Archive for November, 2012

  • New Jersey JETAA Nabemono Bonenkai When:                  Saturday, December 15th, 7pm Where:                 Takuma Restaurant,Madison,NJ Cost (Prix-fixe):   $35 for JETs $45 for Friends/Family of JETs, (drinks excluded) *BYOB – Bring your own booze* Directions:          GPS- 42Lincoln Place, Madison, NJ 07940, street parking Public Transport: Train: NJ Transit Morris/Essex Line to Madison Station Bus: NJ Transit # 873 to Rt 124/Main Street & Central Avenue RSVP/Questions:     Rsvp by Dec. 13th using Paypal: Attendee JETAA Member $35.00 USDFriend/Family of JET $45.00 USD Menu Items: All options come with appetizers, salad, and rice. Choice of: Sukiyaki: sliced beef, chicken, and pork with hakusai (Chinese cabbage), onion, scallion, carrot, yam noodles, tofu, mushroom Yosenabe: salmon, white […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    New Jersey JETAA Nabemono Bonenkai

    New Jersey JETAA Nabemono Bonenkai When:                  Saturday, December 15th, 7pm Where:                 Takuma Restaurant,Madison,NJ Cost (Prix-fixe):   $35 for JETs $45 for Friends/Family of JETs, (drinks excluded) *BYOB – Bring your own booze* Directions:          GPS- 42Lincoln Place, Madison, NJ 07940, street parking Public Transport: Train: NJ Transit Morris/Essex Line to Madison Station Bus: NJ Transit # 873 to Rt 124/Main Street & Central Avenue RSVP/Questions:     Rsvp by Dec. 13th using Paypal: Attendee JETAA Member $35.00 USDFriend/Family of JET $45.00 USD Menu Items: All options come with appetizers, salad, and rice. Choice of: Sukiyaki: sliced beef, chicken, and pork with hakusai (Chinese cabbage), onion, scallion, carrot, yam noodles, tofu, mushroom Yosenabe: salmon, white […]

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  • By Jessica Sattell (Fukuoka-ken, 2007-08) for JQ magazine. Jessica is a freelance writer, and was previously the publicist for Japan-focused publishers Stone Bridge Press and Chin Music Press. She is interested in the forgotten histories of culture, and has often considered running away and joining the circus. We’re still riding the “Cool Japan” wave that crested at the turn of the millennium, but our fascination with the country and its culture didn’t quite stem from just anime, Harajuku fashions, or J-pop. In Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—and Japan to the West, award-winning author Frederik L. Schodt argues that contemporary interest in Japan’s popular culture has its roots in the travels […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—and Japan to the West’

    By Jessica Sattell (Fukuoka-ken, 2007-08) for JQ magazine. Jessica is a freelance writer, and was previously the publicist for Japan-focused publishers Stone Bridge Press and Chin Music Press. She is interested in the forgotten histories of culture, and has often considered running away and joining the circus. We’re still riding the “Cool Japan” wave that crested at the turn of the millennium, but our fascination with the country and its culture didn’t quite stem from just anime, Harajuku fashions, or J-pop. In Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan—and Japan to the West, award-winning author Frederik L. Schodt argues that contemporary interest in Japan’s popular culture has its roots in the travels […]

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  • By Adam Lobel (Nagano-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Last year, Adam returned to New York after 10 years in Japan, where he researched satoyama (traditional landscape of Japan) as a master’s student, and collaborated with Japanese policymakers in science and technology while working at a think tank. Adam currently helps manage his family’s business, a land use law firm in Manhattan, and looks forward to contributing to New York’s green building movement. Born and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa, Matthew Gillam was hooked on Japan after visiting when he was 17. After college, he lived in Japan for eight years, and then returned to the U.S., where he completed a master’s at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Matt has spent the past […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Matthew Gillam, Senior Researcher at the Japan Local Government Center

