Archive for December, 2010

  • As you can see, we’ve made a few changes around here to (hopefully) make navigation easier, integrate with social media like Facebook and Twitter, and more importantly, encourage members to use the website as their source for all things JETAANY-related. New Layout: – We’ve made a number of changes to the layout of the website to allow our members to get as much relevant information as possible without their eyes glazing over at a wall of text. – Featured news/events have moved to the top so you always know what’s really important – An event calender has been added Social Media Integration: – Want to share an event or comment? You can now tweet events to your twitter account! – […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Your Guide to the New Website!

    As you can see, we’ve made a few changes around here to (hopefully) make navigation easier, integrate with social media like Facebook and Twitter, and more importantly, encourage members to use the website as their source for all things JETAANY-related. New Layout: – We’ve made a number of changes to the layout of the website to allow our members to get as much relevant information as possible without their eyes glazing over at a wall of text. – Featured news/events have moved to the top so you always know what’s really important – An event calender has been added Social Media Integration: – Want to share an event or comment? You can now tweet events to your twitter account! – […]

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  • So the weather is cold, you may be snowed in, and it’s high time to curl up with “The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P” by Rieko Matsuura. This thought-provoking novel is about the travels and times of a woman whose big toe on her right foot turns into a penis. Imagine! Shinjirarenai! Ja, the book won the Women Writers’ Prize in 1994, went on to be a bestseller, and the English translation was just published in 2009. This book club proves to be an exciting, fun discussion. Please join us, we’re moving uptown this time to Jill’s apartment (122nd and 8th, just 15 minutes from Midtown.) When: Thursday, January 13th at 7 PM Where: Jill’s apartment, email for specific address. RSVP: Please RSVP/ […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    January Book Club Meeting

    So the weather is cold, you may be snowed in, and it’s high time to curl up with “The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P” by Rieko Matsuura. This thought-provoking novel is about the travels and times of a woman whose big toe on her right foot turns into a penis. Imagine! Shinjirarenai! Ja, the book won the Women Writers’ Prize in 1994, went on to be a bestseller, and the English translation was just published in 2009. This book club proves to be an exciting, fun discussion. Please join us, we’re moving uptown this time to Jill’s apartment (122nd and 8th, just 15 minutes from Midtown.) When: Thursday, January 13th at 7 PM Where: Jill’s apartment, email for specific address. RSVP: Please RSVP/ […]

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  • During the New Year, many Japanese women and men don kimono for their first visit to shrines in Japan. The kimono, a beautiful traditional garment, is a source of pride for Japanese, and the kimonos worn by Japanese women are well known in New York for their beauty. As a New Year special event, the kitsuke (art of wearing kimono) class will be held for free by NIHONWASOU USA. You will learn the culture and history of the kimono and obi (the belt), and also the first steps of kitsuke. In addition, as a New Year special offer, by lot at the event, 5 participants will get an opportunity to wear the real and high quality kimono, and take a photo of in kimono. NIHONWASOU has been holding […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    2011 New Year Special Event: The Art of Wearing Kimono (Kitsuke)

    During the New Year, many Japanese women and men don kimono for their first visit to shrines in Japan. The kimono, a beautiful traditional garment, is a source of pride for Japanese, and the kimonos worn by Japanese women are well known in New York for their beauty. As a New Year special event, the kitsuke (art of wearing kimono) class will be held for free by NIHONWASOU USA. You will learn the culture and history of the kimono and obi (the belt), and also the first steps of kitsuke. In addition, as a New Year special offer, by lot at the event, 5 participants will get an opportunity to wear the real and high quality kimono, and take a photo of in kimono. NIHONWASOU has been holding […]

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  • NYC’s very own Battenkai, or gathering of Kyushu-jin, will be holding a shinnenkai to mark the Year of the Rabbit! This exciting event will feature laughter yoga, a shamisen performance and a fabulous raffle. Please join us for this fun night and looking forward to seeing you all there! See below for details (for those who want to read the original Japanese message, please click here http://battenkai.at-newyork.com/). ★ Open to anyone born in or who has connections to Kyushu, as well as those interested in this region. Date: January 5, 2011 (Tuesday) Time: 7-9 pm Location: Japanese American Association of New York (15 W. 44th Street (11th floor)http://www.jaany.org/hallen.htm Cost: Adult = $35, Student = $20, 11 and younger free (includes food/drinks; […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Calling all Kyushu JETs and fans of Kyushu!

