Archive for May, 2013

  • It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our alumni to teach and share their experiences to hopefully prevent some surprises or embarrassing moments and make their time in Japan something they will never forget. The Pre-Departure Seminar will be on Saturday, June 29th from 10:00 am – 4:00pm at the Nippon Club (145 W. 57th Street, between 6th Ave and 7th Ave on the 2nd floor). We’ll have a happy hour from 4 pm onwards at Faces and Names nearby which you are welcome to join us for as well (and feel free to invite JET friends to that).  You only need to attend […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/29) Calling Volunteers for the 2013 JET Pre-Departure Seminar!

    It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our alumni to teach and share their experiences to hopefully prevent some surprises or embarrassing moments and make their time in Japan something they will never forget. The Pre-Departure Seminar will be on Saturday, June 29th from 10:00 am – 4:00pm at the Nippon Club (145 W. 57th Street, between 6th Ave and 7th Ave on the 2nd floor). We’ll have a happy hour from 4 pm onwards at Faces and Names nearby which you are welcome to join us for as well (and feel free to invite JET friends to that).  You only need to attend […]

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  • By Kirsten Phillips (Niigata-ken, 2005-2008) for JQ magazine. Kirsten is a native New Yorker and currently works as a teacher for the New York Board of Education. Sakura matsuri season is upon us. For JET returnees, this time of year hearkens back to picnics with friends or students. Copious amounts of alcohol under the pink shower of blossoms and maneuvering through crowded lines of vendors celebrating the coming of spring. Sakura season also brings out the finest Japanese talent in New York and no event worth mentioning would be whole without the beating heart of COBU. You haven’t been following COBU around like a bloodhound? Shame on you. Don’t even know what a COBU is? Double shame on you. Fortunately, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: COBU Gives Sakura Matsuri Season a Beat

    By Kirsten Phillips (Niigata-ken, 2005-2008) for JQ magazine. Kirsten is a native New Yorker and currently works as a teacher for the New York Board of Education. Sakura matsuri season is upon us. For JET returnees, this time of year hearkens back to picnics with friends or students. Copious amounts of alcohol under the pink shower of blossoms and maneuvering through crowded lines of vendors celebrating the coming of spring. Sakura season also brings out the finest Japanese talent in New York and no event worth mentioning would be whole without the beating heart of COBU. You haven’t been following COBU around like a bloodhound? Shame on you. Don’t even know what a COBU is? Double shame on you. Fortunately, […]

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  • By Ann Chow (Hyogo-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Ann is a native New Yorker and serves as the Membership Development Chair for the JET Alumni Association of New York. On April 17, members of the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) were invited to attend a reception at the Nippon Club for the Governor of Tokyo, Naoki Inose, who was in New York to drum up support for his city’s bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Among the guests at the reception included Willie Banks, the three-time track and field Olympian, and world record holder from 1985-95 in Men’s Triple Jump. (Cool trivia: Banks speaks fluent Japanese.) And on May 3, several JETAANY members, along with employees […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JETAA New York Greets Distinguished Guests

    By Ann Chow (Hyogo-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Ann is a native New Yorker and serves as the Membership Development Chair for the JET Alumni Association of New York. On April 17, members of the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) were invited to attend a reception at the Nippon Club for the Governor of Tokyo, Naoki Inose, who was in New York to drum up support for his city’s bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Among the guests at the reception included Willie Banks, the three-time track and field Olympian, and world record holder from 1985-95 in Men’s Triple Jump. (Cool trivia: Banks speaks fluent Japanese.) And on May 3, several JETAANY members, along with employees […]

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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. As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out. This month’s highlights include: Sunday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. Japan Day @ Central Park Naumberg Bandshell Free Now in its seventh year, Japan Day has won acclaim from New Yorkers from every walk of life, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg calling it an eagerly anticipated cultural event on the city’s calendar. For this year’s event, organizers are planning once again to have both the Japan Run (beginning at 8:00 a.m.) and the Japan Day Festival, emphasizing enjoyable activities for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Japan Day @ Central Park and a ‘Deadly She-Wolf’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out. This month’s highlights include: Sunday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. Japan Day @ Central Park Naumberg Bandshell Free Now in its seventh year, Japan Day has won acclaim from New Yorkers from every walk of life, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg calling it an eagerly anticipated cultural event on the city’s calendar. For this year’s event, organizers are planning once again to have both the Japan Run (beginning at 8:00 a.m.) and the Japan Day Festival, emphasizing enjoyable activities for […]

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  • By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi-ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston received a B.A. in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in Japanese at the University of California, Davis. After spending an amazing year on JET in Yamanashi, he spent a year writing and interning with book publishing companies in New York. He currently lives in Marin County, where he continues to cover local Japan-related stories for JQ, and teaches English as a second language at an international school in San Francisco. This April marks the forty-sixth time that San Francisco has hosted the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. As one of the world’s top annual festivals of its kind and one of the largest Japanese American […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Cultural Heritage Soars in San Francisco’s Japantown

