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JETAANY Webinar Series: Past Sessions

With the generous support of a Sasakawa USA grant, JETAANY launched a monthly webinar series in 2017, in cooperation with other organizations and JETAA chapters. Below are summaries of our past webinars. Information about upcoming webinars is available here. “Getting Into International Work With the U.S. Government” (January 4, 2018) This webinar provided an introduction to international opportunities with the U.S. government, including Peace Corps, Fulbright, USAID and the U.S. Department of State. The presenters, Brenda McKinney and Luther Flagstad, met while serving on the National AJET Council together in 2008 and now both reside in New York City where they work in law and policy. This session especially focused on opportunities at USAID, the U.S. State Department, the United Nations, with […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/12/24/jq-magazine-jamming-after-jet-rural-island-alums-release-new-albums/"></div>By Greg Beck (Hiroshima–ken, 2006-11) for JQ magazine. Greg is a writer, producer, home brewer, and Social Coordinator for JETAA Southern California and Arizona. A former news producer for Tokyo Broadcasting System in New York, he currently works freelance in Los Angeles. For more cinema reviews, follow him on Twitter at @CIRBECK #MovieReview. Regardless of your placement on JET, music is a constant part of the experience. Whether it is karaoke parties with friends, music festivals like Fuji Rock, “live house” local performances, or simply singing Beatles and Carpenters with your students (over and over), all of us take something musical with us from our time on JET. But what about musicians who join JET? JQ reached out to two […]<!-- 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/2017/12/24/jq-magazine-jamming-after-jet-rural-island-alums-release-new-albums/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Jamming After JET — Rural Island Alums Release New Albums

    By Greg Beck (Hiroshima–ken, 2006-11) for JQ magazine. Greg is a writer, producer, home brewer, and Social Coordinator for JETAA Southern California and Arizona. A former news producer for Tokyo Broadcasting System in New York, he currently works freelance in Los Angeles. For more cinema reviews, follow him on Twitter at @CIRBECK #MovieReview. Regardless of your placement on JET, music is a constant part of the experience. Whether it is karaoke parties with friends, music festivals like Fuji Rock, “live house” local performances, or simply singing Beatles and Carpenters with your students (over and over), all of us take something musical with us from our time on JET. But what about musicians who join JET? JQ reached out to two […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/12/23/jq-magazine-book-review-the-jet-program-and-the-us-japan-relationship-goodwill-goldmine/"></div>By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is the current JETAA New South Wales President (in Sydney, Australia) and Australian JET Alumni Association Country Representative, and handles the social media/website side for JETAA International as Webmaster. He also runs the Life After JET podcast. Note: Spelling is always problematic when dealing with international differences. I shall be spelling “Program” the way it is referred to in the book and the title, to avoid inconsistencies. Apologies, especially to any fellow Australians reading this. However, I’ll be keeping my quixotically placed “u”s and “r”s. Created in 1987, The JET Program has brought tens of thousands of young people from around the world to work, live and experience life in Japan. […]<!-- 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/2017/12/23/jq-magazine-book-review-the-jet-program-and-the-us-japan-relationship-goodwill-goldmine/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The JET Program and the US-Japan Relationship: Goodwill Goldmine’

    By Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) for JQ magazine. Eden is the current JETAA New South Wales President (in Sydney, Australia) and Australian JET Alumni Association Country Representative, and handles the social media/website side for JETAA International as Webmaster. He also runs the Life After JET podcast. Note: Spelling is always problematic when dealing with international differences. I shall be spelling “Program” the way it is referred to in the book and the title, to avoid inconsistencies. Apologies, especially to any fellow Australians reading this. However, I’ll be keeping my quixotically placed “u”s and “r”s. Created in 1987, The JET Program has brought tens of thousands of young people from around the world to work, live and experience life in Japan. […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/12/18/jq-magazine-film-review-in-this-corner-of-the-world/"></div>By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi–ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston is the English teacher you wish you had growing up. He taught in Kofu, Yamanashi on JET and later received his Master’s in Education and teaching credential from Stanford University. He now teaches English at a public high school in the Silicon Valley, and is inspiring the leaders of tomorrow one dank meme at a time. Raise your hand if you remember how it felt to watch Grave of the Fireflies. It isn’t often that you’re truly glad to have watched a film that slowly rips your heart out, but the iconic 1988 film about Japan during World War II did exactly that for generations of viewers. Nearly 30 years later, director Sunao Katabuchi […]<!-- 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/2017/12/18/jq-magazine-film-review-in-this-corner-of-the-world/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Film Review — ‘In This Corner of the World’

