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

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

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

  • In August, a Japanese nonprofit will bring to New York City 6 Japanese students from an after-school tutoring program in Rikuzentakata, one of the towns in Japan most affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. These six students were chosen because they have been most active in the English learning aspect of the tutoring program. The JETAA USA Earthquake Fund provided funding to help launch this program in 2011.  We are looking for JET alumni to assist the students on their trip to New York City.  The students are 2nd year middle school and 2nd year high school level. We are looking for JET alumni to help out in the following ways: 1) Sun 8/3 Volunteer Tour Guides...

    Seeking Volunteer Guides 8/3 & Home-Stay Families 8/8-10

    In August, a Japanese nonprofit will bring to New York City 6 Japanese students from an after-school tutoring program in Rikuzentakata, one of the towns in Japan most affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. These six students were chosen because they have been most active in the English learning aspect of the tutoring program. The JETAA USA Earthquake Fund provided funding to help launch this program in 2011.  We are looking for JET alumni to assist the students on their trip to New York City.  The students are 2nd year middle school and 2nd year high school level. We are looking for JET alumni to help out in the following ways: 1) Sun 8/3 Volunteer Tour Guides…

  • JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Tuesday August 12th on our own PRIVATE boat! Last year we had over 160 people in attendance.  For only $12 per person enjoy a 2.5 hour sunset cruise departing from the eastside 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).  Family, friends, and co-workers are welcome to join. (Must be age 21+) When: Tuesday, August 12, 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 10010] Cost/RSVP:      “Early Bird” till midnight 8/5 =...

    JETAANY Sunset Boat Cruise 2014

    JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Tuesday August 12th on our own PRIVATE boat! Last year we had over 160 people in attendance.  For only $12 per person enjoy a 2.5 hour sunset cruise departing from the eastside 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).  Family, friends, and co-workers are welcome to join. (Must be age 21+) When: Tuesday, August 12, 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 10010] Cost/RSVP:      “Early Bird” till midnight 8/5 =…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (8/19) Tohoku JETs Event with Iwate Students

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

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

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

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

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  • In August, a Japanese nonprofit will bring to New York City 6 Japanese students from an after-school tutoring program in Rikuzentakata, one of the towns in Japan most affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. These six students were chosen because they have been most active in the English learning aspect of the tutoring program. The JETAA USA Earthquake Fund provided funding to help launch this program in 2011.  We are looking for JET alumni to assist the students on their trip to New York City.  The students are 2nd year middle school and 2nd year high school level. We are looking for JET alumni to help out in the following ways: 1) Sun 8/3 Volunteer Tour Guides...

    Seeking Volunteer Guides 8/3 & Home-Stay Families 8/8-10

    In August, a Japanese nonprofit will bring to New York City 6 Japanese students from an after-school tutoring program in Rikuzentakata, one of the towns in Japan most affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. These six students were chosen because they have been most active in the English learning aspect of the tutoring program. The JETAA USA Earthquake Fund provided funding to help launch this program in 2011.  We are looking for JET alumni to assist the students on their trip to New York City.  The students are 2nd year middle school and 2nd year high school level. We are looking for JET alumni to help out in the following ways: 1) Sun 8/3 Volunteer Tour Guides...

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  • JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Tuesday August 12th on our own PRIVATE boat! Last year we had over 160 people in attendance.  For only $12 per person enjoy a 2.5 hour sunset cruise departing from the eastside 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).  Family, friends, and co-workers are welcome to join. (Must be age 21+) When: Tuesday, August 12, 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 10010] Cost/RSVP:      “Early Bird” till midnight 8/5 =...

    JETAANY Sunset Boat Cruise 2014

    JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Tuesday August 12th on our own PRIVATE boat! Last year we had over 160 people in attendance.  For only $12 per person enjoy a 2.5 hour sunset cruise departing from the eastside 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).  Family, friends, and co-workers are welcome to join. (Must be age 21+) When: Tuesday, August 12, 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 10010] Cost/RSVP:      “Early Bird” till midnight 8/5 =...

