Archive for March, 2012

  • Come to our first ever Nihongo Dake Movie Night! Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the story of Jiro Ono, a world famous sushi chef with a small restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. Critics have given the film high praise as a “thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.” The film is playing at IFC Center (323 6th Avenue) at 8:00pm. Anyone interested in joining should meet at the movie theater at 7:30 to get tickets (pay individually), buy refreshments and find seats. For questions, please contact Kendall Murano at vicepres at jetaany.org Hope to see you […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Nihongo Dake Movie Night – Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Come to our first ever Nihongo Dake Movie Night! Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the story of Jiro Ono, a world famous sushi chef with a small restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. Critics have given the film high praise as a “thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and a loving yet complicated father.” The film is playing at IFC Center (323 6th Avenue) at 8:00pm. Anyone interested in joining should meet at the movie theater at 7:30 to get tickets (pay individually), buy refreshments and find seats. For questions, please contact Kendall Murano at vicepres at jetaany.org Hope to see you […]

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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 JQ magazine. He currently manages the New York division of UnRated magazine and works as a project manager/Web producer at Arrow Root Media. A few years ago I went to the MTV Video Music Awards in Japan, and noticed something interesting. Whenever categories came up where American artists went against Japanese artists, nine out of ten times, the American would win, and not even be in attendance to accept the award. It seemed so unfair to compare American artists to their Japanese counterparts when you think about how many American bands have sold out stadiums in Tokyo […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Concert Review – L’Arc~en~Ciel Take Madison Square Garden by Storm

    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 JQ magazine. He currently manages the New York division of UnRated magazine and works as a project manager/Web producer at Arrow Root Media. A few years ago I went to the MTV Video Music Awards in Japan, and noticed something interesting. Whenever categories came up where American artists went against Japanese artists, nine out of ten times, the American would win, and not even be in attendance to accept the award. It seemed so unfair to compare American artists to their Japanese counterparts when you think about how many American bands have sold out stadiums in Tokyo […]

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  • Please join us for the “Hand in Hand” First Concert on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 to support those still recovering in eastern Japan. To spiritually support and gain recognition for those still striving toward recovery in those disaster stricken areas, a total of 90 students of all ages, from elementary school through college, come from Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate to perform Mahler’s Symphony #2 “Resurrection” with The Friends of Japan Orchestra, comprised of members from the New York City Opera Orchestra. “Hand in Hand” First Concert will not only become a treasured memory for these young students, but it will also help restore their hope and confidence in a better future. This is a special opportunity for American audiences to directly receive passionate musical “thank you” for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Hand in Hand Concert (Fukushima student performance) FREE

    Please join us for the “Hand in Hand” First Concert on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 to support those still recovering in eastern Japan. To spiritually support and gain recognition for those still striving toward recovery in those disaster stricken areas, a total of 90 students of all ages, from elementary school through college, come from Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate to perform Mahler’s Symphony #2 “Resurrection” with The Friends of Japan Orchestra, comprised of members from the New York City Opera Orchestra. “Hand in Hand” First Concert will not only become a treasured memory for these young students, but it will also help restore their hope and confidence in a better future. This is a special opportunity for American audiences to directly receive passionate musical “thank you” for […]

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  • When:  Sunday, April 22nd,  10:00 am – 3:00 pm Where: Essex County Branch Brook Park (Clifton Avenue and 7th Avenue, Newark, NJ)   RSVP:  Sign up via the Facebook event Questions: Email Rachelle de Leon and Fernando Rojas at njrep@jetaany.org Join us on April 22nd for a hanami picnic at the Essex County Branch Brook Park Bloomfest! A packed schedule of events includes cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more!Check out the website here: http://www.essexcherryblossom.com/index.php/events/bWe plan to order bento lunches for everyone. We are working with a local Japanese bento restaurant. More details on ordering your bento coming soon! If you’re interested in coming, please e-mail Fernando Rojas and Rachelle de Leon at NJrep@jetaany.org or post on this wall! Otanoshimi!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (4/22) NJ Subchapter: Hanami @ Essex County Branch Brook Park

    When:  Sunday, April 22nd,  10:00 am – 3:00 pm Where: Essex County Branch Brook Park (Clifton Avenue and 7th Avenue, Newark, NJ)   RSVP:  Sign up via the Facebook event Questions: Email Rachelle de Leon and Fernando Rojas at njrep@jetaany.org Join us on April 22nd for a hanami picnic at the Essex County Branch Brook Park Bloomfest! A packed schedule of events includes cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food, and more!Check out the website here: http://www.essexcherryblossom.com/index.php/events/bWe plan to order bento lunches for everyone. We are working with a local Japanese bento restaurant. More details on ordering your bento coming soon! If you’re interested in coming, please e-mail Fernando Rojas and Rachelle de Leon at NJrep@jetaany.org or post on this wall! Otanoshimi!

