JETAA New Yorkâ€™sÂ JQ magazineÂ continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent storiesÂ here). Weâ€™re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource siteÂ JETwit.com. (Scribes are also encouraged to join theÂ JET Alumni WritersÂ group onÂ LinkedIn.)
Below are story ideas grouped by JET participants and alumni (JET World) and those more on Japanese culture (Japan World). AndÂ if youâ€™re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world with a story idea of your own, let us know!
Now,Â JQÂ is looking for additional help behind the scenes! Our editorÂ (celebrating his fifth anniversary at the helm in November) is seeking a capable assistant to help with the posting, social media sharing and story assigning across all JETAA chapters. If you’re a wiz with WordPress, Facebook and Twitter, and enjoy all forms of Japanese arts, events and media, reach out to Justin. Thanks and yoroshiku!
Â ***JET WORLD***
JET ALUMS DOING COOL STUFF
Author of the upcoming ball pen art bookÂ Japan 365Â by the Okinawa-stationedÂ J Muzacz;Â Laurel LukaszewskiÂ of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation; Ehime JET alumsÂ Elayna SniderÂ andÂ Chelsea ReidyÂ on their forthcoming illustrated travelogueÂ Temple by Temple; JETAA New Jersey Sub-chapter RepÂ Fernando Rojas;Â andÂ Matt Cohen, founder and organizer of San Francisco food truck vendor networkÂ Off the Grid.
Michelle Lynn DinhÂ (Shimane-ken, 2010-13)Â is the editor forÂ RocketNews24 English, a website specializing in quirky news from Japan and Asia. Profile Michelle and the history of the site and its wild and wacky history!
JETS IN SOCIAL MEDIA
The officialÂ JETAANY FacebookÂ page has been firing on all cylinders, serving as an additional alumni news outlet and upcoming event bulletin board. Talk to the people in charge for a profile on the impact of JET chapters, social media style!Â
JET ALUMNA LEADS THE DIGITAL MANGA GUILD
Joanna Yuka Metoki (Wakayama-ken, 2008-09)Â is the PR & Localizer Community Liaison forÂ Digital Manga Guild, a project of the companyÂ Digital MangaÂ where manga fans collaborate in bringing thousands of titles to the American manga fandom. The mission of DMG is not only to bring the fans the products they desire but offer the localizers (translators, editors, and letterers) the opportunity to become part of the process of publishing these titles and gaining invaluable experience within the industry. Joanna is available for a Q&A or profile.
PRE-JET PROGRAM ALUM PROFILED IN THE JAPAN TIMES
British writer, historian and journalistÂ Lesley DownerÂ has been visiting Japan and writing about it for nearly 35 years â€” beginning in 1978, when she was part of the first-ever intake of the English Teaching Recruitment Program, which evolved into the famous JET (Japan Exchange andÂ Teaching Program) scheme. This noted author and documentary filmmaker wasÂ recently interviewedÂ forÂ The Japan Times, and writers are invited to contact her for a story about her experiences on the ETR Program.
BOOK REVIEW:Â PACIFIC COSMOPOLITANS
Decades before Americans cheered on Ichiro Suzuki, Japanese baseball fans swooned over Babe Ruth. And a century prior to the craze for anime and manga, American art collectors hoarded Japanese woodblock prints. Few relationships can match the depth, or importance, of the cultural ties between America and Japan over the past two hundred years. InÂ Pacific Cosmopolitans, JET alum/Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy ResearchÂ Michael AuslinÂ tells this absorbing history in full for the first time.Â http://goo.gl/yl4Ns
â€˜THE RICE COOKER CHRONICLESâ€™ SERIES
We are running a new series on JETwit about solo cooking experiences while on JET (read previous entriesÂ here). Did you discover a new favorite comfort food in Japan, learn to cook a mouthwatering meal that you still serve today or accidentally buy somethingÂ reallyÂ weird only to discover (and reluctantly) eat it in your mansion? We want to hear about it!
â€˜JET INSTANT NOODLEâ€™ COMICS
Profile of JET alum artistÂ Shun EndoÂ and hisÂ â€œJET Instant Noodle Comics.â€Â Read samplesÂ here.
An innovative telecommunications site forÂ Team Teaching, founded by a JET.Â www.teamteachers.com
JETSET â€“ CANADIAN JETS IN JAPAN
Melissa C.Â runs JETset, a site for Canadian JETs in Japan and a well-known resource center for JET participants.Â See more for a profile atÂ www.jetsetjapan.com.
Now offering show reviews or Q&A opportunities for the following:
Nov. 16 /Â Kaiju Big Battel Presents: JapandemoniumÂ @ Stage 48 NYC
Dec. 5 /Â Taro HakaseÂ @ Town Hall NYC
Feb 24,Â 2014 â€“Â Keiko MatsuiÂ 25th anniversary tourÂ @ B.B. King Blues Club NYC
March 2014 â€“Â Kyary Pamyu PamyuÂ @ Chicago, Toronto, NYC
WEB SERIES 2AVE
The new Japanese and English YouTubeÂ 2AVEÂ is taking the Internet by storm, earning a profile featured inÂ Yahoo! Japan. With music by JET alum Tony Waldmanâ€™s Brooklyn-based groupÂ New Beard, this unique series is a must for a feature!
