May 11

Job: Study Abroad Coordinator – Temple University (Tokyo, Japan)

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


Position: Study Abroad Coordinator
Posted by: Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ)
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job posted on the AJET Job Listings Facebook group:

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is hiring a Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of Student Services. The Office of Students Services (OSS) provides high-quality services to TUJ’s diverse student population to support their success and wellbeing as they become members of the university community.

Job Description:

TUJ has created a new full-time study abroad coordinator position. The coordinator will work with offices at TUJ and on Main Campus in Philadelphia to expand existing services, localize the application process, promote study abroad and campus exchange initiatives, and support students throughout the application and pre-departure process. The coordinator is responsible for working with related departments at TUJ and at Main Campus in Philadelphia to support students interested in studying abroad; working with existing Main Campus study abroad exchange partners to develop relationships with TUJ and promote programs between universities; developing materials for study abroad applications, promotion, departure orientation, and study abroad information sessions; develop content for promoting study abroad on TUJ’s website, and update website as needed.

As a member of Office of Student Services the applicant will also be asked to support new student orientations, student activities and events, and other office initiatives.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.tuj.ac.jp/joblistings/s-oss-ft-sa-coordinator-20170414.html. Questions should also be referred to the contact email in the TUJ posting.


May 9

Job: Business Account Executive – NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc. (San Francisco, CA; Torrance, CA; Schaumburg, IL, USA)

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


Position: Business Account Executive
Posted by: NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc.
Location: San Francisco, CA; Torrance, CA; Schaumburg, IL, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc.  Corporate Profile

Industry

Food Manufacturing, distribution

Industry Category

Food

Description of Business

Manufacturing and Sales of Blended Sauce, Seasonings and food materials

Head Office Location

West Sacramento, California

Plant Location (Newly built and started operation in 2013)

West Sacramento, California

Date of Establishment

September 5, 2006

Annual Sales

20 Million Dollars

Number of Employees

100

Group Headquarters (Parent Company)

Nihon Shokken Holdings Co., Ltd.

Ehime, Japan

Group-wide Sales: 100 billion Yen (Fiscal Year of 2016年)

Web Site

http://www.nihonshokken.co.jp

http://www.nihonshokken.com

Read More


May 9

Job: Manager – NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc. (West Sacramento, CA, USA)

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


Position: Manager
Posted by: NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc.
Location: West Sacramento, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

NIPPON SHOKKEN U.S.A. Inc.  Corporate Profile

Industry

Food Manufacturing, distribution

Industry Category

Food

Description of Business

Manufacturing and Sales of Blended Sauce, Seasonings and food materials

Head Office Location

West Sacramento, California

Plant Location (Newly built and started operation in 2013)

West Sacramento, California

Date of Establishment

September 5, 2006

Annual Sales

20 Million Dollars

Number of Employees

100

Group Headquarters (Parent Company)

Nihon Shokken Holdings Co., Ltd.

Ehime, Japan

Group-wide Sales: 100 billion Yen (Fiscal Year of 2016年)

Web Site

http://www.nihonshokken.co.jp

http://www.nihonshokken.com

Read More


May 9

Job: Assistant Editor, Asian Studies & Linguistics – Brill (Boston, MA)

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


Position: Assistant Editor, Asian Studies & Linguistics
Posted by: Brill 
Location: Boston, MA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

BRILL

2 Liberty Sq., 11th Floor

Boston, MA 02109

POSITION – ASSISTANT EDITOR, ASIAN STUDIES & LINGUISTICS (Full-Time – 40 hours per week)

May 2017

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden, Boston (MA) and Singapore, Brill today publishes 270 journals and about 1,000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam exchange.

The Assistant Editor will serve as assistant to the Senior Acquisitions Editor and the Publishing Director in the areas of Asian Studies and Linguistics. and support the development of these publishing programs. The Assistant Editor is responsible for the organization and project management of these active and growing programs. Responsibilities also include liaising between production, finance, and marketing. Read More


May 9

Job: Financial Assistant – AXA (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: Financial Assistant
Posted by: AXA 
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

AXA Financial Assistant

A successful and supportive collaboration and a chance to jumpstart or further your career in Financial Services industry.

