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

Read More
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.
Read More
Jan 18

The Japan Foundation presents: Japanese Film Festival Online 2022

About 

We’re very excited to announce our finalized lineup for the Japanese Film Festival Online 2022! Starting next month from February 14-27, 2022 you will be able to watch 16 Japanese films for FREE! For the complete lineup, please visit: https://jff.jpf.go.jp/watch/jffonline2022/film-lineup/ and select your host country to see the full list of films available to you. 

To watch the films, please register and create your free account from here: https://watch.jff.jpf.go.jp/signup.html 

While you wait for the film festival to start, we’ve also created a portal where you can read up on the latest Japanese news, and interviews with prominent film directors and industry insiders. Check out the interviews here: https://jff.jpf.go.jp 


Jan 7

Japan-Insights: An archipelago of natural and cultural vibrancy

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

Overlooking Nishinoshima from Hisuka district, Ama cho, ©Ama Town Tourism Association

Dear Friends,

Have you been to islands of exile?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-sixth one is on Exile and Poetry on the Oki Islands by Dr. Christina Laffin.

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


Dec 31

WIT Life #360: 今年の漢字

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.

As 2021 draws to a close, everyone is likely experiencing a variety of emotions in regard to the beginning of a new year. An article in the Washington Post surveyed more than 200 readers on the one word they would use to describe the past year. Their answers were as follows: “Relentless. Disappointing. Messy. Clarifying. Growth. Grief. Change. Survival. Fragile. Unexpected. Enlightening. Tumultuous. Transformational. Lonely.”

Japan takes a similar pulse of its nation with the annual determining of the “Kanji of the Year.” The single character selected is supposed to represent how the populace views the closing year, and for 2021 it was deemed to be 金 (kin, or money/gold). The winner beat out 輪 (rin, or circle/wheel) by only 118 votes.

According to the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Association that administers the voting, kin was a fitting choice because the Tokyo summer Olympics were the venue for the Japanese Olympic team’s best results ever (including 27 gold medals). The association also noted that kin begins the word 金字塔 (kinjito, or monumental achievement), pointing to the success of MLB’s American League MVP Shohei Ohtani as well as professional shogi player Sota Fujii, who became the youngest four-crown titleholder in the game’s history.

Read More
Dec 24

Japan-Insights: Glimpses of Lafcadio Hearn’s Japan

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

Garden view at Hearn’s former residence at Kitahori, Matsue ©Furukawa Makoto

Dear Friends,

Have you known Lafcadio Hearn?

Let me introduce an essay from the Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-fifth one is on Finding Homes in the Unfamiliar by Clara Kumagai.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_GlimpsesLafcadioHearn.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 #lafcadio


Dec 16

The Japan Foundation, New York Literary Series presents: Kyoko Nakajima x Ian MacDonald & Ginny Takemori

About 

JFNY Literary Series invites notable writers in Japanese literature and their translators to discuss their work, speak on the art of translation, and touch upon the current literary scene in Japan. 

This session of JFNY Literary Series features renowned Japanese author Kyoko Nakajima and her translator Ian MacDonald and Ginny Takekomori, moderated by David PeaceAllison Markin Powell from the collective Strong Women, Soft Power and interpreter Bethan Jones also join the session. The English translation of Nakajima’s book Things Remembered and Things Forgotten was published in May, 2021.   

This event is now available to watch on our YouTube channel! 

Watch the event here: https://www.jfny.org/event/jfny-literary-series-kyoko-nakajima-x-ian-macdonald-ginny-takemori/ 


Nov 27

WIT Life #359: Giving thanks

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 hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful holiday weekend, and that your Thanksgiving was filled with lots of food, fun and family/friends! This is the season of expressing gratitude, and I can’t help but be thankful for this venue where I can share my thoughts. Specifically, I’m grateful that I began my Japanophile journey in high school and that it’s taken me this far.

My work as an interpreter is slowly starting to rebound, and I am deeply appreciative for that. I was tickled to find that there is an interpreter out there who recently received official recognition for his skills, that being none other than the Angels’ two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.

Following Ohtani being deemed the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) this year, Mizuhara received a Most Valuable Interpreter (MVI) award from the Angels. On Twitter, fans wholeheartedly agreed with the team’s sentiment: “The existence of Ippei is indispensable not only for Shohei, but for all of us.”

Read More
Nov 26

Japan-Insights: Traditional Tatara Steelmaking in Japan

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

Tatara steelmaking furnace with bellows on each side; detail of the Saki no Ohtsu Agawa-Mura Yama-Satetsu Arai-Tori no Zu mine pictorial made between 1830 and 1860, Courtesy of the Engineering Bldg. 3 Library, Libraries for Engineering and Information Science & Technology, the University of Tokyo

Dear Friends,

Have you visited the land of the Japanese blade?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-fourth one is on The Soul of the Japanese Blade by Dr. Erich Pauer.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_SoulOfJapaneseBlade.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 #blade


Nov 22

JETwit’s JET Alum Movers & Shakers: Stephanie Toriumi (Ishigaki City, Okinawa-ken, 2010-2012)

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.

Stephanie Toriumi (Ishigaki City, Okinawa-ken, 2010-2012)

Accomplishment:
Stephanie Toriumi wrote a book about her time on JET in Ishigaki City, Okinawa.

Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture is home to the southernmost city of Japan and known for its coral reefs, village traditions, and folk performing arts. Stephanie calls Ishigaki City her new home while serving on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme.

