Archive for July, 2012

  • The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with The Nippon Club, launched JF Japanese Language Course in January and since then has been offering various classes mainly for adults. They are offering workshops for people who are interested in learning Japanese language and deepen their understanding of Japanese culture. These workshops will be held weekly in August on various topics (travel, business, Japanese Language Proficiency Test, etc.) for a wide range of levels from beginners through advanced learners, and children through adults as follows; Language Workshop: Travel Japanese: Thu, August 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Business Japanese: Thu, August 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Kids Japanese: Thu, August 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm JLPT Information Workshops: [N3/N4 Session] Mon, August 27, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    FREE Japanese Language Workshop!

    The Japan Foundation, in cooperation with The Nippon Club, launched JF Japanese Language Course in January and since then has been offering various classes mainly for adults. They are offering workshops for people who are interested in learning Japanese language and deepen their understanding of Japanese culture. These workshops will be held weekly in August on various topics (travel, business, Japanese Language Proficiency Test, etc.) for a wide range of levels from beginners through advanced learners, and children through adults as follows; Language Workshop: Travel Japanese: Thu, August 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Business Japanese: Thu, August 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Kids Japanese: Thu, August 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm JLPT Information Workshops: [N3/N4 Session] Mon, August 27, […]

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  • 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! Love Strikes! had its encore screening July 22 at Japan Society’s annual JAPAN CUTS film festival, and I can tell why they had to run it a second time: a main character with a wide range, beautiful girls, and the hilarious situations he gets himself into with them (though the funny stuff is a little frontloaded, but we’ll get to that). Hitoshi Ohne’s Love Strikes! (or Moteki 「モテキ」) is based on a manga of the same name and is the sequel to the popular television series. The main character, Yukiyo Fujimoto […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review – ‘Love Strikes!’ Twice at JAPAN CUTS Film Festival

    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! Love Strikes! had its encore screening July 22 at Japan Society’s annual JAPAN CUTS film festival, and I can tell why they had to run it a second time: a main character with a wide range, beautiful girls, and the hilarious situations he gets himself into with them (though the funny stuff is a little frontloaded, but we’ll get to that). Hitoshi Ohne’s Love Strikes! (or Moteki 「モテキ」) is based on a manga of the same name and is the sequel to the popular television series. The main character, Yukiyo Fujimoto […]

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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’s annual JAPAN CUTS festival winds down this week with a sensational lineup of cinema and stars. The DON’T STOP! JAPAN CUTS Party follows the July 26 screening of Don’t Stop!, featuring an introduction with director Kenji Kohashi.and Leonie director Hisako Matsui for the July 27 screening introduction and Q&A. DON’T STOP! documents the journey of “CAP,” a hard-as-nails 46-year-old man who realizes his lifelong dream, to go to America and ride a Harley down Route 66. CAP’s love affair with America and motorcycles began when he was young, but when he was 26, a traffic accident immobilized his left hand and lower […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Week Three of JAPAN CUTS 2012 Blasts Off with ‘Space Battleship Yamato’ Premiere

    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’s annual JAPAN CUTS festival winds down this week with a sensational lineup of cinema and stars. The DON’T STOP! JAPAN CUTS Party follows the July 26 screening of Don’t Stop!, featuring an introduction with director Kenji Kohashi.and Leonie director Hisako Matsui for the July 27 screening introduction and Q&A. DON’T STOP! documents the journey of “CAP,” a hard-as-nails 46-year-old man who realizes his lifelong dream, to go to America and ride a Harley down Route 66. CAP’s love affair with America and motorcycles began when he was young, but when he was 26, a traffic accident immobilized his left hand and lower […]

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  • By Greg Anderson, (Fukuoka-ken, 1990-1992) for JQ magazine. Greg is part of the fourth class of the JET Program, which began in 1987. He is currently employed as an auditor with the U.S. Treasury Department and is a new member of the JETAA New York book club. Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan is an anthology of opinions, thoughts, and stories written by some of the most prominent writers from the past and present on the subject of Japan and co-edited by Japanamerica author Roland Kelts (Osaka-shi, 1998-99). I love this book! Why? Because anyone can read this book and appreciate it. You do not have to be an aficionado of Japan or, frankly, be able to locate it on […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Monkey Business Volume 2′

