Archive for June, 2011

  • This message is being posted on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency DEADLINE for applications to be received by the Consulate-General of Japan: July 11, 2011 APPLICATION GUIDELINE INVITATION PROGRAMME OF JET ALUMNI TO DISASTER STRICKEN AREAS IN TOHOKU: 1. ORGANIZERS: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japan Tourism Agency 2. CONDITIONS FOR PATICIPATION (1) There are no restrictions based on age or sex. (2) Must have worked for two years or more as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or a Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) in local governments in Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture or Sendai City. (3) Must be able to individually make direct contact with schools […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Special Invitation to JETAA on behalf of MoFA & Japan Tourism Agency – Unique Opportunity in Japan

    This message is being posted on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency DEADLINE for applications to be received by the Consulate-General of Japan: July 11, 2011 APPLICATION GUIDELINE INVITATION PROGRAMME OF JET ALUMNI TO DISASTER STRICKEN AREAS IN TOHOKU: 1. ORGANIZERS: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japan Tourism Agency 2. CONDITIONS FOR PATICIPATION (1) There are no restrictions based on age or sex. (2) Must have worked for two years or more as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or a Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) in local governments in Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima Prefecture or Sendai City. (3) Must be able to individually make direct contact with schools […]

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  • By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner Examiner’s note: The following interview was conducted at New York’s Japan Society on March 10, 2011, hours before the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami would ravage eastern Japan. I was there to chat with guest lecturer Jake Adelstein, whose twelve-year career as a crime reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun was chronicled in his acclaimed 2009 book Tokyo Vice. Adelstein is currently working on his second book, and as the editor of the Japan Subculture Research Center blog he continues to report on all the intriguing and seedy aspects that keep Japan running. In this exclusive interview, I spoke with Adelstein during an ominous cloudburst. Thanks for meeting in this gloomy weather. I used to like rainy weather, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Interview with ‘Tokyo Vice’ author Jake Adelstein on yakuza films, umbrellas

    By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner Examiner’s note: The following interview was conducted at New York’s Japan Society on March 10, 2011, hours before the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami would ravage eastern Japan. I was there to chat with guest lecturer Jake Adelstein, whose twelve-year career as a crime reporter for the Yomiuri Shinbun was chronicled in his acclaimed 2009 book Tokyo Vice. Adelstein is currently working on his second book, and as the editor of the Japan Subculture Research Center blog he continues to report on all the intriguing and seedy aspects that keep Japan running. In this exclusive interview, I spoke with Adelstein during an ominous cloudburst. Thanks for meeting in this gloomy weather. I used to like rainy weather, […]

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  •   By Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Rick manages the JET Alumni Association of New York(JETAANY)’s Twitter page and is the creator of the JETwit column Tadaima! Casey Novotny (Kochi-ken, 2005-08) gave us the inside scoop on 100 Yen, a film about the Japanese arcade scene coming this fall. Casey, who’s currently a program coordinator at Asia University in Tokyo, and director/JET alum Brad Crawford first met as JETs from Canada, and years later collaborated on this original project. Find out what inspired Casey and listen to his predictions for the future of the arcade scene. How did you find yourself originally interested in Japan? Was it through games? Yeah, I guess since when I was a child my interest […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ&A with JET Alum Casey Novotny on the Documentary Film “100 Yen”

      By Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Rick manages the JET Alumni Association of New York(JETAANY)’s Twitter page and is the creator of the JETwit column Tadaima! Casey Novotny (Kochi-ken, 2005-08) gave us the inside scoop on 100 Yen, a film about the Japanese arcade scene coming this fall. Casey, who’s currently a program coordinator at Asia University in Tokyo, and director/JET alum Brad Crawford first met as JETs from Canada, and years later collaborated on this original project. Find out what inspired Casey and listen to his predictions for the future of the arcade scene. How did you find yourself originally interested in Japan? Was it through games? Yeah, I guess since when I was a child my interest […]

