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  • Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street at 1st Ave When: 6 pm – 9 pm, English tour is at 7 pm Cost: Free! It’s free Fridays Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our events pages for 12/19 and 1/9 Questions: Email Katy at secretary[at]jetaany.org This must-see exhibit features artists Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973, Saga Prefecture), Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966, Tokyo) and the art and technology collective teamLab (est. 2001). Japan Society calls them “today’s takumi, or master artisans, taking pride in the execution of dense and precisely detailed works requiring time and contemplation to grasp.” Come view fantastical worlds! “A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to...

    (12/19) & (1/9) Tour Japan Society’s “Garden of Unearthly Delights” Exhibit

    Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street at 1st Ave When: 6 pm – 9 pm, English tour is at 7 pm Cost: Free! It’s free Fridays Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our events pages for 12/19 and 1/9 Questions: Email Katy at secretary[at]jetaany.org This must-see exhibit features artists Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973, Saga Prefecture), Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966, Tokyo) and the art and technology collective teamLab (est. 2001). Japan Society calls them “today’s takumi, or master artisans, taking pride in the execution of dense and precisely detailed works requiring time and contemplation to grasp.” Come view fantastical worlds! “A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to…

  •  JETAANY Annual Bōnenkai SOLD OUT When: Tuesday, December 16th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Cho Cho san (15 West 8th Street, New York) Cost/RSVP:  $35 (pre-pay by Friday 12/12) Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai! Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and All-You-Can-Drink Sake. Let’s celebrate another successful year! If you are interested to get involved or have ideas to share this is a great place to join the planning committees.  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 asking you to select your appetizer and dinner food option. You will be selecting from the menu below. Price includes appetizers, dinner and...

    (12/16) Bōnenkai @ Cho Cho San – SOLD OUT

     JETAANY Annual Bōnenkai SOLD OUT When: Tuesday, December 16th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Cho Cho san (15 West 8th Street, New York) Cost/RSVP:  $35 (pre-pay by Friday 12/12) Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai! Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and All-You-Can-Drink Sake. Let’s celebrate another successful year! If you are interested to get involved or have ideas to share this is a great place to join the planning committees.  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 asking you to select your appetizer and dinner food option. You will be selecting from the menu below. Price includes appetizers, dinner and…

  • What: Book Club Discussion of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. When: Wednesday, January 28th 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@jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org Need some holiday break reading? Check out the JETAANY Book Club’s first pick of 2015, The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Winner of Japan’s Naoki Prize for best novel, Higashino’s book is an exciting thriller about a mother who murders her ex-husband and tries to cover it up…. Here is the full description from Amazon: Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money...

    (1/28) January Book Club: Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X

    What: Book Club Discussion of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. When: Wednesday, January 28th 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@jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org Need some holiday break reading? Check out the JETAANY Book Club’s first pick of 2015, The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Winner of Japan’s Naoki Prize for best novel, Higashino’s book is an exciting thriller about a mother who murders her ex-husband and tries to cover it up…. Here is the full description from Amazon: Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money…

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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. Patrick Newell founded Tokyo International School in 2001, which has since become a model institution in many areas of education and learning. The same philosophy is behind the recent launch of the Global Institute, a 21st century kindergarten and afterschool program based in Naka-Meguro. Patrick holds a postgraduate diploma from Oxford Brookes University with a concentration in international education, and has been a speaker and participant in over 20 international school conferences and workshops. He has also chaired International School...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Patrick Newell, Founder of Tokyo International School

    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. Patrick Newell founded Tokyo International School in 2001, which has since become a model institution in many areas of education and learning. The same philosophy is behind the recent launch of the Global Institute, a 21st century kindergarten and afterschool program based in Naka-Meguro. Patrick holds a postgraduate diploma from Oxford Brookes University with a concentration in international education, and has been a speaker and participant in over 20 international school conferences and workshops. He has also chaired International School...