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  • Japan’s leading rock-band, L’Arc~en~Ciel is having their world tour concert in New York City, “L’Arc~en~Ciel WORLD TOUR 2012 at Madison Square Garden” on Sunday March 25th at 8:00pm. JETAANY is working to support the success of the concert and is giving out complimentary tickets to invite you to the show. Our purpose is to make a successful concert by inviting as many members as possible from our community. It is our great pleasure to invite you to enjoy and heat up the show. Please use the below link to provide your contact information and a valid e-mail address.  You can reserve up to 4 tickets.  Once confirmed you will receive a link to Ticketmaster to retrieve your complimentary tickets to print yourself. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    L’Arc~en~Ciel complimentary tickets for 3/25 concert at MSG

    Japan’s leading rock-band, L’Arc~en~Ciel is having their world tour concert in New York City, “L’Arc~en~Ciel WORLD TOUR 2012 at Madison Square Garden” on Sunday March 25th at 8:00pm. JETAANY is working to support the success of the concert and is giving out complimentary tickets to invite you to the show. Our purpose is to make a successful concert by inviting as many members as possible from our community. It is our great pleasure to invite you to enjoy and heat up the show. Please use the below link to provide your contact information and a valid e-mail address.  You can reserve up to 4 tickets.  Once confirmed you will receive a link to Ticketmaster to retrieve your complimentary tickets to print yourself. […]

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  • By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. If you could know your future cause of death, would you choose to know? This is the question posed by “Yamada-san’s Toaster,” one of the short stories in the new fiction anthology Tomo: Friendship through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories. As the title suggests, the collection is geared toward adolescents and dedicated to the youth of Tohoku, though it undoubtedly has— in the parlance of publishing— tremendous crossover appeal. There is plenty for adults to enjoy here, too. Edited and with a foreword by Holly Thompson, this collection features 36 stories—including 10 in translation—contributed by several JET alums […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Tomo: Friendship through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories’

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. If you could know your future cause of death, would you choose to know? This is the question posed by “Yamada-san’s Toaster,” one of the short stories in the new fiction anthology Tomo: Friendship through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories. As the title suggests, the collection is geared toward adolescents and dedicated to the youth of Tohoku, though it undoubtedly has— in the parlance of publishing— tremendous crossover appeal. There is plenty for adults to enjoy here, too. Edited and with a foreword by Holly Thompson, this collection features 36 stories—including 10 in translation—contributed by several JET alums […]

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  • April Book Club: The Elephant Vanishes When: Wednesday April 25th, 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 April: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. Hope to see you there! The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami Book Description: With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    April Book Club: The Elephant Vanishes

    April Book Club: The Elephant Vanishes When: Wednesday April 25th, 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 April: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. Hope to see you there! The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami Book Description: With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant […]

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  • Join us in celebrating the historic 100th year of Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees to the United States. This year’s cherry blossom festival in Washington DC is sure to be the biggest yet! JETAANY will be partnering with JETAADC for this hanami event. Don’t miss out on the biggest cherry blossom festival in the United States and a chance to explore our nation’s capital! When: Saturday, April 7- Sunday, April 8 Where: Washington DC RSVP: Amber Liang at liang.yxamber(at)gmail.com by Sunday, March 25 Please include the following information in your RSVP: If you can provide or will need transportation and if you will need overnight accommodation For more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival, click here.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Cherry Blossom Festival in DC (4/7-4/8)

    Join us in celebrating the historic 100th year of Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees to the United States. This year’s cherry blossom festival in Washington DC is sure to be the biggest yet! JETAANY will be partnering with JETAADC for this hanami event. Don’t miss out on the biggest cherry blossom festival in the United States and a chance to explore our nation’s capital! When: Saturday, April 7- Sunday, April 8 Where: Washington DC RSVP: Amber Liang at liang.yxamber(at)gmail.com by Sunday, March 25 Please include the following information in your RSVP: If you can provide or will need transportation and if you will need overnight accommodation For more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival, click here.

