Archive for June, 2012

  • As we slide into summer, 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). And if you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world with a story idea of your own, let us know! See below for our summer 2012 ideas pitch package, and contact JQ […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine Seeks Writers for Summer 2012!

    As we slide into summer, 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). And if you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world with a story idea of your own, let us know! See below for our summer 2012 ideas pitch package, and contact JQ […]

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  • By Shirley Dang (Yamanashi-ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Shirley enjoys sipping chai latte and devouring scrumptious cakes while continuing her pursuit for Japanese- and education-related jobs. Visit her Facebook page here. Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) currently lives on the campus of International Christian University (ICU) / 国際基督教大学 in Tokyo, where he is finishing up his two-year M.A. in peace studies as a Rotary International Peace Fellow. Last year he volunteered at Ishinomaki post-3/11, playing a vital role in tsunami relief.  Following graduation, Mark will move to New York City in July to work as a new program director with the Japan ICU Foundation (JICUF). JQ recently caught up with him to learn more about his extraordinary experiences. Hi, Mark, welcome to the Big Apple! […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Mark Flanigan, Program Director of the Japan ICU Foundation

    By Shirley Dang (Yamanashi-ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Shirley enjoys sipping chai latte and devouring scrumptious cakes while continuing her pursuit for Japanese- and education-related jobs. Visit her Facebook page here. Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) currently lives on the campus of International Christian University (ICU) / 国際基督教大学 in Tokyo, where he is finishing up his two-year M.A. in peace studies as a Rotary International Peace Fellow. Last year he volunteered at Ishinomaki post-3/11, playing a vital role in tsunami relief.  Following graduation, Mark will move to New York City in July to work as a new program director with the Japan ICU Foundation (JICUF). JQ recently caught up with him to learn more about his extraordinary experiences. Hi, Mark, welcome to the Big Apple! […]

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  • DUE TO LOW RESPONSE WE UNFORTUNATELY ARE CANCELLING THIS EVENT. We hope to reschedule for later in the year. ************************************************************************   When: Saturday July 21, 3:15 pm – Check in 3:30 pm – Demonstration begins 5:00 pm – Closing Where: Shetler Studios 244 West 54th street Listen and Learn how to play the Sanshin.  Taguchi-san from Ryukaji will be sharing everything from the origin of the Sanshin, demonstration of Ryukyuan music to the learning to play.  All in attendance will have a chance to play the Sanshin. The Program: 1.    Introduction to Sanshin and the Ryukyuan languages 2.    Origins of the Sanshin 3.    The role of the Sanshin in post-war Okinawa 4.    Demonstration of the 3 types of Ryukyuan music 5.    In groups, participants get to try playing the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    CANCELLED (7/21) Listen and Learn How to Play the Sanshin

    DUE TO LOW RESPONSE WE UNFORTUNATELY ARE CANCELLING THIS EVENT. We hope to reschedule for later in the year. ************************************************************************   When: Saturday July 21, 3:15 pm – Check in 3:30 pm – Demonstration begins 5:00 pm – Closing Where: Shetler Studios 244 West 54th street Listen and Learn how to play the Sanshin.  Taguchi-san from Ryukaji will be sharing everything from the origin of the Sanshin, demonstration of Ryukyuan music to the learning to play.  All in attendance will have a chance to play the Sanshin. The Program: 1.    Introduction to Sanshin and the Ryukyuan languages 2.    Origins of the Sanshin 3.    The role of the Sanshin in post-war Okinawa 4.    Demonstration of the 3 types of Ryukyuan music 5.    In groups, participants get to try playing the […]

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  • SOLD OUT The JETAANY summer boat cruise is back! Last year was epic with 65 JET alums and friends of JET in attendance. For only $11 per person enjoy a 3 hour sunset cruise departing from the eastside and traveling around the southern end of Manhattan over to the Statue of Liberty and up the west side for amazing views of the New York Skyline (and New Jersey).  Family, friends, and co-workers are welcome to join. (Must be age 21+)  Board the ship at New York Skyports Marina (23rd street and FDR) at 6:30pm.  The boat will return to dock at 10pm. When: Tuesday, July 31st, 6:30pm – 10:00 pm Where: New York Skyports Marina (East River between E. 20th and 23rd Sts) [Address […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (7/31) JETAANY Summer Boat Cruise SOLD OUT

