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  • When: Wednesday, February 7th at 6pm-9pm Where: Bryant Park (Between 40th and 42nd Streets & 5th 6th Ave) 5th Ave station [7 train] 42nd St – Bryant Park station [B,D,F,M trains] Cost: Admission Free Skate Rental $20 Small Bag Check $12 Large Bag Check $15 Lock Purchase $10 **Bring your own lock if you have one. Lockers are free but you need to buy a lock if you don’t have one.** Inside the Skating Pavilion lockers are free of charge. Locker size is 1 square foot, which fits one pair of shoes and a small personal item. Locks are available for purchase ($10). Bag check is also available for a fee. Small bag check is suitable for 2-3 people, and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/7) Ice Skating in Bryant Park

    When: Wednesday, February 7th at 6pm-9pm Where: Bryant Park (Between 40th and 42nd Streets & 5th 6th Ave) 5th Ave station [7 train] 42nd St – Bryant Park station [B,D,F,M trains] Cost: Admission Free Skate Rental $20 Small Bag Check $12 Large Bag Check $15 Lock Purchase $10 **Bring your own lock if you have one. Lockers are free but you need to buy a lock if you don’t have one.** Inside the Skating Pavilion lockers are free of charge. Locker size is 1 square foot, which fits one pair of shoes and a small personal item. Locks are available for purchase ($10). Bag check is also available for a fee. Small bag check is suitable for 2-3 people, and […]

  • Date: February 3, 2018 Time: 6:00-11:00 PM Venue: Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street, Brookyln, NY 11201 Map. The JETAANY Gala is a celebration of the JET Program’s 30 years of successful grassroots exchange and its positive impact on U.S.- Japan relations. The event is a chance for JET alumni and other attendees to engage in innovative educational and cultural activities that will promote understanding and friendship between the U.S. and Japan and strengthen our local networks. This is a formal, inter-generational night of celebration. It is important because it presents an opportunity for us to come together and commemorate, for the first time ever on this scale in New York, the significance of this program, chapter, and our experiences. Interested […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Celebrate JET’s 30th at the JETAANY Gala | February 3, 2018

    Date: February 3, 2018 Time: 6:00-11:00 PM Venue: Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street, Brookyln, NY 11201 Map. The JETAANY Gala is a celebration of the JET Program’s 30 years of successful grassroots exchange and its positive impact on U.S.- Japan relations. The event is a chance for JET alumni and other attendees to engage in innovative educational and cultural activities that will promote understanding and friendship between the U.S. and Japan and strengthen our local networks. This is a formal, inter-generational night of celebration. It is important because it presents an opportunity for us to come together and commemorate, for the first time ever on this scale in New York, the significance of this program, chapter, and our experiences. Interested […]

  • JETAANY has launched a webinar series and is hosting sessions monthly, in cooperation with other organizations and JETAA chapters. Here’s what we have planned next!   “Film-Making and Nourishing Japan: How to Turn Your Passion into a Tangible Project” When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 2pm – 3pm EST RSVP: Register here. Questions: via Facebook, or email webinars[at]jetaany[dot]org Not sure how to capitalize on your passions? Want to do more with your experiences abroad, but not sure where to start? In this webinar, Alexis Agliano Sanborn will discuss the process of taking your ideas and passions from project ideas to reality. As an independent researcher, community organizer, and artist, Alexis will frame this discussion in the context of her upcoming documentary, Nourishing Japan, which […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Webinar Series

    JETAANY has launched a webinar series and is hosting sessions monthly, in cooperation with other organizations and JETAA chapters. Here’s what we have planned next!   “Film-Making and Nourishing Japan: How to Turn Your Passion into a Tangible Project” When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 2pm – 3pm EST RSVP: Register here. Questions: via Facebook, or email webinars[at]jetaany[dot]org Not sure how to capitalize on your passions? Want to do more with your experiences abroad, but not sure where to start? In this webinar, Alexis Agliano Sanborn will discuss the process of taking your ideas and passions from project ideas to reality. As an independent researcher, community organizer, and artist, Alexis will frame this discussion in the context of her upcoming documentary, Nourishing Japan, which […]