    By Greg Anderson, (Fukuoka-ken, 1990-1992) for JQ magazine. Greg is part of the fourth class of the JET Program, which began in 1987. He is currently employed as an auditor with the U.S. Treasury Department and is a new member of the JETAA New York book club. Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan is an anthology of opinions, thoughts, and stories written by some of the most prominent writers from the past and present on the subject of Japan and co-edited by Japanamerica author Roland Kelts (Osaka-shi, 1998-99). I love this book! Why? Because anyone can read this book and appreciate it. You do not have to be an aficionado of Japan or, frankly, be able to locate it on […]

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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. This week, Japan Society’s annual JAPAN CUTS film festival pays tribute to the late actor Yoshio Harada, screening his final film Someday and 9 Souls, (both July 19). The festival also highlights the career of living legend Koji Yakusho, presenting five of his most inconic films over July 20-21: Chronicle of My Mother, Cure, Shall We Dance?, Toad’s Oil (which Yakusho also directed), 13 Assassins, and The Woodsman and the Rain. Yakusho will be on hand for the Woodsman’s sold-out July 20 screening for an introduction, Q&A and reception. On that occasion, the festival will award the star the first ever JAPAN CUTS prize, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Week Two of JAPAN CUTS 2012 Spotlights Late Film Legend Yoshio Harada

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. This week, Japan Society’s annual JAPAN CUTS film festival pays tribute to the late actor Yoshio Harada, screening his final film Someday and 9 Souls, (both July 19). The festival also highlights the career of living legend Koji Yakusho, presenting five of his most inconic films over July 20-21: Chronicle of My Mother, Cure, Shall We Dance?, Toad’s Oil (which Yakusho also directed), 13 Assassins, and The Woodsman and the Rain. Yakusho will be on hand for the Woodsman’s sold-out July 20 screening for an introduction, Q&A and reception. On that occasion, the festival will award the star the first ever JAPAN CUTS prize, […]

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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. The balmy breeze blew in through the screened doors of our house, floating the sheer curtains in soft billows.  Late May in southern Nagano is damp…it’s always damp on the wet side of the Alps. But being from Florida, this was comfortable weather. My good friend was visiting from America. He’d made quite a stir in our sleepy town striding around with his seemingly angry Native American scowl way up there brushing two meters, from which nearly a meter of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Chatting with Fireflies in Southern Nagano

    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. The balmy breeze blew in through the screened doors of our house, floating the sheer curtains in soft billows.  Late May in southern Nagano is damp…it’s always damp on the wet side of the Alps. But being from Florida, this was comfortable weather. My good friend was visiting from America. He’d made quite a stir in our sleepy town striding around with his seemingly angry Native American scowl way up there brushing two meters, from which nearly a meter of […]

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  • LIFE AS A JET Life as a Rural JET – Presentation Life as a Rural JET – Handout Life as a Suburban JET  – PDF Life as a Suburban JET – PPT Life as a Suburban JET – Handout Life as a Urban JET (Full Presentation) Life as an Urban JET (Slides Only)   JOB SKILLS WORKSHOPS ALT Job Skills Workshop ALT Worksheet Sample CIR Job Skills Workshop   SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS What to expect in your 1st few weeks Useful JET Websites Being an Asian-American JET Minorities in Japan – African Decent Money Management Women’s Issues Traveling in and around Japan Studying Japanese Japanese Etiquette Vegetarian in Japan – Hand out Vegetarian in Japan – Vocabulary Sheet Vegetarian in […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    2012 JET Pre-Departure Documents

    LIFE AS A JET Life as a Rural JET – Presentation Life as a Rural JET – Handout Life as a Suburban JET  – PDF Life as a Suburban JET – PPT Life as a Suburban JET – Handout Life as a Urban JET (Full Presentation) Life as an Urban JET (Slides Only)   JOB SKILLS WORKSHOPS ALT Job Skills Workshop ALT Worksheet Sample CIR Job Skills Workshop   SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS What to expect in your 1st few weeks Useful JET Websites Being an Asian-American JET Minorities in Japan – African Decent Money Management Women’s Issues Traveling in and around Japan Studying Japanese Japanese Etiquette Vegetarian in Japan – Hand out Vegetarian in Japan – Vocabulary Sheet Vegetarian in […]

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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. From July 12-28, Japan Society ushers in its sixth consecutive year of JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema. Bigger than ever, JAPAN CUTS 2012 boasts the most feature films in the festival’s history: 37 full-length and 2 shorts, encompassing blockbusters, high-concept art house titles, mature anime, audacious documentaries, delirious rom-coms and a splatter of J-horror/gore genre busters. Running alongside the New York Asian Film Festival (June 29-July 15), which co-presents 12 films from July 12-15, JAPAN CUTS 2012’s selections sport the unyielding artistry and out-of-control eccentricity that define modern Japanese cinema. “This year’s expanded and expansive edition of JAPAN CUTS […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Week One of JAPAN CUTS 2012 Serves Up ‘Love Strikes!’, Adult Anime

