Archive for August, 2011

  • By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine. Renay is a freelance writer and Associate Program Officer at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Mike Maher-King (Fukui-ken, 2006-11), originally from Shoreham-by-Sea, UK (near Brighton) and founder ofSmile Kids Japan, which was created with the mission to have every orphanage in Japan visited regularly by a volunteer team in an effort to provide children with mentoring, cultural exchange and a newfound sense of trust. Having making several Japanese friends while attending Royal Holloway, University of London, Mike eventually traveled to Japan and while there, fell in love with the people, the language, the culture, and most of all…the food! After working for a couple years in the UK, Mike […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with JET Alum Mike Maher-King of Smile Kids Japan

    By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine. Renay is a freelance writer and Associate Program Officer at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Mike Maher-King (Fukui-ken, 2006-11), originally from Shoreham-by-Sea, UK (near Brighton) and founder ofSmile Kids Japan, which was created with the mission to have every orphanage in Japan visited regularly by a volunteer team in an effort to provide children with mentoring, cultural exchange and a newfound sense of trust. Having making several Japanese friends while attending Royal Holloway, University of London, Mike eventually traveled to Japan and while there, fell in love with the people, the language, the culture, and most of all…the food! After working for a couple years in the UK, Mike […]

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  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Those two sentences are a lot more than the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities. The former could best describe my time in the JET Program (with a couple of exceptions), while the latter is an accurate description of my post-JET time. I was disappointed and sad to leave Yamagata Prefecture last year, but the old saying “when one door closes, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Stuck in the Mud – A JET Alum’s Job Search

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Those two sentences are a lot more than the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities. The former could best describe my time in the JET Program (with a couple of exceptions), while the latter is an accurate description of my post-JET time. I was disappointed and sad to leave Yamagata Prefecture last year, but the old saying “when one door closes, […]

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  • Date: Saturday September 10th Warm up: 8:30am Opening Ceremony: 9:00am on Field #7 First game: 9:30am Location: Red HookBrooklyn(155 Bay Street,Brooklyn,NY) What better way to spend a Saturday than playing on the JETAANY slow pitch softball team.  The tournament is a full day event, starting with the opening ceremony at 9:00am in Red Hook,Brooklyn.  The day is sure to be fun-filled whether you’re a player or spectator, with an after party near the field to reward us for all of our hard work.  All levels of softball players welcome!  No experience needed since this is a slow pitch friendly game.  We will be challenged this year by teams from Docomo, TV Japan, Mitsubishi, Kintetsu and many more! Cost: $15 Includes: […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Softball Tournament

    Date: Saturday September 10th Warm up: 8:30am Opening Ceremony: 9:00am on Field #7 First game: 9:30am Location: Red HookBrooklyn(155 Bay Street,Brooklyn,NY) What better way to spend a Saturday than playing on the JETAANY slow pitch softball team.  The tournament is a full day event, starting with the opening ceremony at 9:00am in Red Hook,Brooklyn.  The day is sure to be fun-filled whether you’re a player or spectator, with an after party near the field to reward us for all of our hard work.  All levels of softball players welcome!  No experience needed since this is a slow pitch friendly game.  We will be challenged this year by teams from Docomo, TV Japan, Mitsubishi, Kintetsu and many more! Cost: $15 Includes: […]

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  • By T.R. Pearson (Shiga-ken, 2004-06) forJQ magazine. T.R. currently works in the Admission Office at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York. This was his third deployment with All Hands after volunteering in Indonesia in 2006 and Bangladesh in 2008. If you’d like more information on All Hands, he can be reached at theodoreroyce[at]gmail.com. I’m sure most JETs remember the influx of e-mails after every typhoon or earthquake in Japan. It didn’t matter if you lived hundreds of miles away on a different island, family members and friends wanted to know you were safe. With the exception of a couple rumbles and some violent windstorms, my time as an ALT in Nagahama, Shiga-ken was relatively peaceful. While earthquakes in Japan are always a concern, the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JET Alum, Project Tohoku Bring Aid to Iwate

    By T.R. Pearson (Shiga-ken, 2004-06) forJQ magazine. T.R. currently works in the Admission Office at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York. This was his third deployment with All Hands after volunteering in Indonesia in 2006 and Bangladesh in 2008. If you’d like more information on All Hands, he can be reached at theodoreroyce[at]gmail.com. I’m sure most JETs remember the influx of e-mails after every typhoon or earthquake in Japan. It didn’t matter if you lived hundreds of miles away on a different island, family members and friends wanted to know you were safe. With the exception of a couple rumbles and some violent windstorms, my time as an ALT in Nagahama, Shiga-ken was relatively peaceful. While earthquakes in Japan are always a concern, the […]

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  • We may need a team of professional-level translators to help with an upcoming JET alumni project related to disaster relief efforts inJapan.  Timing would likely be late September and October. If interested, please e-mail Steven at jetwit [at] jetwit.com with “Translator” in the subject heading.  No commitment necessary right now. Reminder:  You can also click here to join the JET Alumni Translators & Interpreters LinkedIn group. Background: Apologies for lack of detail at this point as the project idea is still in the process of being thought through by a couple JET alumni well-placed to set this up. But the idea, generally speaking, relates to the fact thatJapan’s non-profit/civil society sector and culture tends to be less established compared to that of theU.S.  […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Volunteer translators needed for JET alumni Japan disaster relief project