    By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi-ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston received a B.A. in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in Japanese at the University of California, Davis. After spending an amazing year on JET in Yamanashi, he spent a year writing and interning with book publishing companies in New York. He currently lives in Marin County, where he continues to cover local Japan-related stories for JQ, and teaches English as a second language at an international school in San Francisco. This April marks the forty-sixth time that San Francisco has hosted the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. As one of the world’s top annual festivals of its kind and one of the largest Japanese American […]

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  • When: Friday, May 31st, 6 pm – 9 pm Where: Japan Society, 333 E 47th St  New York, NY 10017 Cost: FREE! RSVP/Questions: Facebook event HERE or email Ann Chow at membership@jetaany.org JETAANY is organizing a group outing to see Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints. “Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from such masters as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into alluring worlds created by the power of the Edo period and contemporary popular culture in which change is the only constant.” (Japan Society synopsis) Gallery Associate Cory Campbell from Japan Society will be giving a tour/short introduction to JETAANY members. Find out more about the works […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (5/31) EDO POP Exhibition @ Japan Society

    When: Friday, May 31st, 6 pm – 9 pm Where: Japan Society, 333 E 47th St  New York, NY 10017 Cost: FREE! RSVP/Questions: Facebook event HERE or email Ann Chow at membership@jetaany.org JETAANY is organizing a group outing to see Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints. “Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from such masters as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into alluring worlds created by the power of the Edo period and contemporary popular culture in which change is the only constant.” (Japan Society synopsis) Gallery Associate Cory Campbell from Japan Society will be giving a tour/short introduction to JETAANY members. Find out more about the works […]

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  • When: Wednesday, June 19, 7 pm – 9 pm Where: Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost: $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP/Questions: Make sure to register via the Facebook or email Liz Mathews 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 Tokyo Year Zero. Read the Amazon description below: It’s August 1946—one year after the Japanese surrender—and women are turning up dead all over Tokyo. Detective Minami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police—irreverent, angry, despairing—goes on the hunt for a killer known as the Japanese Bluebeard—a decorated former Imperial soldier who raped and murdered at least ten women amidst the turmoil of post-war Tokyo. As […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (6/19) June Book Club: Tokyo Year Zero

    When: Wednesday, June 19, 7 pm – 9 pm Where: Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost: $2/$3 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP/Questions: Make sure to register via the Facebook or email Liz Mathews 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 Tokyo Year Zero. Read the Amazon description below: It’s August 1946—one year after the Japanese surrender—and women are turning up dead all over Tokyo. Detective Minami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police—irreverent, angry, despairing—goes on the hunt for a killer known as the Japanese Bluebeard—a decorated former Imperial soldier who raped and murdered at least ten women amidst the turmoil of post-war Tokyo. As […]

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  • Get those Yukata and Jinbe out of storage because JETAANY is doing a Yukata Bar Crawl through Brooklyn.  On Saturday June 1st we will make three stops at JET owned bars from Cobble Hill to Park Slope! Bar Great Harry     —->     Mission Dolores    —->    Owl Farm Come join the fun!  We will be passing out bandanas to tie on arms or foreheads in case you don’t have a Yukata to wear.  Everyone dressed up will receive $1 off all beers at the designated bars. Yukata Bar Crawl Map ~2pm: Meet at Bar Great Harry, @ 280 Smith St, Brooklyn. There will be a board saying “JETAANY Yukata Bar Crawl”.  Light Snacks will be served to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    6/1 Yukata Bar Crawl

    Get those Yukata and Jinbe out of storage because JETAANY is doing a Yukata Bar Crawl through Brooklyn.  On Saturday June 1st we will make three stops at JET owned bars from Cobble Hill to Park Slope! Bar Great Harry     —->     Mission Dolores    —->    Owl Farm Come join the fun!  We will be passing out bandanas to tie on arms or foreheads in case you don’t have a Yukata to wear.  Everyone dressed up will receive $1 off all beers at the designated bars. Yukata Bar Crawl Map ~2pm: Meet at Bar Great Harry, @ 280 Smith St, Brooklyn. There will be a board saying “JETAANY Yukata Bar Crawl”.  Light Snacks will be served to […]

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  • NHK started broadcasting a free English-language TV channel 24/7 in the New York City area called NHK World TV. It will cover News, Life, and Style programs about Japan and Asia.  Make sure to check out Cool Japan and Journeys in Japan to revive those fond memories back on the JET Program JETAANY member Scott Hiniker(Nagasaki’96-’98) has worked for NHK for the Japanese channel for 13 years and the new English-language channel is now a part of his job assignment as well. Link to all the shows on NHK World TV:  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/genre/index.html It can be seen for free in NYC area on the following cable TV systems: Time Warner Cable – New York City Channel#771 HD Time Warner Cable – […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    New NHK English Language TV Channel in New York

    NHK started broadcasting a free English-language TV channel 24/7 in the New York City area called NHK World TV. It will cover News, Life, and Style programs about Japan and Asia.  Make sure to check out Cool Japan and Journeys in Japan to revive those fond memories back on the JET Program JETAANY member Scott Hiniker(Nagasaki’96-’98) has worked for NHK for the Japanese channel for 13 years and the new English-language channel is now a part of his job assignment as well. Link to all the shows on NHK World TV:  http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/genre/index.html It can be seen for free in NYC area on the following cable TV systems: Time Warner Cable – New York City Channel#771 HD Time Warner Cable – […]

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