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  • When: Wednesday, February 7th at 6pm-9pm Where: Bryant Park (Between 40th and 42nd Streets & 5th 6th Ave) 5th Ave station [7 train] 42nd St – Bryant Park station [B,D,F,M trains] Cost: Admission Free Skate Rental $20 Small Bag Check $12 Large Bag Check $15 Lock Purchase $10 **Bring your own lock if you have one. Lockers are free but you need to buy a lock if you don’t have one.** Inside the Skating Pavilion lockers are free of charge. Locker size is 1 square foot, which fits one pair of shoes and a small personal item. Locks are available for purchase ($10). Bag check is also available for a fee. Small bag check is suitable for 2-3 people, and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/7) Ice Skating in Bryant Park

    When: Wednesday, February 7th at 6pm-9pm Where: Bryant Park (Between 40th and 42nd Streets & 5th 6th Ave) 5th Ave station [7 train] 42nd St – Bryant Park station [B,D,F,M trains] Cost: Admission Free Skate Rental $20 Small Bag Check $12 Large Bag Check $15 Lock Purchase $10 **Bring your own lock if you have one. Lockers are free but you need to buy a lock if you don’t have one.** Inside the Skating Pavilion lockers are free of charge. Locker size is 1 square foot, which fits one pair of shoes and a small personal item. Locks are available for purchase ($10). Bag check is also available for a fee. Small bag check is suitable for 2-3 people, and […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe–shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Start 2018 off right by heading down to your local concert hall, cinema, or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy movies, travel, or orchestral performances classic video games, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlights include: Jan. 1-11 The Complete Studio Ghibli IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue $15 adults, $11 children In collaboration with GKIDS, IFC Center is pleased to present the return of this smash-hit retrospective of Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli animation house. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the greatest films of all time on the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Studio Ghibli, ‘Final Fantasy’ @ 30, ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe–shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Start 2018 off right by heading down to your local concert hall, cinema, or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy movies, travel, or orchestral performances classic video games, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlights include: Jan. 1-11 The Complete Studio Ghibli IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue $15 adults, $11 children In collaboration with GKIDS, IFC Center is pleased to present the return of this smash-hit retrospective of Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli animation house. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the greatest films of all time on the […]

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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. Kyoto has served as the focal point of Japanese cultural forms such as geisha, noh theater and ikebana. And as John Dougill thoroughly details in Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto, the city has played an enormous role in the development of Zen in Japan. A professor at Kyoto’s largest Buddhist university, Dougill explores the ties between Japan’s former capital and the Buddhist sect in this guide to Kyoto’s most prominent Zen gardens and temple sites. While […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto’

    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. Kyoto has served as the focal point of Japanese cultural forms such as geisha, noh theater and ikebana. And as John Dougill thoroughly details in Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto, the city has played an enormous role in the development of Zen in Japan. A professor at Kyoto’s largest Buddhist university, Dougill explores the ties between Japan’s former capital and the Buddhist sect in this guide to Kyoto’s most prominent Zen gardens and temple sites. While […]

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  • With the generous support of a Sasakawa USA grant, JETAANY launched a monthly webinar series in 2017, in cooperation with other organizations and JETAA chapters. Below are summaries of our past webinars. Information about upcoming webinars is available here. “Getting Into International Work With the U.S. Government” (January 4, 2018) This webinar provided an introduction to international opportunities with the U.S. government, including Peace Corps, Fulbright, USAID and the U.S. Department of State. The presenters, Brenda McKinney and Luther Flagstad, met while serving on the National AJET Council together in 2008 and now both reside in New York City where they work in law and policy. This session especially focused on opportunities at USAID, the U.S. State Department, the United Nations, with […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Webinar Series: Past Sessions

    With the generous support of a Sasakawa USA grant, JETAANY launched a monthly webinar series in 2017, in cooperation with other organizations and JETAA chapters. Below are summaries of our past webinars. Information about upcoming webinars is available here. “Getting Into International Work With the U.S. Government” (January 4, 2018) This webinar provided an introduction to international opportunities with the U.S. government, including Peace Corps, Fulbright, USAID and the U.S. Department of State. The presenters, Brenda McKinney and Luther Flagstad, met while serving on the National AJET Council together in 2008 and now both reside in New York City where they work in law and policy. This session especially focused on opportunities at USAID, the U.S. State Department, the United Nations, with […]