    By Preston Hatfield (Yamanashi–ken, 2009-10) for JQ magazine. Preston is the English teacher you wish you had growing up. He taught in Kofu, Yamanashi on JET and later received his Master’s in Education and teaching credential from Stanford University. He now teaches English at a public high school in the Silicon Valley, and is inspiring the leaders of tomorrow one dank meme at a time. Raise your hand if you remember how it felt to watch Grave of the Fireflies. It isn’t often that you’re truly glad to have watched a film that slowly rips your heart out, but the iconic 1988 film about Japan during World War II did exactly that for generations of viewers. Nearly 30 years later, director Sunao Katabuchi […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/12/17/jq-magazine-book-review-the-abundance-of-less/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia 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. Simple living. Sustainability. Living off the grid. Practices and ideals that could bring about an enriching life and possibly freedom for many people—as well as concepts that have become more prevalent in recent years. But the above-mentioned buzzwords aren’t endemic to the West. Thanks to Andy Couturier, the stories of Japanese living the most sustainable lives they can outside of the mainstream is documented in The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan. Couturier, […]<!-- 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/2017/12/17/jq-magazine-book-review-the-abundance-of-less/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘The Abundance of Less’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia 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. Simple living. Sustainability. Living off the grid. Practices and ideals that could bring about an enriching life and possibly freedom for many people—as well as concepts that have become more prevalent in recent years. But the above-mentioned buzzwords aren’t endemic to the West. Thanks to Andy Couturier, the stories of Japanese living the most sustainable lives they can outside of the mainstream is documented in The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan. Couturier, […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/12/12/jq-magazine-book-review-speak-and-read-japanese/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia 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. Your JET experience (hopefully) included a lot of Japanese study. Whether you remember what learned is another story. But it might have helped to concoct some humorous words and phrases to help you best retain the new vocabulary. Enter the world of mnemonics, courtesy of author Larry Herzberg. The longtime professor has created a language guide titled Speak and Read Japanese: Fun Mnemonic Devices for Remembering Japanese Words and Their Meanings. You might be wondering, just what […]<!-- 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/2017/12/12/jq-magazine-book-review-speak-and-read-japanese/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Book Review — ‘Speak and Read Japanese’

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata–ken, 2008-10) for JQ magazine. A former head of the JETAA Philadelphia 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. Your JET experience (hopefully) included a lot of Japanese study. Whether you remember what learned is another story. But it might have helped to concoct some humorous words and phrases to help you best retain the new vocabulary. Enter the world of mnemonics, courtesy of author Larry Herzberg. The longtime professor has created a language guide titled Speak and Read Japanese: Fun Mnemonic Devices for Remembering Japanese Words and Their Meanings. You might be wondering, just what […]

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    JETAANY 2018 Board of Director Candidates * Board Members running for a second term Christy Jones* It would be my pleasure to serve a second term on the JETAANY Board of Directors.  I spent my life-changing time on JET in Shimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture, from 1995 to 1998.  The resulting appreciation for Japan led me to work at Japan Society, an American nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the people of Japan and the United States closer together through programs in arts & culture, business & policy, and education.  Over the course of my 16-year career at the Society I’ve held a variety of positions; I am currently the Director of Special Events, in charge of planning and implementing many of […]
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  • JETAANY 2018 Board of Director Candidates

    JETAANY 2018 Board of Director Candidates * Board Members running for a second term Christy Jones* It would be my pleasure to serve a second term on the JETAANY Board of Directors.  I spent my life-changing time on JET in Shimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture, from 1995 to 1998.  The resulting appreciation for Japan led me to work at Japan Society, an American nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the people of Japan and the United States closer together through programs in arts & culture, business & policy, and education.  Over the course of my 16-year career at the Society I’ve held a variety of positions; I am currently the Director of Special Events, in charge of planning and implementing many of […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/12/06/justins-japan-nourishing-japan-documentary-launches-kickstarter-campaign/"></div>By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. For Americans who have lived in Japan, some cultural experiences have a wonderful way of returning with us on the journey home. Alexis Agliano Sanborn is a Harvard grad who spent two years teaching in rural Shimane Prefecture on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. As a Japan specialist, writer and filmmaker, her exposure to school lunch in Shimane served as the inspiration for a new project: “Nourishing Japan,” a documentary film currently in development about food education in Japan that aims to change how we look at what we eat. “My specific goal is […]<!-- 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/2017/12/06/justins-japan-nourishing-japan-documentary-launches-kickstarter-campaign/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Justin’s Japan: ‘Nourishing Japan’ Documentary Launches Kickstarter Campaign

    By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here. For Americans who have lived in Japan, some cultural experiences have a wonderful way of returning with us on the journey home. Alexis Agliano Sanborn is a Harvard grad who spent two years teaching in rural Shimane Prefecture on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. As a Japan specialist, writer and filmmaker, her exposure to school lunch in Shimane served as the inspiration for a new project: “Nourishing Japan,” a documentary film currently in development about food education in Japan that aims to change how we look at what we eat. “My specific goal is […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/11/28/jetaany-gala-2/"></div>Date: February 3, 2018 Time: 6:00-11:00 PM Venue: Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street, Brookyln, NY 11201 Map. The JETAANY Gala is a celebration of the JET Program’s 30 years of successful grassroots exchange and its positive impact on U.S.- Japan relations. The event is a chance for JET alumni and other attendees to engage in innovative educational and cultural activities that will promote understanding and friendship between the U.S. and Japan and strengthen our local networks. This is a formal, inter-generational night of celebration. It is important because it presents an opportunity for us to come together and commemorate, for the first time ever on this scale in New York, the significance of this program, chapter, and our experiences. Interested […]<!-- 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/2017/11/28/jetaany-gala-2/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Celebrate JET’s 30th at the JETAANY Gala | February 3, 2018

