Feb 27

Written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03), WIT Life is 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 shares some interesting tidbits and trends along with her own observations.

Recently I had the chance to check out the newest exhibition at the Sato Sakura Gallery, Curious Beasts. As the name indicates, this collection of paintings is of animal portraits ranging from cats and tigers to dogs and birds. The works are from the artists Fumika Koda and Yuji Musashihara, and being a cat lover I was partial to Koda’s paintings as they mostly feature felines. In particular, I liked her painting Beautiful Spring Day (春うらら, haru urara), which shows a cat caught under falling cherry blossoms (花吹雪, hanafubuki).

Beautiful Spring Day (春うらら)
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Feb 22

Job: Chief Executive Officer – Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Los Angeles, CA)

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


Position: Chief Executive Officer
Posted by: Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

Chief Executive Officer search at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles.

This is a unique opportunity to be at the helm of the largest civil rights and legal services organization representing the AANHPI communities in the country, as Advancing Justice-LA evolves to respond to current challenges to the social justice movement.

Following the bold and transformative leadership of Stewart Kwoh, past President and Founder of Advancing Justice – LA, this position will offer the new CEO the chance to promote innovative and impactful solutions for the diverse, intersectional and vulnerable communities in Southern California and beyond. 


Feb 21

Job: Assistant Correspondent – The Hokkaido Shimbun Press London Bureau (London, UK)

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


Position: Assistant Correspondent
Posted by: Hokkaido Shimbun Press
Location: London, England, UK
Contract: Part-Time

Salary: £1,500 (monthly), transportation expenses
Start Date: 1st April 2020

Here’s a job received directly from the paper:

The Hokkaido Shimbun Press is looking for an Assistant Correspondent for their London Bureau, which is located on Fleet Street, central London. The successful applicant will assist the Bureau Chief with the preparation of articles to be published in Japan, and handle Bureau administration. The Bureau covers political, economic, and cultural news from the UK and other European countries.

Although you will work mainly during office hours for 4-5 days a week, you will occasionally be required to work overtime due to the nature of the job. You should also be willing to travel within the UK or Europe to cover stories.

Candidates should note that this is NOT a writing position. In addition, although the ability to work in Japanese is a requirement.

Responsibilities:

  • Keep abreast of breaking news and current affairs;
  • Conduct research on a wide range of topics, with attention to accuracy and detail;
  • Attend and summarise press conferences, meetings, lectures and briefings;
  • Conduct (occasionally transcribe/interpret) interviews over the phone and/or in person;
  • Assist with the planning of and participate in business trips around Europe;
  • Assist the correspondent with any language difficulties they may have and help them to handle the administration of business trips;
  • Answer phone calls and manage office administration

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Feb 20

Job: Employee for the Economic Division Staff – Consulate General of Japan in New York (New York, USA)

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


Position: Employee for the Economic Division Staff
Posted by: Consulate General of Japan in New York
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent to us directly from The Consulate General of Japan in New York:

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Seeking an Employee for the Economic Division Staff

The Consulate General of Japan in New York is currently seeking to hire an employee for the Economic Division Staff. The deadline for all job applications is 03/13/2020.

Work hours:

  • Monday through Friday, 9:15am – 5:45pm (Lunch Break 12:30pm – 1:30pm)

Responsibilities:

  • Communicating and supporting relationships with government and corporate contacts, including arranging and/or participating in meetings and reporting results clearly
  • Daily research on Japanese business issues and U.S. economic conditions
  • Writing and editing public statements and news letters by the Consulate
  • Responding to telephone and e-mail inquiries from the general public related to matters under the jurisdiction of the Economic Division
  • Various administrative duties, including support for Consulate receptions and other events (occasional after-hours work is required)
  • Other duties as deemed necessary

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Feb 19

JET Alum Filmmaker Unveils ‘Nourishing Japan’ Feb. 20 in NYC

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From the February 8 edition of Shukan NY Seikatsu. Join Alexis Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Museum of Food & Drink (MOFAD), 62 Bayard Street in Brooklyn. General admission $25; purchase tickets here. For more information, visit https://nourishingjapan.com.

Embark on a delicious journey from farmer’s field to school classroom that celebrates how one country has re-imagined school lunch and food education. At the heart of Japan’s 2005 Food Education Law are the incredible people whose daily work nourishes the next generation’s relationship to food, the earth and one another. Join documentary filmmaker Alexis Agliano Sanborn for the public premiere of Nourishing Japan in conversation with Yoriko Okamoto and Susan Miyagi McCormac of JapanCulture•NYC.

