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  • When: Saturday, November 18, 1pm-8pm (Come late, leave early – you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: KaraokeDuet 48 (304 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017) Cost: $14/person RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at alexeisensei@gmail.com by 11/6 and see who’s going on Facebook. Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Please RSVP by Monday, November 6 if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention some drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs, and friends of JET alike! Note: You can bring your own food, but not drinks (you can get drinks at the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/18) Karaoke Marathon!

    When: Saturday, November 18, 1pm-8pm (Come late, leave early – you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: KaraokeDuet 48 (304 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017) Cost: $14/person RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at alexeisensei@gmail.com by 11/6 and see who’s going on Facebook. Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Please RSVP by Monday, November 6 if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention some drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs, and friends of JET alike! Note: You can bring your own food, but not drinks (you can get drinks at the […]

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    (10/25) JETAANY Webinar Series: Networking & Mid-Career Professional Changes

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  • Want to see your design idea on a Japanese sake masu cup? Enter today! JET alumni, participants, and friends are invited to submit compelling logo designs encapsulating the spirit of JETAANY and our 30th anniversary celebration. This is a remarkable pro bono opportunity to expand your portfolio and elevate visibility for the work of the JET Alumni Association, a 501 (c)(3). As we celebrate 30 years of the JET program, recognize the intergenerational contributions of the program and its members, and continue to promote international friendship and grassroots internationalization, there is no better time to both honor JET’s history and raise awareness for the lasting impact of exchange and education. You can play a vital role in this effort by […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for Entries! – JETAANY 30th Anniversary Logo Contest (10/22 Deadline)

    Want to see your design idea on a Japanese sake masu cup? Enter today! JET alumni, participants, and friends are invited to submit compelling logo designs encapsulating the spirit of JETAANY and our 30th anniversary celebration. This is a remarkable pro bono opportunity to expand your portfolio and elevate visibility for the work of the JET Alumni Association, a 501 (c)(3). As we celebrate 30 years of the JET program, recognize the intergenerational contributions of the program and its members, and continue to promote international friendship and grassroots internationalization, there is no better time to both honor JET’s history and raise awareness for the lasting impact of exchange and education. You can play a vital role in this effort by […]

  • When:  October 22, 2017 Where: Broadway btw 92th & 94th street, New York Contact: Alexis (JET alum) at a.agliano.sanborn@gmail.com What: Volunteer your time for a good cause and have fun while you’re at it! Table for Two (TFT) USA will have a booth at “JAPANFes” featuring “Edo Photo Contest!!  TFT will sell healthy Japanese food items donated by its partner companies as part of its “Onigiri Campaign” All the proceeds will be donated to support providing school meals to children in need. Participants can make onigiri and take fun social media photos. The United Nations established World Food Day. It is celebrated on October 16th each year. This year, we honor World Food Day from October 5th – November 15th by making and enjoying “Onigiri (Rice Ball)” More information […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/22) Volunteer with Table for Two’s “Change the World with Onigiri” Campaign!

    When:  October 22, 2017 Where: Broadway btw 92th & 94th street, New York Contact: Alexis (JET alum) at a.agliano.sanborn@gmail.com What: Volunteer your time for a good cause and have fun while you’re at it! Table for Two (TFT) USA will have a booth at “JAPANFes” featuring “Edo Photo Contest!!  TFT will sell healthy Japanese food items donated by its partner companies as part of its “Onigiri Campaign” All the proceeds will be donated to support providing school meals to children in need. Participants can make onigiri and take fun social media photos. The United Nations established World Food Day. It is celebrated on October 16th each year. This year, we honor World Food Day from October 5th – November 15th by making and enjoying “Onigiri (Rice Ball)” More information […]

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    Save the Date | 2.3.18 | JETAANY Gala | Dumbo Loft

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  • On Saturday, November 4, we are hosting our annual Career Forum at the Nippon Club. The event is focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, this event is perfect for you. Date: Saturday, November 4th (RSVP by October 26th) Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street) RSVP:To attend this FREE event we ask all attendees to fill out this form about your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally. *We are happy to offer registrants a professionally-taken headshot which will be taken during […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/04) JETAANY Career Forum 2017 – RSVP by Oct 26th

