Archive for October, 2011

  • By David A. in Virginia, special to JQ magazine. Japanese mega-band DREAMS COME TRUE (ドリームズ・カム・トゥルー a.k.a. ドリカム) made a very rare U.S. appearance at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on October 9, the first of two shows that sold out within days of their announcement in July. Many thanks to fanpage DCT Joy for notifying its members of this wonderful event. For those of us not in New York, Los Angeles, or Seattle, we otherwise might not have known about it. At dusk, around 6:30, the line already was down the block for admission to the inconspicuous Highline Ballroom in Chelsea. On this unseasonably warm October Sunday evening, the anticipation was palpable, the “DCT Joy” bringing alive the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Concert Review – DREAMS COME TRUE in New York City

    By David A. in Virginia, special to JQ magazine. Japanese mega-band DREAMS COME TRUE (ドリームズ・カム・トゥルー a.k.a. ドリカム) made a very rare U.S. appearance at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on October 9, the first of two shows that sold out within days of their announcement in July. Many thanks to fanpage DCT Joy for notifying its members of this wonderful event. For those of us not in New York, Los Angeles, or Seattle, we otherwise might not have known about it. At dusk, around 6:30, the line already was down the block for admission to the inconspicuous Highline Ballroom in Chelsea. On this unseasonably warm October Sunday evening, the anticipation was palpable, the “DCT Joy” bringing alive the […]

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  • As the year winds down, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide weekly content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (for our recent stories, click here). Following our quarterly meeting in Manhattan this week, we’re now looking for new writers from all JETAA chapters worldwide to write and share more material that we can post online to the widest JET readership on the web through our hosts at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. Below are story ideas grouped by JET participants and alumni (JET World) and those more on Japanese culture (Japan World). If you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world, we welcome your interest or extra story ideas! Contact […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine Is Looking for Writers for Fall 2011!

    As the year winds down, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide weekly content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (for our recent stories, click here). Following our quarterly meeting in Manhattan this week, we’re now looking for new writers from all JETAA chapters worldwide to write and share more material that we can post online to the widest JET readership on the web through our hosts at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. Below are story ideas grouped by JET participants and alumni (JET World) and those more on Japanese culture (Japan World). If you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world, we welcome your interest or extra story ideas! Contact […]

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  • By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. On Oct. 20, New York’s Japan Society held a sold out co-headlining performance by hometown heroes Cibo Matto and the Japanese singing sensation Yu Sakai in his international debut. Whether an aficionado of jazz, hip-hop, R&B or pop, the catchy synth beats of the girl duo and Yu Sakai’s melodic voice left an indelible impression on everyone in attendance. Billed as J-Music Ride, the show opened with a set of fantastic vocal performances by Sakai.  The breakout singer, whose professional music career kicked off in 2009 when his single titled “Story” became a radio hit, has quickly become one of Japan’s most admired artists, earning him the iTunes “J-Pop Best […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Japan Society Hosts J-Pop Showcase with Yu Sakai and Cibo Matto

    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. On Oct. 20, New York’s Japan Society held a sold out co-headlining performance by hometown heroes Cibo Matto and the Japanese singing sensation Yu Sakai in his international debut. Whether an aficionado of jazz, hip-hop, R&B or pop, the catchy synth beats of the girl duo and Yu Sakai’s melodic voice left an indelible impression on everyone in attendance. Billed as J-Music Ride, the show opened with a set of fantastic vocal performances by Sakai.  The breakout singer, whose professional music career kicked off in 2009 when his single titled “Story” became a radio hit, has quickly become one of Japan’s most admired artists, earning him the iTunes “J-Pop Best […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here for related stories. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of its English-language debut, Dragon Ball Z is coming to Blu-ray for the first time in America. The November release of Dragon Ball Z Level 1.1 contains the first 17 episodes of the anime series that dominated Japan’s pop culture scene in the 1990s and later, the rest of the world. This newly remastered collection restores the original, director-approved color scheme and 4:3 aspect ratio in stunning 1080p HD, and each volume will include rare never-before-seen special features. In this exclusive interview conducted at New York Comic Con/Anime Festival (where I also talked with Stan Lee), I spoke with three […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with the English Dub Cast of ‘Dragon Ball Z’ at New York Comic Con

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here for related stories. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of its English-language debut, Dragon Ball Z is coming to Blu-ray for the first time in America. The November release of Dragon Ball Z Level 1.1 contains the first 17 episodes of the anime series that dominated Japan’s pop culture scene in the 1990s and later, the rest of the world. This newly remastered collection restores the original, director-approved color scheme and 4:3 aspect ratio in stunning 1080p HD, and each volume will include rare never-before-seen special features. In this exclusive interview conducted at New York Comic Con/Anime Festival (where I also talked with Stan Lee), I spoke with three […]