As she immerses herself into the rich and vibrant culture, Stephanie discovers that behind the pristine blue and rosy red colors of the island lies a dark history of bloodshed, malaria, tsunamis, and more. Through her interactions with islanders, she comes to understand the meaning of Shimanchū, the term they use to identify themselves.

Shimanchū: A Memoir of Ishigaki Island offers a captivating glimpse of past and present life in the Yaeyama Islands from the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom to modern-day Japan through the author’s lens as a nisei from Hawaii.

Public Information:

Amazon Kindle (US):
https://amzn.to/3DqBakh

Amazon Kindle (Japan):
https://amzn.to/3qQwe4Z

Apple Books:
https://apple.co/3FsHdW2


Nov 17

JETAA‎‎‎‏‏‎​ Podcast Beat is a weekly round-up of current JET and JET alumni podcasts and podcast appearances compiled by Emmalee Manes (Toyama-ken, 2016-19)

Do you have a podcast or did you recently appear in a podcast? Help us share it with the community by filling out this form.

Welcome to the JETAA Podcast Beat! We’re excited to share the newest podcast episodes from JET alumni and current JETs. If you have the chance, please enjoy listening to one of these recent episodes this week!

よっぱれい英会話 English Nomikai Podcast

In this eikaiwa podcast targeted to Japanese English-learners, Emmalee Manes (Toyama-ken, 2016-19) talks to fellow JET alumni, current JETs, and Japanese English teachers and friends about cultural differences between Japan and their home countries (all while sharing some drinks!)

Healthy Life「健康的な生活」with Patrick!

Emmalee and Patrick talk about ways that they exercise, how to stay healthy at work, and reasons why they think it may be easier to live a healthy life in Japan.

インスタ: @yoppareikaiwa

メール: yoppareikaiwa@gmail.com

是非、インスタでメッセージをください〜

聞いてくれてありがとうございます!

Reinventing Professionals

This podcast hosted by Ari Kaplan (Hyogo-ken, 1993-94) is designed to offer ideas, guidance, and perspectives on how to effectively navigate a perpetually shifting professional landscape, with a unique focus on the legal industry and the technology that is driving its evolution.

He Said, She Said

I spoke with Christy Burke, president and founder of Burke & Company, a public relations and marketing firm specializing in legal tech, and Doug Austin, editor of eDiscovery Today, a publication covering the electronic discovery industry, about their new podcast: He Said, She Said. We discussed the first episode focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, the key takeaways, topics for future programs, and trends driving e-discovery and legal technology forward.

USLawEssentials Law & Language

The USLawEssentials Law & Language Podcast, co-hosted by Stephen Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-94) helps non-native English speaking lawyers and law students improve their English and better understand US law and American legal culture. Many of these short episodes are tied to a legal news event or case in the United States. Others include interviews with multilingual lawyers (including a number of JET alumni.) The shows are hosted by attorneys experienced teaching US law and legal English to students and lawyers from around the world.

What’s New in the Legal News: Free Speech and Violence

The USLawEssentials Law & Language podcast continues its What’s New in the Legal News series with a discussion of the civil lawsuit against organizers of the violent 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In that rally, ‘white nationalists’ gathered to protest the removal of a statue and then violently attacked plaintiffs. The lawsuit alleges that the organizers and protestors conspired to commit the violence and should be held liable for the injuries they caused.

Daniel Edelson and Stephen Horowitz discuss the lawsuit – –  Sines v. Kessler – – which was brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1985. 42 U.S.C. § 1985 is a statute that enables plaintiffs to sue people in federal court who conspire to violate their civil rights.

Krewe of Japan

Krewe of Japan is a weekly podcast co-hosted by Doug Tassin (Fukushima-ken, 2007-10) that takes listeners on audio journeys through Japanese culture. With our hosts as your guide, and the help of guest experts, Japanese natives, and ex-pats, understanding Japan is now easier than ever before.

Japan Travel Destination: Hokkaido ft. Kay Allen

In this episode, the Krewe are re-joined by a guests from season 1, Kay Allen (Japan National Tourism Organization) to discuss all things Hokkaido! With the distinction of being the largest prefecture in Japan, Hokkaido offers some of the top winter sports experiences in Japan, incredible natural landscapes, and the chance to learn about the culture and history of the indigenous Ainu people. The Krewe and Kay take listeners on a journey through Hokkaido, exploring what to see and do, where to stay, how to travel there, and so much more! If you are planning a trip to Japan (especially Hokkaido) for the future, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

AIGA Design Podcasts

How is design changing as a discipline and profession? What are the current landscapes and future horizons of innovation? ​What are the opportunities for the design community? AIGA’s Lee-Sean Huang (Oita-ken, 2003-06) explores these questions and more with creative practitioners and​ business​ leaders​ to deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future.

Design Adjacent: W. David Hubbard on the hows and whys of creativity

W. David Hubbard is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Verizon. He leads Verizon’s marketing, intellectual property, and new media law and policy team. David also serves as general counsel for the philanthropic Verizon Foundation, dedicated to solving critical social issues in the areas of education, health care and energy management, particularly in underserved communities. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, host Bennie Johnson talks with David about not only the creative field but his path and why creativity was instrumental in career and offers listeners an opportunity to hear how legal and marketing can work together.


Nov 16

Japan-Insights: Iwami and Sado: Two sites of mining heritage

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

Erdapfel, the world’s oldest surviving globe by Martin Behaim, Nuremberg 1492

Dear Friends,

Have you visited to the land of gold and silver?

Let me introduce an essay from Japan-Insights archives.

The twenty-third one is on Cipangu, Land of Gold and Silver by Dr. Regine Mathias.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_LandOfGoldAndSilver.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 #silver


Page Rank