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  • Nihongo Dake Billiards Event This month join us at Fat Cat, one of New York’s best billiards/pool halls, for great conversation with fellow JETs and native Japanese speakers. There will also be live jazz music. Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. Hope to see you there! All levels of Japanese welcome! Date: Wednesday Oct 22nd Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Fat Cat 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 Nearest subway stations, 1 to Christopher St, A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th Questions: E-mail David at treasurer[at]jetaany.org Cost: $11 which includes the cover charge and 2 hours of pool/billiards. Drinks are to be paid for separately. There is no food at...

    Nihongo Dake Billiards Event

    Nihongo Dake Billiards Event This month join us at Fat Cat, one of New York’s best billiards/pool halls, for great conversation with fellow JETs and native Japanese speakers. There will also be live jazz music. Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. Hope to see you there! All levels of Japanese welcome! Date: Wednesday Oct 22nd Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Fat Cat 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 Nearest subway stations, 1 to Christopher St, A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th Questions: E-mail David at treasurer[at]jetaany.org Cost: $11 which includes the cover charge and 2 hours of pool/billiards. Drinks are to be paid for separately. There is no food at…

  • Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania November 15, 2014 Love Japan? Like children? Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering? Then sign up for JETAANY’s Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City. Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! The event will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5pm. Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please Monica at president@jetaany.org and fill out the survey here to sign up Sign up here to volunteer Have an idea for an activity or have questions regarding...

    (11/15) Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania

    Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania November 15, 2014 Love Japan? Like children? Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering? Then sign up for JETAANY’s Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City. Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! The event will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5pm. Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please Monica at president@jetaany.org and fill out the survey here to sign up Sign up here to volunteer Have an idea for an activity or have questions regarding…

  •   When: Saturday, October 18, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Where: JET-owned bar, Glorietta Baldy (502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 between Hancock St & Fulton St in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill); Right near the A/C stop at Franklin Ave Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions?: Email Pam Kavalam at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org We are excited to be hosting our first joint happy hour with the Peace Corps alumni! What’s especially awesome about this event is we’ll be having it at Glorietta Baldy, the newest venture of Ben Wiley (Fukui CIR, 2003-2005) who also owns Brooklyn bars Mission Dolores, Bar Great Harry and the Owl Farm where we had our Yukata Bar Crawl last year. Attendees will...

    (10/18) Daytime Happy Hour with Peace Corps Alumni!

      When: Saturday, October 18, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Where: JET-owned bar, Glorietta Baldy (502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn NY 11238 between Hancock St & Fulton St in Bedford-Stuyvesant/Clinton Hill); Right near the A/C stop at Franklin Ave Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook. Questions?: Email Pam Kavalam at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org We are excited to be hosting our first joint happy hour with the Peace Corps alumni! What’s especially awesome about this event is we’ll be having it at Glorietta Baldy, the newest venture of Ben Wiley (Fukui CIR, 2003-2005) who also owns Brooklyn bars Mission Dolores, Bar Great Harry and the Owl Farm where we had our Yukata Bar Crawl last year. Attendees will…

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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… Like many JET alums, Vanessa Villalobos (Tochigi-ken, 2000-03) thoroughly enjoyed her time in Japan and was seeking a practical means to maintain that connection upon returning home. Seeking to recapture her experiences on the JET Program and maintain her Japanese language skills after returning to the United Kingdom, she founded the travel/lifestyle/culture site JapaneseLondon.com and the language exchange hub, IsshoniLondon.co.uk. As a young, independent businesswoman and entrepreneur, she offers some advice to JQ readers seeking to pursue their own ventures and shares some insight into the trials and tribulations of language...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Web Entrepreneur Vanessa Villalobos

    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… Like many JET alums, Vanessa Villalobos (Tochigi-ken, 2000-03) thoroughly enjoyed her time in Japan and was seeking a practical means to maintain that connection upon returning home. Seeking to recapture her experiences on the JET Program and maintain her Japanese language skills after returning to the United Kingdom, she founded the travel/lifestyle/culture site JapaneseLondon.com and the language exchange hub, IsshoniLondon.co.uk. As a young, independent businesswoman and entrepreneur, she offers some advice to JQ readers seeking to pursue their own ventures and shares some insight into the trials and tribulations of language...