    By Adam Lobel (Nagano-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Last year, Adam returned to New York after 10 years in Japan, where he researched satoyama (traditional landscape of Japan) as a master’s student, and collaborated with Japanese policymakers in science and technology while working at a think tank. Adam currently helps manage his family’s business, a land use law firm in Manhattan, and looks forward to contributing to New York’s green building movement. Born and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa, Matthew Gillam was hooked on Japan after visiting when he was 17. After college, he lived in Japan for eight years, and then returned to the U.S., where he completed a master’s at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Matt has spent the past […]

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  • When: Wednesday, December 5th,  7 pm – 9 pm 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.] We’ll be reading The Future is Japanese – read below for the Amazon.com description: A web browser that threatens to conquer the world. The longest, loneliest railroad on Earth. A North Korean nuke hitting Tokyo, a hollow asteroid full of automated rice paddies, and a specialist in breaking up “virtual” marriages. And yes, giant robots. These thirteen stories from and about the Land of the Rising […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/5) December Book Club: The Future is Japanese

    When: Wednesday, December 5th,  7 pm – 9 pm 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.] We’ll be reading The Future is Japanese – read below for the Amazon.com description: A web browser that threatens to conquer the world. The longest, loneliest railroad on Earth. A North Korean nuke hitting Tokyo, a hollow asteroid full of automated rice paddies, and a specialist in breaking up “virtual” marriages. And yes, giant robots. These thirteen stories from and about the Land of the Rising […]

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  • Calling all JET alumni that departed for the JET program in July 2002 or earlier!  Please join Steven Horowitz (class of 1992) and Monica Yuki (class of 2002) on November 28th for an evening of reminiscing the good old days in Japan with alumni who were on the program 10+ years ago. We have a private space on the 2nd floor of Smithfield from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Cost is $10 per person ($11 with Paypal fee or $15 at the door) which includes appetizers and a drink ticket. Spouses and significant others are welcome to join. Smithfield 215 West 28th Street &7th Ave. New York,NY 10001 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:30 to 9:30pm Cost: $10 ($15 at the door) Click here to RSVP (Discounted ticket purchases end […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY 10+ Reunion

    Calling all JET alumni that departed for the JET program in July 2002 or earlier!  Please join Steven Horowitz (class of 1992) and Monica Yuki (class of 2002) on November 28th for an evening of reminiscing the good old days in Japan with alumni who were on the program 10+ years ago. We have a private space on the 2nd floor of Smithfield from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Cost is $10 per person ($11 with Paypal fee or $15 at the door) which includes appetizers and a drink ticket. Spouses and significant others are welcome to join. Smithfield 215 West 28th Street &7th Ave. New York,NY 10001 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 6:30 to 9:30pm Cost: $10 ($15 at the door) Click here to RSVP (Discounted ticket purchases end […]

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  • Tots/Kids Open Play Night at 4th U Date: Saturday, November 17th Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: 76th Street at Central Park West Not quite ready to head home? Looking for something casual to do in the evening before dinner and bedtime? Come join us for some activities, our bounce house, and open play with light snacks. Caregivers are welcome. Indoor stroller parking is also available. Coffee and will be served. Suggested Donation: $10 per family. The fee pays for materials and programming costs. Our open play nights are best suited for those aged 0 to 9, although all are welcome! RSVP and registration: http://4thUcommunityprogramming.eventbrite.com/. Questions Contact Lee: (212) 595-1658, 4thu.community.programming@gmail.com<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Tots/Kids Open Play Night

    Tots/Kids Open Play Night at 4th U Date: Saturday, November 17th Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: 76th Street at Central Park West Not quite ready to head home? Looking for something casual to do in the evening before dinner and bedtime? Come join us for some activities, our bounce house, and open play with light snacks. Caregivers are welcome. Indoor stroller parking is also available. Coffee and will be served. Suggested Donation: $10 per family. The fee pays for materials and programming costs. Our open play nights are best suited for those aged 0 to 9, although all are welcome! RSVP and registration: http://4thUcommunityprogramming.eventbrite.com/. Questions Contact Lee: (212) 595-1658, 4thu.community.programming@gmail.com

