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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/01/11/jetaany-2021-shinnenkai/"></div>Start off 2021 with JETAANY’s week-long virtual Shinnenkai from Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29! All virtual events are FREE! We’ll have JETAANY chefs going live on our Facebook page, sharing some of their favorite recipes, as well as a talk by author Scott Haas (via Zoom).  On Friday, we invite everyone to come together virtually for a Kanpai, social gathering, and games (via Zoom). All virtual events are free, but if you want to enhance your Shinnenkai experience, we will mail you a swag bag for $15. The package will include JETAANY-branded goodies: reusable utensils (a set of chopsticks, a spoon, and a fork), a reusable grocery tote, a face mask, and recipes from all of the virtual cooking events. Swag bags are limited to the first 100 people, and the deadline […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/01/11/jetaany-2021-shinnenkai/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAANY 2021 Shinnenkai

    Start off 2021 with JETAANY’s week-long virtual Shinnenkai from Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29! All virtual events are FREE! We’ll have JETAANY chefs going live on our Facebook page, sharing some of their favorite recipes, as well as a talk by author Scott Haas (via Zoom).  On Friday, we invite everyone to come together virtually for a Kanpai, social gathering, and games (via Zoom). All virtual events are free, but if you want to enhance your Shinnenkai experience, we will mail you a swag bag for $15. The package will include JETAANY-branded goodies: reusable utensils (a set of chopsticks, a spoon, and a fork), a reusable grocery tote, a face mask, and recipes from all of the virtual cooking events. Swag bags are limited to the first 100 people, and the deadline […]

  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/12-10-12-15-virtual-craft-night/"></div>Need some company while you work on holiday decorations, gifts, baking, wrapping, and cards? Or just need to commiserate with friendly faces while you ignore all those things this year? <sob> Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do – doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft) Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. Thursday 12/10 at 8pm ETTuesday 12/15 at 8pm ET Registration link (same for both nights): https://bit.ly/37Kzsvr Let others know on Facebook you are attending!12/20: https://www.facebook.com/events/278665640826760212/15: https://www.facebook.com/events/2743862612500983 Contact Monica Yuki or Christy Jones with questions! <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/12-10-12-15-virtual-craft-night/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    12/10 & 12/15 Virtual Craft Night

    Need some company while you work on holiday decorations, gifts, baking, wrapping, and cards? Or just need to commiserate with friendly faces while you ignore all those things this year? <sob> Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do – doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft) Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. Thursday 12/10 at 8pm ETTuesday 12/15 at 8pm ET Registration link (same for both nights): https://bit.ly/37Kzsvr Let others know on Facebook you are attending!12/20: https://www.facebook.com/events/278665640826760212/15: https://www.facebook.com/events/2743862612500983 Contact Monica Yuki or Christy Jones with questions! 

  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/9-8-book-club-iq-by-joe-ide/"></div>Book Club: IQDate: Tuesday, September 8 Time: 7:00pmDetails: Join us after Labor Day as we discuss Joe Ide’s debut novel, IQ – chronicling the exploits of private detective and “South Central Sherlock” Isaiah Quintabe. (This is the first in a series of five IQ books.) Feel free to eat and drink during the meeting.How to join: Fill out this form to get the Zoom linkFacebook Invite: Facebook event pageQuestions: contact Christy via email<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/9-8-book-club-iq-by-joe-ide/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    9/8 Book Club: IQ by Joe Ide

    Book Club: IQDate: Tuesday, September 8 Time: 7:00pmDetails: Join us after Labor Day as we discuss Joe Ide’s debut novel, IQ – chronicling the exploits of private detective and “South Central Sherlock” Isaiah Quintabe. (This is the first in a series of five IQ books.) Feel free to eat and drink during the meeting.How to join: Fill out this form to get the Zoom linkFacebook Invite: Facebook event pageQuestions: contact Christy via email