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  • Visit to Nomura Bank Calling all JET alumni seeking employment in the financial industry.  Nomura is giving 6 JET alumni the opportunity to a meet and greet at their office in Manhattan.  Nomura is a Japanese financial holding company dealing with brokers, banking and other financial services. They also provide investment, financing and related services to individual, institutional and government clients on a global level with an emphasis on securities. Mid-career JET alumni looking for a career in finance are invited to join! Date:  Wednesday November 5th Time: 11:00 to 1:00 Details: Meet at the Nomura office, Worldwide Plaza, 309 West 49th Street **Tour of the office **Meeting with recruiting officer **Meeting with JET sempai currently working there **Lunch in their cafeteria RSVP: Email...

    Visit Noruma Bank

    Visit to Nomura Bank Calling all JET alumni seeking employment in the financial industry.  Nomura is giving 6 JET alumni the opportunity to a meet and greet at their office in Manhattan.  Nomura is a Japanese financial holding company dealing with brokers, banking and other financial services. They also provide investment, financing and related services to individual, institutional and government clients on a global level with an emphasis on securities. Mid-career JET alumni looking for a career in finance are invited to join! Date:  Wednesday November 5th Time: 11:00 to 1:00 Details: Meet at the Nomura office, Worldwide Plaza, 309 West 49th Street **Tour of the office **Meeting with recruiting officer **Meeting with JET sempai currently working there **Lunch in their cafeteria RSVP: Email...

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  • Become more involved in JETAANY and help shape it’s direction! 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 is comprised of a group of experienced professionals, 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 is the only executive committee member to sit on the Board of Directors and is...

    Call for JETAANY Board Nominations – (11/17 Deadline)

    Become more involved in JETAANY and help shape it’s direction! 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 is comprised of a group of experienced professionals, 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 is the only executive committee member to sit on the Board of Directors and is...

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  • JQ magazine editor/Japanese Culture Examiner Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) was recently interviewed by Alex York of Fujisankei (FCI) News for commentary on X Japan’s debut performance at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 11. The spectacular three-hour show (see JQ‘s review of the concert here) was X Japan’s first and only American concert in four years, and the first to retain the band’s signature full stage production outside of Japan.  Check out the video here or click on the image for Justin’s comments, and read his exclusive interview with X Japan’s leader Yoshiki here. Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWptyvtYCXM#t=43

    JQ Magazine Editor Interviewed by FCI News on X Japan at Madison Square Garden

    JQ magazine editor/Japanese Culture Examiner Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) was recently interviewed by Alex York of Fujisankei (FCI) News for commentary on X Japan’s debut performance at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 11. The spectacular three-hour show (see JQ‘s review of the concert here) was X Japan’s first and only American concert in four years, and the first to retain the band’s signature full stage production outside of Japan.  Check out the video here or click on the image for Justin’s comments, and read his exclusive interview with X Japan’s leader Yoshiki here. Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWptyvtYCXM#t=43

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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. When one hears the name “Studio Ghibli,” the director Hayao Miyazaki immediately comes to mind. Starting with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Miyazaki has continually delivered hit after hit for the past 30 years, making him the most successful contemporary Japanese filmmaker (animated or otherwise). Moviegoers can be forgiven for not recognizing the name of Miyazaki’s partner and Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, who tends to operate behind the spotlight. But Takahata is an accomplished animator and filmmaker...

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’

    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. When one hears the name “Studio Ghibli,” the director Hayao Miyazaki immediately comes to mind. Starting with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Miyazaki has continually delivered hit after hit for the past 30 years, making him the most successful contemporary Japanese filmmaker (animated or otherwise). Moviegoers can be forgiven for not recognizing the name of Miyazaki’s partner and Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, who tends to operate behind the spotlight. But Takahata is an accomplished animator and filmmaker...

