Archive for May, 2011

  • By Gil Cardon (Hiroshima-ken, 2001-04), for JQ magazine. Gil is the convention manager at theJapan National Tourism Organization in New York. He is the primary contact for promoting Japan MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) within North America. Every year at about the same time, the Japan National Tourism Organization hosts the “Meet Japan” familiarization trip. This year, ten guests from six different countries (U.K., France, Italy, Greece, Israel, and the U.S.) participated in the trip. The guests are representatives of international organizations and professional associations that are planning to hold a conference in Japan in the near future. Through the course of the Meet Japan trip, the representatives visit convention centers and hotels in various cities throughout Japan, as part […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JNTO “Meet Japan 2011” Familiarization Trip

    By Gil Cardon (Hiroshima-ken, 2001-04), for JQ magazine. Gil is the convention manager at theJapan National Tourism Organization in New York. He is the primary contact for promoting Japan MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) within North America. Every year at about the same time, the Japan National Tourism Organization hosts the “Meet Japan” familiarization trip. This year, ten guests from six different countries (U.K., France, Italy, Greece, Israel, and the U.S.) participated in the trip. The guests are representatives of international organizations and professional associations that are planning to hold a conference in Japan in the near future. Through the course of the Meet Japan trip, the representatives visit convention centers and hotels in various cities throughout Japan, as part […]

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  • After their successful tour of Europe last year capped with a headlining gig at Germany’s prestigious Bang Your Head!!! festival, Japan’s Loudness are invading North America for the first time since their sold out 2006 tour, and only the second time since 1991! Formed in 1981 in Osaka, vocalist Minoru Niihara, guitarist Akira Takasaki (A.K.A. the Eddie Van Halen of Japan), bassist Masayoshi Yamashita and drummer Munetaka Higuchi joined forces to become not only Japan’s premier metal band, but a world class act in their own right, releasing five English-language albums in America in their heyday. On June 1, the group storms Times Square’s B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, where they last played five years ago in a historic gig filmed […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    This week’s Nippon in NY events: legendary metal band Loudness and songstress Akiko Yano in concert!

    After their successful tour of Europe last year capped with a headlining gig at Germany’s prestigious Bang Your Head!!! festival, Japan’s Loudness are invading North America for the first time since their sold out 2006 tour, and only the second time since 1991! Formed in 1981 in Osaka, vocalist Minoru Niihara, guitarist Akira Takasaki (A.K.A. the Eddie Van Halen of Japan), bassist Masayoshi Yamashita and drummer Munetaka Higuchi joined forces to become not only Japan’s premier metal band, but a world class act in their own right, releasing five English-language albums in America in their heyday. On June 1, the group storms Times Square’s B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, where they last played five years ago in a historic gig filmed […]

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  • When: Wednesday, June 8th @ 6:30 p.m. Where: Nightingale Lounge (13 2nd Avenue @ 13th St) Cost: Everyone pays for their own drinks. The Happy Hour Special is: $3 Domestic Beers, $4 Well Drinks, $5 Cosmos, Appletinis, Margaritas, & Kamikazes. RSVP: No need to RSVP but feel free to do so on Facebook!   Calling all JETs/FOJs who have lived in, traveled to and loved Kyushu. Come out for a drink, share stories and meet fellow alums as well as members of the Kyushu Battenkai (Nihongo de)!  Everyone is welcome so feel free to invite friends.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/8) Calling All Friends of Kyushu! June Happy Hour @ Nightingale Lounge

    When: Wednesday, June 8th @ 6:30 p.m. Where: Nightingale Lounge (13 2nd Avenue @ 13th St) Cost: Everyone pays for their own drinks. The Happy Hour Special is: $3 Domestic Beers, $4 Well Drinks, $5 Cosmos, Appletinis, Margaritas, & Kamikazes. RSVP: No need to RSVP but feel free to do so on Facebook!   Calling all JETs/FOJs who have lived in, traveled to and loved Kyushu. Come out for a drink, share stories and meet fellow alums as well as members of the Kyushu Battenkai (Nihongo de)!  Everyone is welcome so feel free to invite friends.

