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  • What: Discussion of People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman  by Richard Lloyd Parry (subtitles vary) When: Thursday, September 17th, 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@jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org September’s Selection is the People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry, a British foreign correspondent. People Who Eat Darkness falls into the “true crime” genre and looks at the disappearance and murder of Lucie Blackman in Tokyo, following every step of the investigation and offering a grim portrait of her suspected killer. For more information, here’s a positive review from 2012 in the New York Times.

    (9/17) September Book Club: People Who Eat Darkness

    What: Discussion of People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman  by Richard Lloyd Parry (subtitles vary) When: Thursday, September 17th, 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@jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org September’s Selection is the People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry, a British foreign correspondent. People Who Eat Darkness falls into the “true crime” genre and looks at the disappearance and murder of Lucie Blackman in Tokyo, following every step of the investigation and offering a grim portrait of her suspected killer. For more information, here’s a positive review from 2012 in the New York Times.

  • Celebrate the fall with JETAANY! Spend the day reveling in fall harvest activities. Join us as we participate in a Metro-North one day getaway to the Hudson Valley.  We’ll have a chance to: –          Pick apples and pumpkins –          Lunch in the beautiful town of Rhinebeck –          Explore the local farmers market –          Take in scenic views of the Hudson Valley –          Purchase organic vegetables, eggs, and grass-fed meats –          And more… When: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:30am-7:45pm Meet at the clock in the middle of the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal at 8:30am sharp (the train leaves at 8:43am). We will be back in NYC at 7:45pm Cost:* Adults: $34.75 Children 5-11: $7 Children under 5: free *includes […]

    (10/25) – Celebrate the fall with JETAANY!

    Celebrate the fall with JETAANY! Spend the day reveling in fall harvest activities. Join us as we participate in a Metro-North one day getaway to the Hudson Valley.  We’ll have a chance to: –          Pick apples and pumpkins –          Lunch in the beautiful town of Rhinebeck –          Explore the local farmers market –          Take in scenic views of the Hudson Valley –          Purchase organic vegetables, eggs, and grass-fed meats –          And more… When: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:30am-7:45pm Meet at the clock in the middle of the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal at 8:30am sharp (the train leaves at 8:43am). We will be back in NYC at 7:45pm Cost:* Adults: $34.75 Children 5-11: $7 Children under 5: free *includes […]

  • When: Saturday, August 29 3:30 pm – Until we can’t hop! Where: The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway, New York, NY 11106 – Broadway stop off the N Line) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org Dust off those Yukata and Jinbei because it’s time for JETAANY’s Yukata Hop in Queens! Meet us at the Strand Smokehouse in Astoria and then we’ll head out to a couple other bars in the area. The route is as follows: The Strand Smokehouse, 2527 Broadway, NY 11106 (Broadway Station) Irish Whiskey Bar, 2848 31st Street, NY 11102 (Broadway Station or 30th Ave Station) Judy & Punch, 34-08 30th Avenue, […]

    (8/29) Summer Yukata Bar Hop in Astoria!

    When: Saturday, August 29 3:30 pm – Until we can’t hop! Where: The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway, New York, NY 11106 – Broadway stop off the N Line) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org Dust off those Yukata and Jinbei because it’s time for JETAANY’s Yukata Hop in Queens! Meet us at the Strand Smokehouse in Astoria and then we’ll head out to a couple other bars in the area. The route is as follows: The Strand Smokehouse, 2527 Broadway, NY 11106 (Broadway Station) Irish Whiskey Bar, 2848 31st Street, NY 11102 (Broadway Station or 30th Ave Station) Judy & Punch, 34-08 30th Avenue, […]

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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 JTB’s New Jersey office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Do not read this review. If you are foolish enough to read this review to the end…after seven days, you will be followed by a lingering spirit which will slowly, but unrelentingly, press more and more of its weight upon your shoulders. The weight will build to an unbearable breaking point, leaving you weak and overwhelmed by the scent of rotting flesh, driving your mind to unknowable depths of madness and despair. You can avoid this terrible fate by sharing this […]

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Yurei: The Japanese Ghost’

    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 JTB’s New Jersey office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Do not read this review. If you are foolish enough to read this review to the end…after seven days, you will be followed by a lingering spirit which will slowly, but unrelentingly, press more and more of its weight upon your shoulders. The weight will build to an unbearable breaking point, leaving you weak and overwhelmed by the scent of rotting flesh, driving your mind to unknowable depths of madness and despair. You can avoid this terrible fate by sharing this […]

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  • What: Discussion of People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman  by Richard Lloyd Parry (subtitles vary) When: Thursday, September 17th, 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@jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org September’s Selection is the People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry, a British foreign correspondent. People Who Eat Darkness falls into the “true crime” genre and looks at the disappearance and murder of Lucie Blackman in Tokyo, following every step of the investigation and offering a grim portrait of her suspected killer. For more information, here’s a positive review from 2012 in the New York Times.

