Showa O-bon Matsuri!

Showa O-bon Matsuri (8/24)

Come join our family-friendly celebration! Kids welcome!

O-bon is the annual Japanese summer custom of honoring the spirit of one’s ancestors. The O-bon customs are not somber, but done in a festive and celebratory mood. This will be a fun picnic-style event complete with traditional Japanese summer games and O-bon activities such as Bon Odori dancing.

Pack a picnic dinner, your beach chair or blanket, and enjoy Japanese traditions for Showa’s annual O-bon event!
We will provide the kakigori (Japanese sno-cones), popcorn, water, and mugicha (Japanese barley tea). Also lots of fun Japanese ‘festival’ like games will be on-hand!

This event will be held outdoors, on our front lawn, weather permitting.
Please do not post this on MeetUp. You can however invite a friend!

When: Thursday, August 24th from 5:157:15

Where: 420 Pond St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3403

Please RSVP to our Facebook event if you plan on attending!

We hope to see you at the event!

For questions about the event, email: enaumann@showaboston.edu

Job Opening: Part-Time Program Assistant with the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI) is a project within the Fish Family Foundation and empowers Japanese women to become leaders and to make positive social change and innovation in Japan. Founded in 2006, JWLI has provides Japanese women leaders with Boston-based four-week leadership development training for 10 years. In its eleventh year, JWLI-II is being launched this fall. We seek a selfstarting, passionate part-time Assistant who will play a crucial role in the launch of JWLI-II. This position is paid and reports to the Foundation’s Program Manager.

Communication and Website:

• Be a primary writer/editor for our website and program brochures in English and Japanese,

keeping it current, relevant and engaging to increase email subscribers, boost online engagement

and recruit potential applicants

 

Launch of New Fall and Spring Programs:

• Provide logistical and administrative support to the Fall and Spring programs, especially in the

aspects of the Host Organizations, and housing.

• Assist in maintaining a project timeline for 2017 and 2018

• Update program materials (activity calendar, booklets, etc.)

• Assist in identifying and selecting new Host Organizations

 

Social Network Engagement:

• Manage our social network outlets, and actively search for and draft contents from the alumnae

• Translate materials between Japanese and English

 

Qualifications:

•Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

•Knowledge in Japanese and the Japanese culture is a plus

•Passion for women’s empowerment and social change in Japan and the U.S.

•Knowledge and/or past experience with WordPress and Mailchimp is a plus</lp

•Bachelor’s degree

 

Other Details:

•Paid

• Part-time

•Office located downtown Boston

 

Applicants should send their cover letter and resume to kozue@fishfamilyfoundation.org

 

Be a Host to a Japanese Exchange Student this Summer!

Host a Japanese student this summer for the Explore Japan Exchange Program 2017
This summer, Japan comes to your home!

We are looking for host families for short (2.5 week) exchange program this summer Late July – Early August.

What: Host a Japanese high school student for 2.5 weeks as they attend a cultural and language exchange program in Milton, MA. Have a culturally enriching experience as you host a student from Japan for this short summer program as they discover and explore Boston and its surroundings!
 
When: Late July to Early August
Girls Program: July 24th – Aug 9th
Boys Program: July 27th- Aug 13th
 

Location: Main campus is in Milton, MA, but many cultural activities take place in Eastern Massachusetts and Boston.

 
Basic Requirements: 
– You may host either or a boy or a girl high school student from Japan.
– Provide transportation for your Japanese student to and from the program each morning (~9 am) and pick up in the late afternoon (~appx. 4 pm)
– Provide food and a safe, clean household for your student (for specific details, please contact us below)
Interested in Hosting? Any questions? Contact:
– For more details on the expectations for hosts or for any other questions, please contact: (617) 996-0622 or explorejapan@americanlearning.com
Other Opportunities:
– There is also are limited work opportunities for your child to be student-staff for our program and either earn a small stipend or community service credit. For more details, please contact: (617) 996-0622 or explorejapan@americanlearning.com

Spring Elections: Polls Open (~5/18)

Online Voting is now open for the Spring 2017 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your voteon the Google Form here:
https://goo.gl/forms/DGI3TFql5Qiyc6V12

Voting Rules:

Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on May 18th

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Matt Castle for Vice President

