Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square (3/8, 11:30 am -4:30 pm)

Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square

Sunday, March 8thfrom 11:30am to 4:30pm on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston



My name is Timothy Nagaoka, and I teach Japanese in the Boston Public Schools. With the support of the Japanese Consulate in Boston, the Fish Family Foundation, Boston’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Japan Society of Boston, I am organizing an event called, “Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square” on Sunday, March 8th on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event will commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, 2011.

Come to fold paper cranes

“Cranes on the Square” will take place on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event is open to the public, and it is free to participate. The event is centered around an interactive display where passersby will participate in making paper cranes, which they will then add to the display. Cork Styrofoam panels will be placed on the plaza, and as the participants fold the paper cranes they will use skewers to stick the paper cranes onto the panels. As more people participate, the panels will fill with paper cranes. Students studying Japanese and Japanese volunteers will set up tables around the display to teach people how to make the paper cranes.

Or, come to teach others how to fold paper cranes


The goal of the event is to get the public involved in an activity that brings awareness to the tragedy that occurred in Japan four years ago and to remind them of the survivors who continue to rebuild from the wreckage. As one who lived through the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, I know how devastating a major disaster can be, and how easily the rest of the world moves on while the survivors are left to rebuild. The event will remind people of the disaster and the survivors who continue to rebuild in the Northeast region of Japan.

Please take a moment to remember the tragedy, and fold a paper crane

This is a timelapse video taken of the event posted on Youtube. It shows the entire event in two minutes.

General Body and Budget Meeting (2/21) at 2pm

General Body Meeting 2/21 at 2pm

NEJETAA will be hosting a General Body Meeting this Saturday (2/21) at 2pm at Uno’s in Harvard Square.

We will be discussing and reviewing last year’s budget expenditures as well as planning some upcoming events. If you are interested in becoming more involved inNEJETAA and learning about the behind the scenes work of the board, please attend!

We would love to see you there and to hear your opinions and ideas!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Language Club at LEX America (Try it free!)

*Language Opportunity* A message from LEX America:
People often ask how my Japanese has improved so much since I came back from the JET program so long ago.  I am involved with LEX (a non-profit) where I have been able to improve my Japanese dramatically while also learning other languages.  I want to encourage former JETs to check out our clubs, especially Monday or Thursday which are filled with Japanese families.  All of the groups are fun!  Please see below.  – Elizabeth Victor
Here at LEX America, our Language Clubs provide a rich and engaging multilingual environment in which speakers of all ages and fluencies can come together and experience the joys of language and language learning while also enhancing one another’s learning process.Come try our Language Club free of charge. Bring the whole family!
Open Club week runs from February 9th through February 15th.
See our website for more information.

Feb 9th (Mon) 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Feb 10th (Tue) 9:45 am -11:00 am
Feb 12th (Thu) 4:15 pm-5:15 pm
Feb 14th (Sat) 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Please e-mail us which date you would like to visit at info at lexlrf dot org or 617-354-1140.

For a glimpse of what our Language Club are like:
For more information about our organization:
LEX Language Project is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.

Part-Time Job: Coordinator at LEX America (25 hrs/ week)

*Job Opportunity*

Part-Time Coordinator (25 hours per week)

A great opportunity for a former JET who wants to keep connected to Japan and improve your Japanese while learning about other languages and countries too.  Perfect for a parent with school-aged children or someone looking for a stable, but flexible, fun, and rewarding day job as you pursue music, art, writing, translation, etc.

LEX America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Cambridge, MA and founded with the mission of assisting individuals in developing their full human potential through multilingual and multicultural activities. LEX sponsors community-based, immersion-style multilingual language learning programs for individuals and families, cultural exchange programs for both adults and children featuring homestays in various countries, and educational publishing. We offer a pleasant, friendly, and informal but professional work environment. Our parent organization is located in Japan. Sister organizations are in Mexico and Korea. See our website at

The primary role of this position is language program promotion, coordination, and facilitation. In addition, there will be opportunities for exchange program coordination and administrative tasks. The ideal candidate will be a generalist who enjoys a variety of projects, and is able to prioritize well. Strong organizational skills, flexibility, excellent writing and marketing skills, and strong interest in languages are a must. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team required. A minimum of 2-3 years of related experience also required. A valid MA driver’s license and access to a car (for occasional use) are required. Multilingualism, cross-cultural experience, Japanese language skills, strong computer skills, and social marketing, grant writing, or fundraising experience are pluses.

This is a part time position of 25 hours per week. Schedule has some flexibility and this can be a good position for a parent of school-aged children. Benefits include language club membership and possible opportunities to lead homestay groups overseas.

The position may begin as early as immediately and as late as September 8, but preference may be given to someone who can start soon.

Please send resume and cover letter to hr at lexlrf dot org.

Opportunity: Host a Japanese intern for 1 to 3 weeks in May (LEX America)

*Hosting Opportunity*
LEX America, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which provides community-based multilingual immersion language programs is seeking host families for our next intern.  Please let us know if you might be interested in welcoming a young grandpa from Japan into your home for one to three weeks in May!!

Individuals and families who have hosted LEX interns from Japan or Mexico have made wonderful friendships and enjoyed learning about other countries and viewing their own country and culture through fresh eyes.  Interns are flexible and expect to join in your normal routine – they want to experience ordinary daily life in the U.S.

Interns will spend approximately three days each week working in the LEX office and participating in our language clubs in North Cambridge, so access to public transportation is helpful.  If the host family is available on other weekdays, the intern may join you in your regular activities, and if you are not available, the intern will be independent on those days.

Interns are all carefully selected members of the LEX organization in Japan or Mexico.  They are 18 or older, and typically have previous experience with homestay travel.  Their *English* level may vary from beginner to fluent. They all have good *communication* skills, and are curious, kind, flexible, and open-minded.

Hosts may be individuals or families of any shape or size who wish to open their home to a visitor.  Hosts are volunteers and will receive a small stipend to help cover meals the intern eats at home.

For more information, please contact info at lexlrf dot org.

Opportunity: Become a Country Rep for JETAA USA, Deadline 3/5

The term for serving JETAA USA as a CR is one year and is determined by a vote of all chapters. There are three CR positions to be voted on for 2015-16. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws available via the link or on our website ( >> About JETAA >> Bylaws).
All candidates must submit a platform by March 5 (Thursday), 2015 in order to be considered. 
These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment. 
Any incomplete, falsified or late platforms will not be considered.
A platform consists of 4 total pieces. These items are also outlined and available on the CR Elections webpage of our JETAA USA website. All platform items will be posted to the public JETAA USA website as that will be the online resource used to present this year’s candidates:
  1. a written platform– this should not exceed two written pages; examples are on the website (About JETAA >> Current Country Reps >> select any of the current CR’s landing pages)
  2. a headshot of the candidate
  3. the Chapter Endorsement form– this should be filled out by chapter officers for the chapter where the candidate served as an officer
  4. the Financial Endorsement form– this should be filled out by chapter officers from the chapter that the candidate is currently a member of
**Please send a Microsoft Word version of your platform since I have to cut/ paste the information onto the website! PDFs are completely fine for the Endorsement forms. (FYI- both Endorsement forms require signatures of chapter officers.)
In preparation to become a CR or to help you decide whether or not to run, I recommend reading the JETAA USA Bylaws and the CR Job Description. This will help you understand what responsibilities you can expect to take on as CR and how the organization functions as a whole. Of course, any of the current CRs would be more than happy to discuss the position with you as well!
Platforms can be submitted electronically to: 
jessyca dot livingston at gmail dot com
Good luck!