Archive for September, 2013

  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad currently studies responsible tourism management at Leeds Metropolitan University. For more on his life in the UK and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. Many JETs—myself included—have been drawn to taiko because we love the sound emanating from the drums and want to partake in something traditionally Japanese. But what do we really know about taiko? For those looking to expand their knowledge of Japanese drumming, Heidi Varian’s The Way of Taiko (now available in a new edition from Stone Bridge Press) is a great way to go. Varian, a member of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, introduces readers to the history and contemporary culture of the music that is […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine – Book Review: ‘The Way of Taiko’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad currently studies responsible tourism management at Leeds Metropolitan University. For more on his life in the UK and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. Many JETs—myself included—have been drawn to taiko because we love the sound emanating from the drums and want to partake in something traditionally Japanese. But what do we really know about taiko? For those looking to expand their knowledge of Japanese drumming, Heidi Varian’s The Way of Taiko (now available in a new edition from Stone Bridge Press) is a great way to go. Varian, a member of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, introduces readers to the history and contemporary culture of the music that is […]

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  • 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! Click “Read More” below for our  ideas pitch package, and contact JQ editor Justin Tedaldi (magazine [at] jetaany [dot] org) to sign up for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine Seeks Writers!

    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! Click “Read More” below for our  ideas pitch package, and contact JQ editor Justin Tedaldi (magazine [at] jetaany [dot] org) to sign up for […]

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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. Saturday, Sept. 28, 3:00 p.m. All American Open International Karate Championships Hunter College Sportsplex, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue $30 general admission/$65 RES floor/$80 VIP ringside Get your kicks at this annual event presented by Kyokushin Karate New York, the original and world renowned full-contact knockdown karate style founded in 1953 by Grandmaster Mas Oyama. The All American Open consistently brings the world’s best karate fighters to compete for the amateur athletic championship title. Scheduled fighters Include 2012 All American Open champion Zahari Damyanov, Women’s World Middleweight champion Julie Lamarre, and Men’s World Heavyweight champion Alejandro Navarro. Sept. 28 & Oct. 4 The Wind Rises Alice Tully Hall, 1941 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — Martial Arts, Hayao Miyazaki and ‘Evangelion’ at Comic Con

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Saturday, Sept. 28, 3:00 p.m. All American Open International Karate Championships Hunter College Sportsplex, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue $30 general admission/$65 RES floor/$80 VIP ringside Get your kicks at this annual event presented by Kyokushin Karate New York, the original and world renowned full-contact knockdown karate style founded in 1953 by Grandmaster Mas Oyama. The All American Open consistently brings the world’s best karate fighters to compete for the amateur athletic championship title. Scheduled fighters Include 2012 All American Open champion Zahari Damyanov, Women’s World Middleweight champion Julie Lamarre, and Men’s World Heavyweight champion Alejandro Navarro. Sept. 28 & Oct. 4 The Wind Rises Alice Tully Hall, 1941 […]

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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. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary in New York City, The Joy of Sake—the world’s largest sake tasting event outside of Japan—returns to the Altman Building in Chelsea on Sept. 26, with a staggering 172 breweries serving samples of Japan’s most celebrated alcoholic beverage. While current statistics show that sake is losing ground to beer in Japan, it continues to make inroads in the U.S., especially among drink-savvy New Yorkers with a palate for the record 384 premium labels to be offered at the event. “In the last 10 years the amount of sake imported into New York has doubled as more and more people discover how […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Discover the Joy of Sake

    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. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary in New York City, The Joy of Sake—the world’s largest sake tasting event outside of Japan—returns to the Altman Building in Chelsea on Sept. 26, with a staggering 172 breweries serving samples of Japan’s most celebrated alcoholic beverage. While current statistics show that sake is losing ground to beer in Japan, it continues to make inroads in the U.S., especially among drink-savvy New Yorkers with a palate for the record 384 premium labels to be offered at the event. “In the last 10 years the amount of sake imported into New York has doubled as more and more people discover how […]

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  • By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle has completed a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association of New York since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a New York City-based soccer team. Tom Byer (a.k.a. Tomsan) is an American soccer coach who has lived in Japan for nearly 30 years. The first professional American soccer player in Asia, he has been a major figure in Japan as a coach and educator. In fact, many people in Japan see him as a major catalyst behind the country’s rising status as a global soccer power. Byer is responsible for increasing soccer’s popularity and teaching fundamental skills to hundreds of thousands of children, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Tom Byer on Life in Soccer, Japan

