Archive for August, 2013

  • Let everyone know your going and get last minute updates on Facebook FACEBOOK INVITE Summer’s end is just around the corner. So before we trade in our shorts and tees for jackets and sweatpants, let us enjoy summer one last time by checking out the Smorgasburg Flea Market at Brooklyn Bridge Park and have ourselves a picnic. The flea market will have quality food, drinks and merchandise you can buy to satisfy your need to stuff yourself while getting your shopping fix. It’s a great opportunity to help support local vendors and businesses here in the city. More info on the Brooklyn Flea Smorgasburg visit (www.brooklynflea.com/markets/smorgasburg-dumbo) Jason and Reggie will get there early to find a good place to set up […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Brooklyn Bridge Park Picnic

    Let everyone know your going and get last minute updates on Facebook FACEBOOK INVITE Summer’s end is just around the corner. So before we trade in our shorts and tees for jackets and sweatpants, let us enjoy summer one last time by checking out the Smorgasburg Flea Market at Brooklyn Bridge Park and have ourselves a picnic. The flea market will have quality food, drinks and merchandise you can buy to satisfy your need to stuff yourself while getting your shopping fix. It’s a great opportunity to help support local vendors and businesses here in the city. More info on the Brooklyn Flea Smorgasburg visit (www.brooklynflea.com/markets/smorgasburg-dumbo) Jason and Reggie will get there early to find a good place to set up […]

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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 the summer winds fade to fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed both before and after Labor Day. This month’s highlights include: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. New York Mets Fourth Annual Japanese Heritage Night Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave. $23 Promenade Reserved/$37 Pepsi Porch/$63 Baseline Box Silver Watch the Mets take on the Philadelphia Phillies with a special Japanese Heritage Night pre-game show featuring the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, the Japanese Men’s Choir, taiko and fue master Kaoru Watanabe, and the Spirit Award presentations to important members of the community. Look for fun Japanese activities and games […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York – Heritage at Citi Field, Hatsune Miku and the Joy of Sake

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. As the summer winds fade to fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed both before and after Labor Day. This month’s highlights include: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. New York Mets Fourth Annual Japanese Heritage Night Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave. $23 Promenade Reserved/$37 Pepsi Porch/$63 Baseline Box Silver Watch the Mets take on the Philadelphia Phillies with a special Japanese Heritage Night pre-game show featuring the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York, the Japanese Men’s Choir, taiko and fue master Kaoru Watanabe, and the Spirit Award presentations to important members of the community. Look for fun Japanese activities and games […]

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  • By Jessica Sattell (Fukuoka-ken, 2007-08) for JQ magazine. Jessica is a freelance writer and a graduate student in arts journalism. She readily admits that while she is an avid Hello Kitty fan, she is always going to like Chococat more. For many, young and old, female and male, Hello Kitty (or Kitty-chan, as her diehard fans lovingly call her) has been a lifelong friend. As I toted around my review copy of the new Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific—to my part-time job, to coffee shops, on a recent trip—strangers cooed over the cover’s soft pink color scheme and photograph of one of artist Tom Sachs’s renditions of the famous feline. Kitty led the way into my very first experiences with Japan, and her ever-presence […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific’

    By Jessica Sattell (Fukuoka-ken, 2007-08) for JQ magazine. Jessica is a freelance writer and a graduate student in arts journalism. She readily admits that while she is an avid Hello Kitty fan, she is always going to like Chococat more. For many, young and old, female and male, Hello Kitty (or Kitty-chan, as her diehard fans lovingly call her) has been a lifelong friend. As I toted around my review copy of the new Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific—to my part-time job, to coffee shops, on a recent trip—strangers cooed over the cover’s soft pink color scheme and photograph of one of artist Tom Sachs’s renditions of the famous feline. Kitty led the way into my very first experiences with Japan, and her ever-presence […]