    SOLD OUT The JETAANY summer boat cruise is back! Last year was epic with 65 JET alums and friends of JET in attendance. For only $11 per person enjoy a 3 hour sunset cruise departing from the eastside and traveling around the southern end of Manhattan over to the Statue of Liberty and up the west side for amazing views of the New York Skyline (and New Jersey).  Family, friends, and co-workers are welcome to join. (Must be age 21+)  Board the ship at New York Skyports Marina (23rd street and FDR) at 6:30pm.  The boat will return to dock at 10pm. When: Tuesday, July 31st, 6:30pm – 10:00 pm Where: New York Skyports Marina (East River between E. 20th and 23rd Sts) [Address […]

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  • Join JETAANY for our June Nihongo Dake Dinner @ Umi No Ie Join us Wednesday, June 27th at 7:30 for Nihongo (Dekiru) Dake Dinner at Umi No Ie in the East Village. A return to our roots, this will be a pre-fixe meal featuring several of the chef’s recommended dishes such as braised pork belly, fresh seafood itame, cha-han and more! This restaurant also has a large selection of shochu from all over Japan, including some international varieties! Dinner will cost $25 and all drinks will be charged separately. Hurry and reserve your spot through Paypal by Tuesday (6/26)! If you have any questions, please email Kendall at vicepres @ jetaany.org When:  Wednesday, June 27th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/27) Nihongo Dake Dinner at Umi No Ie

    Join JETAANY for our June Nihongo Dake Dinner @ Umi No Ie Join us Wednesday, June 27th at 7:30 for Nihongo (Dekiru) Dake Dinner at Umi No Ie in the East Village. A return to our roots, this will be a pre-fixe meal featuring several of the chef’s recommended dishes such as braised pork belly, fresh seafood itame, cha-han and more! This restaurant also has a large selection of shochu from all over Japan, including some international varieties! Dinner will cost $25 and all drinks will be charged separately. Hurry and reserve your spot through Paypal by Tuesday (6/26)! If you have any questions, please email Kendall at vicepres @ jetaany.org When:  Wednesday, June 27th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm […]

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  • When: Saturday, June 30th , 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Faces and Names (159 West 54th St @ 7th Ave) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: None needed, but feel free to on Facebook. Share your sempai wisdom over a beer or two with the outgoing JETs for 2012. During the day, they will have attended their Pre-Departure Orientation and will likely be full of questions and excitement to hear about your stories from the inaka (or non-inaka for those lucky people). This is a great chance to re-connect with other alums as well as get natsukashii about your experiences while helping the newbies prepare for their voyage to Japan!  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/30) Happy Hour w/ Brand-New 2012 JETs!

    When: Saturday, June 30th , 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Faces and Names (159 West 54th St @ 7th Ave) Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. No need to do Paypal! RSVP: None needed, but feel free to on Facebook. Share your sempai wisdom over a beer or two with the outgoing JETs for 2012. During the day, they will have attended their Pre-Departure Orientation and will likely be full of questions and excitement to hear about your stories from the inaka (or non-inaka for those lucky people). This is a great chance to re-connect with other alums as well as get natsukashii about your experiences while helping the newbies prepare for their voyage to Japan!  

