Archive for April, 2012

  • 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. In the end I find myself in Cherry Esplanade, sinking to the ground, my back comfortable against the broad face of a cherry tree whose gnarled and mostly barren branches still sported a few late blossoms flitting […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Petals Underfoot at Brooklyn’s Sakura Matsuri

    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. In the end I find myself in Cherry Esplanade, sinking to the ground, my back comfortable against the broad face of a cherry tree whose gnarled and mostly barren branches still sported a few late blossoms flitting […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories. Following a month of concerts from all types of Japanese musicians, New York City bids sayonara to April this weekend with an exciting pair of performances from a Bessie Award-winning performance artist, followed by the 31st edition of one of Brooklyn’s finest annual events. Kicking things off tonight (April 27) and tomorrow at Japan Society is the performance of Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug (glowing), the Society’s newest commissioned work by the butoh-trained choreographer. In this new work that will appeal to fans of dance, Yamazaki re-examines the fundamentals of butoh, the form in which he received his training, as six dancers hailing from Senegal, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Kota Yamazaki and Sakura Matsuri Return to New York

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories. Following a month of concerts from all types of Japanese musicians, New York City bids sayonara to April this weekend with an exciting pair of performances from a Bessie Award-winning performance artist, followed by the 31st edition of one of Brooklyn’s finest annual events. Kicking things off tonight (April 27) and tomorrow at Japan Society is the performance of Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug (glowing), the Society’s newest commissioned work by the butoh-trained choreographer. In this new work that will appeal to fans of dance, Yamazaki re-examines the fundamentals of butoh, the form in which he received his training, as six dancers hailing from Senegal, […]

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  • Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 13th On Sunday May 13th, JETAANY and the Japan Society will be hosting the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent at Japan Day in Central Park. We’ll be helping visitors “fish” for Yo-yo Balloons and need volunteers to assist in many areas of the booth – including greeting the guests, explaining the game, prepping water balloons and assisting children with the game. All volunteers will get a delicious bento lunch, a drink and a free Japan Day t-shirt, plus meet tons of fun people and teach the NYC community a fun Japanese festival game. Volunteers are needed for two shifts: #1 Morning 8am-12pm (free breakfast provided by JETAANY) […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Volunteer team FULL for JAPAN DAY @ Central Park (5/13)

    Volunteer at the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent with JETAANY JAPAN DAY @ Central Park Sunday, May 13th On Sunday May 13th, JETAANY and the Japan Society will be hosting the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent at Japan Day in Central Park. We’ll be helping visitors “fish” for Yo-yo Balloons and need volunteers to assist in many areas of the booth – including greeting the guests, explaining the game, prepping water balloons and assisting children with the game. All volunteers will get a delicious bento lunch, a drink and a free Japan Day t-shirt, plus meet tons of fun people and teach the NYC community a fun Japanese festival game. Volunteers are needed for two shifts: #1 Morning 8am-12pm (free breakfast provided by JETAANY) […]

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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. Originally from London, Kalu “Kaz” Obuka (Saitama-ken, 2005-08) is currently working as a conflict resolution specialist at Meta-Culture, a conflict resolution NGO in Bangalore, India.  Having a unique career fueled by his graduate studies in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University paired with his time on JET, Kaz spent a little time with us to share more. How did your time on JET influence your decision to take up your particular course of study? My time on JET bolstered my thinking that we need better institutions and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with JET Alum Kalu ‘Kaz’ Obuka of Meta-Culture

    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. Originally from London, Kalu “Kaz” Obuka (Saitama-ken, 2005-08) is currently working as a conflict resolution specialist at Meta-Culture, a conflict resolution NGO in Bangalore, India.  Having a unique career fueled by his graduate studies in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis University paired with his time on JET, Kaz spent a little time with us to share more. How did your time on JET influence your decision to take up your particular course of study? My time on JET bolstered my thinking that we need better institutions and […]

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  • When: Saturday, May 5th,  11:00 am – 12:30 pm (One-hour workshop and mini socializing party after workshop with snack) Where:  Chelsea Studios (151 West 26th St, between 6th & 7th Aves,  6th Floor) Cost: $20; RSVP HERE Application deadline: May 2   Shorinji Kempo is a totally unique non-competitive Japanese martial way focusing on three elements; healthy mind, healthy body and effective self-defense. Shorinji Kempo was founded in 1947 by Japan’s Doshin So. Unlike most martial arts, it was not simply developed as a method of self-defense or for winning contests. It concentrates on mutual respect and understanding between training companions so that both parties enjoy the benefits of training and progress on the basis of mutual development. It is […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/5) Shorinji Kempo Workshop

