Archive for February, 2014

  • When: Friday, March 21, 6:00 pm Where: Legends Bar, (6 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001) website  Questions: Contact Monica Yuki at president[at]jetaany.org Cost: $8 prepay (till March 11th) / $11 prepay (March 12th-18th) / $15 (March 19th – at the door) Join us for our largest networking event of the year! The annual JETAANY Meishi Exchange offers the opportunity to mix and mingle with talented professionals in various fields around New York City. The event is open to anyone  who is interested in building their professional network and meeting other people passionate about Japan and intercultural exchange. JET Alumni are encouraged to bring their friends, family, coworkers and colleagues. No need to worry about bringing meishi (business cards) but definitely come prepared to meet […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/21) Meishi Exchange

    When: Friday, March 21, 6:00 pm Where: Legends Bar, (6 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001) website  Questions: Contact Monica Yuki at president[at]jetaany.org Cost: $8 prepay (till March 11th) / $11 prepay (March 12th-18th) / $15 (March 19th – at the door) Join us for our largest networking event of the year! The annual JETAANY Meishi Exchange offers the opportunity to mix and mingle with talented professionals in various fields around New York City. The event is open to anyone  who is interested in building their professional network and meeting other people passionate about Japan and intercultural exchange. JET Alumni are encouraged to bring their friends, family, coworkers and colleagues. No need to worry about bringing meishi (business cards) but definitely come prepared to meet […]

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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. Tucked between Oscar and cherry blossom season, March offers an unmissable array of concerts, performances and exhibitions, along with a special gathering to mark the three-year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This month’s highlights include: March 1-2, 2:00 p.m. Kaleidoscoping Tohoku: Three Years After the Disaster in 2011 J-LABO Brooklyn, 300-302 Seventh Street, Park Slope Free Three years have now passed since the tsunami, earthquake and nuclear accident in 2011 rocked Eastern Japan, yet those who have visited since have been enchanted by the rich culture and history of Tohoku, forging relationships with local residents across generations and geographies. Now, various new projects, art works, crafts, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Nippon in New York—Japan Week at Grand Central, Mayday debut, Jake Shimabukuro

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Tucked between Oscar and cherry blossom season, March offers an unmissable array of concerts, performances and exhibitions, along with a special gathering to mark the three-year anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This month’s highlights include: March 1-2, 2:00 p.m. Kaleidoscoping Tohoku: Three Years After the Disaster in 2011 J-LABO Brooklyn, 300-302 Seventh Street, Park Slope Free Three years have now passed since the tsunami, earthquake and nuclear accident in 2011 rocked Eastern Japan, yet those who have visited since have been enchanted by the rich culture and history of Tohoku, forging relationships with local residents across generations and geographies. Now, various new projects, art works, crafts, […]

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  • By Jessica Sattell (Fukuoka-ken, 2007-08) for JQ magazine. Jessica is a freelance writer and a graduate student in arts journalism. Her favorite museum in all of Japan is the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, but the Mori Art Museum is a close second. Artist Barbara Kruger poses the pinnacle of questions in an untitled 1991 photograph and type-on-paper piece featuring a sunglasses-clad man whose mouth is twisted into a howl of wonder: “Why are you here?” She provides a few suggestions: “To kill time? To get ‘cultured’? To widen your world? To think good thoughts? To improve your social life?” When this piece is encountered within the walls of a gallery or art museum, these prompts can stir the viewer to question their place as a member of a larger […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Public Properties: Museums in Imperial Japan’

    By Jessica Sattell (Fukuoka-ken, 2007-08) for JQ magazine. Jessica is a freelance writer and a graduate student in arts journalism. Her favorite museum in all of Japan is the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, but the Mori Art Museum is a close second. Artist Barbara Kruger poses the pinnacle of questions in an untitled 1991 photograph and type-on-paper piece featuring a sunglasses-clad man whose mouth is twisted into a howl of wonder: “Why are you here?” She provides a few suggestions: “To kill time? To get ‘cultured’? To widen your world? To think good thoughts? To improve your social life?” When this piece is encountered within the walls of a gallery or art museum, these prompts can stir the viewer to question their place as a member of a larger […]

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ Magazine. Eden is a member of JETAA NSW, based in Sydney, Australia, which is part of the thriving JETAA Oceania community that covers Australia and New Zealand. As a JET Programme success story, that of Matthew Cook (Osaka-fu, 2007-12)’s must surely rank as being one of the most extraordinary and inspiring. Hailing from Blacksburg, Virginia in the U.S., Matthew’s interest in Japanese martial arts led to his participation on JET. Beginning a five-year tenure as an in Osaka ALT, he also served as AJET national council chair, working with the Japanese government as well as JET alumni associations, international corporations, and news media about the value of the programme and internationalization. In 2012, after his JET tenure ended, he was hired […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Matthew Cook of the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ Magazine. Eden is a member of JETAA NSW, based in Sydney, Australia, which is part of the thriving JETAA Oceania community that covers Australia and New Zealand. As a JET Programme success story, that of Matthew Cook (Osaka-fu, 2007-12)’s must surely rank as being one of the most extraordinary and inspiring. Hailing from Blacksburg, Virginia in the U.S., Matthew’s interest in Japanese martial arts led to his participation on JET. Beginning a five-year tenure as an in Osaka ALT, he also served as AJET national council chair, working with the Japanese government as well as JET alumni associations, international corporations, and news media about the value of the programme and internationalization. In 2012, after his JET tenure ended, he was hired […]