    NYC’s very own Battenkai, or gathering of Kyushu-jin, will be holding a shinnenkai to mark the Year of the Rabbit! This exciting event will feature laughter yoga, a shamisen performance and a fabulous raffle. Please join us for this fun night and looking forward to seeing you all there! See below for details (for those who want to read the original Japanese message, please click here http://battenkai.at-newyork.com/). ★ Open to anyone born in or who has connections to Kyushu, as well as those interested in this region. Date: January 5, 2011 (Tuesday) Time: 7-9 pm Location: Japanese American Association of New York (15 W. 44th Street (11th floor)http://www.jaany.org/hallen.htm Cost: Adult = $35, Student = $20, 11 and younger free (includes food/drinks; […]

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  • Happy Holidays everyone! The Announcements will be on hiatus until January 6, so please check our website for any latest news and events. If you have any Japan-related events you’d like to post, please continue to do so by registering for the forum and posting it in the appropriate forum. The website will also undergo a makeover for 2011! Please stay tuned for our new look, and please mind our dust while the site is under construction.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Upcoming Announcements & Website Changes

    Happy Holidays everyone! The Announcements will be on hiatus until January 6, so please check our website for any latest news and events. If you have any Japan-related events you’d like to post, please continue to do so by registering for the forum and posting it in the appropriate forum. The website will also undergo a makeover for 2011! Please stay tuned for our new look, and please mind our dust while the site is under construction.

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  • 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.  Cartoonist and teacher Khalid Birdsong lived in Japan for two years working as an assistant English teacher on the JET Program. Last spring he launched the original webcomic Fried Chicken and Sushi, which is published twice a week and based loosely on his real-life experiences in Japan, mining the cross-cultural humor that living abroad provides. Birdsong now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, whom he met in Japan, and baby daughter. He plans to visit Japan next year, which he feels will inspire even more stories. I spoke with the artist about his time on […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Interview with JET Alum/‘Fried Chicken and Sushi’ Cartoonist Khalid Birdsong

    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.  Cartoonist and teacher Khalid Birdsong lived in Japan for two years working as an assistant English teacher on the JET Program. Last spring he launched the original webcomic Fried Chicken and Sushi, which is published twice a week and based loosely on his real-life experiences in Japan, mining the cross-cultural humor that living abroad provides. Birdsong now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, whom he met in Japan, and baby daughter. He plans to visit Japan next year, which he feels will inspire even more stories. I spoke with the artist about his time on […]

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  • Here’s a great FREE event at Carnegie Hall for those with friends/family visiting New York City for the holiday season! PRESENTED BY MCEC INTERNATIONAL What: USA-Japan Goodwill Concert Where: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage When: Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 7:30 PM Cost: Free general admission tickets available at the box office, limit of 8 per person The Program Kan Mass Choir Kan Tamaru, Conductor All Japan High School Wind Orchestra Eiichi Toyama, Toru Miura, Toshio Akiyama, Simeon Loring, Reishi Fukushima, and Minoru Otaki, Conductors Ensembles from New York Jazz Academy Works by Kirk Franklin, Seiichiro Uno, Adam, Ronnie Rucker, Shostakovich, Gould, Vaughan Williams, Grainger, Rodgers, Hanssen, Mussorgsky, Tetsunosuke Kushida, Warld, and Respighi http://www.carnegiehall.org/article/box_office/events/evt_15674.html?selecteddate=12262010<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    USA-Japan Goodwill Concert

