Archive for April, 2010

  • The meeting which originally scheduled for last week had to be cancelled due to an emergency. It has now been rescheduled. When: Thursday, May 13 Where: Kat’s apartment in Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn near BAM (10 min walk from the 2/3/4/5 at Nevins St.) Please email jessicalangbein@yahoo.com to rsvp and for instructions. Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures “Kyoko Mori spent a largely unhappy childhood chafing at social restrictions in Japan before migrating to the American Midwest. In 12 beautifully turned essays she shuttles between these two cultures, observing local customs with a wondering eye. Too bold to be emotionally fluent in either land, Mori scrutinizes–and sometimes ridicules–the sound of a woman’s voice raised in a childish squeak; […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Book Club: Rescheduled!

    The meeting which originally scheduled for last week had to be cancelled due to an emergency. It has now been rescheduled. When: Thursday, May 13 Where: Kat’s apartment in Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn near BAM (10 min walk from the 2/3/4/5 at Nevins St.) Please email jessicalangbein@yahoo.com to rsvp and for instructions. Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures “Kyoko Mori spent a largely unhappy childhood chafing at social restrictions in Japan before migrating to the American Midwest. In 12 beautifully turned essays she shuttles between these two cultures, observing local customs with a wondering eye. Too bold to be emotionally fluent in either land, Mori scrutinizes–and sometimes ridicules–the sound of a woman’s voice raised in a childish squeak; […]

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  • Bilingual Speech Club: Nichibei Toastmasters on April 27th @ 6:30 pm Do you wish you were better at public speaking? Are you trying to improve your Japanese? Do you want some Japanese friends? If the answers to any or all of these is yes, you should definitely consider joining the Nichibei Toastmasters! We have meetings the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:45 pm. The first half is the English session, the second half is in Japanese. I joined the month after I came back from JET and it’s been one of the best things I did! For more information, please check out our website: http://nichibei.freetoasthost.us/ You can also email me with questions: pamela.kavalam@nyu.edu. The next […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Bilingual Speech Club: Nichibei Toastmasters

    Bilingual Speech Club: Nichibei Toastmasters on April 27th @ 6:30 pm Do you wish you were better at public speaking? Are you trying to improve your Japanese? Do you want some Japanese friends? If the answers to any or all of these is yes, you should definitely consider joining the Nichibei Toastmasters! We have meetings the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 6:30 to 8:45 pm. The first half is the English session, the second half is in Japanese. I joined the month after I came back from JET and it’s been one of the best things I did! For more information, please check out our website: http://nichibei.freetoasthost.us/ You can also email me with questions: pamela.kavalam@nyu.edu. The next […]

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  • When: April 27, 2010 7:00pm-9:00pm Where: Village Yokocho (8 Stuyvesant Street New York, NY 10003 – (212) 598-3041) Cost: $20 per person with cash drinks at the event Payment deadline: Sunday, April 25. The first Nihongo Dake Dinner of 2010 will be at Village Yokocho. This neighborhood gem has a true gritty izakaya feel, evoking a sense of nostalgia for Japan with kitschy paper lanterns and all that deliciously unhealthy bar food. They are graciously preparing a menu filled with staples, such as yakitori, chahan, and takowasa, just to name a few. This will be the first dinner organized by the new NDD tantou, Kendall Murano who is taking over for Jon Hills. Click to RSVP via PayPal!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Nihongo Dake Dinner is Back!

    When: April 27, 2010 7:00pm-9:00pm Where: Village Yokocho (8 Stuyvesant Street New York, NY 10003 – (212) 598-3041) Cost: $20 per person with cash drinks at the event Payment deadline: Sunday, April 25. The first Nihongo Dake Dinner of 2010 will be at Village Yokocho. This neighborhood gem has a true gritty izakaya feel, evoking a sense of nostalgia for Japan with kitschy paper lanterns and all that deliciously unhealthy bar food. They are graciously preparing a menu filled with staples, such as yakitori, chahan, and takowasa, just to name a few. This will be the first dinner organized by the new NDD tantou, Kendall Murano who is taking over for Jon Hills. Click to RSVP via PayPal!