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  • By Greg Beck (Hiroshima–ken, 2006-11) for JQ magazine. Greg is a writer, producer, home brewer, and Social Coordinator for JETAA Southern California and Arizona. A former news producer for Tokyo Broadcasting System in New York, he currently works freelance in Los Angeles. For more cinema reviews, follow him on Twitter at @CIRBECK #MovieReview. Regardless of your placement on JET, music is a constant part of the experience. Whether it is karaoke parties with friends, music festivals like Fuji Rock, “live house” local performances, or simply singing Beatles and Carpenters with your students (over and over), all of us take something musical with us from our time on JET. But what about musicians who join JET? JQ reached out to two […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Jamming After JET — Rural Island Alums Release New Albums

    By Greg Beck (Hiroshima–ken, 2006-11) for JQ magazine. Greg is a writer, producer, home brewer, and Social Coordinator for JETAA Southern California and Arizona. A former news producer for Tokyo Broadcasting System in New York, he currently works freelance in Los Angeles. For more cinema reviews, follow him on Twitter at @CIRBECK #MovieReview. Regardless of your placement on JET, music is a constant part of the experience. Whether it is karaoke parties with friends, music festivals like Fuji Rock, “live house” local performances, or simply singing Beatles and Carpenters with your students (over and over), all of us take something musical with us from our time on JET. But what about musicians who join JET? JQ reached out to two […]

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is the current JETAA New South Wales President (in Sydney, Australia) and Australian JET Alumni Association Country Representative, and handles the social media/website side for JETAA International as Webmaster. He also runs the Life After JET podcast. Note: Spelling is always problematic when dealing with international differences. I shall be spelling “Program” the way it is referred to in the book and the title, to avoid inconsistencies. Apologies, especially to any fellow Australians reading this. However, I’ll be keeping my quixotically placed “u”s and “r”s. Created in 1987, The JET Program has brought tens of thousands of young people from around the world to work, live and experience life in Japan. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The JET Program and the US-Japan Relationship: Goodwill Goldmine’

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is the current JETAA New South Wales President (in Sydney, Australia) and Australian JET Alumni Association Country Representative, and handles the social media/website side for JETAA International as Webmaster. He also runs the Life After JET podcast. Note: Spelling is always problematic when dealing with international differences. I shall be spelling “Program” the way it is referred to in the book and the title, to avoid inconsistencies. Apologies, especially to any fellow Australians reading this. However, I’ll be keeping my quixotically placed “u”s and “r”s. Created in 1987, The JET Program has brought tens of thousands of young people from around the world to work, live and experience life in Japan. […]

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  • By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi–ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston is the English teacher you wish you had growing up. He taught in Kofu, Yamanashi on JET and later received his Master’s in Education and teaching credential from Stanford University. He now teaches English at a public high school in the Silicon Valley, and is inspiring the leaders of tomorrow one dank meme at a time. Raise your hand if you remember how it felt to watch Grave of the Fireflies. It isn’t often that you’re truly glad to have watched a film that slowly rips your heart out, but the iconic 1988 film about Japan during World War II did exactly that for generations of viewers. Nearly 30 years later, director Sunao Katabuchi […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘In This Corner of the World’

    By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi–ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston is the English teacher you wish you had growing up. He taught in Kofu, Yamanashi on JET and later received his Master’s in Education and teaching credential from Stanford University. He now teaches English at a public high school in the Silicon Valley, and is inspiring the leaders of tomorrow one dank meme at a time. Raise your hand if you remember how it felt to watch Grave of the Fireflies. It isn’t often that you’re truly glad to have watched a film that slowly rips your heart out, but the iconic 1988 film about Japan during World War II did exactly that for generations of viewers. Nearly 30 years later, director Sunao Katabuchi […]

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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. Simple living. Sustainability. Living off the grid. Practices and ideals that could bring about an enriching life and possibly freedom for many people—as well as concepts that have become more prevalent in recent years. But the above-mentioned buzzwords aren’t endemic to the West. Thanks to Andy Couturier, the stories of Japanese living the most sustainable lives they can outside of the mainstream is documented in The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan. Couturier, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The Abundance of Less’

    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. Simple living. Sustainability. Living off the grid. Practices and ideals that could bring about an enriching life and possibly freedom for many people—as well as concepts that have become more prevalent in recent years. But the above-mentioned buzzwords aren’t endemic to the West. Thanks to Andy Couturier, the stories of Japanese living the most sustainable lives they can outside of the mainstream is documented in The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan. Couturier, […]

