Oct 21

JQ Magazine: Book Review – ‘The Buddha in the Attic’

By Liz Mathews (Hiroshima-ken, 2005-06) for JQ magazine. Liz is the JETAA New York Book Club wrangler. I would like to start by saying that the JETAANY Book Club discussed reading Julie Otsuka’s The Buddha in the Attic for at least five months before choosing it for our fall meeting. This is notable because 1) […]

Sep 15

JQ Magazine: Inside the JETAA New York Book Club

By Greg Anderson, (Fukuoka-ken, 1990-92) for JQ magazine. Greg is part of the fourth class of the JET Program, which began in 1987. He is currently employed as an auditor with the U.S. Treasury Department and is a new member of the JETAA New York Book Club. Gone are the amazing, fascinating, fast-paced days of life in Japan filled with […]

Oct 29

Miyagi JET alum sets up travel concierge service based in Georgia

In the interesting-things-JETs-do-after-JET department, Aiyana Appling (Miyagi-ken, 2007-10) who lives in Atlanta, GA and has started a travel concierge service company called Gardner-Mathews Travel Concierge, LLC which specializes in world festivals and custom packages. In addition to having lived in Japan, Aiyana speaks 5 languages and has traveled to 23 countries.  She also does horseback riding, loves cooking and making kokeshi dolls and […]

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