    On Saturday, November 4, we are hosting our annual Career Forum at the Nippon Club. The event is focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, this event is perfect for you. Date: Saturday, November 4th (RSVP by October 26th) Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street) RSVP:To attend this FREE event we ask all attendees to fill out this form about your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally. *We are happy to offer registrants a professionally-taken headshot which will be taken during […]

  • When: Sunday, October 29, 9:45am-3pm Where: Japan Society (333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017) RSVP: Sign up here by Sunday, October 15 Questions? Contact Nikki at communityservice[at]jetaany[dot]org. Halloween meets a traditional Japanese festival at this eerie and exciting event for kids. This year’s bash, Spirits of the Misty Sea, will highlight traditional tales of Japanese ghosts and goblins. JETs are invited to help work the activities which include a puppet performance on the mainstage, traditional Japanese games, arts & crafts, face-painting, a haunted adventure tour and more! A bento lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Costumes are encouraged! More Information: http://www.japansociety.org/event/obake-family-day-spirits-of-the-misty-sea<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/29) Volunteer at Obake Family Day at Japan Society [sign up by 10/15]

    When: Sunday, October 29, 9:45am-3pm Where: Japan Society (333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017) RSVP: Sign up here by Sunday, October 15 Questions? Contact Nikki at communityservice[at]jetaany[dot]org. Halloween meets a traditional Japanese festival at this eerie and exciting event for kids. This year’s bash, Spirits of the Misty Sea, will highlight traditional tales of Japanese ghosts and goblins. JETs are invited to help work the activities which include a puppet performance on the mainstage, traditional Japanese games, arts & crafts, face-painting, a haunted adventure tour and more! A bento lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Costumes are encouraged! More Information: http://www.japansociety.org/event/obake-family-day-spirits-of-the-misty-sea

  • When: Thursday, October 26, 7pm-10pm Where: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge 140 East 27th Street (btwn Third Ave and Lexington) Cost: $5 to play (pay in-person); Please order drinks and food a la carte from waitstaff. RSVP: Let others know you’re going on the Facebook event page! Questions? Email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Mark your calendars and bring your thinking caps, it’s trivia time! Do you have the intellectual fortitude to reign supreme as the JETAANY trivia master? -Do you know the average air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? -Do you know exactly how much wood a woodchuck would chuck? -Do you know the exact number of layers of steel in a samurai’s katana? Prove it! Join us as fellow JET […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/26) Pub Trivia Night

    When: Thursday, October 26, 7pm-10pm Where: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge 140 East 27th Street (btwn Third Ave and Lexington) Cost: $5 to play (pay in-person); Please order drinks and food a la carte from waitstaff. RSVP: Let others know you’re going on the Facebook event page! Questions? Email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Mark your calendars and bring your thinking caps, it’s trivia time! Do you have the intellectual fortitude to reign supreme as the JETAANY trivia master? -Do you know the average air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? -Do you know exactly how much wood a woodchuck would chuck? -Do you know the exact number of layers of steel in a samurai’s katana? Prove it! Join us as fellow JET […]

  • When: Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22 Who: JET alumni and FOJs from NJ, Pittsburgh, Philly, NY, and DC! Where: Hershey, PA Cost: TBD (see details below) RSVP/Questions: by October 7 via Facebook, or email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Introducing the first JETAA cross-chapter event to Hershey, PA! Join us for a fun weekend of roller coasters, Halloween festivities, breweries, and maybe a corn maze or two! We’re trying to increase the amount of cross-chapter events and here’s your chance to join in on one! To boot, Hershey is about a 2.5/3 hour trip for pretty much every group — a nice midpoint. Final details are still in the works, but here’s the current plan (2 night stay total): -Friday: leave for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/20-10/22) JETAA Trip to Hershey

    When: Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22 Who: JET alumni and FOJs from NJ, Pittsburgh, Philly, NY, and DC! Where: Hershey, PA Cost: TBD (see details below) RSVP/Questions: by October 7 via Facebook, or email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Introducing the first JETAA cross-chapter event to Hershey, PA! Join us for a fun weekend of roller coasters, Halloween festivities, breweries, and maybe a corn maze or two! We’re trying to increase the amount of cross-chapter events and here’s your chance to join in on one! To boot, Hershey is about a 2.5/3 hour trip for pretty much every group — a nice midpoint. Final details are still in the works, but here’s the current plan (2 night stay total): -Friday: leave for […]

