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  • By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a New York City–based provider of top quality Japanese interpreting, translating and writing/editing services. Starting from her initial encounter with Japan in her teens, she has built up a consummate understanding of the country‘s language and culture, enabling her to seamlessly traverse between Japan and the U.S. and serve as a bridge between the two. For more information, visit www.stacysmith.webs.com. As a writer, Stacy also shares tidbits and trends with her own observations in the periodic series WIT Life. Having spent three years on JET in Kumamoto, home of nationwide sensation Kumamon who didn’t yet exist when I was there, I must honestly say that I approach bear characters with slight trepidation. However, I was delightfully surprised to love […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Kuma-Kuma Chan’s Travels’

    By Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) for JQ magazine. Stacy is a New York City–based provider of top quality Japanese interpreting, translating and writing/editing services. Starting from her initial encounter with Japan in her teens, she has built up a consummate understanding of the country‘s language and culture, enabling her to seamlessly traverse between Japan and the U.S. and serve as a bridge between the two. For more information, visit www.stacysmith.webs.com. As a writer, Stacy also shares tidbits and trends with her own observations in the periodic series WIT Life. Having spent three years on JET in Kumamoto, home of nationwide sensation Kumamon who didn’t yet exist when I was there, I must honestly say that I approach bear characters with slight trepidation. However, I was delightfully surprised to love […]

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  • Location: JLGC (Japan Local Government Center 3 Park Ave, 20th Floor (34th & Park) Time: 6pm – 8pm RSVP: There are only 10 spots! RSVP on our Facebook Event here Questions: Email Wendy at president[at]jetaany.org Enjoy a catered Mexican dinner and English conversation with 10 high school students visiting from Iwate. They will be accompanied by their JET CIR (Nick from the UK) and representatives from their local government office. The students are part of a selective program that is visiting New York, Washington DC, and Toronto to practice their English. Last year we had a great time introducing them to Halloween. JETs who were placed in the Tohoku region are especially welcome. We have about 10 spots, so please RSVP […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    10/23 Reception With Iwate High School Students

    Location: JLGC (Japan Local Government Center 3 Park Ave, 20th Floor (34th & Park) Time: 6pm – 8pm RSVP: There are only 10 spots! RSVP on our Facebook Event here Questions: Email Wendy at president[at]jetaany.org Enjoy a catered Mexican dinner and English conversation with 10 high school students visiting from Iwate. They will be accompanied by their JET CIR (Nick from the UK) and representatives from their local government office. The students are part of a selective program that is visiting New York, Washington DC, and Toronto to practice their English. Last year we had a great time introducing them to Halloween. JETs who were placed in the Tohoku region are especially welcome. We have about 10 spots, so please RSVP […]

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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. As the summer winds fade into fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed after Labor Day. This month’s highlights include: Friday, Sept. 8, 6:45 p.m. Sake Social 2017 The Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street $70, $60 members The Nippon Club will present “Sake Social 2017″, featuring a sake tasting with 14 different “Kuramoto” (sake brewers) from Japan, on 9/8 (Fri). From Fukui to Yamaguchi, each Kuramoto will bring 2 types of Sake to the event, so you can enjoy 28 types of Sake and Chef Yasuoka’s tasty appetizers. For […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Collision: Brooklyn, ‘Four Nights of Dream,’ The Joy of Sake

    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. As the summer winds fade into fall colors, the weeks ahead are shaping up with these exciting events, ready to be enjoyed after Labor Day. This month’s highlights include: Friday, Sept. 8, 6:45 p.m. Sake Social 2017 The Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street $70, $60 members The Nippon Club will present “Sake Social 2017″, featuring a sake tasting with 14 different “Kuramoto” (sake brewers) from Japan, on 9/8 (Fri). From Fukui to Yamaguchi, each Kuramoto will bring 2 types of Sake to the event, so you can enjoy 28 types of Sake and Chef Yasuoka’s tasty appetizers. For […]

