Tampa Natsu Matsuri in JQ Magazine!

The latest issue of JQ – the online magazine for JET alumni through JETAA NY – highlights the Tampa Natsu Matsuri!

 

For the article, click on either of the following links:

 

 

Congratulations to John McGee, the Tampa Regional Representative and founder of the Tampa Florida Matsuri, for this great recognition!

 

 

New JET Q&A and JETAA meetups!

It’s time for the new JET Q&As and JETAA meetups afterwards!  Please come out to show your support and share your wisdom with your new kouhai!

  • Gainesville-
       Date: June 1
       Location: (currently no post-Q&A JETAA meetup planned)
    RSVP: gainesville@floridajetaa.org
  • Miami –
        
    Date: June 15
    Time: from 7:30 PM
         Location: Mi-kan Japanese Restaurant, 80 SW 8th St. 1st Floor, Miami, FL 33130 (same building as the consulate)
      RSVP: culture@cgjmia.org
  • Tampa –
     
    Date: June 16
         Time: from 6:30 PM
         Location: Chili’s on Dale Mabry Ave one block south of Columbus Dr. 2903 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607;
    followed by Tampa Karaoke, 1220 S Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33629
         RSVP: tampa@floridajetaa.org

2012-13 US CRs Announced!


As of the start of April, three new US Country Representatives have been selected to serve and lead the JETAA USA community for the upcoming year:

The talents and skill sets these women bring to the organization will be extremely beneficial to the organization! Outgoing Country Reps are ensuring that the transition goes smoothly and are assisting in the appointment of the newly established JETAA USA Advisory Board. Outgoing Country Representatives are:

They intend to retire to a remote beach in the Pacific islands where drinks with umbrellas in them are plentiful.

LIVE YOUR DREAM: The Taylor Anderson Story

Filmmaker Regge Life started a Kickstarter page to raise funds and promote his new project, a documentary on Taylor Anderson. They reached their initial fund raising goals in just 17 days, but are hoping for continued pledges so they can compose original music, make a Japanese version and kickstart distribution in both countries. He reached out to the JET alum community to both thank us for our support and let us know he’s continuing to move forward. Regge also mentioned his hope of expanding the focus to include Monty and a few other ALTs.

If you are looking for a different way to bring awareness to the JET community, the JET mission, and how JET relationships with their hometowns in Japan can have a deep and lasting impression, please consider pledging to this project. For details and to pledge, please visit the LIVE YOUR DREAM page on Kickstarter.

This film is a story about Taylor Anderson and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. Taylor was an extraordinary American who dedicated herself to teaching Japanese children, living her dream right up to the events of March 11, 2011. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a disaster that no one could have expected. In my 21 years of working on Japan based projects, I had witnessed earthquakes, but never the devastation of a tsunami.

To read an interview about Regge Life’s experiences in Japan from the Kyoto Journal, click HERE.

Congratulations to the new JETs!

Earlier this week, announcements went out to 2012 JETs from Miami!

 

Congratulations, and welcome aboard!

 

There will be further announcements later this summer about get-togethers and opportunities for JET alumni to meet and greet their new kouhai!

Life After the B.O.E. – Now Available!

All JETs keenly remember the moment when they realized their JET experience was not going to be exactly what they had envisioned: the cold apartments, the rural countryside, the plethora of food definitely NOT provided at your favorite Japanese restaurant back home… But there were amazing moments, too, such as making a breakthrough with a student, finally feeling like a useful member of your teaching staff, and realizing that your Japanese town or city would always have a place in your heart.

Toronto-based artist David Namisato has been delighting the JETAA community for years with his monthly “Life After the B.O.E” web comics, which perfectly capture the wonderfully bizarre range of emotions and situations JETs experience.  And now they’re available in book form (and with several more brand new comics!).

Available at Amazon.com and CreateSpace, consider picking one up for yourself or for a fellow JET in your life!

For Fukui’s Sake – A new novel by a JET alum

A JET alumni named Sam Baldwin recently released a novel of his experiences as a JET in rural Japan.  Please check out the blurb below and read more on his site ForFukuisSake.com.

For Fukui’s Sake: two years in rural Japan – by Sam Baldwin – ForFukuisSake.com

Far from the high-tech, high-rise of the super-cities, there lies another Japan.

A Japan where snakes slither down school corridors, where bears prowl dark forests and where Westerners are still regarded as curious creatures. Welcome to the world of the inaka – the Japanese countryside.

Unhappily employed in the UK, Sam Baldwin decides to make a big change. Saying sayonara to laboratory life, he takes a job as an English teacher in a small, rural Japanese town that no one – the Japanese included – has ever heard of.

Arriving in Fukui, where there’s ‘little reason to linger’ according to the guidebook, at first he wonders why he left England. But as he slowly settles in to his unfamiliar new home, Sam befriends a colourful cast of locals and begins to discover the secrets of this little known region.

Helped by headmasters, housewives and Himalayan mountain climbers, he immerses himself in a Japan still clutching its pastoral past and uncovers a landscape of lonely lakes, rice fields and lush mountain forests. Joining a master drummer’s taiko class, skiing over paddies and learning how to sharpen samurai swords, along the way Sam encounters farmers, fishermen and foreigners behaving badly.

Exploring Japan’s culture and cuisine, as well as its wild places and wildlife, For Fukui’s Sake is an adventurous, humorous and sometimes poignant insight into the frustrations and fascinations that face an outsider living in small town, backcountry Japan.

If you know of any other alumni projects that might be of interests to other JET alumni or current JET participants please comment below.