Write a review on anything youâ€™d like to spread the word about. Current review copies of books available include theÂ The Soul of AnimeÂ by MIT professor Ian Condry,Â A Guru is BornÂ by Takeshi Kitano, andÂ SubductionÂ by Chin Music Press! Other new offering from Duke University Press includeÂ Cinema of Actuality: Japanese Avant-Garde Filmmaking in the Season of Image PoliticsÂ andÂ Precarious Japan (Chronicles of the New World Encounter). Also coming this fall:Â Japan 1941:Â Countdown to InfamyÂ by Eri Hotta andÂ A True NovelÂ byÂ Minae Mizumura.
For films, how aboutÂ Wolf Children, the latest from anime director Mamoru Hosoda?
PROFILE AN ICE SCULPTOR IN LONG ISLAND CITY
Check out the story ofÂ Shintaro OkamotoÂ ofÂ Okamoto Studio, an LIC/Astoria-based ice sculpting business. He was recently profiled by theÂ Huffington Post. He grew up in Fukuoka, spent time in Alaska, and learned the art of ice sculpting while being a sushi chef. Now he is in LIC making beautiful art from ice, and has had his works shown throughout NYC
PROFILE A BOSTON SAKE PROPRIETOR
Todd Bellomy is the founder and proprietor ofÂ Boston Sake, which he started out of frustration with the lack of Sake education and fun in the Boston market. So far he has driven roughly 1,000 people a month to his blog, and recently had his first event, which is one of the largest sake events ever in Boston. Todd is now expanding with his sake/beer hybrid,Â Banryu-Ichi, which is starting to introduce beer people to sakeâ€¦something that no one else is doing!
SHUUKAN NY SEIKATSU PROFILE
This New York-based Japanese-language free paper has big plans for its English-language â€œCool Japanâ€ page, which runs every Saturday. Writers fromÂ JETAA New YorkÂ have reported on the newest Japan-related happenings, andÂ JQÂ would like to help spread the message! Read more atÂ www.nyseikatsu.com.
SACHIYO ITO DANCE COMPANY ARTICLE
Sachiyo Ito and Company is the only dance group in New York City to perform Japanese classical dance, Okinawan dance, and contemporary works based on these traditions. Their upcomingÂ 15thÂ Year Anniversary Concert of the Salon SeriesÂ performances are scheduled for Oct. 19-20. Takers are invited to write about Ito-sensei herself or review an upcoming concert. Learn more atÂ www.dancejapan.com.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR JAPAN FIX?
In an effort to revive theÂ â€œJapan Fixâ€Â posts,Â weâ€™d like to share a recent discoveries to help readers find a little piece of Japan close to home.Â How do you get your Japan fix wherever you live?
ROBIN SAKAI OF GAIJIN POT
Gaijin PotÂ is a site that offers jobs, apartments and classifieds in Japan. Run by Robin Sakai, it strives to bring the Japanese and expat community together.
REVIEW OF JAPANESE LANGUAGE STUDY OPTIONS IN THE NYC AREA
We would like to add a listing as well as a possible review of Japanese language study options in the New York area. One of these isÂ Hills Learning, founded byÂ Jon Hills, who works with JETs in New York to promote his learning center, which teaches four languages to children and adults and offers annual Japanese Language Proficiency Test courses! Jon also co-presents monthly Asian networking events. Jon is open to a profile. Learn more atÂ www.hillslearning.com.
CONSULATE GENERAL SCHOOL CARAVAN
This is a decade-plus program run byÂ New Yorkâ€™s Consulate General of JapanÂ that sends consulate staff (American and Japanese) to New York high schools and junior high schools to introduce students to Japanese culture, and JET alums have even served as presenters! The purpose of this article will be to increase awareness of the program so more JETAA members can get involved.
KEIOÂ ACADEMY OF NEW YORK
Based in Purchase, NY,Â Keio AcademyÂ is a school forÂ bilingual and bicultural education established by its Tokyo namesake.Â Besides the various activities the school offers, it also seeks to recruit JET alums for potential work opportunities.Â We can put you in touch with their business officer, who is happy ro speak with more JETs about the subject.
JAPANÂ INFORMATION CENTER OF NEW YORK
Profile. Take advantage of Japan Information Center to promote Japan! TheÂ Japan Information CenterÂ (JIC) is the cultural and public affairs section of the Consulate General of Japan in New York. The JIC distributes educational materials, posters and pamphlets on Japan, provides speakers on various aspects of Japan to the schools throughout this region, Provides information on the Japanese Government Scholarships & the JET Program, distributes the e-newsletterÂ Japan Info, and loans videos/DVDs and cultural artifacts.
Visit JQ magazine online atÂ https://jetaany.org/magazine.