We’re looking for highly motivated, achievement-driven individuals with English-Japanese bilingual skills and who want the opportunity to start or grow a financial services career with the support and strength of one of the nation’s leading financial services firms.

As an AXA Advisors financial professional, you’ll be part of a recognized, respected company that offers:

High earnings potential and comprehensive benefits Training,

  •  Training, support, and hands-on management
  • Advancement and management opportunities
  • Chance to partner with experienced agent with existing client base

*Candidate is expected to have native or bilingual proficiency and need to hold a valid work permit in U.S.  Bachelor’s degree is preferable. Series 6, 7, 66 Registrations, Life and Health license are helpful but not required before applying.  CFP® and MBA also welcome.Here’s a link to the job posting: 

Here’s a link to the job postinghttp://www.machikoizawa.myaxa-advisors.com/files/8004/Unique%20Opportunity%20at%20AXA_Advisors%2C%20LLC%20NY.pdf


May 2

WIT Life is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

Last month’s Tribeca Film Festival featured the world premiere of the documentary The Departure directed by Lana Wilson.  It profiles Ittetsu Nemoto, a Buddhist priest whose lifework is suicide prevention.  In the group sessions he holds at his temple, he introduces exercises that attempt to show attendees what ending their lives would really mean in terms of loss and even simulates the experience of dying.  Many participants come away with a renewed lease on life, and for those who don’t Nemoto makes himself available to them day and night whenever they need someone to talk to.

However, Nemoto’s devoted around-the-clock counseling takes its toll on him, both Read More


May 1

JET alum research project seeks JETs and alums with diabetes

A unique request from a JET alum Melissa Smith specifically to US-based JET alumni. Please contact her if you might be able to help:

Hello,
 
I am a JET alumnus (Abiko, Chiba Prefecture 1997 -2000) and am now completing my masters’ degree at Cal State Fullerton.  I am looking specifically for JETs (current and/or past) who have Type 2 Diabetes who are willing to assist me in my research paper.  Time needed will be minimal – maybe 2 to 3 hours total over the next 2 months.
 
If you would like more information (and to help!), please contact me at:
 
 
THANKS!

May 1

JETAA Chapter Beat for May 2017

Ryan Hata (Tottori-ken, 2014-Present) AJET National Council Director of Alumni RelationsRyan 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 Japan. Ryan helps to keep you up to date with JETAA events around the world. If you have a specific event that you would like promote, please do not hesitate to contact him by email at ryan.hata@ajet.net or his Linkedin profile. 

Japan is in the midst of Golden Week, so why not take some time to celebrate at an event with your local JETAA chapter.

JETAA Chicago

May Monthly Member Meeting

 

When: May 1st 6:30-8 pm CDT
Where: Japan Information Center 737 N Michigan Ave Ste 1000, Chicago, Illinois 60611

On Monday, May 1st, JETAA Chicago will have our monthly member meeting!
We will discuss past events, upcoming events and welcome new ideas. In particular we will be discussing the Survival Series 2017, fundraising ideas, and events for the upcoming year. If you have ideas and would like to share them, this is the meeting for you!

For those unable to attend in person, please email info@jetaachicago.com if you would like to call or video into the meeting. We have successfully had call-ins, google hangouts, and skype-ins in past meetings. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you would like to do that.

Our meetings are open to any and all JET alumni. Dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances.

Email info@jetaachicago.com with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda.

Photo from JETAA Chicago’s Facebook Event

2 JETAA Portland

J-Kaiwa

WHEN: Friday, May 5th, 7-9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lucky Lab Brew Pub on Hawthorne (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd)

NIJIKAI: ??

WHO: JETAA members, JET Program returnees, Japanese friends and Nihongo speakers of all levels.

WHY: To catch up with old friends, make some new ones and maintain that connection to Japan

COST: It’s free to join! There will be some pitchers of beer, subsidized by JETAA, to help get the Nihongo flowing and if you wish to partake of these shared pitchers a $3 contribution is requested. All contributions will be applied to the cost of shared pitchers. Otherwise you may purchase your own food and/or beverages.

