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 brief spring hiatus, but we have a lot to catch up on as JET alumni everywhere have been clearly very busy this spring.

Undoubtedly one of the coolest cakes ever – James Kennedy lauds his fans in a recent post, and with good reason, as these are original and wonderful ways to see his work appreciated.  (James’ editor is reported to have commented, “That is simultaneously the most impressive and least appetizing cake I have ever seen.”)

Another new addition to the blogroll – Suzanne (Borsum) Kamata (Tokushima, 1988-90) is the author of the novel Losing Kei (Leapfrog Press, 2008), a picture book, Playing for Papa (Topka Books, 2008) and the editor of three anthologies. We welcome her to Blog Beat and look forward to cheering for her little Tiger during his adventures in Japanese baseball.

JET alum Chen Reichert shares thoughts and photos from her first craft show of the season during Sakura Sunday, the biggest event during the Philly Cherry Blossom Festival. Sounds like it was a smashing success!

Check out Lee-Sean Huang‘s (Oita-ken, 2003-06) intriguing final project for his Visual Music and Animals, et al. classes.

JET alum Lars Martinson is hard at work on the sequel to his graphic novel Tonoharu – read a complete rundown of his progress here.

Bruce Rutledge of Chin Music Press reveals a few more tantalizing sneak peeks at the upcoming Oh! by Todd Shimoda.

Finally, we’d like to report that Rose Symotiuk (Hokkaido, 2003-2005) just got married in Poland a few days ago! Congratulations Rose!!

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