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  • Nihongo Dake Billiards Event This month join us at Fat Cat, one of New York’s best billiards/pool halls, for great conversation with fellow JETs and native Japanese speakers. There will also be live jazz music. Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. Hope to see you there! All levels of Japanese welcome! Date: Wednesday Oct 22nd Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Fat Cat 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 Nearest subway stations, 1 to Christopher St, A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th Questions: E-mail David at treasurer[at]jetaany.org Cost: $11 which includes the cover charge and 2 hours of pool/billiards. Drinks are to be paid for separately. There is no food at...

    Nihongo Dake Billiards Event

    Nihongo Dake Billiards Event This month join us at Fat Cat, one of New York’s best billiards/pool halls, for great conversation with fellow JETs and native Japanese speakers. There will also be live jazz music. Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. Hope to see you there! All levels of Japanese welcome! Date: Wednesday Oct 22nd Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm Location: Fat Cat 75 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 Nearest subway stations, 1 to Christopher St, A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th Questions: E-mail David at treasurer[at]jetaany.org Cost: $11 which includes the cover charge and 2 hours of pool/billiards. Drinks are to be paid for separately. There is no food at...

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  • What better way to enjoy the fall foliage than by going on a hike in beautiful Hudson Valley! Take in breathtaking Hudson River views. When: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8:30am-5:45pm Meet at 8:30AM at the clock in Grand Central Terminal (GCT). Train will depart promptly so please be on time. Depart GCT – 8:43AM –> Arrive at Manitou Stations – 9:52 AM Depart Manitou Station – 4:26PM –> Arrive GCT – 5:41 PM Cost: Round trip off-peak Metro-North ticket to Manitou Station is $26.50 – please buy your ticket on your own beforehand at a Metro North Kiosk or at the ticket window. Details:  Manitou Preserve Point/Anthony’s Nose. The hike is moderately difficult. Please bring sneakers with a good tread and comfortable...

    (11/2) Fall Hike 2014

    What better way to enjoy the fall foliage than by going on a hike in beautiful Hudson Valley! Take in breathtaking Hudson River views. When: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8:30am-5:45pm Meet at 8:30AM at the clock in Grand Central Terminal (GCT). Train will depart promptly so please be on time. Depart GCT – 8:43AM –> Arrive at Manitou Stations – 9:52 AM Depart Manitou Station – 4:26PM –> Arrive GCT – 5:41 PM Cost: Round trip off-peak Metro-North ticket to Manitou Station is $26.50 – please buy your ticket on your own beforehand at a Metro North Kiosk or at the ticket window. Details:  Manitou Preserve Point/Anthony’s Nose. The hike is moderately difficult. Please bring sneakers with a good tread and comfortable...

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  •   Thirteen high school students from Iwate Prefecture will be visiting NYC with their CIR in October. We would like to invite JET alumni to the following events to interact with the students and help as tour guides. If you are interested in all or some of these events please e-mail Monica at president@jetaany.org. Reception Monday, October 27th 6pm to 8pm Evening gathering at Japan Local Government Office (34th street and Parck Ave) for light snacks and drinks. Come listen to the students’ brief speeches and have a chance to talk with them one-on-one. Touring Tuesday, October 28th (time TBD) Possible late afternoon of touring to the Met or other iconic locations. Time to be determined but possibly after 3pm. Touring...

    Volunteer Tour guides needed for Students visiting from Iwate

      Thirteen high school students from Iwate Prefecture will be visiting NYC with their CIR in October. We would like to invite JET alumni to the following events to interact with the students and help as tour guides. If you are interested in all or some of these events please e-mail Monica at president@jetaany.org. Reception Monday, October 27th 6pm to 8pm Evening gathering at Japan Local Government Office (34th street and Parck Ave) for light snacks and drinks. Come listen to the students’ brief speeches and have a chance to talk with them one-on-one. Touring Tuesday, October 28th (time TBD) Possible late afternoon of touring to the Met or other iconic locations. Time to be determined but possibly after 3pm. Touring...

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  • Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania November 15, 2014 Love Japan? Like children? Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering? Then sign up for JETAANY’s Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City. Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! The event will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5pm. Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please Monica at president@jetaany.org and fill out the survey here to sign up Sign up here to volunteer Have an idea for an activity or have questions regarding...

