Sep 6

Japan-Insights: The rhythm of the ryuteki rises up to the heavens

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

Photo of Mr. Hino Tatsuo taken by Makoto Shirai

Dear Friends,

Have you heard the sound of God?

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

The twentieth one is on KAMINONE: Sound of God by Mr. Hino Tatsuo.

https://doc.japan-insights.jp/pdf/JIN_TOPIC_20200418214215.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 #izumo


Sep 3

Congratulations, Dr. Dan Tinianow!

Courtesy of The University of Arizona Global Campus

Congratulations to JET alumnus, Dr. Dan Tinianow (AET, 1987-1988) who was named Faculty of the Month at the University of Arizona Global Campus! Read the full article here.


Sep 1

JETAA Podcast Beat

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! I hope the beat will be a great way for everyone to stay updated on JET alumni as well as current JET involvement in podcasts. 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!)

Countryside「田舎」with Vivian!

Emmalee and Vivian (Shimane-ken, 2016-18) talk about their experiences living in the Japanese countryside in Toyama and Shimane, share good and bad points to 田舎 life, and talk about their home state of Ohio.

インスタ: @yoppareikaiwa
Vivianのポッドキャスト: The Looking Glass

How to Japanese Podcast

Everyone learning Japanese needs a senpai – this podcast is your digital senpai. Join Daniel (Fukushima-ken, 2005-08) from HowToJapanese.com and guests to learn what strategies have been effective for them as they study, live, and work in Japan and using Japanese.

S02E18 – 都道府県 and 貪る

There is an official order to the 都道府県 (todōfuken, prefectures) in Japan. I share some thoughts about it and in Japanese discuss the importance of learning how to really devour (貪る, musaboru) your Japanese studies.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or 悩み事 to howtojapanese@gmail.com.

You can also follow How to Japanese on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook.

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.

Rapid Fire Question Challenge ft. Matt Alt

In this between season bonus episode, the amazing Matt Alt (our very first podcast guest) stops by for a Rapid Fire Question Challenge. From Rick James, Big Tex McDonalds sandwiches, and sake flavored KitKats, nothing is off limits in this challenge!

Been missing your weekly audio journeys to Japan?! Keep your eyes peeled for more information on our season 2 launch coming soon! Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts and to our social media to stay up to date with the latest from the podcast!

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.

How Corporate Finance and Corporate Legal Professionals Can Collaborate More Effectively

I spoke with David Perla, the co-chief operating officer at Burford Capital, a leading provider of capital to the legal market. We discussed Burford’s 2021 Legal Asset Report, why it is important to talk to chief financial officers about legal assets, how CFO’s view affirmative recovery and legal cost management programs, and how corporate finance and corporate legal can collaborate more effectively.


Aug 31

WIT Life #356: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

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.

Thanks to all the recent rain it seems as if the summer heat has broken a bit, but I can’t wait for fall to arrive, along with its cooler temps and 紅葉 (kouyou, or leaves changing color). Though I must say I’m not quite ready for the ubiquitous pumpkin spice marketing that has already started!

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games began on August 24, and they feature over 4000 athletes from 162 National Paralympic Committees worldwide. You can find a recap of the Opening Ceremony here, and daily schedules/results here. The Games will run through September 5, so happy viewing!


Aug 29

Japan-Insights: Izumo: Land of Gods, Myths and Metals

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

Inasa Beach near Izumo Grand Shrine, where deities from all around Japan are believed to congregate every year during the 10th month of the ancient Japanese calendar ©Shimane Prefecture Tourism Federation

Dear Friends,

Have you visited Izumo, Land of Gods?

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

The nineteenth one is on Izumo: Land of Gods, Myths and Metals by Dr. Simon Kaner.

https://topics.japan-insights.jp/Public/pdf/japan-insights_jp/topics/JIN_SwordsBellsDragonsMyths.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 #izumo


Aug 27

The Carter Center Peace Bell: JETAA Challege

Thanks to JET alumna, Jessica Cork (CIR, Hiroshima-ken, 1997-2000) for sharing this great project that she is leading as the Chair of the Japan-America Society of Georgia.