Opening remarks will be given by Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy and Management at NYU. Reception with light food and beverages to follow. Alexis Agliano Sanborn is an independent researcher, food advocate, nature enthusiast and an award winning artist. With over twenty years’ experience studying Japanese culture, she directed/produced Nourishing Japan, a documentary short which explores food education and the Japanese school lunch system. Alexis also maintains the website Food Education International which monitors developments of food education from around the world.

Alexis previously served as NYC Program Coordinator of the Wa-Shokuiku Project, an after-school culinary exchange program inspired and informed by the educational philosophy, flavors and foods of Japan. She received her Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and Japanese from UC Santa Barbara (2008), a Master’s in Regional Studies of East Asia from Harvard University (2013) and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (2020). She lives in Washington Heights, New York City.


Feb 18

JQ Magazine: Nippon in New York — ‘Ride Your Wave,’ ‘Nourishing Japan,’ ‘Children of the Sea’

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

Stay warm this winter with some hot local events, from live showcases that will transport you to another time and place, some new anime screenings, and a theatrical performance you won’t want to miss. This month’s highlights include:

GKIDS

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m.

Ride Your Wave

Various locations and prices

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Devilman Crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery. Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

Courtesy of Nourishingjapan.com

Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m.

Nourishing Japan: Food Education & School Lunch in Japan

MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink), 62 Bayard Street (Brooklyn)

$25

Embark on a delicious journey from farmer’s field to school classroom that celebrates how one country has re-imagined school lunch and food education. At the heart of Japan’s 2005 Food Education Law are the incredible people whose daily work nourishes the next generation’s relationship to food, the earth, and one another. Join documentary filmmaker (and JET alumna) Alexis Agliano Sanborn (Shimane-ken, 2009-11) for the public premiere of this film. After the screening, Alexis will be joined in conversation with Yoriko Okamoto and Susan McCormac of JapanCultureNYC. Opening remarks will be given by Jennifer L. Pomeranz, Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy and Management at NYU. Reception with sake courtesy of SOTO and bites courtesy of Bessou and Kokoro Care Packages to follow.

GKIDS

Friday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Children of the Sea

SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Various locations

$17.50

East Coast premiere for the New York International Children’s Film Festival! Adapted from the acclaimed manga comes this visually dazzling, mind-bending aquatic mystery. Ruka’s dad is so absorbed in his studies at the aquarium that he hardly notices when she befriends Umi and Sora. Like Ruka, the mysterious duo has the unique ability to hear the call of the sea and its endangered creatures. Together, can they save them?

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Feb 15

Job: Group Leader – World Learning (Brattleboro, VT, USA; Japan)

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


Position: Group Leader for Summer Abroad Program to Japan
Posted by: World Learning
Location: Brattleboro, VT, USA; Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Here is a job passed along to us. Please view the below document for more details and how to apply:

World Learning Youth Exchange is seeking experienced and inclusive educators to lead groups of high school students on cross-cultural exchanges in summer 2020. Experiment group leaders guide a group of 10 to 12 high school students on a 3-week journey to Japan. For more information, visit The Experiment Group Leader webpage.

Job Description: Opportunity to Apply for Group Leader Positions in Japan

Applicants must have youth facilitation experience, language fluency in English and Japanese, and valid work authorization in the United States.

Application Process: Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume to groupleaders@worldlearning.org. Invitations to complete an application will be extended on a rolling basis.

 


Feb 14

Job: Japan Specialist Travel Consultant – Inside Travel Group (Boulder, CO, USA)

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


Position: Japan Specialist Travel Consultant
Posted by: Inside Travel Group
Location: Boulder, CO, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us directly from the company:

Inside Travel Group is now recruiting expert Travel Consultants for our InsideJapan brand in Boulder, Colorado. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with a good knowledge of Japan, and a passion to design and sell amazing holidays to our clients.

You will be responsible for creating, selling and delivering high quality Japan holiday packages. Most of your time will be spend interacting with clients or travel agents over the phone or by email, along with ensuring everything is in place so our clients have the best possible holiday experience.

The role is very varied and requires strong organisational skills with an ability to handle a large variety of simultaneous tasks under strict deadlines. The Travel Consultant is responsible for the reservation process as well as the preparation and sending of client travel documents, requiring strong attention to detail.

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Feb 11

Job: Various Positions – ClassPass (Tokyo, Japan)

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


Multiple Positions: Various
Posted by:
ClassPass
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to JET alum, Pam Kavalam (Shiga-ken) for passing along the following job openings:

Also, we have a number of other roles open internationally and domestically. Anyone interested can contact me at pkavalam@classpass.com and apply using my referral code (https://grnh.se/0271ed991). 