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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. New York Comic Con returned to the Jacob Javits Center October 5-8, selling a record-breaking 200,000 tickets (an 11% increase from last year) and featuring appearances from some of the contemporary manga world’s most renowned creators, including guest artists Akira Himekawa (The Legend of Zelda) and Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail). “New York Comic Con is always a great place to meet fans in person and talk about what titles they enjoy most,” said Tomo Tran, marketing director for New York-based Vertical, Inc., which publishes Japanese comics and novels in English. “We aim to bring titles that […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Manga! Manga! at New York Comic Con

    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. New York Comic Con returned to the Jacob Javits Center October 5-8, selling a record-breaking 200,000 tickets (an 11% increase from last year) and featuring appearances from some of the contemporary manga world’s most renowned creators, including guest artists Akira Himekawa (The Legend of Zelda) and Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail). “New York Comic Con is always a great place to meet fans in person and talk about what titles they enjoy most,” said Tomo Tran, marketing director for New York-based Vertical, Inc., which publishes Japanese comics and novels in English. “We aim to bring titles that […]

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  • When: Saturday, October 28, 6:30-9pm (ticket pick-up an hour before curtain) Where: Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990) Cost: FREE for the first 30 to sign up! RSVP: via the Google form (below or here) by noon on Monday, October 23 [FULL! Waitlist only.] Questions? Email Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org. Through JETAANY, Japan Performing Arts Cultural Repertoires is graciously offering 30 complimentary tickets to “Ages of Enchantment” for JET Program alumni and friends in the NY area! The event is a a showcase of Japanese performing arts and culture, featuring the enchanting dance styles of Iwami Kagura and Nihon Buyo, a world-acclaimed Bunraku puppet troupe and a fashion show of wedding kimonos. The show is presented […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/28) [WAITLIST] “Ages of Enchantment” – Free ticket offer for JETAANY!

    When: Saturday, October 28, 6:30-9pm (ticket pick-up an hour before curtain) Where: Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990) Cost: FREE for the first 30 to sign up! RSVP: via the Google form (below or here) by noon on Monday, October 23 [FULL! Waitlist only.] Questions? Email Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org. Through JETAANY, Japan Performing Arts Cultural Repertoires is graciously offering 30 complimentary tickets to “Ages of Enchantment” for JET Program alumni and friends in the NY area! The event is a a showcase of Japanese performing arts and culture, featuring the enchanting dance styles of Iwami Kagura and Nihon Buyo, a world-acclaimed Bunraku puppet troupe and a fashion show of wedding kimonos. The show is presented […]

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  • When: Saturday, November 18, 1pm-8pm (Come late, leave early – you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: KaraokeDuet 48 (304 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017) Cost: $14/person RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at alexeisensei@gmail.com by 11/6 and see who’s going on Facebook. Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Please RSVP by Monday, November 6 if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention some drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs, and friends of JET alike! Note: You can bring your own food, but not drinks (you can get drinks at the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/18) Karaoke Marathon!

    When: Saturday, November 18, 1pm-8pm (Come late, leave early – you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: KaraokeDuet 48 (304 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017) Cost: $14/person RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at alexeisensei@gmail.com by 11/6 and see who’s going on Facebook. Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Please RSVP by Monday, November 6 if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention some drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs, and friends of JET alike! Note: You can bring your own food, but not drinks (you can get drinks at the […]

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    (10/25) JETAANY Webinar Series: Networking & Mid-Career Professional Changes

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  • Want to see your design idea on a Japanese sake masu cup? Enter today! JET alumni, participants, and friends are invited to submit compelling logo designs encapsulating the spirit of JETAANY and our 30th anniversary celebration. This is a remarkable pro bono opportunity to expand your portfolio and elevate visibility for the work of the JET Alumni Association, a 501 (c)(3). As we celebrate 30 years of the JET program, recognize the intergenerational contributions of the program and its members, and continue to promote international friendship and grassroots internationalization, there is no better time to both honor JET’s history and raise awareness for the lasting impact of exchange and education. You can play a vital role in this effort by […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for Entries! – JETAANY 30th Anniversary Logo Contest (10/22 Deadline)

    Want to see your design idea on a Japanese sake masu cup? Enter today! JET alumni, participants, and friends are invited to submit compelling logo designs encapsulating the spirit of JETAANY and our 30th anniversary celebration. This is a remarkable pro bono opportunity to expand your portfolio and elevate visibility for the work of the JET Alumni Association, a 501 (c)(3). As we celebrate 30 years of the JET program, recognize the intergenerational contributions of the program and its members, and continue to promote international friendship and grassroots internationalization, there is no better time to both honor JET’s history and raise awareness for the lasting impact of exchange and education. You can play a vital role in this effort by […]