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/01/11/jetaany-2021-shinnenkai/"></div>Start off 2021 with JETAANY’s week-long virtual Shinnenkai from Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29! All virtual events are FREE! We’ll have JETAANY chefs going live on our Facebook page, sharing some of their favorite recipes, as well as a talk by author Scott Haas (via Zoom).  On Friday, we invite everyone to come together virtually for a Kanpai, social gathering, and games (via Zoom). All virtual events are free, but if you want to enhance your Shinnenkai experience, we will mail you a swag bag for $15. The package will include JETAANY-branded goodies: reusable utensils (a set of chopsticks, a spoon, and a fork), a reusable grocery tote, a face mask, and recipes from all of the virtual cooking events. Swag bags are limited to the first 100 people, and the deadline […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/01/11/jetaany-2021-shinnenkai/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAANY 2021 Shinnenkai

    Start off 2021 with JETAANY’s week-long virtual Shinnenkai from Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29! All virtual events are FREE! We’ll have JETAANY chefs going live on our Facebook page, sharing some of their favorite recipes, as well as a talk by author Scott Haas (via Zoom).  On Friday, we invite everyone to come together virtually for a Kanpai, social gathering, and games (via Zoom). All virtual events are free, but if you want to enhance your Shinnenkai experience, we will mail you a swag bag for $15. The package will include JETAANY-branded goodies: reusable utensils (a set of chopsticks, a spoon, and a fork), a reusable grocery tote, a face mask, and recipes from all of the virtual cooking events. Swag bags are limited to the first 100 people, and the deadline […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/17/jq-magazine-book-review-no-pianos-pets-or-foreigners-my-life-in-japan-in-the-80s/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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. Before the advent of the JET Program, there were Westerners who taught English in Japan. Joe Palermo was one of them, and he tells his story in No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!: My Life in Japan in the ’80s. Palermo arrived in Gunma Prefecture in 1982 as a Mombusho English Fellow (a precursor to modern-day JETs) and his book—whose title was inspired by a phrase he often saw in ads while looking for an apartment—is obviously […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/17/jq-magazine-book-review-no-pianos-pets-or-foreigners-my-life-in-japan-in-the-80s/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!: My Life in Japan in the ’80s’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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. Before the advent of the JET Program, there were Westerners who taught English in Japan. Joe Palermo was one of them, and he tells his story in No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!: My Life in Japan in the ’80s. Palermo arrived in Gunma Prefecture in 1982 as a Mombusho English Fellow (a precursor to modern-day JETs) and his book—whose title was inspired by a phrase he often saw in ads while looking for an apartment—is obviously […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/16/jetaany-2021-board-of-director-elections/"></div>JETAANY is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors made up of JET alumni and prominent people in the Japanese American Community in the NYC area.  They are responsible for overseeing the operations of the alumni organization and give guidance to the executive committee (president, vice president, treasurer and secretary). Directors serve a term of two years. We need a quorum of 100 votes to confirm the 2021 JETAANY Board of Directors. The deadline to vote is Thursday, December 31st 11:59 pm EDT. We have seven members continuing their term and two members up for re-election. We need your support to confirm the reelection of two candidates. Board Members up for re-electionAmber Liang, Kochi ALT, 2006-2008Monica […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/16/jetaany-2021-board-of-director-elections/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAANY 2021 Board of Director Elections

    JETAANY is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors made up of JET alumni and prominent people in the Japanese American Community in the NYC area.  They are responsible for overseeing the operations of the alumni organization and give guidance to the executive committee (president, vice president, treasurer and secretary). Directors serve a term of two years. We need a quorum of 100 votes to confirm the 2021 JETAANY Board of Directors. The deadline to vote is Thursday, December 31st 11:59 pm EDT. We have seven members continuing their term and two members up for re-election. We need your support to confirm the reelection of two candidates. Board Members up for re-electionAmber Liang, Kochi ALT, 2006-2008Monica […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/12-10-12-15-virtual-craft-night/"></div>Need some company while you work on holiday decorations, gifts, baking, wrapping, and cards? Or just need to commiserate with friendly faces while you ignore all those things this year? <sob> Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do – doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft) Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. Thursday 12/10 at 8pm ETTuesday 12/15 at 8pm ET Registration link (same for both nights): https://bit.ly/37Kzsvr Let others know on Facebook you are attending!12/20: https://www.facebook.com/events/278665640826760212/15: https://www.facebook.com/events/2743862612500983 Contact Monica Yuki or Christy Jones with questions! <!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/12-10-12-15-virtual-craft-night/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    12/10 & 12/15 Virtual Craft Night

