Archive for February, 2013

  • JETAANY members are invited to the International Restaurant & Food Service Show this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center from March 3rd to 5th (Sunday to Tuesday). Sakai City is having a booth to exhibit its excellent Japanese knives and will be holding seminars daily with a famous Sushi chef,  Mr. Sato from Nobu restaurant. They will be held from 12 pm – 1 pm each day of the show. The event will be free (normally costs around $65) if you use a special JETAANY only code to register on their website by March 2nd. To get the code, please email Ayuko Ono (ono@jlgc.org) from the JLGC.  You are welcome to pass this information to your friends. Most importantly please […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Free(!) Invitation to JET Alums to Attend the International Restaurant & Food Service Show

    JETAANY members are invited to the International Restaurant & Food Service Show this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center from March 3rd to 5th (Sunday to Tuesday). Sakai City is having a booth to exhibit its excellent Japanese knives and will be holding seminars daily with a famous Sushi chef,  Mr. Sato from Nobu restaurant. They will be held from 12 pm – 1 pm each day of the show. The event will be free (normally costs around $65) if you use a special JETAANY only code to register on their website by March 2nd. To get the code, please email Ayuko Ono (ono@jlgc.org) from the JLGC.  You are welcome to pass this information to your friends. Most importantly please […]

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  • When: Tuesday, April 16, 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 Mathew 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 month’s book will be The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. Read the Amazon description below: Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (4/16) April Book Club: The Hare with the Amber Eyes

    When: Tuesday, April 16, 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 Mathew 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 month’s book will be The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal. Read the Amazon description below: Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called […]

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  • Gutai: Splendid Playground presents the creative spectrum of Japan’s most influential avant-garde collective of the postwar era. Founded by the visionary artist Yoshihara Jirō in 1954, the Gutai group was legendary in its own time. Its young members explored new art forms combining performance, painting, and interactive environments, and realized an “international common ground” of experimental art through the worldwide reach of their exhibition and publication activities. Against the backdrop of wartime totalitarianism, Gutai forged an ethics of creative freedom, breaking through myriad boundaries to create some of the most exuberant works and events in the history of Japanese and international avant-garde art. The Gutai: Splendid Playground exhibition runs from February 15–May 8, 2013 at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/16) Visit to the Gutai: Splendid Playground Exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum

    Gutai: Splendid Playground presents the creative spectrum of Japan’s most influential avant-garde collective of the postwar era. Founded by the visionary artist Yoshihara Jirō in 1954, the Gutai group was legendary in its own time. Its young members explored new art forms combining performance, painting, and interactive environments, and realized an “international common ground” of experimental art through the worldwide reach of their exhibition and publication activities. Against the backdrop of wartime totalitarianism, Gutai forged an ethics of creative freedom, breaking through myriad boundaries to create some of the most exuberant works and events in the history of Japanese and international avant-garde art. The Gutai: Splendid Playground exhibition runs from February 15–May 8, 2013 at the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition […]

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  • Tuesday, March 12th @ 6:30pm Smithfields NYC 215 W 28th St, New York (btwn 7th & 8th ave) Reserved private space on the second floor Prepay via PayPal $11 pre-pay admission includes two drinks & appetizers ($15 at the door) Questions contact JETAANY President Monica Yuki president (at) jetaany.org<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Meishi Exchange~March 12th

    Tuesday, March 12th @ 6:30pm Smithfields NYC 215 W 28th St, New York (btwn 7th & 8th ave) Reserved private space on the second floor Prepay via PayPal $11 pre-pay admission includes two drinks & appetizers ($15 at the door) Questions contact JETAANY President Monica Yuki president (at) jetaany.org

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  • By Eliot Honda (Ehime-ken, 2009-2012) for JQ magazine. Born and raised in Honolulu, Eliot was an ALT placed in Uwajima City of Ehime Prefecture. Prior to JET, Eliot worked as a freelance video editor mainly in the commercial and corporate world in San Francisco. Following JET, he returned to Honolulu and joined his mother in real estate. He currently has made a JET Introduction video, and has a YouTube series in the works called Sister City Ties, showing the beauty of the friendship between Honolulu and Uwajima. My father always preached that “everything happens for a reason.” My being placed in Uwajima was no exception. Uwajima, as I would come to find out, had strong ties to my home of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Life After JET on YouTube

    By Eliot Honda (Ehime-ken, 2009-2012) for JQ magazine. Born and raised in Honolulu, Eliot was an ALT placed in Uwajima City of Ehime Prefecture. Prior to JET, Eliot worked as a freelance video editor mainly in the commercial and corporate world in San Francisco. Following JET, he returned to Honolulu and joined his mother in real estate. He currently has made a JET Introduction video, and has a YouTube series in the works called Sister City Ties, showing the beauty of the friendship between Honolulu and Uwajima. My father always preached that “everything happens for a reason.” My being placed in Uwajima was no exception. Uwajima, as I would come to find out, had strong ties to my home of […]