This is a great chance to catch up with old friends, meet new people, and keep up on your Japanese language. We hope you’ll join us and look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, email us at: jkaiwa@jetaaportland.com

J-Kaiwa de aimashou!

Photo from JETAA Portland’s Website

3 JETAA Singapore

Star Wars Hanami

When: May 6th 5-8 pm SGT
Where: Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove

Join us for the first event of the year – a hanami with a nod to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

Date: May 6th 2017 (Saturday)
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove
Time: 5pm to 8pm (Star Wars light show at 7:45pm)

Event is open to all members and friends, and will be a BYO.
Do bring some things to share!

More details here:
http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/whats-on/calendar-of-events/star-wars-day-2017.html

4 JETAA Southeast

JETAASE Chapter Planning Meeting (Virtual)

When: May 7th 7-7:40 pm EDT
Where: Online

Join us for our chapter meeting as we plan for the upcoming fiscal year. This meeting is a virtual web meeting using the Zoom.US platform so all can attend – either using a computer, tablet, or phone.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/232615887

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16465588656,232615887# or +14086380968,232615887#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 232 615 887
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=qa5xN8r0juIKv88fYURVtuYg1Qr1xKHM

Photo from JETAASE’s Facebook Event

5 Music City JETAA

JABE Con

When: May 13th 11 am EDT
Where:Wilson County Expo Center in Lebanon, TN

We are looking for JET Alumni volunteers to speak about their JET experience at JABECon! (www.jabecon.com) on Saturday May 13 at the brand new Wilson County Expo Center in Lebanon, TN. Alumni will be a part of a one-hour Q&A panel titled “Teaching English in Japan: 30 Years of JET” that is scheduled for 11:30am. Panelists will receive a free pass to JABECon! Please contact John Gale at john@johnsensei.com if interested!

Photo from .jabecon.com

6 JETAA Monterey Bay

Japan Forum Omedetou Potluck

When: May 13th 6-9 pm PDT
Where:99 McGowan Building, MIIS Campus, 411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA

apan Forum Omedetou Potluck May 13 (Sat) 6-9

Join us to celebrate the end school and start of summer with a potluck hosted by Japan Forum and JETAAMB. All those interested in Japan or the Japanese language are welcome. This is a potluck, so please bring food or drink to share.

SIGN UP for what food you will bring: https://tinyurl.com/gqne8am We want to have a good balance of foods and not end up with 20 desserts. If possible, please bring a serving utensil if you need one. :)

LOCATION: 99 McGowan Building, MIIS Campus, 411 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA (ENTRANCE on Franklin Street)

Photo from JETAA Monetery Bay’s Facebook Page

7 JETAANY

Japan Day

When: May 14th 8 am-5 pm EDT
Where: Central Park, New York, NY 10024, USA

On Sunday, May 14th (Mothers’ Day), JETAANY and the Japan Society will be hosting the Yo-Yo Balloon Tent at Japan Day in Central Park.

We’ll be helping visitors “fish” for Yo-yo Balloons and need volunteers to assist in many areas of the booth – including greeting the guests, explaining the game, prepping water balloons, and assisting children with the game.

All volunteers will get a delicious bento lunch, a drink and a free Japan Day t-shirt, plus meet tons of fun people and teach the NYC community a fun Japanese festival game.

Volunteers are needed for two shifts:
#1 Morning 8am-12:30 pm
#2 Afternoon 12 pm-5:00 pm
It’s a super fun day, so we’ll hope you’ll be able to join us!

Questions? Contact Monica Yuki, at Monica.Yuki (at) jetaausa.com

Photo from JETAANY’s Website

Music City JETAA

Fourth Annual Yakiniku BBQ

When: May 20th 3:30 pm EDT
Where: Shelby Park, Nashville, TN 37206, USA

The Music City JET Alumni Association is excited to host its fourth annual Yakiniku BBQ in Shelby Park on May 20th. We’ll gather at 3:30 and start grilling around 4PM. JETAA will arrange for plates, utensils, non-alcoholic beverages and food including high quality meats (beef and pork from Porter Road Butcher), chicken, rice, and vegetables (bell pepper, onion, garlic, kabocha, carrots, etc). In order to off-set costs, we will collect $10 from each guest at the start of the event. JET Alumni and children between 6 and 12 are discounted to $5 each.