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  • “The JET Program has great benefits for the country. One of the greatest, but overlooked is the former participants themselves. They all have a great knowledge, understanding and affection for Japan. All have gone on to various careers and are a great but underutilized network.” By JQ magazine’s Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his pagehere to subscribe for free alerts on newly published stories. Anthony Bianchi’s life in Japan took root in the 1980s when the Bensonhurst, Brooklyn native landed a job with the Inuyama City board of education in Aichi Prefecture on the JET Program exchange initiative. He continued to work in Inuyama after JET, and in 2003 gained citizenship, becoming the first-ever North American to hold an elected position in […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Inuyama City Councilman/JET Alum Anthony Bianchi

    “The JET Program has great benefits for the country. One of the greatest, but overlooked is the former participants themselves. They all have a great knowledge, understanding and affection for Japan. All have gone on to various careers and are a great but underutilized network.” By JQ magazine’s Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his pagehere to subscribe for free alerts on newly published stories. Anthony Bianchi’s life in Japan took root in the 1980s when the Bensonhurst, Brooklyn native landed a job with the Inuyama City board of education in Aichi Prefecture on the JET Program exchange initiative. He continued to work in Inuyama after JET, and in 2003 gained citizenship, becoming the first-ever North American to hold an elected position in […]

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  • On May 23, X Japan mainman Yoshiki–who is widely regarded as Japan’s premier rock musician–was in New York City to promote his weekly “Yoshiki Radio” show, which launches on SiriusXM’s Boneyard (channel 38) tonight at 8:00 p.m. Fujisankei (FCI) News was there, and they interviewed JET alumni Sam Frank of UnRatedNYC and JQ magazine editor/Japanese Culture Examiner Justin Tedaldi for their “Today’s Eye” segment broadcasted on Japanese TV! Check out the video below for Justin’s comments. (Direct link athttp://www.fujisankei.com/video_library/art/yoshiki-radio.html)  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    X Japan’s Yoshiki Takes Manhattan, Meets JET Alums

    On May 23, X Japan mainman Yoshiki–who is widely regarded as Japan’s premier rock musician–was in New York City to promote his weekly “Yoshiki Radio” show, which launches on SiriusXM’s Boneyard (channel 38) tonight at 8:00 p.m. Fujisankei (FCI) News was there, and they interviewed JET alumni Sam Frank of UnRatedNYC and JQ magazine editor/Japanese Culture Examiner Justin Tedaldi for their “Today’s Eye” segment broadcasted on Japanese TV! Check out the video below for Justin’s comments. (Direct link athttp://www.fujisankei.com/video_library/art/yoshiki-radio.html)  

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  • By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine.  Renay is a freelance writer and international education professional currently seeking FT opportunities. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Philadelphia native and current Long Island City, NY resident (by way of Hyogo-ken and Washington, D.C.),Megan Miller-Yoo (Hyogo-ken ALT, 2000-02) is the outgoing president of JETAANY (2008-11) and newJETAA USA Country Representative (CR). During her time as an ALT, Megan demonstrated her commitment to the JET Program via her creation of the Volunteer Special Interest Group (VSIG) for AJET. Since returning to the U.S., Megan has been involved in the Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York chapters of JETAA. Megan also served on the Board of Directors for JETAANY. She recently graduated from NYU […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with JETAA Country Representative Megan Miller Yoo

    By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine.  Renay is a freelance writer and international education professional currently seeking FT opportunities. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Philadelphia native and current Long Island City, NY resident (by way of Hyogo-ken and Washington, D.C.),Megan Miller-Yoo (Hyogo-ken ALT, 2000-02) is the outgoing president of JETAANY (2008-11) and newJETAA USA Country Representative (CR). During her time as an ALT, Megan demonstrated her commitment to the JET Program via her creation of the Volunteer Special Interest Group (VSIG) for AJET. Since returning to the U.S., Megan has been involved in the Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York chapters of JETAA. Megan also served on the Board of Directors for JETAANY. She recently graduated from NYU […]