    By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle has completed a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association of New York since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a New York City-based soccer team. Tom Byer (a.k.a. Tomsan) is an American soccer coach who has lived in Japan for nearly 30 years. The first professional American soccer player in Asia, he has been a major figure in Japan as a coach and educator. In fact, many people in Japan see him as a major catalyst behind the country’s rising status as a global soccer power. Byer is responsible for increasing soccer’s popularity and teaching fundamental skills to hundreds of thousands of children, […]

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  • When: Monday, November 4, 7 pm – 9 pm Where: Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost: $3-4 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 “A Pale View of Hills” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Read the Amazon description below: The story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a story where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan’s devastation in the wake of World War II.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/4) November JETAANY Book Club: A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

    When: Monday, November 4, 7 pm – 9 pm Where: Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost: $3-4 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 “A Pale View of Hills” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Read the Amazon description below: The story of Etsuko, a Japanese woman now living alone in England, dwelling on the recent suicide of her daughter. In a story where past and present confuse, she relives scenes of Japan’s devastation in the wake of World War II.  

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  • When: Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, N.Y.), 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5902 Cost: $2 for refreshment & bring $3 to do origami with RSVP/Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event HERE Impress friends (and your waiter/waitress) by learning to fold dollars into fun, cool shapes. We’ll learn to do bow ties and hearts while chatting it up with new and old JETAANY friends.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/2) Turn Your Dollar Bills into Origami!

    When: Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, N.Y.), 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5902 Cost: $2 for refreshment & bring $3 to do origami with RSVP/Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event HERE Impress friends (and your waiter/waitress) by learning to fold dollars into fun, cool shapes. We’ll learn to do bow ties and hearts while chatting it up with new and old JETAANY friends.  

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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. Sometimes, we’re just trying to find out where we belong. That’s certainly the case with Aiko Cassidy, the teenage protagonist of JET Program alum Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-1990)’s latest novel, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible. The 15-year-old daughter of a renowned sculptor, Aiko wants to develop her own identity, instead of being known as Laina Cassidy’s muse and suffering from a disability (cerebral palsy). Aiko has been secretly working on manga titled Gadget Girl, and she dreams of becoming a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible’

    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. Sometimes, we’re just trying to find out where we belong. That’s certainly the case with Aiko Cassidy, the teenage protagonist of JET Program alum Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-1990)’s latest novel, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible. The 15-year-old daughter of a renowned sculptor, Aiko wants to develop her own identity, instead of being known as Laina Cassidy’s muse and suffering from a disability (cerebral palsy). Aiko has been secretly working on manga titled Gadget Girl, and she dreams of becoming a […]

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  •   When: Wednesday, September 18th,  6:30 pm –8 pm Where:  The 13th Step Bar & Grill (149 Second Avenue at E. 10th St) Cost: Everyone gets their own drinks; happy hour special – 1/2 price drinks until 8 pm RSVP/Questions: Email Ann Chow at  membership@jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event here Come celebrate Tokyo winning the opportunity to host the 2020 Olympic Games at The 13th Step with JETAANY! Drinks are 1/2 price from the whole bar until 8 PM.    <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/18) Celebrate Tokyo, Host of the 2020 Olympic Games!

      When: Wednesday, September 18th,  6:30 pm –8 pm Where:  The 13th Step Bar & Grill (149 Second Avenue at E. 10th St) Cost: Everyone gets their own drinks; happy hour special – 1/2 price drinks until 8 pm RSVP/Questions: Email Ann Chow at  membership@jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event here Come celebrate Tokyo winning the opportunity to host the 2020 Olympic Games at The 13th Step with JETAANY! Drinks are 1/2 price from the whole bar until 8 PM.    

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  • By Lana Kitcher (Yamanashi-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Lana is the business development associate for Bridges to Japan and enjoys working as a freelance writer for a number of online publications. To read more about Lana’s adventures in Japan, visit her blog at Kitcher’s Café. Laura Kriska’s experience as recounted in The Accidental Office Lady parallels in many ways what we as JET participants go through when we temporarily leave our lives and routines at home to pursue the “exotic” and uncertain terrain of a new culture. Based on Kriska’s background and education, she was offered a two-year position at Honda Motor Company headquarters in Tokyo, being the first American woman to do so. She arrived in Japan equipped with her new business attire and a mind full of expectations and dreams about how […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘The Accidental Office Lady: An American Woman in Corporate Japan’

    By Lana Kitcher (Yamanashi-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Lana is the business development associate for Bridges to Japan and enjoys working as a freelance writer for a number of online publications. To read more about Lana’s adventures in Japan, visit her blog at Kitcher’s Café. Laura Kriska’s experience as recounted in The Accidental Office Lady parallels in many ways what we as JET participants go through when we temporarily leave our lives and routines at home to pursue the “exotic” and uncertain terrain of a new culture. Based on Kriska’s background and education, she was offered a two-year position at Honda Motor Company headquarters in Tokyo, being the first American woman to do so. She arrived in Japan equipped with her new business attire and a mind full of expectations and dreams about how […]

