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  • Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm Venue: Japan Society Auditorium (333 East 47th Street, NYC) Admission: Free RSVP: sunshine@nhkcma.com (Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and first come, first served.) NHK WORLD TV cordially invites JETAANY members & friends to a special English-language performance of rakugo (traditional Japanese storytelling) by Katsura Sunshine, on the topic of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints). The performance will be live-taped for future broadcast on the NHK WORLD TV channel as part of the “Dive into UKIYO-E” series RSVP: sunshine@nhkcma.com (Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and first come, first served.)<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/11) Free Rakugo Performance by Katsura Sunshine

    Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm Venue: Japan Society Auditorium (333 East 47th Street, NYC) Admission: Free RSVP: sunshine@nhkcma.com (Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and first come, first served.) NHK WORLD TV cordially invites JETAANY members & friends to a special English-language performance of rakugo (traditional Japanese storytelling) by Katsura Sunshine, on the topic of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints). The performance will be live-taped for future broadcast on the NHK WORLD TV channel as part of the “Dive into UKIYO-E” series RSVP: sunshine@nhkcma.com (Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and first come, first served.)

  • JETAANY Summer Retreat 2016 Saturday, July 30, 2016 – Sunday, July 31, 2016 Taconic Outdoor Education Center Coldspring, NY Bring yourselves. Bring your friends. Bring your kids. There’s something for everyone at the first-ever JETAANY Summer Retreat! Activities, overnight lodging and all meals (lunch & dinner on Saturday and breakfast & lunch on Sunday) will be provided. We will be staying in 8-10 person cabins with shared bathrooms. Bus transportation (at an extra cost) can be provided if there is enough interest. Activities include: Hiking Boating Picnicking Low Ropes Course Campfire Sports and Games …and much more. Costs: Program Fee (with lodging): $102.50/person Program Fee (without lodging – one day only): $51.50/person Children under 12 years old – half off price Transportation: $10-20 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (7/30-7/31) Save the Date: JETAANY Summer Retreat

    JETAANY Summer Retreat 2016 Saturday, July 30, 2016 – Sunday, July 31, 2016 Taconic Outdoor Education Center Coldspring, NY Bring yourselves. Bring your friends. Bring your kids. There’s something for everyone at the first-ever JETAANY Summer Retreat! Activities, overnight lodging and all meals (lunch & dinner on Saturday and breakfast & lunch on Sunday) will be provided. We will be staying in 8-10 person cabins with shared bathrooms. Bus transportation (at an extra cost) can be provided if there is enough interest. Activities include: Hiking Boating Picnicking Low Ropes Course Campfire Sports and Games …and much more. Costs: Program Fee (with lodging): $102.50/person Program Fee (without lodging – one day only): $51.50/person Children under 12 years old – half off price Transportation: $10-20 […]

  • First Ever JETAANY Haiku Contest! Celebrate the arrival of spring by flexing your poetic talents and entering our first ever JETAANY haiku contest! We are accepting haiku in both English and Japanese. Entries will be posted on the JETAANY Facebook page and be judged by the number of likes it receives. The deadline for submissions is April 30th at 9 pm. Send any questions to Wendy at secretary@jetaany.org. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, May 13th. Rules & Results: Haiku should be in short format of 3 lines. Haiku should be the standard 5-7-5 syllables. If the haiku is in Japanese, please also provide an English translation. All rights reserved to the authors. Submit entries by April 30th, 2016 at 9 pm […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Haiku Contest – Deadline extended to 5/13

    First Ever JETAANY Haiku Contest! Celebrate the arrival of spring by flexing your poetic talents and entering our first ever JETAANY haiku contest! We are accepting haiku in both English and Japanese. Entries will be posted on the JETAANY Facebook page and be judged by the number of likes it receives. The deadline for submissions is April 30th at 9 pm. Send any questions to Wendy at secretary@jetaany.org. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, May 13th. Rules & Results: Haiku should be in short format of 3 lines. Haiku should be the standard 5-7-5 syllables. If the haiku is in Japanese, please also provide an English translation. All rights reserved to the authors. Submit entries by April 30th, 2016 at 9 pm […]