    (11/15) Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania

    Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania November 15, 2014 Love Japan? Like children? Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering? Then sign up for JETAANY’s Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City. Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister. Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! The event will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5pm. Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please Monica at president@jetaany.org and fill out the survey here to sign up Sign up here to volunteer Have an idea for an activity or have questions regarding...

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  • By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. For his photo gallery of X Japan’s concert at MSG, click here. On Oct. 11, Madison Square Garden was ignited by the amazing energy of the sensational Japanese rock group X Japan. Realizing a lifelong dream of its founding members—vocalist Toshi and superstar drummer/pianist Yoshiki—X Japan overcame years of behind-the-scenes drama to finally play the World’s Most Famous Arena, as one of the most successful Japanese music groups of all time brought down the house in NYC. For the first time ever outside of their native Japan, X Japan culminated their dream to perform an all-immersive concert, armed with a full array of fireworks, pyrotechnics, confetti, and incredible light effects.  According to Yoshiki in one of many heartfelt messages delivered to the...

    JQ Magazine: Concert Review — X Japan Marks the Spot at Madison Square Garden

    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. For his photo gallery of X Japan’s concert at MSG, click here. On Oct. 11, Madison Square Garden was ignited by the amazing energy of the sensational Japanese rock group X Japan. Realizing a lifelong dream of its founding members—vocalist Toshi and superstar drummer/pianist Yoshiki—X Japan overcame years of behind-the-scenes drama to finally play the World’s Most Famous Arena, as one of the most successful Japanese music groups of all time brought down the house in NYC. For the first time ever outside of their native Japan, X Japan culminated their dream to perform an all-immersive concert, armed with a full array of fireworks, pyrotechnics, confetti, and incredible light effects.  According to Yoshiki in one of many heartfelt messages delivered to the...

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  • Tsukemono at Home: The Pleasure of Japanese Pickles with Karen Solomon (JET Alumni) Are you in love with umeboshi? Crazy for nukazuke? Is your sushi incomplete without gari? Then you are a fan of tsukemono – the ancient art of Japanese food preservation. Asian Pickles author Karen Solomon will give an introduction to the world of Japanese pickles, including techniques, ingredients, flavor profiles, and serving suggestions. Karen will also discuss how tsukemono are different than common vinegar and fermented pickles, and demonstrate some quick pickle recipes that will inspire both novice and accomplished picklers to make their own. After her presentation, you will also get a chance to sample some tsukemono prepared by Karen. Visit http://ksolomon.com/ to learn more about Karen.  Tsukemono_Flyer...

    Learn how to make Tsukemono

    Tsukemono at Home: The Pleasure of Japanese Pickles with Karen Solomon (JET Alumni) Are you in love with umeboshi? Crazy for nukazuke? Is your sushi incomplete without gari? Then you are a fan of tsukemono – the ancient art of Japanese food preservation. Asian Pickles author Karen Solomon will give an introduction to the world of Japanese pickles, including techniques, ingredients, flavor profiles, and serving suggestions. Karen will also discuss how tsukemono are different than common vinegar and fermented pickles, and demonstrate some quick pickle recipes that will inspire both novice and accomplished picklers to make their own. After her presentation, you will also get a chance to sample some tsukemono prepared by Karen. Visit http://ksolomon.com/ to learn more about Karen.  Tsukemono_Flyer...

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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. For Yoshiki Hayashi, this Saturday (Oct. 11) will go down in J-rock history, as one of the biggest bands in Asia makes their debut at Madison Square Garden. Formed over 30 years ago, X Japan first gained notoriety in the mid-’80s by ushering in the visual kei movement, a style that continues to evolve through other Japanese megastars like L’Arc~en~Ciel (who headlined the World’s Most Famous Arena themselves in 2012). At the center of it all is X Japan’s founding member, Yoshiki. An equally talented songwriter, heavy metal drummer and classical pianist, he is both the heart and soul of X Japan, and, having lived in Los Angeles for two decades, the ideal mouthpiece for the band’s American...

