Archive for February, 2012

  • By Wendy Ikemoto (Ehime-ken, 2006-2011). Wendy taught at six crazy but lovable high schools and served as a Prefectural Advisor on JET. Now based in the equally crazy New York City, she is looking for her next challenging career opportunity. Wendy is a fan of reading, writing, and cooking as a form of socialization. Visit her LinkedIn profile here. I learned the hard way that bicycles and snow don’t mix. It wasn’t that I didn’t have my suspicions about this, but I: a) Needed to get to the train station, and b) was inexperienced with the fluffy stuff (it was only the second time in years that snow in my country town hadn’t immediately melted away, and as a Hawaii […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Tale of a Girl, a Taxi Driver, and the Un-Emergency Room He Took Her To

    By Wendy Ikemoto (Ehime-ken, 2006-2011). Wendy taught at six crazy but lovable high schools and served as a Prefectural Advisor on JET. Now based in the equally crazy New York City, she is looking for her next challenging career opportunity. Wendy is a fan of reading, writing, and cooking as a form of socialization. Visit her LinkedIn profile here. I learned the hard way that bicycles and snow don’t mix. It wasn’t that I didn’t have my suspicions about this, but I: a) Needed to get to the train station, and b) was inexperienced with the fluffy stuff (it was only the second time in years that snow in my country town hadn’t immediately melted away, and as a Hawaii […]

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  • When:  Saturday, March 24th,  7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Where: Edo Japanese Restaurant (68 Easton Ave @ Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ) RSVP:  Sign up via the Facebook event (for now!) Questions: Email Pam Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org and I’ll forward them to the organizer, Lesley Jacobs Robinson.   The NJ Subchapter will have a get-together in March in New Brunswick, NJ. All JET alumni and friends of JET (FOJs) are welcome! More details to come but we’ll be dining at Edo Japanese Restaurant, which is within easy walking distance of New Brunswick’s train station.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/24) NJ Subchapter: Dinner at Edo in New Brunswick

    When:  Saturday, March 24th,  7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Where: Edo Japanese Restaurant (68 Easton Ave @ Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ) RSVP:  Sign up via the Facebook event (for now!) Questions: Email Pam Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org and I’ll forward them to the organizer, Lesley Jacobs Robinson.   The NJ Subchapter will have a get-together in March in New Brunswick, NJ. All JET alumni and friends of JET (FOJs) are welcome! More details to come but we’ll be dining at Edo Japanese Restaurant, which is within easy walking distance of New Brunswick’s train station.  

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  • Are you freelancing?  Thinking about freelancing? Want to meet and hear from other JET alum freelancers? Then join us for the first ever JET Alum Freelancers Career Panel! We know it’s a tough economy out there, and many of us are now freelancing, whether by design or involuntarily. It’s high time to get together, talk about it, learn from each other and help each other out. When:  Monday, March 5, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (aka CLAIR NY) – 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor (34th & Park, entrance on southeast corner) RSVP to:  Steven Horowitz – stevenwaseda [at] jetwit.com (Please feel free to tell me a little more about yourself, your situation, and what you might be looking for.) Note: Drinks and light snacks […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/5) JET Alumni Freelancers Career Panel

    Are you freelancing?  Thinking about freelancing? Want to meet and hear from other JET alum freelancers? Then join us for the first ever JET Alum Freelancers Career Panel! We know it’s a tough economy out there, and many of us are now freelancing, whether by design or involuntarily. It’s high time to get together, talk about it, learn from each other and help each other out. When:  Monday, March 5, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (aka CLAIR NY) – 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor (34th & Park, entrance on southeast corner) RSVP to:  Steven Horowitz – stevenwaseda [at] jetwit.com (Please feel free to tell me a little more about yourself, your situation, and what you might be looking for.) Note: Drinks and light snacks […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Born Hideaki Ishi in Tokyo, DJ Krush is one of the world’s most acclaimed electronic music artists and producers. He first made his name in hip-hop in the 1980s as the founder of Krush Posse, and his style now transcends category much like his idol Miles Davis, who dropped the “jazz” label for “music” in the late 1960s. Continuing his world tour, DJ Krush plays at The MID in Chicago tonight (Feb 21). In this exclusive interview conducted Sunday backstage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (his first New York City gig in four years), I spoke with […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with DJ Krush on His 20th Anniversary Tour

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Born Hideaki Ishi in Tokyo, DJ Krush is one of the world’s most acclaimed electronic music artists and producers. He first made his name in hip-hop in the 1980s as the founder of Krush Posse, and his style now transcends category much like his idol Miles Davis, who dropped the “jazz” label for “music” in the late 1960s. Continuing his world tour, DJ Krush plays at The MID in Chicago tonight (Feb 21). In this exclusive interview conducted Sunday backstage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (his first New York City gig in four years), I spoke with […]