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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. This is the story of a poor boy that had the misfortune to fall in love with a rich girl. A classic Gothic tale of romance transplanted and re-imagined in postwar Japan.  If you like your lovers star-crossed and your antiheroes of the rags to riches variety, then you’re in for a treat with Minae Mizumura’s A True Novel. Winner of the Yomiuri Literature Prize in 2002, A True Novel is a book filled with familiar themes executed in interesting new ways....

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘A True Novel’

    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. This is the story of a poor boy that had the misfortune to fall in love with a rich girl. A classic Gothic tale of romance transplanted and re-imagined in postwar Japan.  If you like your lovers star-crossed and your antiheroes of the rags to riches variety, then you’re in for a treat with Minae Mizumura’s A True Novel. Winner of the Yomiuri Literature Prize in 2002, A True Novel is a book filled with familiar themes executed in interesting new ways....

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  • By Sam Frank (Wakayama-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Sam is the webmaster at the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco. Japan is a country that likes to borrow from another culture and make it their own. Punk rock, Spaghetti Westerns, and baseball are just a few things Japan has adopted over the years, and in 2009, the J-POP Summit Festival in San Francisco added a bona fide community event to that list. Similar to Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, the J-POP Summit Festival is an annual street fair held in the City by the Bay that celebrates Japanese popular culture. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, gaming, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has...

    JQ Magazine: J-POP Summit Festival Returns to San Francisco with Music, Fashion, Film

    By Sam Frank (Wakayama-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Sam is the webmaster at the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco. Japan is a country that likes to borrow from another culture and make it their own. Punk rock, Spaghetti Westerns, and baseball are just a few things Japan has adopted over the years, and in 2009, the J-POP Summit Festival in San Francisco added a bona fide community event to that list. Similar to Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands, the J-POP Summit Festival is an annual street fair held in the City by the Bay that celebrates Japanese popular culture. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, film, art, fashion, gaming, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has...

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  • Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the Cabinet Public Relations Office of the Government of Japan. “We Are Tomodachi” is an e-book published with the aim of further deepening people’s understanding of the initiatives of the Government of Japan and the charms of Japan. With the recent events that have taken place, including the visit to Japan by the U.S. President and the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to European countries from late April to early May, we recently released the spring/summer edition, which is a revised version of the spring edition. The link is as follows. We are Tomodachi Spring/Summer 2014 *Clicking on the E-BOOK icon at the center of the screen will allow you to view...

    We are Tomodachi Spring/Summer 2014

    Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the Cabinet Public Relations Office of the Government of Japan. “We Are Tomodachi” is an e-book published with the aim of further deepening people’s understanding of the initiatives of the Government of Japan and the charms of Japan. With the recent events that have taken place, including the visit to Japan by the U.S. President and the Japanese Prime Minister’s visit to European countries from late April to early May, we recently released the spring/summer edition, which is a revised version of the spring edition. The link is as follows. We are Tomodachi Spring/Summer 2014 *Clicking on the E-BOOK icon at the center of the screen will allow you to view...

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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. This year’s JAPAN CUTS—North America’s biggest festival of new Japanese film—kicks off July 10-20 at New York’s Japan Society, continuing its tradition of showcasing the latest films from Japan along with some special guest stars and filmmakers. This year’s highlights include Japan’s blockbuster The Eternal Zero, The Great Passage (Japan’s submission for the Academy Award last year) and the post-3/11 documentary The Horses of Fukushima. Below are three of the 28 films in this year’s...

    JQ Magazine: Film Review – JAPAN CUTS 2014 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. This year’s JAPAN CUTS—North America’s biggest festival of new Japanese film—kicks off July 10-20 at New York’s Japan Society, continuing its tradition of showcasing the latest films from Japan along with some special guest stars and filmmakers. This year’s highlights include Japan’s blockbuster The Eternal Zero, The Great Passage (Japan’s submission for the Academy Award last year) and the post-3/11 documentary The Horses of Fukushima. Below are three of the 28 films in this year’s...

