Archive for June, 2013

  • By Bahia Simons-Lane (Gunma-ken, 2005-07) for JQ magazine. Bahia is the president of the Florida JET Alumni Association. As a high school Japanese teacher in Deerfield Beach, Florida, WIlliam Collazo teaches his students about his time on JET along with his language lessons. Little did he know he would inspire a student to pursue JET years after she left his classroom. Collazo said that JET was instrumental in deciding to become a Japanese teacher. He has a BA in Asian studies and religious studies, and he also studied Japanese language at Cornell University in New York. After JET, Collazo earned an MA in East Asian studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where he turned his academic interests to studying […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JETerations — How Alumni Touch New Generations of JETs

    By Bahia Simons-Lane (Gunma-ken, 2005-07) for JQ magazine. Bahia is the president of the Florida JET Alumni Association. As a high school Japanese teacher in Deerfield Beach, Florida, WIlliam Collazo teaches his students about his time on JET along with his language lessons. Little did he know he would inspire a student to pursue JET years after she left his classroom. Collazo said that JET was instrumental in deciding to become a Japanese teacher. He has a BA in Asian studies and religious studies, and he also studied Japanese language at Cornell University in New York. After JET, Collazo earned an MA in East Asian studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where he turned his academic interests to studying […]

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  • Calling all JETs, old and new! The annual New JET/Vet JET get-together is back! You are invited to dinner and karaoke at Apple Restaurant (www.applerestaurant.com) on Monday, July 8th. This is a wonderful opportunity for alumni to share our sempai knowledge with the newbies and get natsukashii about our own experiences in Japan. We will have a private room (“the Red Den”) in the back of the restaurant. Dinner will include a choice of appetizer and entree and afterwards, we’ll have private room karaoke. Drinks are separate, but Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm – all drinks are half off. There is limited seating, so hurry and get your ticket before it sells out! When: Monday, July 8th, 6 pm […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (7/8) New JET/Vet JET Dinner and Karaoke!

    Calling all JETs, old and new! The annual New JET/Vet JET get-together is back! You are invited to dinner and karaoke at Apple Restaurant (www.applerestaurant.com) on Monday, July 8th. This is a wonderful opportunity for alumni to share our sempai knowledge with the newbies and get natsukashii about our own experiences in Japan. We will have a private room (“the Red Den”) in the back of the restaurant. Dinner will include a choice of appetizer and entree and afterwards, we’ll have private room karaoke. Drinks are separate, but Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm – all drinks are half off. There is limited seating, so hurry and get your ticket before it sells out! When: Monday, July 8th, 6 pm […]

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  • Stop by for an after work drink to mix & mingle with your fellow JET alumni and meet the members of HAA(Hoshuko Alumni Association) and JAA (Japanese American Association). This is a great opportunity to strengthen our network! To receive a complementary drink ticket please RSVP to info@HoshukoAlumni.org or just stop by and enjoy happy hour prices! Crooked Knife 29 East 30th Street (between Park and Madison Ave) questions and rsvp to info@hoshukoalumni.org  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Happy Hour with HAA & JAA

    Stop by for an after work drink to mix & mingle with your fellow JET alumni and meet the members of HAA(Hoshuko Alumni Association) and JAA (Japanese American Association). This is a great opportunity to strengthen our network! To receive a complementary drink ticket please RSVP to info@HoshukoAlumni.org or just stop by and enjoy happy hour prices! Crooked Knife 29 East 30th Street (between Park and Madison Ave) questions and rsvp to info@hoshukoalumni.org  

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  • Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story Tuesday July 16th @ 7:30pm This beautiful documentary directed by Reggie Life will be included in Japan Society’s 2013 Japan Cuts.  There will be introduction and Q&A with Reggie.  JETAANY members helped raise funds for the production and music of this documentary. Tickets: $9 JETAA member discount using code: JETcuts $12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors and students Buy tickets online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm. Reception: A small reception will follow the screening with wine and senbei Description: “This remarkable first documentary offers a glimpse into the life of Taylor Anderson (Miyagi-ken, 2008-11), a young American woman […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story screening at Japan Society

    Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story Tuesday July 16th @ 7:30pm This beautiful documentary directed by Reggie Life will be included in Japan Society’s 2013 Japan Cuts.  There will be introduction and Q&A with Reggie.  JETAANY members helped raise funds for the production and music of this documentary. Tickets: $9 JETAA member discount using code: JETcuts $12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors and students Buy tickets online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm. Reception: A small reception will follow the screening with wine and senbei Description: “This remarkable first documentary offers a glimpse into the life of Taylor Anderson (Miyagi-ken, 2008-11), a young American woman […]