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  • Join us this Sunday for billiards and Japanese conversation! We’re going to be at Soho Billiards on 2/26 from 3-5pm for pool playing, drinks and mingling. We will all pay for two hours of games up front for $12 and pay separately for drinks on the day of the event. No Experience Necessary!! Whether you are a pool shark or complete beginner –  an advanced Japanese speaker or speaker of only a few words  – everyone is welcome! Meet and mix with your fellow JET alumni and Japanese expats in New York. Please RSVP through PayPal here. And, invite your friends to come on Facebook! Details – What: Nihongo Dake Billiards When: Sunday, February 26th Time: 3:00-5:00pm Price: $12 (RSVP […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Nihongo Dake… Billiards! (2/26)

    Join us this Sunday for billiards and Japanese conversation! We’re going to be at Soho Billiards on 2/26 from 3-5pm for pool playing, drinks and mingling. We will all pay for two hours of games up front for $12 and pay separately for drinks on the day of the event. No Experience Necessary!! Whether you are a pool shark or complete beginner –  an advanced Japanese speaker or speaker of only a few words  – everyone is welcome! Meet and mix with your fellow JET alumni and Japanese expats in New York. Please RSVP through PayPal here. And, invite your friends to come on Facebook! Details – What: Nihongo Dake Billiards When: Sunday, February 26th Time: 3:00-5:00pm Price: $12 (RSVP […]

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  • By Amy Cameron (Fukushima-ken, 1998-2000) for JQ magazine. Amy was one of eight American JET alums selected for the Tohoku Invitational Program sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency. I will always remember the day back in 1998 that I received my JET ALT assignment. I immediately rushed to a map to see where I would be living. I hadn’t studied Japanese before, so it was hard to pronounce the words: Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken. My tongue tripped on the syllables and I laughed. I found the spot on a map, about halfway between Tokyo and Aomori, 35 miles or so from the coast, between some mountains. I tried to imagine what it would be like to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: A JET Alum’s Return to Fukushima Reveals Changes

    By Amy Cameron (Fukushima-ken, 1998-2000) for JQ magazine. Amy was one of eight American JET alums selected for the Tohoku Invitational Program sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency. I will always remember the day back in 1998 that I received my JET ALT assignment. I immediately rushed to a map to see where I would be living. I hadn’t studied Japanese before, so it was hard to pronounce the words: Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken. My tongue tripped on the syllables and I laughed. I found the spot on a map, about halfway between Tokyo and Aomori, 35 miles or so from the coast, between some mountains. I tried to imagine what it would be like to […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Japanese culture page on Examiner.com here for related stories. After 20 years, 13 million albums and 16 million singles sold, famed rock group L’Arc~en~Ciel is gearing up for a historic performance as the very first Japanese act to headline New York¹s legendary Madison Square Garden. Formed in Osaka in 1991, L’Arc~en~Ciel (the name means “rainbow” in French) gained acclaim for their glam-influenced stage fashions, frenetic live shows, and punk/new wave inspired music. The group has achieved legendary status at home and abroad, and its new album BUTTERFLY will be released on iTunes in much of the world outside of Japan in March. The album also includes the hit song […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: L’Arc~en~Ciel Rocks Madison Square Garden March 25

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Japanese culture page on Examiner.com here for related stories. After 20 years, 13 million albums and 16 million singles sold, famed rock group L’Arc~en~Ciel is gearing up for a historic performance as the very first Japanese act to headline New York¹s legendary Madison Square Garden. Formed in Osaka in 1991, L’Arc~en~Ciel (the name means “rainbow” in French) gained acclaim for their glam-influenced stage fashions, frenetic live shows, and punk/new wave inspired music. The group has achieved legendary status at home and abroad, and its new album BUTTERFLY will be released on iTunes in much of the world outside of Japan in March. The album also includes the hit song […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Japan Society of New York becomes your gateway to the seamy side of Japan on Feb. 16 with Tokyo Underworld 2012: An Evening with Robert Whiting. At this special appearance, the celebrated author will discuss the intractable role of yakuza in virtually all areas of modern day society in Japan. (It also echoes a 2011 Japan Society lecture by crime expert and Tokyo Vice author Jake Adelstein.) Whiting first came to Japan with U.S. Air Force intelligence in 1962, where he was assigned to work for the National Security Agency in the U-2 program. He graduated from Tokyo’s Sophia University […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Robert Whiting Brings ‘Tokyo Underworld’ to Japan Society

