Archive for September, 2011

  • When: Tuesday, October 25th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Flatiron Building (175 5th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Sts) Cost: $2-3 for food RSVP/Questions: Email Liz at jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and sign up on Facebook. Start reading! The JETAA book club has chosen Villain by Shuichi Yoshida for our next meeting.  From Publishers Weekly – “Yoshida examines the lives of a victim and a killer in this subtle but powerful novel about collective guilt and individual atonement, his first book to appear in English translation…. Multiple points of view reveal both slight and dramatic changes in a host of other people, including acquaintances and relatives, affected by the murder. Most impressively, Yoshida’s complex portrait of Japanese society leaves no doubt as to his characters’ actions, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/25) October Book Club: Villian by Shuichi Yoshida

    When: Tuesday, October 25th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Flatiron Building (175 5th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Sts) Cost: $2-3 for food RSVP/Questions: Email Liz at jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and sign up on Facebook. Start reading! The JETAA book club has chosen Villain by Shuichi Yoshida for our next meeting.  From Publishers Weekly – “Yoshida examines the lives of a victim and a killer in this subtle but powerful novel about collective guilt and individual atonement, his first book to appear in English translation…. Multiple points of view reveal both slight and dramatic changes in a host of other people, including acquaintances and relatives, affected by the murder. Most impressively, Yoshida’s complex portrait of Japanese society leaves no doubt as to his characters’ actions, […]

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  • Do you have expertise on any of the following: interviewing skills, networking, social media, branding, etc.? We are looking for volunteers for our annual Career Forum, a job skills workshop for recent returnees as well as any alums currently in the job search process. The Career Forum will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, 11/12 – we are asking for speakers to lead (up to) 30 minute workshops. It’s a terrific event and a great way to welcome and share your skills with our newest JET alums! If interested, please email Pamela Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org.    <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Speakers Needed for Career Forum on November 12th!

    Do you have expertise on any of the following: interviewing skills, networking, social media, branding, etc.? We are looking for volunteers for our annual Career Forum, a job skills workshop for recent returnees as well as any alums currently in the job search process. The Career Forum will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, 11/12 – we are asking for speakers to lead (up to) 30 minute workshops. It’s a terrific event and a great way to welcome and share your skills with our newest JET alums! If interested, please email Pamela Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org.    

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  • By Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) and Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Presented by The Playwrights Realm, the drama Crane Story stars Angela Lin (a veteran of JET alumRandall David Cook’s Sake with the Haiku Geisha) as Cassis, a young Japanese American on an odyssey to rescue her brother’s soul from the land of the dead. Written by Jen Silverman and directed by Katherine Kovner, Crane Story runs through Oct. 1 at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York’s Greenwich Village. Here’s what JQ‘s critics had to say at a Midtown diner after a recent performance. Justin Tedaldi: What were your thoughts about the production? Vlad Baranenko: Given the limited resources that they have being Off-Broadway, they did a very good job with the imagery and the special effects. JT: I really liked the way the creative team put everything […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Theatre Review – Two Critics Talk ‘Crane Story’

    By Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) and Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Presented by The Playwrights Realm, the drama Crane Story stars Angela Lin (a veteran of JET alumRandall David Cook’s Sake with the Haiku Geisha) as Cassis, a young Japanese American on an odyssey to rescue her brother’s soul from the land of the dead. Written by Jen Silverman and directed by Katherine Kovner, Crane Story runs through Oct. 1 at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York’s Greenwich Village. Here’s what JQ‘s critics had to say at a Midtown diner after a recent performance. Justin Tedaldi: What were your thoughts about the production? Vlad Baranenko: Given the limited resources that they have being Off-Broadway, they did a very good job with the imagery and the special effects. JT: I really liked the way the creative team put everything […]

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  • When: Wednesday, October 5th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Yakitori Taisho (5 St. Marks Pl between 3rd Ave & Astor Pl) Cost: Everyone pays for their own food and drinks on the night of! RSVP:  No paypal this time- let us know you’re coming on Facebook! Questions:  Contact Kendall Murano at vpjetaany -at- gmail.com NDD is back from natsu yasumi! Come practice your Japanese while enjoying yakitori and drinks at Yakitori Taisho on Wednesday, October 5th. Feel free to bring your Japanese speaking friends! There is no pre-pay, as everyone will pay for their own food and drinks.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/5) Nihongo Dake Dinner @ Yakitori Taisho

    When: Wednesday, October 5th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Yakitori Taisho (5 St. Marks Pl between 3rd Ave & Astor Pl) Cost: Everyone pays for their own food and drinks on the night of! RSVP:  No paypal this time- let us know you’re coming on Facebook! Questions:  Contact Kendall Murano at vpjetaany -at- gmail.com NDD is back from natsu yasumi! Come practice your Japanese while enjoying yakitori and drinks at Yakitori Taisho on Wednesday, October 5th. Feel free to bring your Japanese speaking friends! There is no pre-pay, as everyone will pay for their own food and drinks.  