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  • The NJ Subchapter has planned a terrific event for sempai to answer the questions of the 2013 JET Programme participants, who will be leaving in July. The venue is New Brunswick favorite Stuff Yer Face, which is famous for its stromboli (sort of like a thinner calzone with lots of fillings options) and the fact that it’s where Mario Batali got his start! Date: Sunday July 14th Time: 2:30pm Place: Stuff Yer Face (http://www.stuffyerface.com/) 49 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ RSVP: Email Beata Wilk at Kiba5401@gmail.com or on Facebook Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food and drinks Public transit nearby: New Brunswick station – from New Brunswick station, it’s a 5 minute walk up Easton Street. For those driving: There are some directions on the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (7/14) Send-off for the New Jersey JETs at Stuff Yer Face

    The NJ Subchapter has planned a terrific event for sempai to answer the questions of the 2013 JET Programme participants, who will be leaving in July. The venue is New Brunswick favorite Stuff Yer Face, which is famous for its stromboli (sort of like a thinner calzone with lots of fillings options) and the fact that it’s where Mario Batali got his start! Date: Sunday July 14th Time: 2:30pm Place: Stuff Yer Face (http://www.stuffyerface.com/) 49 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ RSVP: Email Beata Wilk at Kiba5401@gmail.com or on Facebook Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food and drinks Public transit nearby: New Brunswick station – from New Brunswick station, it’s a 5 minute walk up Easton Street. For those driving: There are some directions on the […]

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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. Who was Yukio Mishima? Persona, the lengthy new tome by Naoki Inose (the current Governor of Tokyo) and Hiroaki Sato, seeks to answer that question with the use of a comprehensive set of primary resources such as interviews, unpublished writings and personal records. Kimitake Hiraoka was on track to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps as a career bureaucrat at the Ministry of Finance. In addition to his favorable lineage, he had an impressive education and just the analytical mind such a career would have required. However, he decided to turn his back on the path he had paved for himself and instead try […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Persona’ and the Muddy, Dark Spiritualism of Yukio Mishima

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. Who was Yukio Mishima? Persona, the lengthy new tome by Naoki Inose (the current Governor of Tokyo) and Hiroaki Sato, seeks to answer that question with the use of a comprehensive set of primary resources such as interviews, unpublished writings and personal records. Kimitake Hiraoka was on track to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps as a career bureaucrat at the Ministry of Finance. In addition to his favorable lineage, he had an impressive education and just the analytical mind such a career would have required. However, he decided to turn his back on the path he had paved for himself and instead try […]

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  • By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. Mark is a program director with The Japan ICU Foundation in New York. Prior to his current position, he was a Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University in Tokyo. The JET Alumni Association of New York is fortunate to benefit from the diversity of such a major metropolitan area like greater NYC. As JET alumni, the members also have the pleasure of joining in with various events and activities with other Japan-related organizations. One of the most active of these organizations over the past few years is the Kyushu Battenkai. JETAANY members have been fortunate to be able to enjoy many get-togethers with them here in the city. What is Kyushu Battenkai? It’s a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Kyushu Battenkai – Sharing a Common Love of Japan with the JETAANY Community

    By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. Mark is a program director with The Japan ICU Foundation in New York. Prior to his current position, he was a Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University in Tokyo. The JET Alumni Association of New York is fortunate to benefit from the diversity of such a major metropolitan area like greater NYC. As JET alumni, the members also have the pleasure of joining in with various events and activities with other Japan-related organizations. One of the most active of these organizations over the past few years is the Kyushu Battenkai. JETAANY members have been fortunate to be able to enjoy many get-togethers with them here in the city. What is Kyushu Battenkai? It’s a […]

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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. After an unusually chilly spring, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Enjoy some seasonal events this month that celebrate both the sunny and the dark side of life and nature. This month’s highlights include: June 8 New York Japan CineFest Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $7 members, $9 students/seniors, $11 nonmembers Returning for its second annual event at Asia Society and co-presented with Mar Creation, Inc, The New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF) will screen more than a dozen independent films in two days, kicking off Friday (June 7) with eight short films by U.S. based filmmakers with a reception […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Hot Films, Magic Gardens and Cool Jazz

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. After an unusually chilly spring, it’s finally starting to feel like summer. Enjoy some seasonal events this month that celebrate both the sunny and the dark side of life and nature. This month’s highlights include: June 8 New York Japan CineFest Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue $7 members, $9 students/seniors, $11 nonmembers Returning for its second annual event at Asia Society and co-presented with Mar Creation, Inc, The New York Japan CineFest (NYJCF) will screen more than a dozen independent films in two days, kicking off Friday (June 7) with eight short films by U.S. based filmmakers with a reception […]

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