Archive for December, 2011

  • 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. New Year’s Day. A day some welcome in a crazed stupor while others might celebrate it in serenity. Or maybe confusion. I would be spending my New Year’s Day on vacation in the Kansai region. Upon getting off the bus in Osaka, I had no idea what locales I’d explore. But my plans were nothing to be stressed about as I’d simply follow the recommendations of my Lonely Planet. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: In Kyoto, a New Year’s Day Disaster

    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. New Year’s Day. A day some welcome in a crazed stupor while others might celebrate it in serenity. Or maybe confusion. I would be spending my New Year’s Day on vacation in the Kansai region. Upon getting off the bus in Osaka, I had no idea what locales I’d explore. But my plans were nothing to be stressed about as I’d simply follow the recommendations of my Lonely Planet. […]

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  •   When: Thursday, January 12th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St) Cost/RSVP:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate) RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event Hope to get some reading done over the holidays? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford! Plot Synopsis: In 1986, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (1/12) January Book Club: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

      When: Thursday, January 12th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St) Cost/RSVP:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate) RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event Hope to get some reading done over the holidays? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford! Plot Synopsis: In 1986, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, […]

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  • By Rachel Vigil-Garcia (Fukushima-ken, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Rachel works at the American Center for Learning in Chula Vista, CA. Contact her at ray3vigil13 [at] yahoo [dot] com. Eight months have passed since a huge earthquake and tsunami crippled Northeastern Japan with mind-numbing destruction. In March, news video beamed entire towns going under, with cars and homes lifted in the deluge. But today, why does it seem like so many have begun to forget about this disaster? I know the JET and JET alumni community are an exception to this. Still, I hope that by sharing my recent experience I can encourage sustained support to that wonderful island nation and its ever-gracious inhabitants. It’s much too early to be letting […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JET Turned Laborer – Giving Back as a Volunteer in Post-Disaster Japan

    By Rachel Vigil-Garcia (Fukushima-ken, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Rachel works at the American Center for Learning in Chula Vista, CA. Contact her at ray3vigil13 [at] yahoo [dot] com. Eight months have passed since a huge earthquake and tsunami crippled Northeastern Japan with mind-numbing destruction. In March, news video beamed entire towns going under, with cars and homes lifted in the deluge. But today, why does it seem like so many have begun to forget about this disaster? I know the JET and JET alumni community are an exception to this. Still, I hope that by sharing my recent experience I can encourage sustained support to that wonderful island nation and its ever-gracious inhabitants. It’s much too early to be letting […]

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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. Flexibility and a sense of humor have long been predictors of a successful JET participant. And with good reason. After all, let’s face it: life in Japan for a gaijin can range from the frustrating to the absurd to the downright hilarious, often within the same day. The malleable young JET is expected to smile and wear a variety of hats placed upon his or her head in the name of “international exchange.” For most JETs, it’s what happens in between the lines of the job description that makes the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Life After the B.O.E. the Book’

    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. Flexibility and a sense of humor have long been predictors of a successful JET participant. And with good reason. After all, let’s face it: life in Japan for a gaijin can range from the frustrating to the absurd to the downright hilarious, often within the same day. The malleable young JET is expected to smile and wear a variety of hats placed upon his or her head in the name of “international exchange.” For most JETs, it’s what happens in between the lines of the job description that makes the […]

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  •   A great time was had by all at the Osechi Ryori Cooking class held on Saturday, December 10th at 1 pm in Brooklyn. Junko Asano, a licensed chef and food coordinator, instructed participants in preparing the following: Namasu (a Japanese New Year’s Salad), Datemaki (a sweet rolled omelette) and Ozoni (a Japanese soup containing mochi rice cakes).   See the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jetaany_mie            <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Check out photos from the Osechi Ryori Cooking Class on December 10th!

      A great time was had by all at the Osechi Ryori Cooking class held on Saturday, December 10th at 1 pm in Brooklyn. Junko Asano, a licensed chef and food coordinator, instructed participants in preparing the following: Namasu (a Japanese New Year’s Salad), Datemaki (a sweet rolled omelette) and Ozoni (a Japanese soup containing mochi rice cakes).   See the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jetaany_mie            

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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. Dir En Grey’s latest album is called Dum Spiro Spero, a Latin phrase meaning “While I breathe, I hope.” Hope is hard to associate with this murky Osaka quintet, whose previous numbers include “Child Prey,” “Repetition of Hatred” and “Agitated Screams of Maggots.” But if killing is their business, then business is booming. Fresh from dates in South America and Mexico, the group is touring the U.S. and Canada through Dec. 23, with a high profile gig at New York’s Irving Plaza on Monday (Dec. 12). In this exclusive interview, I caught up with guitarists Kaoru and Die to discuss their sizable worldwide fanbase, scorning […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Kaoru and Die of Dir En Grey on the Band’s ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ Tour

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here for related stories. Dir En Grey’s latest album is called Dum Spiro Spero, a Latin phrase meaning “While I breathe, I hope.” Hope is hard to associate with this murky Osaka quintet, whose previous numbers include “Child Prey,” “Repetition of Hatred” and “Agitated Screams of Maggots.” But if killing is their business, then business is booming. Fresh from dates in South America and Mexico, the group is touring the U.S. and Canada through Dec. 23, with a high profile gig at New York’s Irving Plaza on Monday (Dec. 12). In this exclusive interview, I caught up with guitarists Kaoru and Die to discuss their sizable worldwide fanbase, scorning […]