The Japan-America Society of Georgia, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Atlanta want to construct a traditional Japanese bell tower to house the Carter Center’s “Peace Bell.” The “Japan-Georgia Friendship Bell Tower” will be modeled after the bell tower at Shoganji Temple in Konu, Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture where the bell originated in Japan.

During World War II, an ordinance to collect metals was promulgated throughout Japan, and the temple bell from Shoganji Temple in Konu was supplied to the Kure Naval Arsenal. However, before the bell could be turned into bullets, the war ended. Following the war, the bell somehow ended up in England, where it resided for a time with an Englishman, James Taylor. His son, Milos Taylor, discovered the bell in 1958 while sorting through the belongings of his father in England. In 1982, Milos moved to Florida with the bell. In 1985, before returning to England, Milos put the bell up for sale. The Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta and the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta solicited donations to purchase the bell and presented the bell on behalf of the Japanese community to President and Mrs. Carter to commemorate the construction of The Carter Center and in appreciation for President Carter’s work promoting world peace.

When Hajime Akiyama, a member of the Japanese parliament, visited The Carter Center after the bell was donated, he discovered that the bell was inscribed with the name of Shoganji Temple. So he visited Shoganji to report that their temple bell had been donated to President Carter. Shoganji was very pleased to learn that their temple bell, which they thought had been destroyed in the war, was in fact carefully preserved at The Carter Center as the “Peace Bell,” a symbol of goodwill between Japan and the United States.

This led to President Carter visiting Hiroshima twice, establishing a sister city relationship between Konu, Hiroshima and his hometown in Georgia, and Konu constructing the Jimmy Carter Civic Center, which aims to educate Japanese citizens about peace. 

The website with the incredible story of the bell’s journey to the US and full project description is as follows.

https://www.jasgeorgia.org/Georgia-Japan-Peace-Bell/

The Japan-America Society of Georgia is trying to raise $300,000 to make this dream a reality. We would like to challenge JETAA to raise $25,000 and be recognized as one of the partner organizations (on all press releases, website, plaque etc). 

In order for JETAA members to have their donations recognized as contributions from JETAA, please click on the sponsorship link (not the donate link).

https://www.jasgeorgia.org/event-4464101

Then select register, add email address, and then select “7. Other amount.”  Put in the amount and then check off the JETAA checkbox.


Aug 25

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! I hope the beat will be a great way for everyone to stay updated on JET alumni as well as current JET involvement in podcasts. 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!)

Weddings「結婚式」with Alexis!

Emmalee and Alexis talk about differences in wedding culture between the American North and South and between the US and Japan. Emmalee shares about a wedding she went to that she was not invited to and Alexis shares about how she became interested in watching wedding videos on Youtube.

インスタ: @yoppareikaiwa

Alexisのインスタ: @alexis_eikaiwa

是非、インスタでメッセージをください〜

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: Kanye Tweets His Contract

The USLawEssentials What’s New in the Legal News podcast series continues with slightly less new news – – as Stephen Horowitz introduces to Daniel Edelson a story regarding Kanye West tweeting his music contract. Stephen and Daniel discuss contract drafting and what US attorneys mean by “plain English”. We also discuss why learning plain English is different from learning legal English. In addition, Stephen and Daniel talk about a podcast series we like, Contract Teardown – – where experts share insights on contracts, including Kanye’s contract.

You can find the article Stephen introduces here: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kanye-west-tweets-pages-universal-173350381.html

Season by Season

Join Alexis (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) and Kit, lifelong friends who now live on opposite coasts, as they explore poetry, music, and sound on a journey through the rhythm of nature expressed by the seasons.

Fading Heat

In this very vegetal episode, author John Forti joins Alexis and Kit to discuss his new book “The Heirloom Gardener.” Our co-hosts take a look at the bounty of the late summer vegetable garden, and admire a beautiful visitor to the garden: the dragonfly.


Aug 22

Job: Female Boarding Assistant – Keio Academy of New York (Purchase, NY, USA)

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


Position: Female Boarding Assistant
Posted by:
Keio Academy of New York
Location: Purchase, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent to us from a JET alumna:

Immediate Appointment
Minimum compensation: $25000 plus free private accommodation 

Keio Academy of New York invites applications from university graduates or students soon to graduate with an interest in limited teaching training in their major discipline (Art, English, Japanese, Mathematics, Music, Science or Social Science) in this co-educational boarding school directly linked to Keio University in Tokyo. These are training posts tenable for up to three years.