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  • That’s right- TheDealist.com has pushed the deadline for the $10 boat cruise deal for another week! This discounted deal is available only until Friday, July 7th– so if you’re interested, don’t forget to get it at http://tinyurl.com/boatcruiseextendeddeadline! See details below…     When: Wednesday, July 27th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm   Where: Meet at Pier 81 (42nd St @ the Hudson River) for Marco Polo Cruise Cost: $10 – buy your own $10 coupon by July 7th at Thedealist.com (http://tinyurl.com/boatcruiseextendeddeadline) RSVP/Questions: Once you buy your ticket through TheDealist, email Pam Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org with your name (and guests, if applicable), so we can add you to our reservation. You can also RSVP on Facebook, if you’d like! More Info: This is an […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Deadline Extended to Fri 7/7: Get Your Tix for 7/27 JETAANY Boat Cruise!

    That’s right- TheDealist.com has pushed the deadline for the $10 boat cruise deal for another week! This discounted deal is available only until Friday, July 7th– so if you’re interested, don’t forget to get it at http://tinyurl.com/boatcruiseextendeddeadline! See details below…     When: Wednesday, July 27th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm   Where: Meet at Pier 81 (42nd St @ the Hudson River) for Marco Polo Cruise Cost: $10 – buy your own $10 coupon by July 7th at Thedealist.com (http://tinyurl.com/boatcruiseextendeddeadline) RSVP/Questions: Once you buy your ticket through TheDealist, email Pam Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org with your name (and guests, if applicable), so we can add you to our reservation. You can also RSVP on Facebook, if you’d like! More Info: This is an […]

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  • LIFE AS A JET Life as a Rural JET – Presentation Life as a Suburban JET  – Presentation Life as a Urban JET – Handout   JOB SKILLS WORKSHOPS ALT Job Skills Workshop CIR Job Skills Workshop   SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS What to Expect in your first few weeks Being an Asian-American JET Minorities in Japan Minorities in Japan – African Decent Minority in Japan – Handout Money Management Women’s Issues Traveling in and around Japan Studying Japanese Japanese Etiquette Vegegarian in Japan – Hand out Vegetarian in Japan – Vocabulary Sheet (Word Document) Vegetarian in Japan – Wallet Card (Word .doc) LGBT in Japan LGBT Tokyo Map    <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    2011 JET Pre-Departure Documents

    LIFE AS A JET Life as a Rural JET – Presentation Life as a Suburban JET  – Presentation Life as a Urban JET – Handout   JOB SKILLS WORKSHOPS ALT Job Skills Workshop CIR Job Skills Workshop   SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS What to Expect in your first few weeks Being an Asian-American JET Minorities in Japan Minorities in Japan – African Decent Minority in Japan – Handout Money Management Women’s Issues Traveling in and around Japan Studying Japanese Japanese Etiquette Vegegarian in Japan – Hand out Vegetarian in Japan – Vocabulary Sheet (Word Document) Vegetarian in Japan – Wallet Card (Word .doc) LGBT in Japan LGBT Tokyo Map    

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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. In a magazine article published earlier this year, crooked former banker Bernie Madoff told the public that despite his lies, despite the lives left ruined in the wake of his atrocious crimes, he is not a bad man. Why do I bring this up here, in a book review of Japanese author Natsume Soseki’s seminal 1914 novel Kokoro? Because Madoff could have learned a thing or two from the book. As the saying goes, the classics aren’t about what happened, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – Natsume Soseki’s “Kokoro” Takes New Translation to Heart

    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. In a magazine article published earlier this year, crooked former banker Bernie Madoff told the public that despite his lies, despite the lives left ruined in the wake of his atrocious crimes, he is not a bad man. Why do I bring this up here, in a book review of Japanese author Natsume Soseki’s seminal 1914 novel Kokoro? Because Madoff could have learned a thing or two from the book. As the saying goes, the classics aren’t about what happened, […]

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  • By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner Following the success of last year’s inaugural Japanese Heritage Night at Citi Field, this new tradition’s second edition on June 21 will pit the New York Mets against ex-Yankee Hideki Matsui’s Oakland A’s. Scheduled for the pre-game show to celebrate Japan’s culture and heritage are New York-based taiko troupe Soh Daiko; the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York; a tribute to Wally Yonamine, the first American to play professional baseball in Japan after World War II; and the Spirit Award to the People of Tohoku to be accepted by Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki of the Consul General of Japan in New York. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    New York Mets’ Japanese Heritage Night aids disaster relief efforts

