Archive for March, 2013

  • Thank you everyone for coming out last night and supporting the production of Tohoku Tomo documentary.  Together we made a contribution of $150 to the Kickstarter. If you interested to follow the production of the documentary please check out their blog. http://tohokutomo.com/<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Tohoku Tomo Happy Hour @ Zengo

    Thank you everyone for coming out last night and supporting the production of Tohoku Tomo documentary.  Together we made a contribution of $150 to the Kickstarter. If you interested to follow the production of the documentary please check out their blog. http://tohokutomo.com/

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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. Released in conjunction with the New York International Children’s Film Festival March 15, From Up on Poppy Hill, the newest work from Studio Ghibli, is now playing at four locations in New York City. Founded in 1985, the name Studio Ghibli (pronounced ji-blee) is based on the Arabic name for the sirocco, or Mediterranean wind, the idea being the studio would represent a new wind blowing through the industry. Today it is recognized as Japan’s most celebrated animation film studio thanks to the works of its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, whose own Spirited Away is the highest-grossing film in Japanese history and the Academy Award winner […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Studio Ghibli’s Latest Comes to New York

    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. Released in conjunction with the New York International Children’s Film Festival March 15, From Up on Poppy Hill, the newest work from Studio Ghibli, is now playing at four locations in New York City. Founded in 1985, the name Studio Ghibli (pronounced ji-blee) is based on the Arabic name for the sirocco, or Mediterranean wind, the idea being the studio would represent a new wind blowing through the industry. Today it is recognized as Japan’s most celebrated animation film studio thanks to the works of its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, whose own Spirited Away is the highest-grossing film in Japanese history and the Academy Award winner […]

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  • Come enjoy an after work drink and help support a JET alum that is producing a documentary on the people who came together to help our friends in Tohoku.  We will be collecting a $5 recommended donation to contribute to the Kickstarter to raise money for production of the film.  We hope to pull our money together and raise $100+ so we can get a copy of the completed film to have a viewing party! Zengo Wednesday March 27th 622 Third Ave street Happy Hour 5pm-8pm (we’ll be meeting at 5:30) Learn more about the film and if you are unable to make the happy hour but would still like to donate please go directly through the Kickstarter. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1283108911/tohoku-tomo<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Happy Hour @ Zengo

    Come enjoy an after work drink and help support a JET alum that is producing a documentary on the people who came together to help our friends in Tohoku.  We will be collecting a $5 recommended donation to contribute to the Kickstarter to raise money for production of the film.  We hope to pull our money together and raise $100+ so we can get a copy of the completed film to have a viewing party! Zengo Wednesday March 27th 622 Third Ave street Happy Hour 5pm-8pm (we’ll be meeting at 5:30) Learn more about the film and if you are unable to make the happy hour but would still like to donate please go directly through the Kickstarter. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1283108911/tohoku-tomo

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  • Tired of being cooped up all winter? Up for a challenge? It’s time to get outdoors and celebrate spring with a hike up Breakneck Ridge! This trail is the creme de la creme of hikes in the Tristate area. You’ll be rewarded with unparalleled views at the top of this challenging peak*. Pack your own lunch and we’ll eat it at the top. *While no advanced hiking skill is needed, please note that the first part of this hike is strenuous with some rock scrambling. Please wear shoes with a good tread and comfortable clothing. We will be going very slowly and spotting each other. When: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 8:30am-5:40pm Meet at 8:30AM at the clock in Grand Central […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Spring Hike to Breakneck Ridge

    Tired of being cooped up all winter? Up for a challenge? It’s time to get outdoors and celebrate spring with a hike up Breakneck Ridge! This trail is the creme de la creme of hikes in the Tristate area. You’ll be rewarded with unparalleled views at the top of this challenging peak*. Pack your own lunch and we’ll eat it at the top. *While no advanced hiking skill is needed, please note that the first part of this hike is strenuous with some rock scrambling. Please wear shoes with a good tread and comfortable clothing. We will be going very slowly and spotting each other. When: Sunday, April 14, 2013, 8:30am-5:40pm Meet at 8:30AM at the clock in Grand Central […]