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  • Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street at 1st Ave When: 6 pm – 9 pm, English tour is at 7 pm Cost: Free! It’s free Fridays Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our events pages for 12/19 and 1/9 Questions: Email Katy at secretary[at]jetaany.org This must-see exhibit features artists Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973, Saga Prefecture), Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966, Tokyo) and the art and technology collective teamLab (est. 2001). Japan Society calls them “today’s takumi, or master artisans, taking pride in the execution of dense and precisely detailed works requiring time and contemplation to grasp.” Come view fantastical worlds! “A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to...

    (12/19) & (1/9) Tour Japan Society’s “Garden of Unearthly Delights” Exhibit

    Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street at 1st Ave When: 6 pm – 9 pm, English tour is at 7 pm Cost: Free! It’s free Fridays Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our events pages for 12/19 and 1/9 Questions: Email Katy at secretary[at]jetaany.org This must-see exhibit features artists Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973, Saga Prefecture), Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966, Tokyo) and the art and technology collective teamLab (est. 2001). Japan Society calls them “today’s takumi, or master artisans, taking pride in the execution of dense and precisely detailed works requiring time and contemplation to grasp.” Come view fantastical worlds! “A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to...

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  •  JETAANY Annual Bōnenkai SOLD OUT When: Tuesday, December 16th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Cho Cho san (15 West 8th Street, New York) Cost/RSVP:  $35 (pre-pay by Friday 12/12) Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai! Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and All-You-Can-Drink Sake. Let’s celebrate another successful year! If you are interested to get involved or have ideas to share this is a great place to join the planning committees.  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 asking you to select your appetizer and dinner food option. You will be selecting from the menu below. Price includes appetizers, dinner and...

    (12/16) Bōnenkai @ Cho Cho San – SOLD OUT

     JETAANY Annual Bōnenkai SOLD OUT When: Tuesday, December 16th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Cho Cho san (15 West 8th Street, New York) Cost/RSVP:  $35 (pre-pay by Friday 12/12) Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai! Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and All-You-Can-Drink Sake. Let’s celebrate another successful year! If you are interested to get involved or have ideas to share this is a great place to join the planning committees.  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 asking you to select your appetizer and dinner food option. You will be selecting from the menu below. Price includes appetizers, dinner and...

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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. In 2013, the JETAA Initiative project was launched by the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF), with funding provided by the The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP). The first phase of the project was to assess the feasibility of a national JETAA organization, with the next phases dealing with the structure, duties and objectives of the new organization. The first phase (feasibility study) has now wrapped up and its findings presented at the September 2014 National JETAA USA Conference, and the next phase is currently underway. JQ spoke with...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Laurel Lukaszewski, JETAA Initiative Project Director

    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. In 2013, the JETAA Initiative project was launched by the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF), with funding provided by the The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP). The first phase of the project was to assess the feasibility of a national JETAA organization, with the next phases dealing with the structure, duties and objectives of the new organization. The first phase (feasibility study) has now wrapped up and its findings presented at the September 2014 National JETAA USA Conference, and the next phase is currently underway. JQ spoke with...

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  • What: Book Club Discussion of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. When: Wednesday, January 28th 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@jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org Need some holiday break reading? Check out the JETAANY Book Club’s first pick of 2015, The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Winner of Japan’s Naoki Prize for best novel, Higashino’s book is an exciting thriller about a mother who murders her ex-husband and tries to cover it up…. Here is the full description from Amazon: Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money...

    (1/28) January Book Club: Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X

    What: Book Club Discussion of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. When: Wednesday, January 28th 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@jetaany.org Cost: $3-5 for pizza, snacks Questions?: Contact bookclub@jetaany.org Need some holiday break reading? Check out the JETAANY Book Club’s first pick of 2015, The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Winner of Japan’s Naoki Prize for best novel, Higashino’s book is an exciting thriller about a mother who murders her ex-husband and tries to cover it up…. Here is the full description from Amazon: Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money...