    (9/17) September Book Club: People Who Eat Darkness

    What: Discussion of People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman  by Richard Lloyd Parry (subtitles vary) When: Thursday, September 17th, 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@jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org September’s Selection is the People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry, a British foreign correspondent. People Who Eat Darkness falls into the “true crime” genre and looks at the disappearance and murder of Lucie Blackman in Tokyo, following every step of the investigation and offering a grim portrait of her suspected killer. For more information, here’s a positive review from 2012 in the New York Times.

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  • Celebrate the fall with JETAANY! Spend the day reveling in fall harvest activities. Join us as we participate in a Metro-North one day getaway to the Hudson Valley.  We’ll have a chance to: –          Pick apples and pumpkins –          Lunch in the beautiful town of Rhinebeck –          Explore the local farmers market –          Take in scenic views of the Hudson Valley –          Purchase organic vegetables, eggs, and grass-fed meats –          And more… When: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:30am-7:45pm Meet at the clock in the middle of the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal at 8:30am sharp (the train leaves at 8:43am). We will be back in NYC at 7:45pm Cost:* Adults: $34.75 Children 5-11: $7 Children under 5: free *includes […]

    (10/25) – Celebrate the fall with JETAANY!

    Celebrate the fall with JETAANY! Spend the day reveling in fall harvest activities. Join us as we participate in a Metro-North one day getaway to the Hudson Valley.  We’ll have a chance to: –          Pick apples and pumpkins –          Lunch in the beautiful town of Rhinebeck –          Explore the local farmers market –          Take in scenic views of the Hudson Valley –          Purchase organic vegetables, eggs, and grass-fed meats –          And more… When: Sunday, October 25, 2015, 8:30am-7:45pm Meet at the clock in the middle of the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal at 8:30am sharp (the train leaves at 8:43am). We will be back in NYC at 7:45pm Cost:* Adults: $34.75 Children 5-11: $7 Children under 5: free *includes […]

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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. During your JET experience, you probably heard about Japanese baseball icons such as Ichiro, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Matsui and Yu Darvish excelling in Major League Baseball. However, well before all of them were instilling pride in their countrymen through their feats on American diamonds, one southpaw from rural Yamanashi Prefecture was setting the big leagues on fire. Baseball historian Robert K. Fitts introduces fans of the sport to Masanori Murakami in Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball […]

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Mashi’

    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. During your JET experience, you probably heard about Japanese baseball icons such as Ichiro, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Matsui and Yu Darvish excelling in Major League Baseball. However, well before all of them were instilling pride in their countrymen through their feats on American diamonds, one southpaw from rural Yamanashi Prefecture was setting the big leagues on fire. Baseball historian Robert K. Fitts introduces fans of the sport to Masanori Murakami in Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. In the dog days of summer, it’s best to escape the heat in a place that’s cozy and cool. For those into Japanese cultural events, this month offers a diverse selection of film premieres and live music—all in the comfort of indoor air conditioning. This month’s highlights include: Aug. 4, 5, 7, 8 & 11 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street Chelsea Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street Village East Cinema 7, 181-189 2nd Avenue $15 Hot on the heels of last year’s summer blockbuster, Battle of Gods, Resurrection ‘F’ is the second film personally supervised byDBZ creator himself, Akira Toriyama. The new […]

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York—‘Dragon Ball Z,’ Liberty City Anime Con, Waku Waku NYC

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. In the dog days of summer, it’s best to escape the heat in a place that’s cozy and cool. For those into Japanese cultural events, this month offers a diverse selection of film premieres and live music—all in the comfort of indoor air conditioning. This month’s highlights include: Aug. 4, 5, 7, 8 & 11 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street Chelsea Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street Village East Cinema 7, 181-189 2nd Avenue $15 Hot on the heels of last year’s summer blockbuster, Battle of Gods, Resurrection ‘F’ is the second film personally supervised byDBZ creator himself, Akira Toriyama. The new […]

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  • JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Tuesday, August 11th on our own PRIVATE boat! In the past, we’ve had 150+ people in attendance.  For only $15 per person, enjoy a 2.5 hour sunset cruise departing from the East side and traveling around the southern end of Manhattan over to the Statue of Liberty and up the West side for amazing views of the New York skyline (and New Jersey).  Feel free to invite family, friends, and co-workers- this is a great introduction to the JET community! (Must be age 21+) When: Tuesday, August 11, 6:30pm – 10:00 pm Where: New York Skyports Marina (East River between E. 20th and 23rd Sts) [Address for Google: 24-30 FDR Drive, East Service Road, New York City, NY […]

    (8/11) JETAANY and Friends Boat Cruise around Manhattan!

    JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Tuesday, August 11th on our own PRIVATE boat! In the past, we’ve had 150+ people in attendance.  For only $15 per person, enjoy a 2.5 hour sunset cruise departing from the East side and traveling around the southern end of Manhattan over to the Statue of Liberty and up the West side for amazing views of the New York skyline (and New Jersey).  Feel free to invite family, friends, and co-workers- this is a great introduction to the JET community! (Must be age 21+) When: Tuesday, August 11, 6:30pm – 10:00 pm Where: New York Skyports Marina (East River between E. 20th and 23rd Sts) [Address for Google: 24-30 FDR Drive, East Service Road, New York City, NY […]

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  • We’re hosting a potluck picnic in Central Park with a Japanese nonprofit called Beyond Tomorrow. They have arranged a 10-day US visit for 9 students–6 high school, 3 college–who survived the 3/11 disaster. Three of them are from Ishinomaki or Rikuzentakata, towns devasted by the earthquake and tsunami and where the JETAA-USA Relief Funds went. They are hoping to meet JET Alumni as part of their experience here in New York (they will also be in Boston on their trip). Please join us for a picnic at Great Hill in Central Park near 107th Street on the West Side. Food will be provided, but feel free to bring your own snacks and (soft) drinks to share. The program was created […]

    (8/9) Picnic with Tohoku HS/University Students in Central Park

    We’re hosting a potluck picnic in Central Park with a Japanese nonprofit called Beyond Tomorrow. They have arranged a 10-day US visit for 9 students–6 high school, 3 college–who survived the 3/11 disaster. Three of them are from Ishinomaki or Rikuzentakata, towns devasted by the earthquake and tsunami and where the JETAA-USA Relief Funds went. They are hoping to meet JET Alumni as part of their experience here in New York (they will also be in Boston on their trip). Please join us for a picnic at Great Hill in Central Park near 107th Street on the West Side. Food will be provided, but feel free to bring your own snacks and (soft) drinks to share. The program was created […]

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  • Date: Tuesday, August 4th Time: meet at 6:45 pm Location: Pier 25, 225 West Street, New York, NY 10013 Cost: Only $4 to play 18 holes with fun people. Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our FB events page. Questions: E-mail Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org   Nijikai & Rainy Day Plan: We will go to a local bar (TBA) afterwards. Drinks are to be paid for separately. If it rains, we will meet at the bar and play cards and boardgames. In August, join us on 13,000 square feet for 18 holes of professional grade miniature golf — one of only a few courses in New York City! Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a […]

    (8/4) Nihongo Dake Mini Golf Event

    Date: Tuesday, August 4th Time: meet at 6:45 pm Location: Pier 25, 225 West Street, New York, NY 10013 Cost: Only $4 to play 18 holes with fun people. Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our FB events page. Questions: E-mail Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org   Nijikai & Rainy Day Plan: We will go to a local bar (TBA) afterwards. Drinks are to be paid for separately. If it rains, we will meet at the bar and play cards and boardgames. In August, join us on 13,000 square feet for 18 holes of professional grade miniature golf — one of only a few courses in New York City! Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a […]

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  • When: Saturday, August 29 3:30 pm – Until we can’t hop! Where: The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway, New York, NY 11106 – Broadway stop off the N Line) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org Dust off those Yukata and Jinbei because it’s time for JETAANY’s Yukata Hop in Queens! Meet us at the Strand Smokehouse in Astoria and then we’ll head out to a couple other bars in the area. The route is as follows: The Strand Smokehouse, 2527 Broadway, NY 11106 (Broadway Station) Irish Whiskey Bar, 2848 31st Street, NY 11102 (Broadway Station or 30th Ave Station) Judy & Punch, 34-08 30th Avenue, […]

    (8/29) Summer Yukata Bar Hop in Astoria!

    When: Saturday, August 29 3:30 pm – Until we can’t hop! Where: The Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway, New York, NY 11106 – Broadway stop off the N Line) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org Dust off those Yukata and Jinbei because it’s time for JETAANY’s Yukata Hop in Queens! Meet us at the Strand Smokehouse in Astoria and then we’ll head out to a couple other bars in the area. The route is as follows: The Strand Smokehouse, 2527 Broadway, NY 11106 (Broadway Station) Irish Whiskey Bar, 2848 31st Street, NY 11102 (Broadway Station or 30th Ave Station) Judy & Punch, 34-08 30th Avenue, […]

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  • Meet & Greet with the East Japan Dream Project When: Monday, August 17th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Who: Any JET alumni, particularly those from the Tohoku area Where:  75th floor of the Empire State Building (350 5th Ave between 33rd St and 34th St) Cost:  $22 covers sushi, sake, beer, wine and soft drinks. Kenshiro Oshima from the East Japan Dream Project has invited two students from Miyagi to give presentations about their life in Tohoku after the events of March 2011. They are in NY for two weeks to study English and fisheries. They will be accompanied by their teacher and others from Japan and will be meeting with Tohoku JET alumni. We’ll share stories over sushi, beer, sake and snacks. Feel free to RSVP for the event on Paypal. We are […]

    (8/17) Meet & Greet with the East Japan Dream Project

    Meet & Greet with the East Japan Dream Project When: Monday, August 17th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Who: Any JET alumni, particularly those from the Tohoku area Where:  75th floor of the Empire State Building (350 5th Ave between 33rd St and 34th St) Cost:  $22 covers sushi, sake, beer, wine and soft drinks. Kenshiro Oshima from the East Japan Dream Project has invited two students from Miyagi to give presentations about their life in Tohoku after the events of March 2011. They are in NY for two weeks to study English and fisheries. They will be accompanied by their teacher and others from Japan and will be meeting with Tohoku JET alumni. We’ll share stories over sushi, beer, sake and snacks. Feel free to RSVP for the event on Paypal. We are […]

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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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