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  • When:  October 22, 2017 Where: Broadway btw 92th & 94th street, New York Contact: Alexis (JET alum) at a.agliano.sanborn@gmail.com What: Volunteer your time for a good cause and have fun while you’re at it! Table for Two (TFT) USA will have a booth at “JAPANFes” featuring “Edo Photo Contest!!  TFT will sell healthy Japanese food items donated by its partner companies as part of its “Onigiri Campaign” All the proceeds will be donated to support providing school meals to children in need. Participants can make onigiri and take fun social media photos. The United Nations established World Food Day. It is celebrated on October 16th each year. This year, we honor World Food Day from October 5th – November 15th by making and enjoying “Onigiri (Rice Ball)” More information […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/22) Volunteer with Table for Two’s “Change the World with Onigiri” Campaign!

    When:  October 22, 2017 Where: Broadway btw 92th & 94th street, New York Contact: Alexis (JET alum) at a.agliano.sanborn@gmail.com What: Volunteer your time for a good cause and have fun while you’re at it! Table for Two (TFT) USA will have a booth at “JAPANFes” featuring “Edo Photo Contest!!  TFT will sell healthy Japanese food items donated by its partner companies as part of its “Onigiri Campaign” All the proceeds will be donated to support providing school meals to children in need. Participants can make onigiri and take fun social media photos. The United Nations established World Food Day. It is celebrated on October 16th each year. This year, we honor World Food Day from October 5th – November 15th by making and enjoying “Onigiri (Rice Ball)” More information […]

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    Save the Date | 2.3.18 | JETAANY Gala | Dumbo Loft

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  • On Saturday, November 4, we are hosting our annual Career Forum at the Nippon Club. The event is focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, this event is perfect for you. Date: Saturday, November 4th (RSVP by October 26th) Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street) RSVP:To attend this FREE event we ask all attendees to fill out this form about your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally. *We are happy to offer registrants a professionally-taken headshot which will be taken during […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/04) JETAANY Career Forum 2017 – RSVP by Oct 26th

    On Saturday, November 4, we are hosting our annual Career Forum at the Nippon Club. The event is focused on educating JET alumni on how to market their skills from Japan in order to find their next career opportunity. Whether you want to use Japanese in the workplace or do something totally different from JET, this event is perfect for you. Date: Saturday, November 4th (RSVP by October 26th) Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location: Nippon Club (145 West 57th street) RSVP:To attend this FREE event we ask all attendees to fill out this form about your career interests to we can best help you grow professionally. *We are happy to offer registrants a professionally-taken headshot which will be taken during […]

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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. The Japan-centric events of the month ahead promise to be as rich and full as autumn itself—brisk and colorful, with a dash of unpredictability. This month’s highlights include: Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. Hiro Mashima: The Magical World of Fairy Tail Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street $30, $25 Japan Society members, seniors and students Award-winning manga artist Hiro Mashima, known for his bestselling series Fairy Tail, comes to Japan Society for a special talk in conjunction with New York Comic Con. The epic fantasy series, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide, follows the rambunctious wizard’s guild Fairy Tail through […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — New York Comic Con, ‘Porco Rosso,’ ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ Food Porn Party

    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. The Japan-centric events of the month ahead promise to be as rich and full as autumn itself—brisk and colorful, with a dash of unpredictability. This month’s highlights include: Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. Hiro Mashima: The Magical World of Fairy Tail Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street $30, $25 Japan Society members, seniors and students Award-winning manga artist Hiro Mashima, known for his bestselling series Fairy Tail, comes to Japan Society for a special talk in conjunction with New York Comic Con. The epic fantasy series, which has sold over 60 million copies worldwide, follows the rambunctious wizard’s guild Fairy Tail through […]

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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. TL;DR: Directed by Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, The Red Turtle is another visual masterpiece by Studio Ghibli (making its external co–production debut here collaborating with a European team) with a unique artistic style that makes the scenery itself a prominent character. Though it lost me in parts, the story is poignant and evokes an array of feelings, few of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘The Red Turtle’