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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. Autumn in New York is the season for delectable dishes, and this month has two unmissable events on the calendar. First comes the annual LUCKYRICE New York Feast at Mandarin Oriental on September 22. Founded by Danielle Chang in 2010, this eagerly awaited event will once again showcase the city’s most enticing Asian food experiences, along with avant-garde spots, fine dining establishments and local superstar mom and pop shops. Tradition becomes progressive in this mash-up of culinary cuisines, with drinks provided by Asahi Beer and Suntory Whisky (for even more LUCKYRICE, check out their EPIC-urean Asian […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: LUCKYRICE and The Joy of Sake

    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. Autumn in New York is the season for delectable dishes, and this month has two unmissable events on the calendar. First comes the annual LUCKYRICE New York Feast at Mandarin Oriental on September 22. Founded by Danielle Chang in 2010, this eagerly awaited event will once again showcase the city’s most enticing Asian food experiences, along with avant-garde spots, fine dining establishments and local superstar mom and pop shops. Tradition becomes progressive in this mash-up of culinary cuisines, with drinks provided by Asahi Beer and Suntory Whisky (for even more LUCKYRICE, check out their EPIC-urean Asian […]

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  • By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi–ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston received a BA in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in Japanese at the University of California, Davis. After spending an amazing year on JET in Yamanashi, he spent a year writing and interning with book publishing companies in New York. He currently lives in Cupertino, where he continues to cover local Japan–related stories for JQ. This season, Vertical Comics releases two notable titles. The first is She and Her Cat, a story by acclaimed animator Makoto Shinkai, the mastermind behind 5 Centimeters Per Second and Your Name. The second is Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz — Glory of the Losers, a multi-volume adventure starring everyone’s favorite fighting mecha. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘She and Her Cat’ and ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz — Glory of the Losers’

    By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi–ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston received a BA in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in Japanese at the University of California, Davis. After spending an amazing year on JET in Yamanashi, he spent a year writing and interning with book publishing companies in New York. He currently lives in Cupertino, where he continues to cover local Japan–related stories for JQ. This season, Vertical Comics releases two notable titles. The first is She and Her Cat, a story by acclaimed animator Makoto Shinkai, the mastermind behind 5 Centimeters Per Second and Your Name. The second is Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz — Glory of the Losers, a multi-volume adventure starring everyone’s favorite fighting mecha. […]

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  • When: Saturday, September 16, 11:15am-1:35pm Where: Near the 2/5 Winthrop Street Subway Station in Brooklyn (details will be emailed to attendees a few days before the event) Cost: $20 early-bird registration (until 9/7) $25 regular registration RSVP: **registration closed** Questions: Email Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org Whether you’re nuts for nattō or reading about Japan’s ancient superfood for the first time, join us for a cozy end-of-summer brunch celebrating the magic of these probiotic beans. We’ll enjoy a brunch of nattō alongside delicious dishes, some with a creative twist! Between tastings, you’ll learn what makes nattō so good for you and how to make your own supply at home.<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/16) Let’s Enjoy Nattō Together! (BYOB brunch)

    When: Saturday, September 16, 11:15am-1:35pm Where: Near the 2/5 Winthrop Street Subway Station in Brooklyn (details will be emailed to attendees a few days before the event) Cost: $20 early-bird registration (until 9/7) $25 regular registration RSVP: **registration closed** Questions: Email Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org Whether you’re nuts for nattō or reading about Japan’s ancient superfood for the first time, join us for a cozy end-of-summer brunch celebrating the magic of these probiotic beans. We’ll enjoy a brunch of nattō alongside delicious dishes, some with a creative twist! Between tastings, you’ll learn what makes nattō so good for you and how to make your own supply at home.