This family friendly event is open to JET alumni, family and friends as well as members of the local Japanese community so feel free to spread the word. Please RSVP on our Facebook events page by May 17th so that we can get a solid headcount before purchasing food.

We’re looking for a few extra hands to run the event so please contact Tye Ebel at tyeebel@gmail.com if you can volunteer as a grill master or are able to help us out with food prep before the event.

9 JETAA Rocky Mountain

Monthly Networking Happy Hour

When: May 21st 2 pm MDT
Where: Akihabara Arcade 8901 Harlan st., Westminster, Colorado 80031

May’s Networking Nomikai is dedicated to the Otaku in all of us. So we will be checking out Akihabara (!) in Wesminister. Note that we are meeting up on the THIRD sunday of the month so that we aren’t in conflict with mother’s day.

There will also be a board meeting from 12-2 before the Nomikai to talk about the Q&A session and the Predeparture Session for the 2017 JETs. Want to be involved in seeing them off? Come and help out :-)

Photo via JETAA Rocky Mountain’s Facebook Page

10 Great Lakes JETAA

Gai Koto Jin koto (traditional Japanese instrument) performance

When: May 26th 7-9 pm EDT
Where: Herndon Gallery at Antioch College One Morgan Place, South Hall Morgan Pl, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Gai Koto Jin ensemble brings a taste of real Japan to their audiences through the koto, the national instrument of Japan. The koto is similar to a Western harp or dulcimer. The aim of this educational event and performance is to introduce this beautiful and unique instrument and to show its diversity and versatilit. They will perform traditional Japanese compositions, folk songs, covers of familiar Western tunes, and modern koto compositions, including “Uruma” by Sawai Tadao. Audiences will have an opportunity to play the instrument and ask questions. Admission to this event is free.

About Gai Koto Jin:

Gai Koto Jin is Julie A. Palmer, Jessica Entis, and Lori Fannin, who have training from music schools in Japan as well as the United States and have the expertise to educate and entertain. Gai Koto Jin is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for foreigner, gai koku jin, and the name of their instrument, koto. The ensemble has performed at Columbus Asian Festival, Dawes Arboretum, Columbus Museum of Art, Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohayocon, and Midoricon.

Photo from Great Lakes JETAA Facebook Event


Apr 26

Job: Associate Program Officer, Japanese Studies – The Japan Foundation (New York, NY, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Associate Program Officer, Japanese Studies
Posted by: The Japan Foundation
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Christy Bahr (Aomori-ken) for the following job opening:

Established by the Japanese government in 1972, the Japan Foundation’s mission is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The Japan Foundation’s activities consist of three major programs: 1) Arts & Cultural Exchange; 2) Japanese-Language Education Overseas; and 3) Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange, including the Center for Global Partnership (CGP). For more information, please visit our websites at www.jfny.org and www.cgp.org.

Description: The Japan Foundation, New York seeks an Associate Program Officer who will be responsible for the management of the institutional grant programs and fellowship programs in Japanese Studies. Through these programs, the Japan Foundation aims to support and enhance the academic study of Japan at universities, colleges, and various institutions in the United States. This position will report to the Program Director of Japanese Studies.

Location: New York, NY

Key Responsibilities: Read More


Apr 26

Job: Bilingual Japanese or Korean Flight Attendant – Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu, HI, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Bilingual Japanese or Korean Flight Attendant
Posted by: Hawaiian Airlines
Location: Honolulu, HI, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Ever want to move to Hawaii? Well now’s your chance!

http://khon2.com/2017/04/24/hawaiian-airlines-looking-to-hire-japanese-korean-flight-attendants/

 


Apr 26

Job: Japanese Culture Teacher – Adz Group (Milton, MA, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Japanese Culture Teacher
Posted by: Adz Group
Location: Milton, MA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the company:

Adz Group is looking for Japanese Culture Teachers for their Explore Japan Boys Program and the Explore Japan Girls Program in Milton, MA. During the morning, the Japanese Culture Teachers will teach Japanese arts and crafts projects, language exercises, calligraphy, cuisine, music, and other topics related to the Japanese culture to American kids ages 8 to 18 years old. In the afternoon, they will act as a chaperone and help keep all students (both Japanese and American kids) organized and safe during the afternoon field trip activities. Field trip activities may include Canobie Lake Park, Bowling, and Plymouth Plantation (field trip activities are subject to change).

