Archive for October, 2013

  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. From Nintendo to manga to metal to Tarantino, November is just as colorful as the blowing leaves in the air and on the ground. Add to that a Meiji era throwback exhibition at Resobox, the destroy-all-monsters vibe of Kaiju Big Battel (just in time for Turkey Day), and a world premiere at Japan Society and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown. This month’s highlights include: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7:00 p.m. JETAA New York presents Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story Columbia University, Uris Hall 301 $7 advance, $10 at the door, students free with ID Following its New York premiere at Japan Society last July, the New York chapter of the Japan Exchange and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York—The Legend of Zelda, Osamu Tezuka, Dir En Grey, and Hotei

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. From Nintendo to manga to metal to Tarantino, November is just as colorful as the blowing leaves in the air and on the ground. Add to that a Meiji era throwback exhibition at Resobox, the destroy-all-monsters vibe of Kaiju Big Battel (just in time for Turkey Day), and a world premiere at Japan Society and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown. This month’s highlights include: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7:00 p.m. JETAA New York presents Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story Columbia University, Uris Hall 301 $7 advance, $10 at the door, students free with ID Following its New York premiere at Japan Society last July, the New York chapter of the Japan Exchange and […]

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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. In the latest issue of contemporary Japanese literature anthology Monkey Business Volume 3, Japanese novelist Mieko Kawakami writes of roses, post-earthquake malaise and a friendship that never quite consummates. We first encounter the narrator, who inexplicably calls herself Bianca, as she stands on her porch tending to her bed of roses. By her own admission, Bianca’s days are filled with nothing—“I don’t work. I’m not pregnant. I don’t watch TV. I don’t read books. Come to think of it, I do absolutely nothing.” What she is, however, is a wife—a loaded title for a Japanese woman with its implications of duty and decorum. Yet she […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Dreams of Love, Etc.’ from ‘Monkey Business Volume 3’

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. In the latest issue of contemporary Japanese literature anthology Monkey Business Volume 3, Japanese novelist Mieko Kawakami writes of roses, post-earthquake malaise and a friendship that never quite consummates. We first encounter the narrator, who inexplicably calls herself Bianca, as she stands on her porch tending to her bed of roses. By her own admission, Bianca’s days are filled with nothing—“I don’t work. I’m not pregnant. I don’t watch TV. I don’t read books. Come to think of it, I do absolutely nothing.” What she is, however, is a wife—a loaded title for a Japanese woman with its implications of duty and decorum. Yet she […]

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  • By Yeu-Li Huang (Yamanashi-ken, 2007-2010) for JQ magazine. Yeu-Li is the current chapter secretary of the JET Alumni Association of the Southeast (JETAASE). MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The JET Alumni Association of Minnesota (JETAAMN) hosted this year’s USA National Conference from Sept. 26-29 with assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Attendees included delegates from all 19 JETAA USA chapters, as well as representatives from CLAIR, MOFA, and the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago. Each national conference spotlights particular challenges facing the JETAA community. This year was no different, as critical topics included continuation of the JETAA national initiatives, common issues facing JETAA chapters, membership outreach, and collaboration between JETAA chapters and other Japan-related organizations. Thursday, Sept. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: 2013 JETAA National Conference in Minneapolis Recap

    By Yeu-Li Huang (Yamanashi-ken, 2007-2010) for JQ magazine. Yeu-Li is the current chapter secretary of the JET Alumni Association of the Southeast (JETAASE). MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The JET Alumni Association of Minnesota (JETAAMN) hosted this year’s USA National Conference from Sept. 26-29 with assistance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Attendees included delegates from all 19 JETAA USA chapters, as well as representatives from CLAIR, MOFA, and the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago. Each national conference spotlights particular challenges facing the JETAA community. This year was no different, as critical topics included continuation of the JETAA national initiatives, common issues facing JETAA chapters, membership outreach, and collaboration between JETAA chapters and other Japan-related organizations. Thursday, Sept. […]

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  • By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Fortunately, there are Second Quests. Over 25 years after the blockbuster Nintendo video game series first hit the scene bearing its namesake in honor of Fitzgerald’s wife, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns for an encore run in some of North America’s most distinguished theater halls (including, for the first time, a pair of dates in Mexico). Presented by Jason Michael Paul Productions, the show—currently on tour through December—presents the very best of Zelda’s lush symphonic scores paired with a live orchestra and visual effects. In this JQ exclusive, producer and lead […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Producer Jeron Moore on ‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’

    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Fortunately, there are Second Quests. Over 25 years after the blockbuster Nintendo video game series first hit the scene bearing its namesake in honor of Fitzgerald’s wife, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns for an encore run in some of North America’s most distinguished theater halls (including, for the first time, a pair of dates in Mexico). Presented by Jason Michael Paul Productions, the show—currently on tour through December—presents the very best of Zelda’s lush symphonic scores paired with a live orchestra and visual effects. In this JQ exclusive, producer and lead […]