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  • When: Thursday, September 5th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where: 37 West 26th Street, 5th Floor  (between Broadway & 6th Ave) (http://www.nygcinstitute.com/location.html) RSVP/Questions: Takeshi Miyakoshi at takeshi.miyakoshi@gmail.com (you can also contact Pam Kavalam at vicepresident@jetaany.org with questions) Cost: $10 (to cover the cost of food and drinks) Remember preparing your students for speech contests back when you were a JET and how great it felt to see your students improve? Takeshi Miyakoshi is a FOJ here in New York who started a series of seminars for Japanese college students to help them prepare for jobs in business. You can read about the seminar series here (in Japanese): http://isotope-org.com/. One of the activities they will be having will be preparing a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/5) Public Speaking Event with Japanese College Students

    When: Thursday, September 5th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Where: 37 West 26th Street, 5th Floor  (between Broadway & 6th Ave) (http://www.nygcinstitute.com/location.html) RSVP/Questions: Takeshi Miyakoshi at takeshi.miyakoshi@gmail.com (you can also contact Pam Kavalam at vicepresident@jetaany.org with questions) Cost: $10 (to cover the cost of food and drinks) Remember preparing your students for speech contests back when you were a JET and how great it felt to see your students improve? Takeshi Miyakoshi is a FOJ here in New York who started a series of seminars for Japanese college students to help them prepare for jobs in business. You can read about the seminar series here (in Japanese): http://isotope-org.com/. One of the activities they will be having will be preparing a […]

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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. Director Zachary Heinzerling’s debut documentary is the captivating Cutie and the Boxer, which follows two New York-based Japanese artists who have been married for over 40 years. It stars Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a couple separated in age by two decades who have a truly unique union. They alternately bicker and support each other, but you get the sense that their respective existences are necessary for the other to survive. As wife Noriko puts it, “We are like two flowers in one pot,” […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review – ‘Cutie and the Boxer’ Pairs Sparring Partners in Life, Art

    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. Director Zachary Heinzerling’s debut documentary is the captivating Cutie and the Boxer, which follows two New York-based Japanese artists who have been married for over 40 years. It stars Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a couple separated in age by two decades who have a truly unique union. They alternately bicker and support each other, but you get the sense that their respective existences are necessary for the other to survive. As wife Noriko puts it, “We are like two flowers in one pot,” […]

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  • Wednesday August 28th at 7:10pm 4th Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citifield   Inviting JETAANY, friends and family to the 4th Annual Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citi Field on Wednesday August 28th at 7:10pm to watch the New York Mets play the Phillies!  There will be pre-game entertainment from Japanese Folk Dance Institute This year, JETAANY will be purchased a block of tickets in the Promenade Reserved area for $26 a piece Tickets purchased through JETAANY will support the Japanese Community through the Japanese American Association’s committee on Aging Issues. The funds will be distributed to NYC area organizations involved with caring for senior citizens. TICKETS with JETAANY Sold Out Any questions contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Deadline to pre-purchase ticket with the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    8/28 Japanese Heritage Night @ Citifield (Mets vs Phillies)

    Wednesday August 28th at 7:10pm 4th Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citifield   Inviting JETAANY, friends and family to the 4th Annual Japanese Heritage Night at Mets Citi Field on Wednesday August 28th at 7:10pm to watch the New York Mets play the Phillies!  There will be pre-game entertainment from Japanese Folk Dance Institute This year, JETAANY will be purchased a block of tickets in the Promenade Reserved area for $26 a piece Tickets purchased through JETAANY will support the Japanese Community through the Japanese American Association’s committee on Aging Issues. The funds will be distributed to NYC area organizations involved with caring for senior citizens. TICKETS with JETAANY Sold Out Any questions contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Deadline to pre-purchase ticket with the […]

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  • When: Sunday, August 25th, 3 pm – 6 pm Where: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia Questions: For more information visit the Philly Obon page or email njrep[at]jetaany.org Come to Philly’s first obon festival! Wear your yukata/jinbei and watch Kyo Daiko (a local taiko group) perform. See who else is going and let you friends know you plan to be there on facebook.        <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (8/25) Philadelphia Obon Festival

    When: Sunday, August 25th, 3 pm – 6 pm Where: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia Questions: For more information visit the Philly Obon page or email njrep[at]jetaany.org Come to Philly’s first obon festival! Wear your yukata/jinbei and watch Kyo Daiko (a local taiko group) perform. See who else is going and let you friends know you plan to be there on facebook.        