The 2017 dates of the Boys program activities are:

    • Friday, July 28, 2017
    • Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, 2017
    • Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11, 2017
    • Two evening commitments – Red Sox game on Wednesday, August 2, and a farewell dinner on Friday, August 11

While the 2017 dates of the Girls program activities are:

  • Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28, 2017
  • Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, 2017, and
  • Monday, August 7 to Tuesday, August 8, 2017
  • One evening commitment – a farewell dinner on Tuesday, August 8

To apply, please send their resume to explorejapan@americanlearning.com. Deadline of application is May 31, 2017.


Apr 24

Job: Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program – Reischauer Center (Washington, D.C. USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program
Posted by: Reischauer Center
Location: Washington, D.C. USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Neave Denny (Okinawa-ken) for the following opportunity: Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program

Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program

Program Overview:

Inaugurated in May 2013, the Reischauer Policy Research Fellows Program is a critical element of the Reischauer Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. It is designed to support the Center’s various research initiatives, while also providing recent undergraduate or graduate students with broad practical experience regarding the public and private-sector analysis process. Fellowships are paid and tenable for one academic year beginning in late August 2017 with the potential for renewal for an additional year.

While the Reischauer Center’s website is currently under construction, more information about our activities can be found on our Facebook page (@ReischauerCenter). Please direct any questions about the position or application process to Alexander Evans, Research and Program Coordinator, at <aevans46@jhu.edu>.

Job Description:

Read More


Apr 24

Job: Science Teacher – Keio Academy of New York (Purchase, NY, USA)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Science Teacher (Chemistry/Physics) 
Posted by: Keio Academy of New York
Location: Purchase, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the school:

POSITION: FULL-TIME SCIENCE TEACHER (CHEMISTRY/PHYSICS)

To teach two sections of 10th grade general chemistry and one section of 11th grade physics, with the potential to expand to teach further, more focused 12th grade science electives in future years.  

QUALIFICATIONS: Certified high school chemistry teacher strongly desired. Uncertified candidates with a Master’s Degree may also be considered. Experience in teaching ESL students is preferred, but not required. Strong teamwork skills and flexibility are strongly desired.

STARTING DATE: September 2017

COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with education and experience. Benefits Package (including health insurance and 403B pension plan)

DEADLINE: Applications will be considered in order of arrival, until the position is filled.

Please submit resume and cover letter to somu@keio.edu

Apr 24

Job: On-Site Program Coordinator – CISaustralia (Japan)

Posted by Sydney Sparrow, an ALT currently living in Toyota CityClick here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: On-Site Program Coordinator
Posted by: CISaustralia
Location: Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job via JETAADC:

Want to lead an academic trip to Japan this summer? [On-site Program Coordinator Job Opportunity with CISaustralia]

CISaustralia is seeking an On-Site Program Coordinator (OPC) to assist with 2 faculty led programs in Japan for Summer 2017.  The OPC will be contracted to assist on 2 separate programs, that run consecutively. Both programs are designed for Australian university faculty and students. The qualified OPC will have intermediate to advanced Japanese language skills and would be available from June 14 – July 15, 2017.

Qualified candidates can submit their online application to: https://cisabroad.wufoo.com/forms/cisaustralia-opc-application/

Full job description attached and note the program will cover travel costs and also provide a salary.

Feel free to contact ggarzon@cisabroad.com with further questions and to mention where you saw the job posting as the company reached out directly and the most recent guide was also a JET alumnus. Read More


Apr 23

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — George Takei, Tokyo x Brooklyn, Japan Day @ Central Park

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02). Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles, click here.

As spring continues and the weather continues to warm, New Yorkers can enjoy activities all over the city both indoors and out.

This month’s highlights include:

Courtesy of Bam.org

Monday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening with George Takei

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue

$35-$75

Actor and social justice activist George Takei brings his uncanny eloquence and signature wit to BAM. In this very special evening, he shares the story of his Japanese-American family’s forced internment during World War II, a seemingly forgotten part of American history. He also takes audiences through his rise to celebrity as a sci-fi icon, his remarkable journey as social media mega power, and his passionate fight for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in America—empowering others to beat the odds and make a difference.