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  • Celebrate the fall with JETAANY! Spend the day reveling in fall harvest activities. Join us as we participate in a Metro-North one day getaway to the Hudson Valley.  We’ll have a chance to: –          Pick apples –          Explore a local farm –          Take in scenic views of the Hudson Valley –          Purchase organic vegetables, eggs, and grass-fed meats –          Enjoy artisanal ice cream –          And more… When: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 9:30am-7:45pm Meet at the clock in the middle of the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal at 9:30am sharp (the train leaves at 9:43am). We will be back in NYC at 7:48pm. Cost:* Adults: $33.50 round-trip ticket plus $20 deposit** Children 5-11: $8 round-trip ticket plus $20 deposit** Children under 5: […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/17) Fall Harvest & Apple Picking Tour

    Celebrate the fall with JETAANY! Spend the day reveling in fall harvest activities. Join us as we participate in a Metro-North one day getaway to the Hudson Valley.  We’ll have a chance to: –          Pick apples –          Explore a local farm –          Take in scenic views of the Hudson Valley –          Purchase organic vegetables, eggs, and grass-fed meats –          Enjoy artisanal ice cream –          And more… When: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 9:30am-7:45pm Meet at the clock in the middle of the Main Concourse at Grand Central Terminal at 9:30am sharp (the train leaves at 9:43am). We will be back in NYC at 7:48pm. Cost:* Adults: $33.50 round-trip ticket plus $20 deposit** Children 5-11: $8 round-trip ticket plus $20 deposit** Children under 5: […]

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  • Come join us for some Friday night baseball! Inviting JET alumni, friends, and family to Citi Field on Friday, September 22 at 7:10pm to watch the New York Mets play the Washington Nationals! It will be the last Mets Friday night home game during the regular season. A great way to close out the baseball season! JETAANY has purchased a block of tickets in the Promenade Infield area. It will also be a Free Shirt Friday! All fans in attendance will receive a uniquely designed Mets T-shirt. **Details** When: Friday, September 22 at 7:10pm Where: Citi Field Tickets: **SOLD OUT** Promenade Infield (Section 512) [Early bird] $27 per ticket [Regular] $30 per ticket *Early bird price ends at 11:59pm on […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (9/22) SOLD OUT – Friday Night Baseball! (Mets vs. Nationals)

    Come join us for some Friday night baseball! Inviting JET alumni, friends, and family to Citi Field on Friday, September 22 at 7:10pm to watch the New York Mets play the Washington Nationals! It will be the last Mets Friday night home game during the regular season. A great way to close out the baseball season! JETAANY has purchased a block of tickets in the Promenade Infield area. It will also be a Free Shirt Friday! All fans in attendance will receive a uniquely designed Mets T-shirt. **Details** When: Friday, September 22 at 7:10pm Where: Citi Field Tickets: **SOLD OUT** Promenade Infield (Section 512) [Early bird] $27 per ticket [Regular] $30 per ticket *Early bird price ends at 11:59pm on […]

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  • When: Sunday, August 27th (10am – until we can’t hop!) Where: East Village (4th Ave btw 9thー10th St) Astor Place station [6 train] 8th St station [R,W trains] Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook! Questions: Email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org Summer’s not over until September 21st (at least according to the official calendar), so let’s keep the summer going with a Yukata meetup in Manhattan! Dust off those Yukata and Jinbei! Meet us at the JAPANFes Summer Festival in East Village. We’ll take a stroll through the festival, enjoy yummy Japanese treats, snap some pictures, and then head out to a couple other bars in the area (still […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (8/27) Yukata Meetup: Summer Festival and Bar Crawl

    When: Sunday, August 27th (10am – until we can’t hop!) Where: East Village (4th Ave btw 9thー10th St) Astor Place station [6 train] 8th St station [R,W trains] Cost: Everyone will pay for their own food/drinks. RSVP: Let us know you’re coming and invite friends on Facebook! Questions: Email Andy at events[at]jetaany[dot]org Summer’s not over until September 21st (at least according to the official calendar), so let’s keep the summer going with a Yukata meetup in Manhattan! Dust off those Yukata and Jinbei! Meet us at the JAPANFes Summer Festival in East Village. We’ll take a stroll through the festival, enjoy yummy Japanese treats, snap some pictures, and then head out to a couple other bars in the area (still […]