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  • By Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) and Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Psychedelic, seizure inducing, and fantastically successful in their ability to cause absolute sensory overload during their intergalactic performances, Peelander-Z is back. The colorful Japanese punk group hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander returns to New York City (where it formed in 1998) for their latest tour behind their new album Super DX Hitz. Those yearning for their Peelander-Z fix will have the opportunity to experience all the colorful mayhem at the Bowery Poetry Club on Oct. 22. In this exclusive interview, we interrogate Peelander-Yellow to reveal the deepest secrets of their cosmic travel, their mastery of the chaos theory, and what the future holds […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Peelander-Yellow of Alien Punk Band Peelander-Z

    By Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) and Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Psychedelic, seizure inducing, and fantastically successful in their ability to cause absolute sensory overload during their intergalactic performances, Peelander-Z is back. The colorful Japanese punk group hailing from the Z area of Planet Peelander returns to New York City (where it formed in 1998) for their latest tour behind their new album Super DX Hitz. Those yearning for their Peelander-Z fix will have the opportunity to experience all the colorful mayhem at the Bowery Poetry Club on Oct. 22. In this exclusive interview, we interrogate Peelander-Yellow to reveal the deepest secrets of their cosmic travel, their mastery of the chaos theory, and what the future holds […]

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  • When: Saturday, October 22 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Where: D2NY Design (213 E. 11th St., New York NY) Cost: $35, prepay on PayPal Must bring: 4 old T-shirts and a pair of scissors (to cut fabric) Application deadline: October 20 Participant number: Minimum is 2 and maximum is 6. Zori are flat and thonged Japanese sandal made of rice straw or other plant fibers, cloth, lacquered wood, leather, rubber, or—increasingly—synthetic materials. It’s quite similar to flip-flop. This time we will make nuno zori, cloths room zori. It’s washable and keeps your room and toes clean. Bring your disposable t-shits only! The instructor of zori making class, Ms. Anna Aoki, moved to NYC in 1999 and studied sculpture four years […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Let’s make Eco Zori

    When: Saturday, October 22 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Where: D2NY Design (213 E. 11th St., New York NY) Cost: $35, prepay on PayPal Must bring: 4 old T-shirts and a pair of scissors (to cut fabric) Application deadline: October 20 Participant number: Minimum is 2 and maximum is 6. Zori are flat and thonged Japanese sandal made of rice straw or other plant fibers, cloth, lacquered wood, leather, rubber, or—increasingly—synthetic materials. It’s quite similar to flip-flop. This time we will make nuno zori, cloths room zori. It’s washable and keeps your room and toes clean. Bring your disposable t-shits only! The instructor of zori making class, Ms. Anna Aoki, moved to NYC in 1999 and studied sculpture four years […]

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  • When: Wednesday, October 19th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Where: Zeppelin Beer Hall (297 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ) Cost:  Everyone pays for their own food and drinks- no prepay! RSVP: Please email Rachelle de Leon at njrep@ jetaany.org or sign up on Facebook! Questions:  Contact Rachelle de Leon at njrep@ jetaany.org We are excited to have our inaugural NJ subchapter event!  Come meet fellow JET alums over beer and bratwurst at Jersey City’s Zeppelin Beer Hall (http://www.zeppelinhall.com). You’ll also get to meet our new sub-chapter rep and help brainstorm ideas for future JETAA events in the great state of NJ.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/19) First JETAA New Jersey Subchapter Event in Jersey City!

    When: Wednesday, October 19th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Where: Zeppelin Beer Hall (297 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ) Cost:  Everyone pays for their own food and drinks- no prepay! RSVP: Please email Rachelle de Leon at njrep@ jetaany.org or sign up on Facebook! Questions:  Contact Rachelle de Leon at njrep@ jetaany.org We are excited to have our inaugural NJ subchapter event!  Come meet fellow JET alums over beer and bratwurst at Jersey City’s Zeppelin Beer Hall (http://www.zeppelinhall.com). You’ll also get to meet our new sub-chapter rep and help brainstorm ideas for future JETAA events in the great state of NJ.  

