Jan 30

Brainstorm Crew: Request for article writers from JQ Editor Justin Tedaldi

The latest issue of JQ (JETAA NY Quarterly) Magazine has hit the stands, and now Editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2000-01) working on the next issue and seeking writers.  Read on for more info.  (It also actually stands on its own as a great list of JET-relevant things and interesting JET alums.)

Hi, Brainstorm Crew!

Hope everyone’s enjoying the start of the new year (a link to JQ’s current issue is here in case you haven’t seen it yet, thanks always for your contributions and ideas and feel to link the new issue to your own sites/blogs to promote us). Below are the story ideas needing takers for our March 2010 issue and beyond. De wa

Deadlines are as follows:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5: Registering a story assignment with me at magazine@jetaany.org, or pitching an idea of your own for approval. All suggestions are welcome. We’ve been picking up more new writers with each issue, and I encourage all first-timers whether you consider yourself a seasoned writer or not. (Just mind the deadlines!)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14: Deadline for submitting a final draft of your story. Extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis, less so for new writers.

I would also greatly appreciate added assistance with the following:

AD SALES CALLS: More sales means more JETAANY-sponsored events.  It takes under two minutes to get an answer in most cases.  Write for more info.

COPY EDITING/PROOFREADING: For those of you who like reading this thing cover to cover. Multiple times.

YOUR OWN STORY IDEAS: Anything’s fair game! Some of our most interesting material comes from suggestions from our more dedicated readers.

Now the fun stuff. Below are the story ideas. Thanks for reading and providing your support, and e-mail at magazine@jetaany.org with any other questions/ideas.



This is a decade-plus program run by New York’s Consulate General of Japan that sends consulate staff (American and Japanese) to New York high schools and junior high schools to introduce students to Japanese culture. Earlier this month, I participated as a volunteer and enjoyed taking part in a Q&A with a very enthusiastic anime/manga club and faculty. The purpose of this article will be to increase awareness of the program so more JETAA members can get involved.


Earlier this month NYC’s Asia Society held a concert called “Hogaku,” or Japanese folk instruments played with modern flair. We’ve never profiled Asia Society, so this would be a great time to find out more about how they select their Japanese attractions and exhibitions. www.asiasociety.org


Tenri Cultural Institute is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote the study of Japanese language and the appreciation of international art forms. Based in Greenwich Village, it also houses the Tenrikyo Church, which has its own interesting history. http://www.tenri.org/

Japan Nite 2010 at Bowery Ballroom

Annual concert featuring indie acts from Japan. This year’s edition will be held Sunday, 3/21 at Bowery Ballroom. I’m looking for a preview piece con the history of the festival with quotes from either members of one of the groups or the promoters. (Info for all acts at ticket homepage below.

Lineup: Red Bacteria Vacuum / Omodaka / JinnnyOops! / Okamato’s


Japan Society’s Spring 2010 Performing Arts Schedule

This season features kyogen, live theater and music. Am open to profiles/reviews of any of the following listed at the page below.


Exhibit: Kuniyoshi Monster Prints at Japan Society – PREVIEW OR REVIEW

Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection, March 12-June 13, 2010, at Japan Society Gallery

Thrashing sea creatures, samurai warriors, and a giant, looming skeleton are among the distinguishing subjects of the brashest of Japan’s Ukiyo-e masters, Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861), whose populist oeuvre is to be presented by Japan Society Gallery from March 12 to June 13, 2010.

Fresh from its spring 2009 showing at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, where it was the surprise smash hit of the season, Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection marks the first major exhibition of Kuniyoshi’s work in the United States in nearly 30 years.  The exhibition has been organized by the Royal Academy in collaboration with Arthur R. Miller and The British Museum.  The vast majority of the 150 color woodblock prints on display are from the Arthur R. Miller Collection, New York, generously loaned to Japan Society by the American Friends of the British Museum.

ISSHONI LONDON – JET Alum Vanessa Villalobos

London JET alum’s blog: events, news, review and interviews. I met her back in December and this would be a good Q&A piece for any JETs wanting to learn more about how our alumni groups operate overseas.





