Archive for May, 2012

  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Since becoming a star in Japan in 2008 for his interpretations of enka, or Japanese ballads, singer Jero is now poised to make his New York debut at Japan Society on June 9 withLet’s Enka! with Jero, where he will perform a selection of karaoke-accompanied enka classics and talk about his childhood, his trailblazing success, the challenges he’s faced and his love for the uniquely Japanese genre of music. Born Jerome Charles White, Jr., the 30-year-old Pittsburgh native was born of mixed Japanese and African American heritage. He was exposed to enka and the Japanese language as a child by his grandmother, a native of Yokohama. Jero’s first single released in Japan, “Umiyuki” (“Ocean Snow”), entered the top five […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Jero on ‘Let’s Enka! with Jero’ at 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. Since becoming a star in Japan in 2008 for his interpretations of enka, or Japanese ballads, singer Jero is now poised to make his New York debut at Japan Society on June 9 withLet’s Enka! with Jero, where he will perform a selection of karaoke-accompanied enka classics and talk about his childhood, his trailblazing success, the challenges he’s faced and his love for the uniquely Japanese genre of music. Born Jerome Charles White, Jr., the 30-year-old Pittsburgh native was born of mixed Japanese and African American heritage. He was exposed to enka and the Japanese language as a child by his grandmother, a native of Yokohama. Jero’s first single released in Japan, “Umiyuki” (“Ocean Snow”), entered the top five […]

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  • The Challenger Akihabara Deep—going where no otaku has gone before: The AKB48 Trench By Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Rick manages the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY)’s Twitter page and is the creator of the JETwit column Tadaima! So, Documentary of AKB48 to Be Continued. Starting out, I knew very little about this group. (In fact, I am writing this first paragraph before I watch this documentary.) So what do I know? I know it’s a troupe of pretty girls singing in unison to the joy of fans all over Japan. I know there are a lot of them. And they have songs. That’s…well, that’s really it. In the universe of girl groups, the only others […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: DVD Review — ‘Documentary of AKB48 to Be Continued’

    The Challenger Akihabara Deep—going where no otaku has gone before: The AKB48 Trench By Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Rick manages the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY)’s Twitter page and is the creator of the JETwit column Tadaima! So, Documentary of AKB48 to Be Continued. Starting out, I knew very little about this group. (In fact, I am writing this first paragraph before I watch this documentary.) So what do I know? I know it’s a troupe of pretty girls singing in unison to the joy of fans all over Japan. I know there are a lot of them. And they have songs. That’s…well, that’s really it. In the universe of girl groups, the only others […]

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  • Special invitation to a free concert on Memorial Day by Ms. Kana Uemura of “Toire no Kamisama” fame! That song was a “dai-hitto” in 2010 in Japanand is probably responsible for causing more tears than even wasabi caused.  She is on vacation & travelling solo in the USto recharge and learn more about the roots of American music. A beautiful person inside & out with pure talent. Date: Monday, May 28, 2012 Time: 8:00pm Location: Dominie’s Bar at34-07 30th Avenue,Astoria,Queensb/w 34th &35th Street Subway: N/Q to30th Ave.is close; or M/R toSteinway St. TV JAPAN a.k.a. NHK America, will be there to capture the concert on video for broadcasting on TV JAPAN so dress-up if you like, you’ll be on TV! Should be a wonderful […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Invitation Only – Private FREE Concert by Kana Uemura 5/28

    Special invitation to a free concert on Memorial Day by Ms. Kana Uemura of “Toire no Kamisama” fame! That song was a “dai-hitto” in 2010 in Japanand is probably responsible for causing more tears than even wasabi caused.  She is on vacation & travelling solo in the USto recharge and learn more about the roots of American music. A beautiful person inside & out with pure talent. Date: Monday, May 28, 2012 Time: 8:00pm Location: Dominie’s Bar at34-07 30th Avenue,Astoria,Queensb/w 34th &35th Street Subway: N/Q to30th Ave.is close; or M/R toSteinway St. TV JAPAN a.k.a. NHK America, will be there to capture the concert on video for broadcasting on TV JAPAN so dress-up if you like, you’ll be on TV! Should be a wonderful […]

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  • It is that time of year when we have to prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey inJapan.  We are calling upon our alumni to teach and share their experience to hopefully alleviate some surprises or embarrassing moments and make their time inJapansomething they will never forget. The Pre-Departure Seminar is on June 30th from 10-4:30pm at the Nippon Club.  You only need to attend the sessions you are presenting.  We are having a presentation planning session on June 19th (not mandatory but highly recommended) at the JLGC. We are looking for presenters on the following topics.  Please use the link to sign up. Life as a Rural, Suburban, or Urban JET JET Job Skills-Elementary/Junior High School, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Calling all Volunteers for JET Pre-Departure Seminar