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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. People from all over the world come to New York to launch their careers in entertainment. But can you do so in the world of Japanese music? Patrick Bartley has. A Florida native who was inspired at a young age by the sounds of classic video game scores like Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage, Bartley came to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music and later formed the J-MUSIC […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Patrick Bartley of J-MUSIC Ensemble

    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. People from all over the world come to New York to launch their careers in entertainment. But can you do so in the world of Japanese music? Patrick Bartley has. A Florida native who was inspired at a young age by the sounds of classic video game scores like Sonic the Hedgehog and Streets of Rage, Bartley came to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music and later formed the J-MUSIC […]

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  • Love Running? Love Ramen? Why not join the JETAANY Rameneers and wear this snazzy running shirt with our brand new logo. You must order by May 9th to get the early bird price of $11.50 per shirt ($12.50 if using PayPal), thanks to JET Alumni Association of New York! In the future, the price will likely be somewhere around $15 to $20. Color options: Red or White Gender: Men or Women Sizes: Small – 3XL T-shirt Quality: The shirts are 100% polyester birds pique knit flatback mesh. Athletic fit with reversed inset side panels and reflective piping. New Balance dry moisture management. Cost: $11.50 per shirt ($1 pay PayPal fee per shirt, unless paying with Venmo) STEP 1: Place Order […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Rameneers Running Shirt

    Love Running? Love Ramen? Why not join the JETAANY Rameneers and wear this snazzy running shirt with our brand new logo. You must order by May 9th to get the early bird price of $11.50 per shirt ($12.50 if using PayPal), thanks to JET Alumni Association of New York! In the future, the price will likely be somewhere around $15 to $20. Color options: Red or White Gender: Men or Women Sizes: Small – 3XL T-shirt Quality: The shirts are 100% polyester birds pique knit flatback mesh. Athletic fit with reversed inset side panels and reflective piping. New Balance dry moisture management. Cost: $11.50 per shirt ($1 pay PayPal fee per shirt, unless paying with Venmo) STEP 1: Place Order […]

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  • Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm Venue: Japan Society Auditorium (333 East 47th Street, NYC) Admission: Free RSVP: sunshine@nhkcma.com (Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and first come, first served.) NHK WORLD TV cordially invites JETAANY members & friends to a special English-language performance of rakugo (traditional Japanese storytelling) by Katsura Sunshine, on the topic of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints). The performance will be live-taped for future broadcast on the NHK WORLD TV channel as part of the “Dive into UKIYO-E” series RSVP: sunshine@nhkcma.com (Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and first come, first served.)<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/11) Free Rakugo Performance by Katsura Sunshine

    Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 pm Venue: Japan Society Auditorium (333 East 47th Street, NYC) Admission: Free RSVP: sunshine@nhkcma.com (Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and first come, first served.) NHK WORLD TV cordially invites JETAANY members & friends to a special English-language performance of rakugo (traditional Japanese storytelling) by Katsura Sunshine, on the topic of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints). The performance will be live-taped for future broadcast on the NHK WORLD TV channel as part of the “Dive into UKIYO-E” series RSVP: sunshine@nhkcma.com (Pre-registration is required. Space is limited and first come, first served.)

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  • By Heather Wilson Tomoyasu (Ibaraki-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Heather is a vlogger and blogger on her site US Japan Fam, author of “Legit Ways to Make Money from Home” (available on Kindle and iTunes), social media consultant, and mommy to twins plus one! You can follow and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. After a popular debut in his first children’s book, You Look Yummy, our tough but lovable friend Tyrannosaurus is back and better than ever thanks to author Tatsuya Miyanishi and his English publisher, Museyon (who also brought you 2014’s Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear). The second of a 13-book series, You Are My Best Friend features a similar transformation of the dinosaur from a violent and selfish creature to a kind and caring one, this time through […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘You Are My Best Friend’

    By Heather Wilson Tomoyasu (Ibaraki-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Heather is a vlogger and blogger on her site US Japan Fam, author of “Legit Ways to Make Money from Home” (available on Kindle and iTunes), social media consultant, and mommy to twins plus one! You can follow and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. After a popular debut in his first children’s book, You Look Yummy, our tough but lovable friend Tyrannosaurus is back and better than ever thanks to author Tatsuya Miyanishi and his English publisher, Museyon (who also brought you 2014’s Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear). The second of a 13-book series, You Are My Best Friend features a similar transformation of the dinosaur from a violent and selfish creature to a kind and caring one, this time through […]