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  • This is a last reminder to sign up for this great event! When: Tuesday, April 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm Where: Decibel Sake Bar (240 East 9th Street, New York) Cost: $35 (Limited to 30 people) Payment deadline: April 18, 2010 Get as close to Japan as you can get without stepping on a plane. You’ll have a chance to taste your favorite savory Japanese pancake and those oh-so-delicious Japanese octopus dumpling balls from Decibel, one of New York’s favorite Japanese hotspots. Also Sake Discoveries will serve you samples of some of Japan’s best sake from Hakkaisan Brewery which uses only highly polished, locally-produced sake rice from Niigata Prefecture which is known for producing high quality rice and water. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Final Reminder: Japanese Night Out – Otafuku’s Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki and Hakkaisan Sake

    This is a last reminder to sign up for this great event! When: Tuesday, April 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm Where: Decibel Sake Bar (240 East 9th Street, New York) Cost: $35 (Limited to 30 people) Payment deadline: April 18, 2010 Get as close to Japan as you can get without stepping on a plane. You’ll have a chance to taste your favorite savory Japanese pancake and those oh-so-delicious Japanese octopus dumpling balls from Decibel, one of New York’s favorite Japanese hotspots. Also Sake Discoveries will serve you samples of some of Japan’s best sake from Hakkaisan Brewery which uses only highly polished, locally-produced sake rice from Niigata Prefecture which is known for producing high quality rice and water. […]

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  • When: Tuesday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm Where: Robataya New York (231 East 9th Street, New York) http://robataya-ny.com/ Cost: $35 (Limited to 30 people) Application deadline: May 16, 2010 The newly opened Robataya NY is designed with rustic decor and allows customers to cook and eat freshly harvested ingredients around farmhouse-style open hearths. Robataya NY also serves delicious grilled yakitori and vegetables. Sake sommelier Chizuko Niikawa, serves one of Japan’s best dry sake from Tengumai of Shata Brewery, founded in 1823 in Ishikawa prefecture. According to legend, Shata Brewery was once surrounded by dense forest where the mythical Tengu lived. Like sake-loving humans, the Tengu would dance after drinking the sake, so it was dubbed “Tengumai.” Please join […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japanese Night Out: Robata-yaki and Tengumai (Shata Brewery) Sake

    When: Tuesday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm Where: Robataya New York (231 East 9th Street, New York) http://robataya-ny.com/ Cost: $35 (Limited to 30 people) Application deadline: May 16, 2010 The newly opened Robataya NY is designed with rustic decor and allows customers to cook and eat freshly harvested ingredients around farmhouse-style open hearths. Robataya NY also serves delicious grilled yakitori and vegetables. Sake sommelier Chizuko Niikawa, serves one of Japan’s best dry sake from Tengumai of Shata Brewery, founded in 1823 in Ishikawa prefecture. According to legend, Shata Brewery was once surrounded by dense forest where the mythical Tengu lived. Like sake-loving humans, the Tengu would dance after drinking the sake, so it was dubbed “Tengumai.” Please join […]

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  • When: Saturday, May 22 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm Where: East Meadow at Central Park (East Side from 97th street – 100th Street.) Cost: $20 (includes workshop fee and all materials) Application deadline: May 20, 2010 This is a workshop solely dedicated to the traditional Japanese toy Kamifusen, essentially a paper balloon made of waxed washi paper. Please join our group as we play the Kamifusen game in Central Park. The Kamifusen game is pretty simple: the object it to keep the kamifusen in the air by hitting it with your hand–no athletic ability necessary! The Kamifusen is made in Japan and imported for this event and all participants will be able to take home their own kamifusen. This event […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Kamifusen Workshop

    When: Saturday, May 22 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm Where: East Meadow at Central Park (East Side from 97th street – 100th Street.) Cost: $20 (includes workshop fee and all materials) Application deadline: May 20, 2010 This is a workshop solely dedicated to the traditional Japanese toy Kamifusen, essentially a paper balloon made of waxed washi paper. Please join our group as we play the Kamifusen game in Central Park. The Kamifusen game is pretty simple: the object it to keep the kamifusen in the air by hitting it with your hand–no athletic ability necessary! The Kamifusen is made in Japan and imported for this event and all participants will be able to take home their own kamifusen. This event […]

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  • When: Saturday, May 8 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm Where: The New York Buddhist Church (331-332 Riverside Drive, between 105 St. and 106 St.) http://www.newyorkbuddhistchurch.org/index.html Cost: $20 Application deadline: May 6, 2010 The sangha members of the New York Buddhist Church (NYBC), a temple of Jodoshinshu True Pure Land School Buddhism which was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1262) welcomes you to join in hearing, learning and practicing Buddha-Dharma and Meditation. May the Wisdom and Compassion of Amida Buddha touch your heart so that you may be awakened to the world of True Dharma with Nembutsu. The NYBC has been serving the New York community since 1938, and the Resident Minister, Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki has been serving the NYBC since […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Experience Buddha-Dharma and Meditation