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. From July 12-28, Japan Society ushers in its sixth consecutive year of JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema. Bigger than ever, JAPAN CUTS 2012 boasts the most feature films in the festival’s history: 37 full-length and 2 shorts, encompassing blockbusters, high-concept art house titles, mature anime, audacious documentaries, delirious rom-coms and a splatter of J-horror/gore genre busters. Running alongside the New York Asian Film Festival (June 29-July 15), which co-presents 12 films from July 12-15, JAPAN CUTS 2012’s selections sport the unyielding artistry and out-of-control eccentricity that define modern Japanese cinema. “This year’s expanded and expansive edition of JAPAN CUTS […]

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  • By Nichole L. Knight (Shiga-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, Nichole became active with the JET Alumni Association of New York even before moving to the city. Since returning from Japan, she’s played with the University of Connecticut Taiko Team, and trained with Soh Daiko, the East Coast’s oldest taiko group. Darryl Wharton-Rigby (Fukushima-ken, 2005-07) is a playwright, poet, professor and filmmaker, who hails from Baltimore, Maryland. He has written for NBC, MTV, and BET. He lectures for Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation Program, and is in the process of writing three books. Married with three children, he splits his time between Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Japan. From 2005 to 2007, while teaching English in Kawamata-machi […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Darryl Wharton-Rigby on ‘Don Doko Don: The Yamakiya Taiko Drum Club Project’

    By Nichole L. Knight (Shiga-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Originally from Waterbury, Connecticut, Nichole became active with the JET Alumni Association of New York even before moving to the city. Since returning from Japan, she’s played with the University of Connecticut Taiko Team, and trained with Soh Daiko, the East Coast’s oldest taiko group. Darryl Wharton-Rigby (Fukushima-ken, 2005-07) is a playwright, poet, professor and filmmaker, who hails from Baltimore, Maryland. He has written for NBC, MTV, and BET. He lectures for Morgan State University’s Screenwriting and Animation Program, and is in the process of writing three books. Married with three children, he splits his time between Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Japan. From 2005 to 2007, while teaching English in Kawamata-machi […]

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  • NJ/Philly JETAA Obon Festival in Seabrook, NJ When: July 14th, Saturday, 2pm-9pm Where: Seabrook Buddhist Temple, 9 County Rd 711, Seabrook Farms, NJ, (856)451-3422, Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center, Upper Deerfield Township Municipal Building, 1325 Highway 77, Seabrook, NJ (856)451-8393 What to bring: Lunch/snacks/drinks, lawn chair or blanket, toll/gas money, yukata/happi/jinbei (optional) RSVP: Email Fernando Rojas at fernando.rojas86@gmail.com to reserve a spot in the van or for carpooling (you will be asked to pitch in for gas & tolls), or sign up on our Facebook event page:  NJ/Philly JETAA Obon Festival  Questions: Email Rachelle de Leon at njrep@jetaany.org, Fernando Rojas fernando.rojas86@gmail.com, Rashaad Jorden phillyrep@jetaany.org   Join us for the 2012 Obon Festival in Seabrook, NJ, sponsored by the Seabrook Buddhist Temple. We will first go to the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (7/14) NJ/Philly JETAA Obon Festival in Seabrook, NJ!

    NJ/Philly JETAA Obon Festival in Seabrook, NJ When: July 14th, Saturday, 2pm-9pm Where: Seabrook Buddhist Temple, 9 County Rd 711, Seabrook Farms, NJ, (856)451-3422, Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center, Upper Deerfield Township Municipal Building, 1325 Highway 77, Seabrook, NJ (856)451-8393 What to bring: Lunch/snacks/drinks, lawn chair or blanket, toll/gas money, yukata/happi/jinbei (optional) RSVP: Email Fernando Rojas at fernando.rojas86@gmail.com to reserve a spot in the van or for carpooling (you will be asked to pitch in for gas & tolls), or sign up on our Facebook event page:  NJ/Philly JETAA Obon Festival  Questions: Email Rachelle de Leon at njrep@jetaany.org, Fernando Rojas fernando.rojas86@gmail.com, Rashaad Jorden phillyrep@jetaany.org   Join us for the 2012 Obon Festival in Seabrook, NJ, sponsored by the Seabrook Buddhist Temple. We will first go to the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center […]