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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. With Thanksgiving (and the hopes of sensible eating) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking to squeeze in an event or two in between parties, we’ve got you covered. This month’s highlights include: Now through Jan. 17 Takashi Murakami: In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street Free Since the devastating Great Tōhoku Earthquake of 2011, prolific contemporary visual artist Takashi Murakami has explored...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Takashi Murakami, Studio Ghibli Documentary, Japan Society Party

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. With Thanksgiving (and the hopes of sensible eating) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking to squeeze in an event or two in between parties, we’ve got you covered. This month’s highlights include: Now through Jan. 17 Takashi Murakami: In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street Free Since the devastating Great Tōhoku Earthquake of 2011, prolific contemporary visual artist Takashi Murakami has explored...

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  • By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate student of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive associate at Asia Society in New York City. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary following animation director Hayao Miyazaki during his last months at Studio Ghibli. Centering on the production arc to The Wind Rises, Miyazaki’s final and most controversial film, it offers a unique glimpse into the fading days of Studio Ghibli with Miyazaki at the helm. The film is directed by Mami Sunada, a former assistant director on Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films. Although the documentary does not detail the advent of the unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, from its beginning Sunada and Miyazaki share a tacit understanding that...

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’

    By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate student of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive associate at Asia Society in New York City. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary following animation director Hayao Miyazaki during his last months at Studio Ghibli. Centering on the production arc to The Wind Rises, Miyazaki’s final and most controversial film, it offers a unique glimpse into the fading days of Studio Ghibli with Miyazaki at the helm. The film is directed by Mami Sunada, a former assistant director on Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films. Although the documentary does not detail the advent of the unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, from its beginning Sunada and Miyazaki share a tacit understanding that...

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  • JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear’ By Heather Wilson Tomoyasu (Ibaraki-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Heather is a blogger on her site US-Japan Fam, owner of Miny Moe (multi-brand variety packs that allow parents to find the best brand for their baby), founder of Tunes 4 Bay Ridge Tots, and mommy to her yummy toddler, Kenzo! You can follow and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m a sucker for the word chan. Seriously. I don’t know what it is; chan is just so endearing and cute and, well, Japanese!! If you’re a chan-aholic like me, get excited, because there is a new children’s book coming your way that is all about the chan! The beloved children’s book, Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear, originally written by Kazue Takahashi and published in Japan in 2001, has...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear’

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear’ By Heather Wilson Tomoyasu (Ibaraki-ken, 2004-06) for JQ magazine. Heather is a blogger on her site US-Japan Fam, owner of Miny Moe (multi-brand variety packs that allow parents to find the best brand for their baby), founder of Tunes 4 Bay Ridge Tots, and mommy to her yummy toddler, Kenzo! You can follow and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m a sucker for the word chan. Seriously. I don’t know what it is; chan is just so endearing and cute and, well, Japanese!! If you’re a chan-aholic like me, get excited, because there is a new children’s book coming your way that is all about the chan! The beloved children’s book, Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear, originally written by Kazue Takahashi and published in Japan in 2001, has...

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  • Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan.We hope you are well. Here in Tokyo the trees are taking on their autumnal hues as we move deeper into the autumn months.  We have just issued the Autumn 2014 edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine and published it online. We hope you will take a look.  In this edition, we would like to once again share with you a broad variety of contents, from rich autumnal produce and colorful autumn leaves from around Japan, to the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in Myanmar and Palau, how Tokyo keeps tap water safe and delicious. From November,...

    We Are Tomodachi (Autumn 2014)

    Greetings to all members of JET Alumni Association from the staff of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan.We hope you are well. Here in Tokyo the trees are taking on their autumnal hues as we move deeper into the autumn months.  We have just issued the Autumn 2014 edition of our We Are Tomodachi magazine and published it online. We hope you will take a look.  In this edition, we would like to once again share with you a broad variety of contents, from rich autumnal produce and colorful autumn leaves from around Japan, to the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen, Japan’s contribution to infrastructure development in Myanmar and Palau, how Tokyo keeps tap water safe and delicious. From November,...