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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. As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out. This month’s highlights include: Wednesday, May 4, 8:30 p.m. Babymetal PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway $49.50 New York City welcomes the return of Babymetal, a genre-smashing trio of teenage girls who perform a fusion of metal and idol music dubbed kawaii(cute) metal. After playing to a capacity crowd at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2014, the group returns to support its second album Metal Resistance, now available on Amazon and iTunes. After playing venues like the Tokyo Dome and Wembley Arena in London, Babymetal is poised to become one […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan — Nippon in New York: Babymetal, Anime Fan Fest, Coppé, Eir Aoi, 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. As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out. This month’s highlights include: Wednesday, May 4, 8:30 p.m. Babymetal PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway $49.50 New York City welcomes the return of Babymetal, a genre-smashing trio of teenage girls who perform a fusion of metal and idol music dubbed kawaii(cute) metal. After playing to a capacity crowd at Hammerstein Ballroom in 2014, the group returns to support its second album Metal Resistance, now available on Amazon and iTunes. After playing venues like the Tokyo Dome and Wembley Arena in London, Babymetal is poised to become one […]

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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. During my time in Yamagata Prefecture, I remember learning about filial piety, a virtue that the Japanese have historically cherished. I had heard about countless other values, principles and virtues that have been important in the daily lives of Japanese people. But I had totally forgotten them until… Picking up a copy of Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues. Written by Yoji Yamakuse, Japaneseness serves as the perfect introduction (or reintroduction) to many aspects […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues’

    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. During my time in Yamagata Prefecture, I remember learning about filial piety, a virtue that the Japanese have historically cherished. I had heard about countless other values, principles and virtues that have been important in the daily lives of Japanese people. But I had totally forgotten them until… Picking up a copy of Japaneseness: A Guide to Values and Virtues. Written by Yoji Yamakuse, Japaneseness serves as the perfect introduction (or reintroduction) to many aspects […]

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  • JETAANY Summer Retreat 2016 Saturday, July 30, 2016 – Sunday, July 31, 2016 Taconic Outdoor Education Center Coldspring, NY Bring yourselves. Bring your friends. Bring your kids. There’s something for everyone at the first-ever JETAANY Summer Retreat! Activities, overnight lodging and all meals (lunch & dinner on Saturday and breakfast & lunch on Sunday) will be provided. We will be staying in 8-10 person cabins with shared bathrooms. Bus transportation (at an extra cost) can be provided if there is enough interest. Activities include: Hiking Boating Picnicking Low Ropes Course Campfire Sports and Games …and much more. Costs: Program Fee (with lodging): $102.50/person Program Fee (without lodging – one day only): $51.50/person Children under 12 years old – half off price Transportation: $10-20 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (7/30-7/31) Save the Date: JETAANY Summer Retreat

    JETAANY Summer Retreat 2016 Saturday, July 30, 2016 – Sunday, July 31, 2016 Taconic Outdoor Education Center Coldspring, NY Bring yourselves. Bring your friends. Bring your kids. There’s something for everyone at the first-ever JETAANY Summer Retreat! Activities, overnight lodging and all meals (lunch & dinner on Saturday and breakfast & lunch on Sunday) will be provided. We will be staying in 8-10 person cabins with shared bathrooms. Bus transportation (at an extra cost) can be provided if there is enough interest. Activities include: Hiking Boating Picnicking Low Ropes Course Campfire Sports and Games …and much more. Costs: Program Fee (with lodging): $102.50/person Program Fee (without lodging – one day only): $51.50/person Children under 12 years old – half off price Transportation: $10-20 […]

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  • By Bahia Simons-Lane (Gunma-ken, 2005-07) for JQ magazine. Bahia taught at an all-girls’ high school on JET, and following her time on the program she held the position of ALT Advisor for the Gunma Board of Education from 2007-08. Bahia earned her master’s degree in International and Intercultural Education and certificate in Asian Studies from Florida International University in 2014, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Language, Literacy, and Culture. She is president of the Florida chapter of the JET Alumni Association. On March 11, 2011, I woke up like it was any other day, but minutes after I walked downstairs I realized it wasn’t. Two of my friends were staying with me at the time. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: 3/11 — Where We Stand Five Years Later