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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. Your JET experience (hopefully) included a lot of Japanese study. Whether you remember what learned is another story. But it might have helped to concoct some humorous words and phrases to help you best retain the new vocabulary. Enter the world of mnemonics, courtesy of author Larry Herzberg. The longtime professor has created a language guide titled Speak and Read Japanese: Fun Mnemonic Devices for Remembering Japanese Words and Their Meanings. You might be wondering, just what […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Speak and Read Japanese’

    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. Your JET experience (hopefully) included a lot of Japanese study. Whether you remember what learned is another story. But it might have helped to concoct some humorous words and phrases to help you best retain the new vocabulary. Enter the world of mnemonics, courtesy of author Larry Herzberg. The longtime professor has created a language guide titled Speak and Read Japanese: Fun Mnemonic Devices for Remembering Japanese Words and Their Meanings. You might be wondering, just what […]

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  • JETAANY 2018 Board of Director Candidates * Board Members running for a second term Christy Jones* It would be my pleasure to serve a second term on the JETAANY Board of Directors.  I spent my life-changing time on JET in Shimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture, from 1995 to 1998.  The resulting appreciation for Japan led me to work at Japan Society, an American nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the people of Japan and the United States closer together through programs in arts & culture, business & policy, and education.  Over the course of my 16-year career at the Society I’ve held a variety of positions; I am currently the Director of Special Events, in charge of planning and implementing many of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY 2018 Board of Director Candidates

    JETAANY 2018 Board of Director Candidates * Board Members running for a second term Christy Jones* It would be my pleasure to serve a second term on the JETAANY Board of Directors.  I spent my life-changing time on JET in Shimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture, from 1995 to 1998.  The resulting appreciation for Japan led me to work at Japan Society, an American nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the people of Japan and the United States closer together through programs in arts & culture, business & policy, and education.  Over the course of my 16-year career at the Society I’ve held a variety of positions; I am currently the Director of Special Events, in charge of planning and implementing many of […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. For Americans who have lived in Japan, some cultural experiences have a wonderful way of returning with us on the journey home. Alexis Agliano Sanborn is a Harvard grad who spent two years teaching in rural Shimane Prefecture on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. As a Japan specialist, writer and filmmaker, her exposure to school lunch in Shimane served as the inspiration for a new project: “Nourishing Japan,” a documentary film currently in development about food education in Japan that aims to change how we look at what we eat. “My specific goal is […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: ‘Nourishing Japan’ Documentary Launches Kickstarter Campaign

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. For Americans who have lived in Japan, some cultural experiences have a wonderful way of returning with us on the journey home. Alexis Agliano Sanborn is a Harvard grad who spent two years teaching in rural Shimane Prefecture on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. As a Japan specialist, writer and filmmaker, her exposure to school lunch in Shimane served as the inspiration for a new project: “Nourishing Japan,” a documentary film currently in development about food education in Japan that aims to change how we look at what we eat. “My specific goal is […]

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  • Date: February 3, 2018 Time: 6:00-11:00 PM Venue: Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street, Brookyln, NY 11201 Map. The JETAANY Gala is a celebration of the JET Program’s 30 years of successful grassroots exchange and its positive impact on U.S.- Japan relations. The event is a chance for JET alumni and other attendees to engage in innovative educational and cultural activities that will promote understanding and friendship between the U.S. and Japan and strengthen our local networks. This is a formal, inter-generational night of celebration. It is important because it presents an opportunity for us to come together and commemorate, for the first time ever on this scale in New York, the significance of this program, chapter, and our experiences. Interested […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Celebrate JET’s 30th at the JETAANY Gala | February 3, 2018

    Date: February 3, 2018 Time: 6:00-11:00 PM Venue: Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street, Brookyln, NY 11201 Map. The JETAANY Gala is a celebration of the JET Program’s 30 years of successful grassroots exchange and its positive impact on U.S.- Japan relations. The event is a chance for JET alumni and other attendees to engage in innovative educational and cultural activities that will promote understanding and friendship between the U.S. and Japan and strengthen our local networks. This is a formal, inter-generational night of celebration. It is important because it presents an opportunity for us to come together and commemorate, for the first time ever on this scale in New York, the significance of this program, chapter, and our experiences. Interested […]