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  • The Japan Society is offering a great giveaway just for JET alumni and friends of JET! See below for details on how to enter and to read about the upcoming Japan Cuts Film Festival. Are these hot, humid NYC days reminding you of your time in Japan?  Here’s your chance to cool off in a dark theater while indulging in nostalgia for these five featured prefectures. FUKUSHIMA: The Horses of Fukushima (July 15, 6 PM) KOCHI: 0.5mm (July 17, 6:30 PM) OSAKA: Tale of a Butcher Shop (July 19, 12 PM) YAMANASHI: My Little Sweet Pea (July 19, 2:15 PM) NAGASAKI: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (July 20, 12:30 PM) To Enter the Giveaway: Please send a one-sentence ode to...

    (Deadline 7/10) Japan Cuts – Win a Pair of Tickets to Select Films!

    The Japan Society is offering a great giveaway just for JET alumni and friends of JET! See below for details on how to enter and to read about the upcoming Japan Cuts Film Festival. Are these hot, humid NYC days reminding you of your time in Japan?  Here’s your chance to cool off in a dark theater while indulging in nostalgia for these five featured prefectures. FUKUSHIMA: The Horses of Fukushima (July 15, 6 PM) KOCHI: 0.5mm (July 17, 6:30 PM) OSAKA: Tale of a Butcher Shop (July 19, 12 PM) YAMANASHI: My Little Sweet Pea (July 19, 2:15 PM) NAGASAKI: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (July 20, 12:30 PM) To Enter the Giveaway: Please send a one-sentence ode to...

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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 witnessing the return of one of the world’s most distinguished kabuki companies returning to New York after seven years, catching one of 20 films in Japan Society’s annual festival, or waiting for the bass to drop at a live performance from a legendary DJ. July 7-12 Heisei Nakamura-za Rose Theater, 10 Columbus Circle $45-$190 The Heisei Nakamura-za company, which made its North American debut in a critically acclaimed and sold-out run during Lincoln Center Festival 2004, was founded by the illustrious Kanzaburo XVIII, the late patriarch of the Nakamura family—a veritable...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Kabuki at Lincoln Center, JAPAN CUTS, NY Mets, DJ Krush

      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 witnessing the return of one of the world’s most distinguished kabuki companies returning to New York after seven years, catching one of 20 films in Japan Society’s annual festival, or waiting for the bass to drop at a live performance from a legendary DJ. July 7-12 Heisei Nakamura-za Rose Theater, 10 Columbus Circle $45-$190 The Heisei Nakamura-za company, which made its North American debut in a critically acclaimed and sold-out run during Lincoln Center Festival 2004, was founded by the illustrious Kanzaburo XVIII, the late patriarch of the Nakamura family—a veritable...

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  • Thanks to all the JET alumni who came out present at the Pre-Departure seminar, and gambatte to all the new JETs. <<Download Full Package of Presentations Here>> Contents “Extras” Omiyage Recommendations Ask Your Predecessor Upcoming July Events and JETAANY Contact Information JET Job Skills CIR Handout Elementary School Handout High School Handout JET Job Skills Presentation (includes Elementary, JHS and HS) Life as a JET Presentation Handout Suburban JET Small Group Discussions Being a Minority- African American Handout Being a Minority- Asian American Handout Being a Minority- LGBT Handout Being a Vegetarian in Japan Handout How to Study Japanese Handout Japanese Etiquette Handout What to Expect Your First Few Weeks Handout Travel in and around Japan Handout Money Management Presentation...