    Need some company while you work on holiday decorations, gifts, baking, wrapping, and cards? Or just need to commiserate with friendly faces while you ignore all those things this year? <sob> Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do – doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft) Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. Thursday 12/10 at 8pm ETTuesday 12/15 at 8pm ET Registration link (same for both nights): https://bit.ly/37Kzsvr Let others know on Facebook you are attending!12/20: https://www.facebook.com/events/278665640826760212/15: https://www.facebook.com/events/2743862612500983 Contact Monica Yuki or Christy Jones with questions! 

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/jq-magazine-luminocity-festival-lights-up-new-york/"></div>By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. Returning for its second year, the New York City-based holiday light show LuminoCity Festival brings outdoor family-friendly fun to Randall’s Island Park now through January 10. This walking journey takes visitors to distinctly themed sets and dreamlike worlds through a wonderland of fantastical ancient civilizations, lush luminated jungles, and mystical towering light art displays (with opportunities to pick up warm treats and special gifts). At the heart of it are three brilliantly sparkling Christmas trees, creating the perfect backdrop for holiday and Instagram fans alike. JQ caught up with LuminoCity founder Xiaoyi Chen to learn more. Please tell us about the history of LuminoCity in NYC. From where do you draw your […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/jq-magazine-luminocity-festival-lights-up-new-york/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: LuminoCity Festival Lights Up New York

    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. Returning for its second year, the New York City-based holiday light show LuminoCity Festival brings outdoor family-friendly fun to Randall’s Island Park now through January 10. This walking journey takes visitors to distinctly themed sets and dreamlike worlds through a wonderland of fantastical ancient civilizations, lush luminated jungles, and mystical towering light art displays (with opportunities to pick up warm treats and special gifts). At the heart of it are three brilliantly sparkling Christmas trees, creating the perfect backdrop for holiday and Instagram fans alike. JQ caught up with LuminoCity founder Xiaoyi Chen to learn more. Please tell us about the history of LuminoCity in NYC. From where do you draw your […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/07/nengajo-exchange/"></div>It has been a challenging year on many levels so we thought it would be fun to send a personal “snail mail” to a fellow JETAANY member with positive wishes for the new year. The Nengajo (New Years card) can be store bought, homemade, unique or generic.  You can express gratitude, hope, well wishes or something funny.  The goal is to spread a little cheer this holiday season with the tiniest gesture of sending someone a card. How it works: Fill out the Google form with your name, email and address by December 8th.  Then on December 10th you will receive via email the mailing address of another JETAANY member.  You may know the person or you may not, making this […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/07/nengajo-exchange/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Nengajo Exchange