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  • Exhibition Date: February 15th – 27th, 2013 Time: 12:00pm to 6:00pm (Mon-Thu) 10:00am to 3:00pm (Sat) *closed on Fri, Sun Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute (43A West 13th Street, New York) Kodo Demonstration, Workshop, and Gallery Talk: February  26th at 2:00pm Kōdō is the Japanese art of appreciating incense, and involves using incense within a structure of codified conduct. Kōdō includes all aspects of the incense process, from the tools – which, much like tools of the tea ceremony, are valued as high art – to activities such the incense-comparing games kumikō and genjikō. http://www.kodo-miyabi.org/psj/psj_index.html Kodo Flyer<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/15-2/27) Kodo (Incense) @ Tenri Cultural Institute

    Exhibition Date: February 15th – 27th, 2013 Time: 12:00pm to 6:00pm (Mon-Thu) 10:00am to 3:00pm (Sat) *closed on Fri, Sun Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute (43A West 13th Street, New York) Kodo Demonstration, Workshop, and Gallery Talk: February  26th at 2:00pm Kōdō is the Japanese art of appreciating incense, and involves using incense within a structure of codified conduct. Kōdō includes all aspects of the incense process, from the tools – which, much like tools of the tea ceremony, are valued as high art – to activities such the incense-comparing games kumikō and genjikō. http://www.kodo-miyabi.org/psj/psj_index.html Kodo Flyer

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  • As we slide into spring, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent stories here). We’re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. (Scribes are also encouraged to join the JET Alumni Writers group on LinkedIn.) Below are story ideas grouped by JET participants and alumni (JET World) and those more on Japanese culture (Japan World). And if you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world with a story idea of your own, let us know! See below for our spring 2013 ideas pitch package, and contact JQ […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine Seeks Writers for Spring 2013!

    As we slide into spring, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent stories here). We’re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. (Scribes are also encouraged to join the JET Alumni Writers group on LinkedIn.) Below are story ideas grouped by JET participants and alumni (JET World) and those more on Japanese culture (Japan World). And if you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world with a story idea of your own, let us know! See below for our spring 2013 ideas pitch package, and contact JQ […]

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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. “Everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does.” That line—uttered by the most famous of her three husbands—could accurately sum up Yoko Ono for a long time. But that shouldn’t be the case. Fortunately, thanks to a new book co-written by Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky, readers have insight into this remarkable woman’s life. Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies—so titled because Ono has always looked to the sky for inspiration—delves into […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies’

    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. “Everybody knows her name, but nobody knows what she does.” That line—uttered by the most famous of her three husbands—could accurately sum up Yoko Ono for a long time. But that shouldn’t be the case. Fortunately, thanks to a new book co-written by Nell Beram and Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky, readers have insight into this remarkable woman’s life. Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies—so titled because Ono has always looked to the sky for inspiration—delves into […]

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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. New York Times bestselling author and columnist Bruce Feiler (Tochigi-ken, 1987-88) has written a range of books dealing with topics as varied as life in Japan (depicted in 1991’s Learning to Bow), religion, and his own diagnosis with cancer. His latest book, The Secrets of Happy Families, is a playbook for today’s family with tips and advice for increasing overall happiness and strengthening the family unit. Unlike other family-related books, Feiler does not advocate one particular method or philosophy over another; rather, he has done a thorough investigation of what happy families have in common and offers readers a slice of the pie. In this […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Bruce Feiler on ‘The Secrets of Happy Families’

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. New York Times bestselling author and columnist Bruce Feiler (Tochigi-ken, 1987-88) has written a range of books dealing with topics as varied as life in Japan (depicted in 1991’s Learning to Bow), religion, and his own diagnosis with cancer. His latest book, The Secrets of Happy Families, is a playbook for today’s family with tips and advice for increasing overall happiness and strengthening the family unit. Unlike other family-related books, Feiler does not advocate one particular method or philosophy over another; rather, he has done a thorough investigation of what happy families have in common and offers readers a slice of the pie. In this […]

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  • Let’s gather together and celebrate 2013! Do you have ideas for events this year or want to learn how to get involved then please join us for a Shabu Shabu dinner.  This is a member only event! Shabu Shabu 70 Date: Wednesday February 13th at 7pm Location: 314 East 70th street (btw. 1st & 2nd Ave.) New York, NY Dinner: Shabu Shabu (chicken & beef) Price: $20 (drinks not included) Very limited seating at this event so pay now to secure your spot. SOLD OUT Contact Monica at (president [at] jetaany.org) to get on the wait list.   Let your friends know you are going on Facebook People with dietary restrictions must alert us 3 days in advance.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/13) JETAANY Shinnenkai – SOLD OUT

    Let’s gather together and celebrate 2013! Do you have ideas for events this year or want to learn how to get involved then please join us for a Shabu Shabu dinner.  This is a member only event! Shabu Shabu 70 Date: Wednesday February 13th at 7pm Location: 314 East 70th street (btw. 1st & 2nd Ave.) New York, NY Dinner: Shabu Shabu (chicken & beef) Price: $20 (drinks not included) Very limited seating at this event so pay now to secure your spot. SOLD OUT Contact Monica at (president [at] jetaany.org) to get on the wait list.   Let your friends know you are going on Facebook People with dietary restrictions must alert us 3 days in advance.

