Archive for March, 2014

  • By Brett Rawson (Akita-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Brett is a writer, translator, and volunteer. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at The New School and is the professional development chair for the JET Alumni Association of New York. If you have job opportunities for JET alums, an interest in presenting at JETAANY’s annual Career Forum, or want to collaborate on professional endeavors, contact him at career@jetaany.org. If you listen closely, the age-old JET adage every situation is different can be heard echoing around the world. This is because it’s said so frequently, but that’s because there is truth to the takeaway: Paths to JET, experiences in Japan, and adventures thereafter run in every direction. But when the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: From JET to Japan-Related Jobs – New York Edition

    By Brett Rawson (Akita-ken, 2007-09) for JQ magazine. Brett is a writer, translator, and volunteer. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at The New School and is the professional development chair for the JET Alumni Association of New York. If you have job opportunities for JET alums, an interest in presenting at JETAANY’s annual Career Forum, or want to collaborate on professional endeavors, contact him at career@jetaany.org. If you listen closely, the age-old JET adage every situation is different can be heard echoing around the world. This is because it’s said so frequently, but that’s because there is truth to the takeaway: Paths to JET, experiences in Japan, and adventures thereafter run in every direction. But when the […]

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  •   The Center for East Asian Studies in Philadelphia will be screening the Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story.  Andy Anderson (Taylor’s Father, and Regge Life (Film Director/Producer) will be in attendance. Date: Thursday March 27th 4:30pm – 7:00pm Location: University of Pennsylvania David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A2 209 S. 33rd Street (33rd & Walnut Sts.) http://www.jasgp.org/events/959 Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story (2013) Director Regge Life 85 min. http://www.thetaylorandersonstory.com/ Directed by Regge Life, renowned filmmaker and founder of Global Film Network Inc., Live your Dream: the Taylor Anderson Story is about the life of Taylor Anderson, a JET Assistant Language Teacher based in Miyagi Prefecture from 2008 to 2011. The film offers glimpses of her life through personal accounts from […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/27) Philadelphia Screening of Live Your Dream

      The Center for East Asian Studies in Philadelphia will be screening the Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story.  Andy Anderson (Taylor’s Father, and Regge Life (Film Director/Producer) will be in attendance. Date: Thursday March 27th 4:30pm – 7:00pm Location: University of Pennsylvania David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A2 209 S. 33rd Street (33rd & Walnut Sts.) http://www.jasgp.org/events/959 Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story (2013) Director Regge Life 85 min. http://www.thetaylorandersonstory.com/ Directed by Regge Life, renowned filmmaker and founder of Global Film Network Inc., Live your Dream: the Taylor Anderson Story is about the life of Taylor Anderson, a JET Assistant Language Teacher based in Miyagi Prefecture from 2008 to 2011. The film offers glimpses of her life through personal accounts from […]

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  • By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on his blog http://brittlejules.wordpress.com and Twitter @brittlejules. When was the last time you picked up a non-fiction book and felt like you were escaping to a faraway land? Cool Japan (Museyon Guides) is the special kind of guidebook that does just that. The author, Sumiko Kajiyama, is a journalist and scriptwriter residing in Japan. Her other books include Ghibli Magic, The Man who Changed Animation Business, The Way of Work by Top Producers, and Important Things to Enjoy Your Work and Life. In any bookstore […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Cool Japan: A Guide to Tokyo, Kyoto, Tohoku and Japanese Culture Past and Present’

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio is currently working at Ishikawa Prefecture’s New York office while seeking opportunities with publications in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and board gaming on his blog http://brittlejules.wordpress.com and Twitter @brittlejules. When was the last time you picked up a non-fiction book and felt like you were escaping to a faraway land? Cool Japan (Museyon Guides) is the special kind of guidebook that does just that. The author, Sumiko Kajiyama, is a journalist and scriptwriter residing in Japan. Her other books include Ghibli Magic, The Man who Changed Animation Business, The Way of Work by Top Producers, and Important Things to Enjoy Your Work and Life. In any bookstore […]