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here for related stories. For the past several years Adam Pasion has been living in Nagoya, which he calls “Japan’s best kept secret.” An editor and illustrator for RAN magazine, he is also a co-owner and English teacher of SpeakEasy Language School. As the creator of his own comic diary series Sundogs, the San Jose native was profiled in The Japan Times earlier this year, and the strip has since been collected into three books, providing a daily document of Pasion’s life in Nippon with his growing family from 2008 through 2010. His latest project is Aftershock: Artists Respond to Disaster in Japan, a global response to the combined […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with cartoonist Adam Pasion on ‘Aftershock’ and ‘Sundogs’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here for related stories. For the past several years Adam Pasion has been living in Nagoya, which he calls “Japan’s best kept secret.” An editor and illustrator for RAN magazine, he is also a co-owner and English teacher of SpeakEasy Language School. As the creator of his own comic diary series Sundogs, the San Jose native was profiled in The Japan Times earlier this year, and the strip has since been collected into three books, providing a daily document of Pasion’s life in Nippon with his growing family from 2008 through 2010. His latest project is Aftershock: Artists Respond to Disaster in Japan, a global response to the combined […]

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  • By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona works at a literary agency in New York City. She is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. Composed in the wake of the catastrophic events of 3/11, Aftershock is something of a series of love letters to Japan written in the object of affection’s own familiar dialect: manga. Edited and compiled by American-born and Nagoya-based cartoonist Adam Pasion (Sundogs), the range of over 35 artists/admirers runs the gamut from the seasoned foreign resident to the casual Japanophile, each with an individual style and tone. The pieces are as eclectic as the artists’ experiences and personal ties to Japan, and all proceeds from Aftershock will be donated to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Aftershock: Artists Respond to Disaster in Japan’

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona works at a literary agency in New York City. She is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. Composed in the wake of the catastrophic events of 3/11, Aftershock is something of a series of love letters to Japan written in the object of affection’s own familiar dialect: manga. Edited and compiled by American-born and Nagoya-based cartoonist Adam Pasion (Sundogs), the range of over 35 artists/admirers runs the gamut from the seasoned foreign resident to the casual Japanophile, each with an individual style and tone. The pieces are as eclectic as the artists’ experiences and personal ties to Japan, and all proceeds from Aftershock will be donated to […]

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  • 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. James Kennedy (Nara-ken, 2004-06), author of the acclaimed young adult novel The Order of Odd-Fish, will be curating the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the New York Public Library on Nov. 5 and with the Harold Washington Library in Chicago on Nov. 16. Named after John Newbery (thought to be the founding father of children’s literature), the Newbery Award is considered the highest regarded honor given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American children’s literature, and the American Library Association has awarded it every […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Author/JET Alum James Kennedy on the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

    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. James Kennedy (Nara-ken, 2004-06), author of the acclaimed young adult novel The Order of Odd-Fish, will be curating the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the New York Public Library on Nov. 5 and with the Harold Washington Library in Chicago on Nov. 16. Named after John Newbery (thought to be the founding father of children’s literature), the Newbery Award is considered the highest regarded honor given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American children’s literature, and the American Library Association has awarded it every […]

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  • By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. With an exploding market for craft beer here in the U.S., Japan’s contribution to the industry, known domestically as ji bīru (地ビール), has seen tremendous growth over the past 17 years. On Oct. 5, beer buffs and those who simply enjoy an occasional cold pint alike will get an opportunity to sample from at least 20 kinds of beer at New York’s Japan Society‘s “Japan’s Beer Revolution: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Japanese Craft Brewing.” While previously held back by government regulation, Japan’s microbreweries took off in 1994, and have since been experimenting with a variety of traditional ingredients such as ginger and oysters to create rich and complex flavors to replace […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Japan Society Launches Beer Revolution

    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. With an exploding market for craft beer here in the U.S., Japan’s contribution to the industry, known domestically as ji bīru (地ビール), has seen tremendous growth over the past 17 years. On Oct. 5, beer buffs and those who simply enjoy an occasional cold pint alike will get an opportunity to sample from at least 20 kinds of beer at New York’s Japan Society‘s “Japan’s Beer Revolution: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Japanese Craft Brewing.” While previously held back by government regulation, Japan’s microbreweries took off in 1994, and have since been experimenting with a variety of traditional ingredients such as ginger and oysters to create rich and complex flavors to replace […]

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  • Update: We have a full roster of JET alum volunteers for the Anime Festival – thank so much to all of those offering their time! If you are planning to go to the Anime Festival, please make sure to visit the Consulate table. Should be a terrific time! On Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2011, the Consulate General of Japan will participate in the New York Anime Festival at the Javits Center. We need 1 or 2 volunteers each day who would like to help out in our booth, 11am – 4pm. Together with the Consulate staff, JETAA volunteers will help convention-goers try on samurai armor (yoroi). If you are available and/or need more information, plea se contact […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/14 & 10/15) Visit the Consulate Booth at NY’s Anime Festival!

