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  • Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. 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, May 2nd Time: 11:00 AM – 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...

    (5/2) Hanami Picnic – Central Park

    Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. 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, May 2nd Time: 11:00 AM – 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…

  • What: Discussion of The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara When: Monday, May 18th, 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 May’s selection is The People in the Trees, the debut novel from Conde Nast Travel editor Hanya Yanagihara. Considered one of the best books of 2014, Trees is the story of a young doctor who embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in the 1950’s in search of a rumored lost tribe. After encountering a group of forest dwellers who appear to have found the secret to immortality, he brings his discovery back to America,...

    (5/18) May Book Club: The People in the Trees by Yanagihara

    What: Discussion of The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara When: Monday, May 18th, 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 May’s selection is The People in the Trees, the debut novel from Conde Nast Travel editor Hanya Yanagihara. Considered one of the best books of 2014, Trees is the story of a young doctor who embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in the 1950’s in search of a rumored lost tribe. After encountering a group of forest dwellers who appear to have found the secret to immortality, he brings his discovery back to America,…

  • What: Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street at 1st Ave When: Friday, April 17th & May 15th, 6 pm – 9 pm Tours: Japanese at 6 pm, English at 7 pm. Tours are capped at 25 people so it’s first-come, first-served. Cost: It’s free Fridays, but donations are welcome Nijikai: Stay tuned for information about nijikai at Lucky Cat! Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our events pages for 4/17 and 5/15 Questions: Email Katy at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org Japanese art and cat enthusiasts unite! With cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal, Life of Cats takes viewers on a wild ride through Japan’s love affair with our feline friends. Don’t forget to checkout the photobooth while you’re...

    (4/17) & (5/15) Tour Japan Society’s “Life of Cats” Ukiyo-e Exhibit

    What: Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street at 1st Ave When: Friday, April 17th & May 15th, 6 pm – 9 pm Tours: Japanese at 6 pm, English at 7 pm. Tours are capped at 25 people so it’s first-come, first-served. Cost: It’s free Fridays, but donations are welcome Nijikai: Stay tuned for information about nijikai at Lucky Cat! Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our events pages for 4/17 and 5/15 Questions: Email Katy at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org Japanese art and cat enthusiasts unite! With cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal, Life of Cats takes viewers on a wild ride through Japan’s love affair with our feline friends. Don’t forget to checkout the photobooth while you’re…

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  • Brewing Up Something 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. When it comes to notable food and drink of Japan, for many “coffee” is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, on May 21, Merry (Corky) White, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, will teach audiences at Japan Society in New York City just how robust their coffee culture is, and how exacting their measurements are. Get ready for something good at Kissaten: Japanese Cafes, Past and Present. White’s no newbie to food and Japan—it’s been much of the foundation of her professional...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Merry White on ‘Kissaten: Japanese Cafes Past and Present’

    Brewing Up Something 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. When it comes to notable food and drink of Japan, for many “coffee” is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, on May 21, Merry (Corky) White, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University, will teach audiences at Japan Society in New York City just how robust their coffee culture is, and how exacting their measurements are. Get ready for something good at Kissaten: Japanese Cafes, Past and Present. White’s no newbie to food and Japan—it’s been much of the foundation of her professional...

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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 probably remember reading some of Aesop’s Fables—such as “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”—during your childhood. Or more importantly, the lessons those fables are supposed to teach. Likewise, your students in Japan likely read similar tales, and one of them might have been Gon, the Little Fox. Written by the legendary children’s book author Nankichi Niimi (1913-1943) when he was just seventeen years old, the story brings to life...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Gon, the Little Fox’

    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 probably remember reading some of Aesop’s Fables—such as “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”—during your childhood. Or more importantly, the lessons those fables are supposed to teach. Likewise, your students in Japan likely read similar tales, and one of them might have been Gon, the Little Fox. Written by the legendary children’s book author Nankichi Niimi (1913-1943) when he was just seventeen years old, the story brings to life...

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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 has had experience 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. A Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, Jay Rubin has also served as a distinguished translator of Japanese literature for more than a quarter century, most notably on the works of Haruki Murakami. June 2 marks the release of his debut novel The Sun Gods (Chin Music Press), which is set in Seattle during World War II and explores the relationships between a Seattle-based Japanese national named Mitsuko and her young adopted American toddler, Billy, who...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Jay Rubin on ‘The Sun Gods’

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio has had experience 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. A Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, Jay Rubin has also served as a distinguished translator of Japanese literature for more than a quarter century, most notably on the works of Haruki Murakami. June 2 marks the release of his debut novel The Sun Gods (Chin Music Press), which is set in Seattle during World War II and explores the relationships between a Seattle-based Japanese national named Mitsuko and her young adopted American toddler, Billy, who...

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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: Friday, May 1, 8:00 p.m. VAMPS Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway $35 Japan’s most daring rock band, VAMPS is fronted by vocalist hyde of L’arc~en~Ciel and guitarist K.A.Z of Oblivion Dust. Now touring in support of their latest album, Bloodsuckers (available on iTunes), VAMPS returns to take another bite out of the Big Apple for their first area performance since 2013. Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue in Words and Pictures Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $15, $10...

