Archive for September, 2012

  • By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. (Click image for an exclusive sample from the audiobook) With more twists and turns than a mountain route through the Japanese Alps, Keigo Higashino’s latest murder mystery Salvation of a Saint is a seamless, well-constructed suspense novel with all the elements of a classic murder mystery, though he adds considerable fizz to the formula with a few unconventional characters and a very unlikely murder technique. Yoshitaka is the unfortunate victim, poisoned early on in the story by arsenic laced coffee which he drinks with tepid oblivion. Despite being offed so soon, throughout the novel we learn quite a bit about him as his character is […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Salvation of a Saint’

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. (Click image for an exclusive sample from the audiobook) With more twists and turns than a mountain route through the Japanese Alps, Keigo Higashino’s latest murder mystery Salvation of a Saint is a seamless, well-constructed suspense novel with all the elements of a classic murder mystery, though he adds considerable fizz to the formula with a few unconventional characters and a very unlikely murder technique. Yoshitaka is the unfortunate victim, poisoned early on in the story by arsenic laced coffee which he drinks with tepid oblivion. Despite being offed so soon, throughout the novel we learn quite a bit about him as his character is […]

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  • Date:  Wednesday Oct 17th Time: 7 pm – 10 pm Location:  Zepellin Biergarten, 88 Liberty View Drive Jersey City, NJ 07302 (for Google Maps: 297 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302) Come, sit back and enjoy a nice cold beer. Meet old friends, make new ones. Feel free to bring friends, family, children… Mark your calendars for NJ JETAA’s Fall Mixer- a great opportunity to check out Jersey City’s massive beer garden! A short walk from the PATH station, all NJ and NY area JET alums and friends are invited! Check out the Facebook event for more details- no RSVP is necessary, just look for the JETAA NJ sign when you get there. Directions: Zeppelin Hall is located in Liberty […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/17) NJ JETAA Mixer @ Zeppelin Biergarten

    Date:  Wednesday Oct 17th Time: 7 pm – 10 pm Location:  Zepellin Biergarten, 88 Liberty View Drive Jersey City, NJ 07302 (for Google Maps: 297 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302) Come, sit back and enjoy a nice cold beer. Meet old friends, make new ones. Feel free to bring friends, family, children… Mark your calendars for NJ JETAA’s Fall Mixer- a great opportunity to check out Jersey City’s massive beer garden! A short walk from the PATH station, all NJ and NY area JET alums and friends are invited! Check out the Facebook event for more details- no RSVP is necessary, just look for the JETAA NJ sign when you get there. Directions: Zeppelin Hall is located in Liberty […]

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  • Stop by for an after-work drink and catch up with your JETAANY friends in Union Square at Little Town NYC.  With over a hundred New York Beers in house including libations from Cooperstown, ciders from Warwick, an IPA from Pleasantville and lagers from Pearl Rivers.  Check out the full menu.  All beers are $5 till 7pm!  Plus they serve 99 cent Long Island Oysters all night. Location: Little Town NYC Address: 118 East 15th streetatIrving Place Date: Tuesday October 2nd Time: 6pm till 9pm We have reserved the Tasting Room for our group.  Look for the JETAANY sign to join the fun.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Happy Hour! Tuesday 10/2

    Stop by for an after-work drink and catch up with your JETAANY friends in Union Square at Little Town NYC.  With over a hundred New York Beers in house including libations from Cooperstown, ciders from Warwick, an IPA from Pleasantville and lagers from Pearl Rivers.  Check out the full menu.  All beers are $5 till 7pm!  Plus they serve 99 cent Long Island Oysters all night. Location: Little Town NYC Address: 118 East 15th streetatIrving Place Date: Tuesday October 2nd Time: 6pm till 9pm We have reserved the Tasting Room for our group.  Look for the JETAANY sign to join the fun.

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  • By Sarah Rogers-Tanner (Kyoto-fu, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Sarah hails from Afton, Minnesota and learned a thing or two about the inaka in her small town of Ujitawara, located in the mountains outside of Kyoto City. While there, Sarah taught students ages 2-15 and is now pursuing her master’s degree in elementary inclusive education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Chris Allison (Oita-ken, 2009-12) is a recent JET returnee who spent three years teaching at both an academic high school, as well as a rural, agricultural school. Originally from a small town in Indiana, Chris studied international business and Chinese at Bethel College and began studying Japanese while on JET. Though he is in the U.S. for the time being, Chris […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with The Inaka Founder Chris Allison

    By Sarah Rogers-Tanner (Kyoto-fu, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Sarah hails from Afton, Minnesota and learned a thing or two about the inaka in her small town of Ujitawara, located in the mountains outside of Kyoto City. While there, Sarah taught students ages 2-15 and is now pursuing her master’s degree in elementary inclusive education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Chris Allison (Oita-ken, 2009-12) is a recent JET returnee who spent three years teaching at both an academic high school, as well as a rural, agricultural school. Originally from a small town in Indiana, Chris studied international business and Chinese at Bethel College and began studying Japanese while on JET. Though he is in the U.S. for the time being, Chris […]

