Archive for December, 2011

  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/28/jq-magazine-kyoto-years-day-disaster/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. New Year’s Day. A day some welcome in a crazed stupor while others might celebrate it in serenity. Or maybe confusion. I would be spending my New Year’s Day on vacation in the Kansai region. Upon getting off the bus in Osaka, I had no idea what locales I’d explore. But my plans were nothing to be stressed about as I’d simply follow the recommendations of my Lonely Planet. […]<!-- 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-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/28/jq-magazine-kyoto-years-day-disaster/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: In Kyoto, a New Year’s Day Disaster

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. New Year’s Day. A day some welcome in a crazed stupor while others might celebrate it in serenity. Or maybe confusion. I would be spending my New Year’s Day on vacation in the Kansai region. Upon getting off the bus in Osaka, I had no idea what locales I’d explore. But my plans were nothing to be stressed about as I’d simply follow the recommendations of my Lonely Planet. […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/21/112-january-book-club-hotel-corner-bitter-sweet/"></div>  When: Thursday, January 12th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St) Cost/RSVP:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate) RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event Hope to get some reading done over the holidays? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford! Plot Synopsis: In 1986, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, […]<!-- 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-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/21/112-january-book-club-hotel-corner-bitter-sweet/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    (1/12) January Book Club: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

      When: Thursday, January 12th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St) Cost/RSVP:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate) RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event Hope to get some reading done over the holidays? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford! Plot Synopsis: In 1986, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/19/jq-magazine-jet-turned-laborer-%e2%80%93-giving-volunteer-post-disaster-japan/"></div>By Rachel Vigil-Garcia (Fukushima-ken, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Rachel works at the American Center for Learning in Chula Vista, CA. Contact her at ray3vigil13 [at] yahoo [dot] com. Eight months have passed since a huge earthquake and tsunami crippled Northeastern Japan with mind-numbing destruction. In March, news video beamed entire towns going under, with cars and homes lifted in the deluge. But today, why does it seem like so many have begun to forget about this disaster? I know the JET and JET alumni community are an exception to this. Still, I hope that by sharing my recent experience I can encourage sustained support to that wonderful island nation and its ever-gracious inhabitants. It’s much too early to be letting […]<!-- 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-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/19/jq-magazine-jet-turned-laborer-%e2%80%93-giving-volunteer-post-disaster-japan/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: JET Turned Laborer – Giving Back as a Volunteer in Post-Disaster Japan

    By Rachel Vigil-Garcia (Fukushima-ken, 2001-02) for JQ magazine. Rachel works at the American Center for Learning in Chula Vista, CA. Contact her at ray3vigil13 [at] yahoo [dot] com. Eight months have passed since a huge earthquake and tsunami crippled Northeastern Japan with mind-numbing destruction. In March, news video beamed entire towns going under, with cars and homes lifted in the deluge. But today, why does it seem like so many have begun to forget about this disaster? I know the JET and JET alumni community are an exception to this. Still, I hope that by sharing my recent experience I can encourage sustained support to that wonderful island nation and its ever-gracious inhabitants. It’s much too early to be letting […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/15/jq-magazine-book-review-%e2%80%93-%e2%80%98life-b-o-e-book%e2%80%99/"></div>By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona works at a literary agency in New York City. She is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. Flexibility and a sense of humor have long been predictors of a successful JET participant. And with good reason. After all, let’s face it: life in Japan for a gaijin can range from the frustrating to the absurd to the downright hilarious, often within the same day. The malleable young JET is expected to smile and wear a variety of hats placed upon his or her head in the name of “international exchange.” For most JETs, it’s what happens in between the lines of the job description that makes the […]<!-- 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-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/15/jq-magazine-book-review-%e2%80%93-%e2%80%98life-b-o-e-book%e2%80%99/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Life After the B.O.E. the Book’

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona works at a literary agency in New York City. She is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. Flexibility and a sense of humor have long been predictors of a successful JET participant. And with good reason. After all, let’s face it: life in Japan for a gaijin can range from the frustrating to the absurd to the downright hilarious, often within the same day. The malleable young JET is expected to smile and wear a variety of hats placed upon his or her head in the name of “international exchange.” For most JETs, it’s what happens in between the lines of the job description that makes the […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/12/check-photos-osechi-ryori-cooking-class-december-10th/"></div>  A great time was had by all at the Osechi Ryori Cooking class held on Saturday, December 10th at 1 pm in Brooklyn. Junko Asano, a licensed chef and food coordinator, instructed participants in preparing the following: Namasu (a Japanese New Year’s Salad), Datemaki (a sweet rolled omelette) and Ozoni (a Japanese soup containing mochi rice cakes).   See the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jetaany_mie            <!-- 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-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/12/12/check-photos-osechi-ryori-cooking-class-december-10th/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Check out photos from the Osechi Ryori Cooking Class on December 10th!

      A great time was had by all at the Osechi Ryori Cooking class held on Saturday, December 10th at 1 pm in Brooklyn. Junko Asano, a licensed chef and food coordinator, instructed participants in preparing the following: Namasu (a Japanese New Year’s Salad), Datemaki (a sweet rolled omelette) and Ozoni (a Japanese soup containing mochi rice cakes).   See the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jetaany_mie            

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