    It has been a challenging year on many levels so we thought it would be fun to send a personal “snail mail” to a fellow JETAANY member with positive wishes for the new year. The Nengajo (New Years card) can be store bought, homemade, unique or generic.  You can express gratitude, hope, well wishes or something funny.  The goal is to spread a little cheer this holiday season with the tiniest gesture of sending someone a card. How it works: Fill out the Google form with your name, email and address by December 8th.  Then on December 10th you will receive via email the mailing address of another JETAANY member.  You may know the person or you may not, making this […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/11/30/jq-magazine-book-review-the-view-from-breast-pocket-mountain/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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 gaikokujin whose journey to Japan is quite an adventure. One of them is Karen Hill Anton. She takes readers on a tour of her unconventional life in The View from Breast Pocket Mountain: A Memoir (the mountain is the translated name of the area home of her and her husband’s farmhouse). This is a life that sees her become a columnist for two Japanese newspapers as part of a 45-year (and counting) history with […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/11/30/jq-magazine-book-review-the-view-from-breast-pocket-mountain/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The View from Breast Pocket Mountain’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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 gaikokujin whose journey to Japan is quite an adventure. One of them is Karen Hill Anton. She takes readers on a tour of her unconventional life in The View from Breast Pocket Mountain: A Memoir (the mountain is the translated name of the area home of her and her husband’s farmhouse). This is a life that sees her become a columnist for two Japanese newspapers as part of a 45-year (and counting) history with […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/11/17/jq-magazine-nippon-in-new-york-home-media-for-the-holidays/"></div>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 fall turns to winter, some spiffed up favorites, holiday hits and new discoveries are coming your way to close out the year. This season’s highlights include: Available Nov. 17 Mermaid Saga Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1 392 pp, $24.99 From Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame inductee Rumiko Takahashi, the legendary creator of Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha! Yuta became immortal when he unwittingly ate mermaid flesh, and now he seeks a way to become human again. Hundreds of years later, he encounters a volatile and determined young lady named Mana while searching for a mermaid. Could this mysterious woman […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/11/17/jq-magazine-nippon-in-new-york-home-media-for-the-holidays/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Home (Media) for the Holidays

    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 fall turns to winter, some spiffed up favorites, holiday hits and new discoveries are coming your way to close out the year. This season’s highlights include: Available Nov. 17 Mermaid Saga Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1 392 pp, $24.99 From Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame inductee Rumiko Takahashi, the legendary creator of Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha! Yuta became immortal when he unwittingly ate mermaid flesh, and now he seeks a way to become human again. Hundreds of years later, he encounters a volatile and determined young lady named Mana while searching for a mermaid. Could this mysterious woman […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/11/10/call-for-candidates-for-jetaany-board-of-directors-deadline/"></div>Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.orgApplication Deadline: Tuesday, December 15th 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 organizations 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 (currently Andy Shartzer) is the only executive […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/11/10/call-for-candidates-for-jetaany-board-of-directors-deadline/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Call for Candidates for JETAANY Board of Directors

    Submit resume and statement of interest to elections@jetaany.orgApplication Deadline: Tuesday, December 15th 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 organizations 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 (currently Andy Shartzer) is the only executive […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/30/winners-of-the-2020-jetaany-photo-contest/"></div>We’re very excited to announce the winners of the JETAANY 30th Anniversary Photo Contest. We received over 70 outstanding photos from our alumni, and we’d like to send a special thanks to EVERYONE who sent in a photo or two. We’d also like to thank everyone who voted, or even had a browse through the albums. (They can still be found here) We hope you’ve been able to enjoy a small dose of nostalgia, beauty, and culture of Japan along with us throughout the contest. Culture: Zach Piper, Kochi-ken, 2001-04 Nature: Philip Walker, Nagasaki-ken, 2015-19 Places: Philip Walker, Nagasaki-ken, 2015-19 School Life: Cara Lam, Niigata-ken, 2016-18<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/30/winners-of-the-2020-jetaany-photo-contest/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Winners of the 2020 JETAANY Photo Contest

    We’re very excited to announce the winners of the JETAANY 30th Anniversary Photo Contest. We received over 70 outstanding photos from our alumni, and we’d like to send a special thanks to EVERYONE who sent in a photo or two. We’d also like to thank everyone who voted, or even had a browse through the albums. (They can still be found here) We hope you’ve been able to enjoy a small dose of nostalgia, beauty, and culture of Japan along with us throughout the contest. Culture: Zach Piper, Kochi-ken, 2001-04 Nature: Philip Walker, Nagasaki-ken, 2015-19 Places: Philip Walker, Nagasaki-ken, 2015-19 School Life: Cara Lam, Niigata-ken, 2016-18