An interest in Japanese culture is expected: a knowledge of the Japanese language, though not required, will be an advantage. Readiness to participate in the Academy’s co-curricular program is essential.

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Aug 22

Job: Program Specialist – Study Abroad Foundation (Chicago, IL, USA)

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


Position: Program Specialist
Posted by:
Study Abroad Foundation
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from the organization that works with visiting, non-degree students attending Japanese university to study abroad for a semester, academic year, or summer.

Application Process: For more information and to apply, please click here.


Aug 22

Job: Assistant to the Consul-General and Consular Assistant Positions – Japanese Consulate in Chicago (Chicago, IL, USA)

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


Position: Assistant to the Consul-General & Consular Assistant
Posted by:
Japanese Consulate in Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna, Victoria Nugent (Shizuoka-ken, 2009-2011) for passing along the following two positions at the Japanese Consulate in Chicago:

Assistant to the Consul-General (Applications due 8/26): https://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/files/100222596.pdf

And Consular Assistant (Applications due 9/3): https://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/files/100210020.pdf


Aug 21

Job: Digital Marketing Manager – Ashinaga (Tokyo, Japan)

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


Position: Digital Marketing Manager
Posted by:
Ashinaga
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumna Jennifer Butler (Shizuoka-ken, 2001-2004) for passing along the following information with her organization, Ashinaga:

We have another exciting opening at Ashinaga – this time for a Digital Marketing Manager. 

*Also, there are very specific language requirements indicated in the job description. However, I have been asked to encourage applicants who have the required Marketing skills to make sure they still apply even if they aren’t 100% matching the language requirements as exceptional candidates will still be considered! 

(Again, I was specifically requested by our HR to share this position with the JET community!🙂 )

Application Process: The deadline to apply is Friday, August 27 (Japan Time)! Please see the below job description or the Japanese job ad.


Aug 21

Job: Toddler/Preschool Teacher – Circle of Boston Nursery School (Watertown, MA, USA)

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


Position: Toddler/Preschool Teacher
Posted by:
Circle of Boston Nursery School
Location: Watertown, MA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Attached is a listing passed along to us by a JET alumna.

Application Process: Interested candidates should apply via email. Please send a cover letter and resume to <HR@circleofboston.org>.


Aug 20

Job: Manufacturing Automation Engineer – American MSC (Troy, Michigan, USA)

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


Position: Manufacturing Automation Engineer (Japanese Automotive Supplier)
Posted by:
American MSC
Location: Troy, Michigan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alumnus, Brian Peters (Shiga-ken, 2000-2003) for passing along another job opening with his company: 

Introduction:

We are a Japanese company that supplies parts to the automotive sector. Our parent company is in Utsunomiya, Tochigi and we have facilities in Troy, Michigan, Aguascalientes, Mexico and Wuxi, China. JET alumni, MEXT alumni, and college graduates are welcome to apply.

We are a small company with familiar atmosphere.  Accessible and Open-door policy with Top Management. No micro-mangers here. Looking for self-motivated, self-learning, honest, and results-oriented individuals. Excellent opportunities for growth in the company.

Job Description:

We are searching for candidates who can help us reach our goals of improving productivity and throughput through the use of automation.

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Aug 20

Job: Programs Coordinator – Yale University (New Haven, CT, USA)

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


Position: Programs Coordinator
Posted by:
Yale University
Location: New Haven, CT, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job received directly from The Council on East Asian Studies:

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is currently seeking applicants for the position of Programs Coordinator: https://bit.ly/67061BR


Aug 20

Job: Fellowship Opportunities – Pickering and Rangel Fellowships (U.S.-based Graduate Institution)

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


Position: Fellowship Opportunities
Posted by:
Pickering and Rangel Fellowships
Location: Redmond, WA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Manuel Peralta (who works at the U.S. Consulate in Osaka) for passing along the below Fellowship opportunities for U.S. citizens. 

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program


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