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  • 2014 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 13, 2014 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 13th Warm up/Field Set up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 20 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball. Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn to make new friends and network with the Japanese community. We will be challenged this year by teams from Mitsubishi, NHK CosmoMedia, Amnet, Japanese Consulate and many more! Join the team $20 Join the JETAANY Team (fun day...

    JETAANY Softball Tournament 2014

    2014 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 13, 2014 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 13th Warm up/Field Set up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 20 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball. Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn to make new friends and network with the Japanese community. We will be challenged this year by teams from Mitsubishi, NHK CosmoMedia, Amnet, Japanese Consulate and many more! Join the team $20 Join the JETAANY Team (fun day…

  • When: Thursday, August 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Galway Pub NYC (7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016) 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. Come have a drink and network with JET alumni, friends and our special guests, 11 medical students from Kanazawa University in Japan, led by professor and JET alum Andrew Schneider.We have reserved the Galway Pub’s downstairs lounge starting from 6 PM. There are $5 beers, wines, and cocktails until 7 PM. We would especially welcome JET alumni working in the medical field as well as JET alumni from the Tohoku and Kanazawa/Hokuriku regions.

    (8/21) Networking Happy Hour

    When: Thursday, August 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Galway Pub NYC (7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016) 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. Come have a drink and network with JET alumni, friends and our special guests, 11 medical students from Kanazawa University in Japan, led by professor and JET alum Andrew Schneider.We have reserved the Galway Pub’s downstairs lounge starting from 6 PM. There are $5 beers, wines, and cocktails until 7 PM. We would especially welcome JET alumni working in the medical field as well as JET alumni from the Tohoku and Kanazawa/Hokuriku regions.

  • 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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  • By Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) for JQ Magazine. A member of JETAA New South Wales, Rafael is a collector of words on a journey still searching for a destination, who has a tendency to forget, we are all sometimes like the rain… “If you attach a reason to an adventure, it ceases to be one.” –Uemura Naomi, noted Japanese mountain climber and adventurer. 「冒険に理由をつけると、冒険でなくなってしまう。」植村直己 There is something timeless and romantic about the idea of the wandering artist. Drifting aimlessly down untrodden roads and stumbling across hidden paths. Going wherever the wind might take them and all the while sketching random scenes from daily life, in all its raw and unfettered glory. Japan 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project by current Melbourne resident...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Japan 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project’

    By Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) for JQ Magazine. A member of JETAA New South Wales, Rafael is a collector of words on a journey still searching for a destination, who has a tendency to forget, we are all sometimes like the rain… “If you attach a reason to an adventure, it ceases to be one.” –Uemura Naomi, noted Japanese mountain climber and adventurer. 「冒険に理由をつけると、冒険でなくなってしまう。」植村直己 There is something timeless and romantic about the idea of the wandering artist. Drifting aimlessly down untrodden roads and stumbling across hidden paths. Going wherever the wind might take them and all the while sketching random scenes from daily life, in all its raw and unfettered glory. Japan 365: A Drawing-A-Day Project by current Melbourne resident...

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  • 2014 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 13, 2014 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 13th Warm up/Field Set up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 20 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball. Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn to make new friends and network with the Japanese community. We will be challenged this year by teams from Mitsubishi, NHK CosmoMedia, Amnet, Japanese Consulate and many more! Join the team $20 Join the JETAANY Team (fun day...

    JETAANY Softball Tournament 2014

    2014 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 13, 2014 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 13th Warm up/Field Set up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 20 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball. Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn to make new friends and network with the Japanese community. We will be challenged this year by teams from Mitsubishi, NHK CosmoMedia, Amnet, Japanese Consulate and many more! Join the team $20 Join the JETAANY Team (fun day...

