Archive for November, 2013

  • By Lana Kitcher (Yamanashi-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Lana is the business development associate for Bridges to Japan. To read more about Lana’s adventures in Japan and New York, visit her blog at Kitcher’s Café. Victor Edison is a young man who remembers always having some Japanese influences present throughout his life. His family hosted a Japanese exchange student during his childhood, and he was fascinated by anime and manga from a young age. After graduation he found himself working a job he didn’t really want that wasn’t really going anywhere. A friend that was working in Japan at the time encouraged him to apply to be an English teacher and all he could respond to this was, “why not?” Published by Nagoya-based Big Ugly Robot Press, Life in […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Life in Japan: The First Year’

    By Lana Kitcher (Yamanashi-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Lana is the business development associate for Bridges to Japan. To read more about Lana’s adventures in Japan and New York, visit her blog at Kitcher’s Café. Victor Edison is a young man who remembers always having some Japanese influences present throughout his life. His family hosted a Japanese exchange student during his childhood, and he was fascinated by anime and manga from a young age. After graduation he found himself working a job he didn’t really want that wasn’t really going anywhere. A friend that was working in Japan at the time encouraged him to apply to be an English teacher and all he could respond to this was, “why not?” Published by Nagoya-based Big Ugly Robot Press, Life in […]

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  • Love Japan?  Like children?  Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering?  Then sign up for Jetaany’s (?)th Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City. Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their bigs.  Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! The event will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm. Interested in volunteering? Great!  Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please email Nikki at n.l.knight1[at]gmail.com and fill out the survey here to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2013/.  Information: We set up booths throughout the building. Kids get cards and need to go to each booth to get stamps and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (1/18) Volunteer for Japan-A-Mania

    Love Japan?  Like children?  Don’t hate the idea of spending a weekend afternoon volunteering?  Then sign up for Jetaany’s (?)th Annual Japan-A-Mania at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City. Through different activities, we’ll introduce aspects of Japanese culture to the kids and their bigs.  Past stations have included chopsticks challenge, kimono dress up, Japanese writing, kendo, make your own onigiri and more! The event will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm. Interested in volunteering? Great!  Have an idea for an activity? Even better. Please email Nikki at n.l.knight1[at]gmail.com and fill out the survey here to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/japanamania2013/.  Information: We set up booths throughout the building. Kids get cards and need to go to each booth to get stamps and […]

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  • Tis the season to spend time with friends, keep warm, and prep nengajo! Do all three on Monday, December 9th with fellow JETs as we create nengajo in the impressive but easy style of oshibana, or pressed flowers. Bring $2 for supplies and refreshments. When: Monday, December 9th, 7 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, N.Y.), 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5902 Cost: $2 for refreshment & supplies. Includes 2 (or more) cards. RSVP/Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event HERE  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/9) Make Your Own Oshibana Nengajo!

    Tis the season to spend time with friends, keep warm, and prep nengajo! Do all three on Monday, December 9th with fellow JETs as we create nengajo in the impressive but easy style of oshibana, or pressed flowers. Bring $2 for supplies and refreshments. When: Monday, December 9th, 7 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Japan Local Government Center (CLAIR, N.Y.), 3 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10016-5902 Cost: $2 for refreshment & supplies. Includes 2 (or more) cards. RSVP/Questions: Wendy at secretary[at]jetaany.org and check out the Facebook event HERE  

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  • JETAANY is teaming up with JETAA New England and JETAA Ottawa for a ski trip up to Killington in Vermont! JETAANE will be taking care of the logistics once we’re at the ski lodge and JETAANY will be connecting members to figure out a way to get up there. If you’re interested, please fill out the form HERE by midnight on Saturday, December 7th. A couple of notes- there will be other activities besides downhill skiing (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) if people want. So if you’re interested in that, please indicate that on the form. Also, we will definitely need folks who are willing to drive (either with their own car or renting)! Where? Mt. Killington, Vermont (http://www.killington.com/winter/index.html) When? January 31st to February 2nd. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (1/31-2/2) Ski Trip to Killington, VT!