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  •   Invitation to “Hand in Hand” Third Concert Through the universal language of music, Project “Hand in Hand” calls for the continued support of Japan’s recovery from the disaster of March 11th, 2011. Now in its third year, Project “Hand in Hand” will bring 91 high school students from Japan, half from the disaster-affected areas and the other half from a school widely supporting the relief efforts. They will perform together with the students from College of New Jersey Chorale, students from Academy of the City, renowned opera singers and musicians of the New York City Opera Orchestra to make for an unforgettable night. Japan has received extensive support from all over the world in the wake of the disaster. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    “Hand in Hand” Concert 3/26

      Invitation to “Hand in Hand” Third Concert Through the universal language of music, Project “Hand in Hand” calls for the continued support of Japan’s recovery from the disaster of March 11th, 2011. Now in its third year, Project “Hand in Hand” will bring 91 high school students from Japan, half from the disaster-affected areas and the other half from a school widely supporting the relief efforts. They will perform together with the students from College of New Jersey Chorale, students from Academy of the City, renowned opera singers and musicians of the New York City Opera Orchestra to make for an unforgettable night. Japan has received extensive support from all over the world in the wake of the disaster. […]

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  • By Tim Martin (Fukui-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Tim is a neuroscience researcher and swing dancer based in New York City. He runs a blog called The Floating Lantern, where he writes about humanism and other things that matter. Lately he is trying to learn more about effective altruism and the science of applied rationality. Jim Breen is the man behind a resource that probably every English speaker trying to learn Japanese has used: the massive WWWJDIC online dictionary. In the 1980s, Breen developed an interest in Japanese that led to him programming a Japanese dictionary for DOS as a hobby. While a professor of digital and data communications at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Breen continued working on the dictionary, until eventually it bloomed into an interface that connects […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Jim Breen of Monash University on WWWJDIC

    By Tim Martin (Fukui-ken, 2006-08) for JQ magazine. Tim is a neuroscience researcher and swing dancer based in New York City. He runs a blog called The Floating Lantern, where he writes about humanism and other things that matter. Lately he is trying to learn more about effective altruism and the science of applied rationality. Jim Breen is the man behind a resource that probably every English speaker trying to learn Japanese has used: the massive WWWJDIC online dictionary. In the 1980s, Breen developed an interest in Japanese that led to him programming a Japanese dictionary for DOS as a hobby. While a professor of digital and data communications at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Breen continued working on the dictionary, until eventually it bloomed into an interface that connects […]

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  • When: Saturday, March 15, 1 pm – 4 pm Where: Meet up in Times Square (then head over as a group to Columbus Circle). We’ll meet up at the red bleachers behind the TKTS Booth (located in Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street, i.e. the island in the middle of the street!). We’ll be the folks wearing the JETAANY t-shirts 🙂 Questions/RSVP: Contact Ann Chow at membership[at]jetaany.org or visit the Facebook event HERE ———- Japan Day organizers have approached JETAANY about an exciting project! Last August, the Japanese group AKB48 came out with their video “Fortune Cookie in Love”. It sparked an international, viral trend where individuals, companies, and even towns film their own versions of the video and post it to YouTube. To practice […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/15) Represent JETAANY in the Japan Day Music Video!