    By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner Following the success of last year’s inaugural Japanese Heritage Night at Citi Field, this new tradition’s second edition on June 21 will pit the New York Mets against ex-Yankee Hideki Matsui’s Oakland A’s. Scheduled for the pre-game show to celebrate Japan’s culture and heritage are New York-based taiko troupe Soh Daiko; the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York; a tribute to Wally Yonamine, the first American to play professional baseball in Japan after World War II; and the Spirit Award to the People of Tohoku to be accepted by Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki of the Consul General of Japan in New York. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit Japan earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. […]

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  • When: Monday, July 11, 6:30pm Where: Apple Restaurant (17 Waverly Place, New York, New York) Nearest Trains: N,R to 8th Street; 6 to Astor Place Cost: $20 (includes dinner and karaoke) Click here to reserve your spot on PayPal by Friday, July 8 Limited spots available!   You are invited to the New-JET Vet-JET dinner on Monday, July 11 at 6:30pm at Apple Restaurant (www.applerestaurant.com). It’s a great opportunity to show the newbies what a great organization we are and to share our experiences with them. Let’s all being good sempai ne! Also, there’s will be a nijikai involving karaoke! You don’t want to miss it! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amber at liang.yxamber@gmail.com.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    New JET-Vet JET Dinner

    When: Monday, July 11, 6:30pm Where: Apple Restaurant (17 Waverly Place, New York, New York) Nearest Trains: N,R to 8th Street; 6 to Astor Place Cost: $20 (includes dinner and karaoke) Click here to reserve your spot on PayPal by Friday, July 8 Limited spots available!   You are invited to the New-JET Vet-JET dinner on Monday, July 11 at 6:30pm at Apple Restaurant (www.applerestaurant.com). It’s a great opportunity to show the newbies what a great organization we are and to share our experiences with them. Let’s all being good sempai ne! Also, there’s will be a nijikai involving karaoke! You don’t want to miss it! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Amber at liang.yxamber@gmail.com.

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  • So we’ve been hoping to do another boat cruise for a while and then…. this deal pops up- http://tinyurl.com/jetaanyboatcruise! This discounted deal is available only until Sunday, June 26th– so if you’re interested, don’t forget to get it! See details below:       When: Wednesday, July 27th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Where: Meet at Pier 81 (42nd St @ the Hudson River) for Marco Polo Cruise Cost: $10 – buy your own $10 coupon at Thedealist.com (http://tinyurl.com/jetaanyboatcruise) RSVP/Questions: Once you buy your ticket through TheDealist, email Pam Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org with your name (and guests, if applicable), so we can add you to our reservation. More Info: This is an “after-work boat cruise” with one free drink included. While […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (by 6/26) Get Your Discounted Tix for the JETAANY Boat Cruise on 7/27!

    So we’ve been hoping to do another boat cruise for a while and then…. this deal pops up- http://tinyurl.com/jetaanyboatcruise! This discounted deal is available only until Sunday, June 26th– so if you’re interested, don’t forget to get it! See details below:       When: Wednesday, July 27th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Where: Meet at Pier 81 (42nd St @ the Hudson River) for Marco Polo Cruise Cost: $10 – buy your own $10 coupon at Thedealist.com (http://tinyurl.com/jetaanyboatcruise) RSVP/Questions: Once you buy your ticket through TheDealist, email Pam Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org with your name (and guests, if applicable), so we can add you to our reservation. More Info: This is an “after-work boat cruise” with one free drink included. While […]

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  • When: Saturday, June 25th , 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Faces and Names (159 West 54th St @ 7th Ave) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: None needed, but feel free to on Facebook.     Share your sempai wisdom over a beer or two with the outgoing JETs for 2011. During the day, they will have attended their Pre-Departure Orientation and will likely be full of questions and excitement to hear about your stories from the inaka (or shi). This is a great chance to re-connect with other alums and get natsukashii about your experiences while helping the newbies prepare for their voyage to Japan!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Happy Hour with the Brand New (2011) JETs!

