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  • Make your donation to support Tohoku on March 10th-11th and it will be MATCHED! JETAA USA and JETAANY are supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation (TAMF) when the clock strikesmidnight in Japan on March 11. GlobalGiving will once again MATCH these donations! Last year, the JET Community helped raise nearly $50,000 for the 311 relief and recovery effort. We hope to continue the success of last year’s “JETs Rally for Tohoku” campaign and will join us in showing your ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website on March 10th – 11th to make a donation that will be matched. Online donation drive Starts: 12:00 midnight Japan time on 3/11 (11 am EDT, March 10; 8 am PDT, etc) Ends: When we reach maximum matching amounts ($30,000 total, $15,000 per...

    Donate to Tohoku from March 10 & 11 to DOUBLE your contribution!!

    Make your donation to support Tohoku on March 10th-11th and it will be MATCHED! JETAA USA and JETAANY are supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation (TAMF) when the clock strikesmidnight in Japan on March 11. GlobalGiving will once again MATCH these donations! Last year, the JET Community helped raise nearly $50,000 for the 311 relief and recovery effort. We hope to continue the success of last year’s “JETs Rally for Tohoku” campaign and will join us in showing your ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website on March 10th – 11th to make a donation that will be matched. Online donation drive Starts: 12:00 midnight Japan time on 3/11 (11 am EDT, March 10; 8 am PDT, etc) Ends: When we reach maximum matching amounts ($30,000 total, $15,000 per…

  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an unmissable North American anime premiere, a documentary on one of Japan’s hottest acts, and concerts featuring some of the biggest names in electronic music, taiko, and indie rock. This month’s highlights include: Friday, Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. When Marnie Was There DGA Theatre, 110 West 57th Street $16 North American premiere! The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery, and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Ghibli Premiere, L’arc~en~Ciel, Steve Aoki, Rinko Kikuchi

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an unmissable North American anime premiere, a documentary on one of Japan’s hottest acts, and concerts featuring some of the biggest names in electronic music, taiko, and indie rock. This month’s highlights include: Friday, Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. When Marnie Was There DGA Theatre, 110 West 57th Street $16 North American premiere! The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery, and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon…

  •   When: Monday March 16,  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Legends Bar, 6 West 33rd Street @ 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Private space downstairs) Questions: Contact Monica Yuki (president @ jetaany.org) or Pam Kavalam (vicepresident @ jetaany.org) Cost: $15 prepay (until March 14th) / $20 (March 15th – at the door) What you get: We’ll be serving “hearty hors d’oeuvres” included in the entry price. There will be a happy hour special specifically for attendees until 9 pm. And of course, you’ll get the opportunity to meet some amazing people RSVP: Get your spot by using Paypal below and check out who else is coming on Facebook Join us for our largest networking event of the year! The annual JETAANY Meishi...

    3/16 JETAANY Meishi Exchange

      When: Monday March 16,  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Legends Bar, 6 West 33rd Street @ 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Private space downstairs) Questions: Contact Monica Yuki (president @ jetaany.org) or Pam Kavalam (vicepresident @ jetaany.org) Cost: $15 prepay (until March 14th) / $20 (March 15th – at the door) What you get: We’ll be serving “hearty hors d’oeuvres” included in the entry price. There will be a happy hour special specifically for attendees until 9 pm. And of course, you’ll get the opportunity to meet some amazing people RSVP: Get your spot by using Paypal below and check out who else is coming on Facebook Join us for our largest networking event of the year! The annual JETAANY Meishi…

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  • By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies-East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive associate at Asia Society in New York City. It’s no surprise that, in an age where Cats of Istagram reign over our feed with a lofty air, Japan Society in New York’s new art exhibition Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection is garnering serious buzz. Presenting 86 drawings, paintings, woodblock prints and decorative objects dating from the 17th to the early 20th century, this latest showcase taps into cat fancying for the digital age. Without a doubt, Life of Cats is a work of heart: it’s made by people who love cats, for cat lovers. Chief...