    JETAANY is teaming up with JETAA New England and JETAA Ottawa for a ski trip up to Killington in Vermont! JETAANE will be taking care of the logistics once we’re at the ski lodge and JETAANY will be connecting members to figure out a way to get up there. If you’re interested, please fill out the form HERE by midnight on Saturday, December 7th. A couple of notes- there will be other activities besides downhill skiing (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) if people want. So if you’re interested in that, please indicate that on the form. Also, we will definitely need folks who are willing to drive (either with their own car or renting)! Where? Mt. Killington, Vermont (http://www.killington.com/winter/index.html) When? January 31st to February 2nd. […]

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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. One of the best things about being a member of JETAA is the community, and over the weekend of 15-17 of November, the Oceania community of JETAA got together for our annual antipodean regional conference. For those of you up north who don’t know, JETAA Oceania comprises of five […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: 2013 JETAA Oceania National Conference Spotlights Sister City Relationships

    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. One of the best things about being a member of JETAA is the community, and over the weekend of 15-17 of November, the Oceania community of JETAA got together for our annual antipodean regional conference. For those of you up north who don’t know, JETAA Oceania comprises of five […]

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  • By C-M Daeley (Saga-ken, 2008-2011) for JQ magazine. C-M is a poet, rap lyricist, and travel enthusiast currently working as an English teacher in Tokyo. For a look at some of his other writing, poetry and lyrics, check out his blog at http://spikedaeley.wordpress.com. With today’s 24-hour global news cycle, it is sometimes difficult to keep even the most severe events in public memory. The Great East Japan Earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011 has not received much recent coverage in global news, but the issues faced by those still rebuilding remain monumental. Fortunately, there has been significant international aid from a number of sources, one of which is the JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund. This grant has raised almost USD $90,000 and has been used […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund Aids Recovery

    By C-M Daeley (Saga-ken, 2008-2011) for JQ magazine. C-M is a poet, rap lyricist, and travel enthusiast currently working as an English teacher in Tokyo. For a look at some of his other writing, poetry and lyrics, check out his blog at http://spikedaeley.wordpress.com. With today’s 24-hour global news cycle, it is sometimes difficult to keep even the most severe events in public memory. The Great East Japan Earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011 has not received much recent coverage in global news, but the issues faced by those still rebuilding remain monumental. Fortunately, there has been significant international aid from a number of sources, one of which is the JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund. This grant has raised almost USD $90,000 and has been used […]

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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. Since its launch in 2008, social network J-COLLABO has been working with numerous artists to make innovative Japanese-themed collaborations accessible to the public. Now it has taken the next step in its evolution with J-LABO Brooklyn, which had its pre-opening party in Park Slope last month. “J-LABO is a place where the conventions of intercultural chemistry are challenged and the possibilities of creative collaboration and experimentation are deeply explored as a unifying effort between Japanese culture and the cultures of the world,” explained John Figueredo, marketing and PR supervisor for J-COLLABO. “Artists who gather under J-LABO can collaborate, create and implement […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: J-LABO Brooklyn Opens in Park Slope

    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. Since its launch in 2008, social network J-COLLABO has been working with numerous artists to make innovative Japanese-themed collaborations accessible to the public. Now it has taken the next step in its evolution with J-LABO Brooklyn, which had its pre-opening party in Park Slope last month. “J-LABO is a place where the conventions of intercultural chemistry are challenged and the possibilities of creative collaboration and experimentation are deeply explored as a unifying effort between Japanese culture and the cultures of the world,” explained John Figueredo, marketing and PR supervisor for J-COLLABO. “Artists who gather under J-LABO can collaborate, create and implement […]

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  •   Welcome Back Happy Hour!! Come out and meet the new batch of alumni that just finished the JET program and let’s welcome them to New York in true JETAANY style with a happy hour at Faces & Names. Saturday November 23rd at 8:30pm Faces & Names (backroom) 159 West 54th street and 7th Ave, New York, NY www.facesandnames.com   Check out who is going on facebook.  <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Welcome Back Happy Hour (11/23)

      Welcome Back Happy Hour!! Come out and meet the new batch of alumni that just finished the JET program and let’s welcome them to New York in true JETAANY style with a happy hour at Faces & Names. Saturday November 23rd at 8:30pm Faces & Names (backroom) 159 West 54th street and 7th Ave, New York, NY www.facesandnames.com   Check out who is going on facebook.  

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  • When: Saturday, November 23rd,  2:30 pm – 6:15 pm Where: Nippon Club (145 West 57th St) Cost: No cost – open to any JET Alum RSVP: By filling out the Career Survey HERE Questions: Email Pamela Kavalam at vicepresident@jetaany.org Did you just return from Japan or move to New York and are looking to start your career? Or perhaps have been back for a while and are looking to transition into a new position or field? If so, make sure to attend the Career Forum next Saturday. We will have terrific JET alumni and industry experts speaking about interviewing, networking, resume tips and more!  Make sure to RSVP by filling out this form.      <!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (11/23) JETAANY Career Forum – Open to All Job Seeking JET Alums!

    When: Saturday, November 23rd,  2:30 pm – 6:15 pm Where: Nippon Club (145 West 57th St) Cost: No cost – open to any JET Alum RSVP: By filling out the Career Survey HERE Questions: Email Pamela Kavalam at vicepresident@jetaany.org Did you just return from Japan or move to New York and are looking to start your career? Or perhaps have been back for a while and are looking to transition into a new position or field? If so, make sure to attend the Career Forum next Saturday. We will have terrific JET alumni and industry experts speaking about interviewing, networking, resume tips and more!  Make sure to RSVP by filling out this form.      