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  • By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. A member of the JET Alumni Association of New York’s board of directors, 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. He can be contacted at mflanigan[at]jicuf.org. Trixie Cordova (Shimane-ken, 2007-09) began volunteering with Peace Boat US in New York since last October. A civil society and non-profit organization, Peace Boat US works to promote peace, sustainable development, human rights and respect for the environment throughout the United States and the world through educational programs organized in partnership with the Japanese NGO Peace Boat, which carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Trixie Cordova, Peace Boat US Volunteer Staff and World Up Education Director

    By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. A member of the JET Alumni Association of New York’s board of directors, 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. He can be contacted at mflanigan[at]jicuf.org. Trixie Cordova (Shimane-ken, 2007-09) began volunteering with Peace Boat US in New York since last October. A civil society and non-profit organization, Peace Boat US works to promote peace, sustainable development, human rights and respect for the environment throughout the United States and the world through educational programs organized in partnership with the Japanese NGO Peace Boat, which carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship...

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  • When: Thursday, August 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Galway Pub NYC (7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016) 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. Come have a drink and network with JET alumni, friends and our special guests, 11 medical students from Kanazawa University in Japan, led by professor and JET alum Andrew Schneider.We have reserved the Galway Pub’s downstairs lounge starting from 6 PM. There are $5 beers, wines, and cocktails until 7 PM. We would especially welcome JET alumni working in the medical field as well as JET alumni from the Tohoku and Kanazawa/Hokuriku regions.

    (8/21) Networking Happy Hour

    When: Thursday, August 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Galway Pub NYC (7 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016) 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. Come have a drink and network with JET alumni, friends and our special guests, 11 medical students from Kanazawa University in Japan, led by professor and JET alum Andrew Schneider.We have reserved the Galway Pub’s downstairs lounge starting from 6 PM. There are $5 beers, wines, and cocktails until 7 PM. We would especially welcome JET alumni working in the medical field as well as JET alumni from the Tohoku and Kanazawa/Hokuriku regions.

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  • By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Sheila is a scientific writer at the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Read more of her writing at her blog. Consider the following historic events: the bombings of Dresden begin; Franklin D. Roosevelt dies after serving 12 years as president; the B-29 bomber Enola Gay drops “Little Boy” on Hiroshima followed days later by “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, unprecedented instant destruction, and long-lasting illnesses caused by radiation exposure; after six long, bloody years, the Second World War finally ends. Now consider that all of these events took place in 1945. Following these milestones in the span of only a few months,...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Year Zero: A History of 1945’

    By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Sheila is a scientific writer at the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Read more of her writing at her blog. Consider the following historic events: the bombings of Dresden begin; Franklin D. Roosevelt dies after serving 12 years as president; the B-29 bomber Enola Gay drops “Little Boy” on Hiroshima followed days later by “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths, unprecedented instant destruction, and long-lasting illnesses caused by radiation exposure; after six long, bloody years, the Second World War finally ends. Now consider that all of these events took place in 1945. Following these milestones in the span of only a few months,...

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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. Aug. 5, 9 and 11 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue $14 Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight the first new Dragon Ball Z feature film in seventeen years! After the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York – ‘Dragon Ball Z,’ ‘Naruto,’ ‘Angry Video Game Nerd’ premieres

      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. Aug. 5, 9 and 11 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue $14 Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight the first new Dragon Ball Z feature film in seventeen years! After the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the...

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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. School might be out, but that doesn’t mean your educational summer reading can’t be fun. Welcome to part two of Shigeru Mizuki’s manga history of Japan during the Showa period! If you’re just tuning in or need a refresher, check out JQ’s review of the first book, Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan. This series is translated beautifully in English by none other than JET alum Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06) and published in North America by Drawn and Quarterly. Illustrious manga artist Mizuki continues his retelling of...

    JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan’

    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. School might be out, but that doesn’t mean your educational summer reading can’t be fun. Welcome to part two of Shigeru Mizuki’s manga history of Japan during the Showa period! If you’re just tuning in or need a refresher, check out JQ’s review of the first book, Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan. This series is translated beautifully in English by none other than JET alum Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06) and published in North America by Drawn and Quarterly. Illustrious manga artist Mizuki continues his retelling of...

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  • By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as 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 there...

    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 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 there...

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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:   $20 CASH on the boat...

    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:   $20 CASH on the boat...

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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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