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  • When: Saturday, June 30, 2012   4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where:  Wasan Restaurant (108 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003) Cost: $35 (Click here to sign-up) Application deadline: June 27 at 6PM   When you cook a Japanese cuisen ‘Dashi’ is a important key. ‘Dashi’ is a class of soup and cooking stock, considered fundamental to Japanese cooking and. It’s not too much to say that the meal is judge by ‘Dashi’. This month, we will learn Dashi effect and tips through a cook of Soba, Japanese nudle and Chawanmushi, Japanese egg custard. We welcome honored kaiseki professional chefs to our class and learn and enjoy professional Soba and Chawanmushi. Wasan was opened by two chefs, Kakusaburo Sakurai, Ryota […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/30) Japanese Cooking Class at Wasan Restaurant

    When: Saturday, June 30, 2012   4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where:  Wasan Restaurant (108 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003) Cost: $35 (Click here to sign-up) Application deadline: June 27 at 6PM   When you cook a Japanese cuisen ‘Dashi’ is a important key. ‘Dashi’ is a class of soup and cooking stock, considered fundamental to Japanese cooking and. It’s not too much to say that the meal is judge by ‘Dashi’. This month, we will learn Dashi effect and tips through a cook of Soba, Japanese nudle and Chawanmushi, Japanese egg custard. We welcome honored kaiseki professional chefs to our class and learn and enjoy professional Soba and Chawanmushi. Wasan was opened by two chefs, Kakusaburo Sakurai, Ryota […]

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  • By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi-ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston moved from San Francisco to New York City in January 2012 and 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. This month, JQ takes a moment to showcase two ambitious literary works and the indie press that brought them to print. As a writer with experience in book publishing evaluating and responding to a variety of unsolicited book proposals (we refer to this as the business of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Shiro’ and ‘Otaku Spaces’

    By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi-ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston moved from San Francisco to New York City in January 2012 and 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. This month, JQ takes a moment to showcase two ambitious literary works and the indie press that brought them to print. As a writer with experience in book publishing evaluating and responding to a variety of unsolicited book proposals (we refer to this as the business of […]

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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. Known as the Sake Guy or the Sake Evangelist, John Gauntner (Kanagawa-ken, 1988-89) is the world’s leading non-Japanese authority on the nation’s signature beverage, penning numerous books on the subject and touring the world with his popular seminars and speaking engagements. An Ohio native who currently resides in Kamakura, Gauntner returns to America next week to anchor Rice & Water: The Building Blocks of Premium Sake, this year’s annual sake lecture and tasting at Japan Society on June 19. The Evangelist will introduce the importance of rice and water in sake brewing, and a special sake tasting reception with more than 30 kinds of premium sake will follow. In this exclusive interview, I caught up with […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Sake Evangelist/JET Alum John Gauntner

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Known as the Sake Guy or the Sake Evangelist, John Gauntner (Kanagawa-ken, 1988-89) is the world’s leading non-Japanese authority on the nation’s signature beverage, penning numerous books on the subject and touring the world with his popular seminars and speaking engagements. An Ohio native who currently resides in Kamakura, Gauntner returns to America next week to anchor Rice & Water: The Building Blocks of Premium Sake, this year’s annual sake lecture and tasting at Japan Society on June 19. The Evangelist will introduce the importance of rice and water in sake brewing, and a special sake tasting reception with more than 30 kinds of premium sake will follow. In this exclusive interview, I caught up with […]

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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. Japanese retail clothing giant Uniqlo is commemorating a quarter century of Metal Gear—the classic Konami stealth video game series—with a new line of 10 exclusive UT Metal Gear 25th Anniversary T-shirts. On June 8 and 9, series director and game designer Hideo Kojima and artist Yoji Shinkawa made a special appearance at two off Uniqlo’s New York stores with for a special autograph session to commemorate a quarter century of Solid Snake, Big Boss and the eponymous bipedal tank that started it all. “There were over 2,000 people who attended the UNIQLO Metal Gear event at both Fifth Avenue and 34th Street,” according to Mary Lawton, a spokesperson for Uniqlo. “This is our second event […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa Salute 25 Years of Metal Gear at Uniqlo

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Japanese retail clothing giant Uniqlo is commemorating a quarter century of Metal Gear—the classic Konami stealth video game series—with a new line of 10 exclusive UT Metal Gear 25th Anniversary T-shirts. On June 8 and 9, series director and game designer Hideo Kojima and artist Yoji Shinkawa made a special appearance at two off Uniqlo’s New York stores with for a special autograph session to commemorate a quarter century of Solid Snake, Big Boss and the eponymous bipedal tank that started it all. “There were over 2,000 people who attended the UNIQLO Metal Gear event at both Fifth Avenue and 34th Street,” according to Mary Lawton, a spokesperson for Uniqlo. “This is our second event […]

