Calling all writers – Be a Japan Week NY Tourism Ambassador! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 28th

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JET alumni are invited to be “Tourism Ambassadors” for Japan Week NY, held at Grand Central Station from March 6-8, 2014.  As JETs we have many opportunities to explore and connect with Japan by seeing places that are off the beaten path.  Do you have a favorite town, restaurant, onsen, minshuku or historical site that you want to share?  Not only will you be sharing your love of Japan with the public, you will offer recognition and promote tourism to that area.

Your story will be shared on the Japan Week website and entered into the competition. The highest quality submissions will be awarded the prizes below.


  • 1st place: Win a 7 day “Japan Rail Pass” (Or Amex gift card for $250)
  • 2nd Place: The top 10 stories that receive the most “likes” on Facebook will be invited to the sake bar at Grand Central Event ($25 value ticket)
  • JET Prize: Top JET contributor will be showcased with their bio and headshot on the website and at the Grand Central Terminal Event

***Submission Information***
Submissions should include all the below information along with a write up of your experience including any fun stories, tips, travel advice and photo(s) to bring the story to life (approx. 500 words). Deadline: February 28th

  • Name:
  • Location in Japan:
  • Name of city/restaurant/venue:
  • Description:
  • Attach photo(s) to email

Email submissions to: Japan Week Production Assistant Keika Jones at
Questions? Contact Keika Jones or JETAANY President Monica Yuki at

***What is Japan Week?***
Last year, Japan Week was sponsored by the Japan Tourism Agency, with support from the Japanese Consulate General in New York. It was a collaborative effort among 220 public organizations and private businesses.  The event was a huge success, covered by approximately 355 major American media outlets, television programs and magazines.

The aim for Japan Week 2014 is to strengthen the collaboration among an even more diverse group of Japanese companies and associations and organizations in America as well as to introduce themes that allow people to experience Japanese history: “Taking the Leap to Recovery” and “From History to the Present” celebrates Tokyo Station’s 100th year anniversary and the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In addition, another goal is to communicate three Japanese aspects that are fundamental to Japan’s growth during the last 100 years of accomplishments: industry, traditional crafts, and cultural innovations. To stimulate interest in traveling to Japan, Azix will promote creative content by coordinating with Japanese private businesses and utilizing promotional tools on the web and in stores prior to the Japan Week event.

***Partnership with JETAANY***
People came back from the JET Program having a unique life experience in Japan.  We want to share your personal stories of Japan with the people of New York.  If selected, your story would be featured on the Japan Week website as well as at the Grand Central Terminal event.

We are looking for writers to contribute a 500 word story with photo(s) about life experiences, tourism, hospitality, food, or nature.