    When: Saturday, June 25th , 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Faces and Names (159 West 54th St @ 7th Ave) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: None needed, but feel free to on Facebook.     Share your sempai wisdom over a beer or two with the outgoing JETs for 2011. During the day, they will have attended their Pre-Departure Orientation and will likely be full of questions and excitement to hear about your stories from the inaka (or shi). This is a great chance to re-connect with other alums and get natsukashii about your experiences while helping the newbies prepare for their voyage to Japan!

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  • By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner This evening (June 13), New York’s Japan Society adds another page to its storied history by hosting the Farewell Evening with Donald Keene, a final talk with Columbia University’s Professor Emeritus and Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature. A scholar, author and translator for over 50 years, Keene is a paragon in the field of Japanese studies. As the translator of legendary works from Mishima, Chikamatsu and Bashō and the writer of dozens of books in his own name (some written in Japanese), Keene’s achievements in bringing the island nation’s culture closer to the West are incalculable. Upon his decision to retire this spring and become a Japanese citizen, the indefatigable Keene—who turned […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japan Society bids sayonara to Donald Keene

    By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner This evening (June 13), New York’s Japan Society adds another page to its storied history by hosting the Farewell Evening with Donald Keene, a final talk with Columbia University’s Professor Emeritus and Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature. A scholar, author and translator for over 50 years, Keene is a paragon in the field of Japanese studies. As the translator of legendary works from Mishima, Chikamatsu and Bashō and the writer of dozens of books in his own name (some written in Japanese), Keene’s achievements in bringing the island nation’s culture closer to the West are incalculable. Upon his decision to retire this spring and become a Japanese citizen, the indefatigable Keene—who turned […]

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  • By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a professional writer/interpreter/translator. She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends together with her own observation in the periodic series WITLife. At a gathering of the Battenkai, or Kyushu-ite group here in New York City, I had the pleasure of sharing a mirthful moment with Mr. Masahiro Kozuma. We were taking part in “laughter yoga” with the guest teacher at the event, who paired us up as partners with the task of performing a laughing exercise together.  As we had just met this could have been a somewhat awkward activity to have to engage in, but thanks to Mr. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Q&A with Masahiro Kozuma of the Japanese Children’s Society

    By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a professional writer/interpreter/translator. She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends together with her own observation in the periodic series WITLife. At a gathering of the Battenkai, or Kyushu-ite group here in New York City, I had the pleasure of sharing a mirthful moment with Mr. Masahiro Kozuma. We were taking part in “laughter yoga” with the guest teacher at the event, who paired us up as partners with the task of performing a laughing exercise together.  As we had just met this could have been a somewhat awkward activity to have to engage in, but thanks to Mr. […]

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  • By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner A native of Hamamatsu, Japan, pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara is one of the world’s top young international performers in jazz, winning a Grammy earlier this year for her work on Stanley Clarke’s most recent album. Today (June 7), she releases Voice, her seventh studio effort since 2003 and first as part of the Trio Project with bassist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, the O’Jays, Steely Dan, Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (the Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, Jack Bruce). “When I play music, I realize that it really filters emotions,” says Hiromi. “I called this album Voice because I believe that people’s real voices are expressed in their emotions.” Tonight, the Berklee College […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Q&A with Hiromi on ‘Voice’

    By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner A native of Hamamatsu, Japan, pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara is one of the world’s top young international performers in jazz, winning a Grammy earlier this year for her work on Stanley Clarke’s most recent album. Today (June 7), she releases Voice, her seventh studio effort since 2003 and first as part of the Trio Project with bassist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, the O’Jays, Steely Dan, Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (the Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, Jack Bruce). “When I play music, I realize that it really filters emotions,” says Hiromi. “I called this album Voice because I believe that people’s real voices are expressed in their emotions.” Tonight, the Berklee College […]

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  • When: Wednesday, June 29th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Vapiano’s (113 University Pl between 12th & 13th Sts) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP/Questions: Email Kendall Murano at vpjetaany at gmail dot com or sign up on Facebook. Come practice your Nihongo with friends over a bowl of fresh pasta or pizza. This month, we are meeting Wednesday, June 29th at Vapiano’s, a delicious cafeteria-style Italian restaurant, just below Union Square.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/29) June Nihongo Dake Dinner

    When: Wednesday, June 29th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Vapiano’s (113 University Pl between 12th & 13th Sts) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP/Questions: Email Kendall Murano at vpjetaany at gmail dot com or sign up on Facebook. Come practice your Nihongo with friends over a bowl of fresh pasta or pizza. This month, we are meeting Wednesday, June 29th at Vapiano’s, a delicious cafeteria-style Italian restaurant, just below Union Square.

