Nourishing Japan – A Documentary in the Making

​JETAANY Member Alexis Agliano Sanborn is making a documentary about food education in Japan. It’s about the people who make food education and school lunches possible – from cooks and lawmakers to city staff and researchers. It’s a story about people who believe in food – and that teaching about food helps the next generation to grow and thrive. Make this project a reality by supporting her Kickstarter (launching in early January) and like Nourishing Japan on Facebook!

Information about the development of the documentary and the Kickstarter campaign can also be found here:

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Much appreciation for your interest and support!

10/24/2015: 第10回コーヒー会話(Coffee Kaiwa Miami)

Around this time in Japan, the leaves are changing with the beautiful colors of fall. While Miami transitions into…less-hot summer…we can still enjoy the flavors of Fall with the seasonal Pumpkin Latte at Pasion del Cielo! This is a conversation group for those wishing to improve their Japanese skills and make new friends in South Florida. Speakers of all skill levels are invited, as well as Japanese natives.

Date: 10/24

Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

Place: Pasion del Cielo, Downtown Dadeland (Kendall)

No RSVP necessary. Hope to see you there!

MIAMI: Monthly Coffee Kaiwa, April 25, 2015

This Saturday 4/25 we will be having the monthly Coffee 会話 (かいわ).

We will be meeting at Pasion del Cielo (coffee shop) at Downtown Dadeland to practice Japanese.

People of all skill levels are welcome, so long as you come ready to practice and have fun!



Miami Event – JAN 31 Coffee Kaiwa



Do you speak Japanese, but aren’t sure where those other Japanese speakers are hiding? Do you NOT speak Japanese, but are generally interested in learning? Do you also like COFFEE?! Join me in this year’s first South Florida Japanese conversation circle!When I was growing up in Miami, I never met a single Japanese person, much less anyone that spoke Japanese at all. It was no surprise to me, then, that when I returned from Japan this summer it was difficult to meet people with similar interests. The more my friends at Florida JETAA and I discussed it, the more apparent it became that we need to build a community where Japanese natives and South Florida locals can meet and share their interests. This is our opportunity! Join me, Lauren Sorondo, for Coffee会話(kai-wa), a unique opportunity to foster friendship through language learning and cultural discussion.

When? Saturday, January 31st at 3:00pm

Where? Pasion del Cielo Coffee, 8915 Southwest 72nd Place, Kendall, FL (Across from Dadeland mall; parking available in the garage and validation is available in the café.)

Who should come? Ex-JETs, students, 日本人、アメリカ人 , singles, couples, families…YOU!

While this is primarily an opportunity for Japanese language practice, people of all proficiency levels are welcome! We’d love to get a mix of JET Alumni, students, and Japanese natives together, so please tell your friends and contact me at with any questions.

外国語勉強や文化の話で友だちになる、おもしろい企画です。日時: 平成27年1月31日、午後15:00-17:00場所:Pasion del Cielo Coffee, 8915 Southwest 72nd Place, Kendall, FL
(Dadeland Mallの向こう側;駐車場は地中になります。カフェで駐車割引スタンプをいただくことが出来ます。)どんな人が来るでしょうか?

元JETの先生、学生、日本人やアメリカ人 - 一人でも、カップルでも、家族の皆さんでも。。。あなたもだよ




Job and Education Opportunities – December, 2014

Translation Volunteers Needed in Tampa for February Delegation

We still need volunteers to assist with a delegation of Japanese citizens who will be visiting the area in February.

The Clearwater Sister Cities program is receiving a delegation from Nagano City from 2/8 – 2/11 and has asked us if we can provide volunteers to help them communicate.  There are opportunities for formal translation between government delegations and informal opportunities to assist the citizen members in conversation, shopping, etc.

A very few of you have already volunteered, so thank you to those people, but I know many more of you speak both languages well enough to participate.  You can select the events you are available to do throughout the 4 days.  Even one small event will help.

If I can do it, so can you!  Please contact me soon if you’d like to help.

FLJETAA Tampa Region Representative.
Tampa Natsumatsuri Director.


Job Opening at University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL has a position available for a Visiting Instructor of Japanese.  The position is open until January 8th, 2015.  Full job details are available at


IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program 2015-16

To whom it may concern,

I hope that this mail finds you doing well.

I am writing a mail because I would like to ask you to share the information about the IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program 2015-16.  Needless to explain, but the IUC (Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies) is one of the leading Japanese language institute for highest level of Japanese.  Since 2013, the Nippon Foundation has offered fellowships to 10 promising graduate students of Japan Studies doctorate courses in the US, who participated 10 months Japanese language training course in Yokohama.

The Nippon Foundation has decided to expand the number of grantees from 10 to 20, and also to extend the scope of the program from Japanese Studies to Professional Schools such as law, MBA, governmental officials, journalists and so on.  This is a new initiative that will start from 2016, and IUC has recently made announcement for the application from potential candidates.  I suppose that this program will be appealing to some of JETAA members who want to seek for their professional career paths that are related to Japan.

I truly appreciate it if you kindly share the information of this program with your community and partner organizations, and also publicize it on your website and newsletter.  I believe that this program would be a strong basis for nurturing next generation leaders who will bridge US-Japan relationship.

You may find more details about the program in the following website;

If you have any questions, please contact IUC secretariat;

With best wishes,


T. Kobayashi

JET-inspired Kanji App on Kickstarter


My name is Saren and I am a JET alum living in Irvine, California. My six year-old, Genji, is in Japanese Saturday School here and now that he is a 1st grader, he’s starting to memorize the first of his ichinensei kanji. Kanji, as I’m sure you remember, isn’t easy. It’s a lot of rote memorization and repetitive practice. It’s the same for all beginners, no matter how old.

