Archive for March, 2012

  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/03/19/jq-magazine-book-review-tomo-friendship-fiction-anthology-japan-teen-stories/"></div>By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. If you could know your future cause of death, would you choose to know? This is the question posed by “Yamada-san’s Toaster,” one of the short stories in the new fiction anthology Tomo: Friendship through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories. As the title suggests, the collection is geared toward adolescents and dedicated to the youth of Tohoku, though it undoubtedly has— in the parlance of publishing— tremendous crossover appeal. There is plenty for adults to enjoy here, too. Edited and with a foreword by Holly Thompson, this collection features 36 stories—including 10 in translation—contributed by several JET alums […]<!-- 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/2012/03/19/jq-magazine-book-review-tomo-friendship-fiction-anthology-japan-teen-stories/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘Tomo: Friendship through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories’

    By Sharona Moskowitz (Fukuoka-ken, 2000-01) for JQ magazine. Sharona is interested in fresh, new voices in fiction and creative nonfiction. If you could know your future cause of death, would you choose to know? This is the question posed by “Yamada-san’s Toaster,” one of the short stories in the new fiction anthology Tomo: Friendship through Fiction: An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories. As the title suggests, the collection is geared toward adolescents and dedicated to the youth of Tohoku, though it undoubtedly has— in the parlance of publishing— tremendous crossover appeal. There is plenty for adults to enjoy here, too. Edited and with a foreword by Holly Thompson, this collection features 36 stories—including 10 in translation—contributed by several JET alums […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/03/19/april-book-club-elephant-vanishes/"></div>April Book Club: The Elephant Vanishes When: Wednesday April 25th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St) Cost:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate) RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event Looking for the next great book to read? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club in April: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. Hope to see you there! The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami Book Description: With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant […]<!-- 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/2012/03/19/april-book-club-elephant-vanishes/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    April Book Club: The Elephant Vanishes

    April Book Club: The Elephant Vanishes When: Wednesday April 25th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where:  Flatiron Building, 14th Floor (175 Fifth Avenue @ 23rd St) Cost:  $2-3 for pizza and snacks (drinks are separate) RSVP/Questions:  Email  jetaanybookclub@gmail.com and check out the Facebook event Looking for the next great book to read? Join us for the next JETAANY Book club in April: The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. Hope to see you there! The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami Book Description: With the same deadpan mania and genius for dislocation that he brought to his internationally acclaimed novels A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Haruki Murakami makes this collection of stories a determined assault on the normal. A man sees his favorite elephant […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/03/18/cherryblossom/"></div>Join us in celebrating the historic 100th year of Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees to the United States. This year’s cherry blossom festival in Washington DC is sure to be the biggest yet! JETAANY will be partnering with JETAADC for this hanami event. Don’t miss out on the biggest cherry blossom festival in the United States and a chance to explore our nation’s capital! When: Saturday, April 7- Sunday, April 8 Where: Washington DC RSVP: Amber Liang at liang.yxamber(at)gmail.com by Sunday, March 25 Please include the following information in your RSVP: If you can provide or will need transportation and if you will need overnight accommodation For more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival, click here.<!-- 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/2012/03/18/cherryblossom/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Cherry Blossom Festival in DC (4/7-4/8)

    Join us in celebrating the historic 100th year of Japan’s gift of cherry blossom trees to the United States. This year’s cherry blossom festival in Washington DC is sure to be the biggest yet! JETAANY will be partnering with JETAADC for this hanami event. Don’t miss out on the biggest cherry blossom festival in the United States and a chance to explore our nation’s capital! When: Saturday, April 7- Sunday, April 8 Where: Washington DC RSVP: Amber Liang at liang.yxamber(at)gmail.com by Sunday, March 25 Please include the following information in your RSVP: If you can provide or will need transportation and if you will need overnight accommodation For more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival, click here.

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/03/15/justins-japan-interview-jin-akanishi-japonicana-american-tour/"></div>By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories. In his native Japan, Jin Akanishi is a superstar. Since his early teens, he’s achieved fame as a pop idol, singer-songwriter (with the groups KAT-TUN and LANDS), actor, and radio host. After launching a successful American tour in 2010 to sold out (and screaming) crowds, Jin is back in the U.S. supporting his hotly anticipated English-language debut album, Japonicana. Released earlier this month, the disc features production by Grammy Award-nominated trio the Stereotypes (Far East Movement, Ne-Yo) and platinum hit maker Static Revenger (Madonna, Shakira). Jin takes Manhattan at New York’s Best Buy Theater tonight (March 15) and hits San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom […]<!-- 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/2012/03/15/justins-japan-interview-jin-akanishi-japonicana-american-tour/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Justin’s Japan: Interview with Jin Akanishi on ‘Japonicana’ and His American Tour

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Examiner.com page here for related stories. In his native Japan, Jin Akanishi is a superstar. Since his early teens, he’s achieved fame as a pop idol, singer-songwriter (with the groups KAT-TUN and LANDS), actor, and radio host. After launching a successful American tour in 2010 to sold out (and screaming) crowds, Jin is back in the U.S. supporting his hotly anticipated English-language debut album, Japonicana. Released earlier this month, the disc features production by Grammy Award-nominated trio the Stereotypes (Far East Movement, Ne-Yo) and platinum hit maker Static Revenger (Madonna, Shakira). Jin takes Manhattan at New York’s Best Buy Theater tonight (March 15) and hits San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2012/03/12/justins-japan-york-marches-spring-gagaku-kabuki-masters/"></div>By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Japanese culture page on Examiner.com here for related stories. As winter gives way to spring, New York will host special performances of the traditional Japanese performing arts of gagaku and kabuki for a modern audience. At Highline Ballroom on March 28 is Hideki Togi with Iwao Furusawa. Known as the flame keeper of gagaku (ancient Japanese court music), Togi embodies a proud 1,400-year legacy. Furusawa is a multi-award-winning violinist who has collaborated with Togi for over 15 years, drawing 20,000 people every year in their joint annual national tour. The music drawn from different streams of tradition—Togi from the East and Furusawa from the West—transcends the boundaries of music […]<!-- 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/2012/03/12/justins-japan-york-marches-spring-gagaku-kabuki-masters/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Justin’s Japan: New York Marches Into Spring with Gagaku, Kabuki Masters

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Visit his Japanese culture page on Examiner.com here for related stories. As winter gives way to spring, New York will host special performances of the traditional Japanese performing arts of gagaku and kabuki for a modern audience. At Highline Ballroom on March 28 is Hideki Togi with Iwao Furusawa. Known as the flame keeper of gagaku (ancient Japanese court music), Togi embodies a proud 1,400-year legacy. Furusawa is a multi-award-winning violinist who has collaborated with Togi for over 15 years, drawing 20,000 people every year in their joint annual national tour. The music drawn from different streams of tradition—Togi from the East and Furusawa from the West—transcends the boundaries of music […]

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