    It is that time of year when we have to prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey inJapan.  We are calling upon our alumni to teach and share their experience to hopefully alleviate some surprises or embarrassing moments and make their time inJapansomething they will never forget. The Pre-Departure Seminar is on June 30th from 10-4:30pm at the Nippon Club.  You only need to attend the sessions you are presenting.  We are having a presentation planning session on June 19th (not mandatory but highly recommended) at the JLGC. We are looking for presenters on the following topics.  Please use the link to sign up. Life as a Rural, Suburban, or Urban JET JET Job Skills-Elementary/Junior High School, […]

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  • When: Thursday, June 14th at 7pm Where: Flatiron Building,  14th floor, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost:  $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP/Questions: Email Liz at eimathew-at-gmail-dot-com or check out the Facebook event HERE   Kick off your summer reading with the next JETAANY Book club selection: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino. See below for a blurb. It’s a crime you’ll never forget: where instincts clash with facts and theory distorts reality. When a man about to leave his marriage is poisoned to death, his wife becomes the logical suspect. Detective Kusanagi and his assistant agree to disagree about the guilty party: was it his wife, his girlfriend, his business associate, or was this a random crime? They call on their secret weapon, physics professor Yukawa, or […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/14) June Book Club: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

    When: Thursday, June 14th at 7pm Where: Flatiron Building,  14th floor, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost:  $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP/Questions: Email Liz at eimathew-at-gmail-dot-com or check out the Facebook event HERE   Kick off your summer reading with the next JETAANY Book club selection: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino. See below for a blurb. It’s a crime you’ll never forget: where instincts clash with facts and theory distorts reality. When a man about to leave his marriage is poisoned to death, his wife becomes the logical suspect. Detective Kusanagi and his assistant agree to disagree about the guilty party: was it his wife, his girlfriend, his business associate, or was this a random crime? They call on their secret weapon, physics professor Yukawa, or […]

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  •  June 15, 2012 3rd Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citifield Inviting JETAANY, friends and family to the 3rd Annual Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citi Field on Friday June 15th at 7:10pm to watch the New York Mets play the Cincinnati Reds!  There will be pre-game entertainment from Taiko Masala, Japanese Folk Dance Institute and the presentation of Mets Community Spirit Awards to NYC Japanese organizations that have given so much to the relief efforts, and a fun after game party at McFadden¹s at Citifield. This year, JETAANY will be purchased a block of tickets in the Promenade Reserved area for $20 a piece.  Sorry we are sold out and no more tickets can be bought.  If you still want to attend the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    3rd Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citifield (6/15)

     June 15, 2012 3rd Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citifield Inviting JETAANY, friends and family to the 3rd Annual Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citi Field on Friday June 15th at 7:10pm to watch the New York Mets play the Cincinnati Reds!  There will be pre-game entertainment from Taiko Masala, Japanese Folk Dance Institute and the presentation of Mets Community Spirit Awards to NYC Japanese organizations that have given so much to the relief efforts, and a fun after game party at McFadden¹s at Citifield. This year, JETAANY will be purchased a block of tickets in the Promenade Reserved area for $20 a piece.  Sorry we are sold out and no more tickets can be bought.  If you still want to attend the […]

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  • By Alma Jennings (Fukushima-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. Alma works at Japan Society in New York as a development assistant in foundation and government relations. The sixth annual Japan Day @ Central Park took place on a warm Sunday May 13. Over 40,000 people attended the event, which featured live performances, Japanese games and language lessons, and the four-mile “Japan Run.” This year also marked the triumphant return of food tents, where volunteers dished out free sushi, udon, Pocky, and other Japanese vittles to hungry visitors. According to their homepage, the goals of Japan Day are to build bridges of understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S., showcase the local Japanese community’s appreciation toward New York, and facilitate […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Japan Day @ Central Park Reels in the Crowds

    By Alma Jennings (Fukushima-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. Alma works at Japan Society in New York as a development assistant in foundation and government relations. The sixth annual Japan Day @ Central Park took place on a warm Sunday May 13. Over 40,000 people attended the event, which featured live performances, Japanese games and language lessons, and the four-mile “Japan Run.” This year also marked the triumphant return of food tents, where volunteers dished out free sushi, udon, Pocky, and other Japanese vittles to hungry visitors. According to their homepage, the goals of Japan Day are to build bridges of understanding between the people of Japan and the U.S., showcase the local Japanese community’s appreciation toward New York, and facilitate […]

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  • When: Saturday, June 2nd, 2 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat fee for singing, drinks 50% off RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–but please RSVP by May 29 if you plan on attending, so I can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did I mention all drinks are 50% off?  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/2) JETAANY Karaoke Marathon

    When: Saturday, June 2nd, 2 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat fee for singing, drinks 50% off RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–but please RSVP by May 29 if you plan on attending, so I can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did I mention all drinks are 50% off?  