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  • By Carolyn Brooks (Ishikawa-ken, 2006-11) for JQ magazine. Carolyn is co-author of the blog MadSilence–a cross-cultural blog written with her father–and a current culture/education related job-seeker in the New York area available for full-time or consulting work. “At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for [those in need], who suffer greatly at the present time….We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.” —Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, brackets by author. It was in the generous spirit of the holiday season that over 150 guests, including former […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JETAANY Artist Showcase Unites Fukushima, New York

    By Carolyn Brooks (Ishikawa-ken, 2006-11) for JQ magazine. Carolyn is co-author of the blog MadSilence–a cross-cultural blog written with her father–and a current culture/education related job-seeker in the New York area available for full-time or consulting work. “At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for [those in need], who suffer greatly at the present time….We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.” —Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, brackets by author. It was in the generous spirit of the holiday season that over 150 guests, including former […]

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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. The holidays have come early for Studio Ghibli fans. From Dec. 16 to Jan. 12, GKIDS will host a massive four-week film retrospective from Japan’s internationally acclaimed animation studio at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. Founded in 1985 and led by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Ghibli (based on the Arabic name for the sirocco, or Mediterranean wind) is home of some of the greatest anime films of all time, including the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (also the highest grossing film in Japanese history), My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service and more. The studio even has its […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Studio Ghibli Festival Mounts Monthlong, 15-Film Retrospective

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here for related stories. The holidays have come early for Studio Ghibli fans. From Dec. 16 to Jan. 12, GKIDS will host a massive four-week film retrospective from Japan’s internationally acclaimed animation studio at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. Founded in 1985 and led by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Ghibli (based on the Arabic name for the sirocco, or Mediterranean wind) is home of some of the greatest anime films of all time, including the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (also the highest grossing film in Japanese history), My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service and more. The studio even has its […]

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  •   The Artist Showcase and Fundraiser, co-organized by JETAANY and the Consulate General of Japan on December 1st, was a success with over 150 JET alumni and Japanese community members in attendance. Fourteen artists, professional, semi-professional and amateur, displayed and auctioned over 30 pieces during the event. Sales from the art totaled over $700. With other donations raised from the night, the event raised over $1300 to benefit continued reconstruction efforts in the Tohoku areas devastated by this year’s earthquake and tsunami. In speeches given by representatives from the Fukushima prefectural government, they expressed their determination to fully recover and grow from the natural disasters. They also emphasized how much the city of New York and its reaction to Sept. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Artist Showcase and Fundraiser Raises $1300+ for Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Relief

      The Artist Showcase and Fundraiser, co-organized by JETAANY and the Consulate General of Japan on December 1st, was a success with over 150 JET alumni and Japanese community members in attendance. Fourteen artists, professional, semi-professional and amateur, displayed and auctioned over 30 pieces during the event. Sales from the art totaled over $700. With other donations raised from the night, the event raised over $1300 to benefit continued reconstruction efforts in the Tohoku areas devastated by this year’s earthquake and tsunami. In speeches given by representatives from the Fukushima prefectural government, they expressed their determination to fully recover and grow from the natural disasters. They also emphasized how much the city of New York and its reaction to Sept. […]

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  • When: Thursday, December 15th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Where:  Bao Noodles (391 2nd Ave btwn 22nd and 23rd Sts) Cost/RSVP:  $10 for dinner (drinks are separate), RSVP via paypal HERE and check out the Facebook event Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join us to ‘forget the year’ at our annual Bonenkai!  As an added bonus we’re tying in our Quarterly Meeting agenda where you have a chance to give us feedback, get involved, and meet fellow JET alums, including members of the newly elected Board of Directors! Bring your appetite and your ideas and be prepared to enjoy some of JET Alum(!) Chris Johnson’s superb Vietnamese creations.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/15) JETAANY Quarterly Meeting & Bonenkai @ Bao Noodles

    When: Thursday, December 15th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Where:  Bao Noodles (391 2nd Ave btwn 22nd and 23rd Sts) Cost/RSVP:  $10 for dinner (drinks are separate), RSVP via paypal HERE and check out the Facebook event Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join us to ‘forget the year’ at our annual Bonenkai!  As an added bonus we’re tying in our Quarterly Meeting agenda where you have a chance to give us feedback, get involved, and meet fellow JET alums, including members of the newly elected Board of Directors! Bring your appetite and your ideas and be prepared to enjoy some of JET Alum(!) Chris Johnson’s superb Vietnamese creations.  

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  • By Emily Duncan (Hyogo-ken, 2005-08) for JQ magazine. Emily is a graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. When I was a JET, I worked at Himeji Nishi Senior High School and enjoyed my time there immensely. I would love to return to Japan, if only for a visit. Since a transcontinental, transpacific trip is a bit too much of a stretch for my wallet right now, I, like many of you, have an application essay ready for the day that JNTO begins their campaign for the 10,000 free flights to Japan (should the Diet rethink approving this plan for next spring, of course). On March 11, 2011, I was asleep when the massive […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Georgia JETs’ Ganbare Tohoku Shows Social Media Savvy

    By Emily Duncan (Hyogo-ken, 2005-08) for JQ magazine. Emily is a graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. When I was a JET, I worked at Himeji Nishi Senior High School and enjoyed my time there immensely. I would love to return to Japan, if only for a visit. Since a transcontinental, transpacific trip is a bit too much of a stretch for my wallet right now, I, like many of you, have an application essay ready for the day that JNTO begins their campaign for the 10,000 free flights to Japan (should the Diet rethink approving this plan for next spring, of course). On March 11, 2011, I was asleep when the massive […]

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