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/27/jq-magazine-book-review-the-japanese-sake-bible/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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. Maybe it’s a bit too strong for your liking. Or maybe it contributed to an unpleasant hangover. But it’s quite possible it was a part of your JET experience. I’m talking about sake. Anyone curious about what they might have been sipping at an enkai would do well to pick up The Japanese Sake Bible. Compiled by Kotaku Senior Contributing Editor Brian Ashcraft, this comprehensive work examines the world of sake—most notably its origins, its rise […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/27/jq-magazine-book-review-the-japanese-sake-bible/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The Japanese Sake Bible’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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. Maybe it’s a bit too strong for your liking. Or maybe it contributed to an unpleasant hangover. But it’s quite possible it was a part of your JET experience. I’m talking about sake. Anyone curious about what they might have been sipping at an enkai would do well to pick up The Japanese Sake Bible. Compiled by Kotaku Senior Contributing Editor Brian Ashcraft, this comprehensive work examines the world of sake—most notably its origins, its rise […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/12/jq-magazine-nippon-in-new-york-fall-reading-roundup/"></div>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. With live events still on hold, the weeks ahead are serving up some solid post-summer reading, ready to be enjoyed at home or on the go. This month’s highlights include: Available Sept. 15 A Rumiko Takahashi Classic Returns Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1 344 pp, $24.99 For the first time in more than a decade comes a new expanded edition of the fan favorite romantic comedy about finding your path in life from Rumiko Takahashi, the legendary creator of Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha! Twenty-year-old Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/12/jq-magazine-nippon-in-new-york-fall-reading-roundup/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — Fall Reading Roundup

    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. With live events still on hold, the weeks ahead are serving up some solid post-summer reading, ready to be enjoyed at home or on the go. This month’s highlights include: Available Sept. 15 A Rumiko Takahashi Classic Returns Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1 344 pp, $24.99 For the first time in more than a decade comes a new expanded edition of the fan favorite romantic comedy about finding your path in life from Rumiko Takahashi, the legendary creator of Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha! Twenty-year-old Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/12/jq-magazine-book-review-pure-invention/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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. Nintendo, karaoke, Miyazaki, manga, Pokémon. Those names resonate with so many people all over the world as Japanese pop culture, which has become a significant tool in promoting the country. After all, many people feel like they know Japan through what they’ve seen on TV, in the movies, etc. They can also enrich and add joy to our lives. But how did Japanese pop culture become such a dominant force across the globe? Tokyo-based writer, translator […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/12/jq-magazine-book-review-pure-invention/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Pure Invention’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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. Nintendo, karaoke, Miyazaki, manga, Pokémon. Those names resonate with so many people all over the world as Japanese pop culture, which has become a significant tool in promoting the country. After all, many people feel like they know Japan through what they’ve seen on TV, in the movies, etc. They can also enrich and add joy to our lives. But how did Japanese pop culture become such a dominant force across the globe? Tokyo-based writer, translator […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/12/jq-magazine-book-review-healing-labor/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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. Modern Japan is a huge market for sex. That statement probably isn’t surprising to those who have spent a night out in certain parts of Tokyo. But this is a reality for people who devote a lot of time to sex work. Gabriele Koch tackles that statement and more in her examination of Japanese sex workers in Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Work in the Gendered Economy. Koch, an assistant professor of anthropology at Yale-NUS College, conducted […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/12/jq-magazine-book-review-healing-labor/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Healing Labor’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s 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. Modern Japan is a huge market for sex. That statement probably isn’t surprising to those who have spent a night out in certain parts of Tokyo. But this is a reality for people who devote a lot of time to sex work. Gabriele Koch tackles that statement and more in her examination of Japanese sex workers in Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Work in the Gendered Economy. Koch, an assistant professor of anthropology at Yale-NUS College, conducted […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/09/voting-is-now-open-in-jetaanys-30th-anniversary-photo-contest/"></div>Voting for JETAANY’s 30th Anniversary Photo Contest is now open. Voting will remain open through Sunday, October 25, 2020. All submissions can be seen in their four categories here:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aFyZHEjqckEtkQ7K5vKeatcMabjR_Cfo?usp=sharing The voting will be conducted via a Google Form, which can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdM2SgDCmhawTk-bT4-y0m0jsxswAQ4UAcbb_uplpSod9zUaA/viewform?usp=sf_link Please place the allocated number for the photo in your voting form. You may also place the name of the photographer if you wish. These are in the filenames of the photos in the folders. For example:1) Culture 92) Culture 53) Culture 16 OR 1) Culture 9 – John Smith, Hokkaido-ken 2014-192) Culture 5 – Jane Wilmore, Yamanashi-ken, 2005-063) Culture 16 – Bob White, Yamagata-ken, 2003-06 A voter can submit votes for as many or as […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/10/09/voting-is-now-open-in-jetaanys-30th-anniversary-photo-contest/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Voting is now open in JETAANY’s 30th Anniversary Photo Contest!