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  • By Sarah Parsons (Gunma-ken, 1995-97) for JQ magazine. Sarah is the careers and networking coordinator for JETAA UK and chair of the Midlands Chapter. She also runs her own business called Japan In Perspective, where she facilitates business links between the UK and Japan. There are a variety of ex-JETs: those who have just returned looking for jobs and hoping to make sense of and use their JET experience, and those who are still interested in keeping in touch with Japan who have been very successful using their JET experience professionally—whether it be directly Japan-related or using it as a catalyst for a new career—but who have not been engaged with JETAA for a long time, if ever. Several things […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JETAA UK Launches Careers and Networking Programme

    By Sarah Parsons (Gunma-ken, 1995-97) for JQ magazine. Sarah is the careers and networking coordinator for JETAA UK and chair of the Midlands Chapter. She also runs her own business called Japan In Perspective, where she facilitates business links between the UK and Japan. There are a variety of ex-JETs: those who have just returned looking for jobs and hoping to make sense of and use their JET experience, and those who are still interested in keeping in touch with Japan who have been very successful using their JET experience professionally—whether it be directly Japan-related or using it as a catalyst for a new career—but who have not been engaged with JETAA for a long time, if ever. Several things […]

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  • The NECTJ (Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese) would like to have a JET booth at Harumatsuri at UNIS (United Nations International School) on 2450 FDR Drive, New York, NY. JET volunteers are needed to run a booth. Activities at the booth include distributing JET Program pamphlets, hosting our own quizzes or games on Japanese language or culture, and conversing with student groups in Japanese. Monday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact JET Christina Ryu by March 3rd at christinaryu.ny@gmail.com.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/24) Calling Volunteers for NECTJ Harumatsuri – March 3rd Deadline

    The NECTJ (Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese) would like to have a JET booth at Harumatsuri at UNIS (United Nations International School) on 2450 FDR Drive, New York, NY. JET volunteers are needed to run a booth. Activities at the booth include distributing JET Program pamphlets, hosting our own quizzes or games on Japanese language or culture, and conversing with student groups in Japanese. Monday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact JET Christina Ryu by March 3rd at christinaryu.ny@gmail.com.

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  • The Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is having a booth at The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. http://www.nyttravelshow.com/ A few JET volunteers are needed for an activity of “Dress up to be a samurai” wearing yoroi (samurai armor) or helping guests try on yoroi. The dates and times are as follows: – Saturday, March 1 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM – Sunday, March 2 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM If you are interested, please send an email to jet@ny.mofa.go.jp by 9:00AM on Monday, February 10 with the following information: Name: Which date (3/1 or 3/2): Email address: JET years (xxxx – xxxx) : JET placement (city/town, prefecture): JET position (ALT or CIR):<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Calling volunteers for The New York Times Travel Show

    The Consulate General of Japan in New York and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is having a booth at The New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. http://www.nyttravelshow.com/ A few JET volunteers are needed for an activity of “Dress up to be a samurai” wearing yoroi (samurai armor) or helping guests try on yoroi. The dates and times are as follows: – Saturday, March 1 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM – Sunday, March 2 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM If you are interested, please send an email to jet@ny.mofa.go.jp by 9:00AM on Monday, February 10 with the following information: Name: Which date (3/1 or 3/2): Email address: JET years (xxxx – xxxx) : JET placement (city/town, prefecture): JET position (ALT or CIR):

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  • Free Movie Screening of Inclusion: The Joy of Drumming Japanese film (with subtitles) Join JETAANY and friends as we watch this amazing film over pizza and snacks in the beautiful common space of JET Alum Zi Mei’s new apartment building in Brooklyn Date: Wednesday 2/19 Time: 7pm Seats: 15 people max Cost: Free Location: 306 Gold Greet, Brooklyn NY Nearest subway: Jay Street-Metro Tech – R, A, C, F Borough Hall – 4, 5 This beautiful documentary follows the Zuihou Taiko drumming team originally from Nagasaki Japan, a mentally disabled professional drumming team that placed 2nd in the Tokyo International Japanese Drumming Competition. It tells the story of their daily lives and what was supposed to be mere rehabilitation and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/19) Free Movie Screening of Inclusion: The Joy of Drumming (Brooklyn)