Courtesy of Asiasociety.org

Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Monkey Business: Japan/America Writers’ Dialogue

Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue

$20, $15 students/seniors, $12 members

Join a conversation between Japanese and American writers as part of the annual PEN World Voices Festival. This year’s featured writers are award-winning novelist Jamaica Kincaid, author Brian Evenson, Japanese writer Hiroko Oyamada, and Hiromi Ito, one of the most important female voices in contemporary Japanese poetry. Each ticket includes a complimentary copy of the latest volume (#7) of Monkey Business.

Courtesy of Static1.squarespace.com

Thursday, May 4, 9:00 p.m.

Kikagaku Moyo

Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street (Brooklyn)

$15

Kikagaku Moyo (Geometric Patterns) is the musical union between five free spirits. Go Kurosawa (drums, Vocals) and Tomo Katsurada (Guitar, Vocals) formed the band in 2012 as a free artist’s collective. They met Kotsuguy (Bass) while he was recording noise from vending machines and Akira (Guitar) through their university. Ryu Kurosawa had been studying Sitar in India, upon returning home he found the perfect outlet for his practice. Since 2013 the band has released two full lengths, an EP, and several singles. They have toured Australia, the United States, Europe and Japan extensively. Their music is a conversation—sometimes delicate and tender other times explosive, but always human and always changing. With support from Mountain Movers and Jason SpacinKillinger.

Courtesy of Bbkingblues.com

Thursday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Ritchie Kotzen

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street

$29.50-$69.50

With guitar styles ranging from rock, blues, jazz and fusion to pop and soul, Richie Kotzen has built a remarkably diverse 25-plus year career as a guitarist, singer and songwriter. A veteran of numerous groups including the Winery Dogs, Kotzen’s Japan cred is extensive: He wrote the number one song “Shine” as a member of Mr. Big, which was used as the ending theme for the anime series Hellsing, has recorded an entire album of music from the anime series Gundam, and toured as the opening act on the Japanese leg of the Rolling Stones’ 2006 tour. The Kotzen Telecaster guitar has repeatedly been the #1 selling signature model guitar for Fender Japan. This show will include selections from his new album, Salting Earth.

Courtesy of Myv382tokyo.com

May 13-14

Tokyo x Brooklyn

Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street

$15-65

This all-new pop culture festival brings together two cultures, Tokyo and Brooklyn, featuring an exciting lineup of musicians, a variety of culinary favorites, innovative technology, artists and performers. The concept is to bridge the gap between Brooklyn creativity and craftsmanship and Japanese pop culture. Festival attendees experience more than just a spectacular neighborhood event, which Includes vintage anime screenings of films like Akira and Ghost in the Shell and headline performances from acts including MIYAVI, Anamanaguchi, DJ Logic (Plus Special Guests) and the Taiko Masala Thunder Drummers.

Courtesy of Japandaynyc.org

Sunday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Japan Day @ Central Park

Naumberg Bandshell

Free

Now in its eleventh year, Japan Day has won acclaim from New Yorkers from every walk of life, with Mayor Michael de Blasio calling it an eagerly anticipated cultural event on the city’s calendar. For this year’s event, organizers are planning once again to have both the Japan Run (beginning in the early morning) and the Japan Day Festival, emphasizing enjoyable activities for all ages that will deepen participants’ understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture—not to mention the food, drinks and snacks! Hosted by CNN national correspondent Sandra Endo, previous guest performers have included AKB48, Jero and Akiko Yano.

Courtesy of Jpopasia.com

Sunday, May 28, 5:00 p.m.

Generations from Exile Tribe

Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place

$25 GA, $95 VIP meet and greet

Generations from Exile Tribe (a.k.a. Generations) is a seven-member Japanese boy band signed to the Avex Group label Rhythm Zone. lThe group belongs to the talent agency LDH and is part of the collective “Exile Tribe,” related to pop group Exile. Generations debuted in November 2012 and is ready to make its New York debut.

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