    JQ Magazine: ‘Life of Cats’ Showcases Frisky Furballs at Japan Society

    By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies-East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive associate at Asia Society in New York City. It’s no surprise that, in an age where Cats of Istagram reign over our feed with a lofty air, Japan Society in New York’s new art exhibition Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection is garnering serious buzz. Presenting 86 drawings, paintings, woodblock prints and decorative objects dating from the 17th to the early 20th century, this latest showcase taps into cat fancying for the digital age. Without a doubt, Life of Cats is a work of heart: it’s made by people who love cats, for cat lovers. Chief...

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  • The NECTJ (Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese) would like to have a JET booth at Harumatsuri at UNIS (United Nations International School) on 2450 FDR Drive, New York, NY. We need folks from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm on Monday, March 23.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact JET Nicole Bongiorno by tomorrow, March 18th at Nicolebong-at-aol-dot-com. JET volunteers are needed to run a booth. Activities at the booth include distributing JET Program pamphlets, hosting our own quizzes or games on Japanese language or culture, and conversing with student groups in Japanese. Please see below for specific responsibilities and check out the photos from last year HERE. Overview of the Booth… Last year at the booth, each of the JET alumni compiled photos...

    (3/23) Calling Volunteers for UNIS Harumatsuri!

    The NECTJ (Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese) would like to have a JET booth at Harumatsuri at UNIS (United Nations International School) on 2450 FDR Drive, New York, NY. We need folks from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm on Monday, March 23.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact JET Nicole Bongiorno by tomorrow, March 18th at Nicolebong-at-aol-dot-com. JET volunteers are needed to run a booth. Activities at the booth include distributing JET Program pamphlets, hosting our own quizzes or games on Japanese language or culture, and conversing with student groups in Japanese. Please see below for specific responsibilities and check out the photos from last year HERE. Overview of the Booth… Last year at the booth, each of the JET alumni compiled photos...

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  • Make your donation to support Tohoku on March 10th-11th and it will be MATCHED! JETAA USA and JETAANY are supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation (TAMF) when the clock strikesmidnight in Japan on March 11. GlobalGiving will once again MATCH these donations! Last year, the JET Community helped raise nearly $50,000 for the 311 relief and recovery effort. We hope to continue the success of last year’s “JETs Rally for Tohoku” campaign and will join us in showing your ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website on March 10th – 11th to make a donation that will be matched. Online donation drive Starts: 12:00 midnight Japan time on 3/11 (11 am EDT, March 10; 8 am PDT, etc) Ends: When we reach maximum matching amounts ($30,000 total, $15,000 per...

    Donate to Tohoku from March 10 & 11 to DOUBLE your contribution!!

    Make your donation to support Tohoku on March 10th-11th and it will be MATCHED! JETAA USA and JETAANY are supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation (TAMF) when the clock strikesmidnight in Japan on March 11. GlobalGiving will once again MATCH these donations! Last year, the JET Community helped raise nearly $50,000 for the 311 relief and recovery effort. We hope to continue the success of last year’s “JETs Rally for Tohoku” campaign and will join us in showing your ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website on March 10th – 11th to make a donation that will be matched. Online donation drive Starts: 12:00 midnight Japan time on 3/11 (11 am EDT, March 10; 8 am PDT, etc) Ends: When we reach maximum matching amounts ($30,000 total, $15,000 per...

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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. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an unmissable North American anime premiere, a documentary on one of Japan’s hottest acts, and concerts featuring some of the biggest names in electronic music, taiko, and indie rock. This month’s highlights include: Friday, Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. When Marnie Was There DGA Theatre, 110 West 57th Street $16 North American premiere! The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery, and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Ghibli Premiere, L’arc~en~Ciel, Steve Aoki, Rinko Kikuchi

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an unmissable North American anime premiere, a documentary on one of Japan’s hottest acts, and concerts featuring some of the biggest names in electronic music, taiko, and indie rock. This month’s highlights include: Friday, Feb. 27, 8:30 p.m. When Marnie Was There DGA Theatre, 110 West 57th Street $16 North American premiere! The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery, and discovery that delivers stirring emotions and breathtaking animation as only Ghibli can. When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon...

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  • Reserve your ticket online now for the suggested donation of $10.  All donations will be matched by Global Giving on march 11th to support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund As the world marks the fourth anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11, 2014), Chicago-based filmmaker Wesley Julian will share his documentary film, Tohoku Tomo (translated: “Friends of Tohoku”) to bring attention to the ongoing efforts to rebuild the Tohoku region of Japan, which was directly impacted by the disaster. Julian, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, was in Japan on March 11, 2011 when the earthquake struck. Seeing the devastation first-hand and losing a close friend in the tsunami, he returned to the USA committed to helping bring attention...