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  • When: Monday, December 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Where: TBD (check Facebook for updates) Cost: Pricing will be announced once location is confirmed RSVP/Questions: via Facebook, or email Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org Did you enjoy our Nihongo Dake Mini golf on July 13th? Then join us for a fun night of Nihongo Dake billiards! Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. All levels of Japanese welcome! This doesn’t have to be a Nihongo DAKE event, it can be a Nihongo SUGOSHI event, the point is that you try to use what you know 🙂<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/5) Nihongo Dake Billiards

    When: Monday, December 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Where: TBD (check Facebook for updates) Cost: Pricing will be announced once location is confirmed RSVP/Questions: via Facebook, or email Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org Did you enjoy our Nihongo Dake Mini golf on July 13th? Then join us for a fun night of Nihongo Dake billiards! Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. All levels of Japanese welcome! This doesn’t have to be a Nihongo DAKE event, it can be a Nihongo SUGOSHI event, the point is that you try to use what you know 🙂

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  • When: Monday, December 18, 6:30pm – 10:30pm Where: Kenka [25 St Marks Place btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues, New York, New York 10003] Cost: Pay for your own drinks & food RSVP: via Facebook Questions: Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org Feeling nostalgic for some buta kimchi? Or yakisoba? How about in a retro-styled Japanese tavern on St. Marks? The last time we went to Kenka for some ノミュニケーション (Nomunication), we had a fun night out with our JLGC colleagues, so before we close out 2017 and everyone goes home or away for the holidays, lets do it again!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/18) Nomunication at Kenka

    When: Monday, December 18, 6:30pm – 10:30pm Where: Kenka [25 St Marks Place btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues, New York, New York 10003] Cost: Pay for your own drinks & food RSVP: via Facebook Questions: Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org Feeling nostalgic for some buta kimchi? Or yakisoba? How about in a retro-styled Japanese tavern on St. Marks? The last time we went to Kenka for some ノミュニケーション (Nomunication), we had a fun night out with our JLGC colleagues, so before we close out 2017 and everyone goes home or away for the holidays, lets do it again!

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  • When: Monday, December 11, 7pm – 9pm Where: 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (attendees will be sent more details via email after they RSVP) Cost: BYOB and/or a few dollars to offset costs of paper and those who bring wine to share (post what you’re bringing on Facebook so we can coordinate!) RSVP/Questions? Email Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org by noon on Monday, December 11. Join your fellow JET Alumni and FOJs (Friends of JET) for a night of origami and wine. Make cranes and special origami for the Japanese holiday of setsubun! We will provide some paper and instructions–you bring the wine (or a few dollars to offset costs). Please RSVP by noon on Monday to Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/11) Origami & Wine

    When: Monday, December 11, 7pm – 9pm Where: 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (attendees will be sent more details via email after they RSVP) Cost: BYOB and/or a few dollars to offset costs of paper and those who bring wine to share (post what you’re bringing on Facebook so we can coordinate!) RSVP/Questions? Email Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org by noon on Monday, December 11. Join your fellow JET Alumni and FOJs (Friends of JET) for a night of origami and wine. Make cranes and special origami for the Japanese holiday of setsubun! We will provide some paper and instructions–you bring the wine (or a few dollars to offset costs). Please RSVP by noon on Monday to Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org to […]

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  • JETAANY and its sub-chapters Philly and Pittsburgh will be hosting bōnenkai celebrations the second weekend of December! Please check Facebook (via the following links) for details about the Philly Bōnenkai and the Pittsburgh Bōnenkai, which will both be on Saturday, December 9. Detailed information on JETAANY’s event in NYC is included below! When: Friday, December 8, 6:30pm – 9pm Where: Wagamama (210 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010) [between W 25th and W 26th St | near Madison Square Park] Cost:  Earlybird [until 12/1]: $20.76 Regular [until 12/7]: $25.87 RSVP: Sign up and buy your ticket here! **Sold out!** Questions? Contact Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai! Let’s celebrate the end of 2017 over good food, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Bōnenkai 2017 + Open Board Meeting! [Sold out!]