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  • There are still one or two spots open for the Nihongo Dake dinner. If you’re interested, please contact Kendall Murano at kendall.murano@gmail.com (kendall-dot-murano-at-gmail-dot-com). Also, make sure to join us for the nijikai! No RSVP needed- just practice you nihongo with the help of some sake and biiru. Details below.     When: Tuesday, May 24th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Nori (129 2nd Ave @ St. Mark’s Place) Cost: $20 for sushi dinner (drinks are extra) RSVP: Email kendall.murano@gmail.com to reserve your seat via Paypal When: Tuesday, May 24th 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Where: The Thirsty Scholar (155 2nd Ave between 10th St & 9th St) Cost: Each person pays for their drinks RSVP: None needed- hope to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/24) May Nihongo Dake Dinner & Nijikai (East Village)

    There are still one or two spots open for the Nihongo Dake dinner. If you’re interested, please contact Kendall Murano at kendall.murano@gmail.com (kendall-dot-murano-at-gmail-dot-com). Also, make sure to join us for the nijikai! No RSVP needed- just practice you nihongo with the help of some sake and biiru. Details below.     When: Tuesday, May 24th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Nori (129 2nd Ave @ St. Mark’s Place) Cost: $20 for sushi dinner (drinks are extra) RSVP: Email kendall.murano@gmail.com to reserve your seat via Paypal When: Tuesday, May 24th 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Where: The Thirsty Scholar (155 2nd Ave between 10th St & 9th St) Cost: Each person pays for their drinks RSVP: None needed- hope to […]

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  • When: Tuesday, June 14th @ 7:00 p.m. Where: The Flatiron Building (1 E. 23rd St @ 5th Ave) Cost: A nominal cost  (for refreshments) RSVP/Questions: Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com to RSVP.   Just in time for summer beach reading, the book club will be reading Woman on the Other Shore by Mitsuyo Kakuta. Here is a synopsis from Barnes and Noble: “This compelling novel, widely acclaimed for its perceptive portrayal of the everyday lives and struggles of Japanese women, struck a deep chord with readers throughout Japan. Sayoko, a thirty-five-year-old homemaker with a three-year-old child, begins working for Aoi, a free-spirited, single career woman her own age who runs a travel agency-housekeeping business. Timid and unable to connect with other mothers in her […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/14) June Book Club – Woman on the Other Shore

    When: Tuesday, June 14th @ 7:00 p.m. Where: The Flatiron Building (1 E. 23rd St @ 5th Ave) Cost: A nominal cost  (for refreshments) RSVP/Questions: Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com to RSVP.   Just in time for summer beach reading, the book club will be reading Woman on the Other Shore by Mitsuyo Kakuta. Here is a synopsis from Barnes and Noble: “This compelling novel, widely acclaimed for its perceptive portrayal of the everyday lives and struggles of Japanese women, struck a deep chord with readers throughout Japan. Sayoko, a thirty-five-year-old homemaker with a three-year-old child, begins working for Aoi, a free-spirited, single career woman her own age who runs a travel agency-housekeeping business. Timid and unable to connect with other mothers in her […]

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  • WE ARE HERE – Little Voice and Art 311 JAPAN Art works will be displayed made by over 300 Japanese children who suffered from the Tsunami and fear of the damaged nuclear plant. The children were asked to draw pictures and write messages on Japanese paper with the theme of “words that they want to express and tomorrow that they want to draw.” In addition, photographer Mayumi Suzuki (who’s father is still missing due to the catastrophic effects) will be showing photos taken of the visceral damage, and spirit of the survivors.  All donations will go to the disaster relief in Japan through “Hope of Children”.  This exhibit will travel to Taipei, Paris and other countries in the future. AIGA […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Assistance project for East Japan Disaster

    WE ARE HERE – Little Voice and Art 311 JAPAN Art works will be displayed made by over 300 Japanese children who suffered from the Tsunami and fear of the damaged nuclear plant. The children were asked to draw pictures and write messages on Japanese paper with the theme of “words that they want to express and tomorrow that they want to draw.” In addition, photographer Mayumi Suzuki (who’s father is still missing due to the catastrophic effects) will be showing photos taken of the visceral damage, and spirit of the survivors.  All donations will go to the disaster relief in Japan through “Hope of Children”.  This exhibit will travel to Taipei, Paris and other countries in the future. AIGA […]