    3/10 Tohoku Tomo Screening in New York

    Reserve your ticket online now for the suggested donation of $10.  All donations will be matched by Global Giving on march 11th to support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund As the world marks the fourth anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11, 2014), Chicago-based filmmaker Wesley Julian will share his documentary film, Tohoku Tomo (translated: “Friends of Tohoku”) to bring attention to the ongoing efforts to rebuild the Tohoku region of Japan, which was directly impacted by the disaster. Julian, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, was in Japan on March 11, 2011 when the earthquake struck. Seeing the devastation first-hand and losing a close friend in the tsunami, he returned to the USA committed to helping bring attention...

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  •   When: Monday March 16,  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Legends Bar, 6 West 33rd Street @ 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Private space downstairs) Questions: Contact Monica Yuki (president @ jetaany.org) or Pam Kavalam (vicepresident @ jetaany.org) Cost: $15 prepay (until March 14th) / $20 (March 15th – at the door) What you get: We’ll be serving “hearty hors d’oeuvres” included in the entry price. There will be a happy hour special specifically for attendees until 9 pm. And of course, you’ll get the opportunity to meet some amazing people RSVP: Get your spot by using Paypal below and check out who else is coming on Facebook Join us for our largest networking event of the year! The annual JETAANY Meishi...

    3/16 JETAANY Meishi Exchange

      When: Monday March 16,  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Legends Bar, 6 West 33rd Street @ 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Private space downstairs) Questions: Contact Monica Yuki (president @ jetaany.org) or Pam Kavalam (vicepresident @ jetaany.org) Cost: $15 prepay (until March 14th) / $20 (March 15th – at the door) What you get: We’ll be serving “hearty hors d’oeuvres” included in the entry price. There will be a happy hour special specifically for attendees until 9 pm. And of course, you’ll get the opportunity to meet some amazing people RSVP: Get your spot by using Paypal below and check out who else is coming on Facebook Join us for our largest networking event of the year! The annual JETAANY Meishi...

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  • Are detective stories your thing? What about something involving an iconic figure of literature, ninjas, and Japan? Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) of JETAA New South Wales reviews the new mystery novel Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King, the latest in her Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series, which is partially set in Japan and delves into Japanese culture quite a bit. Picking up another person’s work is never easy, especially if you’re continuing a series of stories long after the original, canonical work ended, and in the time since then has become so popular and well-known that it forms part of modern pop culture. This practice is nothing new and is constantly ongoing—after all, witness the prevalence and popularity (or notoriety?) of...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Dreaming Spies’

    Are detective stories your thing? What about something involving an iconic figure of literature, ninjas, and Japan? Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) of JETAA New South Wales reviews the new mystery novel Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King, the latest in her Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series, which is partially set in Japan and delves into Japanese culture quite a bit. Picking up another person’s work is never easy, especially if you’re continuing a series of stories long after the original, canonical work ended, and in the time since then has become so popular and well-known that it forms part of modern pop culture. This practice is nothing new and is constantly ongoing—after all, witness the prevalence and popularity (or notoriety?) of...

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  •  JETAANY Annual Shinnenkai When: Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where:  Evergreen Shanghai Restaurant & Lounge (10 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016) Facebook: Let others know you’re attending on our event’s page. Questions:  Contact Wendy Ikemoto at secretary[at]jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Shinnenkai! Let’s celebrate another successful year over Chinese cuisine and good company. This event tends to sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot through PayPal. After you have paid you will receive an e-mail confirming your spot. It is family style, so each table of 10 people will share the menu outlined below. Price includes appetizers, dinner and tip. Drinks are pay on your own. Cost: $16 (last day to...

    (2/24) Shinnenkai @ Evergreen – Next Week Tuesday!

     JETAANY Annual Shinnenkai When: Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where:  Evergreen Shanghai Restaurant & Lounge (10 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016) Facebook: Let others know you’re attending on our event’s page. Questions:  Contact Wendy Ikemoto at secretary[at]jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Shinnenkai! Let’s celebrate another successful year over Chinese cuisine and good company. This event tends to sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot through PayPal. After you have paid you will receive an e-mail confirming your spot. It is family style, so each table of 10 people will share the menu outlined below. Price includes appetizers, dinner and tip. Drinks are pay on your own. Cost: $16 (last day to...