    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. TL;DR: Directed by Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, The Red Turtle is another visual masterpiece by Studio Ghibli (making its external co–production debut here collaborating with a European team) with a unique artistic style that makes the scenery itself a prominent character. Though it lost me in parts, the story is poignant and evokes an array of feelings, few of […]

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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. Receiving its East Coast premiere last night at Japan Society in New York, NHK’s new documentary on Studio Ghibli’s famed animation director Hayao Miyazaki offers a seemingly deep and undeniably personal look into the man’s current life, as well as his achievements and challenges, both artistically and—in his old age—existentially. True to Japanese-style filmmaking, we see a series of scenes as they happen, and are left to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘Hayao Miyazaki: Never-Ending Man’

    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. Receiving its East Coast premiere last night at Japan Society in New York, NHK’s new documentary on Studio Ghibli’s famed animation director Hayao Miyazaki offers a seemingly deep and undeniably personal look into the man’s current life, as well as his achievements and challenges, both artistically and—in his old age—existentially. True to Japanese-style filmmaking, we see a series of scenes as they happen, and are left to […]

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  • When: Sunday, October 29, 9:45am-3pm Where: Japan Society (333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017) RSVP: Sign up here by Sunday, October 15 Questions? Contact Nikki at communityservice[at]jetaany[dot]org. Halloween meets a traditional Japanese festival at this eerie and exciting event for kids. This year’s bash, Spirits of the Misty Sea, will highlight traditional tales of Japanese ghosts and goblins. JETs are invited to help work the activities which include a puppet performance on the mainstage, traditional Japanese games, arts & crafts, face-painting, a haunted adventure tour and more! A bento lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Costumes are encouraged! More Information: http://www.japansociety.org/event/obake-family-day-spirits-of-the-misty-sea<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/29) Volunteer at Obake Family Day at Japan Society [sign up by 10/15]

    When: Sunday, October 29, 9:45am-3pm Where: Japan Society (333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017) RSVP: Sign up here by Sunday, October 15 Questions? Contact Nikki at communityservice[at]jetaany[dot]org. Halloween meets a traditional Japanese festival at this eerie and exciting event for kids. This year’s bash, Spirits of the Misty Sea, will highlight traditional tales of Japanese ghosts and goblins. JETs are invited to help work the activities which include a puppet performance on the mainstage, traditional Japanese games, arts & crafts, face-painting, a haunted adventure tour and more! A bento lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Costumes are encouraged! More Information: http://www.japansociety.org/event/obake-family-day-spirits-of-the-misty-sea

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  • When: Thursday, October 26, 7pm-10pm Where: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge 140 East 27th Street (btwn Third Ave and Lexington) Cost: $5 to play (pay in-person); Please order drinks and food a la carte from waitstaff. RSVP: Let others know you’re going on the Facebook event page! Questions? Email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Mark your calendars and bring your thinking caps, it’s trivia time! Do you have the intellectual fortitude to reign supreme as the JETAANY trivia master? -Do you know the average air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? -Do you know exactly how much wood a woodchuck would chuck? -Do you know the exact number of layers of steel in a samurai’s katana? Prove it! Join us as fellow JET […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/26) Pub Trivia Night

    When: Thursday, October 26, 7pm-10pm Where: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge 140 East 27th Street (btwn Third Ave and Lexington) Cost: $5 to play (pay in-person); Please order drinks and food a la carte from waitstaff. RSVP: Let others know you’re going on the Facebook event page! Questions? Email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Mark your calendars and bring your thinking caps, it’s trivia time! Do you have the intellectual fortitude to reign supreme as the JETAANY trivia master? -Do you know the average air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? -Do you know exactly how much wood a woodchuck would chuck? -Do you know the exact number of layers of steel in a samurai’s katana? Prove it! Join us as fellow JET […]

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  • When: Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22 Who: JET alumni and FOJs from NJ, Pittsburgh, Philly, NY, and DC! Where: Hershey, PA Cost: TBD (see details below) RSVP/Questions: by October 7 via Facebook, or email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Introducing the first JETAA cross-chapter event to Hershey, PA! Join us for a fun weekend of roller coasters, Halloween festivities, breweries, and maybe a corn maze or two! We’re trying to increase the amount of cross-chapter events and here’s your chance to join in on one! To boot, Hershey is about a 2.5/3 hour trip for pretty much every group — a nice midpoint. Final details are still in the works, but here’s the current plan (2 night stay total): -Friday: leave for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/20-10/22) JETAA Trip to Hershey