    When: Saturday, May 5th,  11:00 am – 12:30 pm (One-hour workshop and mini socializing party after workshop with snack) Where:  Chelsea Studios (151 West 26th St, between 6th & 7th Aves,  6th Floor) Cost: $20; RSVP HERE Application deadline: May 2   Shorinji Kempo is a totally unique non-competitive Japanese martial way focusing on three elements; healthy mind, healthy body and effective self-defense. Shorinji Kempo was founded in 1947 by Japan’s Doshin So. Unlike most martial arts, it was not simply developed as a method of self-defense or for winning contests. It concentrates on mutual respect and understanding between training companions so that both parties enjoy the benefits of training and progress on the basis of mutual development. It is […]

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  • Congratulations to Aaron Porter (ALT Kyoto-fu, Yawata-shi, 1998-2001), who is the 2012 winner of New York’s “Japan Day @Central Park“ poster contest! To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to the New York City, Japan Day invited visual artists to submit artwork that featured the beautiful of both cherry trees and Central Park. Thanks to all of your support, the art contest received total of 45 submissions. All Jurors will agree that, there were a number of impressive entries that made the selection process a challenge.  In fact, the Judges also awarded 5 honorable mentions, in addition to choosing a winner. We are delighted that we can now reveal the winner of the Japan Day Cherry Blossom Art Contest Japan Day 2012 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JET Alumni wins Japan Day Poster Contest

    Congratulations to Aaron Porter (ALT Kyoto-fu, Yawata-shi, 1998-2001), who is the 2012 winner of New York’s “Japan Day @Central Park“ poster contest! To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to the New York City, Japan Day invited visual artists to submit artwork that featured the beautiful of both cherry trees and Central Park. Thanks to all of your support, the art contest received total of 45 submissions. All Jurors will agree that, there were a number of impressive entries that made the selection process a challenge.  In fact, the Judges also awarded 5 honorable mentions, in addition to choosing a winner. We are delighted that we can now reveal the winner of the Japan Day Cherry Blossom Art Contest Japan Day 2012 […]

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  • By Tim Martin (Fukui-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Tim works as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab, and is an avid swing and blues dancer in New York City. He runs a humanist/atheist blog, The Floating Lantern, and is looking for ways to make a difference in people’s lives. Fukui is a rural, out-of-the-way prefecture, relatively unfamiliar even to the Japanese. It boasts the largest number of nuclear reactors in the country, but only a single Starbucks. It’s home to a Buddha statue larger than the one in Nara, which, curiously, very few tourists come to visit. Fukui also has an amusing reputation for getting terrible reviews from authors who’ve passed through—in his book Hitching Rides with Buddha (aka […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘For Fukui’s Sake’

    By Tim Martin (Fukui-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Tim works as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab, and is an avid swing and blues dancer in New York City. He runs a humanist/atheist blog, The Floating Lantern, and is looking for ways to make a difference in people’s lives. Fukui is a rural, out-of-the-way prefecture, relatively unfamiliar even to the Japanese. It boasts the largest number of nuclear reactors in the country, but only a single Starbucks. It’s home to a Buddha statue larger than the one in Nara, which, curiously, very few tourists come to visit. Fukui also has an amusing reputation for getting terrible reviews from authors who’ve passed through—in his book Hitching Rides with Buddha (aka […]

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  • By Geneva Marie (Niigata-ken, 2008-09) for JQ magazine. Geneva works as an account manager in the vast Great Plains a.k.a. Omaha, Nebraska and is a (sometimes) contributor to JETwit.com. Contact Geneva at geneva [dot] sarni [at] gmail [dot] com and visit her on LinkedIn. It’s 8 a.m. on a chilly morning in December and I’m sitting at my desk in a thoroughly nondescript building located on the edge of Omaha, Nebraska’s suburban sprawl. I’m checking my interoffice e-mail and yielding phone calls—typical cube-rat chores. I’ve got my coffee and my Spotify, and oh right, I’m writing this article during my downtime. When I think about my daily routine, I realize that it’s a far cry from what I was doing two […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Life after JET – The Employment Conundrum

    By Geneva Marie (Niigata-ken, 2008-09) for JQ magazine. Geneva works as an account manager in the vast Great Plains a.k.a. Omaha, Nebraska and is a (sometimes) contributor to JETwit.com. Contact Geneva at geneva [dot] sarni [at] gmail [dot] com and visit her on LinkedIn. It’s 8 a.m. on a chilly morning in December and I’m sitting at my desk in a thoroughly nondescript building located on the edge of Omaha, Nebraska’s suburban sprawl. I’m checking my interoffice e-mail and yielding phone calls—typical cube-rat chores. I’ve got my coffee and my Spotify, and oh right, I’m writing this article during my downtime. When I think about my daily routine, I realize that it’s a far cry from what I was doing two […]