    Voting for JETAANY’s 30th Anniversary Photo Contest is now open. Voting will remain open through Sunday, October 25, 2020. All submissions can be seen in their four categories here:https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1aFyZHEjqckEtkQ7K5vKeatcMabjR_Cfo?usp=sharing The voting will be conducted via a Google Form, which can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdM2SgDCmhawTk-bT4-y0m0jsxswAQ4UAcbb_uplpSod9zUaA/viewform?usp=sf_link Please place the allocated number for the photo in your voting form. You may also place the name of the photographer if you wish. These are in the filenames of the photos in the folders. For example:1) Culture 92) Culture 53) Culture 16 OR 1) Culture 9 – John Smith, Hokkaido-ken 2014-192) Culture 5 – Jane Wilmore, Yamanashi-ken, 2005-063) Culture 16 – Bob White, Yamagata-ken, 2003-06 A voter can submit votes for as many or as […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/09/10/jetaany-30th-anniversary-photo-contest/"></div>JETAANY is hosting a photo contest as part of our chapter’s 30th anniversary! We are opening this contest to all JETAANY members, regardless of when you went on JET. Doesn’t matter if you were in Japan in 1989, 2006 or are still there! We want to help our alumni to help share their best memories and photos of Japan throughout the long history of the JET Program 2020 has been a turbulent year, and with travel restricted, many of us have been looking through old photos of our lives in Japan on the JET Programme. Now’s the time to put them to good use and help celebrate 30 years of JETAANY! Once entries close, we’ll open up the voting online […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/09/10/jetaany-30th-anniversary-photo-contest/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAANY 30th Anniversary Photo Contest

    JETAANY is hosting a photo contest as part of our chapter’s 30th anniversary! We are opening this contest to all JETAANY members, regardless of when you went on JET. Doesn’t matter if you were in Japan in 1989, 2006 or are still there! We want to help our alumni to help share their best memories and photos of Japan throughout the long history of the JET Program 2020 has been a turbulent year, and with travel restricted, many of us have been looking through old photos of our lives in Japan on the JET Programme. Now’s the time to put them to good use and help celebrate 30 years of JETAANY! Once entries close, we’ll open up the voting online […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/surviving-in-japan-driving-for-new-jets/"></div>Surviving in Japan: DrivingDate: Thursday, September 24thTime: 7 pmDetails: This is the inaugural session for our new Surviving in Japan series, which is specifically for addressing key topics and issues for JETlings (new JETs) as they prepare for their journey to Japan. Our first session will discuss the nuances of driving in Japan.Sign up to speak: HEREGet Zoom link for the event: HEREQuestions: Contact Ryan Hata via email<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/surviving-in-japan-driving-for-new-jets/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Surviving in Japan: Driving (for New JETs)

    Surviving in Japan: DrivingDate: Thursday, September 24thTime: 7 pmDetails: This is the inaugural session for our new Surviving in Japan series, which is specifically for addressing key topics and issues for JETlings (new JETs) as they prepare for their journey to Japan. Our first session will discuss the nuances of driving in Japan.Sign up to speak: HEREGet Zoom link for the event: HEREQuestions: Contact Ryan Hata via email

