JQ Magazine seeks writers

JQ Magazine Seeks Writers for Summer 2012!
As we slide into summer, JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent stories here). We’re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit. (Scribes are also encouraged to join the JET Alumni Writers group on LinkedIn.)
Below are story ideas grouped by JET participants and alumni (JET World) and those more on Japanese culture (Japan World). And if you’re a JET or JETWit contributor from anywhere in the world with a story idea of your own, let us know!
CLICK HERE for our summer 2012 ideas pitch package, and contact JQ editor Justin Tedaldi (magazine at jetaany dot org) to sign up for stories.
Thanks and yoroshiku,
Justin Tedaldi
Editor – JQ Magazine

Kickstarter for JET alum documentary on Fukushima Taiko

Fukushima JET Alum, Darryl Wharton-Rigby has started a kickstarter fund to support his documentary project about the Fukushima youth taiko group’s story that you may have heard about.  His letter is below and you can find more details at JETwit here.
I am a former JET (2005 – 2007, Kawamta-machi in Fukushima-ken). I am reaching out to let you know about my project, ‘Don Doko Don: The Yamkiya Taiko Club Story.’   This story is about a team of taiko drummers from the Yanagawa District of Kawamata, where I taught.  They were evacuated because of radiation in their community.   This week we launched a Kickstarter campaign for this special documentary and seeking the support of the JET community. I was wondering if there was anyway you could help us spread the word about this Kickstarter campaign?
This past April my senpai, Michelle Spezzacatena and I were able to bring the Yamakiya Taiko Club to the USA for National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.  The group spent 10 days between, my hometoen of Baltimore and DC.  They participated in home stays, visited monuments and dignitaries, and performed.  They trip was capped by a performance at the Kennedy Center.
I’ve been making films for more than 20 years. It has always been rewarding and challenging experience and this very well may be my most ambitious project.  I never imagined my journey would bring me to project with such an international scope and profoundly personal on so many levels.
Please check out the link below and watch the video for more information. It’s less than four minutes. This is an all or nothing campaign.  Every contribution brings us closer to our goal.  I hope you can support and help spread the word. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Honto ni domo arigato gozaimasu.
Darryl Wharton-Rigby

Contributions needed for “Inaka” Project

Current Oita JET, Chris Allison, has started a project to share information about great places for foreign travelers in Japan to check out.  It’s called “The Inaka” Project. As JET and JET Alumni we are in a unique position to help contribute to this project.
JETwit has more details here and as noted by another JET officer, this would be ideal information on how the JETs can get involved in their local communities!

Writing contest for JET alums

My name is Beau Mueller, and I am a former Miyazaki JET (2009-2011) from Hawaii.  
I am writing you to let you know about a writing contest for former, current and prospective JETs.  Details are here. First prize is $150!
Along with my wife (also a JET – Kyoto 2002-2004), I have recently started JETProgram.ME, a multi-faceted community geared towards prospective, current, and JET alums.  The site has many features, including JET classifieds, a non-snarky forum, the ability to create and join groups and more.  Our goal is to make the site the go-to resource and hangout for people in all stages of the JET process.
Best regards,
Beau Mueller

2012 JET Orientation Happy Hour

Our June Happy Hour once again will follow the 2012-2013 Pre-Departure Orientation for new JETs. We’ll be meeting at Lucky’s from around 5pm with appetizers provided by NEJETAA. Please join us to meet the departing JETs…tell them all about your experiences and also answer any last-minute questions they may have! We look forward to seeing you there! 

What: JET Post-Orientation Happy Hour
Where: Lucky’s Lounge (near the Children’s Museum, Google map here)
When: Saturday, June 16th, 5pm

RSVP/questions: Stephanie (president at nejetaa dot com) 
Please RSVP by Friday the 15th so we have a sense of numbers! Thank you!
Your NEJETAA Board