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories. In his native Japan, Jin Akanishi is a superstar. Since his early teens, he’s achieved fame as a pop idol, singer-songwriter (with the groups KAT-TUN and LANDS), actor, and radio host. After launching a successful American tour in 2010 to sold out (and screaming) crowds, Jin is back in the U.S. supporting his hotly anticipated English-language debut album, Japonicana. Released earlier this month, the disc features production by Grammy Award-nominated trio the Stereotypes (Far East Movement, Ne-Yo) and platinum hit maker Static Revenger (Madonna, Shakira). Jin takes Manhattan at New York’s Best Buy Theater tonight (March 15) and hits San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Jin Akanishi on ‘Japonicana’ and His American Tour

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories. In his native Japan, Jin Akanishi is a superstar. Since his early teens, he’s achieved fame as a pop idol, singer-songwriter (with the groups KAT-TUN and LANDS), actor, and radio host. After launching a successful American tour in 2010 to sold out (and screaming) crowds, Jin is back in the U.S. supporting his hotly anticipated English-language debut album, Japonicana. Released earlier this month, the disc features production by Grammy Award-nominated trio the Stereotypes (Far East Movement, Ne-Yo) and platinum hit maker Static Revenger (Madonna, Shakira). Jin takes Manhattan at New York’s Best Buy Theater tonight (March 15) and hits San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom […]

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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. As winter gives way to spring, New York will host special performances of the traditional Japanese performing arts of gagaku and kabuki for a modern audience. At Highline Ballroom on March 28 is Hideki Togi with Iwao Furusawa. Known as the flame keeper of gagaku (ancient Japanese court music), Togi embodies a proud 1,400-year legacy. Furusawa is a multi-award-winning violinist who has collaborated with Togi for over 15 years, drawing 20,000 people every year in their joint annual national tour. The music drawn from different streams of tradition—Togi from the East and Furusawa from the West—transcends the boundaries of music […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: New York Marches Into Spring with Gagaku, Kabuki Masters

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Japanese culture page on Examiner.com here for related stories. As winter gives way to spring, New York will host special performances of the traditional Japanese performing arts of gagaku and kabuki for a modern audience. At Highline Ballroom on March 28 is Hideki Togi with Iwao Furusawa. Known as the flame keeper of gagaku (ancient Japanese court music), Togi embodies a proud 1,400-year legacy. Furusawa is a multi-award-winning violinist who has collaborated with Togi for over 15 years, drawing 20,000 people every year in their joint annual national tour. The music drawn from different streams of tradition—Togi from the East and Furusawa from the West—transcends the boundaries of music […]

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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. On JET it may be true that everyone’s situation is different, but I’d bet my left dango that each of us, for whatever extenuating circumstance, suffered a few restless nights without heat in our rooms. My bone-chilling […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: On Japanese Winters and Well Endowed Snowmen

    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. On JET it may be true that everyone’s situation is different, but I’d bet my left dango that each of us, for whatever extenuating circumstance, suffered a few restless nights without heat in our rooms. My bone-chilling […]

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  • When: Saturday, March 31 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Where: (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: $20 – RSVP via Paypal HERE and check out Facebook event HERE Application deadline: March 29 (Maximum participation is 5) Spring is almost coming, so let’s feel the warm air slightly early through Okinawan culture. The sanshin (literally “three strings”) is an Okinawan musical instrument and precursor of the Japanese shamisen. Often likened to a banjo, it consists of a snakeskin-covered body, neck and three strings. You will enjoy a professional Okinawa sanshin performance and experience to play Okinawa sanshin. You will touch the lively Okinawan culture in a relaxed atomospher. Saki Taguchi studied Okinawa sanshin at the Sakima Ryukyu Folk Music […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/31) Okinawa Sanshin Workshop

    When: Saturday, March 31 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Where: (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: $20 – RSVP via Paypal HERE and check out Facebook event HERE Application deadline: March 29 (Maximum participation is 5) Spring is almost coming, so let’s feel the warm air slightly early through Okinawan culture. The sanshin (literally “three strings”) is an Okinawan musical instrument and precursor of the Japanese shamisen. Often likened to a banjo, it consists of a snakeskin-covered body, neck and three strings. You will enjoy a professional Okinawa sanshin performance and experience to play Okinawa sanshin. You will touch the lively Okinawan culture in a relaxed atomospher. Saki Taguchi studied Okinawa sanshin at the Sakima Ryukyu Folk Music […]