Feb 11

JET Program Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Kushner

Earlier this month, JET alum Jonathan Kushner was featured on the website of Connect, an online monthly dedicated to the JET Program and English-speaking community in Japan. Mr. Kushner talks about his experiences on JET and how they helped launch his post-JET career.

Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Kushner


Feb 4

February 2020 Chapter Beat

JETAA Chapter Beat is a periodic mosaic of events taking place in the JETAA sphere. Compiled by AJET‘s Director of Alumni Relations Megan Buhagiar (Ishikawa Prefecture, 2017- Present)

Please click on the following link to see what’s happening with your local JETAA chapter for February 2020!

 


Feb 4

Job: Visitor Service & Administrative Services Manager – Japan Society (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


Multiple Positions: Visitor Service & Administrative Services Manager
Posted by: Japan Society
Location: New York City, NY
Contract: Full-Time, Temporary

Please see the below document for a temp job passed along to us.

Japan Society is seeking an experienced professional to manage the visitor services and administrative services functions for the period of April-August 2020. This position manages the box office and visitor services as well as office services. This position interfaces with the public, vendors and staff. The Visitor Services & Administrative Services Manager is responsible for supervising the Visitor Services Associates, and the Finance and Administration Department’s Administrative Assistant.

For more information and to apply: VISITOR SERVICES & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES MANAGER (TEMPORARY POSITION)


Jan 30

Justin’s Japan: ‘One Green Bottle’ at La MaMa

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

Beginning Feb. 29, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Clubwill stage the U.S. premiere of “One Green Bottle” from writer/director/star Hideki Noda, artistic director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.

“‘One Green Bottle’” is a slapstick comedy about a family of three that collapses in the span of one evening,” explains Noda. An absurdist gender-bending farce that illustrates our current selfie society’s relationship with consumerism and modern technology through one night in the life of a disordered family on the road to ruin, the play stars Noda (playing Boo, the mother of the family) with Lilo Baur (Bo, the father) and Glyn Pritchard (daughter Pickle). The English translation is adapted by Will Sharpe and features music based on Japanese noh and kabuki traditions, performed by Genichiro Tanaka.

“In today’s internet society, the information we receive is actually becoming more and more catered towards what we like, as opposed to the general perception that the world is saturated with too much information,” says Noda. “The more we receive this customized information and get into what we like, the more we are becoming like a ‘society of narcissists.’ That is why I would like to have as many diverse audiences as possible come to see my play.”

The show originally premiered in London in 2018, where it was called “enjoyably zany” by “The Telegraph.” Noda’s critically acclaimed production of “The Bee” was presented in 2012 by Japan Society as part of the Under the Radar Festival.

“One Green Bottle” runs from Feb. 29 through March 8 at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, 66 East Fourth Street. For tickets, visit www.lamama.org or call (212) 352-3101.


Jan 30

Job: Logistics & Translator for 1 Month Student Trip to Japan (Grad Student or Postdoc) (Boston, MA, USA/Japan)

Job Title: Logistics & Translator
Posted by: Hiring Professor, Dr. Daniel Aldrich
Location: Boston, MA, USA/Japan
Contract: 1 Month (late June to end of July)

Here’s a job forwarded to us from the hiring professor:

I am writing to ask for your help in finding a bilingual graduate student or postdoc for a one month classroom in the field to be held in Japan in July 2020.

The graduate student or postdoc will travel with our students from Boston’s Logan airport in late June to Japan and spend the full month traveling with the group and assisting with logistics and translation.  The following skills are required:

1) fluency in Japanese and English (simultaneous translation)

2) strong knowledge of quantitative methods

3) ability to travel and comfortably interact with undergraduate students

Compensation is high and all travel and accommodation will be covered. The program assistant must be able to start the trip in Boston. Please have interested candidates email me by 14 February at daniel.aldrich@gmail.com with the following items:

1) a cover letter describing qualifications

2) c.v. / resume

3) a link to a recorded video of the candidate carrying out simultaneous translation of a Japanese language television show for 1 minute

Thank you,

Daniel Aldrich


Jan 21

Job: Summer Staff Positions – Concordia Language Villages (Beltrami County, MN)

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


Multiple Positions: Language Teacher, Camp Counselor, Teaching Mentor, Cooks, and Office Staff
Posted by: Concordia Language Villages
Location: Beltrami County, MN, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job sent to us directly from Concordia Language Villages:

Mori no Ike, the Japanese program of Concordia Language Villages, is hiring summer staff. We are looking for language teachers, camp counselors, teaching mentors, cooks and office staff. Not all positions require Japanese proficiency. Come immerse yourself in Japanese language and culture in the North Woods of Minnesota this summer!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVp2P7HXln4

For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/work-at-the-villages/staff-applications/summer-positions




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