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  • There are many organizations offering volunteer opportunities to help New York’ers recover from Super Storm Sandy.  Below are a few organizations that members have already been volunteering with.  JETAANY will be organizing a group volunteer event with NY Cares but in the mean time check out the below organizations. New York Cares – http://www.nycares.org/ Register with New York Cares and sign up as an individual for projects around the city. New opportunities are announced daily!! New York Cares is also ramping up their annual coat drive to help victims of the storm stay warm this winter. Or, donate to the organization and support their operations across the city. IsraAID – https://www.facebook.com/israaid IsraAID is one of the organizations that went to Japan and has been helping them rebuild Tohoku since 3/15/2011.  Now they […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Sandy Relief Volunteer Opportunities

    There are many organizations offering volunteer opportunities to help New York’ers recover from Super Storm Sandy.  Below are a few organizations that members have already been volunteering with.  JETAANY will be organizing a group volunteer event with NY Cares but in the mean time check out the below organizations. New York Cares – http://www.nycares.org/ Register with New York Cares and sign up as an individual for projects around the city. New opportunities are announced daily!! New York Cares is also ramping up their annual coat drive to help victims of the storm stay warm this winter. Or, donate to the organization and support their operations across the city. IsraAID – https://www.facebook.com/israaid IsraAID is one of the organizations that went to Japan and has been helping them rebuild Tohoku since 3/15/2011.  Now they […]

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  • We are pleased to announce the results of the Board of Directors elections that closed on October 31st. Thank you to all of those who voted. The newly elected Board of Directors members: Jim Gannon (reelected for a second term) Kirsten Henning Jennifer Jakubowski Justin Tedaldi They will join current board members Clara Solomon, Amber Liang, Megan Miller Yoo, Randall David Cook, Steven Horowitz, and President Monica Yuki in providing general oversight and guidance to JETAANY’s Executive Board and membership. Please join the members of the Board, the executive committee and fellow alumni at the Bonnenkai in early December. Bios of the board members can be found: http://jetaany.org/about/board-of-directors/ If you have any questions or comments on the elections process or the Board in general, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    2012 JETAANY Board of Directors Election Results

    We are pleased to announce the results of the Board of Directors elections that closed on October 31st. Thank you to all of those who voted. The newly elected Board of Directors members: Jim Gannon (reelected for a second term) Kirsten Henning Jennifer Jakubowski Justin Tedaldi They will join current board members Clara Solomon, Amber Liang, Megan Miller Yoo, Randall David Cook, Steven Horowitz, and President Monica Yuki in providing general oversight and guidance to JETAANY’s Executive Board and membership. Please join the members of the Board, the executive committee and fellow alumni at the Bonnenkai in early December. Bios of the board members can be found: http://jetaany.org/about/board-of-directors/ If you have any questions or comments on the elections process or the Board in general, […]

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  • Tots/Kid Cooking Class Series: Yummy Animal Snacks & Fruit Turkeys & Fruit Santas Thursday, November 15th 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Two separate sessions) 76th Street and Central Park West This is the perfect activity to do just before public school playgrounds open – and as an afterschool special activity! Come with your children and learn together how to make snacks in the form of animals. We’ll make tasty and healthy treats – and then gobble them up! (These are nut-free and dairy-free snacks.) *Please bring an apron for your little one. Caregivers are welcome. Indoor stroller parking is also available. Suggestion donation: $16 per participating child, per session. The fee pays for materials and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Tots/Kid Cooking Class Series