    Justin’s Japan: VAMPS, ‘Monkey Business,’ AKB48 at Japan Day @ Central Park

    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: Friday, May 1, 8:00 p.m. VAMPS Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway $35 Japan’s most daring rock band, VAMPS is fronted by vocalist hyde of L’arc~en~Ciel and guitarist K.A.Z of Oblivion Dust. Now touring in support of their latest album, Bloodsuckers (available on iTunes), VAMPS returns to take another bite out of the Big Apple for their first area performance since 2013. Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue in Words and Pictures Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $15, $10...

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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. Japan is legendary for its social drinking culture, and now fans of its most popular beverage—beer—have a new reason to toast. Hoppy, a popular 110-year-old beverage that looks and tastes very much like beer, is making its debut in New York. While most beers contain about 5% alcohol content, Hoppy is practically non-alcoholic at 0.8%, and can be mixed with shochu and liqueurs. Fuko Chubachi, creative director for 3 Day Monk, a local design and promotion business that organized a release party for Hoppy at East Village eatery Wasan on April 9, explains its arrival in America: “Hoppy’s CEO, Mina Ishiwatari, has a very modern approach...

    Justin’s Japan: Hello Hoppy

    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. Japan is legendary for its social drinking culture, and now fans of its most popular beverage—beer—have a new reason to toast. Hoppy, a popular 110-year-old beverage that looks and tastes very much like beer, is making its debut in New York. While most beers contain about 5% alcohol content, Hoppy is practically non-alcoholic at 0.8%, and can be mixed with shochu and liqueurs. Fuko Chubachi, creative director for 3 Day Monk, a local design and promotion business that organized a release party for Hoppy at East Village eatery Wasan on April 9, explains its arrival in America: “Hoppy’s CEO, Mina Ishiwatari, has a very modern approach...

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  • Call for Paddlers: JETAANY Dragonboat Team Here’s your chance to join in this racing tradition that dates back over 2000 years! We are looking for paddlers to compete for the JETAANY team in the 2015 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015). No experience is necessary, we will provide training. Training sessions are held every Saturday morning from June 13- August 1 at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadow Park. The cost for practice time and the race will be around $40-$50 per person.   What is Dragonboat racing? Dragonboat racing is an exciting team paddling sport that started in China about 2300 years ago. Small dragonboats holding 8-12 paddlers and large boats holding upwards of 20....

    (Summer) Join the JETAANY Dragonboat Team

    Call for Paddlers: JETAANY Dragonboat Team Here’s your chance to join in this racing tradition that dates back over 2000 years! We are looking for paddlers to compete for the JETAANY team in the 2015 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9, 2015). No experience is necessary, we will provide training. Training sessions are held every Saturday morning from June 13- August 1 at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadow Park. The cost for practice time and the race will be around $40-$50 per person.   What is Dragonboat racing? Dragonboat racing is an exciting team paddling sport that started in China about 2300 years ago. Small dragonboats holding 8-12 paddlers and large boats holding upwards of 20....

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  • Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 10th On Sunday, May 10th, 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-4:30 pm Thank you...

    (5/10) JETAANY Booth at Japan Day in Central Park- Volunteer Spots Filled!

    Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 10th On Sunday, May 10th, 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-4:30 pm Thank you...

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  • Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. 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, May 2nd Time: 11:00 AM – 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...

    (5/2) Hanami Picnic – Central Park

    Join JETAANY members and friends for a Hanami picnic in Central Park. Bring a blanket and snacks to share. 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, May 2nd Time: 11:00 AM – 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...

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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. After spending a few years in Chiba doing teaching and promotional work that would be all too familiar to JET ALTs and CIRs, Bruce Rutledge went on to work as an editor and writer in Japan for over 15 years. Today, he is the owner of Chin Music Press, a publishing company in Seattle with strong ties to Japan. In this exclusive interview, Rutledge discusses his time as a Monbusho English Fellow (MEF), which was in some ways a precursor...

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Chin Music Press Owner Bruce Rutledge

    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. After spending a few years in Chiba doing teaching and promotional work that would be all too familiar to JET ALTs and CIRs, Bruce Rutledge went on to work as an editor and writer in Japan for over 15 years. Today, he is the owner of Chin Music Press, a publishing company in Seattle with strong ties to Japan. In this exclusive interview, Rutledge discusses his time as a Monbusho English Fellow (MEF), which was in some ways a precursor...

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  • When: Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am–5 pm Meet: JETAA members will meet near the stage around 11 am. Where: Horticulture Center, Fairmount Park, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia 19131 (Montgomery Drive & Belmont Avenue, I-76 Exit 341) Cost: Adults $10 / Children (12 & under) free Parking note: Carpooling is recommended as there is a parking fee. RSVP/Questions: Check out the Facebook page HERE Sakura festival is in full swing in Philadelphia, and culminates in the main event at 9:30 am, Sunday, April 12. Let’s celebrate the sakura, fun times, and the spring together. JETAA members and friends should meet near the stage at 11 am. Sakura Sunday, the centerpiece event of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, is a celebration...