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  • Rock out at Japas 27 with the new JETs! We have a private room for 2 hours. All food and drinks are included for only $20 (+$1 paypal fee)! Come share your sempai wisdom and show the newbies what they’ll be in for when they leave for Japan at the end of the month! When: Sunday, July 15 from 5pm-7pm Where: Japas 27, 366 3rd Ave (between 26th St & 27th St) Cost/RSVP: $21 ($20 ticket + $1 paypal fee) via Paypal HERE by Friday, July 13th. Questions: Contact Amber at liang-dot-yxamber-at-gmail-dot-com Also, you can check out the event on Facebook!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (7/15) New JET-JET Vet Karaoke Night

    Rock out at Japas 27 with the new JETs! We have a private room for 2 hours. All food and drinks are included for only $20 (+$1 paypal fee)! Come share your sempai wisdom and show the newbies what they’ll be in for when they leave for Japan at the end of the month! When: Sunday, July 15 from 5pm-7pm Where: Japas 27, 366 3rd Ave (between 26th St & 27th St) Cost/RSVP: $21 ($20 ticket + $1 paypal fee) via Paypal HERE by Friday, July 13th. Questions: Contact Amber at liang-dot-yxamber-at-gmail-dot-com Also, you can check out the event on Facebook!

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  • When: Tuesday, August 21st 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   We’ve got another great summer read for you in David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet! See below for the book description (from Amazon): In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the most influential novelists in the world. He has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. The New York Times Book Review called him simply “a genius.” Now David Mitchell lends fresh credence to The Guardian’s claim that “each of his books seems entirely different from that which preceded it.” The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a stunning departure for this brilliant, restless, and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (8/21) August Book Club: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell

    When: Tuesday, August 21st 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   We’ve got another great summer read for you in David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet! See below for the book description (from Amazon): In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the most influential novelists in the world. He has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. The New York Times Book Review called him simply “a genius.” Now David Mitchell lends fresh credence to The Guardian’s claim that “each of his books seems entirely different from that which preceded it.” The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is a stunning departure for this brilliant, restless, and […]

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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. Big in Japan for decades, symphonic concerts of that country’s most popular (and hummable) classic video game tunes have now hit critical mass in America. It’s a dream come true for fans of the blockbuster Nintendo series The Legend of Zelda, as Jason Michael Paul Productions presents the first-ever North American tour of its kind called The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. With a high profile performance in Los Angeles last month hosted by Zelda Williams (the star of last year’s Nintendo DS commercials with papa Robin, who named her after the series’ eponymous princess), Symphony of the Goddesses is playing to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Jason Michael Paul on The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Big in Japan for decades, symphonic concerts of that country’s most popular (and hummable) classic video game tunes have now hit critical mass in America. It’s a dream come true for fans of the blockbuster Nintendo series The Legend of Zelda, as Jason Michael Paul Productions presents the first-ever North American tour of its kind called The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. With a high profile performance in Los Angeles last month hosted by Zelda Williams (the star of last year’s Nintendo DS commercials with papa Robin, who named her after the series’ eponymous princess), Symphony of the Goddesses is playing to […]

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  • By Jen Wang (Miyagi-ken, 2008-09) for JQ magazine. Jen is a research technician from Dallas who also writes for Purple SKY, a Japanese music website. Her love of cosplay and her junior high school students inspired the name for her own Japanese pop culture blog, Hibari-sensei’s Classroom. The Japanese fashion subculture Lolita is based on Victorian and Rococo aesthetics. Its trademark look consists of a blouse, a knee-length skirt or jumper, a petticoat, stockings, and Mary Janes or platform shoes. Since its inception in the 1970s, Lolita has developed several sub-styles: gothic, sweet, classic, punk and more. There is also a mature variation known as aristocrat and a masculine equivalent known as ouji. Although I had been interested in Lolita […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: In Texas, Metroplex Lolitas Paint the Town

    By Jen Wang (Miyagi-ken, 2008-09) for JQ magazine. Jen is a research technician from Dallas who also writes for Purple SKY, a Japanese music website. Her love of cosplay and her junior high school students inspired the name for her own Japanese pop culture blog, Hibari-sensei’s Classroom. The Japanese fashion subculture Lolita is based on Victorian and Rococo aesthetics. Its trademark look consists of a blouse, a knee-length skirt or jumper, a petticoat, stockings, and Mary Janes or platform shoes. Since its inception in the 1970s, Lolita has developed several sub-styles: gothic, sweet, classic, punk and more. There is also a mature variation known as aristocrat and a masculine equivalent known as ouji. Although I had been interested in Lolita […]

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