    Tots/Kid Cooking Class Series: Yummy Animal Snacks & Fruit Turkeys & Fruit Santas Thursday, November 15th 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Two separate sessions) 76th Street and Central Park West This is the perfect activity to do just before public school playgrounds open – and as an afterschool special activity! Come with your children and learn together how to make snacks in the form of animals. We’ll make tasty and healthy treats – and then gobble them up! (These are nut-free and dairy-free snacks.) *Please bring an apron for your little one. Caregivers are welcome. Indoor stroller parking is also available. Suggestion donation: $16 per participating child, per session. The fee pays for materials and […]

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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. Multinational pop rockers Monkey Majik are teaming up with shamisen heroes the Yoshida Brothers, the duo known for their traditional sound and pluck, for a three-date North American tour that kicks off Nov. 14 at Manhattan’s Marlin Room at Webster Hall, followed by the Mod Club in Toronto Nov. 18 and the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Maynard Plant of Monkey Majik on the Band’s 2012 Tour

    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. Multinational pop rockers Monkey Majik are teaming up with shamisen heroes the Yoshida Brothers, the duo known for their traditional sound and pluck, for a three-date North American tour that kicks off Nov. 14 at Manhattan’s Marlin Room at Webster Hall, followed by the Mod Club in Toronto Nov. 18 and the […]

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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. Hurricane Sandy may have wreaked havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, but New York is holding strong in November with a bounty of Japan-related events from MoMA to Madison Square Garden. Nov. 6 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Box Set Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is an epic fantasy tale written and illustrated by legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, creator of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo. A modern masterpiece (made into its own classic film adaptation in 1984), the entire series is now available in this deluxe box set containing two hardcover volumes with interior color pages and full-color double-sided […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: A Whole Month of Arts, Events, Music

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Hurricane Sandy may have wreaked havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, but New York is holding strong in November with a bounty of Japan-related events from MoMA to Madison Square Garden. Nov. 6 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Box Set Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is an epic fantasy tale written and illustrated by legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, creator of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo. A modern masterpiece (made into its own classic film adaptation in 1984), the entire series is now available in this deluxe box set containing two hardcover volumes with interior color pages and full-color double-sided […]

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  • Join JETaa Pittsburgh at the annual KuroKiiro Festival in O’Hara Township. KuroKiiro Festival, will be held November 16-18 at the Boyd Community Center in O’Hara Township. The event, themed as a bunkasai/Japanese school festival, is an educational and cultural all-ages event. Its aim is to introduce aspects of Japanese traditional and modern culture to an audience mainly familiar with Japan as it is portrayed in popular culture (such as anime, film, and video games). In the past, this event has drawn crowds of over 700. It is staffed and planned by volunteers and run by the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Association, an organization in the process of applying for 501(c)3 status. The culminating activity of the KuroKiiro Festival is the Carnival […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    KuroKiiro Festival in Pittsburgh

    Join JETaa Pittsburgh at the annual KuroKiiro Festival in O’Hara Township. KuroKiiro Festival, will be held November 16-18 at the Boyd Community Center in O’Hara Township. The event, themed as a bunkasai/Japanese school festival, is an educational and cultural all-ages event. Its aim is to introduce aspects of Japanese traditional and modern culture to an audience mainly familiar with Japan as it is portrayed in popular culture (such as anime, film, and video games). In the past, this event has drawn crowds of over 700. It is staffed and planned by volunteers and run by the Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Association, an organization in the process of applying for 501(c)3 status. The culminating activity of the KuroKiiro Festival is the Carnival […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Visit his Examiner.com Japanese culture page here for related stories. The opening of playwright Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths begins with the famous United States Declaration of Independence quote that all men are created equal, followed by the Japanese proverb “the nail that sticks up gets hammered down.” The one hammered down is Gordon Kioyoshi Hirabayashi, the late American pacifist and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree whose experiences in World War II-era America are brought vividly to life by Joel de la Fuente in this one-man show now running Off-Broadway. “From the day rehearsing began for our premiere in November 2007, we’ve been working to make Hold These Truths a better play, and that hasn’t […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: ‘Hold These Truths’ Honors Freedom

