Archive for January, 2014

  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from the debut performance of one of Japan’s most successful live acts, another performance from one of the country’s biggest crossover stars, and an annual showcase that brings the sights (and tastes) of Japan to vivid life. This month’s highlights include: Saturday, Feb. 1, 6:00 p.m. Black Rain Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue Free The final entry of the film series Vengeance Is Shohei Imamura! Yasuko was exposed to black rain, the radioactive fallout from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Years later, she and her townsmen continue to rebuild their life and endure the aftermath. At an age ripe […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York — ‘Dragon Ball’ in Color, Lolita Fashions, ONE OK ROCK’s Debut

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from the debut performance of one of Japan’s most successful live acts, another performance from one of the country’s biggest crossover stars, and an annual showcase that brings the sights (and tastes) of Japan to vivid life. This month’s highlights include: Saturday, Feb. 1, 6:00 p.m. Black Rain Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue Free The final entry of the film series Vengeance Is Shohei Imamura! Yasuko was exposed to black rain, the radioactive fallout from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Years later, she and her townsmen continue to rebuild their life and endure the aftermath. At an age ripe […]

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  • When: Saturday, February 8 at 12 PM Where: Pacificana, 813 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220 Cost: Everyone pays for their own food and drinks Questions: Contact Ann at membership@jetaany.org Come celebrate Chinese New Year with JETAANY by having dim sum! Try traditional items like chicken feet, beef tripe, pig’s feet, and fish balls! For the slightly squeamish, try other traditional items like har gow (shrimp wrapped in translucent rice “paper”), shumai, leek buns, spare ribs in black bean sauce, and fried taro dumplings! There are no reservations for dim sum, so please arrive on time. Let your friends know you are going and see who else will be there on facebook See you there! Fun fact: Chinese New Year runs […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/8) Chinese New Year Dim Sum

    When: Saturday, February 8 at 12 PM Where: Pacificana, 813 55th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220 Cost: Everyone pays for their own food and drinks Questions: Contact Ann at membership@jetaany.org Come celebrate Chinese New Year with JETAANY by having dim sum! Try traditional items like chicken feet, beef tripe, pig’s feet, and fish balls! For the slightly squeamish, try other traditional items like har gow (shrimp wrapped in translucent rice “paper”), shumai, leek buns, spare ribs in black bean sauce, and fried taro dumplings! There are no reservations for dim sum, so please arrive on time. Let your friends know you are going and see who else will be there on facebook See you there! Fun fact: Chinese New Year runs […]

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  • By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Sheila is a Chicago-based journalist who blogs at www.sheilaburt.com. Anime can easily be called a global phenomenon. In the past few decades, several anime TV series and movies have grown so successful that even people with little knowledge of Japanese culture can probably name at least one anime show or character. But how is something that is so labor intensive, costly and culturally quirky able to transcend oceans and inspire rabid fan bases? A participant in the JETAA Regional Conference held at Harvard University earlier this month, cultural anthropologist Ian Condry (Miyagi-ken, 1988-89) explores this question in his new book, The Soul of Anime. An associate professor of comparative media studies at MIT since 2002, Condry researches cultural movements that go global, looking […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: MIT Professor Ian Condry Explores ‘The Soul of Anime’

    By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. Sheila is a Chicago-based journalist who blogs at www.sheilaburt.com. Anime can easily be called a global phenomenon. In the past few decades, several anime TV series and movies have grown so successful that even people with little knowledge of Japanese culture can probably name at least one anime show or character. But how is something that is so labor intensive, costly and culturally quirky able to transcend oceans and inspire rabid fan bases? A participant in the JETAA Regional Conference held at Harvard University earlier this month, cultural anthropologist Ian Condry (Miyagi-ken, 1988-89) explores this question in his new book, The Soul of Anime. An associate professor of comparative media studies at MIT since 2002, Condry researches cultural movements that go global, looking […]