Hello everyone! I’m Matt Castle and I’m running for re-election as Vice President. I’m currently finishing up my second term as Vice President of NEJETAA and am in my fourth year as a member of the Executive Board, having served as Special Assistant for Project Management as well. In the past I’ve been in charge of planning numerous events for NEJETAA, most notably our Annual Ski Trip to Killington VT and starting last year, our annual trip to Northampton MA. I have represented our organization at many events, including the annual JET Q&A at the Boston Children’s Museum and JET Pre-Departure Orientation, among other events. If elected to a third term, it is my plan to build on the success and growth that the chapter has seen over the past few years. We have seen a significant uptick of activity recently, and I will work with our membership coordinator to use this to increase our presence and engagement with alumni outside of the Boston area. Notably, in the coming year, I want to establish at least one official subchapter outside of the Boston area.  I look forward to continuing to serve the alumni community and to work to make our chapter the best it can be.
Rachel Pauplis for Treasurer

Hello, my name is Rachel Pauplis and I am running for re-election as Treasurer.  I was an ALT in Yamaguchi-ken from 2012 to 2014 and returned to Boston after my time on JET.  Having the network of other JET alumni helped ease my transition back into life here, and I have been an active member of NEJETAA ever since. I also value the role NEJETAA plays in connecting people with similar experiences in Japan and maintaining our connection with the greater Japanese community.
I have been acting as Treasurer since December 2014 and would like to continue in the upcoming year.  As treasurer, I will do my best to handle all NEJETAA financial matters quickly and responsibly, organize the NEJETAA budget with the board, CLAIR and the consulate, help plan future events, and continue to be actively involved in the organization. Thank you for your consideration.

Jesse Kerstetter for Social Chair

Hi all! I’m Jesse Kersteter. It’s been a minute since I left Japan (Akita 2006-2010), and now that I’m in living in Boston, I’m hoping to reconnect with the JET community!

As NEJETAA’s Social Chair I would love to support the growth of NEJETAA in collaboration with current members and officers. In order to do this, I would work to help promote and coordinate NEJETAA staple activities like the annual ski trip and Shinnenkai. In addition, I would like to help find ways to engage JET alum in the New England area who live beyond greater Boston. I know that these activities are important opportunities for newly returned JET alum to find support in their return to the US, other alum to reminisce, and help get the word out for future JET participants. I hope my contributions and effort will help to promote the growth and success of NEJETAA over the coming year.

Thanks and I hope to see you in future NEJETAA activities and opportunities!

Spring Elections Call for Platforms

Want to be more involved in NEJETAA? Want to strengthen your professional network in the Japanese community in New England?
 
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
*Self-introduction, including where and when you were on JET
*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 last year’s elections here: http://nejetaa.com/2016/11/17/fall-elections-vote-now/
 
Members will be voting for Vice-President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. (Refer to officer duties listed below)
 
Positions are normally for a one year term, no term limits. Officers are expected to attend as many of the executive meetings (held as necessary) and general meetings per year as possible, with 50% attendance as a minimum.
 
Please send your platform to Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com by Tuesday, May 9th. On Wednesday, May 10th it will be published for the general membership to review and vote on by Thursday, May19th.
 
Any questions? Contact Dan (President@nejetaa.com)
 
Thanks, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
 
The NEJETAA Officers
Position Descriptions:
 
1. Vice-President
The VP provides both leadership and follow-through on projects planned during meetings, and makes sure that we are fulfilling all our obligations as a JETAA chapter. In addition, the VP is the point person for any NEJETAA sub chapters in New England. Another important responsibility of the VP’s is to provide support to all the other officers. Specifically, this means: working with the membership/ marketing coordinator to increase and track membership; taking on the duties of the president when the president is unavailable; and balancing the powers of the treasurer by checking our bank account. Finally, the VP will prepare the agenda for all NEJETAA general and officer meetings.
 
2. Treasurer
The treasurer plans the annual budget in conjunction with all officers. The treasurer oversees any and all grant requests. The treasurer submits an initial grant request to MOFA in February and to CLAIR in May, and follow up reports and receipt submissions to CLAIR in February and to MOFA quarterly. The treasurer maintains and balances the bank account; collects receipts and writes checks for any chapter expenses, and deposits any checks received within two weeks. The treasurer oversees the obtaining of price quotes and reminds officers of the budget for specific activities. The treasurer oversees any other account or platform (Paypal, etc.) which involves money changing hands. The treasurer informs the Vice President of all passwords, logins etc of any NEJETAA financial accounts. The treasurer also supports NEJETAA events as necessary.
 
3. Social Chair
The Social Chair oversees the logistical planning of NEJETAA events, such as General Meetings, Nihongo Dake’s, Shinnenkai’s, and Happy Hours. The Social Chair advertises upcoming events and works in coordination with other officers to recruit new members. He or she also collaborates with the Membership/Marketing Coordinator to develop activities to increase member participation after the annual membership survey. The Social Chair should attend at least half of all official NEJETAA events.