    We may need a team of professional-level translators to help with an upcoming JET alumni project related to disaster relief efforts inJapan.  Timing would likely be late September and October. If interested, please e-mail Steven at jetwit [at] jetwit.com with “Translator” in the subject heading.  No commitment necessary right now. Reminder:  You can also click here to join the JET Alumni Translators & Interpreters LinkedIn group. Background: Apologies for lack of detail at this point as the project idea is still in the process of being thought through by a couple JET alumni well-placed to set this up. But the idea, generally speaking, relates to the fact thatJapan’s non-profit/civil society sector and culture tends to be less established compared to that of theU.S.  […]

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  • By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner One of the most respected bassists and gentlemen in the music world, Billy Sheehan is back with Mr. Big, the Los Angeles-based rock band he formed in 1988 best known for the hit ballad “To Be with You,” which shot to number one in 15 countries, including the U.S., in 1992. After splitting a decade later, in 2009 the original lineup reformed, followed by the release of What If…, the first album in 15 years from the original lineup. Now, American fans are finally going to get a chance to see Billy, Paul Gilbert, Eric Martin and Pat Torpey together on stage since their ’90s heyday for a month-long American tour beginning Saturday (July 30) at San Diego’s 4th & B. In this exclusive interview, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Q&A with Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big on the band’s ‘What If…’ tour

    By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner One of the most respected bassists and gentlemen in the music world, Billy Sheehan is back with Mr. Big, the Los Angeles-based rock band he formed in 1988 best known for the hit ballad “To Be with You,” which shot to number one in 15 countries, including the U.S., in 1992. After splitting a decade later, in 2009 the original lineup reformed, followed by the release of What If…, the first album in 15 years from the original lineup. Now, American fans are finally going to get a chance to see Billy, Paul Gilbert, Eric Martin and Pat Torpey together on stage since their ’90s heyday for a month-long American tour beginning Saturday (July 30) at San Diego’s 4th & B. In this exclusive interview, […]

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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. In 1950, a young Buddhist monk committed a notorious act of arson and destroyed the ancient Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Yukio Mishima, Japan’s preeminent novelist at the time, fictionalized the events in Kinkakuji, published in 1956 and translated into English as The Temple of the Golden Pavilion in 1959. While the actual arsonist was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Mishima presented an elaborately detailed psychological study of a disturbed man, incorporating elements of Buddhist and ancient Greek philosophical reflections on […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Theatre Review – Amon Miyamoto’s ‘The Temple of the Golden Pavilion’

    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. In 1950, a young Buddhist monk committed a notorious act of arson and destroyed the ancient Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Yukio Mishima, Japan’s preeminent novelist at the time, fictionalized the events in Kinkakuji, published in 1956 and translated into English as The Temple of the Golden Pavilion in 1959. While the actual arsonist was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Mishima presented an elaborately detailed psychological study of a disturbed man, incorporating elements of Buddhist and ancient Greek philosophical reflections on […]

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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! So I’m here to give you my Three☆Pointsreview. I’m sure you’ll find it somewhere down there. I mean I could just write you about the movie. but that would be unfair, it would be out of context, it would be devoid of what makes this process fun. You see, New York’s Japan Society once again pulled out all the stops for their JAPAN CUTS film festival, and tonight was its apex; the American Premiere ofThree☆Points, with a Q&A from actress Sora Aoi and director Blah Blah something Japanese. Not to mention an after party with a DJ, food, and all the beer you can drink. Reviewing things […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Four Cups of Sake, ‘Three☆Points,’ Two Beers, and One Night with Sora Aoi

    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! So I’m here to give you my Three☆Pointsreview. I’m sure you’ll find it somewhere down there. I mean I could just write you about the movie. but that would be unfair, it would be out of context, it would be devoid of what makes this process fun. You see, New York’s Japan Society once again pulled out all the stops for their JAPAN CUTS film festival, and tonight was its apex; the American Premiere ofThree☆Points, with a Q&A from actress Sora Aoi and director Blah Blah something Japanese. Not to mention an after party with a DJ, food, and all the beer you can drink. Reviewing things […]

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  • By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQmagazine. 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 atRegina Ryan Books. I began reading Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-1990)’s new collection of short stories with no idea what to expect and a sense of up-for-anything enthusiasm. Luckily, that feeling stayed with me throughout the collection and renewed itself automatically as I approached each new story. There’s an enjoyably uncomfortable tension contained within the pages of The Beautiful One Has Come and it’s precisely that tension, paired with Kamata’s ability to glide between narrative points of view, that makes this collection so strong. The characters who inhabit the pages feel so true […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘The Beautiful One Has Come,’ short stories by JET alum author Suzanne Kamata

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQmagazine. 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 atRegina Ryan Books. I began reading Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-1990)’s new collection of short stories with no idea what to expect and a sense of up-for-anything enthusiasm. Luckily, that feeling stayed with me throughout the collection and renewed itself automatically as I approached each new story. There’s an enjoyably uncomfortable tension contained within the pages of The Beautiful One Has Come and it’s precisely that tension, paired with Kamata’s ability to glide between narrative points of view, that makes this collection so strong. The characters who inhabit the pages feel so true […]

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