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  • Winter is coming. So how about delicious Michelin starred Szechuan food to warm yourself up! Come practice your Japanese with JETAA members and native speakers over at Cafe China. The price includes a family-style Chinese dinner with plenty of vegetarian, gluten free. and non spicy dishes. Cafe China is a charming restaurant with a slinky 1930′s Shanghai decor. All language levels are welcome! Hope to see you there! Space is limited so please RSVP quickly and pay in advance via PayPal. Deadline to RSVP is 5 PM on Monday, 11/24. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu! Date: Monday, November 24th Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm Location:  Cafe China (13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016, http://www.cafechinanyc.com/) Nearest subway stations: Grand Central, Times Square, Bryant Park Questions: E-mail...

    November Nihongo Dake Dinner

    Winter is coming. So how about delicious Michelin starred Szechuan food to warm yourself up! Come practice your Japanese with JETAA members and native speakers over at Cafe China. The price includes a family-style Chinese dinner with plenty of vegetarian, gluten free. and non spicy dishes. Cafe China is a charming restaurant with a slinky 1930′s Shanghai decor. All language levels are welcome! Hope to see you there! Space is limited so please RSVP quickly and pay in advance via PayPal. Deadline to RSVP is 5 PM on Monday, 11/24. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu! Date: Monday, November 24th Time: 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm Location:  Cafe China (13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016, http://www.cafechinanyc.com/) Nearest subway stations: Grand Central, Times Square, Bryant Park Questions: E-mail...

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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… Lee-Sean Huang (Oita-ken, 2003-06) was an ALT in Nakatsu City. Upon returning to the United States, he became the webmaster for JETAA New York. In 2008, together with Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-94), he helped to found JETwit.com in 2008 as an avenue for connecting and giving voice to the JET alumni freelance and professional community. A modern-day Renaissance man, Huang is the co-founder and creative director behind the community-centered design and social innovation firm Foossa. He is also a faculty member at SVA’s MFA Design for Social Innovation program and an instructor of...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Lee-Sean Huang of Foossa on ‘The Thinking Body’

    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… Lee-Sean Huang (Oita-ken, 2003-06) was an ALT in Nakatsu City. Upon returning to the United States, he became the webmaster for JETAA New York. In 2008, together with Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-94), he helped to found JETwit.com in 2008 as an avenue for connecting and giving voice to the JET alumni freelance and professional community. A modern-day Renaissance man, Huang is the co-founder and creative director behind the community-centered design and social innovation firm Foossa. He is also a faculty member at SVA’s MFA Design for Social Innovation program and an instructor of...

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  • When: Saturday, December 6, 2 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–-you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs, drinks 50% off (outside food is welcome) RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–-but please RSVP by Monday, November 24, if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention all drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs and friends of JET alike! (Note: you must be 21 to attend.)

    (12/6) Third Annual Karaoke Marathon!

    When: Saturday, December 6, 2 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–-you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs, drinks 50% off (outside food is welcome) RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–-but please RSVP by Monday, November 24, if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention all drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs and friends of JET alike! (Note: you must be 21 to attend.)

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Taking full and outrageous advantage of being a JETAA member, Eden returns again this year to watch and review the 18th Japanese Film Festival, now covering both Australia and New Zealand, with more films than ever. It’s so big that both himself and Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) will shoulder the burden of covering this, the biggest and best method of (legally) watching Japanese films outside of Nippon. The 18th Japanese Film Festival continues in Auckland (6-12 Nov), Sydney (13-23rd Nov) and Melbourne (27 Nov-7 Dec). The 18th Japanese Film Festival became a pan-Oceanic film festival this year with the inclusion of New Zealand, making it the largest Japanese film festival in the world....

