Archive for August, 2012

  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. After you’ve rested up from Labor Day weekend, enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Japan with a whole month’s worth of events, activities and products from musicians to authors to restaurants. It’s all happening here as we welcome another autumn in New York. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Oze no Yukidoke from Ryujin Shuzo Sake tasting Sakaya 324 East 9th Street Hailing from Gunma prefecture, Oze-no-Yukidoke is a well-refined sake that is widely considered to be one of the finest sakes available. Join Mr. Hideki Horikoshi, the head sake brewer of Ryujin Shuzo, for his his handmade signature sake, Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Daiginjo, as well as […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — B’z, Books, Sake Tastings and Michael Jackson in Yokohama

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. After you’ve rested up from Labor Day weekend, enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Japan with a whole month’s worth of events, activities and products from musicians to authors to restaurants. It’s all happening here as we welcome another autumn in New York. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Oze no Yukidoke from Ryujin Shuzo Sake tasting Sakaya 324 East 9th Street Hailing from Gunma prefecture, Oze-no-Yukidoke is a well-refined sake that is widely considered to be one of the finest sakes available. Join Mr. Hideki Horikoshi, the head sake brewer of Ryujin Shuzo, for his his handmade signature sake, Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Daiginjo, as well as […]

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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. Born in Kobe and raised in America, Karl Taro Greenfeld (Kanagawa-ken, 1988-89) is the author of six books, and over the past two decades his writing has graced everything from the Paris Review to Playboy to Time Asia (where he served as editor for two years). His first book was Speed Tribes: Days and Nights with Japan’s Next Generation, a gritty, true-life portrait of Tokyo’s urban underground. Published in 1994, it exposed a fascinating side of post-bubble Japan rarely seen (or reported by) foreigners. Now living in Tribeca with his wife and two daughters, Greenfeld has recently penned his debut novel, Triburbia, which once again finds a muse in his current milieu. The New York Times calls it “an artful and casually cohesive […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with ‘Speed Tribes’ Author/JET Alum Karl Taro Greenfeld

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Born in Kobe and raised in America, Karl Taro Greenfeld (Kanagawa-ken, 1988-89) is the author of six books, and over the past two decades his writing has graced everything from the Paris Review to Playboy to Time Asia (where he served as editor for two years). His first book was Speed Tribes: Days and Nights with Japan’s Next Generation, a gritty, true-life portrait of Tokyo’s urban underground. Published in 1994, it exposed a fascinating side of post-bubble Japan rarely seen (or reported by) foreigners. Now living in Tribeca with his wife and two daughters, Greenfeld has recently penned his debut novel, Triburbia, which once again finds a muse in his current milieu. The New York Times calls it “an artful and casually cohesive […]

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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. If you have been back from JET for a year or two, you probably already know the story. If you are just now returning and you have not been keeping up with the news, let me fill you in: The economy, well, it sucks. And while that fact may not exactly be news […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: The State of Returning Stateside – Jobs Edition

    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. If you have been back from JET for a year or two, you probably already know the story. If you are just now returning and you have not been keeping up with the news, let me fill you in: The economy, well, it sucks. And while that fact may not exactly be news […]

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  • All Nagasaki JET alumni are invited to attend a special prefectural event.  The delegation from NagasakiPrefecturewill be hosting an evening event on Wednesday Sept 5th. The Governor, Speaker, a few members from the Assembly, and some officials from the prefectural government will be in attendance.  We would like to introduce some outstanding Nagasaki JET alumni so we can show how valuable JET alumni are even after they have leftJapan.  This is a free event for Nagasaki JET alumni. Place: The Japanese American Association of New York Date: Wednesday, September 5 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Fee:  Free for Nagasaki JETs RSVP to Ayuko Ono, Assistant Director ono@jlgc.org Please let include the following information: 1) city / town / village you worked as a JET 2) ALT / CIR 3) Current affiliation or occupation 4) […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Calling all Nagasaki JET alumni in NYC