    Here’s a great FREE event at Carnegie Hall for those with friends/family visiting New York City for the holiday season! PRESENTED BY MCEC INTERNATIONAL What: USA-Japan Goodwill Concert Where: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage When: Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 7:30 PM Cost: Free general admission tickets available at the box office, limit of 8 per person The Program Kan Mass Choir Kan Tamaru, Conductor All Japan High School Wind Orchestra Eiichi Toyama, Toru Miura, Toshio Akiyama, Simeon Loring, Reishi Fukushima, and Minoru Otaki, Conductors Ensembles from New York Jazz Academy Works by Kirk Franklin, Seiichiro Uno, Adam, Ronnie Rucker, Shostakovich, Gould, Vaughan Williams, Grainger, Rodgers, Hanssen, Mussorgsky, Tetsunosuke Kushida, Warld, and Respighi http://www.carnegiehall.org/article/box_office/events/evt_15674.html?selecteddate=12262010

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  • Join JETAANY for a short education on shodo (Japanese calligraphy). This class is an opportunity to learn not only the exquisite techniques of brush writing and painting, but to gain a deeper insight and appreciation for Japanese language and culture. This class is for beginners When: On Saturday, December 11 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm Where: Seiko Shodo (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: $20 (including class and material fee) About the instructor: Ms. Seikou Kaneko is dedicated to preserving and teaching the traditional Japanese arts of Shodou (calligraphy) and Suibokuga (water and ink paintings). She was born in Fukuoka Japan, and has been practicing Shodo (Japanese Brush Writing) for more than 50 years. In 1981, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) Class

    Join JETAANY for a short education on shodo (Japanese calligraphy). This class is an opportunity to learn not only the exquisite techniques of brush writing and painting, but to gain a deeper insight and appreciation for Japanese language and culture. This class is for beginners When: On Saturday, December 11 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm Where: Seiko Shodo (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: $20 (including class and material fee) About the instructor: Ms. Seikou Kaneko is dedicated to preserving and teaching the traditional Japanese arts of Shodou (calligraphy) and Suibokuga (water and ink paintings). She was born in Fukuoka Japan, and has been practicing Shodo (Japanese Brush Writing) for more than 50 years. In 1981, […]

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  • Calling all graphic designers, artists, and creative types!  We are looking for people to enter their designs for a new logo to be featured on JETAANY’s website, announcements, marketing materials, letterhead, business cards, etc. Your logo will be the visual cornerstone of our rebranding effort. You’ll win some prize money and some recognition, so what’s keeping you from entering?! Prize: In addition with providing JETAANY with a visual calling card, you will have the logo of a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to add to a design portfolio, and the winner will also receive $100 as a small token of our appreciation. How to Enter: Please send your designs to Janelle (secretary@jetaany.org) by November 30, 2010 December 31, 2010. The contest […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    [Deadline Extended] JETAANY Logo Contest!

    Calling all graphic designers, artists, and creative types!  We are looking for people to enter their designs for a new logo to be featured on JETAANY’s website, announcements, marketing materials, letterhead, business cards, etc. Your logo will be the visual cornerstone of our rebranding effort. You’ll win some prize money and some recognition, so what’s keeping you from entering?! Prize: In addition with providing JETAANY with a visual calling card, you will have the logo of a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to add to a design portfolio, and the winner will also receive $100 as a small token of our appreciation. How to Enter: Please send your designs to Janelle (secretary@jetaany.org) by November 30, 2010 December 31, 2010. The contest […]

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  • 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.  Minnesota-based cartoonist Lars Martinson went to Japan in 2003 to teach English on the JET Program, an exchange initiative sponsored by the Japanese government. During his three-year stay in rural Fukuoka, he was inspired to break ground on an ambitiously stylized four-part graphic novel named Tonoharu (Pliant Press) based on the trials and tribulations of living in Japan. Part Two was released in November, and I caught up with the artist to discuss the series so far and Japanese life through an expat’s eyes. How would you describe the differences in Tonoharu: Part Two compared to the previous book? […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Interview with JET Alum/‘Tonoharu’ Cartoonist Lars Martinson

    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.  Minnesota-based cartoonist Lars Martinson went to Japan in 2003 to teach English on the JET Program, an exchange initiative sponsored by the Japanese government. During his three-year stay in rural Fukuoka, he was inspired to break ground on an ambitiously stylized four-part graphic novel named Tonoharu (Pliant Press) based on the trials and tribulations of living in Japan. Part Two was released in November, and I caught up with the artist to discuss the series so far and Japanese life through an expat’s eyes. How would you describe the differences in Tonoharu: Part Two compared to the previous book? […]

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