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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/01/11/jetaany-2021-shinnenkai/"></div>Start off 2021 with JETAANY’s week-long virtual Shinnenkai from Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29! All virtual events are FREE! We’ll have JETAANY chefs going live on our Facebook page, sharing some of their favorite recipes, as well as a talk by author Scott Haas (via Zoom).  On Friday, we invite everyone to come together virtually for a Kanpai, social gathering, and games (via Zoom). All virtual events are free, but if you want to enhance your Shinnenkai experience, we will mail you a swag bag for $15. The package will include JETAANY-branded goodies: reusable utensils (a set of chopsticks, a spoon, and a fork), a reusable grocery tote, a face mask, and recipes from all of the virtual cooking events. Swag bags are limited to the first 100 people, and the deadline […]<!-- 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-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/01/11/jetaany-2021-shinnenkai/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAANY 2021 Shinnenkai

    Start off 2021 with JETAANY’s week-long virtual Shinnenkai from Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29! All virtual events are FREE! We’ll have JETAANY chefs going live on our Facebook page, sharing some of their favorite recipes, as well as a talk by author Scott Haas (via Zoom).  On Friday, we invite everyone to come together virtually for a Kanpai, social gathering, and games (via Zoom). All virtual events are free, but if you want to enhance your Shinnenkai experience, we will mail you a swag bag for $15. The package will include JETAANY-branded goodies: reusable utensils (a set of chopsticks, a spoon, and a fork), a reusable grocery tote, a face mask, and recipes from all of the virtual cooking events. Swag bags are limited to the first 100 people, and the deadline […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/17/jq-magazine-book-review-no-pianos-pets-or-foreigners-my-life-in-japan-in-the-80s/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s Sub–Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. Before the advent of the JET Program, there were Westerners who taught English in Japan. Joe Palermo was one of them, and he tells his story in No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!: My Life in Japan in the ’80s. Palermo arrived in Gunma Prefecture in 1982 as a Mombusho English Fellow (a precursor to modern-day JETs) and his book—whose title was inspired by a phrase he often saw in ads while looking for an apartment—is obviously […]<!-- 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-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/17/jq-magazine-book-review-no-pianos-pets-or-foreigners-my-life-in-japan-in-the-80s/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!: My Life in Japan in the ’80s’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10; Kochi-ken, 2018-2020) for JQ magazine. A former head of JETAA Philadelphia’s Sub–Chapter, Rashaad is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University with a master’s degree in responsible tourism management. For more on his life abroad and enthusiasm for taiko drumming, visit his blog at www.gettingpounded.wordpress.com. Before the advent of the JET Program, there were Westerners who taught English in Japan. Joe Palermo was one of them, and he tells his story in No Pianos, Pets or Foreigners!: My Life in Japan in the ’80s. Palermo arrived in Gunma Prefecture in 1982 as a Mombusho English Fellow (a precursor to modern-day JETs) and his book—whose title was inspired by a phrase he often saw in ads while looking for an apartment—is obviously […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/16/jetaany-2021-board-of-director-elections/"></div>JETAANY is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors made up of JET alumni and prominent people in the Japanese American Community in the NYC area.  They are responsible for overseeing the operations of the alumni organization and give guidance to the executive committee (president, vice president, treasurer and secretary). Directors serve a term of two years. We need a quorum of 100 votes to confirm the 2021 JETAANY Board of Directors. The deadline to vote is Thursday, December 31st 11:59 pm EDT. We have seven members continuing their term and two members up for re-election. We need your support to confirm the reelection of two candidates. Board Members up for re-electionAmber Liang, Kochi ALT, 2006-2008Monica […]<!-- 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-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/16/jetaany-2021-board-of-director-elections/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAANY 2021 Board of Director Elections

    JETAANY is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors made up of JET alumni and prominent people in the Japanese American Community in the NYC area.  They are responsible for overseeing the operations of the alumni organization and give guidance to the executive committee (president, vice president, treasurer and secretary). Directors serve a term of two years. We need a quorum of 100 votes to confirm the 2021 JETAANY Board of Directors. The deadline to vote is Thursday, December 31st 11:59 pm EDT. We have seven members continuing their term and two members up for re-election. We need your support to confirm the reelection of two candidates. Board Members up for re-electionAmber Liang, Kochi ALT, 2006-2008Monica […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/12-10-12-15-virtual-craft-night/"></div>Need some company while you work on holiday decorations, gifts, baking, wrapping, and cards? Or just need to commiserate with friendly faces while you ignore all those things this year? <sob> Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do – doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft) Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. Thursday 12/10 at 8pm ETTuesday 12/15 at 8pm ET Registration link (same for both nights): https://bit.ly/37Kzsvr Let others know on Facebook you are attending!12/20: https://www.facebook.com/events/278665640826760212/15: https://www.facebook.com/events/2743862612500983 Contact Monica Yuki or Christy Jones with questions! <!-- 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-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/12-10-12-15-virtual-craft-night/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    12/10 & 12/15 Virtual Craft Night

    Need some company while you work on holiday decorations, gifts, baking, wrapping, and cards? Or just need to commiserate with friendly faces while you ignore all those things this year? <sob> Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do – doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft) Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. Thursday 12/10 at 8pm ETTuesday 12/15 at 8pm ET Registration link (same for both nights): https://bit.ly/37Kzsvr Let others know on Facebook you are attending!12/20: https://www.facebook.com/events/278665640826760212/15: https://www.facebook.com/events/2743862612500983 Contact Monica Yuki or Christy Jones with questions! 

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/jq-magazine-luminocity-festival-lights-up-new-york/"></div>By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. Returning for its second year, the New York City-based holiday light show LuminoCity Festival brings outdoor family-friendly fun to Randall’s Island Park now through January 10. This walking journey takes visitors to distinctly themed sets and dreamlike worlds through a wonderland of fantastical ancient civilizations, lush luminated jungles, and mystical towering light art displays (with opportunities to pick up warm treats and special gifts). At the heart of it are three brilliantly sparkling Christmas trees, creating the perfect backdrop for holiday and Instagram fans alike. JQ caught up with LuminoCity founder Xiaoyi Chen to learn more. Please tell us about the history of LuminoCity in NYC. From where do you draw your […]<!-- 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-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2020/12/08/jq-magazine-luminocity-festival-lights-up-new-york/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: LuminoCity Festival Lights Up New York

    By Vlad Baranenko (Saitama-ken, 2000-02) for JQ magazine. Vlad is an avid photographer. Returning for its second year, the New York City-based holiday light show LuminoCity Festival brings outdoor family-friendly fun to Randall’s Island Park now through January 10. This walking journey takes visitors to distinctly themed sets and dreamlike worlds through a wonderland of fantastical ancient civilizations, lush luminated jungles, and mystical towering light art displays (with opportunities to pick up warm treats and special gifts). At the heart of it are three brilliantly sparkling Christmas trees, creating the perfect backdrop for holiday and Instagram fans alike. JQ caught up with LuminoCity founder Xiaoyi Chen to learn more. Please tell us about the history of LuminoCity in NYC. From where do you draw your […]

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