May 2013 Elections: Call for Platforms! And General Meeting

NEJETAA Officer Elections and General Meeting is on Tues., May 21, 6pm in Davis Square. We’ll be providing complementary snacks from Wings Works!
What: Elections/General Meeting (agenda here)
When: Tues. May 21 @ 6:00pm
Where: Eastern Bank Community Room, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, Central Square T stop on Red Line (map)
Who: JETs!
RSVP to Katie at social at nejetaa dot com by Sunday, May 19 to join us as we plan our summer!
If you cannot attend the meeting, please register on our website at if you haven’t already to be able to vote online. 
May 2013’s elections include the following positions: Vice President, Treasurer, Social Chair, and Webmaster/Communications Coordinator. 
Please note the Webmaster/Communications Coordinator position is a 6-month interim position until the official election in November 2013. Christina will be stepping down as Webmaster to continue serving as Country Representative for JETAA USA
Officers are entitled to a free ($45 value!) membership to the Japan Society in Boston, as well as other perks.

Positions are normally for a one year term, no term limits. Officers are expected to attend as many of the 6 general meetings (held every two months) and 2-4 executive meetings (held as necessary) per year as possible, with 50% attendance as a minimum.
We are asking for platforms of all interested candidates to be submitted for review by our membership. If you’re interested in joining the NEJETAA board, please submit a platform! 

What we need:
*Less than 200 words
*What you want to accomplish in your time as an officer

Please don’t include any sensitive personal information (phone number, email, etc.), as your platform will be posted online for the membership to read. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just introduce yourself to everyone and tell us what you want to do! Check out platforms from May 2012 elections.

Please send your platform to Christina at webmaster at nejetaa dot com by SATURDAY MAY 11. Shortly thereafter it will be published for the general membership to review and vote over a one week period from Tues. May 14 until the time of the General Meeting on Tues. May 21.
If you’re not running for an elected officer position but are still interested in getting involved, you can participate as Social Committee Members and plan events with our Social Chair! You can participate at any time throughout the year. Please email social at nejetaa dot com.
Thanks, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The NEJETAA Officers

Click below to read the officer responsibilities.  Please note: All officer duties are listed in the Officer Description and Duties file in our downloads section.

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MIT Cool Japan talk 5/1

On behalf of the organizer, Prof. Hiromu Nagahara (MIT History), I’m writing to invite you to an exciting talk and discussion on May 1 (Wed.) 4:30pm at MIT, Room E51-095 (map) by Prof. William Marotti (UCLA) who will be speaking about art and politics in 1960s Japan.  Bill is the author of the new book, Money, Trains, and Guillotines:  Art and Politics in 1960s Japan (2013, Duke U Press).  
Free and open to the public, thanks to the Sahin Lecture Series at MIT.  Please circulate to friends, students, and colleagues.  I hope to see you there!  
Sahin Lecture Series at MIT
Perceiving Politics: Art, Protest, and Everyday Life in Early 1960s Japan
William Marotti, UCLA
Marotti explores politics, events, and timeliness, by examining the advent of a critical art of the everyday in Japan in the 1960s and its links to political action. Out of sync with eventful mass activism, artists sought to create eventfulness by engineering a perceptual politics against a state-promoted, depoliticizing daily life in the high growth economy.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
4:30 – 6 PM
E51-095 (map)
Corner of Amherst and Wadsworth Streets, Cambridge
Sponsored by the MIT History Faculty.
For more information contact Hiromu Nagahara at nagahara at mit dot edu
Associate Professor
Head, Foreign Languages and Literatures
MIT Director of Undergraduate Studies, Comparative Media Studies

Children’s Museum needs your input on the Japanese House website

Our friends at the Boston’s Children’s Museum is seeking help in testing their website’s new pages about their Japanese House (“Kyo No Machiya”). 
In the Boston Children’s Museum, there is one-of-a-kind exhibit called “Kyo No Machiya” Japanese house.  This well-loved house has been a mainstay of our permanent exhibits and has bought a bit of Kyoto to generations of Boston families.   Now, in our 100th year, we’re pleased to introduce a project that will bring the Kyo no Machiya to even more audiences around the world, and there will be more opportunities to get to know about this special house.  This new project, the “Kyo no Machiya website”, will offer features like a virtual house tour, educational videos about the house and life in Kyoto, and a glimpse into our extensive Japanese collections.  We hope that it will be a rich learning tool for people around the world who are interested in learning about Japan.
“When will this new website be available?”, you ask.   Actually, that’s why we’re contacting you:  we need your help.  The website is nearly done but now needs the sort of test drive and constructive review.    If you would be so kind as to take just 5-10 minutes out of your busy day and check out our beta site and a brief survey about it, we would be extremely grateful.  The more people that take advantage of this sneak preview and complete the survey, the quicker we can put the finishing touches on this unique resource and make it available to families, students, educators and everyone in everywhere! 
Thank you in advance for your time.  We will be sure to let you know when this incredible new resource is officially complete.
Best regards,
Akemi Chayama
Japan Program Manager/Educator