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  • By JQ magazine’s Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here to subscribe for free alerts on newly published stories. Now in its fifth year, the upcoming edition of Japan Day @ Central Park on Sunday (May 22nd) will feature a galvanizing stage performance with other family-friendly activities under the theme ”Ganbare Japan!” (You can do it, Japan!) in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March. After holding its traditional four-mile Japan Run on May 8, this year’s Japan Day Festival at Rumsey Playfield will feature stage performances and activity tents. Its special guests, introduced in three distinctly-themed acts over seven full hours, will include Circus, Senri Oe, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels (of New York hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C.), AISHA,Keiko Matsui, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Japan Day @ Central Park Hosts Music Stars from Keiko Matsui to D.M.C.

    By JQ magazine’s Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here to subscribe for free alerts on newly published stories. Now in its fifth year, the upcoming edition of Japan Day @ Central Park on Sunday (May 22nd) will feature a galvanizing stage performance with other family-friendly activities under the theme ”Ganbare Japan!” (You can do it, Japan!) in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March. After holding its traditional four-mile Japan Run on May 8, this year’s Japan Day Festival at Rumsey Playfield will feature stage performances and activity tents. Its special guests, introduced in three distinctly-themed acts over seven full hours, will include Circus, Senri Oe, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels (of New York hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C.), AISHA,Keiko Matsui, […]

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  • By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is an associate literary agent at Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises. She handles both upscale and commercial fiction and is always looking for outstanding projects to represent. Visit her at Regina Ryan Books. A former Japanese colleague of mine once described his homeland to me as an “island of repression.” He spoke with mixed emotion of the burdensome pressure Japanese feel to fulfill their cultural and societal duties and how his lifelong dream was to escape for a year and live abroad. He lamented his kinsmen’s gradual loss of “Japaneseness,” fearing that despite the superficial Westernization, or perhaps because of it, Japan was barely keeping up with the rest of the world. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet”

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is an associate literary agent at Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises. She handles both upscale and commercial fiction and is always looking for outstanding projects to represent. Visit her at Regina Ryan Books. A former Japanese colleague of mine once described his homeland to me as an “island of repression.” He spoke with mixed emotion of the burdensome pressure Japanese feel to fulfill their cultural and societal duties and how his lifelong dream was to escape for a year and live abroad. He lamented his kinsmen’s gradual loss of “Japaneseness,” fearing that despite the superficial Westernization, or perhaps because of it, Japan was barely keeping up with the rest of the world. […]

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  • When: Saturday, May 21st 1-6 pm (also see rehearsal schedule) Where: The Parade will start on Broadway @ 20th Street Cost: Free RSVP/Questions: Email 10tecomai at info10teco@gmail.com (specify if you’d like to dance or volunteer) More info: See their Facebook Event     JET Alum Kirsten Philips and the other members of the 10tecomai Yosakai Dance Project (who were AMAZING at the Sakura Matsuri on 5/1!) invite you to join them as performers in NYC’s 5th Annual Dance Parade. See below for details, including rehearsal information. On Saturday, May 21st, 10tecomai will walk and dance in the 5th Annual NYC’s Dance Parade (http://danceparade.org/EE/). How would you like to join us?  We will be representing JAPAN for this wonderful event!!  We […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/21) Join 10tecomai Yosakoi Dance Project in the NYC Dance Parade

    When: Saturday, May 21st 1-6 pm (also see rehearsal schedule) Where: The Parade will start on Broadway @ 20th Street Cost: Free RSVP/Questions: Email 10tecomai at info10teco@gmail.com (specify if you’d like to dance or volunteer) More info: See their Facebook Event     JET Alum Kirsten Philips and the other members of the 10tecomai Yosakai Dance Project (who were AMAZING at the Sakura Matsuri on 5/1!) invite you to join them as performers in NYC’s 5th Annual Dance Parade. See below for details, including rehearsal information. On Saturday, May 21st, 10tecomai will walk and dance in the 5th Annual NYC’s Dance Parade (http://danceparade.org/EE/). How would you like to join us?  We will be representing JAPAN for this wonderful event!!  We […]

