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  • Join us for our largest networking event of the year! We get 100+ attendees every year so make sure to get your spot! When: Wednesday, March 22nd,  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Where: Legends Bar, 6 West 33rd Street @ 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Private space downstairs) Questions: Contact Pam Kavalam (president @ jetaany.org) Cost: $15 prepay (Monday, March 20th at noon/ $20 (Wednesday, March 22nd – cash at the door) What you get: We’ll be serving “hearty hors d’oeuvres” included in the entry price. There will be a ***special extended happy hour***  for attendees! And of course, you’ll get the opportunity to meet AMAZING people! RSVP: Get your spot by using Paypal and check out who else is coming on Facebook The […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/22) JETAANY’s Annual Meishi Exchange Networking Event!

    Join us for our largest networking event of the year! We get 100+ attendees every year so make sure to get your spot! When: Wednesday, March 22nd,  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Where: Legends Bar, 6 West 33rd Street @ 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Private space downstairs) Questions: Contact Pam Kavalam (president @ jetaany.org) Cost: $15 prepay (Monday, March 20th at noon/ $20 (Wednesday, March 22nd – cash at the door) What you get: We’ll be serving “hearty hors d’oeuvres” included in the entry price. There will be a ***special extended happy hour***  for attendees! And of course, you’ll get the opportunity to meet AMAZING people! RSVP: Get your spot by using Paypal and check out who else is coming on Facebook The […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Tucked between Oscar and cherry blossom season, March offers an unmissable array of concerts, performances and exhibitions, appealing to both modern and traditional tastes. This month’s highlights include: March 1-4, 7:30 p.m. Kodo: Dadan 2017 BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. (Brooklyn) $32-$65 Emanating an ancient cavernous thunder, a group of disciplined, muscled bodies pound traditional Japanese drums with sticks the size of a forearm. With these performances of Dadan (Drumming Man), Japan’s preeminent taiko ensemble, Kodo, celebrates its 35th anniversary and showcases the spectacular sonic possibilities of these time-honored instruments, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Kodo, Balloon Ninja, ‘Ghost in the Shell’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Tucked between Oscar and cherry blossom season, March offers an unmissable array of concerts, performances and exhibitions, appealing to both modern and traditional tastes. This month’s highlights include: March 1-4, 7:30 p.m. Kodo: Dadan 2017 BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. (Brooklyn) $32-$65 Emanating an ancient cavernous thunder, a group of disciplined, muscled bodies pound traditional Japanese drums with sticks the size of a forearm. With these performances of Dadan (Drumming Man), Japan’s preeminent taiko ensemble, Kodo, celebrates its 35th anniversary and showcases the spectacular sonic possibilities of these time-honored instruments, […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Now celebrating its 20th year, the New York International Children’s Film Festival returns this month, continuing its mission to cultivate an appreciation for the arts for moviegoers of all ages. Anime films are a staple of NYICFF, and this year’s citywide selections are “Rudolf the Black Cat” (Feb. 25, March 4-5, 19), a modern-day CGI-animated tale of two kitties that celebrates the wonder of discovery; “Panda! Go Panda!” (Feb. 26, March 5, 11, 18), a retro classic from 1972 directed by Isao Takahata and featuring original concepts and character designs by Hayao Miyazaki; and “Ancien and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    ‘Your Name’ Premieres at NYICFF

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Now celebrating its 20th year, the New York International Children’s Film Festival returns this month, continuing its mission to cultivate an appreciation for the arts for moviegoers of all ages. Anime films are a staple of NYICFF, and this year’s citywide selections are “Rudolf the Black Cat” (Feb. 25, March 4-5, 19), a modern-day CGI-animated tale of two kitties that celebrates the wonder of discovery; “Panda! Go Panda!” (Feb. 26, March 5, 11, 18), a retro classic from 1972 directed by Isao Takahata and featuring original concepts and character designs by Hayao Miyazaki; and “Ancien and […]

