Jun 30

WIT Life #364: What’s in a Name?

Professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) presents WIT Life, a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she offers some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

It’s been a while since I’ve written here, and it’s nice to be back. I hope that everyone’s early summers are going well! An interesting announcement was made in Tokyo this week in regard to the terminology for “childcare leave.” Previously 育休 (ikukyu) was the term used , but it was officially changed to the phrase 育業 (ikugyo). You can see that the first character, referring to “raising children” has stayed the same, but the second character for “time off” or “rest” has been changed to the one for “work.”

According to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, this new terminology is more appropriate because “child-rearing is the important, valuable work of raising those who will carry our future.” Gyo indicates results achieved by putting in effort, whereas kyu is associated more with taking a break and doesn’t acknowledge the hard work involved. In a public appeal citizens were asked to come up with a new catchphrase for childcare leave, and this one was selected from almost 9000 submissions received in just a month.

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Jun 22

Japan-Insights: Why Singing Stories Makes Japanese Theater Unique

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Bunraku Performance at National Theatre, Tokyo, 2017 ©National Theatre (Japan Arts Council)

Dear Friends,

Have you listened to Japan’s musical story-telling?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The thirty-third one is Music in Bunraku and Kabuki by Dr. Alison Tokita

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_BunrakuAndKabuki.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japanesesword 


Jun 16

Job: Publicity Coordinator – The Japan Information & Culture Center (Washington, D.C., USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Publicity Coordinator
Posted by:
The Japan Information & Culture Center
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Contract: Full-time

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Publicity Coordinator. The main responsibilities of this position are to disseminate Japanese culture/information to the general public, as well as to promote JICC and Embassy events through press outreach, social media, public-facing events, the JICC’s website and other digital and traditional means. The position also performs various office support functions, including managing the JICC’s social media accounts, and drafting and editing documents. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation, and sick leave. Working hours are 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday with weeknight and/or weekend events several times a month (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience. The minimum basic monthly salary for this position is $35,000.

Please note: Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

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Jun 6

Japan-Insights: The Cultural and Material Legacy of the Ryukyu

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Unjami ritual in Dana village, Iheya island ©OKINAWA4`1

Dear Friends,

Have you been to Okinawa?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The thirty-second one is Okinawa’s Hidden Treasure Dr. Caroli Rosa.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_OkinawaHiddenTreasures.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japanesesword #okinawa


May 30

Japan-Insights: A witness site of the ancient Japan in Yamaguchi

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Doigahama Beach (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi)

Dear Friends,

Are you interested in Japanese archaeology?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The thirty-first one is Culture, Tradition and Innovation along the Rice-Road by Dr. Chiori Kitagawa.

https://doc.japan-insights.jp/pdf/JIN_TOPIC_20200526175243.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japanesesword #yamaguchi


May 19

Japan-Insights: Rustic house and rice fields in Yamaguchi

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Ranma (Yuta Onsen, Yamaguchi City)

Dear Friends,

Have you stayed in Japanese traditional houses?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The thirtieth one is Rustic house and rice fields in Yamaguchi by Dr. Chiori Kitagawa.

https://doc.japan-insights.jp/pdf/JIN_REF_20200529132538.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japanesesword #yamaguchi


Apr 30

WIT Life #363: Golden Week greetings

Professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) presents WIT Life, a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she offers some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

Happy Golden Week 2022! Things kicked off yesterday with 昭和の日 (Showa no Hi, commemorating Showa Era emperor Hirohito’s birthday) and continue all the way through next week with 憲法記念日 (Kenpou Kinenbi or Constitution Memorial Day), みどりの日 (Midori no Hi or Greenery Day), and こどもの日 (Kodomo no Hi or Children’s Day, which actually celebrates boys with the flying carp streamers pictured below. Girls have their own holiday on March 3 for 雛祭り, or Hinamatsuri). I have many clients in town for Golden Week, so it’s nice to see that business travel from Japan has resumed.

Beautiful cherry blossoms, blue sky and streamers
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Apr 29

Japan-Insights: The example of Super Global Fashion Workshop in Yamaguchi

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

With guests from overseas on Shirakabe Street in Yanai City

Dear Friends,

Are you interested in the traditions of textile crafts in Japan?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-ninth one is Reviving Traditional Regional Crafts by Dr. Yumiko Mizutani.

https://doc.japan-insights.jp/pdf/JIN_EVENT_20200319184908.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japanesesword #yamaguchi


Apr 15

Japan-Insights: Sustainable Traditions and Innovations in Textile and Clothing Culture

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Close-up of traditional uchikake material in the kimono atelier, Salon de Emile ©M. Heikkilä-Rastas

Dear Friends,

Are you interested in traditional Kimono culture?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-eighth one is Meeting Local Crafts in Yamaguchi by Dr. Marjatta Heikkila-Rastas.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_KimonoOrigami.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japanesesword #kimono


Mar 31

WIT Life #362: Drive My Car gets its Oscar!

Professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) presents WIT Life, a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she offers some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

The Oscars this past weekend were memorable in more ways than one, but I’d like to focus on Drive My Car winning Best International Feature Film! As I mentioned in my previous post, DMC is the second Japanese film to receive this honor since Departures (おくりびと or Okuribito) in 2008. I was proud of director Ryusuke Hamaguchi for giving his acceptance speech in English, though I wish they hadn’t tried to play him off the stage twice (his finger raised to ask for more time was golden).

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Mar 30

JETwit’s JET Alum Movers & Shakers: Mike Foki, Ibaraki-ken, 2009-2014

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JETwit’s JET Alum Movers & Shakers is produced by Ryan Hata (Tottori-ken, 2014-2017), Margie Banin (Kochi-ken, 2005-2007), and Jim Walsh (Fukushima-ken, 2018-2020). Want to be featured next? Submit your information here.

Mike Foki, Ibaraki-ken, 2009-2014

Accomplishment:
Hi everyone! I’m looking for current and former JET’s to participate in a new podcast I’ve launched called the JET Jump Seat. The show is a 2 hour long formatted podcast published bi-weekly on Apple podcasts. I will be focusing on the experiences of JET program participants and their adventures while living and working in Japan. There is no set topic or script to follow. Think 2 people hanging out in a bar or coffee shop chatting about their mutual experience. I am looking for your honest experience good, bad, and otherwise! This can be a great way to reflect on your time with JET while passing on valuable knowledge to all those eager Kohai out there! What will you need to participate? A quiet place free from noise for 2 hours. A stable internet connection. Headphones or earbuds and a microphone.

If you are interested please email me at michaelfoki@gmail.com

Please check out episode 1 with more to come soon! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jet-jump-seat/id1616693148?i=1000555662589

Public Contact Information:
michaelfoki@gmail.com


Mar 25

Japan-Insights: A Swordsmith Emperor in Medieval Japan

************By Makoto Shirai, secretary, Japan-Insights Research Institute (Non-profit organization in Tokyo)

Emperor Gotoba forging a sword from the poetry anthology Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, circa 1840, Utagawa Kuniyoshi; Courtesy of Library of Congress

Dear Friends,

Do you know an emperor loved Japanese swords?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-seventh one is on Emperor Gotoba by Paul Martin.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_EmperorGotoba.pdf

Please share this expert’s experience!

Japan-Insights is a nonprofit open database compiled by leading experts in Japanese studies. The posts present a broad range of historical and contemporary topics that encourage visitors to engage with the real Japan through immersive experiences. Follow the Facebook page and website to learn about and share these insights from around the country!”

#japan #japanesesword #oki


Mar 4

Job: Part-time ESL/English Teacher – Japanese Children’s Society (New Jersey, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow. Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Part-time ESL/English Teacher
Posted by:
Japanese Children’s Society
Location: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA
Contract: Part-Time

Below are some jobs sent to us directly from the Japanese Children’s Society. However, the most urgent request is a part-time ESL/English teacher:
Urgently Seeking
Part-time ESL/English teacher <in-person & online> (Japanese Children’s Society, NJ)
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The successful applicants will teach English to Japanese students. Must be a native English speaker with a B.A. degree. Applicants with TESOL or K-12 certificates and teaching experience are highly preferred. We offer multiple positions at different locations.

Compensation:
1. Tutoring in-person at our school or online programs : At least $35.00/hour *we pay transportation cost additionally
2. Tutoring at student’s home: At least $50.00/hour  * transportation cost included

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Feb 28

WIT Life #361: Making Oscar History with Drive My Car

Professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03) presents WIT Life, a periodic series about aspects of Japanese culture such as film, food and language. Stacy starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she offers some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

I enjoyed watching the SAG Awards last night and it got me excited for the Oscars, which will take place in exactly one month. Drive My Car is the first Japanese film ever to be nominated for Best Picture in the ceremony’s 94-year history! In addition, Ryusuke Hamaguchi picked up a Directing nomination, as well as one for Adapted Screenplay with his co-writer Takamasa Oe. The film’s fourth nomination in the category of International Feature Film is the one it has the best odds of winning. If the many awards Drive My Car has already picked up at Cannes and other major film festivals are any indication, Hamaguchi and his team will be going home with at least one gold statue.

Interpreting for Drive My Car director Ryusuke Hamaguchi during a remote interview last year
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Feb 21

JETwit’s JET Alum Movers & Shakers: Annette Lee (Hyogo-ken, 2004-2005)

JETwit’s JET Alum Movers & Shakers is produced by Ryan Hata (Tottori-ken, 2014-2017), Margie Banin (Kochi-ken, 2005-2007), and Jim Walsh (Fukushima-ken, 2018-2020). Want to be featured next? Submit your information here.

Annette Lee (Hyogo-ken, 2004-2005)

Accomplishment: The Eigo Ganbare Team-Teaching Resource Website

About: I’m a former JET and a direct hired ALT who left Japan in 2020. I established Eigo Ganbare in 2010 to meet the unique challenges of team-teaching and ALTing. My vision is for ALTs to attain a fulfilling experience in Japan.

Public Information:
Website: https://eigoganbare.com


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