Archive for November, 2010

  • The holiday season is upon is and you need a break from those frenzied days of last-minute shopping. Please join JETAANY for the last Happy Hour of the year at Fat Black Pussycat in the West Village! Drinks will be 1/2 price (or 2-for-1 if you like the sound of that better) from 6:00pm! We will also be sending off former JETAANY Vice President, current JETAAi Chair, and all-around good person Shree Kurlekar who is making the move to the U.K. the very next day! This is your last day to see her, folks. If you never met her, no worries! Here’s the perfect opportunity to say hello and goodbye, and meet plenty of other NY JET alumni at the same time! When: December […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Holiday Happy Hour & Farewell Party

    The holiday season is upon is and you need a break from those frenzied days of last-minute shopping. Please join JETAANY for the last Happy Hour of the year at Fat Black Pussycat in the West Village! Drinks will be 1/2 price (or 2-for-1 if you like the sound of that better) from 6:00pm! We will also be sending off former JETAANY Vice President, current JETAAi Chair, and all-around good person Shree Kurlekar who is making the move to the U.K. the very next day! This is your last day to see her, folks. If you never met her, no worries! Here’s the perfect opportunity to say hello and goodbye, and meet plenty of other NY JET alumni at the same time! When: December […]

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  • Come join us to ‘forget the year’ at our annual Bonnenkai!  You will also have a chance to meet our newly appointed and continuing board members. As an added bonus we’re tying in our Quarterly Meeting agenda where you have a chance to give us feedback, get involved, and self-promote!  Bring your appetite and your ideas and be prepared to enjoy some of JET Alumni Chris Johnson’s superb Vietnamese creations. Where: Bao Noodles – 391 2nd Ave btwn 22nd and 23rd When: December 8, 2010 at 7pm Cost: $10 for dinner and nonalcoholic beverages, other drinks extra To RSVP, please click the paypal link below or click here to reserve your spot!  Limited to 40 people. UPDATE: There are only […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Bonnenkai / Annual Meeting of the Board / Quarterly Members’ Meeting

    Come join us to ‘forget the year’ at our annual Bonnenkai!  You will also have a chance to meet our newly appointed and continuing board members. As an added bonus we’re tying in our Quarterly Meeting agenda where you have a chance to give us feedback, get involved, and self-promote!  Bring your appetite and your ideas and be prepared to enjoy some of JET Alumni Chris Johnson’s superb Vietnamese creations. Where: Bao Noodles – 391 2nd Ave btwn 22nd and 23rd When: December 8, 2010 at 7pm Cost: $10 for dinner and nonalcoholic beverages, other drinks extra To RSVP, please click the paypal link below or click here to reserve your spot!  Limited to 40 people. UPDATE: There are only […]

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  • It might be a few months away, but we all know how winter can bring you down. Why not join your fellow JETAANY alumni for a Winter Getaway full of skiing, snowboarding, snowman building, and hot tubs? We will be lodging at the Inn of the Six Mountains (1 mile from the slopes) restaurant & bar, outdoor hot tub, indoor hot tub & pool, walking distance to restaurants/nightlife. Prices are lower than last year, and there are no additional PayPal fees! Package includes: Per person: Quad Occupancy* Room:    $231 pp Triple Occupancy* Room:   $258 pp Double Occupancy* Room: $303 pp Single Occupancy Room:    $458 pp This incredible price includes: – 2 nights accomodation – 2 day lift […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Winter Getaway to Killington, Vermont

    It might be a few months away, but we all know how winter can bring you down. Why not join your fellow JETAANY alumni for a Winter Getaway full of skiing, snowboarding, snowman building, and hot tubs? We will be lodging at the Inn of the Six Mountains (1 mile from the slopes) restaurant & bar, outdoor hot tub, indoor hot tub & pool, walking distance to restaurants/nightlife. Prices are lower than last year, and there are no additional PayPal fees! Package includes: Per person: Quad Occupancy* Room:    $231 pp Triple Occupancy* Room:   $258 pp Double Occupancy* Room: $303 pp Single Occupancy Room:    $458 pp This incredible price includes: – 2 nights accomodation – 2 day lift […]