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  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. On January 30 of this year, you may have noticed a certain bespectacled figure serving as the Google Doodle: Fred Korematsu. Possibly unknown to many of you (In fact, I didn’t know the name until several days prior to his being honored by Google), Korematsu was nonetheless an important civil rights figure of the 20th century and has gotten the recognition he deserves as in recent years, with Fred Korematsu Day being celebrated in several states. Now, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Fred Korematsu Speaks Up’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. On January 30 of this year, you may have noticed a certain bespectacled figure serving as the Google Doodle: Fred Korematsu. Possibly unknown to many of you (In fact, I didn’t know the name until several days prior to his being honored by Google), Korematsu was nonetheless an important civil rights figure of the 20th century and has gotten the recognition he deserves as in recent years, with Fred Korematsu Day being celebrated in several states. Now, […]

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  • Date: Sunday, March 5th at 12:30 pm Location: Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 Price: $25 for everything! Brunch Menu: Shared appetizers (2) and main dishes (3). Vegetarian options available. Specifics are TBD, but this menu reflects the type of food we will be served. Also, unlimited drinks (mimosa, rose sangria, bloody mary, coffee, tea, juice, soda) for 2 hours. Let’s get together and celebrate 2017! Join our annual JETAANY Shinnenkai (New Year Gathering) brunch at Carroll Place on Sunday, March 5th at 12:30 pm. Eat, drink, be merry, make new friends, and get back in touch with old ones. Secure your spot through PayPal below! Meal VegetarianNon Vegetarian<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (3/5) JETAANY Shinnenkai 2017 – Brunch Edition!

    Date: Sunday, March 5th at 12:30 pm Location: Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012 Price: $25 for everything! Brunch Menu: Shared appetizers (2) and main dishes (3). Vegetarian options available. Specifics are TBD, but this menu reflects the type of food we will be served. Also, unlimited drinks (mimosa, rose sangria, bloody mary, coffee, tea, juice, soda) for 2 hours. Let’s get together and celebrate 2017! Join our annual JETAANY Shinnenkai (New Year Gathering) brunch at Carroll Place on Sunday, March 5th at 12:30 pm. Eat, drink, be merry, make new friends, and get back in touch with old ones. Secure your spot through PayPal below! Meal VegetarianNon Vegetarian

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  • Do you want to share Japanese culture with NYC youth? At this awesome annual event with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS) of NYC, we volunteer and help introduce Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister through fun and varied activities including: -Kimono Fitting -Origami -Japanese Writing -Chopstick Challenge -Making Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) -Japanese Dancing *The event runs from 12:00-3:00PM, but volunteers will also be needed for setup and cleanup before and after the event. When: Saturday, February 25th 2017 *12:00-3:00PM Where: Boys and Girls Club of America (Financial District) 40 Rector Street 11th Floor What: Volunteer and help introduce Japanese culture to kids RSVP: Via this google doc Cost: No Cost to Attend. Mark yourself as attending on Facebook and email […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (2/25) Japan-a-Mania 2017

    Do you want to share Japanese culture with NYC youth? At this awesome annual event with Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BB/BS) of NYC, we volunteer and help introduce Japanese culture to the kids and their big brother/sister through fun and varied activities including: -Kimono Fitting -Origami -Japanese Writing -Chopstick Challenge -Making Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) -Japanese Dancing *The event runs from 12:00-3:00PM, but volunteers will also be needed for setup and cleanup before and after the event. When: Saturday, February 25th 2017 *12:00-3:00PM Where: Boys and Girls Club of America (Financial District) 40 Rector Street 11th Floor What: Volunteer and help introduce Japanese culture to kids RSVP: Via this google doc Cost: No Cost to Attend. Mark yourself as attending on Facebook and email […]

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  • Fill out the google form or e-mail a platform by March 24th. Contact Marc at elections@jetaany.org to submit your platform or if you have any questions Are you interested in getting involved with the JET Alumni Association in New York?  JETAANY is looking for new leaders, organizers, and awesome alumni to help grow the chapter. We are accepting platforms or you can fill out the google form and share what makes you a good candidate and how you can take JETAANY to the next level. Available positions: President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Positions are held for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 the following year. Position descriptions are on the JETAANY website If you wish to be considered for a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for 2017 JETAANY Executive Officer Platforms!