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  • When: Saturday, May 21, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Where: World Oyama Karate Organization Matsumoto Dojo (35 West 31st Street @ Broadway,  6th Floor) Cost: $20 for 1.5 hour basic training lesson RSVP: Make sure to reserve your spot by May 18 on Paypal  HERE Questions?: Contact Mie at  JETaaNY@mieinc.net Karate focuses on the development of defensive and counter-attacking body movements. The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defense, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual. Daisuke Matsumoto, a 4th degree black belt, will offer a lesson designed for beginners. World Oyama Karate has been teaching the full-contact Japanese style of Karate since 1985.  World Oyama, which has dojos in 19 countries, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/21) Karate Lesson

    When: Saturday, May 21, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Where: World Oyama Karate Organization Matsumoto Dojo (35 West 31st Street @ Broadway,  6th Floor) Cost: $20 for 1.5 hour basic training lesson RSVP: Make sure to reserve your spot by May 18 on Paypal  HERE Questions?: Contact Mie at  JETaaNY@mieinc.net Karate focuses on the development of defensive and counter-attacking body movements. The themes of traditional karate training are fighting and self-defense, though its mental and moral aspects target the overall improvement of the individual. Daisuke Matsumoto, a 4th degree black belt, will offer a lesson designed for beginners. World Oyama Karate has been teaching the full-contact Japanese style of Karate since 1985.  World Oyama, which has dojos in 19 countries, […]

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  • JETAANY members along with family and friends enjoyed a beautiful day at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  The cherry blossoms were in perfect bloom.  Check out more photos from the event.  Photo Link<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Sakura Matsuri Photos

    JETAANY members along with family and friends enjoyed a beautiful day at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  The cherry blossoms were in perfect bloom.  Check out more photos from the event.  Photo Link

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  • Click here to see more photos from Japan-A-Mania that was held on April 30th at the Big Brother & Big Sister center.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japan-A-Mania Photos

    Click here to see more photos from Japan-A-Mania that was held on April 30th at the Big Brother & Big Sister center.  

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  • We wanted to send a big thank you to everyone for coming out on Saturday April 16th! The weather was a bit on the inclement side, but everyone was in high spirits and  the event went really well. It was really inspiring to see how genki everyone was at 8 am on a Saturday!  Thank you to the many JETs that brought FOJ’s (friends of JET). For all of you who weren’t able to make it- we appreciate your donation to NY Cares as well as your willingness to come out!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Hands on NY Photos

    We wanted to send a big thank you to everyone for coming out on Saturday April 16th! The weather was a bit on the inclement side, but everyone was in high spirits and  the event went really well. It was really inspiring to see how genki everyone was at 8 am on a Saturday!  Thank you to the many JETs that brought FOJ’s (friends of JET). For all of you who weren’t able to make it- we appreciate your donation to NY Cares as well as your willingness to come out!

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  • In the latest article in JQ Magazine, Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) interviews Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94) is the executive director of the Japan Center for International Exchange in New York. A Columbia graduate who previously worked for the for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, he penned last year’s “JET Program on the Chopping Block” article, which helped alert and educate JETs and JET alumni to the threats facing the future of the JET Program. Since then, he has served as an invaluable resource to the JET Alumni Association, providing informal advice and perspective and serving on the JETAA New York Board of Directors. Read more of this JQ article at JETWit: http://jetwit.com/wordpress/2011/05/02/jq-magazine-jqa-with-jim-gannon-of-the-japan-center-for-international-exchange/.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Interview with JET Alum Jim Gannon

    In the latest article in JQ Magazine, Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) interviews Jim Gannon (Ehime-ken, 1992-94) is the executive director of the Japan Center for International Exchange in New York. A Columbia graduate who previously worked for the for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, he penned last year’s “JET Program on the Chopping Block” article, which helped alert and educate JETs and JET alumni to the threats facing the future of the JET Program. Since then, he has served as an invaluable resource to the JET Alumni Association, providing informal advice and perspective and serving on the JETAA New York Board of Directors. Read more of this JQ article at JETWit: http://jetwit.com/wordpress/2011/05/02/jq-magazine-jqa-with-jim-gannon-of-the-japan-center-for-international-exchange/.

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