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Japan Society of New York becomes your gateway to the seamy side of Japan on Feb. 16 with Tokyo Underworld 2012: An Evening with Robert Whiting. At this special appearance, the celebrated author will discuss the intractable role of yakuza in virtually all areas of modern day society in Japan. (It also echoes a 2011 Japan Society lecture by crime expert and Tokyo Vice author Jake Adelstein.) Whiting first came to Japan with U.S. Air Force intelligence in 1962, where he was assigned to work for the National Security Agency in the U-2 program. He graduated from Tokyo’s Sophia University […]

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  • When: Sunday, February 26th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Where:  (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: $10; RSVP via Paypal HERE Application deadline: February 23 (Maximum participation is 5)  Questions?: Contact Mie Ikeda at jetaany@mieinc.net Have you practiced your Japanese since you got back to the U.S.? This month we will compose Japanese Haiku, a traditional form of poetry. Haiku usually includes many themes related to nature, personal feelings or everyday things. The most common form is three short lines. The first line usually contains five syllables, the second one seven syllables and the last one five syllables. A Haiku must “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/26) Haiku Workshop

    When: Sunday, February 26th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Where:  (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: $10; RSVP via Paypal HERE Application deadline: February 23 (Maximum participation is 5)  Questions?: Contact Mie Ikeda at jetaany@mieinc.net Have you practiced your Japanese since you got back to the U.S.? This month we will compose Japanese Haiku, a traditional form of poetry. Haiku usually includes many themes related to nature, personal feelings or everyday things. The most common form is three short lines. The first line usually contains five syllables, the second one seven syllables and the last one five syllables. A Haiku must “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put […]

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  • By Preston Hatfield (Kofu-shi, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston moved to New York in January 2012 from San Francisco and works for Skyhorse Publishing. In addition to fantastic manuscripts, Preston is now accepting submissions from people who want to be his friend. Abduct him from his house in the middle of the night, or find him on Facebook and ask about his JET blog in which he details his exploits and misadventures in that crazy Land of the Rising Sun we all love. The Bennett Media Studio in New York’s West Village was filled to capacity on Feb. 11 for Saturday’s Lunar New Year Celebration and Fashion Show. This event, hosted by the ASIANinNY networking organization, treated guests to a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Fashion and Fun Ring in the Year of the Dragon

    By Preston Hatfield (Kofu-shi, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston moved to New York in January 2012 from San Francisco and works for Skyhorse Publishing. In addition to fantastic manuscripts, Preston is now accepting submissions from people who want to be his friend. Abduct him from his house in the middle of the night, or find him on Facebook and ask about his JET blog in which he details his exploits and misadventures in that crazy Land of the Rising Sun we all love. The Bennett Media Studio in New York’s West Village was filled to capacity on Feb. 11 for Saturday’s Lunar New Year Celebration and Fashion Show. This event, hosted by the ASIANinNY networking organization, treated guests to a […]

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  • When: Thursday, March 1st, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St) Cost:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate) RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event Looking for the next great book to read? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club in March: A Room Where the Star-Spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard by Levy Hideo. Hope to see you there! Plot Synopsis: Written by Levy Hideo, the first known white American novelist to write in Japanese, A Room Where the Star-Spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard tells the story of Ben Isaac, a blond-haired, blue-eyed American youth living with his father at the American consulate in Yokohama in the 1960s. Chafing against his father’s strict authority […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    March Book Club: A Room Where the Star-Spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard

    When: Thursday, March 1st, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St) Cost:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate) RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event Looking for the next great book to read? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club in March: A Room Where the Star-Spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard by Levy Hideo. Hope to see you there! Plot Synopsis: Written by Levy Hideo, the first known white American novelist to write in Japanese, A Room Where the Star-Spangled Banner Cannot Be Heard tells the story of Ben Isaac, a blond-haired, blue-eyed American youth living with his father at the American consulate in Yokohama in the 1960s. Chafing against his father’s strict authority […]

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  • When: Thursday, February 16th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Bar 13 (35 East 13th Street @ Broadway) Cost:  Everyone pays for their own drinks- 2 for 1 happy hour includes beer, wine & vodka drinks RSVP/Questions:  Email Pamela Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event Unwind after work (or school!) for happy hour with your fellow JET alums and friends at Bar 13. The drink special is 2 for 1 beer, wine and vodka drinks from 5 pm – 9 pm. At 8 pm there will be a DJ. Look for the table with the JETAANY sign or any of the smiling faces RSVPed HERE.          <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/16) Happy Hour at Bar 13 in Union Square

    When: Thursday, February 16th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where: Bar 13 (35 East 13th Street @ Broadway) Cost:  Everyone pays for their own drinks- 2 for 1 happy hour includes beer, wine & vodka drinks RSVP/Questions:  Email Pamela Kavalam at secretary@jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event Unwind after work (or school!) for happy hour with your fellow JET alums and friends at Bar 13. The drink special is 2 for 1 beer, wine and vodka drinks from 5 pm – 9 pm. At 8 pm there will be a DJ. Look for the table with the JETAANY sign or any of the smiling faces RSVPed HERE.          

