Jan 4

“Big In Japan: A Ghost Story” West Coast Reading Tour (Seattle, Vancouver)

**************** Chin Music Press, the Seattle-based publisher owned and run by Bruce Rutledge (MEF Program Chiba-ken, 1985-87) is thrilled to host several reading events this week in Seattle and Vancouver for their newest release, Big in Japan: A Ghost Story. The debut novel from Hawaii-based author M. Thomas Gammarino is a deadly funny story of haunted progressive rock composer […]


Dec 16

“Big In Japan: A Ghost Story” Reading Tour Starts This Week (NY, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Vancouver)

**************** Chin Music Press, the Seattle-based publisher owned and run by Bruce Rutledge (MEF Program Chiba-ken, 1985-87) is excited to host several reading events this upcoming week in New York and Philadelphia for their newest release, Big in Japan: A Ghost Story. The tour continues this January to Seattle and Vancouver. The debut novel from […]


Oct 12

JetWit BlogBeat 10.11.09 by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a former English-language writer for Kyodo News. She is now working as a freelance strategist and writer in New York and relishes her constant hunt for the best cheap(ish) eats in the […]


Sep 10

Bruce Rutledge hired as editor of new Ibuki Magazine, seeks ideas and stories from JETs in Pacific Northwest

***************** A nice update from JET alum Bruce Rutledge, the owner of Seattle-based publisher Chin Music Press via the JETAA Pacific Northwest yahoogroup: Hi everyone, I wanted to let you all know about a new magazine about Japanese culture that was launched this summer.  It’s called Ibuki. You can find it on the Web here: […]


Aug 5

JetWit Blog Beat 8.5.09 by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a former English-language writer for Kyodo News. She is now a freelance writer and digital strategist in New York and relishes her constant hunt for the best cheap(ish) eats in the city. […]


Jun 12

JET-linked book event in Seattle

Via JETAA Pacific Northwest: Hello JET Alumni, Here’s some cool information about two events in Seattle for the release of Todd Shimoda’s new novel Oh! A mystery of mono no aware.   Oh! is published by Seattle independent publisher Chin Music Press, which publishes books on contemporary Japan. There are two JET Alumni on the Chin Music Press team: founder Bruce […]


Jun 2

JETAA Canada National Conference Keynote Speech – May 30, 2009 – Toronto By Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, Kariya-shi, 1992-94) IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION Minasan, Ohayo gozaimasu. 1.  First, I’d like to thank JETAA Canada and Gloria Ma and everyone else involved with this conference for inviting me here to speak today.  As an American, I have to […]


May 20

May 20, 2009: Oh!, a new book published by Chin Music Press, owned and run by Bruce Rutledge, got a nice review: http://tinyurl.com/ryd2l8   maintained by Alexei Esikoff


May 4

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a formerEnglish-language writer for Kyodo News. She now works as a media planner in Chelsea and sorely misses all her favorite midtown ramen joints. Think sushi seems harmless? It can seem a […]


Apr 22

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a formerEnglish-language writer for Kyodo News. She now works as a media planner in Chelsea and sorely misses all her favorite midtown ramen joints. Hello JetWit readers! Blog Beat was on a […]


Apr 8

JetWit BlogBeat by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a formerEnglish-language writer for Kyodo News. She now works as a media planner in Chelsea and sorely misses all her favorite midtown ramen joints. Happy hanami season, everyone! JET alumni Kevin and […]


Mar 30

JetWit BlogBeat by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a formerEnglish-language writer for Kyodo News. She now works as a media planner in Chelsea and sorely misses all her favorite midtown ramen joints. This week was a busy one, with two […]


Sep 21

Below is a list of JET alum artists and JET alums in the art world.  If you don’t see your name here and would like it to be included, e-mail jetwit [at] jetwit [dot] com with your prefecture and years, current location and any links to you or your work. ********************* Bothwell, Ryan (Tokyo-to 1997-99) […]


Dec 1

JQ Magazine: Holiday Lanterns, ‘Evangelion’ Finale, 8-Bit Big Band

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. With Thanksgiving (and the hopes of sensible eating) now just a memory, we turn to colder weather, falling snow, and the new year to come. Fortunately for Japanese culture fans, December is just as busy as the holiday season itself. Whether you’re hosting guests from out of town or looking […]


Jan 18

Hi, and welcome to the new podcast space here on JETwit.com. I’m Scot Maupin (Hokkaido, 2005-09), a JET alum/podcaster, and every month I’ll serve you up a list of podcasts with new episodes by myself and other JET Alumni/podcasters. I will also be featuring some episodes from month to month with more detailed write-ups. But […]


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