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  • Japan Day @ Central Park 2015 is happy to announce that this year’s event will be held at the Bandshell area on May 10th, 2015 (Mother’s Day). We are also thrilled to announce that Japan Day is extending the submission deadline for our 4th Annual “Japan Day Art Contest” until Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. The selected artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2015, and will be used for our Official Poster, Program, Flyer and T-shirts. The contest winner will also receive a pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA. One of this year’s judges is famed Japanese Jazz pianist Senri Oe who will also be selecting the “Senri Award” winner. The Senri...

    Japan Day Art Contest (deadline February 22nd)

    Japan Day @ Central Park 2015 is happy to announce that this year’s event will be held at the Bandshell area on May 10th, 2015 (Mother’s Day). We are also thrilled to announce that Japan Day is extending the submission deadline for our 4th Annual “Japan Day Art Contest” until Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. The selected artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2015, and will be used for our Official Poster, Program, Flyer and T-shirts. The contest winner will also receive a pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA. One of this year’s judges is famed Japanese Jazz pianist Senri Oe who will also be selecting the “Senri Award” winner. The Senri...

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  • The term for serving JETAA USA as a CR is one year and is determined by a vote of all chapters. There are three CR positions to be voted on for 2015-16. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws available via the link or on our website (www.jetaausa.com >> About JETAA >> Bylaws). All candidates must submit a platform by March 5 (Thursday), 2015 in order to be considered.  These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment.  Any incomplete, falsified or late platforms will not be considered. A platform consists of 4 total pieces. These items are also outlined and available on the CR Elections webpage of our JETAA USA...

    JETAA USA Country Representative Applications due March 5th

    The term for serving JETAA USA as a CR is one year and is determined by a vote of all chapters. There are three CR positions to be voted on for 2015-16. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws available via the link or on our website (www.jetaausa.com >> About JETAA >> Bylaws). All candidates must submit a platform by March 5 (Thursday), 2015 in order to be considered.  These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment.  Any incomplete, falsified or late platforms will not be considered. A platform consists of 4 total pieces. These items are also outlined and available on the CR Elections webpage of our JETAA USA...

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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. Originally hailing from Niigata Prefecture, 21-year-old Japanese national basketball team veteran Yuki Togashi joined the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League as a point guard last November after playing in four games with the Dallas Mavericks last year during Summer League. Togashi made his D-League debut in New York on Jan. 24, shooting a field goal in the third quarter that helped the Legends rise to a 93-92 victory over the Westchester Knicks in their inaugural season. That same week in January, the New York Times featured a story on Yuta Watanabe, 20, a towering 6-foot-8 point guard for George Washington University. A native of...

    Justin’s Japan: NBA D-Leaguer Yuki Togashi

    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. Originally hailing from Niigata Prefecture, 21-year-old Japanese national basketball team veteran Yuki Togashi joined the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League as a point guard last November after playing in four games with the Dallas Mavericks last year during Summer League. Togashi made his D-League debut in New York on Jan. 24, shooting a field goal in the third quarter that helped the Legends rise to a 93-92 victory over the Westchester Knicks in their inaugural season. That same week in January, the New York Times featured a story on Yuta Watanabe, 20, a towering 6-foot-8 point guard for George Washington University. A native of...

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  • Are you interested in contributing your time to JETAANY? We are approaching another JETAANY fiscal year and another executive officer appointment season and the JETAANY Board of Directors is accepting platforms from members interested in serving as an executive officer. In accordance with our bylaws, the selection of executive officers will be made by the Board of Directors based on the platforms that are received.  As always, the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary roles are those seats that are open to interested members. Position descriptions are online at http://jetaany.org/forum/elections_2008/topic-483/?recent=503.  Officer positions are held for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 the following year. The approximate time line for the election process is as follows: March 9: Platforms Due March 10-15: Platforms are evaluated by Elections Committee March...

    Call for 2015 JETAANY Executive Officer Platforms!

