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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/02/17/3-2-book-club-silence/"></div>For March we will be reading SILENCE, Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece about Christianity in 17th-century Japan. Bonus points if you watch Martin Scorsese’s cinematic adaptation, which can be rented for about $3 on several streaming services. Register through Zoom at https://bit.ly/3sRwbEs to receive meeting information. And planning ahead: April book will be The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata. While we usually meet in person over pizza, we’ll be gathering virtually for the time being. Feel free to eat and drink during the meeting. Joining late is OK, too! The JETAANY Book Club is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading. Please join us for a casual, nonjudgmental discussion! Questions via Facebook or by emailing bookclub[at]jetaany[dot]org.<!-- 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/2021/02/17/3-2-book-club-silence/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    3/2 Book Club: Silence

    For March we will be reading SILENCE, Shusaku Endo’s masterpiece about Christianity in 17th-century Japan. Bonus points if you watch Martin Scorsese’s cinematic adaptation, which can be rented for about $3 on several streaming services. Register through Zoom at https://bit.ly/3sRwbEs to receive meeting information. And planning ahead: April book will be The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata. While we usually meet in person over pizza, we’ll be gathering virtually for the time being. Feel free to eat and drink during the meeting. Joining late is OK, too! The JETAANY Book Club is open to anyone with an interest in Japan and a love of reading. Please join us for a casual, nonjudgmental discussion! Questions via Facebook or by emailing bookclub[at]jetaany[dot]org.

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/02/17/sashiko-sampler-kits-stitching-nights/"></div>Literally translated as “little stabs,” Japanese sashiko stitching is a practical form of embroidery traditionally employed to reinforce and patch worn-out material. While still utilized in mending, sashiko’s signature white-on-blue geometric patterns lends itself to decorative use as well. JETAANY is pleased to team up with Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhinoto equip you with everything you need to try your hand at sashiko! JET alumni can purchase a Sashiko Sampler Kit for the special price of $13 (retail value $22, plus shipping), and will be sent six 4” fabric squares with printed patterns, thread and needles, and easy-to-follow instructions. We invite you to join us for one or both JETAANY Virtual Craft Nights in March, where we’ll share some basic tips and enjoy communal stitching. Note: […]<!-- 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/2021/02/17/sashiko-sampler-kits-stitching-nights/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Sashiko Sampler Kits & Stitching Nights

    Literally translated as “little stabs,” Japanese sashiko stitching is a practical form of embroidery traditionally employed to reinforce and patch worn-out material. While still utilized in mending, sashiko’s signature white-on-blue geometric patterns lends itself to decorative use as well. JETAANY is pleased to team up with Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhinoto equip you with everything you need to try your hand at sashiko! JET alumni can purchase a Sashiko Sampler Kit for the special price of $13 (retail value $22, plus shipping), and will be sent six 4” fabric squares with printed patterns, thread and needles, and easy-to-follow instructions. We invite you to join us for one or both JETAANY Virtual Craft Nights in March, where we’ll share some basic tips and enjoy communal stitching. Note: […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2021/02/17/craft-night-wed-2-17/"></div>Craft NightDate: Wednesday, February 17thTime: 8:00pm ETDetails: Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do; it doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft). Past participants have worked on home repairs, embroidery, knitting, sound recording, card-making, baking, gardening, photo albums, and more. What unusual projects will emerge this time?!Register: Get zoom link hereFacebook Invite: Facebook event pageQuestions: contact Christy via email<!-- 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/2021/02/17/craft-night-wed-2-17/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Craft Night Wed 2/17

    Craft NightDate: Wednesday, February 17thTime: 8:00pm ETDetails: Join us for another casual virtual crafting night (really, any project will do; it doesn’t *actually* have to be a craft). Past participants have worked on home repairs, embroidery, knitting, sound recording, card-making, baking, gardening, photo albums, and more. What unusual projects will emerge this time?!Register: Get zoom link hereFacebook Invite: Facebook event pageQuestions: contact Christy via email

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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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