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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. In the dog days of summer, it’s best to escape the heat in a place that’s cozy and cool. For those into Japan-related cultural events, this month offers a diverse selection of film premieres and live music—all in the comfort of indoor air conditioning. This month’s highlights include: Aug. 15-20, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Bob James feat. special guests Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 West Third Street $20, $35 The career of multi-Grammy winner Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn as he continues to captivate audiences throughout the world for more than […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Bob James, Liberty City Anime Con, PLAY NYC

    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. In the dog days of summer, it’s best to escape the heat in a place that’s cozy and cool. For those into Japan-related cultural events, this month offers a diverse selection of film premieres and live music—all in the comfort of indoor air conditioning. This month’s highlights include: Aug. 15-20, 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Bob James feat. special guests Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 West Third Street $20, $35 The career of multi-Grammy winner Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn as he continues to captivate audiences throughout the world for more than […]

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  • JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Wednesday, August 16–on our own private boat! This is one of our most popular events, with over 100 attendees! For an AMAZING deal enjoy a 3-hour sunset cruise departing from the East Side and traveling around the southern end of Manhattan over to the Statue of Liberty and up the west side for stunning views of the New York skyline (and New Jersey). Spread the word and invite friends, family, and colleagues to join–the more the merrier! When: Wednesday, August 16, 6:45pm–10:30pm 6:45pm–7:25 pm: Check-in & boarding 7:30 pm (SHARP!): Cruise departs 10:30 pm: Cruise arrives back at the dock Who: JET alumni, friends, colleagues–all are welcome! (Must be 21+) Where: New York […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (8/16) 2017 JETAANY Sunset Boat Cruise

    JETAANY is setting sail on our annual sunset harbor cruise on Wednesday, August 16–on our own private boat! This is one of our most popular events, with over 100 attendees! For an AMAZING deal enjoy a 3-hour sunset cruise departing from the East Side and traveling around the southern end of Manhattan over to the Statue of Liberty and up the west side for stunning views of the New York skyline (and New Jersey). Spread the word and invite friends, family, and colleagues to join–the more the merrier! When: Wednesday, August 16, 6:45pm–10:30pm 6:45pm–7:25 pm: Check-in & boarding 7:30 pm (SHARP!): Cruise departs 10:30 pm: Cruise arrives back at the dock Who: JET alumni, friends, colleagues–all are welcome! (Must be 21+) Where: New York […]

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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. There are certain moments we remember clearly as if they happened only yesterday, whether they are monumental historical events or natural disasters. But how would you tell stories centering on those moments? Teiichi Sato has a go at it in The Seed of Hope in the Heart. In the memoir, Sato, an Iwate Prefecture seed shop owner, survives the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami but sees his beloved seed shop crumble. This plunges him into the task […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The Seed of Hope in the Heart’

    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. There are certain moments we remember clearly as if they happened only yesterday, whether they are monumental historical events or natural disasters. But how would you tell stories centering on those moments? Teiichi Sato has a go at it in The Seed of Hope in the Heart. In the memoir, Sato, an Iwate Prefecture seed shop owner, survives the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami but sees his beloved seed shop crumble. This plunges him into the task […]

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  • When: Thursday, August 24th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Who: JET Alumni and FOJs (Friends of JET), particularly those working in the medical field or who have spent time in the Tohoku and Kanazawa/Hokuriku areas Where:  PS450 (450 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016) Cost:  Attendees pay for their own food & drinks Questions:  Email Andy at events[at]jetaany.org, or via Facebook   Come have a drink and network with JET alumni, friends, and our special guests: 9 medical students from Kanazawa University in Japan, led by professor and JET alum Andrew Schneider. We have reserved a space in the lounge of PS450 starting at 6 PM. There are happy hour specials on food, beer, wine, and cocktails until 8 […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (8/24) Networking Happy Hour with Kanazawa Med Students

    When: Thursday, August 24th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Who: JET Alumni and FOJs (Friends of JET), particularly those working in the medical field or who have spent time in the Tohoku and Kanazawa/Hokuriku areas Where:  PS450 (450 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016) Cost:  Attendees pay for their own food & drinks Questions:  Email Andy at events[at]jetaany.org, or via Facebook   Come have a drink and network with JET alumni, friends, and our special guests: 9 medical students from Kanazawa University in Japan, led by professor and JET alum Andrew Schneider. We have reserved a space in the lounge of PS450 starting at 6 PM. There are happy hour specials on food, beer, wine, and cocktails until 8 […]