    Date: February 3, 2018 Time: 6:00-11:00 PM Venue: Dumbo Loft, 155 Water Street, Brookyln, NY 11201 Map. The JETAANY Gala is a celebration of the JET Program’s 30 years of successful grassroots exchange and its positive impact on U.S.- Japan relations. The event is a chance for JET alumni and other attendees to engage in innovative educational and cultural activities that will promote understanding and friendship between the U.S. and Japan and strengthen our local networks. This is a formal, inter-generational night of celebration. It is important because it presents an opportunity for us to come together and commemorate, for the first time ever on this scale in New York, the significance of this program, chapter, and our experiences. Interested […]

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    When: Monday, December 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Where: TBD (check Facebook for updates) Cost: Pricing will be announced once location is confirmed RSVP/Questions: via Facebook, or email Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org Did you enjoy our Nihongo Dake Mini golf on July 13th? Then join us for a fun night of Nihongo Dake billiards! Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. All levels of Japanese welcome! This doesn’t have to be a Nihongo DAKE event, it can be a Nihongo SUGOSHI event, the point is that you try to use what you know 🙂
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  • (12/5) Nihongo Dake Billiards

    When: Monday, December 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Where: TBD (check Facebook for updates) Cost: Pricing will be announced once location is confirmed RSVP/Questions: via Facebook, or email Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org Did you enjoy our Nihongo Dake Mini golf on July 13th? Then join us for a fun night of Nihongo Dake billiards! Feel free to invite nihonjin friends- it’s always great to have a mix of native and nonnative speakers. All levels of Japanese welcome! This doesn’t have to be a Nihongo DAKE event, it can be a Nihongo SUGOSHI event, the point is that you try to use what you know 🙂

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/11/21/1218-nomunication-at-kenka/"></div>When: Monday, December 18, 6:30pm – 10:30pm Where: Kenka [25 St Marks Place btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues, New York, New York 10003] Cost: Pay for your own drinks & food RSVP: via Facebook Questions: Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org Feeling nostalgic for some buta kimchi? Or yakisoba? How about in a retro-styled Japanese tavern on St. Marks? The last time we went to Kenka for some ノミュニケーション (Nomunication), we had a fun night out with our JLGC colleagues, so before we close out 2017 and everyone goes home or away for the holidays, lets do it again!<!-- 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/2017/11/21/1218-nomunication-at-kenka/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    (12/18) Nomunication at Kenka

    When: Monday, December 18, 6:30pm – 10:30pm Where: Kenka [25 St Marks Place btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues, New York, New York 10003] Cost: Pay for your own drinks & food RSVP: via Facebook Questions: Alex at careerdev[at]jetaany[dot]org Feeling nostalgic for some buta kimchi? Or yakisoba? How about in a retro-styled Japanese tavern on St. Marks? The last time we went to Kenka for some ノミュニケーション (Nomunication), we had a fun night out with our JLGC colleagues, so before we close out 2017 and everyone goes home or away for the holidays, lets do it again!

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  • <div class="at-above-post-homepage addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2017/11/21/1211-origami-wine/"></div>When: Monday, December 11, 7pm – 9pm Where: 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (attendees will be sent more details via email after they RSVP) Cost: BYOB and/or a few dollars to offset costs of paper and those who bring wine to share (post what you’re bringing on Facebook so we can coordinate!) RSVP/Questions? Email Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org by noon on Monday, December 11. Join your fellow JET Alumni and FOJs (Friends of JET) for a night of origami and wine. Make cranes and special origami for the Japanese holiday of setsubun! We will provide some paper and instructions–you bring the wine (or a few dollars to offset costs). Please RSVP by noon on Monday to Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org to […]<!-- 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/2017/11/21/1211-origami-wine/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    (12/11) Origami & Wine

    When: Monday, December 11, 7pm – 9pm Where: 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (attendees will be sent more details via email after they RSVP) Cost: BYOB and/or a few dollars to offset costs of paper and those who bring wine to share (post what you’re bringing on Facebook so we can coordinate!) RSVP/Questions? Email Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org by noon on Monday, December 11. Join your fellow JET Alumni and FOJs (Friends of JET) for a night of origami and wine. Make cranes and special origami for the Japanese holiday of setsubun! We will provide some paper and instructions–you bring the wine (or a few dollars to offset costs). Please RSVP by noon on Monday to Ronda at secretary[at]jetaany[dot]org to […]

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