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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. Fans of Japan-themed cinema were delighted when candidates for this year’s Academy Awards were announced Jan. 16, as Cutie and the Boxer was nominated for Best Documentary Feature and The Wind Rises received the nod for Best Animated Feature Film. A 2013 Sundance Film Festival entry (and award winner for director Zachary Heinzerling), Cutie and the Boxer captures the stormy 40-year marriage of painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko, a budding artist in her own right. Shot over five years in New York, the film is a raw and sometimes unpleasant look at how egotism and the desire to create can bend personal relationships to the breaking point. It will be […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Japan Goes to the Oscars

    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. Fans of Japan-themed cinema were delighted when candidates for this year’s Academy Awards were announced Jan. 16, as Cutie and the Boxer was nominated for Best Documentary Feature and The Wind Rises received the nod for Best Animated Feature Film. A 2013 Sundance Film Festival entry (and award winner for director Zachary Heinzerling), Cutie and the Boxer captures the stormy 40-year marriage of painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko, a budding artist in her own right. Shot over five years in New York, the film is a raw and sometimes unpleasant look at how egotism and the desire to create can bend personal relationships to the breaking point. It will be […]

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  • By Tim Ogino (Akita-ken, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. Tim returned from Japan last summer and immediately became involved in NEJETAA as communications coordinator/webmaster. After spending two wonderful years in Tohoku, he returned to Boston to attend graduate school and is excited to remain involved with the Japanese community, looking forward to the day he can return to the land of festivals, kiritampo, and karaoke. With New Year’s goals and resolutions firmly prepared, 34 JETAA delegates from 15 chapters across North America gathered for the 2014 JETAA Regional Conference at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA from Jan. 10-12 to discuss ways to improve their JETAA chapters. The New England JETAA chapter played host to this year’s conference and organized a series of discussions, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: North American Alumni Regional Conference Advances JETAA Initiative

    By Tim Ogino (Akita-ken, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. Tim returned from Japan last summer and immediately became involved in NEJETAA as communications coordinator/webmaster. After spending two wonderful years in Tohoku, he returned to Boston to attend graduate school and is excited to remain involved with the Japanese community, looking forward to the day he can return to the land of festivals, kiritampo, and karaoke. With New Year’s goals and resolutions firmly prepared, 34 JETAA delegates from 15 chapters across North America gathered for the 2014 JETAA Regional Conference at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA from Jan. 10-12 to discuss ways to improve their JETAA chapters. The New England JETAA chapter played host to this year’s conference and organized a series of discussions, […]

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  • Ring in 2014, at our annual JETAANY Shinnenkai (New Year Gathering) at Katsuhama (55th street location). Eat, drink, be merry, make new friends, and get back in touch with old ones.  We have reserved a private space on the second floor for our group. This is our final quarterly meeting of the fiscal year.  If you have ideas for events or want to learn how to get involved, then please join us! Katsuhama http://www.katsuhama.com/ Date: Wednesday January 29th at 7pm Location: 43 West 55th street, New York, NY Dinner: Shared appetizers and Chicken and Pork Katsu (veggie option available on request) Price: $13 (drinks not included) Secure your spot through PayPal SOLD OUT Questions: contact Monica at president [at] jetaany […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (1/29) JETAANY Shinnenkai @ Katsuhama SOLD OUT

    Ring in 2014, at our annual JETAANY Shinnenkai (New Year Gathering) at Katsuhama (55th street location). Eat, drink, be merry, make new friends, and get back in touch with old ones.  We have reserved a private space on the second floor for our group. This is our final quarterly meeting of the fiscal year.  If you have ideas for events or want to learn how to get involved, then please join us! Katsuhama http://www.katsuhama.com/ Date: Wednesday January 29th at 7pm Location: 43 West 55th street, New York, NY Dinner: Shared appetizers and Chicken and Pork Katsu (veggie option available on request) Price: $13 (drinks not included) Secure your spot through PayPal SOLD OUT Questions: contact Monica at president [at] jetaany […]