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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. A haunted house built on an ancient burial ground? That’s minor league. How about an entire nation built above an army of human-hating yokai who command a catfish large enough to cause earthquakes? Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro and The Great Tanuki War is a manga volume that tells an epic tale pitting the titular character, Kitaro, against an army of tanuki and their powerful yokai allies. There are also a few bonus stories with Kitaro’s usual one-shot […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Manga Review — ‘Kitaro and the Great Tanuki War’

    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. A haunted house built on an ancient burial ground? That’s minor league. How about an entire nation built above an army of human-hating yokai who command a catfish large enough to cause earthquakes? Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro and The Great Tanuki War is a manga volume that tells an epic tale pitting the titular character, Kitaro, against an army of tanuki and their powerful yokai allies. There are also a few bonus stories with Kitaro’s usual one-shot […]

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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. This month, “Chicago,” the longest-running American Broadway musical in history, features Japanese superstar actress Ryoko Yonekura in the role of Roxie Hart for 11 performances from July 3-13 at the Ambassador Theatre. Yonekura originated the role of Hart in the Japanese-language production of “Chicago” in 2008 and played it again in 2010. She then learned the role in English and made her Broadway debut in 2012. Following her return to Broadway this year, Yonekura will join the “Chicago” U.S. national touring company in Tokyo August 2-13 at the Tokyu Theater Orb. An actress who has enjoyed a steady career […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    Justin’s Japan: Ryoko Yonekura Returns to ‘Chicago’

    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. This month, “Chicago,” the longest-running American Broadway musical in history, features Japanese superstar actress Ryoko Yonekura in the role of Roxie Hart for 11 performances from July 3-13 at the Ambassador Theatre. Yonekura originated the role of Hart in the Japanese-language production of “Chicago” in 2008 and played it again in 2010. She then learned the role in English and made her Broadway debut in 2012. Following her return to Broadway this year, Yonekura will join the “Chicago” U.S. national touring company in Tokyo August 2-13 at the Tokyu Theater Orb. An actress who has enjoyed a steady career […]

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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 11th edition of JAPAN CUTS, the Japan Society of New York’s extensive showcase of new Japanese cinema, premieres tomorrow (July 13) for 11 days of unique programming, special guests, and the chance to see exclusive North American releases. This year’s lineup—29 films in all—demonstrates the wide variety of Japan’s contemporary cinematic space. The programming runs the gamut from documentaries to shoestring independents, old classics and mainstream blockbusters. A handful of films were made available for JQ […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — JAPAN CUTS 2017 at Japan Society

    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 11th edition of JAPAN CUTS, the Japan Society of New York’s extensive showcase of new Japanese cinema, premieres tomorrow (July 13) for 11 days of unique programming, special guests, and the chance to see exclusive North American releases. This year’s lineup—29 films in all—demonstrates the wide variety of Japan’s contemporary cinematic space. The programming runs the gamut from documentaries to shoestring independents, old classics and mainstream blockbusters. A handful of films were made available for JQ […]

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  • When: Tuesday, August 15th from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Who: Any JET alumni, particularly those from the Tohoku area Where:  Nikkeijin Kaikan (49 West 45th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036) Cost:  $10 covers food, beer, wine and sake. RSVP via Paypal. Questions:  Email Wendy at president[at]jetany[dot]org Kenshiro Oshima from the East Japan Dream Project has invited two students from Iwate Miyako to give presentations about their life in Tohoku after the events of March 2011. They are visiting NY for a couple weeks to study English. They will be accompanied by their teacher and others from Japan and will be meeting with JET alumni. We’ll share stories over food, beer, sake and snacks. Feel free to RSVP for the event on Paypal and see who else is coming on the Facebook event page. We are […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    (8/15) Meet & Greet with the East Japan Dream Project