    When: Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22 Who: JET alumni and FOJs from NJ, Pittsburgh, Philly, NY, and DC! Where: Hershey, PA Cost: TBD (see details below) RSVP/Questions: by October 7 via Facebook, or email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Introducing the first JETAA cross-chapter event to Hershey, PA! Join us for a fun weekend of roller coasters, Halloween festivities, breweries, and maybe a corn maze or two! We’re trying to increase the amount of cross-chapter events and here’s your chance to join in on one! To boot, Hershey is about a 2.5/3 hour trip for pretty much every group — a nice midpoint. Final details are still in the works, but here’s the current plan (2 night stay total): -Friday: leave for […]

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  •   When: Tuesday, October 3, 6:30pm-8pm Who: JET alumni, especially recent returners Where: TBD (check Facebook for updates) Questions/RSVP: via Facebook, or e-mail Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org There is a lot of support for JETs while we are in Japan: JTE’s and Supervisors, AJET Block reps, local Ken reps, AJET and the AJET Peer Support Group, as well as the collective wisdom of all the sempai JETs in your area. JET does a pretty good job of transitioning us back home and handing us off to your local alumni chapter, but rarely do we take the time to just think and talk about our time in Japan and debrief the whole experience. When people ask “How was Japan!?” (in a completely […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/3) JETAANY Recent Returner Debrief Hangout

      When: Tuesday, October 3, 6:30pm-8pm Who: JET alumni, especially recent returners Where: TBD (check Facebook for updates) Questions/RSVP: via Facebook, or e-mail Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org There is a lot of support for JETs while we are in Japan: JTE’s and Supervisors, AJET Block reps, local Ken reps, AJET and the AJET Peer Support Group, as well as the collective wisdom of all the sempai JETs in your area. JET does a pretty good job of transitioning us back home and handing us off to your local alumni chapter, but rarely do we take the time to just think and talk about our time in Japan and debrief the whole experience. When people ask “How was Japan!?” (in a completely […]

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  • When: Sunday, October 1, 9:30am-7pm Where: Breakneck Ridge (see below for itinerary and details on where to meet; hike info here) Cost: $28 round-trip from Grand Central Terminal on the Metro North  (purchase ticket before meeting) Questions/RSVP: via Facebook What better way to enjoy fall foliage than a hike in the beautiful Hudson Valley! Take in breathtaking Hudson River views from Breakneck Ridge. Breakneck was listed as one of the *top ten hikes in the United States* by none other than venerable outdoor sporting publication…Newsweek Magazine. Afterwards we can enjoy some tasty food and drink in lovely Cold Spring, NY. We’re leaving from Grand Central. A round trip MetroNorth ticket to Breakneck Ridge Trail station can be purchased at ticket […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/1) Fall Hike

    When: Sunday, October 1, 9:30am-7pm Where: Breakneck Ridge (see below for itinerary and details on where to meet; hike info here) Cost: $28 round-trip from Grand Central Terminal on the Metro North  (purchase ticket before meeting) Questions/RSVP: via Facebook What better way to enjoy fall foliage than a hike in the beautiful Hudson Valley! Take in breathtaking Hudson River views from Breakneck Ridge. Breakneck was listed as one of the *top ten hikes in the United States* by none other than venerable outdoor sporting publication…Newsweek Magazine. Afterwards we can enjoy some tasty food and drink in lovely Cold Spring, NY. We’re leaving from Grand Central. A round trip MetroNorth ticket to Breakneck Ridge Trail station can be purchased at ticket […]

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  • When: Saturday, September 30, 1:30pm – Until we can’t hop!* Where: Brooklyn (Park Slope/Prospect Heights) [Exact location TBD; tentative route below] 7th Avenue station [F,G trains] Union St station [D,N,R,W trains] Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook! Questions? Email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Dust off those Yukata and Jinbei and meet up with us in Park Slope/Prospect Heights for a bar hop in your fanciest traditional Japanese wear. We’ll meet up beforehand, snap some pictures, and then head out to a couple bars in the area (still dressed up!) for food and frivolity. What’s more, these bars are all owned by a former […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/30) Yukata Bar Hop