    JET Predeparture Documents 2014

    Thanks to all the JET alumni who came out present at the Pre-Departure seminar, and gambatte to all the new JETs. <<Download Full Package of Presentations Here>> Contents “Extras” Omiyage Recommendations Ask Your Predecessor Upcoming July Events and JETAANY Contact Information JET Job Skills CIR Handout Elementary School Handout High School Handout JET Job Skills Presentation (includes Elementary, JHS and HS) Life as a JET Presentation Handout Suburban JET Small Group Discussions Being a Minority- African American Handout Being a Minority- Asian American Handout Being a Minority- LGBT Handout Being a Vegetarian in Japan Handout How to Study Japanese Handout Japanese Etiquette Handout What to Expect Your First Few Weeks Handout Travel in and around Japan Handout Money Management Presentation...

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  • Let’s send off the new JETs with an American favorite: hamburgers. JET alumni, friends and newbies are welcome! Where: Umami Burger Greenwich Village, 432 Sixth Ave When: Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Cost: Pay for what you order RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook page here. There are 15 spots available, so make sure to sign up to or email Jessica to let her know that you are coming. Questions: Email NDD Organizer, Jessica Langbein at jessica.langbein[at]gmail.com.    

    (7/16) Nihongo Dake Dinner @ Umami Burger

    Let’s send off the new JETs with an American favorite: hamburgers. JET alumni, friends and newbies are welcome! Where: Umami Burger Greenwich Village, 432 Sixth Ave When: Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Cost: Pay for what you order RSVP: Please RSVP on Facebook page here. There are 15 spots available, so make sure to sign up to or email Jessica to let her know that you are coming. Questions: Email NDD Organizer, Jessica Langbein at jessica.langbein[at]gmail.com.    

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  • By David Namisato (Aomori-ken CIR, 2002-04) for JQ magazine. David is an illustrator in Toronto who spent two years on JET as a CIR while also teaching half of Ajigasawa-machi’s elementary schools. David is best known for Life After the B.O.E., a webcomic and graphic novel he created about the wacky and wonderful experiences of the JET Programme. David is currently working on Mark to Minna (マークと皆/Mark and the Gang) a yon-koma (四コマ/ four-panel) comic strip about the life of Japanese-Canadian boy and his family in Toronto for Torja magazine, a Japanese-language magazine in Toronto, and also on his fantasy action-adventure comic, The Long Kingdom (check out issues 1, 2, and 3). See all of David’s projects at www.namisato.org. As a child in the late ’80s, I would pause a video game mid-play just to enjoy the music. In the early...

    JQ Magazine: Video Game Tunes Launch World Tour with ‘rePlay: Symphony of Heroes’

    By David Namisato (Aomori-ken CIR, 2002-04) for JQ magazine. David is an illustrator in Toronto who spent two years on JET as a CIR while also teaching half of Ajigasawa-machi’s elementary schools. David is best known for Life After the B.O.E., a webcomic and graphic novel he created about the wacky and wonderful experiences of the JET Programme. David is currently working on Mark to Minna (マークと皆/Mark and the Gang) a yon-koma (四コマ/ four-panel) comic strip about the life of Japanese-Canadian boy and his family in Toronto for Torja magazine, a Japanese-language magazine in Toronto, and also on his fantasy action-adventure comic, The Long Kingdom (check out issues 1, 2, and 3). See all of David’s projects at www.namisato.org. As a child in the late ’80s, I would pause a video game mid-play just to enjoy the music. In the early...

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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 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. At the start of this year, dramatic changes took place as CLAIR (the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations) formally announced changes to its relationship with AJET (the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching), with the full details made public by the latter on their Facebook page on a post dated January 27. The immediate outcome of this decision means that AJET’s participation and input at CLAIR-organised events such as the Tokyo Orientation and After JET conferences will be discontinued. While AJET has had a...

    JQ Magazine: CLAIR and AJET End Relationship—The Story Behind the Scenes

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden lived and worked in the core city of Iwaki on JET, and 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. At the start of this year, dramatic changes took place as CLAIR (the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations) formally announced changes to its relationship with AJET (the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching), with the full details made public by the latter on their Facebook page on a post dated January 27. The immediate outcome of this decision means that AJET’s participation and input at CLAIR-organised events such as the Tokyo Orientation and After JET conferences will be discontinued. While AJET has had a...