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  • When: Friday, August 23rd, 7:30 PM Where/Meet-up spot: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: 12th Ave and 46th St. There will be a long line in front; we’ll try to have a JETAA sign. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/147484698792610/  Questions/Contact: Admit that The Karate Kid was your favorite movie at age nine at this free showing on the deck of the Intrepid. Bask in the glory days of Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san while surrounded by retired fighter jets. (Your nine-year-old self also thinks fighter jets are cool.) Details can be found here: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/SummerMovieSeries.aspx Email Alexei (alexeisensei@gmail.com) with questions.     <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (8/23) Viewing of the Karate Kid @ Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

    When: Friday, August 23rd, 7:30 PM Where/Meet-up spot: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: 12th Ave and 46th St. There will be a long line in front; we’ll try to have a JETAA sign. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/147484698792610/  Questions/Contact: Admit that The Karate Kid was your favorite movie at age nine at this free showing on the deck of the Intrepid. Bask in the glory days of Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san while surrounded by retired fighter jets. (Your nine-year-old self also thinks fighter jets are cool.) Details can be found here: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/SummerMovieSeries.aspx Email Alexei (alexeisensei@gmail.com) with questions.     

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  • By Michael Glumac (Miyazaki-ken, 2008-09) for JQ magazine. Michael is currently enrolled as a graduate student in international affairs, and has been a music publicist and artist manager. Pages of Leslie Helm‘s new book Yokohama Yankee seem as though they might be perfectly at place in a Dan Brown novel, and this I mean in the most complimentary manner possible. Really. Helm’s non-fiction account of his family’s five generations as outsiders in Japan possess none of the mixed metaphors or historical incongruence so mocked in the Da Vinci Code author’s oeuvre. Portions of Yokohama Yankee, though, where Helm explores remote regions of Japan to uncover the story of his ancestors, possess genuine intrigue surpassing any poorly imagined scuffle with murderous druids. In an effort to learn about his German great-great-grandfather […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Yokohama Yankee’

    By Michael Glumac (Miyazaki-ken, 2008-09) for JQ magazine. Michael is currently enrolled as a graduate student in international affairs, and has been a music publicist and artist manager. Pages of Leslie Helm‘s new book Yokohama Yankee seem as though they might be perfectly at place in a Dan Brown novel, and this I mean in the most complimentary manner possible. Really. Helm’s non-fiction account of his family’s five generations as outsiders in Japan possess none of the mixed metaphors or historical incongruence so mocked in the Da Vinci Code author’s oeuvre. Portions of Yokohama Yankee, though, where Helm explores remote regions of Japan to uncover the story of his ancestors, possess genuine intrigue surpassing any poorly imagined scuffle with murderous druids. In an effort to learn about his German great-great-grandfather […]

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  •            160+ JETAANY and friends enjoyed a three hour cruise around Manhattan for stunning views of the New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty.  Check our more photos on facebook.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Sunset Boat Cruise Photos

               160+ JETAANY and friends enjoyed a three hour cruise around Manhattan for stunning views of the New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty.  Check our more photos on facebook.

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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. If you were to tell stories centering on the most memorable aspects of your stay in Japan, what would you focus on? Donna George Storey tackled the erotic. Her autobiographic eBook, Amorous Woman, brings out a side of Japan that many might not see. Inspired by Ihara Saikaku’s novel, The Life of an Amorous Woman, Storey brings to life the kinkiest aspects of her nine years in Japan, where she worked as an English teacher and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Amorous Woman’

    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. If you were to tell stories centering on the most memorable aspects of your stay in Japan, what would you focus on? Donna George Storey tackled the erotic. Her autobiographic eBook, Amorous Woman, brings out a side of Japan that many might not see. Inspired by Ihara Saikaku’s novel, The Life of an Amorous Woman, Storey brings to life the kinkiest aspects of her nine years in Japan, where she worked as an English teacher and […]

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