    All Nagasaki JET alumni are invited to attend a special prefectural event.  The delegation from NagasakiPrefecturewill be hosting an evening event on Wednesday Sept 5th. The Governor, Speaker, a few members from the Assembly, and some officials from the prefectural government will be in attendance.  We would like to introduce some outstanding Nagasaki JET alumni so we can show how valuable JET alumni are even after they have leftJapan.  This is a free event for Nagasaki JET alumni. Place: The Japanese American Association of New York Date: Wednesday, September 5 Time: 7:30-9:30pm Fee:  Free for Nagasaki JETs RSVP to Ayuko Ono, Assistant Director ono@jlgc.org Please let include the following information: 1) city / town / village you worked as a JET 2) ALT / CIR 3) Current affiliation or occupation 4) […]

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  • 2012 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Red Hook, Brooklyn  The deadline has passed for signing up and ordering a bento. If you are still interested in joining the team contact president@jetaany.org for more information Date: Saturday, September 8th Warm up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) What better way to spend a Saturday than playing on the JETAANY slow pitch softball team.  The tournament is a full day event, starting with the opening ceremony at 9:00am in Red Hook,Brooklyn.  The day is sure to be fun-filled whether you’re a player or spectator, with an after party near the field to reward us for all of our hard […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Softball Tournament 2012

    2012 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Red Hook, Brooklyn  The deadline has passed for signing up and ordering a bento. If you are still interested in joining the team contact president@jetaany.org for more information Date: Saturday, September 8th Warm up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) What better way to spend a Saturday than playing on the JETAANY slow pitch softball team.  The tournament is a full day event, starting with the opening ceremony at 9:00am in Red Hook,Brooklyn.  The day is sure to be fun-filled whether you’re a player or spectator, with an after party near the field to reward us for all of our hard […]

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  • Join Nihongo Dake Ice Cream Social at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop on Monday, Sept 3rd CHANGE OF PLANS!! Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary is closed on Monday. Let’s meet at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop – which actually isn’t so big – on 7th Street between 1st Avenue & Avenue A to spoil our appetites, then we might head to Caraca’s for dinner! With Labor Day as the official end of the summer season, come enjoy summer’s favorite treat – ice cream! – and brush up your Nihongo skills with JETAANY. We’ll meet at 5pm  at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (on 7th Street between 1st Avenue & Avenue A)Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary (on 6th St. between Ave A […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    September Nihongo Dake Ice Cream Social

    Join Nihongo Dake Ice Cream Social at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop on Monday, Sept 3rd CHANGE OF PLANS!! Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary is closed on Monday. Let’s meet at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop – which actually isn’t so big – on 7th Street between 1st Avenue & Avenue A to spoil our appetites, then we might head to Caraca’s for dinner! With Labor Day as the official end of the summer season, come enjoy summer’s favorite treat – ice cream! – and brush up your Nihongo skills with JETAANY. We’ll meet at 5pm  at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (on 7th Street between 1st Avenue & Avenue A)Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary (on 6th St. between Ave A […]

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  • Calling all teachers, retired, fun-employed, in-between job JETs that have your afternoons free. Let’s gather at the Frying Pan for snacks and drinks to toast the final days of summer. We will probably continue on into the evening so all working JETs please feel free to join us when you are done for the day. Time: 2pm Date: Thursday 8/23 Location: Frying Pan (http://fryingpan.com/) Pier 66 Maritime at West 26th street and the Hudson River Directions: Take the M23 cross town bus to Chelsea Piers which is the last stop and walk 3 blocks north.       <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” Happy Hour 8/23 @ 2pm

    Calling all teachers, retired, fun-employed, in-between job JETs that have your afternoons free. Let’s gather at the Frying Pan for snacks and drinks to toast the final days of summer. We will probably continue on into the evening so all working JETs please feel free to join us when you are done for the day. Time: 2pm Date: Thursday 8/23 Location: Frying Pan (http://fryingpan.com/) Pier 66 Maritime at West 26th street and the Hudson River Directions: Take the M23 cross town bus to Chelsea Piers which is the last stop and walk 3 blocks north.       