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  • Japan Day @ Central Park, which will be held on May 13th, is a celebration of food, activities and entertainment showcasing some of the most exciting elements of traditional and contemporary Japan. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of gift of cherry trees given to the U.S. by Japan, Japan Day 2012 invites visual artists to submit their artwork to the “Japan Day – Cherry Blossom Art Contest”. The chosen artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2012, and will be used for the Official Poster, Program and Flyer. The winner’s award, and up to four honorable mentions, will be presented the day of the event. Please see below for details. DEADLINE : Friday, March 9, 2012 To […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for Artists: Japan Day – Cherry Blossom Art Contest

    Japan Day @ Central Park, which will be held on May 13th, is a celebration of food, activities and entertainment showcasing some of the most exciting elements of traditional and contemporary Japan. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of gift of cherry trees given to the U.S. by Japan, Japan Day 2012 invites visual artists to submit their artwork to the “Japan Day – Cherry Blossom Art Contest”. The chosen artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2012, and will be used for the Official Poster, Program and Flyer. The winner’s award, and up to four honorable mentions, will be presented the day of the event. Please see below for details. DEADLINE : Friday, March 9, 2012 To […]

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  • When: Wednesday, February 29th @ 6:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (JLGC) – 3 Park Avenue @ 34th St, 20th Floor RSVP: Reserve your spot by filling out the online RSVP HERE. Also, check out the Facebook event page. We’ll be discussing upcoming JETAANY events, Japan Day at Central Park, the JETAANY survey, 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 but RSVP is required as (a modest but delicious!) dinner will be served.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/29) JETAANY Quarterly Meeting

    When: Wednesday, February 29th @ 6:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (JLGC) – 3 Park Avenue @ 34th St, 20th Floor RSVP: Reserve your spot by filling out the online RSVP HERE. Also, check out the Facebook event page. We’ll be discussing upcoming JETAANY events, Japan Day at Central Park, the JETAANY survey, 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 but RSVP is required as (a modest but delicious!) dinner will be served.  

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  • Are you interested in contributing your time to JETAANY? We are approaching another JETAANY fiscal year and another executive officer appointment season and the JETAANY Board of Directors is accepting platforms from members interested in serving as an executive officer. In accordance with our bylaws, the selection of executive officers will be made by the Board of Directors based on the platforms that are received.  As always, the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary roles are those seats that are open to interested members. Position descriptions are online at http://jetaany.org/forum/elections_2008/topic-483/?recent=503.  Officer positions are held for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 the following year. The approximate time line for the election process is as follows: February 24: Platforms Due March 1-15: Platforms are evaluated by Elections Committee March […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for JETAANY Executive Officer Platforms!

    Are you interested in contributing your time to JETAANY? We are approaching another JETAANY fiscal year and another executive officer appointment season and the JETAANY Board of Directors is accepting platforms from members interested in serving as an executive officer. In accordance with our bylaws, the selection of executive officers will be made by the Board of Directors based on the platforms that are received.  As always, the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary roles are those seats that are open to interested members. Position descriptions are online at http://jetaany.org/forum/elections_2008/topic-483/?recent=503.  Officer positions are held for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 the following year. The approximate time line for the election process is as follows: February 24: Platforms Due March 1-15: Platforms are evaluated by Elections Committee March […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Words, music and the history of the world collide next week with the new theatrical presentation of Tokio Confidential at Atlantic Theater Stage 2 from Feb. 5-19 and Our Planet at Japan Society for one night only on Feb. 6. A new musical penned entirely by Eric Schorr and helmed by Joanna McKeon (the associate director of the Broadway and national tour editions of Green Day’s American Idiot), Tokio Confidential (a Richard Rogers Award finalist) is set in 1879 the hidden pleasure quarters of Meiji era Japan. Isabella Archer, a young American war widow, crosses an ocean in search of a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: ‘Tokio Confidential,’ ‘Our Planet’ Premiere Next Week

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Words, music and the history of the world collide next week with the new theatrical presentation of Tokio Confidential at Atlantic Theater Stage 2 from Feb. 5-19 and Our Planet at Japan Society for one night only on Feb. 6. A new musical penned entirely by Eric Schorr and helmed by Joanna McKeon (the associate director of the Broadway and national tour editions of Green Day’s American Idiot), Tokio Confidential (a Richard Rogers Award finalist) is set in 1879 the hidden pleasure quarters of Meiji era Japan. Isabella Archer, a young American war widow, crosses an ocean in search of a […]

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