    When: Tuesday, August 15th from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Who: Any JET alumni, particularly those from the Tohoku area Where:  Nikkeijin Kaikan (49 West 45th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036) Cost:  $10 covers food, beer, wine and sake. RSVP via Paypal. Questions:  Email Wendy at president[at]jetany[dot]org Kenshiro Oshima from the East Japan Dream Project has invited two students from Iwate Miyako to give presentations about their life in Tohoku after the events of March 2011. They are visiting NY for a couple weeks to study English. They will be accompanied by their teacher and others from Japan and will be meeting with JET alumni. We’ll share stories over food, beer, sake and snacks. Feel free to RSVP for the event on Paypal and see who else is coming on the Facebook event page. We are […]

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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. Before and after the outdoor fireworks, enjoy some summer events in the cool indoors, whether it’s catching one of the dozens of films premiering at Japan Society’s annual festival, or enjoying anything from interpretative theater to the latest rock sensation. This month’s highlights include: June 30-July 2 In the Box 2: You and Me The Club (La MaMa), 74A East 4th Street $20-$100 Celebrated for her captivating work with the Martha Graham Dance Company, dancer/choreographer Miki Orihara premieres the second incarnation of her multi-media work, In the Box (ITB). Directed by theatrical visual-effects specialist Hiroyuki Nishiyama, this new experimental […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Ghibli Fest, JAPAN CUTS, One OK Rock

    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. Before and after the outdoor fireworks, enjoy some summer events in the cool indoors, whether it’s catching one of the dozens of films premiering at Japan Society’s annual festival, or enjoying anything from interpretative theater to the latest rock sensation. This month’s highlights include: June 30-July 2 In the Box 2: You and Me The Club (La MaMa), 74A East 4th Street $20-$100 Celebrated for her captivating work with the Martha Graham Dance Company, dancer/choreographer Miki Orihara premieres the second incarnation of her multi-media work, In the Box (ITB). Directed by theatrical visual-effects specialist Hiroyuki Nishiyama, this new experimental […]

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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. Summer is almost here. With the kids out of school, it’s the perfect time to explore new places and travel as a family. But where should you go? Those thinking about Canada should seek out Jody Robbins’ 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit for ideas. Robbins, a JET alum (Tottori-ken, 1994-97) and arguably one of Canada’s most prominent travel writers, profiles locations going counterclockwise from Victoria to Yukon, from the famous (Toronto, Vancouver) to the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit’

    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. Summer is almost here. With the kids out of school, it’s the perfect time to explore new places and travel as a family. But where should you go? Those thinking about Canada should seek out Jody Robbins’ 25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit for ideas. Robbins, a JET alum (Tottori-ken, 1994-97) and arguably one of Canada’s most prominent travel writers, profiles locations going counterclockwise from Victoria to Yukon, from the famous (Toronto, Vancouver) to the […]

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  • By Therese Stephen (Iwate-ken, 1996-99) for JQ magazine. What many people don’t know is that the City of Brotherly Love is in love with Japan, and has been since the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, when the Japanese Pavilion became one of the most popular exhibits of that historic World’s Fair. When you think of Philadelphia, you probably think of cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall or the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What you might not realize is that Philly has many ways for Japanese, and the Japanese-at-heart, to get their Japan fix for a lot less than a roundtrip ticket to Tokyo. So, whether you’re planning a quick weekend getaway or day trip this summer, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

    JQ Magazine: Philadelphia LOVEs Japan

    By Therese Stephen (Iwate-ken, 1996-99) for JQ magazine. What many people don’t know is that the City of Brotherly Love is in love with Japan, and has been since the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, when the Japanese Pavilion became one of the most popular exhibits of that historic World’s Fair. When you think of Philadelphia, you probably think of cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall or the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What you might not realize is that Philly has many ways for Japanese, and the Japanese-at-heart, to get their Japan fix for a lot less than a roundtrip ticket to Tokyo. So, whether you’re planning a quick weekend getaway or day trip this summer, […]

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