Archive for February, 2012

  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/02/19/jq-magazine-jet-alums-return-fukushima-reveals/"></div>By Amy Cameron (Fukushima-ken, 1998-2000) for JQ magazine. Amy was one of eight American JET alums selected for the Tohoku Invitational Program sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency. I will always remember the day back in 1998 that I received my JET ALT assignment. I immediately rushed to a map to see where I would be living. I hadn’t studied Japanese before, so it was hard to pronounce the words: Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken. My tongue tripped on the syllables and I laughed. I found the spot on a map, about halfway between Tokyo and Aomori, 35 miles or so from the coast, between some mountains. I tried to imagine what it would be like 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-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/02/19/jq-magazine-jet-alums-return-fukushima-reveals/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: A JET Alum’s Return to Fukushima Reveals Changes

    By Amy Cameron (Fukushima-ken, 1998-2000) for JQ magazine. Amy was one of eight American JET alums selected for the Tohoku Invitational Program sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Tourism Agency. I will always remember the day back in 1998 that I received my JET ALT assignment. I immediately rushed to a map to see where I would be living. I hadn’t studied Japanese before, so it was hard to pronounce the words: Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken. My tongue tripped on the syllables and I laughed. I found the spot on a map, about halfway between Tokyo and Aomori, 35 miles or so from the coast, between some mountains. I tried to imagine what it would be like to […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/02/17/justins-japan-larcenciel-rocks-madison-square-garden-march-25/"></div>By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Japanese culture page on Examiner.com here for related stories. After 20 years, 13 million albums and 16 million singles sold, famed rock group L’Arc~en~Ciel is gearing up for a historic performance as the very first Japanese act to headline New York¹s legendary Madison Square Garden. Formed in Osaka in 1991, L’Arc~en~Ciel (the name means “rainbow” in French) gained acclaim for their glam-influenced stage fashions, frenetic live shows, and punk/new wave inspired music. The group has achieved legendary status at home and abroad, and its new album BUTTERFLY will be released on iTunes in much of the world outside of Japan in March. The album also includes the hit song […]<!-- 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/2012/02/17/justins-japan-larcenciel-rocks-madison-square-garden-march-25/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Justin’s Japan: L’Arc~en~Ciel Rocks Madison Square Garden March 25

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Japanese culture page on Examiner.com here for related stories. After 20 years, 13 million albums and 16 million singles sold, famed rock group L’Arc~en~Ciel is gearing up for a historic performance as the very first Japanese act to headline New York¹s legendary Madison Square Garden. Formed in Osaka in 1991, L’Arc~en~Ciel (the name means “rainbow” in French) gained acclaim for their glam-influenced stage fashions, frenetic live shows, and punk/new wave inspired music. The group has achieved legendary status at home and abroad, and its new album BUTTERFLY will be released on iTunes in much of the world outside of Japan in March. The album also includes the hit song […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/02/15/justins-japan-robert-whiting-brings-tokyo-underworld-japan-society/"></div>By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Japan Society of New York becomes your gateway to the seamy side of Japan on Feb. 16 with Tokyo Underworld 2012: An Evening with Robert Whiting. At this special appearance, the celebrated author will discuss the intractable role of yakuza in virtually all areas of modern day society in Japan. (It also echoes a 2011 Japan Society lecture by crime expert and Tokyo Vice author Jake Adelstein.) Whiting first came to Japan with U.S. Air Force intelligence in 1962, where he was assigned to work for the National Security Agency in the U-2 program. He graduated from Tokyo’s Sophia University […]<!-- 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/2012/02/15/justins-japan-robert-whiting-brings-tokyo-underworld-japan-society/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Justin’s Japan: Robert Whiting Brings ‘Tokyo Underworld’ to Japan Society

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his Japanese culture page here for related stories. Japan Society of New York becomes your gateway to the seamy side of Japan on Feb. 16 with Tokyo Underworld 2012: An Evening with Robert Whiting. At this special appearance, the celebrated author will discuss the intractable role of yakuza in virtually all areas of modern day society in Japan. (It also echoes a 2011 Japan Society lecture by crime expert and Tokyo Vice author Jake Adelstein.) Whiting first came to Japan with U.S. Air Force intelligence in 1962, where he was assigned to work for the National Security Agency in the U-2 program. He graduated from Tokyo’s Sophia University […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/02/14/226-haiku-workshop/"></div>When: Sunday, February 26th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Where:  (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: $10; RSVP via Paypal HERE Application deadline: February 23 (Maximum participation is 5)  Questions?: Contact Mie Ikeda at jetaany@mieinc.net Have you practiced your Japanese since you got back to the U.S.? This month we will compose Japanese Haiku, a traditional form of poetry. Haiku usually includes many themes related to nature, personal feelings or everyday things. The most common form is three short lines. The first line usually contains five syllables, the second one seven syllables and the last one five syllables. A Haiku must “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put […]<!-- 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/2012/02/14/226-haiku-workshop/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    (2/26) Haiku Workshop

    When: Sunday, February 26th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Where:  (Registered participants will be contacted with the address) Cost: $10; RSVP via Paypal HERE Application deadline: February 23 (Maximum participation is 5)  Questions?: Contact Mie Ikeda at jetaany@mieinc.net Have you practiced your Japanese since you got back to the U.S.? This month we will compose Japanese Haiku, a traditional form of poetry. Haiku usually includes many themes related to nature, personal feelings or everyday things. The most common form is three short lines. The first line usually contains five syllables, the second one seven syllables and the last one five syllables. A Haiku must “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/02/12/jq-magazine-fashion-fun-ring-year-dragon/"></div>By Preston Hatfield (Kofu-shi, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston moved to New York in January 2012 from San Francisco and works for Skyhorse Publishing. In addition to fantastic manuscripts, Preston is now accepting submissions from people who want to be his friend. Abduct him from his house in the middle of the night, or find him on Facebook and ask about his JET blog in which he details his exploits and misadventures in that crazy Land of the Rising Sun we all love. The Bennett Media Studio in New York’s West Village was filled to capacity on Feb. 11 for Saturday’s Lunar New Year Celebration and Fashion Show. This event, hosted by the ASIANinNY networking organization, treated guests to a […]<!-- 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/2012/02/12/jq-magazine-fashion-fun-ring-year-dragon/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Fashion and Fun Ring in the Year of the Dragon

    By Preston Hatfield (Kofu-shi, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston moved to New York in January 2012 from San Francisco and works for Skyhorse Publishing. In addition to fantastic manuscripts, Preston is now accepting submissions from people who want to be his friend. Abduct him from his house in the middle of the night, or find him on Facebook and ask about his JET blog in which he details his exploits and misadventures in that crazy Land of the Rising Sun we all love. The Bennett Media Studio in New York’s West Village was filled to capacity on Feb. 11 for Saturday’s Lunar New Year Celebration and Fashion Show. This event, hosted by the ASIANinNY networking organization, treated guests to a […]

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