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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. In the beginning, there was Loudness. Formed in 1981 in Osaka, the Japanese quartet started out as a successful hard rock and metal outfit and expanded their fanbase to America four years later with an international album deal and hit single “Crazy Night.” History is now repeating itself. Twenty-five years after the release of original frontman Minoru Niihara’s last album with the group during their ’80s heyday, Loudness has now inked a new global record deal with FrostByte Media to reintroduce them to a new audience outside of Japan. First up is the newly released studio album Eve to Dawn—their 26th overall—and a fall North American tour is in the works. In this exclusive interview, I caught […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Minoru Niihara of Loudness on ‘Eve to Dawn’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. In the beginning, there was Loudness. Formed in 1981 in Osaka, the Japanese quartet started out as a successful hard rock and metal outfit and expanded their fanbase to America four years later with an international album deal and hit single “Crazy Night.” History is now repeating itself. Twenty-five years after the release of original frontman Minoru Niihara’s last album with the group during their ’80s heyday, Loudness has now inked a new global record deal with FrostByte Media to reintroduce them to a new audience outside of Japan. First up is the newly released studio album Eve to Dawn—their 26th overall—and a fall North American tour is in the works. In this exclusive interview, I caught […]

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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. Meet Kanako Goldberg. Half Japanese, half Jewish, the teenage narrator of Holly Thompson’s breathtaking 2011 novel Orchards is more bagels and lox than natto and rice. After the suicide of her classmate in New York, Kanako is sent by her Japanese mother to spend the summer with her relatives on their mikan farm in a rural village tucked beneath the shadows of Mount Fuji. The trip to Japan is not only a chance to bond with her Japanese kin, it’s something of a temporary exile, a time to reflect on her life and her classmate’s untimely death at a safe […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Orchards’ Is Elegant, Powerful, Profound

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. Meet Kanako Goldberg. Half Japanese, half Jewish, the teenage narrator of Holly Thompson’s breathtaking 2011 novel Orchards is more bagels and lox than natto and rice. After the suicide of her classmate in New York, Kanako is sent by her Japanese mother to spend the summer with her relatives on their mikan farm in a rural village tucked beneath the shadows of Mount Fuji. The trip to Japan is not only a chance to bond with her Japanese kin, it’s something of a temporary exile, a time to reflect on her life and her classmate’s untimely death at a safe […]

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  • JETAA NY Career Panel:  The State of ESL and Language Education in Japan and the US WHEN:  Tuesday, Aug 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm WHERE:  Japan Local Government Center office, 3 Park Ave., 20th Floor RSVP to professional [at] jetaany.org WEBCAST: We are planning on webcasting the event!  Check back on JETwit or on the JETAANY Facebook event page for instructions on how to join in. This JETAANY Career panel will consist of a presentation by JET alum James Rogers, Assistant Professor at Kansai Gaidai, followed by Q&A with James and a panel of JET alum language teachers. Presentation: The State of Language Education in Japan: Job Opportunities and Living in 21st Century Japan This presentation will discuss various issues regarding working in the language industry inJapan. University work […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Career Panel: State of ESL and Language Education in Japan & U.S.

    JETAA NY Career Panel:  The State of ESL and Language Education in Japan and the US WHEN:  Tuesday, Aug 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm WHERE:  Japan Local Government Center office, 3 Park Ave., 20th Floor RSVP to professional [at] jetaany.org WEBCAST: We are planning on webcasting the event!  Check back on JETwit or on the JETAANY Facebook event page for instructions on how to join in. This JETAANY Career panel will consist of a presentation by JET alum James Rogers, Assistant Professor at Kansai Gaidai, followed by Q&A with James and a panel of JET alum language teachers. Presentation: The State of Language Education in Japan: Job Opportunities and Living in 21st Century Japan This presentation will discuss various issues regarding working in the language industry inJapan. University work […]