    JETAANY and its sub-chapters Philly and Pittsburgh will be hosting bōnenkai celebrations the second weekend of December! Please check Facebook (via the following links) for details about the Philly Bōnenkai and the Pittsburgh Bōnenkai, which will both be on Saturday, December 9. Detailed information on JETAANY’s event in NYC is included below! When: Friday, December 8, 6:30pm – 9pm Where: Wagamama (210 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010) [between W 25th and W 26th St | near Madison Square Park] Cost:  Earlybird [until 12/1]: $20.76 Regular [until 12/7]: $25.87 RSVP: Sign up and buy your ticket here! **Sold out!** Questions? Contact Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai! Let’s celebrate the end of 2017 over good food, […]

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  • When: Thursday, November 30 at 6:30-8:30pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, N.Y.), 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5902 Cost: $7 for refreshments, supplies, 2 cards, and either one bookmark or luggage tag. RSVP/Questions: Wendy at president[at]jetaany[dot]org Tis the season to spend time with friends, keep warm, and prep nengajo! Do all three on Thursday, November 30th with fellow JETs and friends of JET as we create nengajo in the impressive but easy style of oshibana, or pressed flowers. We will also make our own luggage tags! Please bring $7 for supplies and refreshments. Check for updates and see who’s coming on Facebook!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/30) Make Your Own Nengajo

    When: Thursday, November 30 at 6:30-8:30pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, N.Y.), 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5902 Cost: $7 for refreshments, supplies, 2 cards, and either one bookmark or luggage tag. RSVP/Questions: Wendy at president[at]jetaany[dot]org Tis the season to spend time with friends, keep warm, and prep nengajo! Do all three on Thursday, November 30th with fellow JETs and friends of JET as we create nengajo in the impressive but easy style of oshibana, or pressed flowers. We will also make our own luggage tags! Please bring $7 for supplies and refreshments. Check for updates and see who’s coming on Facebook!

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  • By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. The former Discovery Times Square exhibition space in the heart of New York City has now been transformed into National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey. Officially opened on October 6th of this year, the newly designed space aims to recreate an underwater ocean experience for an audience of all ages. By combining extremely high resolution CGI, advanced sound design and 3D modeling, the National Geographic team and its partners have created an all-immersive “dive” that spans the California Coastline to the greater Pacific Ocean. Before my visit to the Ocean Odyssey, I had intentionally stayed away from all previews and reviews of the exhibit. The heavily marketed attraction in the biggest tourist spot […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

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    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. The former Discovery Times Square exhibition space in the heart of New York City has now been transformed into National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey. Officially opened on October 6th of this year, the newly designed space aims to recreate an underwater ocean experience for an audience of all ages. By combining extremely high resolution CGI, advanced sound design and 3D modeling, the National Geographic team and its partners have created an all-immersive “dive” that spans the California Coastline to the greater Pacific Ocean. Before my visit to the Ocean Odyssey, I had intentionally stayed away from all previews and reviews of the exhibit. The heavily marketed attraction in the biggest tourist spot […]

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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. Tuttle Publishing has released a selection of four books touching on subjects such as otaku culture, language/cultural tips for travelers, Japanese history, and inspiration for prospective visitors to Japan. Tokyo Geek’s Guide: Manga, Anime, Gaming, Cosplay, Toys, Idols & More – The Ultimate Guide to Japan’s Otaku Culture Many people have probably developed an interest in Japan through a deep affection for anime and manga (among other things). And with Tokyo being the obvious center of Japanese […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — New from Tuttle (Fall 2017)

    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. Tuttle Publishing has released a selection of four books touching on subjects such as otaku culture, language/cultural tips for travelers, Japanese history, and inspiration for prospective visitors to Japan. Tokyo Geek’s Guide: Manga, Anime, Gaming, Cosplay, Toys, Idols & More – The Ultimate Guide to Japan’s Otaku Culture Many people have probably developed an interest in Japan through a deep affection for anime and manga (among other things). And with Tokyo being the obvious center of Japanese […]

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  • Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.org Application Deadline: Friday, December 8th Position Description and Qualifications: JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board of Directors is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY (currently Wendy Ikemoto) is the only […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for Candidates for JETAANY’s Board of Directors – Deadline 12/15/2017

    Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.org Application Deadline: Friday, December 8th Position Description and Qualifications: JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board of Directors is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY (currently Wendy Ikemoto) is the only […]

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