May 19

************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

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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


Feb 20

Japan-Insights: Exploring the poetry of an exiled emperor on the Oki Islands.

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

The Nest rooms in the newly built annex wing of Ento Hotel have been designed by Mount Fuji Architects Studio and offer spectacular views over the harbor. | KIT NAGAMURA

Dear Friends,

The remote Oki islands are a place of exile and Japanese poetry.

Kit Nagamura has written an excellent article on the islands. Please check it out here:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2022/01/23/travel/oki-islands-poetry/

What’s more, we have a free webinar about these intriguing islands. Sign up here.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1216435923996/WN_qJkVd3c-SiekpxF7imGq9Q

Note: If you are viewing from North America: Eastern Standard Time: (Boston, New York, etc.) 21:00 (9 pm) Friday, Feb. 25; Central Standard Time (Chicago, etc.): Friday, Feb. 25, 20:00 (8 pm); Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.): Friday, Feb. 25, 18:00 (6 pm). If you are viewing from the UK (London, etc.) Sat. Feb. 26 2:00 (2 am), or Europe (for example, Rome) 3:00 (3 am).

This presentation will be recorded and made available on-demand. If you cannot participate in the live streaming session, sign up to receive a link to view the presentation at your convenience. The link will be sent in early March, a few days after the presentation.   

We have an essay by Dr. Christina Laffin in Japan-Insights.

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

Please share this expert’s experience!

#japan #japaneseculture #oki



Feb 14

Job: Executive Director – Japanese American Museum of San Jose (San Jose, CA, USA/Hybrid)

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


Position: Executive Director
Posted by:
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Location: San Jose, CA, USA/Hybrid
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Jennifer Hwang (Shizuoka-ken, 2008-2012) for passing along the following job opening:

About the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)

JAMsj showcases a unique collection of permanent and rotating exhibits chronicling more than a century of Japanese American history. JAMsj was founded in 1987 and is dedicated to the collection, preservation and sharing of Japanese American history, culture and arts with an emphasis on the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Of particular importance to JAMsj is capturing and telling the story of the WWII Internment of Japanese Americans.

Executive Director Position Description

The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are 1) management of the museum including museum operations, 2) supervision of volunteers 3) working with the museum Board of Directors (BOD) to achieve the museum’s fundraising and strategic goals and 4) building relationships with community partners.

Roles and Responsibilities

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Jan 30

The Fallen Fortress

Check out this documentary made by journalist (and former JET !) David Caprara! He moved from NYC back to the village in Nara where he taught as a JET from 2012 to 2014 and heard that there was a plane crash there during WWII. He did some research and discovered that the crash took place on the Buddhist holy mountain of Mt. Omine, visible from his backyard. In this documentary, NHK World shows about the journey of uncovering what happened and the quest to meet eyewitnesses in Japan and bereaved family members in the USA 76 years after the war. 

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/special/episode/202112120910/


Jan 21

Japan-Insights: Kataribe: Ten years of post-disaster storytelling in Tohoku

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

Reconstruction in the Shizugawa area; view from the yard of Shizugawa Junior High School, February 2017 ©Roberto Grillo

Dear Friends,

Are you interested in Storytelling in Tohoku, Japan?

Let me introduce a new article for it by Dr. Flavia Fulco.

Please also enjoy her past essay “Kataribe: A keyword to Recovery” on Japan-Insights. 

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_Kataribe.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 #japaneseculture #tohoku


Jan 20

Job: Employment Opportunity – New York Japanese Restaurant Association (New York, NY, USA)

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


Position: TBD
Posted by:
New York Japanese Restaurant Association (non-profit)
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Part-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us with the NY Japanese Restaurant Association:

Reports To: One of the board members who is in charge of administration.

Job Description: (Subject to change) All administrative work for this organization including:

  • scheduling and managing monthly board meeting
  • contacting/negotiating with NY Hospitality Alliance over some topics
  • contacting professionals (lawyers, accountants) by request from board member
  • bookkeeping/expense management
  • event planning, fundraising, etc.
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