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  • Join JETAANY for our May Nihongo Dake Dinner @ Feile Irish Pub Wednesday May 23rd – Come meet fellow JETAANY members and Japanese speakers at our monthly language exchange, Nihongo Dake Dinner, starting at 6:30pm. This month we’ll be tapping into the luck of the Irish at Feile Restaurant and Bar, known for their angry bleu cheese burger and great selection of draught beers. Any and all levels of Japanese speakers welcome! (Some of our Japanese friends love meeting new people for English conversation!) To RSVP, please email Kendall at vicepres @ jetaany.org When:  Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Feile Restaurant and Bar  http://www.feilenyc.com 131 West 33rd Street (between 7th and 6th Ave) RSVP: Send email […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/23) May Nihongo Dake Dinner @ Feile Irish Pub

    Join JETAANY for our May Nihongo Dake Dinner @ Feile Irish Pub Wednesday May 23rd – Come meet fellow JETAANY members and Japanese speakers at our monthly language exchange, Nihongo Dake Dinner, starting at 6:30pm. This month we’ll be tapping into the luck of the Irish at Feile Restaurant and Bar, known for their angry bleu cheese burger and great selection of draught beers. Any and all levels of Japanese speakers welcome! (Some of our Japanese friends love meeting new people for English conversation!) To RSVP, please email Kendall at vicepres @ jetaany.org When:  Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Feile Restaurant and Bar  http://www.feilenyc.com 131 West 33rd Street (between 7th and 6th Ave) RSVP: Send email […]

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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. Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story is the latest work by filmmaker and Global Film Network founder Regge Life, who has been making groundbreaking films for over two decades including the acclaimed Doubles: Japan and America’s Intercultural Children, and most recently Reason to Hope, which chronicles the events surrounding the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Live Your Dream not only shares the story of JET alum Taylor Anderson (Miyagi-ken, 2008-11) who tragically lost her life in the 2011 tsunami, but it also seeks to celebrate the lives of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Director Regge Life on ‘Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story’

    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. Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story is the latest work by filmmaker and Global Film Network founder Regge Life, who has been making groundbreaking films for over two decades including the acclaimed Doubles: Japan and America’s Intercultural Children, and most recently Reason to Hope, which chronicles the events surrounding the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Live Your Dream not only shares the story of JET alum Taylor Anderson (Miyagi-ken, 2008-11) who tragically lost her life in the 2011 tsunami, but it also seeks to celebrate the lives of […]

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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. What does it mean to be a Japanese architect, and is this distinction even worth making? According to Rem Koolhaas, the legendary architect and co-author of the book Project Japan: Metabolism Talks, the answer is unequivocally yes. As he puts it, “The Japanese are a group of modernists that never entirely cut connections with the past. That is probably still something one intuitively senses when they look at Japanese architecture.” Project Japan (co-written with Hans Ulrich Obrist) offers a documentary-style look at the avant-garde Metabolism movement that flourished in Japan after World War II. While the country was recovering from […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Project Japan: Metabolism Talks’

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. What does it mean to be a Japanese architect, and is this distinction even worth making? According to Rem Koolhaas, the legendary architect and co-author of the book Project Japan: Metabolism Talks, the answer is unequivocally yes. As he puts it, “The Japanese are a group of modernists that never entirely cut connections with the past. That is probably still something one intuitively senses when they look at Japanese architecture.” Project Japan (co-written with Hans Ulrich Obrist) offers a documentary-style look at the avant-garde Metabolism movement that flourished in Japan after World War II. While the country was recovering from […]

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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. Regular visitors to NoHo’s St. Mark’s Place are known to enjoy many of the Japanese pubs and eateries that dot the street down to Avenue A. This Sunday (May 6), neighbor Joe’s Pub will host live music and the latest English release of a notable Nippon-centric literary anthology. Japan Night @ Joe’s Pub, held at the eponymous nightclub a stone’s throw below Astor Place, promises an unforgettable night of transcultural readings, music and live performances. On tap for Sunday: revered Japanese writers Masatsugu Ono, Tomoko Shibasaki, and award-winning author and translator Motoyuki Shibata will arrive from Tokyo to share the stage with American authors Stuart Dybek, Kelly Link, and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Roland Kelts Makes New ‘Monkey Business’ at Japan Night @ Joe’s Pub

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Regular visitors to NoHo’s St. Mark’s Place are known to enjoy many of the Japanese pubs and eateries that dot the street down to Avenue A. This Sunday (May 6), neighbor Joe’s Pub will host live music and the latest English release of a notable Nippon-centric literary anthology. Japan Night @ Joe’s Pub, held at the eponymous nightclub a stone’s throw below Astor Place, promises an unforgettable night of transcultural readings, music and live performances. On tap for Sunday: revered Japanese writers Masatsugu Ono, Tomoko Shibasaki, and award-winning author and translator Motoyuki Shibata will arrive from Tokyo to share the stage with American authors Stuart Dybek, Kelly Link, and […]

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