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  • Who’s telling the truth about radiation in Japan, and why it might not matter anyway. By James A. Foley  (Fukushima-ken, 2007-10) for JQ magazine. James 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. Nastassja Vidro knew something was awfully wrong when the March air turned yellow. It happened while she was outside on the playground with the eight students she taught English to at Shiramizu Elementary in Iwaki City, Japan, after the earth began to move. Vidro, a 2007-2011 JET participant, was by then an old pro at earthquakes. She had lived in seismically active Japan nearly four years, and in California for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Fear and Traveling in Fukushima

    Who’s telling the truth about radiation in Japan, and why it might not matter anyway. By James A. Foley  (Fukushima-ken, 2007-10) for JQ magazine. James 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. Nastassja Vidro knew something was awfully wrong when the March air turned yellow. It happened while she was outside on the playground with the eight students she taught English to at Shiramizu Elementary in Iwaki City, Japan, after the earth began to move. Vidro, a 2007-2011 JET participant, was by then an old pro at earthquakes. She had lived in seismically active Japan nearly four years, and in California for […]

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  • As we march into spring, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent stories here). We’re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. (Scribes are also encouraged to join the JET Alumni Writers group on LinkedIn.) 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 additional story ideas! Contact JQ’s editor Justin Tedaldi (magazine [at] jetaany […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine Seeks Writers for Spring 2012!

    As we march into spring, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent stories here). We’re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. (Scribes are also encouraged to join the JET Alumni Writers group on LinkedIn.) 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 additional story ideas! Contact JQ’s editor Justin Tedaldi (magazine [at] jetaany […]

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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. Oscar season may be over, but this month offers a score of cinematic delights from Japan Society and the New York International Children’s Film Festival. As part of its Love Will Tear Us Apart Globus Film Series, Japan Society presents outré love stories from Japan and Korea, including the U.S. premiere of Shinya Tsukamoto’s KOTOKO (March 2) and the world premiere of Koji Wakamatsu’s Petrel Hotel Blue (March 7) among 23 seminal films from the genre. Other highlights include Hirokazu Kore’eda’s Air Doll (March 3), Nagisa Oshima’s arch-classic In the Realm of the Senses (March 16), Yukio Ninagawa’s Snakes and Earrings (March […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: March Movies at Japan Society, New York International Children’s Film Festival

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Japanese culture page on Examiner.com here for related stories. Oscar season may be over, but this month offers a score of cinematic delights from Japan Society and the New York International Children’s Film Festival. As part of its Love Will Tear Us Apart Globus Film Series, Japan Society presents outré love stories from Japan and Korea, including the U.S. premiere of Shinya Tsukamoto’s KOTOKO (March 2) and the world premiere of Koji Wakamatsu’s Petrel Hotel Blue (March 7) among 23 seminal films from the genre. Other highlights include Hirokazu Kore’eda’s Air Doll (March 3), Nagisa Oshima’s arch-classic In the Realm of the Senses (March 16), Yukio Ninagawa’s Snakes and Earrings (March […]

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  • Join us for our largest networking event of the year and fundraiser for Japan! The annual Meishi Exchange will be held at 6:30 on Thursday, March 15th at Amber Restaurant. The $10 pre-pay admission includes two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and $2 will go to our JETAA USA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. In recognition of the one year anniversary of the twin disasters in Japan on March 11, 2011, this year’s Meishi Exchange – in addition to offering networking possibilities with talented NYC professionals – will be accepting donations for Japan and giving away great prizes through a raffle. This is an opportunity to show your support for Japan, as well as mix and mingle with JET alumni and professionals from […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    2012 JETAANY Meishi Exchange (3/15)

    Join us for our largest networking event of the year and fundraiser for Japan! The annual Meishi Exchange will be held at 6:30 on Thursday, March 15th at Amber Restaurant. The $10 pre-pay admission includes two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and $2 will go to our JETAA USA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. In recognition of the one year anniversary of the twin disasters in Japan on March 11, 2011, this year’s Meishi Exchange – in addition to offering networking possibilities with talented NYC professionals – will be accepting donations for Japan and giving away great prizes through a raffle. This is an opportunity to show your support for Japan, as well as mix and mingle with JET alumni and professionals from […]

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