    JQ Magazine: The 18th Japanese Film Festival — More Films, More Countries

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Taking full and outrageous advantage of being a JETAA member, Eden returns again this year to watch and review the 18th Japanese Film Festival, now covering both Australia and New Zealand, with more films than ever. It’s so big that both himself and Rafael Villadiego (Nagasaki-ken, 2010-13) will shoulder the burden of covering this, the biggest and best method of (legally) watching Japanese films outside of Nippon. The 18th Japanese Film Festival continues in Auckland (6-12 Nov), Sydney (13-23rd Nov) and Melbourne (27 Nov-7 Dec). The 18th Japanese Film Festival became a pan-Oceanic film festival this year with the inclusion of New Zealand, making it the largest Japanese film festival in the world....

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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 the Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, it became inevitable that the superheroes in the comic book canon would find themselves headlining their own Disney movies. That notion came to fruition in 2012 when Disney released Marvel’s The Avengers, followed by the Thor, Iron Man and Captain America sequels. The lesser-known comic book superheroes collectively known as the Guardians of the Galaxy made their debut in 2014 and grossed an astounding $765 million worldwide. Coming...

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘Big Hero 6’

    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 the Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, it became inevitable that the superheroes in the comic book canon would find themselves headlining their own Disney movies. That notion came to fruition in 2012 when Disney released Marvel’s The Avengers, followed by the Thor, Iron Man and Captain America sequels. The lesser-known comic book superheroes collectively known as the Guardians of the Galaxy made their debut in 2014 and grossed an astounding $765 million worldwide. Coming...

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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. From Disney to heavy metal to J-pop, November is just as colorful as the leaves tumbling through the air. Add to that a cutting-edge kimono exhibition, a Shakespearean samurai epic, and the largest event in the USA dedicated to love and sex, and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown. This month’s highlights include: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7:00 p.m. Babymetal Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street $49.50 Formed in 2010, Babymetal brings a kawaii blend of traditional schoolgirl J-pop and death metal. Hot off the heels of their debut album released in the U.S. earlier this year, the band has been burning up the charts in Japan, where their live video...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — ‘Big Hero 6,’ Babymetal, Richie Kotzen, Asa Akira, Perfume

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. From Disney to heavy metal to J-pop, November is just as colorful as the leaves tumbling through the air. Add to that a cutting-edge kimono exhibition, a Shakespearean samurai epic, and the largest event in the USA dedicated to love and sex, and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown. This month’s highlights include: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7:00 p.m. Babymetal Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street $49.50 Formed in 2010, Babymetal brings a kawaii blend of traditional schoolgirl J-pop and death metal. Hot off the heels of their debut album released in the U.S. earlier this year, the band has been burning up the charts in Japan, where their live video...

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  • By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate student of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. Starting Point: 1979-1996, translated by Beth Cary and Frederik L. Schodt, is quite unlike its sequel, Turning Point: 1997-2008 (read JQ’s review here). Technical rather than creative, Starting Point shares renowned director Hayao Miyazaki’s recollections of his early days as an animator. The essays and interviews follow anime through production development, touching on the intricacies of character design, layout, and story adaptation. For those who enjoy the process and precision behind an art, Starting Point is a rare glimpse into an often-times enigmatic industry. The first half of the work features essays on Miyazaki’s long hours in the studio, culture, and...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Starting Point: 1979-1996’ by Hayao Miyazaki

    By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate student of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. Starting Point: 1979-1996, translated by Beth Cary and Frederik L. Schodt, is quite unlike its sequel, Turning Point: 1997-2008 (read JQ’s review here). Technical rather than creative, Starting Point shares renowned director Hayao Miyazaki’s recollections of his early days as an animator. The essays and interviews follow anime through production development, touching on the intricacies of character design, layout, and story adaptation. For those who enjoy the process and precision behind an art, Starting Point is a rare glimpse into an often-times enigmatic industry. The first half of the work features essays on Miyazaki’s long hours in the studio, culture, and...

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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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