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  • Japan Foundation Japanese Language Course – Fall 2012 The Japan Foundation, New York, in cooperation with The Nippon Club, offers an original Japanese language and culture course, JF Japanese Language Course, as part of The Nippon Club Culture Courses. For overview, please visit: http://www.jfny.org/language/overview.html.  REGISTER NOW for Fall 2012 (September 5 – December 1)! Learn Japanese and explore Japanese culture with us! We offer 6 different classes from introductory to upper intermediate levels this Fall starting September 5. Register now before our classes fill up! The classes will be held at The Nippon Club conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan. For Course Listing, please visit: http://www.jfny.org/language/course.html. Conversation Café Chat in Japanese with native speakers and fellow Japanese leaners over a cup of Japanese tea, soft […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japan Foundation Language Courses

    Japan Foundation Japanese Language Course – Fall 2012 The Japan Foundation, New York, in cooperation with The Nippon Club, offers an original Japanese language and culture course, JF Japanese Language Course, as part of The Nippon Club Culture Courses. For overview, please visit: http://www.jfny.org/language/overview.html.  REGISTER NOW for Fall 2012 (September 5 – December 1)! Learn Japanese and explore Japanese culture with us! We offer 6 different classes from introductory to upper intermediate levels this Fall starting September 5. Register now before our classes fill up! The classes will be held at The Nippon Club conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan. For Course Listing, please visit: http://www.jfny.org/language/course.html. Conversation Café Chat in Japanese with native speakers and fellow Japanese leaners over a cup of Japanese tea, soft […]

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  • When: Thursday, October 18th at 7pm Where: Flatiron Building,  14th floor, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost:  $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP/Questions: Make sure to register via the Facebook event HERE or email Liz at eimathew-at-gmail-dot-com [since your name needs to be on the security guest list to allow entry into the building, RSVP is required.]   This fall, we’ll be reading Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic.  See below for a brief description and check out this article about her book review in the NY Times here: “A gorgeous novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, from […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/18) October Book Club: The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

    When: Thursday, October 18th at 7pm Where: Flatiron Building,  14th floor, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost:  $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP/Questions: Make sure to register via the Facebook event HERE or email Liz at eimathew-at-gmail-dot-com [since your name needs to be on the security guest list to allow entry into the building, RSVP is required.]   This fall, we’ll be reading Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic.  See below for a brief description and check out this article about her book review in the NY Times here: “A gorgeous novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. In eight sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of these women, 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. Shinichi Nishimiya, the newly appointed Japanese ambassador to China, died today (Sept. 16) at a Tokyo hospital, government sources said. The incoming envoy previously served as the Consul-General of Japan in New York from March 2009 to the end of 2010, becoming Japan’s deputy foreign minister in charge of economic affairs prior to his new appointment. Nishimiya, 60, collapsed near his home in Tokyo and was hospitalized on Thursday, only two days after becoming the top envoy to China. The cause of his death has yet to be known. According to Reuters, doctors were looking into the cause of death, but no other details were available. Police have ruled […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Shinichi Nishimiya, Former Japanese Consul-General in New York, Dies in Tokyo

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Shinichi Nishimiya, the newly appointed Japanese ambassador to China, died today (Sept. 16) at a Tokyo hospital, government sources said. The incoming envoy previously served as the Consul-General of Japan in New York from March 2009 to the end of 2010, becoming Japan’s deputy foreign minister in charge of economic affairs prior to his new appointment. Nishimiya, 60, collapsed near his home in Tokyo and was hospitalized on Thursday, only two days after becoming the top envoy to China. The cause of his death has yet to be known. According to Reuters, doctors were looking into the cause of death, but no other details were available. Police have ruled […]

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  • By Greg Anderson, (Fukuoka-ken, 1990-92) 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. Gone are the amazing, fascinating, fast-paced days of life in Japan filled with culture shock. As JET alums, most of us are employed in vocations that have no connection to Nippon at all. Ask yourself this question: After you have successfully completed another week or day at work, what do you have to look forward to? If you’re job hunting, then you have experienced another week of success/failure, but next week holds new […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Inside the JETAA New York Book Club

    By Greg Anderson, (Fukuoka-ken, 1990-92) 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. Gone are the amazing, fascinating, fast-paced days of life in Japan filled with culture shock. As JET alums, most of us are employed in vocations that have no connection to Nippon at all. Ask yourself this question: After you have successfully completed another week or day at work, what do you have to look forward to? If you’re job hunting, then you have experienced another week of success/failure, but next week holds new […]

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  • We would like to invite you to the Gifu Kenjinkai 25th Anniversary Party.  This is an open event for Gifu JET Alumni, family, friends and anyone who has a love forJapan. When: Oct.14 (Sun) from 1pm to 4pm Where: at JAA Hall (15 W. 44th Street 11th FloorNew York,NY10036) Details: Food, Drink and Raffles, along with KOTO play by Ms. Ishigure and Magic show by Mr. Koike. Cost: $40-/Adult $30-/children (3yo or younger are free) Pay at the event (cash only) Registration or Question: Please email to ny.gifu@gmail.com for participation.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/14) Gifu Kenjinkai 25th Anniversary Party