    By Bahia Simons-Lane (Gunma-ken, 2005-07) for JQ magazine. Bahia taught at an all-girls’ high school on JET, and following her time on the program she held the position of ALT Advisor for the Gunma Board of Education from 2007-08. Bahia earned her master’s degree in International and Intercultural Education and certificate in Asian Studies from Florida International University in 2014, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Language, Literacy, and Culture. She is president of the Florida chapter of the JET Alumni Association. On March 11, 2011, I woke up like it was any other day, but minutes after I walked downstairs I realized it wasn’t. Two of my friends were staying with me at the time. […]

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  • When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 @Noon Where:Bethlehem Public Library Garden of Serenity, 11 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 Cost: Free Questions?: Contact Joe at jnarkevic[at]yahoo.com Celebrate the season of Cherry Blossoms at the Bethlehem Cherry Blossom Festival! Learn about Japanese culture, enjoy food, and participate in various crafts and activities for all ages! Enjoy hanami by the Japanese garden. Friends and family welcome! Stick around for Drinks after!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (4/23) Bethlehem Sakura Festival (PA)

    When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 @Noon Where:Bethlehem Public Library Garden of Serenity, 11 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 Cost: Free Questions?: Contact Joe at jnarkevic[at]yahoo.com Celebrate the season of Cherry Blossoms at the Bethlehem Cherry Blossom Festival! Learn about Japanese culture, enjoy food, and participate in various crafts and activities for all ages! Enjoy hanami by the Japanese garden. Friends and family welcome! Stick around for Drinks after!

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  •   Are you looking to become closely involved with the mission of JETAANY, while developing or sharing your own skill set? We’re looking for passionate, genki JET alumni to help JETAANY support and engage its membership in a variety of ways. In general, we’re interested in discovering more about YOU (our alumni) and how you’d like to be involved.   If you’re interested, take a minute to fill out THIS FORM where you introduce yourself and tell us how you’d like to contribute. If you have questions about any of the above, please contact Pam Kavalam at president@jetaany.org<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Join the JETAANY Team!

      Are you looking to become closely involved with the mission of JETAANY, while developing or sharing your own skill set? We’re looking for passionate, genki JET alumni to help JETAANY support and engage its membership in a variety of ways. In general, we’re interested in discovering more about YOU (our alumni) and how you’d like to be involved.   If you’re interested, take a minute to fill out THIS FORM where you introduce yourself and tell us how you’d like to contribute. If you have questions about any of the above, please contact Pam Kavalam at president@jetaany.org

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  • First Ever JETAANY Haiku Contest! Celebrate the arrival of spring by flexing your poetic talents and entering our first ever JETAANY haiku contest! We are accepting haiku in both English and Japanese. Entries will be posted on the JETAANY Facebook page and be judged by the number of likes it receives. The deadline for submissions is April 30th at 9 pm. Send any questions to Wendy at secretary@jetaany.org. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, May 13th. Rules & Results: Haiku should be in short format of 3 lines. Haiku should be the standard 5-7-5 syllables. If the haiku is in Japanese, please also provide an English translation. All rights reserved to the authors. Submit entries by April 30th, 2016 at 9 pm […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Haiku Contest – Deadline extended to 5/13

    First Ever JETAANY Haiku Contest! Celebrate the arrival of spring by flexing your poetic talents and entering our first ever JETAANY haiku contest! We are accepting haiku in both English and Japanese. Entries will be posted on the JETAANY Facebook page and be judged by the number of likes it receives. The deadline for submissions is April 30th at 9 pm. Send any questions to Wendy at secretary@jetaany.org. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, May 13th. Rules & Results: Haiku should be in short format of 3 lines. Haiku should be the standard 5-7-5 syllables. If the haiku is in Japanese, please also provide an English translation. All rights reserved to the authors. Submit entries by April 30th, 2016 at 9 pm […]