    Fill out the google form or e-mail a platform by March 24th. Contact Marc at elections@jetaany.org to submit your platform or if you have any questions Are you interested in getting involved with the JET Alumni Association in New York?  JETAANY is looking for new leaders, organizers, and awesome alumni to help grow the chapter. We are accepting platforms or you can fill out the google form and share what makes you a good candidate and how you can take JETAANY to the next level. Available positions: President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Positions are held for one year starting April 1 and ending March 31 the following year. Position descriptions are on the JETAANY website If you wish to be considered for a […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an exhibition that will transport you to another time and place, some new an classic anime screenings, and a mash-up multimedia performance you won’t want to miss. This month’s highlights include: Now through May 14 Hello from Japan! Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street $12 children and adults, $8 seniors  Back for the new year, this exhibit highlights how old and new traditions coexist in Japan, giving visitors a family-friendly window into Japanese culture. Children will have fun learning about […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — ‘Your Name’ Premiere, Hougaku Quartet, ‘Girl X’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from an exhibition that will transport you to another time and place, some new an classic anime screenings, and a mash-up multimedia performance you won’t want to miss. This month’s highlights include: Now through May 14 Hello from Japan! Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street $12 children and adults, $8 seniors  Back for the new year, this exhibit highlights how old and new traditions coexist in Japan, giving visitors a family-friendly window into Japanese culture. Children will have fun learning about […]

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  • Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.org Application Deadline: Wednesday 2/22 Position Description and Qualifications: 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 of Directors is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs 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 who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY is the only executive committee member to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Call for Candidates for JETAANY’s Board of Directors – 2/22 Deadline

    Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.org Application Deadline: Wednesday 2/22 Position Description and Qualifications: 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 of Directors is comprised of a group of experienced former JETs 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 who run the day-to-day activities of the organization. The President of JETAANY is the only executive committee member to […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). For more of his articles, click here. On Jan. 12-13, Yoshiki of the band X Japan—the nation’s number one rock group, which has sold out the 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times and has moved more than 30 million singles and albums since forming in the 1980s—fulfilled a lifelong dream by debuting, and also selling out, two consecutive nights at Carnegie Hall in New York City with his Yoshiki Classical Special performance. Backed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuga Cohler with arrangements by Shelly Berg, the nearly three-hour concert brought an arena vibe to the traditional concert hall setting. Featuring a mix of X Japan classics, new material, and pitch perfect renditions from the book […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Concert Recap: Yoshiki Classical Special at Carnegie Hall

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). For more of his articles, click here. On Jan. 12-13, Yoshiki of the band X Japan—the nation’s number one rock group, which has sold out the 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome a record 18 times and has moved more than 30 million singles and albums since forming in the 1980s—fulfilled a lifelong dream by debuting, and also selling out, two consecutive nights at Carnegie Hall in New York City with his Yoshiki Classical Special performance. Backed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuga Cohler with arrangements by Shelly Berg, the nearly three-hour concert brought an arena vibe to the traditional concert hall setting. Featuring a mix of X Japan classics, new material, and pitch perfect renditions from the book […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. While riding the bullet train through Japan in 1989, the New York filmmaker Martin Scorsese was reading “Silence,” the award-winning 1966 Japanese historical novel by Shusaku Endo abut a Jesuit missionary’s persecution in 17th century Japan at a time when Christianity was practiced in secret following a national prohibition that lasted well into the mid-19th century. Drawing from some of Endo’s personal experiences as a Japanese Catholic (as well as the director’s own religious upbringing as an altar boy in Little Italy), the film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata, and Tadanobu Asano. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. While riding the bullet train through Japan in 1989, the New York filmmaker Martin Scorsese was reading “Silence,” the award-winning 1966 Japanese historical novel by Shusaku Endo abut a Jesuit missionary’s persecution in 17th century Japan at a time when Christianity was practiced in secret following a national prohibition that lasted well into the mid-19th century. Drawing from some of Endo’s personal experiences as a Japanese Catholic (as well as the director’s own religious upbringing as an altar boy in Little Italy), the film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata, and Tadanobu Asano. […]

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  • Date: Wednesday January 25th Time: 6pm Location: Japan Local Government Office 3 Park Ave (34thStreet), 20th Floor Cost: Free RSVP on Facebook or to monica.yuki@jetaausa.com so we can have an accurate headcount for food. If you have a passion for something and want to share it with others JETAANY need your help! JETAANY is looking for alumni interested in a leadership role and/or being a part of a committee to plan and host events in all the 5 boroughs, upstate New York, New Jersey, and Philly in 2017. Come learn how to get involved with JETAANY and what is on the horizon.  Over the past 30 years, we’ve been fortunate to have JET Alumni come from a variety of backgrounds, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (1/25) JETAANY Brainstorming Session – Share Ideas & Get Involved!