    We would like to invite you to the Gifu Kenjinkai 25th Anniversary Party.  This is an open event for Gifu JET Alumni, family, friends and anyone who has a love forJapan. When: Oct.14 (Sun) from 1pm to 4pm Where: at JAA Hall (15 W. 44th Street 11th FloorNew York,NY10036) Details: Food, Drink and Raffles, along with KOTO play by Ms. Ishigure and Magic show by Mr. Koike. Cost: $40-/Adult $30-/children (3yo or younger are free) Pay at the event (cash only) Registration or Question: Please email to ny.gifu@gmail.com for participation.

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  • Oct. 19 – 21, 2012 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?lang=J https://www.facebook.com/theBostonCF Boston Career Forum is for anyone who is: – Japanese-English bilingual (at minimum conversation level in both languages)and – looking for a full-time or internship position Companies will be holding interviews at their booth during the event and some may give out offers by the end of the 3 day event. Registration and attending the event is free. Professional business attire will be required to enter the Career Forum. For online registration and more info regarding the above, please go to: http://www.careerforum.net/event/la/?lang=E If you have any questions, please send your inquires to cfn@careerforum.net<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japanese-English Career Forum in Boston Oct 19-21

    Oct. 19 – 21, 2012 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?lang=J https://www.facebook.com/theBostonCF Boston Career Forum is for anyone who is: – Japanese-English bilingual (at minimum conversation level in both languages)and – looking for a full-time or internship position Companies will be holding interviews at their booth during the event and some may give out offers by the end of the 3 day event. Registration and attending the event is free. Professional business attire will be required to enter the Career Forum. For online registration and more info regarding the above, please go to: http://www.careerforum.net/event/la/?lang=E If you have any questions, please send your inquires to cfn@careerforum.net

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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. The most successful group in Japanese history, B’z have sold 80 million records since their 1988 debut, and also have released a staggering 46 consecutive number one singles. Comprised of Grammy-winning guitarist Tak Matsumoto and ace vocalist Koshi Inaba, the rock duo has flirted with American success in the past, launching three of their Live-Gym West Coast tours in the last decade. Now, B’z is ready for a full-scale American invasion, launching their first-ever national tour beginning in San Francisco Sept. 17 and hitting New York’s Best Buy Theater Sept. 30. At the same time, the band is promoting its debut English-language digital EP entitled B’z, which features five […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Tak Matsumoto and Koshi Inaba of B’z on the Live-Gym 2012 Tour

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. The most successful group in Japanese history, B’z have sold 80 million records since their 1988 debut, and also have released a staggering 46 consecutive number one singles. Comprised of Grammy-winning guitarist Tak Matsumoto and ace vocalist Koshi Inaba, the rock duo has flirted with American success in the past, launching three of their Live-Gym West Coast tours in the last decade. Now, B’z is ready for a full-scale American invasion, launching their first-ever national tour beginning in San Francisco Sept. 17 and hitting New York’s Best Buy Theater Sept. 30. At the same time, the band is promoting its debut English-language digital EP entitled B’z, which features five […]

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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. Paige Cottingham-Streater (Mie-ken, 1988-89) is a co-founder of the JET Alumni Association and executive director of both the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), a federal agency that provides grants for research, training and exchange with Japan, and the United States-Japan Conference on Cultural Interchange (CULCON), a binational advisory panel to the U.S. and Japanese governments Cottingham-Streater previously served as deputy executive director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, where she worked for 16 years. In 2004, she received the Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation in recognition of her longstanding work to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Paige Cottingham-Streater, Executive Director of the Japan U.S.-Friendship Commission

    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. Paige Cottingham-Streater (Mie-ken, 1988-89) is a co-founder of the JET Alumni Association and executive director of both the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), a federal agency that provides grants for research, training and exchange with Japan, and the United States-Japan Conference on Cultural Interchange (CULCON), a binational advisory panel to the U.S. and Japanese governments Cottingham-Streater previously served as deputy executive director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, where she worked for 16 years. In 2004, she received the Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation in recognition of her longstanding work to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations. […]

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  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. You might know that under the policy of sakoku, no Japanese were permitted to leave the country. So when Japanese people were finally able to do so, it must have been a fascinating story. And thanks to Margi Preus, people have an easy-to-read tale about one of the first Japanese to venture outside of the country’s borders. Preus’ book Heart of a Samurai offers a look into the life of Manjiro Nakahama, a fisherman-cum-aspiring samurai whose life […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Heart of a Samurai’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. You might know that under the policy of sakoku, no Japanese were permitted to leave the country. So when Japanese people were finally able to do so, it must have been a fascinating story. And thanks to Margi Preus, people have an easy-to-read tale about one of the first Japanese to venture outside of the country’s borders. Preus’ book Heart of a Samurai offers a look into the life of Manjiro Nakahama, a fisherman-cum-aspiring samurai whose life […]

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