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  • JET alumni are invited to be “Tourism Ambassadors” for Japan Week NY, held at Grand Central Station from March 6-8, 2014.  As JETs we have many opportunities to explore and connect with Japan by seeing places that are off the beaten path.  Do you have a favorite town, restaurant, onsen, minshuku or historical site that you want to share?  Not only will you be sharing your love of Japan with the public, you will offer recognition and promote tourism to that area. Your story will be shared on the Japan Week website and entered into the competition. The highest quality submissions will be awarded the prizes below. ***Contest*** 1st place: Win a 7 day “Japan Rail Pass” (Or Amex gift card […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Calling all writers – Be a Japan Week NY Tourism Ambassador! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 28th

    JET alumni are invited to be “Tourism Ambassadors” for Japan Week NY, held at Grand Central Station from March 6-8, 2014.  As JETs we have many opportunities to explore and connect with Japan by seeing places that are off the beaten path.  Do you have a favorite town, restaurant, onsen, minshuku or historical site that you want to share?  Not only will you be sharing your love of Japan with the public, you will offer recognition and promote tourism to that area. Your story will be shared on the Japan Week website and entered into the competition. The highest quality submissions will be awarded the prizes below. ***Contest*** 1st place: Win a 7 day “Japan Rail Pass” (Or Amex gift card […]

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  • Calling For Artists!! Accepting submissions for 3rd Annual “Japan Day Art Contest” Japan Day is now accepting submissions for the 3rd Annual “Japan Day Art Contest.” We will be selecting our “Japan Day Official Artist 2014” whose artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2014 and will be used for our Official Poster, Program, Flyer and T-shirts. Japan Day Official Artist 2014 will also receive a pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA.** This year, Director Amon Miyamoto, who is widely known in Japan and worldwide, is joiningJapan Day Art Contest as our special guest juror. A special “Amon Miyamoto Award” will begiven to one of the entries. Winners of all […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Japan Day Art Contest (deadline Extended 2/24 )

    Calling For Artists!! Accepting submissions for 3rd Annual “Japan Day Art Contest” Japan Day is now accepting submissions for the 3rd Annual “Japan Day Art Contest.” We will be selecting our “Japan Day Official Artist 2014” whose artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2014 and will be used for our Official Poster, Program, Flyer and T-shirts. Japan Day Official Artist 2014 will also receive a pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA.** This year, Director Amon Miyamoto, who is widely known in Japan and worldwide, is joiningJapan Day Art Contest as our special guest juror. A special “Amon Miyamoto Award” will begiven to one of the entries. Winners of all […]

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  • Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Join us for the first Nihongo Dake Dinner of 2014. Come practice your Japanese with JETAA members and native speakers over delicious Chinese food.  We’ll meet at Oriental Garden in Chinatown. The price includes a family-style Chinese dinner (with some vegetarian options) and one beer. Space is limited so please RSVP quickly and pay in advance via PayPal. Deadline is noon on Thursday, 1/23. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu! When: Thursday, January 23rd 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Oriental Garden (14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013, http://orientalgardenny.tumblr.com/) Cost/RSVP:  $10 RSVP via paypal Questions:  Contact  Jessica Langbein at jessica.langbein@gmail.com<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (1/23) January Nihongo Dake Dinner @ Oriental Garden

    Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Join us for the first Nihongo Dake Dinner of 2014. Come practice your Japanese with JETAA members and native speakers over delicious Chinese food.  We’ll meet at Oriental Garden in Chinatown. The price includes a family-style Chinese dinner (with some vegetarian options) and one beer. Space is limited so please RSVP quickly and pay in advance via PayPal. Deadline is noon on Thursday, 1/23. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu! When: Thursday, January 23rd 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Oriental Garden (14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013, http://orientalgardenny.tumblr.com/) Cost/RSVP:  $10 RSVP via paypal Questions:  Contact  Jessica Langbein at jessica.langbein@gmail.com