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  • When: Saturday, September 24 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Where: (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: Free! Application deadline: September 20 (Limited seats) The Tea Gathering will be held in the modern Ryurei style tea ceremony, a relaxed procedure where both host and gust are seated on chairs. We hope that this relaxed format will give you in New York a taste of Omotesenke Chanoyu.  Omotesenke school of tea was established by Koushin Sousa (Kōshin Sōsa) (1613-72) who also inherited the teahouse named Fushinan. Chanoyu is one of the Japanese words usually translated “tea ceremony.” It literally means “hot water for tea,” but within that simple phrase is found almost a thousand years of Japanese history in […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/24) Tea Gathering ~Special Japanese tea ceremony event~

    When: Saturday, September 24 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Where: (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: Free! Application deadline: September 20 (Limited seats) The Tea Gathering will be held in the modern Ryurei style tea ceremony, a relaxed procedure where both host and gust are seated on chairs. We hope that this relaxed format will give you in New York a taste of Omotesenke Chanoyu.  Omotesenke school of tea was established by Koushin Sousa (Kōshin Sōsa) (1613-72) who also inherited the teahouse named Fushinan. Chanoyu is one of the Japanese words usually translated “tea ceremony.” It literally means “hot water for tea,” but within that simple phrase is found almost a thousand years of Japanese history in […]

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  • When: Thursday, September 29th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: JaNet Kaikan (2 West 47th Street, 7th Floor) Cost: Pre-pay: $15 (Members of Battenkai and JETAA), $35 (Non-Member) Pay at the door: $20 JETAA members, $35 for non-members RSVP: Sign up on Paypal HERE and check out the RSVP on Facebook. Note: Spots are limited! Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Following the success of the joint happy hour with JETAANY and the Kyushyu BattenKai, they have invited us to their fall gathering at the JaNet Kaikan on Thursday, September 29th.  Share stories about your time in Japan and life or travels to the Kyushyu area. For $15 you will get catered sushi, Japanese finger foods, Japanese style sandwiches and wine and beer (all-you-can-eat & drink). This is […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/29) Kyushu Battenkai Fall Gathering – Tabehodai/Nomihodai!

    When: Thursday, September 29th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: JaNet Kaikan (2 West 47th Street, 7th Floor) Cost: Pre-pay: $15 (Members of Battenkai and JETAA), $35 (Non-Member) Pay at the door: $20 JETAA members, $35 for non-members RSVP: Sign up on Paypal HERE and check out the RSVP on Facebook. Note: Spots are limited! Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Following the success of the joint happy hour with JETAANY and the Kyushyu BattenKai, they have invited us to their fall gathering at the JaNet Kaikan on Thursday, September 29th.  Share stories about your time in Japan and life or travels to the Kyushyu area. For $15 you will get catered sushi, Japanese finger foods, Japanese style sandwiches and wine and beer (all-you-can-eat & drink). This is […]

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  • Date: Saturday, September 25th Time: 12 pm – 5 pm Location:  92nd Street Y Festival Contact: Jesse Taylor at jesse.taylor@ny.mofa.go.jp by Thu, 9/22 On Sunday September 25, 2011, the Consulate General of Japan will participate in the annual 92nd Street Y Festival. We need two (2) volunteers who would like to help out in our booth, 12 – 5pm. Volunteers will assist the Consulate staff with various activities including balloon drawing and handing out promotional materials. If you are available and/or need more information, please contact Mr. Jesse Taylor no later than Thursday, September 22 at (212) 418-4462or jesse.taylor@ny.mofa.go.jp.    <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/25) Volunteers Needed for the 92nd Street Y Festival!

    Date: Saturday, September 25th Time: 12 pm – 5 pm Location:  92nd Street Y Festival Contact: Jesse Taylor at jesse.taylor@ny.mofa.go.jp by Thu, 9/22 On Sunday September 25, 2011, the Consulate General of Japan will participate in the annual 92nd Street Y Festival. We need two (2) volunteers who would like to help out in our booth, 12 – 5pm. Volunteers will assist the Consulate staff with various activities including balloon drawing and handing out promotional materials. If you are available and/or need more information, please contact Mr. Jesse Taylor no later than Thursday, September 22 at (212) 418-4462or jesse.taylor@ny.mofa.go.jp.    

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  • Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.org Application Deadline: Sunday, October 9 Position Description and Qualifications: JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board of Directors is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs and one non- JET, all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Candidates Needed for JETAANY’s Board of Directors!

    Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.org Application Deadline: Sunday, October 9 Position Description and Qualifications: JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board of Directors is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs and one non- JET, all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY […]

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  • By Sam Frank, an ALT who taught English in Hiraizumi-Cho, Iwate-ken, from 2002-04 and worked in Shirahama-cho, Wakayama-ken as a JET from 2004-06, for JQmagazine. He currently manages the New York division of UnRated magazine and works as a project manager/Web producer at Arrow Root Media. When it comes to cultural diversity, Japan has always been a borrower. Their entire writing system, known as kanji, is made up of Chinese characters; the country’s most popular sport is baseball, America’s pastime; and South Korean television dramas get all the top ratings. Japan’s music scene is no different. In Live from Tokyo, American director Lewis Rapkin takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through Tokyo’s bustling underground music scene. Set within the backdrop of the modern Japanese megalopolis, the film explores Tokyo’s eccentric music culture, and how […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: DVD Review — ‘Live from Tokyo’ Explores Music’s Japanification

    By Sam Frank, an ALT who taught English in Hiraizumi-Cho, Iwate-ken, from 2002-04 and worked in Shirahama-cho, Wakayama-ken as a JET from 2004-06, for JQmagazine. He currently manages the New York division of UnRated magazine and works as a project manager/Web producer at Arrow Root Media. When it comes to cultural diversity, Japan has always been a borrower. Their entire writing system, known as kanji, is made up of Chinese characters; the country’s most popular sport is baseball, America’s pastime; and South Korean television dramas get all the top ratings. Japan’s music scene is no different. In Live from Tokyo, American director Lewis Rapkin takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through Tokyo’s bustling underground music scene. Set within the backdrop of the modern Japanese megalopolis, the film explores Tokyo’s eccentric music culture, and how […]

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