaany.org. If you listen closely, the age-old JET adage every situation is different can be heard echoing around the world. This is because it’s said so frequently, but that’s because there is truth to the takeaway: Paths to JET, experiences in Japan, and adventures thereafter run in every direction. But when the...

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  •   The Center for East Asian Studies in Philadelphia will be screening the Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story.  Andy Anderson (Taylor’s Father, and Regge Life (Film Director/Producer) will be in attendance. Date: Thursday March 27th 4:30pm – 7:00pm Location: University of Pennsylvania David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A2 209 S. 33rd Street (33rd & Walnut Sts.) http://www.jasgp.org/events/959 Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story (2013) Director Regge Life 85 min. http://www.thetaylorandersonstory.com/ Directed by Regge Life, renowned filmmaker and founder of Global Film Network Inc., Live your Dream: the Taylor Anderson Story is about the life of Taylor Anderson, a JET Assistant Language Teacher based in Miyagi Prefecture from 2008 to 2011. The film offers glimpses of her life through personal accounts from...

    (3/27) Philadelphia Screening of Live Your Dream

      The Center for East Asian Studies in Philadelphia will be screening the Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story.  Andy Anderson (Taylor’s Father, and Regge Life (Film Director/Producer) will be in attendance. Date: Thursday March 27th 4:30pm – 7:00pm Location: University of Pennsylvania David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A2 209 S. 33rd Street (33rd & Walnut Sts.) http://www.jasgp.org/events/959 Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story (2013) Director Regge Life 85 min. http://www.thetaylorandersonstory.com/ Directed by Regge Life, renowned filmmaker and founder of Global Film Network Inc., Live your Dream: the Taylor Anderson Story is about the life of Taylor Anderson, a JET Assistant Language Teacher based in Miyagi Prefecture from 2008 to 2011. The film offers glimpses of her life through personal accounts from...

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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 http://brittlejules.wordpress.com and Twitter @brittlejules. When was the last time you picked up a non-fiction book and felt like you were escaping to a faraway land? Cool Japan (Museyon Guides) is the special kind of guidebook that does just that. The author, Sumiko Kajiyama, is a journalist and scriptwriter residing in Japan. Her other books include Ghibli Magic, The Man who Changed Animation Business, The Way of Work by Top Producers, and Important Things to Enjoy Your Work and Life. In any bookstore...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Cool Japan: A Guide to Tokyo, Kyoto, Tohoku and Japanese Culture Past and Present’

    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 http://brittlejules.wordpress.com and Twitter @brittlejules. When was the last time you picked up a non-fiction book and felt like you were escaping to a faraway land? Cool Japan (Museyon Guides) is the special kind of guidebook that does just that. The author, Sumiko Kajiyama, is a journalist and scriptwriter residing in Japan. Her other books include Ghibli Magic, The Man who Changed Animation Business, The Way of Work by Top Producers, and Important Things to Enjoy Your Work and Life. In any bookstore...

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  •   Invitation to “Hand in Hand” Third Concert Through the universal language of music, Project “Hand in Hand” calls for the continued support of Japan’s recovery from the disaster of March 11th, 2011. Now in its third year, Project “Hand in Hand” will bring 91 high school students from Japan, half from the disaster-affected areas and the other half from a school widely supporting the relief efforts. They will perform together with the students from College of New Jersey Chorale, students from Academy of the City, renowned opera singers and musicians of the New York City Opera Orchestra to make for an unforgettable night. Japan has received extensive support from all over the world in the wake of the disaster....

    “Hand in Hand” Concert 3/26

      Invitation to “Hand in Hand” Third Concert Through the universal language of music, Project “Hand in Hand” calls for the continued support of Japan’s recovery from the disaster of March 11th, 2011. Now in its third year, Project “Hand in Hand” will bring 91 high school students from Japan, half from the disaster-affected areas and the other half from a school widely supporting the relief efforts. They will perform together with the students from College of New Jersey Chorale, students from Academy of the City, renowned opera singers and musicians of the New York City Opera Orchestra to make for an unforgettable night. Japan has received extensive support from all over the world in the wake of the disaster....

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  • By Tim Martin (Fukui-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Tim is a neuroscience researcher and swing dancer based in New York City. He runs a blog called The Floating Lantern, where he writes about humanism and other things that matter. Lately he is trying to learn more about effective altruism and the science of applied rationality. Jim Breen is the man behind a resource that probably every English speaker trying to learn Japanese has used: the massive WWWJDIC online dictionary. In the 1980s, Breen developed an interest in Japanese that led to him programming a Japanese dictionary for DOS as a hobby. While a professor of digital and data communications at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Breen continued working on the dictionary, until eventually it bloomed into an interface that connects...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Jim Breen of Monash University on WWWJDIC

    By Tim Martin (Fukui-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Tim is a neuroscience researcher and swing dancer based in New York City. He runs a blog called The Floating Lantern, where he writes about humanism and other things that matter. Lately he is trying to learn more about effective altruism and the science of applied rationality. Jim Breen is the man behind a resource that probably every English speaker trying to learn Japanese has used: the massive WWWJDIC online dictionary. In the 1980s, Breen developed an interest in Japanese that led to him programming a Japanese dictionary for DOS as a hobby. While a professor of digital and data communications at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Breen continued working on the dictionary, until eventually it bloomed into an interface that connects...

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  • When: Saturday, March 15, 1 pm – 4 pm Where: Meet up in Times Square (then head over as a group to Columbus Circle). We’ll meet up at the red bleachers behind the TKTS Booth (located in Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street, i.e. the island in the middle of the street!). We’ll be the folks wearing the JETAANY t-shirts Questions/RSVP: Contact Ann Chow at membership[at]jetaany.org or visit the Facebook event HERE ———- Japan Day organizers have approached JETAANY about an exciting project! Last August, the Japanese group AKB48 came out with their video “Fortune Cookie in Love”. It sparked an international, viral trend where individuals, companies, and even towns film their own versions of the video and post it to YouTube. To practice the...

