Archive for December, 2013

  • By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently seeking opportunities with publications in New York. You can follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on Twitter @brittlejules. Shigeru Mizuki is a world-famous manga artist and writer best known for his work on yokai, which deals with Japanese ghosts, monsters and supernatural stories. He is the creator of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro, his most famous work about yokai, and he is also well known and respected in Japan for his autobiographical work about growing up and serving as as a soldier in World War II-era Japan. He created a well researched historical and autobiographical manga about the Showa period which received the Kodansha Manga Award […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan’

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently seeking opportunities with publications in New York. You can follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on Twitter @brittlejules. Shigeru Mizuki is a world-famous manga artist and writer best known for his work on yokai, which deals with Japanese ghosts, monsters and supernatural stories. He is the creator of Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro, his most famous work about yokai, and he is also well known and respected in Japan for his autobiographical work about growing up and serving as as a soldier in World War II-era Japan. He created a well researched historical and autobiographical manga about the Showa period which received the Kodansha Manga Award […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Jarrad Skinner (Toyama-ken, 2007-11) for JQ magazine. Jarrad is an instructional designer for interactive online courses in the mental health field. Otherwise, he’s obsessed with game design, comedy, and hip-hop. After being born on Long Island, educated in Manhattan, and confused in Japan, he lives in Brooklyn. You can find him on the dance floor. It’s Christmas Eve and KFC is out of chicken. This can’t be life. We didn’t make reservations, so we can’t have any chicken. It’s one thing to walk into KFC on Christmas Eve to get a bucket of greasy poultry parts, but it’s a whole other indignity to be told you can’t have any. Biscuits and sides will have to do. As many of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Hark! The Herald KFC

    By Jarrad Skinner (Toyama-ken, 2007-11) for JQ magazine. Jarrad is an instructional designer for interactive online courses in the mental health field. Otherwise, he’s obsessed with game design, comedy, and hip-hop. After being born on Long Island, educated in Manhattan, and confused in Japan, he lives in Brooklyn. You can find him on the dance floor. It’s Christmas Eve and KFC is out of chicken. This can’t be life. We didn’t make reservations, so we can’t have any chicken. It’s one thing to walk into KFC on Christmas Eve to get a bucket of greasy poultry parts, but it’s a whole other indignity to be told you can’t have any. Biscuits and sides will have to do. As many of […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 20010-12) for JQ magazine. Sheila recently returned to America after living in Japan for three years (two years in Namerikawa with JET and one year at a private school in Ehime-ken). She is currently looking for a job and welcomes all leads. View more of her work at www.sheilaburt.com. The first time Tokyo-based musician Nelson Babin-Coy visited Japan, he was a 15-year-old high school student from the suburbs of L.A. who knew next to nothing about Japan. Interested in learning more about Japanese music during his stay in Gunma Prefecture, he started listening to what other teenagers his age were into, including the idol group Morning Musume. Yet when he first heard one of the band’s […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: The Steady Riser – A Conversation with Tokyo Musician Nelson Babin-Coy

    By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 20010-12) for JQ magazine. Sheila recently returned to America after living in Japan for three years (two years in Namerikawa with JET and one year at a private school in Ehime-ken). She is currently looking for a job and welcomes all leads. View more of her work at www.sheilaburt.com. The first time Tokyo-based musician Nelson Babin-Coy visited Japan, he was a 15-year-old high school student from the suburbs of L.A. who knew next to nothing about Japan. Interested in learning more about Japanese music during his stay in Gunma Prefecture, he started listening to what other teenagers his age were into, including the idol group Morning Musume. Yet when he first heard one of the band’s […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently seeking opportunities with publications in New York. You can follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on Twitter @brittlejules. A scholar, author and translator of Japanese folklore and ghost stories, Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06) joined the JET Program in 2001 with some basic Japanese knowledge and a strong desire to learn much more. After spending five years on the program, he remained in Japan to acquire a master’s degree in Japanese studies while writing freelance and translating for Osaka University. The theme of Japanese ghosts running through Davisson’s writing and translation dovetails the interests of manga legend Shigeru Mizuki, who is famous for the classic […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Manga Translator Zack Davisson on Shigeru Mizuki

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently seeking opportunities with publications in New York. You can follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on Twitter @brittlejules. A scholar, author and translator of Japanese folklore and ghost stories, Zack Davisson (Nara-ken, 2001-04; Osaka-shi, 2004-06) joined the JET Program in 2001 with some basic Japanese knowledge and a strong desire to learn much more. After spending five years on the program, he remained in Japan to acquire a master’s degree in Japanese studies while writing freelance and translating for Osaka University. The theme of Japanese ghosts running through Davisson’s writing and translation dovetails the interests of manga legend Shigeru Mizuki, who is famous for the classic […]

    Continue Reading...

  • When: Wednesday, December 18th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Ronin Bar & Grill (9 East 37th Street) website Cost/RSVP:  RSVP via paypal below Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bonenkai!  Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and beverages.  As an added bonus we’re tying in our Quarterly Meeting agenda where you have a chance to give us feedback, get involved, and meet fellow JET alums. This event tends to sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot through PayPal. Price includes appetizers, dinner and two alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages JET Alumni: $37 Friends of JET: $55 First come first serve to sign up and pay.  Deadline is Monday 12/15 SOLD OUT Share on facebook that you secured […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (12/18) JETAANY Bonenkai @ Ronin

    When: Wednesday, December 18th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Ronin Bar & Grill (9 East 37th Street) website Cost/RSVP:  RSVP via paypal below Questions:  Contact Monica Yuki at president@jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bonenkai!  Enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine and beverages.  As an added bonus we’re tying in our Quarterly Meeting agenda where you have a chance to give us feedback, get involved, and meet fellow JET alums. This event tends to sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot through PayPal. Price includes appetizers, dinner and two alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages JET Alumni: $37 Friends of JET: $55 First come first serve to sign up and pay.  Deadline is Monday 12/15 SOLD OUT Share on facebook that you secured […]

    Continue Reading...

  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. With Thanksgiving weekend (and the hopes of eating right) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking to squeeze in an event or two in between parties, we’ve got you covered. This month’s highlights include: Now through Saturday, Dec. 21 Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven David Zwirner Gallery, 525 West 19th Street Free In case you missed last year’s retrospectiveat the Whitney featuring the artist’s mega-buzzed about Fireflies on the Water, this current […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York—Yayoi Kusama, Taka Kigawa, Taro Hakase, VAMPS

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. With Thanksgiving weekend (and the hopes of eating right) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking to squeeze in an event or two in between parties, we’ve got you covered. This month’s highlights include: Now through Saturday, Dec. 21 Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived in Heaven David Zwirner Gallery, 525 West 19th Street Free In case you missed last year’s retrospectiveat the Whitney featuring the artist’s mega-buzzed about Fireflies on the Water, this current […]

    Continue Reading...