    Are you interested in contributing your time to JETAANY? We are approaching another JETAANY fiscal year and another executive officer appointment season and the JETAANY Board of Directors is accepting platforms from members interested in serving as an executive officer. In accordance with our bylaws, the selection of executive officers will be made by the Board of Directors based on the platforms that are received.  As always, the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary roles are those seats that are open to interested members. Position descriptions are online at http://jetaany.org/forum/elections_2008/topic-483/?recent=503.  Officer positions are held for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 the following year. The approximate time line for the election process is as follows: March 9: Platforms Due March 10-15: Platforms are evaluated by Elections Committee March...

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  • Date: Friday, February 27th Time: 4:50 pm – 5:50 pm Location:  Rochester Institute of Technology (Building TBA) Contact: Pam Kavalam at vicepresident@jetaany.org The Rochester Institute of Technology has invited a JET representative to come speak about the program and their experience at a study abroad returnee conference. The students in attendance will have recently returned from abroad and the day will provide them with information on other opportunities to study, work or learn abroad. They are looking for a 15-20 minute presentation on the JET program sometime between 4:50-5:50 pm. They are expecting about 50-60 students. The event is a seminar set up, so a powerpoint or handouts would work well. They would have a computer and screen available for the presenter to use. If you are available and/or need...

    (2/27) Calling Rochester-area alumni – Speak at RIT about JET!

    Date: Friday, February 27th Time: 4:50 pm – 5:50 pm Location:  Rochester Institute of Technology (Building TBA) Contact: Pam Kavalam at vicepresident@jetaany.org The Rochester Institute of Technology has invited a JET representative to come speak about the program and their experience at a study abroad returnee conference. The students in attendance will have recently returned from abroad and the day will provide them with information on other opportunities to study, work or learn abroad. They are looking for a 15-20 minute presentation on the JET program sometime between 4:50-5:50 pm. They are expecting about 50-60 students. The event is a seminar set up, so a powerpoint or handouts would work well. They would have a computer and screen available for the presenter to use. If you are available and/or need...

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  • What: Book Club Discussion of No-No Boy by John Okada When: Thursday, March 5th at 7:00 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue) RSVP: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing bookclub[at]jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the next book will be No-No Boy by Jon Okada. Published in 1956, No-No Boy was the first Japanese-American novel. It tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a “no-no boy” who answered “no” twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro...

    To be RESCHEDULED — (3/5) March Book Club: Okada’s No-No Boy

    What: Book Club Discussion of No-No Boy by John Okada When: Thursday, March 5th at 7:00 PM Where: Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (at 1st Avenue) RSVP: Let us know you’re coming via Facebook or by emailing bookclub[at]jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the next book will be No-No Boy by Jon Okada. Published in 1956, No-No Boy was the first Japanese-American novel. It tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a “no-no boy” who answered “no” twice in a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States. Unwilling to pledge himself to the country that interned him and his family, Ichiro...

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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. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an exhibition for the whole family that’s perfect for introducing kids to Tokyo life, a big-screen anime farewell to a certain ninja you won’t want to miss, and an annual showcase that brings the sights (and tastes) of Japan to vivid life. This month’s highlights include: Now through May 17 Hello from Japan! Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street $11 children/adults, $7 seniors Experience Tokyo’s vibrant culture in a new interactive exhibit! Children will have fun learning about life in present day Japan in this playful, highly immersive environment that transports families to two distinct areas...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Kawaii Central, Japan Week, Mr. Big, the Last ‘Naruto’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an exhibition for the whole family that’s perfect for introducing kids to Tokyo life, a big-screen anime farewell to a certain ninja you won’t want to miss, and an annual showcase that brings the sights (and tastes) of Japan to vivid life. This month’s highlights include: Now through May 17 Hello from Japan! Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street $11 children/adults, $7 seniors Experience Tokyo’s vibrant culture in a new interactive exhibit! Children will have fun learning about life in present day Japan in this playful, highly immersive environment that transports families to two distinct areas...

