Archive for December, 2012

  • By Leah Zoller (CIR Ishikawa-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Leah lives in Kanazawa, where she works as a writer and web administrator forThe Art of Travel. In her spare time, she writes I’ll Make It Myself!, a blog about food culture in Japan and curates The Rice Cooker Chronicles on JETwit.com. I live and work not too far from Omicho Market, and as a result, I see a lot of “Kanazawa’s Kitchen” and its back alleys in all seasons. I particularly like passing through in winter when the crabs are set outside the fish sellers’ stalls in the morning, the steam rising off their Styrofoam crates like a cloud in the cold air. According to my coworkers, Omicho Market was […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Same-sama, Party of One

    By Leah Zoller (CIR Ishikawa-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Leah lives in Kanazawa, where she works as a writer and web administrator forThe Art of Travel. In her spare time, she writes I’ll Make It Myself!, a blog about food culture in Japan and curates The Rice Cooker Chronicles on JETwit.com. I live and work not too far from Omicho Market, and as a result, I see a lot of “Kanazawa’s Kitchen” and its back alleys in all seasons. I particularly like passing through in winter when the crabs are set outside the fish sellers’ stalls in the morning, the steam rising off their Styrofoam crates like a cloud in the cold air. According to my coworkers, Omicho Market was […]

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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. For those who have lived in Japan, there were probably times when nothing seemed to be going right while struggling to get adjusted to a new culture. But eventually, or maybe miraculously, things take a 180 degree turn. Well, that happened in Samurai Awakening, Benjamin Martin‘s work of fiction for young adults. Martin—currently a fifth year Okinawa Prefecture JET—tells the story of David Matthews, an exchange student spending the year in Japan. David […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Samurai Awakening’

    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. For those who have lived in Japan, there were probably times when nothing seemed to be going right while struggling to get adjusted to a new culture. But eventually, or maybe miraculously, things take a 180 degree turn. Well, that happened in Samurai Awakening, Benjamin Martin‘s work of fiction for young adults. Martin—currently a fifth year Okinawa Prefecture JET—tells the story of David Matthews, an exchange student spending the year in Japan. David […]

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  • A pair of this year’s releases from Haikasoru.  Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. War: It’s a Dog’s Life. Battle Is a Bitch. War and Fleas. These were just a few of the potential titles I had streaming through my mind as I sat down to write the review of Belka, Why Don’t you Bark?, the newly translated novel by Hideo Furukawa. But the truth is, love it or hate it (and you very well may hate it, but more on that later), Belka is far too original to be reduced to silly catchphrases or bromides. At the very start of the novel, readers are met […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Reviews – ‘Belka, Why Don’t You Bark?’ and ‘The Future Is Japanese’

    A pair of this year’s releases from Haikasoru.  Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. War: It’s a Dog’s Life. Battle Is a Bitch. War and Fleas. These were just a few of the potential titles I had streaming through my mind as I sat down to write the review of Belka, Why Don’t you Bark?, the newly translated novel by Hideo Furukawa. But the truth is, love it or hate it (and you very well may hate it, but more on that later), Belka is far too original to be reduced to silly catchphrases or bromides. At the very start of the novel, readers are met […]

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  • Roland Kelts, don’t kick me in the balls— One man’s attempt to review a book honestly while still keeping friends By Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. A staple of the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) community, Rick manages their Twitter page and is an up-for-anything writer. My girlfriend wouldn’t shut up about it. “1Q84 is the best! Ah, when it comes out in English you need to read it!” Just talking about it made her rush to find her old copies (it was broken up into three books in Japan) and start reading them again. She was enthralled, to say the least. I’ve been a Murakami fan for a while: Norwegian Wood was emotional and sexually riveting; Dance Dance Dance was creepy […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’

    Roland Kelts, don’t kick me in the balls— One man’s attempt to review a book honestly while still keeping friends By Rick Ambrosio (Ibaraki-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. A staple of the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) community, Rick manages their Twitter page and is an up-for-anything writer. My girlfriend wouldn’t shut up about it. “1Q84 is the best! Ah, when it comes out in English you need to read it!” Just talking about it made her rush to find her old copies (it was broken up into three books in Japan) and start reading them again. She was enthralled, to say the least. I’ve been a Murakami fan for a while: Norwegian Wood was emotional and sexually riveting; Dance Dance Dance was creepy […]

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  • When: Tuesday, December 18th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Cho Cho San (15 W. 8th St) website Cost/RSVP:  RSVP via paypal below JETAANY Members: $10 for dinner and $5 for unlimited house sake Friends of JET: $20 for dinner and $5 for unlimited house sake Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join us to ‘forget the year’ at our annual Bonenkai!  Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine (valued at $30 per person) and house sake.  As an added bonus we’re tying in our Quarterly Meeting agenda where you have a chance to give us feedback, get involved, and meet fellow JET alums. Be sure to prepay for sake Nomihodai because at the event it will cost $10 cash.  Bring your appetite and your ideas and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/18) JETAANY Bonenkai @ Cho Cho San in Greenwich Village!

    When: Tuesday, December 18th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Cho Cho San (15 W. 8th St) website Cost/RSVP:  RSVP via paypal below JETAANY Members: $10 for dinner and $5 for unlimited house sake Friends of JET: $20 for dinner and $5 for unlimited house sake Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join us to ‘forget the year’ at our annual Bonenkai!  Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine (valued at $30 per person) and house sake.  As an added bonus we’re tying in our Quarterly Meeting agenda where you have a chance to give us feedback, get involved, and meet fellow JET alums. Be sure to prepay for sake Nomihodai because at the event it will cost $10 cash.  Bring your appetite and your ideas and […]

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  • Get involved and volunteer at JETAA’s annual event with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America where we spend the day showcasing Japanese culture to theNewYorkCity kids and their mentors. From trying on kimono, writing their names in Kanji to the infamous chopstick challenge, the event is a great chance to teach kids 7-17 about “cool”Japan. Date: Saturday, January 12th. What: a day of community service where JET alumni and friends showcase Japanese culture to kids with booths, prizes and performances. Who: kids from 7-17 years old and their adult mentors. Volunteer coordinator: Katrina Barnas kb2192@columbia.edu Information: We set up booths throughout the building. Kids get cards and need to go to each booth to get stamps and answer some basic questions aboutJapan. If they do […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (1/12) Volunteer for Japan~a~Mania

    Get involved and volunteer at JETAA’s annual event with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America where we spend the day showcasing Japanese culture to theNewYorkCity kids and their mentors. From trying on kimono, writing their names in Kanji to the infamous chopstick challenge, the event is a great chance to teach kids 7-17 about “cool”Japan. Date: Saturday, January 12th. What: a day of community service where JET alumni and friends showcase Japanese culture to kids with booths, prizes and performances. Who: kids from 7-17 years old and their adult mentors. Volunteer coordinator: Katrina Barnas kb2192@columbia.edu Information: We set up booths throughout the building. Kids get cards and need to go to each booth to get stamps and answer some basic questions aboutJapan. If they do […]

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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 life is one ongoing adventure and each day is its own side quest, then several days ago the already labyrinthine halls beneath Madison Square Garden were not those of a theater but a dungeon, and the spirited host of attendees was nothing short of raiders in pursuit of plunder. Their coveted […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Concert Review – ‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’

    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 life is one ongoing adventure and each day is its own side quest, then several days ago the already labyrinthine halls beneath Madison Square Garden were not those of a theater but a dungeon, and the spirited host of attendees was nothing short of raiders in pursuit of plunder. Their coveted […]

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