Japan events at South Shore Middleborough Library

South Shore folks, Middleborough Library has fun Japan events and workshops this week:

 Experience Japanese Culture at the Library

Introduction to Bonsai Design Workshop
Wednesday, April 24 – 6 – 8PM
Lecture and demonstration on the care, history & techniques of Bonsai
Registration is not required for this free program.

Learn How To Draw Manga
Thursday, April 25 – 1-2PM
Artist Debbie Banna will teach teens and kids how to draw manga and cartoon art. Teens grades 6-8: 1-2 PM (more details); Kids grades K-5 2:30-3:30.
Registration is required for this free program and participation is limited to 30 kids per session.

Odaiko New England
Friday, April 26 – 7 – 8:30PM
Delight in the powerful sounds and dynamic movements of Taiko.
Registration is not required for this free program.
This program will take place at the Middleborough Town Hall.

Saturday, April 27 – 1 – 3PM
Go hands-on with Origami; the Japanese art of paper folding with Marilyn Thayer.
Registration is not required for this free program.

The Japanese Cultural Festival is made possible through the support of the Friends of Middleborough Public Library and the Middleborough Cultural Council.

Info Session 5/4 for Japanese IT solutions company

This is Maiko Matsukura from Lighthouse-Global. We are career consulting company for Japanese speaking students.  
I would like to inform you about the employment opportunity for INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD. (ID). 
ID is IT solution company and they are looking for capable individuals who can advance their globalization. 
Information sessions and interviews will be held on May 4 at Boston.  They are also looking for interns for this summer too. Location will be Tokyo.   This is going to be a great chance for those who can speak Japanese and are interested in working in Japan!  Please see below for more information.  
ID requires at least conversation level of Japanese proficiency, but this time, all majors are welcomed. There is no requirement except that this moment. Everyone can attend on info session, and the person is interested, he or she can have interview right away. I would greatly appreciate if you can forward this message to your possible candidates.
Please contact me if you have any questions. 
Thank you. 
Best Regards, 
Maiko Matsukura
Lighthouse Global Inc.
1972 Massachusetts Ave. 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02140
Email: matsukura at
[Japanese IT solutions company, INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD. (“ID”), is having information sessions and interviews with candidates!]
*The representative will explain about the company and open positions. You can have an interview with HR right after info session!
*Great opportunity for internship in Tokyo.
*Possible relocation to Singapore or London after a year of training in Tokyo.
*All majors are welcome! Great training is available for everyone. Engineering or Business background is a plus.
*Open position: System Engineer, Programmer, System Operator, etc. More positions are available! 
*Conversation level of Japanese is required
Date: May 4th, 2013
Time: ①13:00, ②16:00
Place: Lighthouse Global Inc. Boston Office
1972 Massachusetts Avenue, 4th Fl, Cambridge, MA 02140
[Register today to receive more information about the upcoming seminar and interview! ]
If you had any question, please email: matsukura at  
ID Group offers a comprehensive IT outsourcing service, i-Bos24®, which covers consulting, software development, system operation management, cloud/security, and BPO since 1969. ID Group are currently located in Japan, China, Singapore, United States, and England.
More information about their business can be found at
Please contact us if you have any questions!
就職活動中の皆さんへ [海外赴任、インターンシップ情報追記!]
インフォメーション・ディベロプメント(ID) 企業セミナー開催
Lighthouse Global Inc. Boston Office
1972 Massachusetts Avenue, 4th Fl, Cambridge, MA 02140
(最寄り駅 Porter Square Station 徒歩3分)
株式会社インフォメーション・ディベロプメント 企業説明選考会
【日時】5月4日(土)2回開催 ①13:00~ ②16:00~
Lighthouse Global Inc.
Email:seminar at
■米国:1972 Massachusetts Ave. 4th Floor Cambridge, MA 02140
■日本:東京都港区六本木3-16-14 KYビル2F