This site deals with J-pop and culture in the U.S. They hosted this neat event at Kinokuniya in December. Profile.

Rate J-Pop Christmas Songs at Kinokuniya: Sat. Dec 19th!

Samurai Beat Radio will be participating in Kinokuniya Bookstore’s big Christmas Raffle event on Sat. Dec 19 starting 1pm.

It’s “Samurai Beat Radio presents Rate the J-Pop Christmas Songs!”.

Vote online now! Find and hear the selections here on SBR blog!!




Anyone know of Japanese hip-hop groups or amateur dancers here in New York? I’d like to do a profile on this growing scene.


Superglorious is an NYC based event producer that produced the FETES ’09 rock concert following last September’s New York Anime Festival.  They live events with music lovers in mind with a Japanese twist.  From their homepage: Music is energy, music is spiritual.  Our goal is simply to push the limits of what is being done live and blow minds…

Hayden Brereton



Hayden’s friend runs a label, and he’s doing a tour for a Japanese punk band called the Heiz: http://www.myspace.com/theheiz. Open to a profile.


I’ve never seen the hit show, but I understand that it’s featured several prominent Japanese and Japanese American actors who speak plenty of Nihongo as the scenes call for it. Any fans of the show out there who care to do a commentary of whether or not it’s authentic and/or a good example of “cool Japan”’s soft power in the American mainstream?


From Australian JET Josh Flannery:

Hi. I have actually been including Japanese universities and language schools in our e-newsletter each month. This is actually in line with part my own business (StudyLink) where we promote universities from around the world – including Japan.

For example:

Professors can be helpful however they are often not always the decision makers and most universities large enough to offer quality programs targeting foreigners have their own advertising/marketing offices. Its a case of knocking on alot of doors and talking to alot of people.

Is your idea to sell some form of advertising and promotion to Japan based universities?

About StudyLink:

– established in Australia in 1991
– now in the US, UK, India and Japan (I set up the StudyLink K.K. in Osaka in 2005) but real reach is in its network of 150+ education agent companies world wide
– StudyLink powers a suite of websites which are the most used resource for students during the decision making process
– Besides the web portals which offer a research tool to students, we have developed a online application system specifically for students, student recruitment companies and universities/colleges to use


Laura is a current JET (Mie-ken 2008-) who writes fantasy and science fiction for children and young adults, and is an occasional playwright/film maker.

Here’s one of her short stories titled “In theShadow Realm” – http://www.viatouch.com/learn/Storystation/Stories/in_shadow_realm.jsp

Here’s a documentary she made in Malawi (on YouTube):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApdQpfi4i7E

To read about her amazing adventures all over Japan, check out her her blog:  http://laurajanepopp.livejournal.com


Stephen (Fukushima-ken, 2004-08) is currently living in Japan post-JET, and has helped JetWit.com honcho Steven Horowitz in posting jobs that are currently up for grabs in Japan. Would make a nice JETlog profile.


Matt (Akita-ken, ’98-’99) is the editor of online art listings and reviews site NY Art Beat (www.NYArtBeat.com). Even though it covers the NYC art world, it has a strong connection to Tokyo. Profile.


An innovative telecommunications site for Team Teaching, founded by a JET. http://www.teamteachers.com


I’m interested in a piece that talks about the challenges new returnee JETs face after coming home and looking for work in this economy, as well as other JET alums considering new jobs or just looking for work.  This could be as simple as anecdotes (along the lines of our “How’s the Economy Treating You?” feature from fall 2008), but I’d like to turn this into an actual feature story, with at least three volunteers providing the details. And if you happened to have found a job in this economic climate, share the joy to give the rest of us some hope!


Melissa C. runs JETset, a site for Canadian JETs in Japan and the number one Web site for JET participants. Site profile. http://www.jetsetjapan.com/


Kirk Akahoshi is a life coach and NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) pracitioner who is also currently pursuing a marriage and family therapy license. He leads the “Quarterlife Crisis Workshop” and would make an interesting subject for the self-employed/entrepreneur JET alum angle.  www.QuarterlifeCrisisCoach.com


Dan is a prefectural advisor in Akita-ken.  Would make a good profile (to learn just what a PA does) or JETlog piece.

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