    (3/15) Represent JETAANY in the Japan Day Music Video!

    When: Saturday, March 15, 1 pm – 4 pm Where: Meet up in Times Square (then head over as a group to Columbus Circle). We’ll meet up at the red bleachers behind the TKTS Booth (located in Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street, i.e. the island in the middle of the street!). We’ll be the folks wearing the JETAANY t-shirts Questions/RSVP: Contact Ann Chow at membership[at]jetaany.org or visit the Facebook event HERE ———- Japan Day organizers have approached JETAANY about an exciting project! Last August, the Japanese group AKB48 came out with their video “Fortune Cookie in Love”. It sparked an international, viral trend where individuals, companies, and even towns film their own versions of the video and post it to YouTube. To practice the...

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  • Give TODAY to make your support TWICE as effective! DONATE NOW Donate now and your contribution is DOUBLED to support the students and schools of Tohoku.  Donations are matched for 24 hours starting today, March 10th at 11am EST (March 11th in Japan).  It’s been 3 years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku. Among the nearly 16,000 people lost were two incredible JET participants, Taylor Anderson and Monty Dickinson.  Please join the JET community and GlobalGiving in continuing to support the recovery efforts and children’s education in Tohoku. Donate to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation during the 24 hour donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11 (11 a.m. EST 3/10 - 11 am EST 3/11) and have your gift MATCHED...

    JETs Rally For Tohoku

    Give TODAY to make your support TWICE as effective! DONATE NOW Donate now and your contribution is DOUBLED to support the students and schools of Tohoku.  Donations are matched for 24 hours starting today, March 10th at 11am EST (March 11th in Japan).  It’s been 3 years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku. Among the nearly 16,000 people lost were two incredible JET participants, Taylor Anderson and Monty Dickinson.  Please join the JET community and GlobalGiving in continuing to support the recovery efforts and children’s education in Tohoku. Donate to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation during the 24 hour donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11 (11 a.m. EST 3/10 - 11 am EST 3/11) and have your gift MATCHED...

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden lived and worked in the core city of Iwaki on JET, and he is a current committee member of JETAA NSW, based in Sydney, Australia.   Introduction It’s been three years since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. While the rest of the world, and arguably, the rest of Japan, has moved on, communities all along the east and north coast continue to endure and deal with the continuing legacy and consequences of that event, especially those displaced from the exclusion zone around TEPCO’s Daiichi plant. The JET Programme continues to operate, with the government previously announcing plans to double the number of participants over three years. JETs continue to live and work in Tohoku, including JETs...

    JQ Magazine: Staying On—JETs in Fukushima Share Their Stories

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden lived and worked in the core city of Iwaki on JET, and he is a current committee member of JETAA NSW, based in Sydney, Australia.   Introduction It’s been three years since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. While the rest of the world, and arguably, the rest of Japan, has moved on, communities all along the east and north coast continue to endure and deal with the continuing legacy and consequences of that event, especially those displaced from the exclusion zone around TEPCO’s Daiichi plant. The JET Programme continues to operate, with the government previously announcing plans to double the number of participants over three years. JETs continue to live and work in Tohoku, including JETs...

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  • By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. 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. In addition to his JET and Rotary service, Mark has also been a U.S. Army officer, Presidential Management Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Contest prize winner, and Aspen Institute Socrates Program Seminar scholar. His interests lie in international education, disaster response, and post-conflict peacebuilding. He can be contacted at mflanigan[at]jicuf.org. Christopher Cade Mosley (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-01) is a current Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo and previously served as a JET for one year. Born in...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Cade Mosley on His Return to Japan with Rotary International

    By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. 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. In addition to his JET and Rotary service, Mark has also been a U.S. Army officer, Presidential Management Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Contest prize winner, and Aspen Institute Socrates Program Seminar scholar. His interests lie in international education, disaster response, and post-conflict peacebuilding. He can be contacted at mflanigan[at]jicuf.org. Christopher Cade Mosley (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-01) is a current Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo and previously served as a JET for one year. Born in...

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  • When: Friday, March 21, 6:00 pm Where: Legends Bar, (6 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001) website  Questions: Contact Monica Yuki at president[at]jetaany.org Cost: $8 prepay (till March 11th) / $11 prepay (March 12th-18th) / $15 (March 19th - at the door) Join us for our largest networking event of the year! The annual JETAANY Meishi Exchange offers the opportunity to mix and mingle with talented professionals in various fields around New York City. The event is open to anyone  who is interested in building their professional network and meeting other people passionate about Japan and intercultural exchange. JET Alumni are encouraged to bring their friends, family, coworkers and colleagues. No need to worry about bringing meishi (business cards) but definitely come prepared to meet...

    (3/21) Meishi Exchange

    When: Friday, March 21, 6:00 pm Where: Legends Bar, (6 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001) website  Questions: Contact Monica Yuki at president[at]jetaany.org Cost: $8 prepay (till March 11th) / $11 prepay (March 12th-18th) / $15 (March 19th - at the door) Join us for our largest networking event of the year! The annual JETAANY Meishi Exchange offers the opportunity to mix and mingle with talented professionals in various fields around New York City. The event is open to anyone  who is interested in building their professional network and meeting other people passionate about Japan and intercultural exchange. JET Alumni are encouraged to bring their friends, family, coworkers and colleagues. No need to worry about bringing meishi (business cards) but definitely come prepared to meet...

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