    Update: We have a full roster of JET alum volunteers for the Anime Festival – thank so much to all of those offering their time! If you are planning to go to the Anime Festival, please make sure to visit the Consulate table. Should be a terrific time! On Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2011, the Consulate General of Japan will participate in the New York Anime Festival at the Javits Center. We need 1 or 2 volunteers each day who would like to help out in our booth, 11am – 4pm. Together with the Consulate staff, JETAA volunteers will help convention-goers try on samurai armor (yoroi). If you are available and/or need more information, plea se contact […]

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  • We are excited to kickstart a new subchapter on the other side of the river – in New Jersey! Keep your eyes peeled for an inaugural event this fall. In the meantime, make sure to join the Facebook group and read about our NJ Subchapter Representative, Rachelle de Leon, at http://jetaany.org/about/contacts/ (scroll to the bottom). If you have ideas for events, feel free post on the Facebook group and/or email njrep [at] jetaany.org.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Calling all Jerseyans: Brand New NJ Subchapter – Meet our New Rep and Join the Facebook Group!

    We are excited to kickstart a new subchapter on the other side of the river – in New Jersey! Keep your eyes peeled for an inaugural event this fall. In the meantime, make sure to join the Facebook group and read about our NJ Subchapter Representative, Rachelle de Leon, at http://jetaany.org/about/contacts/ (scroll to the bottom). If you have ideas for events, feel free post on the Facebook group and/or email njrep [at] jetaany.org.  

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  • When: Thursday, October 20th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: NY Thai Grill and Sushi Bar (37 W 54th St b/w 5th & 6th Aves) Cost:  $10 for all you can eat Thai food, one drink and tax/tip RSVP:  Make sure to RSVP via Paypal HERE and feel free to sign up on Facebook – Deadline is Wed 10/19 @ 5 pm Questions:  Contact Kendall Murano at vpjetaany-at-gmail.com NEW LOWER PRICE at NEW VENUE!The Quarterly Meeting is a great way to learn about what’s going on with JETAANY in the coming year. We’ll talk about the Career Forum in November and other exciting events like the Artists’ Showcase, Happy Hours, Nihongo Dake Dinners and more- feel free to bring your own suggestions.Also, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/20) UPDATED WITH NEW LOCATION/PRICE! Quarterly Meeting @ NY Thai Grill and Sushi Bar

    When: Thursday, October 20th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: NY Thai Grill and Sushi Bar (37 W 54th St b/w 5th & 6th Aves) Cost:  $10 for all you can eat Thai food, one drink and tax/tip RSVP:  Make sure to RSVP via Paypal HERE and feel free to sign up on Facebook – Deadline is Wed 10/19 @ 5 pm Questions:  Contact Kendall Murano at vpjetaany-at-gmail.com NEW LOWER PRICE at NEW VENUE!The Quarterly Meeting is a great way to learn about what’s going on with JETAANY in the coming year. We’ll talk about the Career Forum in November and other exciting events like the Artists’ Showcase, Happy Hours, Nihongo Dake Dinners and more- feel free to bring your own suggestions.Also, […]

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  • CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND VOLUNTEERS!!! JETAANY, in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan, will be hosting an Art Showcase Fundraiser on Thursday, December 1st at the Amdassador’s Residence to continue to support the reconstruction efforts in the disaster-stricken areas of Japan. The theme of the show is (RE)build/(RE)construct. We are accepting submissions of artwork relating to Japan or this theme from JET alumni and Japanese artists to be on display at this event. A silent auction will also be held to help raise money. If you or anyone you know is  interested in the show as an artist, please fill out this Artist Submission Form (PDF – Artist Submission Form) and return to Kendall Murano (vicepres at jetaany dot […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Wants YOU – Artists and Volunteers!

    CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND VOLUNTEERS!!! JETAANY, in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan, will be hosting an Art Showcase Fundraiser on Thursday, December 1st at the Amdassador’s Residence to continue to support the reconstruction efforts in the disaster-stricken areas of Japan. The theme of the show is (RE)build/(RE)construct. We are accepting submissions of artwork relating to Japan or this theme from JET alumni and Japanese artists to be on display at this event. A silent auction will also be held to help raise money. If you or anyone you know is  interested in the show as an artist, please fill out this Artist Submission Form (PDF – Artist Submission Form) and return to Kendall Murano (vicepres at jetaany dot […]

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