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  • When: Saturday, June 18th @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am Where: Sohga-An (347 W. 57th St. between 8th & 9th Aves, Suite 15C) Cost: $20 (includes lecture, tea and Japanese sweets) RSVP: Via Paypal HERE by June 16th, 2011 (There are only 10 spots- so make sure to sign up ASAP!) Questions?: Feel free to email JETaaNY@mieinc.net.   Omotesenke is a prestigious traditional tea school founded by Rikyu Sen (1522-1591) who had completed the basic formulas of practices for what is now known as “Chanoyu.” You will be introduced to the etiquette of serving tea, the deeper aspects of Chanoyu, and related Japanese culture through this beginner workshop. Ms. Masako Shoga Koike studied Omotesenke Way of tea for over 20 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/18) Experience Japanese Tea Ceremony

    When: Saturday, June 18th @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am Where: Sohga-An (347 W. 57th St. between 8th & 9th Aves, Suite 15C) Cost: $20 (includes lecture, tea and Japanese sweets) RSVP: Via Paypal HERE by June 16th, 2011 (There are only 10 spots- so make sure to sign up ASAP!) Questions?: Feel free to email JETaaNY@mieinc.net.   Omotesenke is a prestigious traditional tea school founded by Rikyu Sen (1522-1591) who had completed the basic formulas of practices for what is now known as “Chanoyu.” You will be introduced to the etiquette of serving tea, the deeper aspects of Chanoyu, and related Japanese culture through this beginner workshop. Ms. Masako Shoga Koike studied Omotesenke Way of tea for over 20 […]

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  • By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner A “certified mad Japanophile,” San Francisco-born and bred writer Wendy Nelson Tokunaga has lived her whole life in the Bay Area, save for a stint in Tokyo in the 1980s after winning a songwriting contest sponsored by Japan Victor Records. Since then, she has penned two Japan-related novels, Midori by Moonlight and Love in Translation. Her new book, Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband, is a series of illuminating interviews conducted by the author with Western women who talk candidly about the challenges in making cross-cultural marriages work both inside and outside Japan, and the joys and frustrations of adapting to a different culture. Tokunaga explores the theme of why some people feel the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Interview with author Wendy Nelson Tokunaga on ‘Marriage in Translation’

    By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner A “certified mad Japanophile,” San Francisco-born and bred writer Wendy Nelson Tokunaga has lived her whole life in the Bay Area, save for a stint in Tokyo in the 1980s after winning a songwriting contest sponsored by Japan Victor Records. Since then, she has penned two Japan-related novels, Midori by Moonlight and Love in Translation. Her new book, Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband, is a series of illuminating interviews conducted by the author with Western women who talk candidly about the challenges in making cross-cultural marriages work both inside and outside Japan, and the joys and frustrations of adapting to a different culture. Tokunaga explores the theme of why some people feel the […]

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  •   By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle is entering a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (MIA 2013) and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a NYC-based soccer team. JET alumn Robert Fish (Wakayama-ken, 1996-97) joined New York’s Japan Societyin May 2006 as Director of Education and Lecture Programs. Fish previously served as an Assistant Professor of East Asian history at Indiana State University, where he worked extensively with pre-service teachers. Fish earned a BA in History at Yale University, an MA in Educational Administration at New York University, and a Ph.D. in Japanese History at the University of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ&A with JET Alum Robert A. Fish, Japan Society’s Director of Education and Lecture Programs