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  • Mix business with pleasure! JETAANY is doing a networking brunch, Chinese style. Dimsum is a quintessential cultural experience and New York City has some of the best in the country. Don’t forget to bring you meishi as you’ll get a chance to rub shoulders with other prominent JET Alumni. What is dimsum? Dimsum are delicious Chinese hors d’oeuvres usually eaten for brunch. Servers wheel around carts full of these tasty delights. Dimsum come in many varieties: from steamed to deep fried, seafood to vegetable and just about everything in between. There’s definitely something for everyone and even some interesting combinations for those adventurous gastronomes. When: Saturday, December 4th, 12pm Where: Ping’s Seafood Restaurant 22 Mott St (between Chatham Sq & […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Networking Brunch

    Mix business with pleasure! JETAANY is doing a networking brunch, Chinese style. Dimsum is a quintessential cultural experience and New York City has some of the best in the country. Don’t forget to bring you meishi as you’ll get a chance to rub shoulders with other prominent JET Alumni. What is dimsum? Dimsum are delicious Chinese hors d’oeuvres usually eaten for brunch. Servers wheel around carts full of these tasty delights. Dimsum come in many varieties: from steamed to deep fried, seafood to vegetable and just about everything in between. There’s definitely something for everyone and even some interesting combinations for those adventurous gastronomes. When: Saturday, December 4th, 12pm Where: Ping’s Seafood Restaurant 22 Mott St (between Chatham Sq & […]

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  • We are pleased to announce the results of the Board of Directors elections that closed at the end of October. Results will be confirmed, and officers will officially join the Board of Directors, at our Annual Meeting, held at Bao Noodles on December 8 at 7pm (please check soon for more detailed information). The new Board of Directors members are: Jim Gannon Cindy Hoffman Nancy Ikehara Sara Beinert (re-elected for second term)<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    2010 JETAANY Board of Directors Election Results

    We are pleased to announce the results of the Board of Directors elections that closed at the end of October. Results will be confirmed, and officers will officially join the Board of Directors, at our Annual Meeting, held at Bao Noodles on December 8 at 7pm (please check soon for more detailed information). The new Board of Directors members are: Jim Gannon Cindy Hoffman Nancy Ikehara Sara Beinert (re-elected for second term)

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  • The Japan Society of Fairfield County, a non-profit organization with over 100 household and individual members throughout Fairfield County in CT and Westchester NY would like to invite a volunteer (or more) from JET Alumni in CT to one of their events in near future and have a talk on teaching and living experiences in Japan for about 15 minutes. The next event is our Japanese Movie event on December 4th (Sat) in Easton CT. Japan Society of Fairfield County will show and discuss the film, “Departures” (Okuribito) for members and their guests, Saturday, December 4, noon-2PM at the home of George and Mayumi Kleinman, Easton, CT (driving directions on request) Event is free; light snacks are served If you plan to attend please […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japan Society of Fairfield County Seeks Volunteers

    The Japan Society of Fairfield County, a non-profit organization with over 100 household and individual members throughout Fairfield County in CT and Westchester NY would like to invite a volunteer (or more) from JET Alumni in CT to one of their events in near future and have a talk on teaching and living experiences in Japan for about 15 minutes. The next event is our Japanese Movie event on December 4th (Sat) in Easton CT. Japan Society of Fairfield County will show and discuss the film, “Departures” (Okuribito) for members and their guests, Saturday, December 4, noon-2PM at the home of George and Mayumi Kleinman, Easton, CT (driving directions on request) Event is free; light snacks are served If you plan to attend please […]