    When: Saturday, September 30, 1:30pm – Until we can’t hop!* Where: Brooklyn (Park Slope/Prospect Heights) [Exact location TBD; tentative route below] 7th Avenue station [F,G trains] Union St station [D,N,R,W trains] Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook! Questions? Email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org. Dust off those Yukata and Jinbei and meet up with us in Park Slope/Prospect Heights for a bar hop in your fanciest traditional Japanese wear. We’ll meet up beforehand, snap some pictures, and then head out to a couple bars in the area (still dressed up!) for food and frivolity. What’s more, these bars are all owned by a former […]

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  • NEW for this yukata bar hop, we will have a special FREE private session on yukata / obi-tying beforehand! An extra special guest and renowned kimono expert, Yumiko Sakuyama, from the Kimono House will be giving her professional guidance, so everyone will be looking their best when they get their hop on. Yumiko has worked for clients such as the MET, so this is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best for free. You’ll be sure to be showered with “sugois” and collecting compliments on your yukata/obi after this private session. Come and get instruction from Yumiko to look your bar hop best! When: Saturday, September 30, noon – 1:30pm Where: Park Slope, Brooklyn (This workshop will be at […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/30) Yukata & Obi Workshop [RSVP by 9/29]

    NEW for this yukata bar hop, we will have a special FREE private session on yukata / obi-tying beforehand! An extra special guest and renowned kimono expert, Yumiko Sakuyama, from the Kimono House will be giving her professional guidance, so everyone will be looking their best when they get their hop on. Yumiko has worked for clients such as the MET, so this is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best for free. You’ll be sure to be showered with “sugois” and collecting compliments on your yukata/obi after this private session. Come and get instruction from Yumiko to look your bar hop best! When: Saturday, September 30, noon – 1:30pm Where: Park Slope, Brooklyn (This workshop will be at […]

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  • By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a New York City–based provider of top quality Japanese interpreting, translating and writing/editing services. Starting from her initial encounter with Japan in her teens, she has built up a consummate understanding of the country‘s language and culture, enabling her to seamlessly traverse between Japan and the U.S. and serve as a bridge between the two. For more information, visit www.stacysmith.webs.com. As a writer, Stacy also shares tidbits and trends with her own observations in the periodic series WIT Life. Having spent three years on JET in Kumamoto, home of nationwide sensation Kumamon who didn’t yet exist when I was there, I must honestly say that I approach bear characters with slight trepidation. However, I was delightfully surprised to love […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Travels’

    By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a New York City–based provider of top quality Japanese interpreting, translating and writing/editing services. Starting from her initial encounter with Japan in her teens, she has built up a consummate understanding of the country‘s language and culture, enabling her to seamlessly traverse between Japan and the U.S. and serve as a bridge between the two. For more information, visit www.stacysmith.webs.com. As a writer, Stacy also shares tidbits and trends with her own observations in the periodic series WIT Life. Having spent three years on JET in Kumamoto, home of nationwide sensation Kumamon who didn’t yet exist when I was there, I must honestly say that I approach bear characters with slight trepidation. However, I was delightfully surprised to love […]

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  • Location: JLGC (Japan Local Government Center 3 Park Ave, 20th Floor (34th & Park) Time: 6pm – 8pm RSVP: There are only 10 spots! RSVP on our Facebook Event here Questions: Email Wendy at president[at]jetaany.org Enjoy a catered Mexican dinner and English conversation with 10 high school students visiting from Iwate. They will be accompanied by their JET CIR (Nick from the UK) and representatives from their local government office. The students are part of a selective program that is visiting New York, Washington DC, and Toronto to practice their English. Last year we had a great time introducing them to Halloween. JETs who were placed in the Tohoku region are especially welcome. We have about 10 spots, so please RSVP […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    10/23 Reception With Iwate High School Students

    Location: JLGC (Japan Local Government Center 3 Park Ave, 20th Floor (34th & Park) Time: 6pm – 8pm RSVP: There are only 10 spots! RSVP on our Facebook Event here Questions: Email Wendy at president[at]jetaany.org Enjoy a catered Mexican dinner and English conversation with 10 high school students visiting from Iwate. They will be accompanied by their JET CIR (Nick from the UK) and representatives from their local government office. The students are part of a selective program that is visiting New York, Washington DC, and Toronto to practice their English. Last year we had a great time introducing them to Halloween. JETs who were placed in the Tohoku region are especially welcome. We have about 10 spots, so please RSVP […]

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