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  • Come join your fellow JET alum and friends for a casual picnic sitting under the Sakura on the Great Lawn in Central Park. This is a free event! Just bring anything you’d want to have for a picnic – blankets, snacks and drinks to share – plus park activities like frisbee, volleyballs, softballs for catch, or bubbles! Friends and family are welcome to join. Date: Saturday, April 23 Time: Noon – 4:00 PM Location: Central Park ~ Great Lawn (near The MET Museum~ 84th Street and 5th ave) Subway Directions: 4/5/6 train to 86th street or 6 train to 77th street or C train to 81st street Map to Meeting location Facebook Event: Let others know you are coming on […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (4/23) Hanami Picnic Central Park

    Come join your fellow JET alum and friends for a casual picnic sitting under the Sakura on the Great Lawn in Central Park. This is a free event! Just bring anything you’d want to have for a picnic – blankets, snacks and drinks to share – plus park activities like frisbee, volleyballs, softballs for catch, or bubbles! Friends and family are welcome to join. Date: Saturday, April 23 Time: Noon – 4:00 PM Location: Central Park ~ Great Lawn (near The MET Museum~ 84th Street and 5th ave) Subway Directions: 4/5/6 train to 86th street or 6 train to 77th street or C train to 81st street Map to Meeting location Facebook Event: Let others know you are coming on […]

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden currently serves Country Representative for Australia and President of JETAA New South Wales. Jewels of Kyoto was a tour of Australia and New Zealand by a group of geiko and maiko from Kyoto’s Gion district, sponsored by Japan Foundation, which ran from February 23 to March 5. Commenting for this article were Ms. Ayusa Koshi from Japan Foundation and two members of the tour group: Mr. Katsuroku-shisho of Ochaya Tomikiku, who instructs its maiko and geiko in traditional music, and Ms. Tomitae, a maiko also of Ochaya Tomikiku. The geisha is one of the most recognisable cultural images of Japan, a symbol of the grace and beauty in Japanese traditional culture that is popular domestically […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: ‘Jewels of Kyoto’ Brings Geisha Tradition to Australia

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden currently serves Country Representative for Australia and President of JETAA New South Wales. Jewels of Kyoto was a tour of Australia and New Zealand by a group of geiko and maiko from Kyoto’s Gion district, sponsored by Japan Foundation, which ran from February 23 to March 5. Commenting for this article were Ms. Ayusa Koshi from Japan Foundation and two members of the tour group: Mr. Katsuroku-shisho of Ochaya Tomikiku, who instructs its maiko and geiko in traditional music, and Ms. Tomitae, a maiko also of Ochaya Tomikiku. The geisha is one of the most recognisable cultural images of Japan, a symbol of the grace and beauty in Japanese traditional culture that is popular domestically […]

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  •   On Sunday, May 8th (Mothers’ Day), JETAANY and the Japan Society will be hosting the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent at Japan Day in Central Park.   We’ll be helping visitors “fish” for Yo-yo Balloons and need volunteers to assist in many areas of the booth – including greeting the guests, explaining the game, prepping water balloons, and assisting children with the game.   All volunteers will get a delicious bento lunch, a drink and a free Japan Day t-shirt, plus meet tons of fun people and teach the NYC community a fun Japanese festival game.   Volunteers are needed for two shifts: #1 Morning 8am-12:30 pm #2 Afternoon 12 pm-5:00 pm It’s a super fun day, so we’ll hope you’ll […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/8) Volunteer with JETAANY at Japan Day in Central Park!

      On Sunday, May 8th (Mothers’ Day), JETAANY and the Japan Society will be hosting the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent at Japan Day in Central Park.   We’ll be helping visitors “fish” for Yo-yo Balloons and need volunteers to assist in many areas of the booth – including greeting the guests, explaining the game, prepping water balloons, and assisting children with the game.   All volunteers will get a delicious bento lunch, a drink and a free Japan Day t-shirt, plus meet tons of fun people and teach the NYC community a fun Japanese festival game.   Volunteers are needed for two shifts: #1 Morning 8am-12:30 pm #2 Afternoon 12 pm-5:00 pm It’s a super fun day, so we’ll hope you’ll […]