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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. You may remember being treated to “What I did during my summer vacation” tales in elementary school. Well, Christine Mari Inzer spent a memorable summer vacation visiting family in Japan and she documents those travels in a largely visual journey titled Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan. Halfway Home—so-titled because Inzer, the daughter of a Japanese mother and American father, describes herself as being half at home in the United States and half at...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan’

    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. You may remember being treated to “What I did during my summer vacation” tales in elementary school. Well, Christine Mari Inzer spent a memorable summer vacation visiting family in Japan and she documents those travels in a largely visual journey titled Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan. Halfway Home—so-titled because Inzer, the daughter of a Japanese mother and American father, describes herself as being half at home in the United States and half at...

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  • By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. Sephiroth, meet Mr. Roth. On Jan. 31, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center will hold a double performance marathon of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, an official concert program of the beloved video game series, also coming to Boston (April 24) and St. Louis (May 15). Featuring special guest series composer Nobuo Uematsu and featured soloists RIKKI and Susan Calloway, the show will feature game clips playing to the performance of a symphony orchestra, choir and renowned vocal talent, all under the direction of Grammy Award-winning conductor (and Mannheim Steamroller member) Arnie Roth. Roth’s resume includes a long list of music direction for television, film, and video games. A veteran collaborator on...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Grammy Winner Arnie Roth on ‘Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy’

    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. Sephiroth, meet Mr. Roth. On Jan. 31, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center will hold a double performance marathon of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, an official concert program of the beloved video game series, also coming to Boston (April 24) and St. Louis (May 15). Featuring special guest series composer Nobuo Uematsu and featured soloists RIKKI and Susan Calloway, the show will feature game clips playing to the performance of a symphony orchestra, choir and renowned vocal talent, all under the direction of Grammy Award-winning conductor (and Mannheim Steamroller member) Arnie Roth. Roth’s resume includes a long list of music direction for television, film, and video games. A veteran collaborator on...

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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. Start 2015 off right by heading down to your local concert hall, consulate, or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy kendo, classic film, or orchestral performances from the greatest video games of all time, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlights include: Tuesday, Jan. 6 Jaco the Galactic Patrolman $9.99 print/$6.99 digital Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is back with this quirky new interstellar comedy, collected in English for the first time! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Akira Toriyama Returns, Final Fantasy, Video Games Live

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Start 2015 off right by heading down to your local concert hall, consulate, or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy kendo, classic film, or orchestral performances from the greatest video games of all time, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlights include: Tuesday, Jan. 6 Jaco the Galactic Patrolman $9.99 print/$6.99 digital Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is back with this quirky new interstellar comedy, collected in English for the first time! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash...

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  • By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-2012) for JQ magazine. Sheila is a grant proposal writer at the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Read more of her reporting and writing at her blog. Robin Hilton (Aichi-ken, 1996-99) is a radio producer and co-host of NPR’s music program All Songs Considered. In this JQ exclusive, Hilton shares his experiences on the JET Program in the late 1990s and his radio documentary Big in Japan, a comical and poignant reflection on his daily life as an English teacher in Japan. Growing up in the small town of Abilene in central Kansas, Hilton never imagined living or working in Japan. But around the same time he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1992, Abilene...

    From JET to NPR: An Interview (and Playlist) from Producer Robin Hilton

    By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-2012) for JQ magazine. Sheila is a grant proposal writer at the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Read more of her reporting and writing at her blog. Robin Hilton (Aichi-ken, 1996-99) is a radio producer and co-host of NPR’s music program All Songs Considered. In this JQ exclusive, Hilton shares his experiences on the JET Program in the late 1990s and his radio documentary Big in Japan, a comical and poignant reflection on his daily life as an English teacher in Japan. Growing up in the small town of Abilene in central Kansas, Hilton never imagined living or working in Japan. But around the same time he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1992, Abilene...

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  • By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan is the third volume in a four-part manga history of the Showa period by eminent manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. (If you’re new to this series, check out JQ’s reviews of the first and second volumes here.) Since I have already sung the praises of Mizuki’s excellent blending of realistic and comical art and storytelling as well as the top-notch translation by JET alum (and JQ interviewee) Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06), I have decided to focus this review more on unpacking some of the contents...

    JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan’

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan is the third volume in a four-part manga history of the Showa period by eminent manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. (If you’re new to this series, check out JQ’s reviews of the first and second volumes here.) Since I have already sung the praises of Mizuki’s excellent blending of realistic and comical art and storytelling as well as the top-notch translation by JET alum (and JQ interviewee) Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06), I have decided to focus this review more on unpacking some of the contents...

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