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11). After the JET Programme more than fulfilled its promise of “an experience of a lifetime,” Eden returned to Sydney, Australia, where he joined the JETAA New South Wales chapter to take advantage of the network and connections available to undertake projects such as an uchiwa design competition for the Sydney Japan Festival. He also maintains the JETAANSW website and social media. Other than that, he’s a web designer and a poet, gentlemen and raconteur.  Like a springtime wave of hanami Down Under, the 17th Japanese Film Festival began showing in staggered releases nationally in Australia, blooming first in Broome in late September, before displaying a full bouquet of film delights in the major metropolitan areas of Sydney and Melbourne. This is the first time that […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Australia Unfolds Its 17th Japanese Film Festival

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11). After the JET Programme more than fulfilled its promise of “an experience of a lifetime,” Eden returned to Sydney, Australia, where he joined the JETAA New South Wales chapter to take advantage of the network and connections available to undertake projects such as an uchiwa design competition for the Sydney Japan Festival. He also maintains the JETAANSW website and social media. Other than that, he’s a web designer and a poet, gentlemen and raconteur.  Like a springtime wave of hanami Down Under, the 17th Japanese Film Festival began showing in staggered releases nationally in Australia, blooming first in Broome in late September, before displaying a full bouquet of film delights in the major metropolitan areas of Sydney and Melbourne. This is the first time that […]

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  • LIVE YOUR DREAM: THE TAYLOR ANDERSON STORY Stories of courage and sacrifice during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami A documentary film by Regge Life (click here to read the JQ interview with Mr. Life) This film is a story about Taylor Anderson and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. Taylor was an extraordinary American who dedicated herself to teaching Japanese children in the JET program, living her dream right up to the events of March 11, 2011. Wednesday, October 30th, 7pm Columbia University Uris Hall 301 Screening starts at 7pm followed by Q&A session with director/producer Regge Life and Taylor Anderson’s father, Andy Anderson. Advanced Tickets: $7 At the Door: $10 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/30) Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story Screening in NYC

    LIVE YOUR DREAM: THE TAYLOR ANDERSON STORY Stories of courage and sacrifice during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami A documentary film by Regge Life (click here to read the JQ interview with Mr. Life) This film is a story about Taylor Anderson and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. Taylor was an extraordinary American who dedicated herself to teaching Japanese children in the JET program, living her dream right up to the events of March 11, 2011. Wednesday, October 30th, 7pm Columbia University Uris Hall 301 Screening starts at 7pm followed by Q&A session with director/producer Regge Life and Taylor Anderson’s father, Andy Anderson. Advanced Tickets: $7 At the Door: $10 […]

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  • 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. As mysterious as Japan seems to be, there are numerous occurrences in the country that leave you amazed. Enter Kelly Luce (Kawasaki/Tokushima-ken, 2002-04). The JET Program alum’s first published collection of fiction, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (which is also the title of one of Luce’s stories) often utilizes magic realism to tell stories that take place in Nippon. Three Scenarios contains ten stories and the first one, titled “Ms. Yamada’s Toaster” (which previously appeared in the anthology Tomo), tells the tale of a toaster that can predict […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail’

    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. As mysterious as Japan seems to be, there are numerous occurrences in the country that leave you amazed. Enter Kelly Luce (Kawasaki/Tokushima-ken, 2002-04). The JET Program alum’s first published collection of fiction, Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (which is also the title of one of Luce’s stories) often utilizes magic realism to tell stories that take place in Nippon. Three Scenarios contains ten stories and the first one, titled “Ms. Yamada’s Toaster” (which previously appeared in the anthology Tomo), tells the tale of a toaster that can predict […]

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  • We have a great opportunity for JET Alumni to speak at a local college about applying to JET! If you are a recent returnee who hasn’t found full-time work yet, this is the perfect way to build some connections and give back to the community. It’s also really fun (as you’ll see from the photo from a past CUNY Fair above)! The students get really excited hearing from us and it’s nice to have an excuse to be natsukashi about our JET experience. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– What: The College of Staten Island’s Fellowship & Scholarship Fair Where: Center for the Arts Atrium, Building 1P, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314 (Parking Provided) When: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Schedule Table Set-Up: 11:30 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (10/11) Calling All Recent Returnees: Speak at the College of Staten Island about JET!

    We have a great opportunity for JET Alumni to speak at a local college about applying to JET! If you are a recent returnee who hasn’t found full-time work yet, this is the perfect way to build some connections and give back to the community. It’s also really fun (as you’ll see from the photo from a past CUNY Fair above)! The students get really excited hearing from us and it’s nice to have an excuse to be natsukashi about our JET experience. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– What: The College of Staten Island’s Fellowship & Scholarship Fair Where: Center for the Arts Atrium, Building 1P, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314 (Parking Provided) When: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Schedule Table Set-Up: 11:30 […]

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