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  • GATEWAY — ‘MA’ vs GROOVE – Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble 35th Anniversary Tour Friday, November 19 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 A world-renowned performer, composer, and teacher of taiko, Kenny Endo is the vanguard of the Japanese taiko drumming genre. He is a consummate artist, blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world to create remarkable melodies and improvisation. Kenny has assembled an all-star cast of master musicians to premiere his newest work “Gateway – ‘Ma’ vs Groove. Joining Kenny for this concert are Hitoshi Hamada (vibraphones, percussion), Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue, Nohkan, flute, taiko), Shoko Hikage(koto, dance), Tadayoshi Yasuda (shamisen), Chizuko Endo (taiko, percussion) and Miles […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    GATEWAY — ‘MA’ vs GROOVE – Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble 35th Anniversary Tour in Philadelphia

    GATEWAY — ‘MA’ vs GROOVE – Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble 35th Anniversary Tour Friday, November 19 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 A world-renowned performer, composer, and teacher of taiko, Kenny Endo is the vanguard of the Japanese taiko drumming genre. He is a consummate artist, blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world to create remarkable melodies and improvisation. Kenny has assembled an all-star cast of master musicians to premiere his newest work “Gateway – ‘Ma’ vs Groove. Joining Kenny for this concert are Hitoshi Hamada (vibraphones, percussion), Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue, Nohkan, flute, taiko), Shoko Hikage(koto, dance), Tadayoshi Yasuda (shamisen), Chizuko Endo (taiko, percussion) and Miles […]

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  • Justin with Kobayashi and Friend of JET Sarah Goebel. (Emiko Watanabe) By JQ magazine’s Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his NY Japanese Culture page here to subscribe for free alerts on newly published stories. Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi is a three-time Guinness World Record holder for competitive eating. He burst on the American scene in 2001 at Coney Island’s annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing 50 dogs in 12 minutes, doubling the previous record. Kobayashi went on to win the contest six consecutive times while shattering other gastronomic records around the world. After a shocking arrest and subsequent dismissal of charges in July at this year’s Nathan’s event, Kobayashi returned to the stage last night at the Japan Arts Matsuri […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Interview with Competitive Eater Takeru Kobayashi

    Justin with Kobayashi and Friend of JET Sarah Goebel. (Emiko Watanabe) By JQ magazine’s Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his NY Japanese Culture page here to subscribe for free alerts on newly published stories. Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi is a three-time Guinness World Record holder for competitive eating. He burst on the American scene in 2001 at Coney Island’s annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing 50 dogs in 12 minutes, doubling the previous record. Kobayashi went on to win the contest six consecutive times while shattering other gastronomic records around the world. After a shocking arrest and subsequent dismissal of charges in July at this year’s Nathan’s event, Kobayashi returned to the stage last night at the Japan Arts Matsuri […]

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  • Coping with reverse culture shock is hard enough without having to find a job. Become a peer mentor to a returning JET and give back.  In times like these, we need to stick together! If you would like to be a mentor or mentee, please fill out the following information and return to Amber at mentoring@jetaany.org. Thank you! Sharing is caring!! 🙂 Name: Mentor or Mentee: ALT or CIR JET Years (ex. 2004-06): JET Location: Current Address: Email: Phone Number: Academic Course of Study: Current Job and Industry or Desired job or industry: Current Company or Desired Company of interest: Past Jobs/Industries: Other hobbies/interests:<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Become a Peer Mentor or Mentee

    Coping with reverse culture shock is hard enough without having to find a job. Become a peer mentor to a returning JET and give back.  In times like these, we need to stick together! If you would like to be a mentor or mentee, please fill out the following information and return to Amber at mentoring@jetaany.org. Thank you! Sharing is caring!! 🙂 Name: Mentor or Mentee: ALT or CIR JET Years (ex. 2004-06): JET Location: Current Address: Email: Phone Number: Academic Course of Study: Current Job and Industry or Desired job or industry: Current Company or Desired Company of interest: Past Jobs/Industries: Other hobbies/interests:

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  • Calling all D.C. JETs! Join the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution for a weekend of Japanese films, culture, and discussion. When: December 3 & 5 (see detailed schedule below) Where: The Freer Gallery (Jefferson & 12th SW, Washington, DC 20013) Admission: FREE! Linda Linda Linda Friday 12/3, 7:00 PM Harimaya bridge Sunday, 12 /5, 2:00PM With special guest, Writer and Director Aaron Woolfolk For more information, visit http://www.dc.jetalumni.org/<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    A Weekend at the Freer with JETAADC

    Calling all D.C. JETs! Join the Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution for a weekend of Japanese films, culture, and discussion. When: December 3 & 5 (see detailed schedule below) Where: The Freer Gallery (Jefferson & 12th SW, Washington, DC 20013) Admission: FREE! Linda Linda Linda Friday 12/3, 7:00 PM Harimaya bridge Sunday, 12 /5, 2:00PM With special guest, Writer and Director Aaron Woolfolk For more information, visit http://www.dc.jetalumni.org/

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  • With the temperature dropping and the days getting ever shorter, we know winter is just around the corner. Keep warm with fellow Japanese speakers and enjoy tender udon noodles and donburi piled high with toppings at Udon West in Midtown East. We are collecting $15 per person to reserve a spot among the group, but at this establishment, this is enough to cover an entre and a nama beer! (Have cash on hand the night of, in case you want to order more off of the menu) This is the last Nihongo Dake Dinner of 2010 and space is limited, so RSVP through paypal soon! When: Tuesday, November 16th Time: 7:00-9:00 Where: Udon West 150 E 46th St (between Lexington Ave […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    November Nihongo Dake Dinner at Udon West

    With the temperature dropping and the days getting ever shorter, we know winter is just around the corner. Keep warm with fellow Japanese speakers and enjoy tender udon noodles and donburi piled high with toppings at Udon West in Midtown East. We are collecting $15 per person to reserve a spot among the group, but at this establishment, this is enough to cover an entre and a nama beer! (Have cash on hand the night of, in case you want to order more off of the menu) This is the last Nihongo Dake Dinner of 2010 and space is limited, so RSVP through paypal soon! When: Tuesday, November 16th Time: 7:00-9:00 Where: Udon West 150 E 46th St (between Lexington Ave […]

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  • Thank you everyone for attending the Bear Mountain hike last month.  We had an awesome group of hikers and perfect weather. Check out more photos here: http://picasaweb.google.com/jetaanyvp/JETAANYBearMountainHike2010?feat=directlink<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Bear Mountain Hike Photos

    Thank you everyone for attending the Bear Mountain hike last month.  We had an awesome group of hikers and perfect weather. Check out more photos here: http://picasaweb.google.com/jetaanyvp/JETAANYBearMountainHike2010?feat=directlink

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  • It’s November and the days are getting chillier, and the nights longer. What better time to fill up on hearty and delicious Korean fried chicken and drinks with your fellow JET alums? If you’ve never sampled Korean fried chicken: it’s crunchy, it’s savory, and it’s exactly what you need on a Wednesday night! Date: Wednesday November 17th Time: 6pm Location: BonChon on 207 West 38th street between 7th and 8th ave We’ll be hanging out in the downstairs lounge area–see you there!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    November Happy Hour at BonChon

    It’s November and the days are getting chillier, and the nights longer. What better time to fill up on hearty and delicious Korean fried chicken and drinks with your fellow JET alums? If you’ve never sampled Korean fried chicken: it’s crunchy, it’s savory, and it’s exactly what you need on a Wednesday night! Date: Wednesday November 17th Time: 6pm Location: BonChon on 207 West 38th street between 7th and 8th ave We’ll be hanging out in the downstairs lounge area–see you there!

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  • Photos from the recent Ikebana Class event here.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Ikebana Class Photos

    Photos from the recent Ikebana Class event here.

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