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  • Celebrate the start of 2014 with your New Jersey JETAA friends.  Join us for $22, All-You-Can-Eat Sushi including unlimited fresh sushi, sashimi, and vegetable tempura.  Plus enjoy Japanese appetizers, salads, udon and desserts.  Make new friends and catch up with old ones.  This event is open for JET’s friends and family.  Please RSVP through PayPal to secure your spot at the party. Sunday February 9th at 6pm Sushi Palace 4437 New Jersey 27 Princeton, NJ 08540 www.sushipalace.net Questions Contact: Lesley njrep@jetaany.org<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/9) New Jersey JETAA Shinenkai

    Celebrate the start of 2014 with your New Jersey JETAA friends.  Join us for $22, All-You-Can-Eat Sushi including unlimited fresh sushi, sashimi, and vegetable tempura.  Plus enjoy Japanese appetizers, salads, udon and desserts.  Make new friends and catch up with old ones.  This event is open for JET’s friends and family.  Please RSVP through PayPal to secure your spot at the party. Sunday February 9th at 6pm Sushi Palace 4437 New Jersey 27 Princeton, NJ 08540 www.sushipalace.net Questions Contact: Lesley njrep@jetaany.org

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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. The winner of the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s newest film, Like Father, Like Son, features a stronger narrative arc and story than his previous films, which include the metaphysically philosophical After Life and the naturalistic Ozu-like Nobody Knows. In fact, the film’s plot reads like a Hollywood high-concept pitch: two families discover that their children are not their own due to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review—Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Like Father, Like Son’

    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. The winner of the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s newest film, Like Father, Like Son, features a stronger narrative arc and story than his previous films, which include the metaphysically philosophical After Life and the naturalistic Ozu-like Nobody Knows. In fact, the film’s plot reads like a Hollywood high-concept pitch: two families discover that their children are not their own due to […]

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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. Start 2014 off right by heading down to your local concert hall, cinema or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy cutting edge anime, a performance from Grammy-winning and pop sensations, or a classic film favorite of the legendary Donald Richie, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlights include: Sunday, Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m. MIKA Samba Jazz Trio Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor $12 Presented by Mar Creation, New York-based samba jazz pianist and recording artist MIKA will have her first concert in 2014 at midtown’s venerable Somethin’ Jazz Club, supported by Rafael Barata (drums) and Eduardo […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: ‘Evangelion: 3.0,’ Stanley Clarke Trio, K-pop Concert Debuts

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Start 2014 off right by heading down to your local concert hall, cinema or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy cutting edge anime, a performance from Grammy-winning and pop sensations, or a classic film favorite of the legendary Donald Richie, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlights include: Sunday, Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m. MIKA Samba Jazz Trio Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor $12 Presented by Mar Creation, New York-based samba jazz pianist and recording artist MIKA will have her first concert in 2014 at midtown’s venerable Somethin’ Jazz Club, supported by Rafael Barata (drums) and Eduardo […]

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  • By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. As part of an occasional series, Sheila is profiling individuals who are or were in some way involved with rebuilding efforts in the Tohoku region. Her first post was on the writing project 3,000 Letters to Japan. After JET, Burt spent an additional year in Japan working at a private school and translation company.  She recently returned to the Chicago area. Read more of her reporting at her blog, Stories from the Inaka. Having been posted in Tokyo during the disastrous March 11 earthquake and tsunami of 2011, diplomat Suzanne Basalla saw firsthand how quickly Japan changed in a matter of seconds. As senior advisor to former Ambassador John V. Roos in the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo, Basalla […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Tohoku Projects—The TOMODACHI Initiative

    By Sheila Burt (Toyama-ken, 2010-12) for JQ magazine. As part of an occasional series, Sheila is profiling individuals who are or were in some way involved with rebuilding efforts in the Tohoku region. Her first post was on the writing project 3,000 Letters to Japan. After JET, Burt spent an additional year in Japan working at a private school and translation company.  She recently returned to the Chicago area. Read more of her reporting at her blog, Stories from the Inaka. Having been posted in Tokyo during the disastrous March 11 earthquake and tsunami of 2011, diplomat Suzanne Basalla saw firsthand how quickly Japan changed in a matter of seconds. As senior advisor to former Ambassador John V. Roos in the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo, Basalla […]

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