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  • By Lindsay Martell (Saitama-ken, 1995-1997) for JQ magazine. Lindsay is a freelance writer and a voice-over actor in Oakland, California. Visit her website here. Whether you have a penchant for hunky Lelouch Lamperouge (the hunky antihero of the anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) or a serious hankering for Lolita fashion, the pop-y, edgy, dynamic stuff you love is busting at the seams with this year’s J-Pop Summit Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown August 25-26. With its campy theme of “Cyberpop Overload,” the second annual gathering is a Japanophile’s dream come true—noshing on chicken teriyaki bento or pork katsu curry from a JapaCurry food truck as you bop along to the scores of bands busting out tunes—this mecca […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: San Francisco Hosts Fourth Annual J-Pop Summit Festival

    By Lindsay Martell (Saitama-ken, 1995-1997) for JQ magazine. Lindsay is a freelance writer and a voice-over actor in Oakland, California. Visit her website here. Whether you have a penchant for hunky Lelouch Lamperouge (the hunky antihero of the anime series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) or a serious hankering for Lolita fashion, the pop-y, edgy, dynamic stuff you love is busting at the seams with this year’s J-Pop Summit Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown August 25-26. With its campy theme of “Cyberpop Overload,” the second annual gathering is a Japanophile’s dream come true—noshing on chicken teriyaki bento or pork katsu curry from a JapaCurry food truck as you bop along to the scores of bands busting out tunes—this mecca […]

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  • Join the Chicago Chapter of JETAA in celebrating our 26-year anniversary of cultural exchange with the country of Japan. Daily Life in Japan is a one-night only exhibition that will feature a wide array of photography from those who have experienced Japan and are invested in rebuilding it. Hobby to professional photographers are invited to submit their digital photos. You can submit up to one photo per category. You can find instructions to submit photos at www.jetaachicago.com/contest.  JET Alumni from around the country are invited to participate. Juried by a panel of two community leaders and by you in an online vote, this exhibition highlights the essence of Japanese life with an emphasis on culture, education, and community outreach. You’re invited to the opening reception to view […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAA Chicago Photo Contest

    Join the Chicago Chapter of JETAA in celebrating our 26-year anniversary of cultural exchange with the country of Japan. Daily Life in Japan is a one-night only exhibition that will feature a wide array of photography from those who have experienced Japan and are invested in rebuilding it. Hobby to professional photographers are invited to submit their digital photos. You can submit up to one photo per category. You can find instructions to submit photos at www.jetaachicago.com/contest.  JET Alumni from around the country are invited to participate. Juried by a panel of two community leaders and by you in an online vote, this exhibition highlights the essence of Japanese life with an emphasis on culture, education, and community outreach. You’re invited to the opening reception to view […]

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  • By Lana Kitcher (Yamanashi-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Lana is a New York native, and just recently returned to the U.S. She wrote for the AJET online magazine Connect while on the JET Program. She also enjoys writing about her adventures on her blog at Kitcher’s Café. Jennifer Jakubowski (Hokkaido, 1995-97) is the founder and managing director of Bridges to Japan, a Japanese-American cross-cultural consulting and training firm based in New York. Prior to joining JET, Jakubowski spent two of her younger years in Japan, one as a junior high school student due to her father’s job and one as an exchange student at Waseda University. Following her time on JET, she worked for the Nagano Winter Olympics as a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Bridges to Japan Founder Jennifer Jakubowski

    By Lana Kitcher (Yamanashi-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Lana is a New York native, and just recently returned to the U.S. She wrote for the AJET online magazine Connect while on the JET Program. She also enjoys writing about her adventures on her blog at Kitcher’s Café. Jennifer Jakubowski (Hokkaido, 1995-97) is the founder and managing director of Bridges to Japan, a Japanese-American cross-cultural consulting and training firm based in New York. Prior to joining JET, Jakubowski spent two of her younger years in Japan, one as a junior high school student due to her father’s job and one as an exchange student at Waseda University. Following her time on JET, she worked for the Nagano Winter Olympics as a […]

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