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  • Let’s have a JET Alum win this contest two years in a row! PRIZES Winner: a pair of round-trip Coach Class tickets to Japan provided by Delta Airlines Honorable Mention: Digital Camera from Nikon America Inc. Japan Day is now collecting submissions for the art contest that incorporate the three themes of “ New York,” “Japan,” and “Central Park”. The chosen artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2013, and will be used for the Official Poster, Program, Flyer and T-shirts. The winner’s award and honorable mentions will be announced by April and will be presented on the day of the event. Deadline for 2013 Submissions: Sunday March 10th Rules: Art must incorporate the themes of  […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japan Day Art Contest Deadline Extended to 3/10

    Let’s have a JET Alum win this contest two years in a row! PRIZES Winner: a pair of round-trip Coach Class tickets to Japan provided by Delta Airlines Honorable Mention: Digital Camera from Nikon America Inc. Japan Day is now collecting submissions for the art contest that incorporate the three themes of “ New York,” “Japan,” and “Central Park”. The chosen artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2013, and will be used for the Official Poster, Program, Flyer and T-shirts. The winner’s award and honorable mentions will be announced by April and will be presented on the day of the event. Deadline for 2013 Submissions: Sunday March 10th Rules: Art must incorporate the themes of  […]

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  • By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a professional Japanese 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 observations in the periodic series WITLife. In recent years, Long Island City has experienced a rapid gentrification, being converted from an abandoned, industrial wasteland to a hotspot of waterfront apartments and art institutions. Of course it has big hitters like the Noguchi Museum that are well known to Japanophiles, but there are also Japan-related galleries flying under the radar just waiting to be discovered. One such place is Resobox, a short walk from the Queensboro Plaza subway stop whose location is marked by […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Takashi Ikezawa of Resobox Japanese Art Gallery

    By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a professional Japanese 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 observations in the periodic series WITLife. In recent years, Long Island City has experienced a rapid gentrification, being converted from an abandoned, industrial wasteland to a hotspot of waterfront apartments and art institutions. Of course it has big hitters like the Noguchi Museum that are well known to Japanophiles, but there are also Japan-related galleries flying under the radar just waiting to be discovered. One such place is Resobox, a short walk from the Queensboro Plaza subway stop whose location is marked by […]

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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.Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from retro anime screenings to bilingual robot plays to a J-pop infused Lunar New Year spectacular. This month’s highlights include: Feb. 1-15, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. NIPPON-JIN Exhibition   Consulate General of Japan, 299 Park Avenue Free Presented by J-COLLABO, a unique social network that promotes the Japanese art scene with various collaborating artists, NIPPON-JIN (meaning “Japanese”), will be on view at the gallery of the Consulate General of Japan from Feb. 1-15. Showcasing more than 300 unique portrait photographs taken by Junichi Takahashi, NIPPON-JIN reveals what Takahashi sees as “Japanese people,” opposed to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York – A Lunar New Year Kickoff

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories.Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from retro anime screenings to bilingual robot plays to a J-pop infused Lunar New Year spectacular. This month’s highlights include: Feb. 1-15, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. NIPPON-JIN Exhibition   Consulate General of Japan, 299 Park Avenue Free Presented by J-COLLABO, a unique social network that promotes the Japanese art scene with various collaborating artists, NIPPON-JIN (meaning “Japanese”), will be on view at the gallery of the Consulate General of Japan from Feb. 1-15. Showcasing more than 300 unique portrait photographs taken by Junichi Takahashi, NIPPON-JIN reveals what Takahashi sees as “Japanese people,” opposed to […]

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  • JETAANY is looking for a few good people to serve on the Executive Committee. This is the dedicated group of JETAANYers who make this amazing organization run from day to day. From budgeting and event planning to communications and membership coordination – we need motivated and enthusiastic alums to join our team. We are specifically looking for candidates for the role of Secretary, to begin in April, 2013. The job description can be found below. To be considered for this position, please email elections@jetaany.org with a brief statement of interest and a resume by Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Secretary The Secretary provides administrative support to the executive committee. He or she coordinates events as needed, composes and emails bi-weekly announcements to membership, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for Executive Officer Candidates: Platforms Due 2/27

    JETAANY is looking for a few good people to serve on the Executive Committee. This is the dedicated group of JETAANYers who make this amazing organization run from day to day. From budgeting and event planning to communications and membership coordination – we need motivated and enthusiastic alums to join our team. We are specifically looking for candidates for the role of Secretary, to begin in April, 2013. The job description can be found below. To be considered for this position, please email elections@jetaany.org with a brief statement of interest and a resume by Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Secretary The Secretary provides administrative support to the executive committee. He or she coordinates events as needed, composes and emails bi-weekly announcements to membership, […]

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