Genji and I started brainstorming recently about what the perfect app would be to help memorize kanji. I said it needed to have tons of good looking flash cards, and Genji said it should all be one big game. It was an awesome beginning to what would become our personal passion project together.

We call our project Kanjilicious and this weekend we put it up on Kickstarter.

We would really like to engage with the larger JET community, so I’m writing to ask if you wouldn’t mind posting our Kickstarter link into the JETAA network, or pass it along to friends who you think might like the app. Of course we’re looking for backers, but we’re also looking for collaborators, designers, developers, anyone who has had similar experiences, and shares our love for Japan and Japanese.

Here are the other relevant links just in case.

Thank you very much for the time and consideration. Please let us know if you have any questions.


m(_ _)m

Saren Sakurai

Miyagi-ken 1999-2001

Hariyama Bridge: Morikami Speaker Series

Upcoming event at the Morikami in Delray Beach

Morikami Speakers Series Presents:
Film Showing & Discussion
Friday, February 21, 2014

Time: 6:30pm, museum doors will reopen at 5:45pm
Discussion led by Director Aaron Woolfolk

The Harimaya Bridge is a drama about an American man who must travel to Japan to claim some important items belonging to his late son, from whom he was estranged. While there, he learns several secrets his son left behind. The story takes place in Kochi Prefecture, a deeply rural part of Japan where traditional customs remain strong.The movie addresses the bond and conflict between father and son, as well as the prejudices that often exist between people of different backgrounds. In addition to theatrical releases in Japan and the United States and several festival appearances, The Harimaya Bridge was invited to screen at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

The San Francisco Examiner named it “one of the best films of the year,” while Los Angeles Times called it “powerful” and “a unique complex, consciousness-raising accomplishment.”

About the Director
Aaron Woolfolk is an American film director and writer. For his first film, the short Rage!, Woolfolk won a Director’s Guild of America award. His short films Eki and Kuroi Hitsuji won several awards, screened in international film festivals, and played on cable television. Woolfolk was the recipient of an ABC Talent Development Grant, and was later a Walt Disney Studios/ABC Entertainment Writing Fellow. His first co-written play, Bronzeville, premiered in Los Angeles to a sold-out extended engagement and was an Ovation Award nominee in the catergory of Best Playwriting for an Original Play. Woolfolk recently directed and co-wrote the award-winning short film Nico’s Sampaguita.

With his feature debut The Harimaya Bridge, Woolfolk became the first African American to make a  feature film in Japan, and one of the few non-Asians to direct a movie in the Japanese entertainment industry. His next feature film projects will be the American southern dramedy Summer SOULstice and the Japan-set comedy The Christmas Lights of Tosa. He is also presently writing his first novel.

Event details

Cost: $10 (Members $7) (Advance ticket purchase required)
Please note that the Cornell Café and Gardens will be closed for the evening.
Museum doors will reopen at 5:45pm.
Advance purchased tickets will be held at the door, under your name.

To purchase tickets for the lecture please visit or call 561-495-0233 x. 235.

Call for Participation in a Translation Study

My name is Naoto, I am a research student in the University of Limerick, Ireland. My research is concerned with how translators carry out their work. We are hoping that you might be able to help us by carrying out some translations from Japanese into English and completing a questionnaire about your background and interests. You don’t need to be a native speaker of the source or the target language. We greatly value your contribution which will be of enormous value to our research. However, there is no payment for participating in this study, unfortunately.
はじめまして、西尾直人と申します。アイルランドのリムリック大学で日英の翻訳文をつかった研究をしています。現在、PhD の研究に使用する翻訳とアンケートへの参加を、翻訳者、語学習得者、語学の先生、学生など様々な方々にお願いをしています。JETプログラムに参加された皆様のご参加を頂きたく、この募集の案内を配布していただけないかと思い連絡させていただきました。各国で活躍されていらっしゃる日本語の先生の皆様、現在日本で活躍されている皆様それからその先生のもとでを勉強されている学生、生徒の皆様にお願いしたいと考えております。ご検討をどうかよろしくお願いいたします。

翻訳の原文は2つのテキストから構成されています。それぞれおよそ700文字ほどで1500文字程度の文章です。日本語の文章の英語への翻訳とそれに続くアンケートに答えていただける方を募集しています。母語、居住地などを問わず多数参加者を募集しています。翻訳者の仕事の仕方が研究のテーマなのですが翻訳者の観察ではなく翻訳文の分析に興味があり、この翻訳に続くアンケートは大変貴重な研究資料となります。アンケートは興味それからライフスタイルに関する事柄です。アンケートは翻訳に続き、リンク先のサーベーモンキー上 (でおねがいしています。



Naoto Nishio
University of Limerick,

Call for participants to carry out a translation from Japanese to English with no payment

Objective: Our research is concerned with how translators carry out their work.

Tasks: In this work we will be asking you to carry out two challenging translations from Japanese to English. The total length will be about 1500 moji. After that we will ask you various questions about your background and interests. Your translations and the other information, once anonymised, will be used in our project.

Closing date: 16/December/2013

Target candidate:

Candidates need to understand complex Japanese texts and be able to translate them into English.
Candidates do not need to be a professional translator. However, professional translators are welcome to participate.
Any nationality.
Any place of residence.
There is no age restriction.

Link to the translation tasks and questionnaire:
To participate, please send an email to

Survey questioners:
Naoto Nishio, Research Student
Richard Sutcliffe, Senior Lecturer

Note: Unfortunately, there is no payment for participating in this study. However, we greatly value your contribution which will be of enormous value to our research. Rest assured that the information gathered by us is confidential and that your identity will not be disclosed to anyone.