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  • Become more involved in JETAANY and help shape it’s direction! The JETAANY Board of Directors is currently recruiting new board members to replace outgoing members who have completed their two year term. JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs and one non-JET, all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for JETAANY Board Nominations – (11/25 Deadline)

    Become more involved in JETAANY and help shape it’s direction! The JETAANY Board of Directors is currently recruiting new board members to replace outgoing members who have completed their two year term. JETAANY is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization and hence requires a Board of Directors. Overall governance and guidance of the organization lies in the hands of the Board, which also serves to advance the organization’s mission and provide a platform for ideas for the executive committee. The Board is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs and one non-JET, all who have a keen interest in the continued success of the JET Program and JETAANY. The Board is distinct from the executive committee, which is the group of individuals […]

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  • Do you hunger to assert your intellectual superiority concerning all thing Japan, music, and cat-related? Does the thought of structured social events with clear beginnings, middles, and ends, both comfort and excite you?  Are you a nerd for cheap chicken wings and beer? Mark your calendars, update your facebook events, and bring your thinking caps, December 2nd at 6pm to the “Super-Awesome-Fun-CLAIR-Approved-Pubtrivia-Name-Here Event” Stone Creek Bar & Lounge 140 East 27th street (btwn Third and Lexington) http://stonecreeknyc.com/ We have a private room in the back and for just a $5 minimum donation to Tohoku to play, you can enjoy a multi-media quiz game made by Greg “Black Stormy” Beck, complete with prizes! Game starts at 7:30, and teams will be up to you, but […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETAANY Quiz Night (12/2)

    Do you hunger to assert your intellectual superiority concerning all thing Japan, music, and cat-related? Does the thought of structured social events with clear beginnings, middles, and ends, both comfort and excite you?  Are you a nerd for cheap chicken wings and beer? Mark your calendars, update your facebook events, and bring your thinking caps, December 2nd at 6pm to the “Super-Awesome-Fun-CLAIR-Approved-Pubtrivia-Name-Here Event” Stone Creek Bar & Lounge 140 East 27th street (btwn Third and Lexington) http://stonecreeknyc.com/ We have a private room in the back and for just a $5 minimum donation to Tohoku to play, you can enjoy a multi-media quiz game made by Greg “Black Stormy” Beck, complete with prizes! Game starts at 7:30, and teams will be up to you, but […]

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  • By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises is like no Studio Ghibli movie I have ever seen. No. Wait. It’s like every Ghibli movie I have ever seen. You want fantasy? You got it. You want airships à la Castle in the Sky or Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind? You got it. You want deliciously portrayed food? You want nostalgic scenery from bygone days of Tokyo or picturesque European towns? You got that, too. The Wind Rises is a combination of everything that makes Ghibli as we know it today. It also adds several […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review – ‘The Wind Rises’ Sweeps You Away

    By Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for JQ magazine. Alexis is a graduate of Harvard University’s Regional Studies—East Asia (RSEA) program, and currently works as an executive assistant at Asia Society in New York City. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises is like no Studio Ghibli movie I have ever seen. No. Wait. It’s like every Ghibli movie I have ever seen. You want fantasy? You got it. You want airships à la Castle in the Sky or Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind? You got it. You want deliciously portrayed food? You want nostalgic scenery from bygone days of Tokyo or picturesque European towns? You got that, too. The Wind Rises is a combination of everything that makes Ghibli as we know it today. It also adds several […]

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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. Marco Lienhard has been involved in Japanese music for more than 30 years, first as a member of Ondekoza and then as the artistic director of Taikoza. When building his reputation as a professional taiko player in Japan, Lienhard also mastered the shakuhachi, eventually peforming at four major shakuhachi festivals around the world. He is also the founder of shakuhachi and koto group the East Winds Ensemble. Lienhard has also released several albums, and his music can he heard on the score of the Nintendo Wii games Red Steel and Red Steel 2. His music has also […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Marco Lienhard, Artistic Director of Taikoza

    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. Marco Lienhard has been involved in Japanese music for more than 30 years, first as a member of Ondekoza and then as the artistic director of Taikoza. When building his reputation as a professional taiko player in Japan, Lienhard also mastered the shakuhachi, eventually peforming at four major shakuhachi festivals around the world. He is also the founder of shakuhachi and koto group the East Winds Ensemble. Lienhard has also released several albums, and his music can he heard on the score of the Nintendo Wii games Red Steel and Red Steel 2. His music has also […]

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