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Visit his Examiner.com Japanese culture page here for related stories. The opening of playwright Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths begins with the famous United States Declaration of Independence quote that all men are created equal, followed by the Japanese proverb “the nail that sticks up gets hammered down.” The one hammered down is Gordon Kioyoshi Hirabayashi, the late American pacifist and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree whose experiences in World War II-era America are brought vividly to life by Joel de la Fuente in this one-man show now running Off-Broadway. “From the day rehearsing began for our premiere in November 2007, we’ve been working to make Hold These Truths a better play, and that hasn’t […]

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  • By Pam Kavalam (Shiga-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Pam is Secretary of the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) and a participant at this year’s National Conference. Thursday, Oct. 25 Hosted by the JETAA Northern California (JETAANC) chapter, the conference kicked off with a “reception” at Off the Grid, a collection of gourmet food trucks inspired by Asian night markets and conceived and run by JET alum Matt Cohen (Saga-ken, 2001-04). Friday, Oct. 26 The delegates from 18 of the 19 JETAA USA chapters received a welcome from JETAANC President John Dzida, Consul General of Japan in San Francisco Hiroshi Inomata, and Takaaki Ogata from CLAIR New York. Noriko Watanabe from the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. gave […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: 2012 JETAA National Conference in San Francisco Recap

    By Pam Kavalam (Shiga-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Pam is Secretary of the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) and a participant at this year’s National Conference. Thursday, Oct. 25 Hosted by the JETAA Northern California (JETAANC) chapter, the conference kicked off with a “reception” at Off the Grid, a collection of gourmet food trucks inspired by Asian night markets and conceived and run by JET alum Matt Cohen (Saga-ken, 2001-04). Friday, Oct. 26 The delegates from 18 of the 19 JETAA USA chapters received a welcome from JETAANC President John Dzida, Consul General of Japan in San Francisco Hiroshi Inomata, and Takaaki Ogata from CLAIR New York. Noriko Watanabe from the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. gave […]

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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. Frederik L. Schodt first traveled to Japan in 1965 as a teenager, and since the early ’80s he has written numerous books about Japanese culture both popular and obscure, including the landmark Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics, the first substantial English-language work on the art form. Schodt also has translated a wealth of books and manga series (many by his late friend, the “god of comics” Osamu Tezuka), and in 2009 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture. Out Nov. 13 is his newest book, Professor Risley […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with ‘Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics’ author Frederik L. Schodt

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Frederik L. Schodt first traveled to Japan in 1965 as a teenager, and since the early ’80s he has written numerous books about Japanese culture both popular and obscure, including the landmark Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics, the first substantial English-language work on the art form. Schodt also has translated a wealth of books and manga series (many by his late friend, the “god of comics” Osamu Tezuka), and in 2009 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture. Out Nov. 13 is his newest book, Professor Risley […]

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  • A nail that stuck out but resisted being hammered down By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a professional writer/interpreter/translator. She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends together with her own observation in the periodic series WITLife. The intimacy of a stage surrounded by several rows of semicircle seating at the 14th Street Y is the perfect venue for the new play Hold These Truths. This work depicts the life of Nisei (second generation) Japanese American Gordon Hirabayashi, who took it upon himself to defy Executive Order 9066, which led to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans and their families in internment camps during World […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Theatre Review – ‘Hold These Truths’

    A nail that stuck out but resisted being hammered down By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a professional writer/interpreter/translator. She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends together with her own observation in the periodic series WITLife. The intimacy of a stage surrounded by several rows of semicircle seating at the 14th Street Y is the perfect venue for the new play Hold These Truths. This work depicts the life of Nisei (second generation) Japanese American Gordon Hirabayashi, who took it upon himself to defy Executive Order 9066, which led to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans and their families in internment camps during World […]

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