Job at Atlanta Consulate

The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is seeking a well qualified individual to provide assistance to the Consul General.
The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is a diplomatic mission that works to further relations between Japan and the Southeast (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia). The Consul General acts as the ranking Japanese diplomat in the region.
General duties include:
Managing the Consul General’s schedule and correspondences
Helping maintain the office database by updating contacts’ information via MS Access
Keeping in regular contact with VIPs in each of the district states
Keeping track of social events in Atlanta. This includes having knowledge of the city’s cultural events, popular restaurants (Japanese or otherwise), networking functions, etc.
Assisting the Consul General in any other possible way to help facilitate his or her ability to best represent Japan
Native English speaker with exemplarily written and verbal skills, professional demeanor, and discretionary skills
Experience working with high level executives
Strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office (including MS Access)
Working knowledge of Atlanta social events, important cultural locations, and local VIPs
Ability to work in cross-cultural environment with different customs and protocol
Knowledge of Japanese language and culture
To apply for this position, please send your resume to seimu at

Submit fortunes for Boston’s Japan Festival

Calling all fortune-tellers!
NEJETAA will be participating in the Japan Festival Boston 2013 on Sunday May 19, and we need your help! After much discussion, we have decided to turn our table into a Japanese fortune-telling booth. We’ll be making up original fortunes and putting together omikuji that people can draw. We need ideas for fortunes, so if you’ve got any good ones we’d love to hear them! We’ll have 5 categories: Great Blessings (大吉), Small Blessings (小吉), Blessings (吉), Small Curses (少凶) and Great Curses (大凶). Fortunes can range from the tame (“You fill find a dollar” or “You will stub your toe”) to the outrageous (“You will win the lottery” or “You will suddenly lose all your hair.”). Topics can include Love, Money, School/Work, Family, Travel, and Health. Try to keep them gender-neutral and no swearing/explicit content please (think of the children!)
Please email fortunes to Stephanie at president at nejetaa dot com by Wednesday, May 1st.  
Also if you are able to volunteer with NEJETAA in the planning of our booth or on the day of the festival, we’d love for you to join us! We’re looking for people to help for a minimum 1 hour but you’re welcome to stay longer. Please email Stephanie at the above address. Festival hours are 10am-6pm and it will be at the Boston City Hall Plaza, near Government Center T station.

Hanami 2013

NEJETAA is happy to announce that our Hanami will be Saturday, April 27! 
Date: Saturday, April 27th
Time: 2pm-5pm
Place: On the Charles River Esplanade, down by the river close to the Half Shell, about a 10-15 walk from Charles MGH T station on the Red Line (same place as the past few years)
Everyone is invited, so bring your SO’s, your roommates, your friends, your family/kids, and pets!
Please also bring:
– blanket or a chair to sit on
– food/snacks to share
– your own beverages
– any games (cards, frisbee, etc.) you’d like to play
If you plan to stop by please send an email to Katie (social at nejetaa dot com) so we know to look out for you. 
Happy spring and hope to see you there!
Your NEJETAA Officers

Japanese Theater Masks at Harvard Peabody Museum

Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology has family program performance and workshop on Japanese Theater Masks on Saturday April 20.
Saturday April 20
1:00 pm
Japanese Theater Masks Performance and Workshop
Presented with Behind the Mask Theatre
Cat Mountain tells the story of Sho, a young servant girl who journeys to a strange and far-off mountain, where she hopes to find her freedom and her lost cat. But people warn, “No one has ever returned from Cat Mountain!” Behind the Mask’s brings this magical folktale to life in an original adaptation featuring puppetry, dance, masks, and Japanese theater styles.
Performance Tickets $2 (Show your ticket on April 20 before or after the performance and take $2 off Museum admission). Tickets available online March 29. Doors open at 12:30, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
Recommended for ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult
Saturday April 20
Choice of two workshops 2:15-3:00 or 3:00-3:45 pm
After the performance, join Behind the Mask artists in the Peabody Museum for a Japanese mask-making workshop! Using designs based on traditional Japanese Noh and Kyogen masks, and from characters in the mask theater play Cat Mountain, create masks with simple materials.
$5 materials fee per mask-maker with Museum admission. Limited seating available; reservations recommended. Reservations/mask-maker materials fee available online March 29.