    When: Saturday, March 15, 1 pm – 4 pm Where: Meet up in Times Square (then head over as a group to Columbus Circle). We’ll meet up at the red bleachers behind the TKTS Booth (located in Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street, i.e. the island in the middle of the street!). We’ll be the folks wearing the JETAANY t-shirts 🙂 Questions/RSVP: Contact Ann Chow at membership[at]jetaany.org or visit the Facebook event HERE ———- Japan Day organizers have approached JETAANY about an exciting project! Last August, the Japanese group AKB48 came out with their video “Fortune Cookie in Love”. It sparked an international, viral trend where individuals, companies, and even towns film their own versions of the video and post it to YouTube. To practice […]

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  • Give TODAY to make your support TWICE as effective! DONATE NOW Donate now and your contribution is DOUBLED to support the students and schools of Tohoku.  Donations are matched for 24 hours starting today, March 10th at 11am EST (March 11th in Japan).  It’s been 3 years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku. Among the nearly 16,000 people lost were two incredible JET participants, Taylor Anderson and Monty Dickinson.  Please join the JET community and GlobalGiving in continuing to support the recovery efforts and children’s education in Tohoku. Donate to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation during the 24 hour donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11 (11 a.m. EST 3/10 – 11 am EST 3/11) and have your gift MATCHED […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JETs Rally For Tohoku

    Give TODAY to make your support TWICE as effective! DONATE NOW Donate now and your contribution is DOUBLED to support the students and schools of Tohoku.  Donations are matched for 24 hours starting today, March 10th at 11am EST (March 11th in Japan).  It’s been 3 years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku. Among the nearly 16,000 people lost were two incredible JET participants, Taylor Anderson and Monty Dickinson.  Please join the JET community and GlobalGiving in continuing to support the recovery efforts and children’s education in Tohoku. Donate to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation during the 24 hour donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11 (11 a.m. EST 3/10 – 11 am EST 3/11) and have your gift MATCHED […]

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  • By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden lived and worked in the core city of Iwaki on JET, and he is a current committee member of JETAA NSW, based in Sydney, Australia.   Introduction It’s been three years since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. While the rest of the world, and arguably, the rest of Japan, has moved on, communities all along the east and north coast continue to endure and deal with the continuing legacy and consequences of that event, especially those displaced from the exclusion zone around TEPCO’s Daiichi plant. The JET Programme continues to operate, with the government previously announcing plans to double the number of participants over three years. JETs continue to live and work in Tohoku, including JETs […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Staying On—JETs in Fukushima Share Their Stories

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden lived and worked in the core city of Iwaki on JET, and he is a current committee member of JETAA NSW, based in Sydney, Australia.   Introduction It’s been three years since the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. While the rest of the world, and arguably, the rest of Japan, has moved on, communities all along the east and north coast continue to endure and deal with the continuing legacy and consequences of that event, especially those displaced from the exclusion zone around TEPCO’s Daiichi plant. The JET Programme continues to operate, with the government previously announcing plans to double the number of participants over three years. JETs continue to live and work in Tohoku, including JETs […]

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  • By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. Mark is a program director at the Japan ICU Foundation in New York City and was also a Rotary Peace Fellow at ICU from 2010-12, during which time he volunteered for a tsunami relief mission in Ishinomaki after the terrible 3/11 tragedy. In addition to his JET and Rotary service, Mark has also been a U.S. Army officer, Presidential Management Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Contest prize winner, and Aspen Institute Socrates Program Seminar scholar. His interests lie in international education, disaster response, and post-conflict peacebuilding. He can be contacted at mflanigan[at]jicuf.org. Christopher Cade Mosley (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-01) is a current Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo and previously served as a JET for one year. Born in […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with Cade Mosley on His Return to Japan with Rotary International

    By Mark Flanigan (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-04) for JQ magazine. Mark is a program director at the Japan ICU Foundation in New York City and was also a Rotary Peace Fellow at ICU from 2010-12, during which time he volunteered for a tsunami relief mission in Ishinomaki after the terrible 3/11 tragedy. In addition to his JET and Rotary service, Mark has also been a U.S. Army officer, Presidential Management Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Contest prize winner, and Aspen Institute Socrates Program Seminar scholar. His interests lie in international education, disaster response, and post-conflict peacebuilding. He can be contacted at mflanigan[at]jicuf.org. Christopher Cade Mosley (Nagasaki-ken, 2000-01) is a current Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo and previously served as a JET for one year. Born in […]

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