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  • Do you wish you could go to JETAANY events, but live outside of the New York City metropolitan area? Lucky for you, we have active subchapters in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh! We would also love to help build JET alumni connections and communities across the tri-state area. We are currently looking for someone to serve as a subchapter representative for the Philadelphia subchapter, as our terrific current rep, Rashaad Jorden, will be moving to England. The representative would help organize and advertise local gatherings, share Japan-related events nearby, manage the group’s Facebook page and work with the other subchapters (like nearby New Jersey) and the JETAANY Executive Board to create joint events. To see a list of our current subchapter reps (and JETAANY […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for a New Philly Subchapter Rep!

    Do you wish you could go to JETAANY events, but live outside of the New York City metropolitan area? Lucky for you, we have active subchapters in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh! We would also love to help build JET alumni connections and communities across the tri-state area. We are currently looking for someone to serve as a subchapter representative for the Philadelphia subchapter, as our terrific current rep, Rashaad Jorden, will be moving to England. The representative would help organize and advertise local gatherings, share Japan-related events nearby, manage the group’s Facebook page and work with the other subchapters (like nearby New Jersey) and the JETAANY Executive Board to create joint events. To see a list of our current subchapter reps (and JETAANY […]

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  • When: Saturday, September 28th, 1 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs, drinks 50% off (outside food is welcome) RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–but please RSVP by Thursday, September 26 if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention all drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs and friends of JET alike!  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/28) 2nd Annual JETAANY Karaoke Marathon!

    When: Saturday, September 28th, 1 pm–8 pm (Come late, leave early–you don’t have to stay the entire time!) Where: Duets 48 (304 E 48th St.) Cost: $14 flat entrance fee for unlimited songs, drinks 50% off (outside food is welcome) RSVP/Questions: Email Alexei at  alexeisensei@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event HERE Let’s enjoy a karaoke marathon! Sing as much as you like for $14. No advance pay is necessary–but please RSVP by Thursday, September 26 if you plan to attend, so we can reserve an appropriate-size room. Huge selection of English and Japanese songs, and other languages are available too. Did we mention all drinks are 50% off? All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends, JETs and friends of JET alike!  

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  • 2013 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 14, 2013 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 14th Warm up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 10 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball.  Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn followed by an after party of BBQ and drinks.  We will be challenged this year by teams from Kintetsu, Mitsubishi, TV Japan, Consulate and many more! $20 Join the JETAANY Team (Bento lunch drink, invite to BBQ after party) Extra Items: **$5 JET T-shirt […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Softball Tournament

    2013 Annual JETAANY Softball Tournament Saturday September 14, 2013 Red Hook, Brooklyn Date: Saturday, September 14th Warm up: 8:30am – 9:00am Opening Ceremony: 9:30am on Field #7 First game: 10:00am Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY) For over the past 10 years JETAANY has hosted an annual softball tournament inviting the Japanese community to a fun filled day of slow pitch softball.  Whether you’re a player or spectator we invite you to a great day in Brooklyn followed by an after party of BBQ and drinks.  We will be challenged this year by teams from Kintetsu, Mitsubishi, TV Japan, Consulate and many more! $20 Join the JETAANY Team (Bento lunch drink, invite to BBQ after party) Extra Items: **$5 JET T-shirt […]

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  • By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle is entering a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (MIA 2013) and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a New York City-based soccer team. From Up on Poppy Hill is the latest film to be released from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli. Unlike its more prominent titles, this one is not directed by studio founder Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) but rather by his son Goro Miyazaki. The father did, however, co-write the script (with Keiko Niwa), which was adapted from a manga published in the 1980s. Goro’s first film, Tales from Earthsea, was a commercial hit but received a very negative reception, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: DVD Review – ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’

    By Lyle Sylvander (Yokohama-shi, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Lyle is entering a master’s program at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (MIA 2013) and has been writing for the JET Alumni Association since 2004. He is also the goalkeeper for FC Japan, a New York City-based soccer team. From Up on Poppy Hill is the latest film to be released from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli. Unlike its more prominent titles, this one is not directed by studio founder Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle) but rather by his son Goro Miyazaki. The father did, however, co-write the script (with Keiko Niwa), which was adapted from a manga published in the 1980s. Goro’s first film, Tales from Earthsea, was a commercial hit but received a very negative reception, […]

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