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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage 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-homepage 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

  • <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

  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/06/01/2020-pre-departure-seminar/"></div>It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our most recent alumni to teach and share their experiences to help invigorate our newest JETs about moving to and living in Japan! For more information and to sign-up to volunteer, please visit and respond by Wednesday, June 3rd: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwIHOScXmRaAJC6nSCxnAp4T31ZYKQhj4trzjjY7PhrilyDw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3FyGY7-FxNU3bMyh3ViQYdyNPraA3g5CNFSOQ8lw1bd8GocG1M_QqY2NY<!-- 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/2020/06/01/2020-pre-departure-seminar/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    2020 Pre-Departure Seminar [Volunteer Deadline 6/3/2020]

    It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our most recent alumni to teach and share their experiences to help invigorate our newest JETs about moving to and living in Japan! For more information and to sign-up to volunteer, please visit and respond by Wednesday, June 3rd: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwIHOScXmRaAJC6nSCxnAp4T31ZYKQhj4trzjjY7PhrilyDw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3FyGY7-FxNU3bMyh3ViQYdyNPraA3g5CNFSOQ8lw1bd8GocG1M_QqY2NY

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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/2020/10/30/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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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page 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-cat-page 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/2020/08/27/9-19-philly-picnic-event/"></div>Inviting all JET Alumni and potential JETs The JETAANY Philadelphia sub-chapter will be hosting a Socially Distanced Japanese Bento Picnic Day! We plan to take out lunch bento boxes from a local Japanese restaurant and walk to a local park to get to know each other, discuss JET experiences, and play a Trivia Game about Japan. Date: September 19th, (rain date: September 26th at noon) Time: 12pm Location 1: Meet at Kei Sushi (1711 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146) to order bentos Location 2: 10-minute walk to Rittenhouse Square for the picnic Cost: Participants are required to pay $2 to attend and receive a bento box and beverage. Payment can be done through cash or Venmo to the Philadelphia rep., Chelsea […]<!-- 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/2020/08/27/9-19-philly-picnic-event/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    9/19 Philly Picnic Event

    Inviting all JET Alumni and potential JETs The JETAANY Philadelphia sub-chapter will be hosting a Socially Distanced Japanese Bento Picnic Day! We plan to take out lunch bento boxes from a local Japanese restaurant and walk to a local park to get to know each other, discuss JET experiences, and play a Trivia Game about Japan. Date: September 19th, (rain date: September 26th at noon) Time: 12pm Location 1: Meet at Kei Sushi (1711 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146) to order bentos Location 2: 10-minute walk to Rittenhouse Square for the picnic Cost: Participants are required to pay $2 to attend and receive a bento box and beverage. Payment can be done through cash or Venmo to the Philadelphia rep., Chelsea […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/06/23/7-7-book-club-haruki-murami-x-the-new-yorker/"></div>Register through Zoom at https://bit.ly/3eQQ9ax to receive the meeting information. * * * * *It’s been a while since we’ve read fan favorite Haruki Murakami. Since access to libraries, book stores and timely home delivery is limited at this time, we’ll tackle some short works available online. If you have access to The New Yorker magazine, read any or all of Murakami’s recent contributions here: https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/haruki-murakami. If you don’t have access, contact bookclub@jetaany.org and she’ll hook you up. READING LISTScheherazade, Oct. 2014Kino, Feb. 2015The Wind Cave, Aug. 2018Cream, Jan 2019Abandoning a Cat, Sept. 2019With the Beatles, Feb. 2020Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey, June 2020 While we usually meet in person over pizza, we’ll be gathering virtually for the time being. […]<!-- 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/2020/06/23/7-7-book-club-haruki-murami-x-the-new-yorker/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    7/7 Book Club: Haruki Murami x The New Yorker

    Register through Zoom at https://bit.ly/3eQQ9ax to receive the meeting information. * * * * *It’s been a while since we’ve read fan favorite Haruki Murakami. Since access to libraries, book stores and timely home delivery is limited at this time, we’ll tackle some short works available online. If you have access to The New Yorker magazine, read any or all of Murakami’s recent contributions here: https://www.newyorker.com/contributors/haruki-murakami. If you don’t have access, contact bookclub@jetaany.org and she’ll hook you up. READING LISTScheherazade, Oct. 2014Kino, Feb. 2015The Wind Cave, Aug. 2018Cream, Jan 2019Abandoning a Cat, Sept. 2019With the Beatles, Feb. 2020Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey, June 2020 While we usually meet in person over pizza, we’ll be gathering virtually for the time being. […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/06/23/6-24-2020-virtual-craft-night/"></div>Back by popular demand! Join Monica and Christy for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any hands-on project will do!). Last time we chatted while working on jewelry, masks, knitting, embroidery, boondoggle, scrapbooks, photo editing, mending, baking and more! Fill out this simple form to receive the Zoom link:https://tinyurl.com/y6vw6g9s Wednesday 6/23 at 7pm Let others know you are going on facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/656572091589025/<!-- 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/2020/06/23/6-24-2020-virtual-craft-night/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    6/24/2020 Virtual Craft Night