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Yoshiki of X Japan on the Band’s Madison Square Garden Debut

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. For Yoshiki Hayashi, this Saturday (Oct. 11) will go down in J-rock history, as one of the biggest bands in Asia makes their debut at Madison Square Garden. Formed over 30 years ago, X Japan first gained notoriety in the mid-’80s by ushering in the visual kei movement, a style that continues to evolve through other Japanese megastars like L’Arc~en~Ciel (who headlined the World’s Most Famous Arena themselves in 2012). At the center of it all is X Japan’s founding member, Yoshiki. An equally talented songwriter, heavy metal drummer and classical pianist, he is both the heart and soul of X Japan, and, having lived in Los Angeles for two decades, the ideal mouthpiece for the band’s American...

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden currently serves on the JETAA New South Wales committee in Sydney, Australia as the online social media, webmaster and occasional editor. Got feedback? Leave a comment below. The natural and man-made disaster of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake provoked an intense and visceral response from within and without, which saw an unprecedented level of cooperation between allies and between former enemies, and a united outpouring of human generosity and spirit globally. Little wonder then, that the usual cynical rhetoric was replaced with wholly credulous proclamations of a new age that could be an economic, technological, political and social rebirth of a nation. “We expect a lot from crises,” author Richard J. Samuels notes in 3.11: Disaster and Change in...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan’

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden currently serves on the JETAA New South Wales committee in Sydney, Australia as the online social media, webmaster and occasional editor. Got feedback? Leave a comment below. The natural and man-made disaster of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake provoked an intense and visceral response from within and without, which saw an unprecedented level of cooperation between allies and between former enemies, and a united outpouring of human generosity and spirit globally. Little wonder then, that the usual cynical rhetoric was replaced with wholly credulous proclamations of a new age that could be an economic, technological, political and social rebirth of a nation. “We expect a lot from crises,” author Richard J. Samuels notes in 3.11: Disaster and Change in...

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  •   Before the madness of the holidays set in let’s gather together in Pittsburgh to catch up with old friends and make new ones over a few drinks! Thursday November 13th Location TBD but check the facebook page for more details Click here

    (11/13) Pittsburgh Happy Hour – save the date!

      Before the madness of the holidays set in let’s gather together in Pittsburgh to catch up with old friends and make new ones over a few drinks! Thursday November 13th Location TBD but check the facebook page for more details Click here

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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. 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: Friday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. The Tale of Princess Kaguya IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas $14  New York premiere! Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits an ancient Japanese folktale in this gorgeous, hand- drawn masterwork decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The beautiful...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Studio Ghibli, New York Comic Con, X Japan, Hatsune Miku

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. 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: Friday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. The Tale of Princess Kaguya IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas $14  New York premiere! Legendary Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits an ancient Japanese folktale in this gorgeous, hand- drawn masterwork decades in the making. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter (James Caan) and his wife (Mary Steenburgen), a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady (Chloë Grace Moretz). The beautiful...

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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… Laurie Fraser (Osaka-fu, 1997-98) is a writer and traveler who married a Kurd in Turkey in the 1990s. The experience inspired The Word Not Spoken, semi-autobiographical debut novel that blurs the line between reality and fiction, casting light on a tumultuous period in history through the eyes of those who experienced it firsthand. The conflict between the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] and the Turkish Armed Forces has its roots in the First World War and continues to have repercussions...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Laurie Fraser on ‘The Word Not Spoken’

    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… Laurie Fraser (Osaka-fu, 1997-98) is a writer and traveler who married a Kurd in Turkey in the 1990s. The experience inspired The Word Not Spoken, semi-autobiographical debut novel that blurs the line between reality and fiction, casting light on a tumultuous period in history through the eyes of those who experienced it firsthand. The conflict between the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] and the Turkish Armed Forces has its roots in the First World War and continues to have repercussions...

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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 October is set to be a landmark month for New York City, as it welcomes to the stage some of the most celebrated Japanese musicians performing today. Things kick off on Oct. 5 with girl group Morning Musume ’14 at the Best Buy Theater. The forerunner to today’s mega-member pop acts like AKB48, Momusu has been spinning off hits since 1997, launching the career of songwriter-turned-record mogul Tsunku in the process. On Oct. 11, X Japan, the country’s best-selling rock band of all time, becomes the second Japanese act to headline Madison Square Garden, following L’Arc~en~Ciel’s historic debut there two years ago. Led by the charismatic drummer (and classical pianist) Yoshiki,...