    Date: Wednesday January 25th Time: 6pm Location: Japan Local Government Office 3 Park Ave (34thStreet), 20th Floor Cost: Free RSVP on Facebook or to monica.yuki@jetaausa.com so we can have an accurate headcount for food. If you have a passion for something and want to share it with others JETAANY need your help! JETAANY is looking for alumni interested in a leadership role and/or being a part of a committee to plan and host events in all the 5 boroughs, upstate New York, New Jersey, and Philly in 2017. Come learn how to get involved with JETAANY and what is on the horizon.  Over the past 30 years, we’ve been fortunate to have JET Alumni come from a variety of backgrounds, […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Start 2017 off right by heading down to your local concert hall, cinema, or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy movies, travel, or orchestral performances classic video games, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlights include: Now playing through Jan. 5 Ocean Waves IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue $15  New 4K restoration! Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Anime films, Final Fantasy Live, Yoshiki at Carnegie Hall

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. Start 2017 off right by heading down to your local concert hall, cinema, or arts center for some fantastic new year’s fare. Whether you enjoy movies, travel, or orchestral performances classic video games, treat yourself and catch a break from the cold. This month’s highlights include: Now playing through Jan. 5 Ocean Waves IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue $15  New 4K restoration! Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to […]

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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 currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Everyone has felt out of place at some point in their lives. People who choose to live abroad sometimes make that their everyday. In Tonoharu, cartoonist and JET alum Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken, 2003-2006; Kyoto-fu, 2011-2016) illustrates a story exploring themes of human relationships through the experience of an English teacher in Japan on a journey of self-discovery. Told in three parts, the final volume was released in November and represents many years of work for Martinson that began to see […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — The ‘Tonoharu’ Trilogy

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Everyone has felt out of place at some point in their lives. People who choose to live abroad sometimes make that their everyday. In Tonoharu, cartoonist and JET alum Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken, 2003-2006; Kyoto-fu, 2011-2016) illustrates a story exploring themes of human relationships through the experience of an English teacher in Japan on a journey of self-discovery. Told in three parts, the final volume was released in November and represents many years of work for Martinson that began to see […]

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  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. “J-pop meets jazz.” What does that really mean? These words appear on the J-MUSIC Ensemble’s official website, the J-MUSIC Ensemble being a New York-based jazz-influenced instrumental band that mixes various genres. The group’s Grammy-nominated founder Patrick Bartley once told me, “We’re not just playing jazz songs; we’re taking the jazz mentality.” So what do they serve up with Time to Play, their full-length recording debut? Befitting the group’s name, Time to Play features eight covers […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Music Review — ‘Time to Play’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. “J-pop meets jazz.” What does that really mean? These words appear on the J-MUSIC Ensemble’s official website, the J-MUSIC Ensemble being a New York-based jazz-influenced instrumental band that mixes various genres. The group’s Grammy-nominated founder Patrick Bartley once told me, “We’re not just playing jazz songs; we’re taking the jazz mentality.” So what do they serve up with Time to Play, their full-length recording debut? Befitting the group’s name, Time to Play features eight covers […]

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  • When: Thursday, December 15th, 7:00 pm Where:  Evergreen Shanghai Restaurant & Lounge (10 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016) Facebook: Let others know you’re attending on our event’s page. Questions:  Contact Wendy Ikemoto at social[at]jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai and Quarterly Meeting! Let’s celebrate the end of 2016 over Chinese cuisine and good company. If you are interested to get involved or have ideas to share this is a great place to join the planning committees.   This event tends to sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot through PayPal. After you have paid you will receive an e-mail confirming your spot. It is family style, so each table of 10 people will […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    SOLD OUT – (12/15) JETAANY Annual Bonenkai 2016

