Jul 6

JQ Magazine: Annual Japanese Summer Festival Heats Up Tampa

  By Bahia Simons-Lane (Gunma-ken, 2005-07) for JQ magazine. Bahia is the president of the Florida JET Alumni Association. Summer is a time when those of us who lived in Japan begin to feel nostalgic for the matsuri of our adopted home. In spite of the heat, the summer festivals of Japan were perfect little […]


Jul 16

By John McGee (Nagano-ken, 2004-05) for JQ magazine. John is the Tampa Regional Representative for the Florida JET Alumni Association, and the founder of Tampa Natsu Matsuri, a free annual event organized by local residents with an interest in Japan. The balmy breeze blew in through the screened doors of our house, floating the sheer […]


Jun 3

By John McGee (Nagano-ken, 2004-05) for JQ magazine. John is the Tampa Regional Representative for the Florida JET Alumni Association, and the founder of Tampa Natsu Matsuri, a free annual event organized by local residents with an interest in Japan. It’s a familiar story: apply to JET for one of several reasons, go to Japan […]


Dec 9

This edition of Japan Fix actually happened when I emailed JETAA Florida’s Tampa Subchapter rep John McGee (Nagano-ken, 2004-05) to let him know that I would be visiting family in Tampa over Christmas and asked him for the most authentic Japanese experiences in the Tampa area, i.e., where the JET alums go.  What he wrote […]


Feb 23

JETAA Florida Gets a New President

JETAA Florida has elected Tom Gregorich (Tokushima-ken, 2001-03) to be its new chapter President.  He has been the regional coordinator for the Orlando area for a couple years now and regularly travels to JETAA events around the Sunshine State.  Here’s a snippet from Tom’s platform: I was a JET from 2001-2003 in Tokushima-ken on the […]


May 17

2019 Japan Writers Conference wants you!

  Posted by Tom Baker The 13th annual Japan Writer’s Conference will be held on the weekend of Oct. 12-13 at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. The organizers are now seeking writers to give presentations. If you would like to participate, contact details appear at the bottom of this post. Each year, the Japan Writers […]


Apr 14

Posted by Tom Baker The 12th annual Japan Writer’s Conference will be held this year in Hokkaido, a new location for the event. The organizers are now seeking writers to give presentations on the weekend of Oct. 13-14 at Otaru University of Commerce in Otaru, Hokkaido. If you are a writer and would like to […]


Sep 30

JETAA Chapter Beat for October 2016

Ryan Hata (Tottori-Ken, 2014-Present) AJET National Council Director of Alumni Relations: Ryan is in his second year on the AJET National Council and first as the Director of Alumni Relations. He works alongside Rachel Brisson (AJET National Council Director of Alumni Resources ) and members of JETAA International (JETAA-I) to strengthen the relationship between former JETs, current JETs, and […]


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