    (4/12) Sakura Festival In Philadelphia

    When: Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am–5 pm Meet: JETAA members will meet near the stage around 11 am. Where: Horticulture Center, Fairmount Park, 100 N. Horticulture Drive, Philadelphia 19131 (Montgomery Drive & Belmont Avenue, I-76 Exit 341) Cost: Adults $10 / Children (12 & under) free Parking note: Carpooling is recommended as there is a parking fee. RSVP/Questions: Check out the Facebook page HERE Sakura festival is in full swing in Philadelphia, and culminates in the main event at 9:30 am, Sunday, April 12. Let’s celebrate the sakura, fun times, and the spring together. JETAA members and friends should meet near the stage at 11 am. Sakura Sunday, the centerpiece event of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, is a celebration...

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  • What: Discussion of The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara When: Monday, May 18th, 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 May’s selection is The People in the Trees, the debut novel from Conde Nast Travel editor Hanya Yanagihara. Considered one of the best books of 2014, Trees is the story of a young doctor who embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in the 1950’s in search of a rumored lost tribe. After encountering a group of forest dwellers who appear to have found the secret to immortality, he brings his discovery back to America,...

    (5/18) May Book Club: The People in the Trees by Yanagihara

    What: Discussion of The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara When: Monday, May 18th, 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 May’s selection is The People in the Trees, the debut novel from Conde Nast Travel editor Hanya Yanagihara. Considered one of the best books of 2014, Trees is the story of a young doctor who embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in the 1950’s in search of a rumored lost tribe. After encountering a group of forest dwellers who appear to have found the secret to immortality, he brings his discovery back to America,...

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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: Now through April 26 Takahiro Iwasaki: In Focus Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $12/$10 seniors/$7 students; free on Fridays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Takahiro Iwasaki creates detailed miniature landscapes using towels, toothbrushes, used clothing, and other found and recycled materials. This exhibition is a part of Asia Society Museum’s ongoing In Focus series, which invites contemporary artists to create new works, often in conversation with the Asia Society Museum’s permanent collection of...

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — ‘Attack on Titan,’ Isamu Noguchi, Mitsuko Uchida, 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: Now through April 26 Takahiro Iwasaki: In Focus Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $12/$10 seniors/$7 students; free on Fridays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Takahiro Iwasaki creates detailed miniature landscapes using towels, toothbrushes, used clothing, and other found and recycled materials. This exhibition is a part of Asia Society Museum’s ongoing In Focus series, which invites contemporary artists to create new works, often in conversation with the Asia Society Museum’s permanent collection of...

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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. A lot of people (former JETs included) probably feel a lot of things take place in Japan because “that’s the way they have always been.” So it’s not surprising that mindset would permeate throughout a fictionalized version of the country. Virginia McClain takes readers through such a place in her new novel, Blade’s Edge. Although Japan is blessed with a ridiculously long and rich history that many of us are somewhat aware of, 12th century...

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Blade’s Edge’

    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. A lot of people (former JETs included) probably feel a lot of things take place in Japan because “that’s the way they have always been.” So it’s not surprising that mindset would permeate throughout a fictionalized version of the country. Virginia McClain takes readers through such a place in her new novel, Blade’s Edge. Although Japan is blessed with a ridiculously long and rich history that many of us are somewhat aware of, 12th century...

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  • What: Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street at 1st Ave When: Friday, April 17th & May 15th, 6 pm – 9 pm Tours: Japanese at 6 pm, English at 7 pm. Tours are capped at 25 people so it’s first-come, first-served. Cost: It’s free Fridays, but donations are welcome Nijikai: Stay tuned for information about nijikai at Lucky Cat! Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our events pages for 4/17 and 5/15 Questions: Email Katy at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org Japanese art and cat enthusiasts unite! With cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal, Life of Cats takes viewers on a wild ride through Japan’s love affair with our feline friends. Don’t forget to checkout the photobooth while you’re...

    (4/17) & (5/15) Tour Japan Society’s “Life of Cats” Ukiyo-e Exhibit

    What: Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th Street at 1st Ave When: Friday, April 17th & May 15th, 6 pm – 9 pm Tours: Japanese at 6 pm, English at 7 pm. Tours are capped at 25 people so it’s first-come, first-served. Cost: It’s free Fridays, but donations are welcome Nijikai: Stay tuned for information about nijikai at Lucky Cat! Facebook: Let others know you’re coming on our events pages for 4/17 and 5/15 Questions: Email Katy at vicepresident[at]jetaany.org Japanese art and cat enthusiasts unite! With cross-cultural and multi-generational appeal, Life of Cats takes viewers on a wild ride through Japan’s love affair with our feline friends. Don’t forget to checkout the photobooth while you’re...

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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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