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  • By Jarrad Skinner (Toyama-ken, 2007-2011) for JQ magazine. Jarrad is a game design student. He’s rediscovering New York by going to lectures, comedy shows, meetups, concerts, bars, restaurants, and by skipping subway rides for long walks whenever possible. You can find him sleeping on the LIRR. It’s June. That means six months until the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in December, so it’s a good time to take a look at goals and study materials and get crackin’. Long Weekend LLC has two iOS apps, Japanese Flash and the Rikai Browser, which may help. JET alum Mark Makdad (Toyama-ken, 2005-06), Long Weekend’s director and co-founder, explains what sets their apps apart: “We took the dictionary approach but added on two important things: an […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: App Review – Japanese Flash and Rikai Browser

    By Jarrad Skinner (Toyama-ken, 2007-2011) for JQ magazine. Jarrad is a game design student. He’s rediscovering New York by going to lectures, comedy shows, meetups, concerts, bars, restaurants, and by skipping subway rides for long walks whenever possible. You can find him sleeping on the LIRR. It’s June. That means six months until the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in December, so it’s a good time to take a look at goals and study materials and get crackin’. Long Weekend LLC has two iOS apps, Japanese Flash and the Rikai Browser, which may help. JET alum Mark Makdad (Toyama-ken, 2005-06), Long Weekend’s director and co-founder, explains what sets their apps apart: “We took the dictionary approach but added on two important things: an […]

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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. After two successful runs, the New York Mets are prepping the third annual edition of its Japanese Heritage Night at Citi Field, featuring pre-game entertainment that celebrates both the traditional performing arts and the enduring spirit of the Land of the Rising Sun a year after the devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The festivities kick off the evening of Friday, June 15 when the Mets play the Cincinnati Reds. Appearing in the pre-game show this year are the New York Suwa Taiko Association (also known as Taiko Masala) and the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York. Following the entertainment, patrons will be treated to the presentation […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: New York Mets Present Third Annual Japanese Heritage Night

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. After two successful runs, the New York Mets are prepping the third annual edition of its Japanese Heritage Night at Citi Field, featuring pre-game entertainment that celebrates both the traditional performing arts and the enduring spirit of the Land of the Rising Sun a year after the devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The festivities kick off the evening of Friday, June 15 when the Mets play the Cincinnati Reds. Appearing in the pre-game show this year are the New York Suwa Taiko Association (also known as Taiko Masala) and the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York. Following the entertainment, patrons will be treated to the presentation […]

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  • By John McGee (Nagano-ken, 2004-05) for JQ magazine. John is the Tampa Regional Representative for the Florida JET Alumni Association, and the founder of Tampa Natsu Matsuri, a free annual event organized by local residents with an interest in Japan. It’s a familiar story: apply to JET for one of several reasons, go to Japan and find a second home, return to the U.S., and…well, that’s where it all falls apart, right?  Most of us come back intent to keep our newfound hybrid culture alive, but few areas in the U.S. have profound Japanese cultural presence.  So we sigh with natsukashii pangs when we can’t take our beer out of the bar, we hang out with JETs on occasion, download […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Tampa Natsu Matsuri Brings JET Home

    By John McGee (Nagano-ken, 2004-05) for JQ magazine. John is the Tampa Regional Representative for the Florida JET Alumni Association, and the founder of Tampa Natsu Matsuri, a free annual event organized by local residents with an interest in Japan. It’s a familiar story: apply to JET for one of several reasons, go to Japan and find a second home, return to the U.S., and…well, that’s where it all falls apart, right?  Most of us come back intent to keep our newfound hybrid culture alive, but few areas in the U.S. have profound Japanese cultural presence.  So we sigh with natsukashii pangs when we can’t take our beer out of the bar, we hang out with JETs on occasion, download […]

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