    Back by popular demand! Join Monica and Christy for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any hands-on project will do!). Last time we chatted while working on jewelry, masks, knitting, embroidery, boondoggle, scrapbooks, photo editing, mending, baking and more! Fill out this simple form to receive the Zoom link:https://tinyurl.com/y6vw6g9s Wednesday 6/23 at 7pm Let others know you are going on facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/656572091589025/

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/06/18/jetaany-statement-in-support-of-black-lives-matter/"></div>JETAANY Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter The JET Program was founded on the importance of grassroots cross-cultural exchanges to promote understanding and people-to-people connections. JET participants assume the role of cultural ambassador both during their time in Japan and afterward, to work toward and enhance mutual understanding across cultural barriers. The recent and ongoing protests against racial injustice in the U.S., Japan, and worldwide remind us that there is still much work to be done and progress to be made. Over the past several weeks, the JET Program Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) Executive team has been engaging in conversations about the peaceful protests and racial issues with our members and on an individual and small group […]<!-- 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/2020/06/18/jetaany-statement-in-support-of-black-lives-matter/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAANY Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

    JETAANY Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter The JET Program was founded on the importance of grassroots cross-cultural exchanges to promote understanding and people-to-people connections. JET participants assume the role of cultural ambassador both during their time in Japan and afterward, to work toward and enhance mutual understanding across cultural barriers. The recent and ongoing protests against racial injustice in the U.S., Japan, and worldwide remind us that there is still much work to be done and progress to be made. Over the past several weeks, the JET Program Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY) Executive team has been engaging in conversations about the peaceful protests and racial issues with our members and on an individual and small group […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/06/01/jetaa-ny-jetling-informal-hangout-6-25-2020/"></div>This is an event for the new JETs heading to Japan later this summer to talk among themselves and with JET alumni about life abroad. Register for the Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvcOCgrjMqGNKQQEla9w7PHMI0qLQLMiOT<!-- 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/2020/06/01/jetaa-ny-jetling-informal-hangout-6-25-2020/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAA NY JETling Informal Hangout [6/25/2020]

    This is an event for the new JETs heading to Japan later this summer to talk among themselves and with JET alumni about life abroad. Register for the Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvcOCgrjMqGNKQQEla9w7PHMI0qLQLMiOT

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/06/01/2020-pre-departure-seminar/"></div>It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our most recent alumni to teach and share their experiences to help invigorate our newest JETs about moving to and living in Japan! For more information and to sign-up to volunteer, please visit and respond by Wednesday, June 3rd: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwIHOScXmRaAJC6nSCxnAp4T31ZYKQhj4trzjjY7PhrilyDw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3FyGY7-FxNU3bMyh3ViQYdyNPraA3g5CNFSOQ8lw1bd8GocG1M_QqY2NY<!-- 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/2020/06/01/2020-pre-departure-seminar/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    2020 Pre-Departure Seminar [Volunteer Deadline 6/3/2020]

    It’s that time of year when we prepare a new batch of JETs to start their journey in Japan! We are calling upon our most recent alumni to teach and share their experiences to help invigorate our newest JETs about moving to and living in Japan! For more information and to sign-up to volunteer, please visit and respond by Wednesday, June 3rd: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwIHOScXmRaAJC6nSCxnAp4T31ZYKQhj4trzjjY7PhrilyDw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3FyGY7-FxNU3bMyh3ViQYdyNPraA3g5CNFSOQ8lw1bd8GocG1M_QqY2NY

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  • <div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/05/18/networking-event/"></div>Networking EventDate: Tuesday, June 16thTime: 7-8:30 pmDetails: Have you recently finished JET or just moved to the East Coast and looking to learn more about JETAANY, meet other recent returners, or interested in networking? Then, this is a small gathering for you! Come chat on Zoom with Ryan (Vice President) and meet other alumni in the area. How to join: Participants who mark “Going” on Facebook, or email the organizer directly, will receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting. RSVP: Facebook Event page, or email vicepresident@jetanny.org link: https://www.facebook.com/events/674909213329925/ Questions: Contact Ryan vicepresident@jetaany.org<!-- 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/2020/05/18/networking-event/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Networking Event

    Networking EventDate: Tuesday, June 16thTime: 7-8:30 pmDetails: Have you recently finished JET or just moved to the East Coast and looking to learn more about JETAANY, meet other recent returners, or interested in networking? Then, this is a small gathering for you! Come chat on Zoom with Ryan (Vice President) and meet other alumni in the area. How to join: Participants who mark “Going” on Facebook, or email the organizer directly, will receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting. RSVP: Facebook Event page, or email vicepresident@jetanny.org link: https://www.facebook.com/events/674909213329925/ Questions: Contact Ryan vicepresident@jetaany.org

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