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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. Directed by renowned filmmaker and founder of Global Film Network Regge Life, Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story is Life’s first documentary about a loss. Best known for his features like Doubles (about Japan and America’s intercultural children), After America…After Japan (about the migration of Americans to Japan and Japanese to America) and Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan, Life opens the window for the viewer to glimpse the life of Taylor Anderson (Miyagi-ken, 2008-11) through personal accounts from her loved ones. Laced with emotional reflections, vivid photos and jovial […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review – ‘Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story’

    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. Directed by renowned filmmaker and founder of Global Film Network Regge Life, Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story is Life’s first documentary about a loss. Best known for his features like Doubles (about Japan and America’s intercultural children), After America…After Japan (about the migration of Americans to Japan and Japanese to America) and Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan, Life opens the window for the viewer to glimpse the life of Taylor Anderson (Miyagi-ken, 2008-11) through personal accounts from her loved ones. Laced with emotional reflections, vivid photos and jovial […]

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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. Tucked between Oscar and cherry blossom season, March offers an unmissable array of concerts, performances and film premieres, along with a special gathering to mark the two-year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This month’s highlights include: Sunday, March 3, 6:45 p.m. Exploring the Road of Shamisen – Koto Workshop and Concert Still Mind Zendo, 37 West 17th Street $15 advance, $18 at the door For reservations, email contact[at]marcreation.com or call 917-400-9362 In the latest workshop of the Spring Traditional Japanese Musical Instrument Series, shamisen specialist Yoko Reikano Kimura will demonstrate the vast 400 years of shamisen repertoire and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York – From ‘Edo Pop’ to ‘Poppy Hill’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Tucked between Oscar and cherry blossom season, March offers an unmissable array of concerts, performances and film premieres, along with a special gathering to mark the two-year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This month’s highlights include: Sunday, March 3, 6:45 p.m. Exploring the Road of Shamisen – Koto Workshop and Concert Still Mind Zendo, 37 West 17th Street $15 advance, $18 at the door For reservations, email contact[at]marcreation.com or call 917-400-9362 In the latest workshop of the Spring Traditional Japanese Musical Instrument Series, shamisen specialist Yoko Reikano Kimura will demonstrate the vast 400 years of shamisen repertoire and […]

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  • By Fernando Rojas (Fukui-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, Fernando was JHS ALT in Fukui prefecture, home of the echizen-gani, a city named Obama, the Fukuisaurus, and nuclear power plants. While in Japan, he picked up shuji (Japanese calligraphy) as his hobby and continues to practice today. He is currently a fellowships associate for the Social Science Research Council’s Abe Fellowship Program in Brooklyn and co-representative for the JETAA New Jersey subchapter. Hailing from Tome City in Miyagi Prefecture, Saiko Goto was a recent JUSTE Program participant at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Informally called the “Reverse JET Program,” the Japan–U.S. Training and Exchange Program for Language Teachers allows Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs) from […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with JUSTE Program Participant Saiko Goto

    By Fernando Rojas (Fukui-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, Fernando was JHS ALT in Fukui prefecture, home of the echizen-gani, a city named Obama, the Fukuisaurus, and nuclear power plants. While in Japan, he picked up shuji (Japanese calligraphy) as his hobby and continues to practice today. He is currently a fellowships associate for the Social Science Research Council’s Abe Fellowship Program in Brooklyn and co-representative for the JETAA New Jersey subchapter. Hailing from Tome City in Miyagi Prefecture, Saiko Goto was a recent JUSTE Program participant at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Informally called the “Reverse JET Program,” the Japan–U.S. Training and Exchange Program for Language Teachers allows Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs) from […]

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