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  • When: Saturday, June 28, 4:00 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!

    (6/28) Happy Hour with the New JETs @ Faces & Names

    When: Saturday, June 28, 4:00 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: Book Club Discussion about  Yesterday and Samsa in Love by Haruki Murakami When: Wednesday, July 9th at 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   We’re kicking off a great new season of book club meetings which will now be held at the Japan Society, thanks to our new book club organizers, Lana and Christy. To be more summer-friendly, instead of doing a full book, this book club discussion will focus on two short stories by acclaimed Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Should be a great time!   If you’d like receive a PDF of each short story, you can...

    (7/9) July Book Club: Murakami Short Stories @ Japan Society

    What: Book Club Discussion about  Yesterday and Samsa in Love by Haruki Murakami When: Wednesday, July 9th at 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   We’re kicking off a great new season of book club meetings which will now be held at the Japan Society, thanks to our new book club organizers, Lana and Christy. To be more summer-friendly, instead of doing a full book, this book club discussion will focus on two short stories by acclaimed Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Should be a great time!   If you’d like receive a PDF of each short story, you can...

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  •   Calling all JETs, old and new! The annual New JET/Vet JET get-together is back! You are invited to dinner and karaoke at Apple Restaurant (www.applerestaurant.com) on Monday, July 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity for alumni to share our sempai knowledge with the newbies and get natsukashii about our own experiences in Japan. We will have a private room (“the Red Den”) in the back of the restaurant. Dinner will include a choice of appetizer and entree and afterwards, we’ll have private room karaoke. Drinks are separate, but Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm – all drinks are half off.There is limited seating, so hurry and get your ticket before it sells out! When: Monday, July 14th, 6 pm...

    (7/14) New JET/Vet JET Dinner & Karaoke

      Calling all JETs, old and new! The annual New JET/Vet JET get-together is back! You are invited to dinner and karaoke at Apple Restaurant (www.applerestaurant.com) on Monday, July 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity for alumni to share our sempai knowledge with the newbies and get natsukashii about our own experiences in Japan. We will have a private room (“the Red Den”) in the back of the restaurant. Dinner will include a choice of appetizer and entree and afterwards, we’ll have private room karaoke. Drinks are separate, but Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm – all drinks are half off.There is limited seating, so hurry and get your ticket before it sells out! When: Monday, July 14th, 6 pm...

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  • When: Saturday, July 12 at 3pm Where: Meet at Sunrise Mart, 4 Stuyvesant Street Cost: Free! RSVP: Let us know you’re going and invite friends on Facebook. Questions: Email Ken Seagreaves - ken.seagreaves[at]gmail.com. Come take a guided tour of a Japanese supermarket! This is one of a number events we’ll be holding in July specifically for our latest cohort of JETs. All alumni are welcome to attend- you might just meet your grand (or in many of our cases, great-great-grand) successor! Get the lowdown on vibrantly packaged snacks & drinks and odd-looking vegetables. Learn how to tackle the labeling on household products. Find out what candy to avoid and which to buy by the dozen—and more! Join us on Saturday, July 12...

    (7/12) Trip with New JETs to Japanese Supermarkets

    When: Saturday, July 12 at 3pm Where: Meet at Sunrise Mart, 4 Stuyvesant Street Cost: Free! RSVP: Let us know you’re going and invite friends on Facebook. Questions: Email Ken Seagreaves - ken.seagreaves[at]gmail.com. Come take a guided tour of a Japanese supermarket! This is one of a number events we’ll be holding in July specifically for our latest cohort of JETs. All alumni are welcome to attend- you might just meet your grand (or in many of our cases, great-great-grand) successor! Get the lowdown on vibrantly packaged snacks & drinks and odd-looking vegetables. Learn how to tackle the labeling on household products. Find out what candy to avoid and which to buy by the dozen—and more! Join us on Saturday, July 12...

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