    Justin’s Japan: J-Rocktober

    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 October is set to be a landmark month for New York City, as it welcomes to the stage some of the most celebrated Japanese musicians performing today. Things kick off on Oct. 5 with girl group Morning Musume ’14 at the Best Buy Theater. The forerunner to today’s mega-member pop acts like AKB48, Momusu has been spinning off hits since 1997, launching the career of songwriter-turned-record mogul Tsunku in the process. On Oct. 11, X Japan, the country’s best-selling rock band of all time, becomes the second Japanese act to headline Madison Square Garden, following L’Arc~en~Ciel’s historic debut there two years ago. Led by the charismatic drummer (and classical pianist) Yoshiki,...

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  • Greetings from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of JapanWe hope you have spent an excellent time during the summer and enjoying the advent of autumn.We have just issued a special “Womenomics” edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine. The magazine introduces various Japanese women shinning in Japan and the world, together with the initiatives taken in Japan to improve social environment for women and to promote active participation of women at work.The magazine was also distributed at World Assembly for Women (WAW! 2014) which was held in Tokyo on Sep. 12-14.Womenomics Edition is available as PDF and e-book. Please visit the following link to download the magazine.http://japan.kantei.go.jp/letters/index.html* We Are Tomodachi is a magazine published with the aim to...

    Japanese Prime Minister’s Web Magazine: “Womenomics”

    Greetings from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of JapanWe hope you have spent an excellent time during the summer and enjoying the advent of autumn.We have just issued a special “Womenomics” edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine. The magazine introduces various Japanese women shinning in Japan and the world, together with the initiatives taken in Japan to improve social environment for women and to promote active participation of women at work.The magazine was also distributed at World Assembly for Women (WAW! 2014) which was held in Tokyo on Sep. 12-14.Womenomics Edition is available as PDF and e-book. Please visit the following link to download the magazine.http://japan.kantei.go.jp/letters/index.html* We Are Tomodachi is a magazine published with the aim to...

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  • When: Monday, November 3, 7pm Where: Japan Society (333 E. 47th @ 1st Ave.) Cost: $3-4 to cover pizza RSVP: Contact bookclub[at]jetaany.org or via our Facebook page. Discover eerie Japanese spooks of old (in time for Halloween!) by joining our discussion of “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.” Kwaidan is a collection of short stories written by Lafcadio Hearn, one of the first Americans to live for a significant amount of time in Japan and write stories about its culture. There is a free version (public domain) on amazon.com if you have a kindle or would like to read it off of the computer. If you don’t have kindle, also try Overdrive, the electronic library resource, or Gutenberg.

    (11/3) Nov Book Club – Kwaidan @Japan Society

    When: Monday, November 3, 7pm Where: Japan Society (333 E. 47th @ 1st Ave.) Cost: $3-4 to cover pizza RSVP: Contact bookclub[at]jetaany.org or via our Facebook page. Discover eerie Japanese spooks of old (in time for Halloween!) by joining our discussion of “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things.” Kwaidan is a collection of short stories written by Lafcadio Hearn, one of the first Americans to live for a significant amount of time in Japan and write stories about its culture. There is a free version (public domain) on amazon.com if you have a kindle or would like to read it off of the computer. If you don’t have kindle, also try Overdrive, the electronic library resource, or Gutenberg.

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  • When: Saturday, October 6th, 6 pm – 11 pm Where: Kite and Key. 1836 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.thekiteandkey.com/ RSVP: Contact May or let us know you’re coming via the Facebook Page A little get-together in the greater Philly area! Hope to see you there. Please let me by September 29th so I get a rough head count and see if this remains an appropriate venue.  

    (10/4) JET Fumes in Philadelphia – RSVP by 9/29

    When: Saturday, October 6th, 6 pm – 11 pm Where: Kite and Key. 1836 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA, http://www.thekiteandkey.com/ RSVP: Contact May or let us know you’re coming via the Facebook Page A little get-together in the greater Philly area! Hope to see you there. Please let me by September 29th so I get a rough head count and see if this remains an appropriate venue.  

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