Save The Date: All-JET Alumni Reunion, August 4th-6th, 2017

Celebrate. Reconnect. Reminisce. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the JET Program at the JET30 All-JET Alumni Reunion in Washington, D.C., from August 4th-6th, 2017.

The three-day conference will be for JET Alumni, families, and friends. The reunion will feature guest speakers, special events, and opportunities to learn the latest in US-Japan relations, with plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones!

Learn more at usjetaa.org/reunion

Calligraphy Exhibition

Showa Boston will host a special Calligraphy exhibition and workshop on Friday, April 28th. A great way to kick off the Boston Japan Festival weekend! RSVP to Miyo Takahashi at mle@showaboston.edu by Friday, April 14.

NEJETAA Annual Ski Trip–A Shared Experience

At the end of January, New England JET Alumni Association hosted the 4th Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip at Killington Ski Resort. This was our biggest ski trip yet–30 JET alumni and friends of JET from all over New England, New York, DC, and even Ottawa reunited or met for the first time in Vermont.

This kind of a trip is the perfect opportunity for JET alumni old and new to come together. We had JETs who have been back for 10 years now and ones who just returned last summer. There is something really special about getting so many people who have a shared experience together in one place. Even though we were all sent to different prefectures in Japan, we all end up back home as JET Alumni.

  JET Alumni and friends on Sunday afternoon (Photo Cred goes to Leslie Risak)

Dinner at The Foundry! Every time! (Photo cred goes to Leslie Risak)

This is what Pam Kavalam, the JETAANY President had to say about the trip:

“Had such an awesome time with you all. I heard a rumour that this was the best JETAA international cross chapter trip (4 chapters represented!) EVER! Big thank you to Dan, Rachel, Matt and the whole team who put this together. (And Mike for driving the whole JETAANY crew singlehandedly!). Here’s to another great 30 years!”

Great Northern, Killington Mountain

Secret Lunch Spot: Sunrise Cafe (But I guess it’s not a secret anymore…)

When we asked our fearless leader Dan Lowe what we enjoys most about the ski trip, he had this to say:

“The success of the NEJETAA Ski Trip is tied to the number of people and chapters represented. A unique sense of community forms when a diverse group sharing a common JET experience comes together to have fun, network, and share common passions. The JET Program in turn benefits from an active alumni community, energized by chapter initiatives such as this.”

Thanks for always having us back, Summit Lodge!

And last but not least, we had to ask Alex Svetlovsky, JETAA Ottawa Senior Advisor, why he has crossed the Canadian border four years in a row for this trip.

“I’ve gone to the NEJETAA Ski Trip four years in a row, now. The first year, NEJETAA reached out to nearby chapters while I was the president of JETAA Ottawa. The trip was very appealing – a whole group of JET alumni in one place for a ski trip. Three of us all gathered in my car and drove the six hours down to arrive very early on Friday.

That first trip there was magical for me.

I met so many new friends – ones that I still stay in contact with four years later, even though they’ve only gone once. The trip is that perfect mix of new people to meet, a shared experience between us all, and an ideal venue. The skiing is secondary to me; all the warm memories I have from my four trips are of the different smiles and adventures with the people I’ve met. That, and the hot tub. I would recommend the trip to anyone – skiers and non-skiers alike. Come for a weekend ski getaway, keep coming back for the warmth and friendships developed.”

JETSSKI!

 Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate 30 years with us! We hope to see you next year!

Event: Ishiuchi Miyako at MFA

Belongings: From Hiroshima to Frida

Ishiuchi Miyako Photograph

On March 1st the MFA will present the annual Rad Smith Program in Japanese Art.  We are excited that this year’s speaker will be Ishiuchi Miyako, the prize-winning photographer who was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Getty Art Museum.  Ishiuchi is known for her gritty images of Yokosuka–the American base outside Yokohama–and photographs of the aging female body in her series 1-9-4-7.  More recently she has examined the belongings of those who have departed–her mother, the victims of Hiroshima, and Frida Kahlo.

We would be pleased to make complimentary tickets available to interested students.  Please just send their names and affiliation in a list to Kristen Hoskins at khoskins@mfa.org and we will arrange to have tickets held at the door.

Information on the lecture can be found on the MFA website.  The link is provided below.
http://www.mfa.org/programs/lectures-and-courses/rad-smith-lecture-belongings-from-hiroshima-to-frida