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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. Spring has sprung in the Big Apple, and that means one thing: a new season of sounds, colors, and spectacular performing arts to match the blossoming sakura trees throughout the city. This month’s highlights include: Friday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. Shunzo Ohno Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway $30 advance, $25 seniors, $35 day of show Shunzo Ohno, one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters in modern jazz, returns with ReNew, his 16th album as a leader. ReNew injects elements of traditional jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, and free jazz, creating a tapestry of modern jazz that is distinctly his own. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Nippon in New York: Musicals, origami, the GazettE, Keiko Matsui, Sakura Matsuri

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Spring has sprung in the Big Apple, and that means one thing: a new season of sounds, colors, and spectacular performing arts to match the blossoming sakura trees throughout the city. This month’s highlights include: Friday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. Shunzo Ohno Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway $30 advance, $25 seniors, $35 day of show Shunzo Ohno, one of the most versatile and influential trumpeters in modern jazz, returns with ReNew, his 16th album as a leader. ReNew injects elements of traditional jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, and free jazz, creating a tapestry of modern jazz that is distinctly his own. […]

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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. Julia Inisan (Kagawa-ken, 2013-15) first visited Takamatsu City, the capital of Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku, in 2011 on a two-week tea ceremony study tour. That excursion served as a life-changing experience for the Frenchwoman as she fell in love with the city and decided to apply for a spot as a CIR there. As a JET, Inisan has established herself as a valuable member of her local community, working diligently to attract tourism to the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Julia Inisan, CLAIR Programme Coordinator

    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. Julia Inisan (Kagawa-ken, 2013-15) first visited Takamatsu City, the capital of Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku, in 2011 on a two-week tea ceremony study tour. That excursion served as a life-changing experience for the Frenchwoman as she fell in love with the city and decided to apply for a spot as a CIR there. As a JET, Inisan has established herself as a valuable member of her local community, working diligently to attract tourism to the […]

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  • UPDATE: Platforms are being accepted at elections@jetaany.org through April 25th! ——- Are you interested in contributing your time to JETAANY? We are currently accepting platforms from members interested in serving as an executive officer: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Positions are held for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 the following year. Position descriptions are online at http://jetaany.org/forum/member_messages/topic-5292/page-1/#post-5603. If you wish to be considered for a JETAANY executive officer position, send your platform to elections@jetaany.org by March 25, 2016. 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. Results will be announced in April. If you’re interested in getting involved, but […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for 2016 JETAANY Executive Officer Platforms!

    UPDATE: Platforms are being accepted at elections@jetaany.org through April 25th! ——- Are you interested in contributing your time to JETAANY? We are currently accepting platforms from members interested in serving as an executive officer: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Positions are held for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 the following year. Position descriptions are online at http://jetaany.org/forum/member_messages/topic-5292/page-1/#post-5603. If you wish to be considered for a JETAANY executive officer position, send your platform to elections@jetaany.org by March 25, 2016. 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. Results will be announced in April. If you’re interested in getting involved, but […]

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  • Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Performance RSVP by Thursday, March 31st at 7 pm When: Tuesday, April 15th @7 pm Where: Haverford College, Roberts Hall, located in the Marshall Auditorium, 370 W Lancaster Ave, Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041   Event Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1017875454935599/ RSVP: Email May at may.tsun[at]gmail.com by Thursday, March 31 at 7 pm The Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance group return to Philadelphia for a week of awe-inspiring performances. Ready yourself for thundering drums, intricate dances, beautiful costumes and a whole lot of fun! Each day has a different venue and admission price (free or $10). Alumni can vote for one or days that they are more likely to attend, and that way they can connect to attend convenient days together. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

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  • (4/17) Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia When: Sunday, April 17, 2016 @9:00 am Where: Fairmount Park’s Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131 Cost: Adults $10/Children (12&under) free, at entrance. Discount tickets for early birds: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sakura-sunday-2016-tickets- Website: http://subarucherryblossom.org/ Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1116613918383053/ Questions?: Contact Joe at jnarkevic[at]yahoo.com A day-long outdoor celebration of all things Japanese. Featuring live music and dance performances, Japanese food, martial arts, cultural demonstrations, arts & crafts, cosplay, Shofuso tours, and much more. Stay tuned for more details on meeting up with other JETs!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

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