    Free Movie Screening of Inclusion: The Joy of Drumming Japanese film (with subtitles) Join JETAANY and friends as we watch this amazing film over pizza and snacks in the beautiful common space of JET Alum Zi Mei’s new apartment building in Brooklyn Date: Wednesday 2/19 Time: 7pm Seats: 15 people max Cost: Free Location: 306 Gold Greet, Brooklyn NY Nearest subway: Jay Street-Metro Tech – R, A, C, F Borough Hall – 4, 5 This beautiful documentary follows the Zuihou Taiko drumming team originally from Nagasaki Japan, a mentally disabled professional drumming team that placed 2nd in the Tokyo International Japanese Drumming Competition. It tells the story of their daily lives and what was supposed to be mere rehabilitation and […]

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  • What: Nihongo Dake Dinner: February Edition When: Feb. 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Where: Shabu-Tatsu, 216 E 10th St New York, NY 10003 RSVP: SOLD OUT– $16/person for appetizer, sukiyaki and dessert Questions?: Contact NDD Coordinator Jessica with questions: jessica-dot-langbein-at-gmail-dot-com. It’s cold out which means it’s perfect sukiyaki weather! Join us for good conversation (mochiron Nihongo de!) and a full course sukiyaki meal including appetizer, sukiyaki, and dessert. (Drinks are separate.) Beginners, feel free to join! We will have a table just for you! The fine print:  Unfortunately, we will not be able to seat walk-ins. Please arrive on time, as we only have a 2-hour reservation. Email Jessica with questions: jessica-dot-langbein -at- gmail-dot-com. Yoroshiku!<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/26) Nihongo Dake Dinner: February Edition-SOLD OUT

    What: Nihongo Dake Dinner: February Edition When: Feb. 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Where: Shabu-Tatsu, 216 E 10th St New York, NY 10003 RSVP: SOLD OUT– $16/person for appetizer, sukiyaki and dessert Questions?: Contact NDD Coordinator Jessica with questions: jessica-dot-langbein-at-gmail-dot-com. It’s cold out which means it’s perfect sukiyaki weather! Join us for good conversation (mochiron Nihongo de!) and a full course sukiyaki meal including appetizer, sukiyaki, and dessert. (Drinks are separate.) Beginners, feel free to join! We will have a table just for you! The fine print:  Unfortunately, we will not be able to seat walk-ins. Please arrive on time, as we only have a 2-hour reservation. Email Jessica with questions: jessica-dot-langbein -at- gmail-dot-com. Yoroshiku!

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  • The book for the next meeting is Underground by Haruki Murakami in case you want to get a jump on the reading (put it on your holiday reading list—it’ll make the holidays warm and bright, certainly…). When: Thursday, February 20 @ 7 pm Where: Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost: $3-4 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP/Questions: 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.] Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (アンダーグラウンド Andāguraundo?, 1997–1998) is a book by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami about the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. The book is made up of a series of interviews with individuals who were […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/20) JETAANY Book Club: Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche

    The book for the next meeting is Underground by Haruki Murakami in case you want to get a jump on the reading (put it on your holiday reading list—it’ll make the holidays warm and bright, certainly…). When: Thursday, February 20 @ 7 pm Where: Flatiron Building, 175 Fifth Avenue Cost: $3-4 for snacks (bring your own beverages) RSVP/Questions: 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.] Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche (アンダーグラウンド Andāguraundo?, 1997–1998) is a book by Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami about the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway. The book is made up of a series of interviews with individuals who were […]

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  • By Nathalie Ng (Shizuoka-ken, 2010-11) For JQ magazine. A member of JETAA Singapore, Nathalie was an inaka JET and her time in Japan has taught her to appreciate the flowers by the roadside and how to snowboard. Wei Yuet Wong (Nagano-ken, 2008-10) left his home in Singapore to join JET following a summer homestay in Hiroshima. He went there because of the history as he’d learnt about the devastation during World War II, and he was particularly interested in seeing how the city had progressed since then. The relationship formed with his homestay family inspired him to join JET. Assigned to three different schools in Ueda City, during his first few months he was often left feeling clueless and dependent on his supervisor due to the language […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Photographer Wei Yuet Wong on ‘The Fukushima Project’

    By Nathalie Ng (Shizuoka-ken, 2010-11) For JQ magazine. A member of JETAA Singapore, Nathalie was an inaka JET and her time in Japan has taught her to appreciate the flowers by the roadside and how to snowboard. Wei Yuet Wong (Nagano-ken, 2008-10) left his home in Singapore to join JET following a summer homestay in Hiroshima. He went there because of the history as he’d learnt about the devastation during World War II, and he was particularly interested in seeing how the city had progressed since then. The relationship formed with his homestay family inspired him to join JET. Assigned to three different schools in Ueda City, during his first few months he was often left feeling clueless and dependent on his supervisor due to the language […]

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