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/nihongo-dake-%e3%81%ae%e3%81%8a%e5%96%8b%e3%82%8a%e3%82%bf%e3%82%a4%e3%83%a0-every-monday/"></div>Nihongo DakeDate: Every Monday (Aug 31st, Sept 7th, 14th, 21st)Time: 6:30 to 7:30pm Details: Join us virtually every Monday to keep your Japanese language skills sharp. This chat is for Japanese speakers at the  intermediate level or higher. Each week is a different theme, so come join in on the fun! There’s no fee to participate, and feel free to leave the chat whenever you please. If you would like to participate, then please try to be on time.RSVP: Sign up by clicking “Going” on the Facebook event page. You’ll be sent the link through Facebook messenger, shortly before the event starts.Questions: contact Giuseppe Di Martino at email<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/nihongo-dake-%e3%81%ae%e3%81%8a%e5%96%8b%e3%82%8a%e3%82%bf%e3%82%a4%e3%83%a0-every-monday/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Nihongo Dake (Every Monday)

    Nihongo DakeDate: Every Monday (Aug 31st, Sept 7th, 14th, 21st)Time: 6:30 to 7:30pm Details: Join us virtually every Monday to keep your Japanese language skills sharp. This chat is for Japanese speakers at the  intermediate level or higher. Each week is a different theme, so come join in on the fun! There’s no fee to participate, and feel free to leave the chat whenever you please. If you would like to participate, then please try to be on time.RSVP: Sign up by clicking “Going” on the Facebook event page. You’ll be sent the link through Facebook messenger, shortly before the event starts.Questions: contact Giuseppe Di Martino at email

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/9-18-virtual-mothra-zoom/"></div>Virtual MothraEvent Date: Friday, September 18thTime: 8 pmSubmission Deadline: Tuesday, September 15thDetails: Sign up to share your funniest enkai/nomikai story. Relive a moment where you were trying to speak with a co-worker in Japanese, but said the wrong word. Perhaps something funny happened during a skit or bingo game. Or maybe it was finding out you ate something unique. Sign up to share your story on the Zoom platform.Sign up to speak: HEREGet Zoom link for the event: HEREQuestions: Contact Ryan Hata via email<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/9-18-virtual-mothra-zoom/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    9/18 Virtual Mothra (Zoom)

    Virtual MothraEvent Date: Friday, September 18thTime: 8 pmSubmission Deadline: Tuesday, September 15thDetails: Sign up to share your funniest enkai/nomikai story. Relive a moment where you were trying to speak with a co-worker in Japanese, but said the wrong word. Perhaps something funny happened during a skit or bingo game. Or maybe it was finding out you ate something unique. Sign up to share your story on the Zoom platform.Sign up to speak: HEREGet Zoom link for the event: HEREQuestions: Contact Ryan Hata via email

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/9-2-virtual-craft-night/"></div>Craft Night & Mask MakingDate: Wednesday, September 2ndTime: 7:00pm – 9:00pmDetails: Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (Really, any project will do; it doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft). Past participants have worked on home repairs, embroidery, knitting, birdhouse painting, sound recording, card-making, photo albums, and more. What unusual projects will emerge this time?!How to join: Fill out this form to get the Zoom linkFacebook Invite: Facebook event pageQuestions: contact Monica via email<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/08/31/9-2-virtual-craft-night/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    9/2 Virtual Craft Night

    Craft Night & Mask MakingDate: Wednesday, September 2ndTime: 7:00pm – 9:00pmDetails: Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (Really, any project will do; it doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft). Past participants have worked on home repairs, embroidery, knitting, birdhouse painting, sound recording, card-making, photo albums, and more. What unusual projects will emerge this time?!How to join: Fill out this form to get the Zoom linkFacebook Invite: Facebook event pageQuestions: contact Monica via email

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