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  • Join JETAANY for Hanami Picnic in Central Park! With the warm weather, the cherry blossoms are in early bloom. Don’t miss your chance to revel in their beauty – join us in Central Park  on April 15th for a Hanami Picnic. The JETAANY picnic will be behind the MET Museum (see map) starting at 12pm. Enter Central Park on the east side at 84th street or 79th street, and on the west side enter at 79th street. We will be sitting under the trees on the east side of the great lawn. This is a free event! Just bring anything you’d want to have for a picnic – blankets, snacks and drinks to share – plus park activities like frisbee, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Hanami in Central Park (4/15)

    Join JETAANY for Hanami Picnic in Central Park! With the warm weather, the cherry blossoms are in early bloom. Don’t miss your chance to revel in their beauty – join us in Central Park  on April 15th for a Hanami Picnic. The JETAANY picnic will be behind the MET Museum (see map) starting at 12pm. Enter Central Park on the east side at 84th street or 79th street, and on the west side enter at 79th street. We will be sitting under the trees on the east side of the great lawn. This is a free event! Just bring anything you’d want to have for a picnic – blankets, snacks and drinks to share – plus park activities like frisbee, […]

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  • When: Saturday, April 21, 2012 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where: 227 East 87th Street, Lower Level  (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) Cost: $35 including material cost, RSVP via Paypal HERE and check out the Facebook RSVP HERE Application deadline: April 18 (Maximum participation is 7) Questions:  For more information about the workshop, please feel free to contact Mie at JETAANY@mieinc.net. Relax… this is Zen weaving. After you take a minute lesson of a SAORI loom, you can make an artistic tapestry only in an hour! SAORI Zen weaving is dedicated to self- discovery by finding one’s true identity as a creative individual. You can choose any yarns from our selection of 500 colors and textures. It’s easy and meditative weaving… with no mistakes. We […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (4/21) Saori Zen Weaving Workshop

    When: Saturday, April 21, 2012 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where: 227 East 87th Street, Lower Level  (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) Cost: $35 including material cost, RSVP via Paypal HERE and check out the Facebook RSVP HERE Application deadline: April 18 (Maximum participation is 7) Questions:  For more information about the workshop, please feel free to contact Mie at JETAANY@mieinc.net. Relax… this is Zen weaving. After you take a minute lesson of a SAORI loom, you can make an artistic tapestry only in an hour! SAORI Zen weaving is dedicated to self- discovery by finding one’s true identity as a creative individual. You can choose any yarns from our selection of 500 colors and textures. It’s easy and meditative weaving… with no mistakes. We […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories. As the sakura (cherry trees) blossom in the Big Apple, so does the sheer amount of Japanese talent in music and performing arts coming to Manhattan this month. Here are some highlights guaranteed to appeal to audiophiles of all stripes. April 6-14, 8:30 p.m. ‘Floating Point Waves’ HERE at Sixth Avenue A performance experience of dance, real-time video, live electronic music, kinetic sculptures and meditative stillness, Floating Point Waves unveils the relationship between the human body and natural elements. This HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) production plays for 8 performances Conceived and designed by Ximena Garnica (a Colombia-born graduate of the Akira Kasai Tenshikan Dance Institute in Tokyo) […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: April in New York Attracts Japan-Centric Music, Performing Arts

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories. As the sakura (cherry trees) blossom in the Big Apple, so does the sheer amount of Japanese talent in music and performing arts coming to Manhattan this month. Here are some highlights guaranteed to appeal to audiophiles of all stripes. April 6-14, 8:30 p.m. ‘Floating Point Waves’ HERE at Sixth Avenue A performance experience of dance, real-time video, live electronic music, kinetic sculptures and meditative stillness, Floating Point Waves unveils the relationship between the human body and natural elements. This HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) production plays for 8 performances Conceived and designed by Ximena Garnica (a Colombia-born graduate of the Akira Kasai Tenshikan Dance Institute in Tokyo) […]

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  • With proceeds raised from the Artists Showcase and recent Meishi Exchange, JETAANY is proud to be able to support production of Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story with a donation of $1750. This film is a story about Taylor Anderson and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. As stories began to surface from the affected areas via the internet, Producer/Director Regge Life found an interest in telling the stories of the JET teachers who had lost their lives in the disasters. “[Having met JET teachers in the course of previous film work,] I knew the dedication and the hard work that goes into being an assistant English teacher, but there was something […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Donates $1750 to Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story

    With proceeds raised from the Artists Showcase and recent Meishi Exchange, JETAANY is proud to be able to support production of Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story with a donation of $1750. This film is a story about Taylor Anderson and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. As stories began to surface from the affected areas via the internet, Producer/Director Regge Life found an interest in telling the stories of the JET teachers who had lost their lives in the disasters. “[Having met JET teachers in the course of previous film work,] I knew the dedication and the hard work that goes into being an assistant English teacher, but there was something […]

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