    When: Thursday, December 15th, 7:00 pm Where:  Evergreen Shanghai Restaurant & Lounge (10 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016) Facebook: Let others know you’re attending on our event’s page. Questions:  Contact Wendy Ikemoto at social[at]jetaany.org Come join JETAANY at the annual Bōnenkai and Quarterly Meeting! Let’s celebrate the end of 2016 over Chinese cuisine and good company. If you are interested to get involved or have ideas to share this is a great place to join the planning committees.   This event tends to sell out quickly so be sure to secure your spot through PayPal. After you have paid you will receive an e-mail confirming your spot. It is family style, so each table of 10 people will […]

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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 currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Imagine coming home to find a stranger in your house. He acts like he owns the place, eats your food and drinks your beer, before leaving you reeling in confusion! Better send a letter to the Yokai Post for help from Kitaro, a charming character made by manga legend Shigeru Mizuki. Kitaro investigates strange phenomena and protects humans from ill-intentioned yokai. Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro – Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon is a manga volume collecting seven more of Kitaro’s paranormal adventures. While this […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon’

    By Julio Perez Jr. (Kyoto-shi, 2011-13) for JQ magazine. A bibliophile, writer, translator, and graduate from Columbia University, Julio currently keeps the lights on by working at JTB USA while writing freelance in New York. Follow his enthusiasm for Japan, literature, and comic books on his blog and Twitter @brittlejules. Imagine coming home to find a stranger in your house. He acts like he owns the place, eats your food and drinks your beer, before leaving you reeling in confusion! Better send a letter to the Yokai Post for help from Kitaro, a charming character made by manga legend Shigeru Mizuki. Kitaro investigates strange phenomena and protects humans from ill-intentioned yokai. Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro – Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon is a manga volume collecting seven more of Kitaro’s paranormal adventures. While this […]

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  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. Sometimes, I might come across a book that makes me feel as if I don’t know anything about Japan. Not that I didn’t learn a lot about the country during my JET days, but that the book contains so much information, it puts to shame what I’ve learned about Japan. Such is the feeling I experienced while reading Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women. First published in 1987, the book examines Japan through the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Womansword’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. Sometimes, I might come across a book that makes me feel as if I don’t know anything about Japan. Not that I didn’t learn a lot about the country during my JET days, but that the book contains so much information, it puts to shame what I’ve learned about Japan. Such is the feeling I experienced while reading Womansword: What Japanese Words Say About Women. First published in 1987, the book examines Japan through the […]

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  • By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. During your elementary school days, you surely read about the primordial creatures you know as dinosaurs. But if you haven’t been reminded of the creatures that roamed the earth roughly 65 million years ago in some time, you might not realize that there’s more than meets the eye. Case in point: Tatsuya Miyanishi’s I Want That Love. I Want That Love (the third book in Miyanishi’s Tyrannosaurus series of 13 titles that have sold more than three […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘I Want That Love’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia Sub-Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. During your elementary school days, you surely read about the primordial creatures you know as dinosaurs. But if you haven’t been reminded of the creatures that roamed the earth roughly 65 million years ago in some time, you might not realize that there’s more than meets the eye. Case in point: Tatsuya Miyanishi’s I Want That Love. I Want That Love (the third book in Miyanishi’s Tyrannosaurus series of 13 titles that have sold more than three […]

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  • By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. From the silver screen to the stage to J-pop, November is just as colorful as the autumn leaves drifting through the air. Add these live events to the mix and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown. This month’s highlights include: Friday, Nov. 4, various times We Are X Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn, 445 Albee Square West $11 East Coast premiere! This award-winning documentary debuted at Sundance and SXSW earlier this year chronicles the back story of the hard rock band X Japan, as its star drummer Yoshiki prepares for a reunion concert […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

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    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. From the silver screen to the stage to J-pop, November is just as colorful as the autumn leaves drifting through the air. Add these live events to the mix and you’ve got an irresistibly epic rundown. This month’s highlights include: Friday, Nov. 4, various times We Are X Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn, 445 Albee Square West $11 East Coast premiere! This award-winning documentary debuted at Sundance and SXSW earlier this year chronicles the back story of the hard rock band X Japan, as its star drummer Yoshiki prepares for a reunion concert […]

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