    When: Saturday, May 8 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm Where: The New York Buddhist Church (331-332 Riverside Drive, between 105 St. and 106 St.) http://www.newyorkbuddhistchurch.org/index.html Cost: $20 Application deadline: May 6, 2010 The sangha members of the New York Buddhist Church (NYBC), a temple of Jodoshinshu True Pure Land School Buddhism which was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1262) welcomes you to join in hearing, learning and practicing Buddha-Dharma and Meditation. May the Wisdom and Compassion of Amida Buddha touch your heart so that you may be awakened to the world of True Dharma with Nembutsu. The NYBC has been serving the New York community since 1938, and the Resident Minister, Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki has been serving the NYBC since […]

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  • 1. What is the name for the sword, made out of slats of bamboo, which is used in Kendo? 2. We all know that Hokkaido is the largest prefecture – but which is the second largest? 3. Which Japanese/non Japanese artist made the best selling album of all time in Japan? Want to find out the answers to these questions and more?  Come out and test your knowledge on Japanese history, sports, pop culture, geography and JET.  The majority of questions will be related to Japan but not all of them.  Submit teams of 4 or RSVP and we will help you build a team.  Prizes for top 3 teams!  We will have a food and drink special for all […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Quiz Night

    1. What is the name for the sword, made out of slats of bamboo, which is used in Kendo? 2. We all know that Hokkaido is the largest prefecture – but which is the second largest? 3. Which Japanese/non Japanese artist made the best selling album of all time in Japan? Want to find out the answers to these questions and more?  Come out and test your knowledge on Japanese history, sports, pop culture, geography and JET.  The majority of questions will be related to Japan but not all of them.  Submit teams of 4 or RSVP and we will help you build a team.  Prizes for top 3 teams!  We will have a food and drink special for all […]

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  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden Sakura Matsuri Date: Saturday, May 1 Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Subway Directions: (Q train to Prospect Park or 2,3 train to Eastern Parkway) Meeting Location: Picnicking near the main tent in the Cherry Esplanade where all the performances will take place. When facing the big tent we will be inside the gated area towards the back on the left hand side. RSVP not mandatory but if you want contact numbers for Monica and Amber please e-mail vicepres@jetaany.org Map to meeting location Schedule of events Listing a few: 12pm Taiko 1pm make your own tea bags 1pm Anime stand up Comedy 2pm Mataro Ningyo Doll making demonstration 4pm Happy Fun Smile (Okinawa […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY picnic at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden Sakura Matsuri

    Brooklyn Botanical Garden Sakura Matsuri Date: Saturday, May 1 Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Subway Directions: (Q train to Prospect Park or 2,3 train to Eastern Parkway) Meeting Location: Picnicking near the main tent in the Cherry Esplanade where all the performances will take place. When facing the big tent we will be inside the gated area towards the back on the left hand side. RSVP not mandatory but if you want contact numbers for Monica and Amber please e-mail vicepres@jetaany.org Map to meeting location Schedule of events Listing a few: 12pm Taiko 1pm make your own tea bags 1pm Anime stand up Comedy 2pm Mataro Ningyo Doll making demonstration 4pm Happy Fun Smile (Okinawa […]

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  • JETAANY April Happy hour with Japan-a-mania and Quiz Night Planning Thursday, April 15 Where: Affair on Eighth 35 west 8th street (Between Ave of Americas and 5th ave) Come drink $4 draft beers, domestic bottles and well drinks from 6pm on with fellow JETs and friends of JET. Learn about upcoming events Japan-a-mania (April 24) and quiz night (April XX) and discuss ways to make them even better than before. Closest subway)- West 4th train station (A,C,E,B,D,F). Exit from the West 8th side (north side of platform)<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY April Happy hour with Japan-a-mania and Quiz Night Planning

    JETAANY April Happy hour with Japan-a-mania and Quiz Night Planning Thursday, April 15 Where: Affair on Eighth 35 west 8th street (Between Ave of Americas and 5th ave) Come drink $4 draft beers, domestic bottles and well drinks from 6pm on with fellow JETs and friends of JET. Learn about upcoming events Japan-a-mania (April 24) and quiz night (April XX) and discuss ways to make them even better than before. Closest subway)- West 4th train station (A,C,E,B,D,F). Exit from the West 8th side (north side of platform)

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