      By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle is entering a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (MIA 2013) and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a NYC-based soccer team. JET alumn Robert Fish (Wakayama-ken, 1996-97) joined New York’s Japan Societyin May 2006 as Director of Education and Lecture Programs. Fish previously served as an Assistant Professor of East Asian history at Indiana State University, where he worked extensively with pre-service teachers. Fish earned a BA in History at Yale University, an MA in Educational Administration at New York University, and a Ph.D. in Japanese History at the University of […]

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  • The next batch of JETs will be leaving New York for Japan in just a few weeks. We need the help of a few stellar volunteers to present workshops or lead discussions at our Pre-Departure Orientation as well as to organize two fun events to help newbies get to know one another (and us) before they head off to Japan. It’s a great way to feel natsukashii about our JET experience and remember how excited we were to start JET!   What: Pre-Departure Orientation When: Saturday, June 25th @ 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (presenters would only be needed for a portion of the day) Where: The Nippon Club Cost: Your valuable time and effort! Please note that you will give your “practice […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/25) Calling All Recent Returnees: Volunteer to Present at Pre-Departure Orientation and/or Organize Newbie Events!

    The next batch of JETs will be leaving New York for Japan in just a few weeks. We need the help of a few stellar volunteers to present workshops or lead discussions at our Pre-Departure Orientation as well as to organize two fun events to help newbies get to know one another (and us) before they head off to Japan. It’s a great way to feel natsukashii about our JET experience and remember how excited we were to start JET!   What: Pre-Departure Orientation When: Saturday, June 25th @ 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (presenters would only be needed for a portion of the day) Where: The Nippon Club Cost: Your valuable time and effort! Please note that you will give your “practice […]

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  • What: The 2nd Annual Japanese Heritage Night at New York Mets to Benefit Japan Relief Efforts When: Tuesday, June 21st @ 6:30 pm Where: Mets Citifield Stadium (Flushing, Queens) Cost: $17 (save $2 off the cost of an individual ticket!) RSVP: Reserve your spot on Paypal HERE.  JETAANY has a limited number of tickets- so make sure to get yours soon! JETAANY members and friends are invited to attend this event sponsored by Japanese and Japanese-American residents of NYC. Watch former Yankee Hideki Matsui and his Oakland Athletics take on the New York Mets in this interleague matchup at Citi Field. Celebrate Japanese heritage with pre-game performances by Soh Daiko and the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY. A portion […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/21) 2nd Annual Japanese Heritage Night- Get Your Tix Now!

    What: The 2nd Annual Japanese Heritage Night at New York Mets to Benefit Japan Relief Efforts When: Tuesday, June 21st @ 6:30 pm Where: Mets Citifield Stadium (Flushing, Queens) Cost: $17 (save $2 off the cost of an individual ticket!) RSVP: Reserve your spot on Paypal HERE.  JETAANY has a limited number of tickets- so make sure to get yours soon! JETAANY members and friends are invited to attend this event sponsored by Japanese and Japanese-American residents of NYC. Watch former Yankee Hideki Matsui and his Oakland Athletics take on the New York Mets in this interleague matchup at Citi Field. Celebrate Japanese heritage with pre-game performances by Soh Daiko and the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY. A portion […]

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  • When: Wednesday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (JLGC) (3 Park Avenue @ 34th St, 20th Floor) RSVP: Reserve your spot by emailing Pam Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org and/or RSVPing via Facebook. All presenters for Pre-Departure Orientation should plan to attend.   We’ll be discussing Pre-Departure Orientation, summer events (including those for leaving JETs), how to write for JQ Magazine, and other great opportunities for those of you wishing to get more involved! Hope to see you there. There is no cost for this event and a modest dinner will be served.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/15) JETAANY Quarterly Meeting

    When: Wednesday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (JLGC) (3 Park Avenue @ 34th St, 20th Floor) RSVP: Reserve your spot by emailing Pam Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org and/or RSVPing via Facebook. All presenters for Pre-Departure Orientation should plan to attend.   We’ll be discussing Pre-Departure Orientation, summer events (including those for leaving JETs), how to write for JQ Magazine, and other great opportunities for those of you wishing to get more involved! Hope to see you there. There is no cost for this event and a modest dinner will be served.

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