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

2017-2018 JETAA USA Platforms Due by this Friday, February 3rd!

Big announcement from JETAA USA!

View this content in your browser:
http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7484f4dce8313346df79bd3c6&id=bbc1a96272&e=43fb1d0868

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 available for 2017-18. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws.

All candidates must submit a platform by March 3 (Friday), 2017 in order to be considered.
These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment to:
elections@jetaausa.com
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) Written platform (Microsoft Word)- this should not exceed two written pages; examples are on the jetaausa.com website (About JETAA >> Current Country Reps >> select any of the current CR’s landing pages)
2) Headshot of the candidate (jpg)
3) Chapter Endorsement form (PDF) – this form requires signatures from chapter officers for the chapter where the candidate served as an officer form
4) Financial Endorsement form (PDF)- this form requires signatures from chapter officers from the chapter that the candidate is currently a member of
Voting is scheduled to open on March 10 and close on March 24th, 2017. The elected CRs will be publicly announced on April 1st, 2017. For more information regarding the CR position, you can refer to the JETAA USA Bylaws and the CR Job Description.

If you’d like to discuss the CR position, you are welcome to reach out to any of our Advisory Board members and/ or current CRs. If you have questions regarding the election procedures, please direct those to Jessyca Livingston (JETAARM, ALT Hokkaido 2003-06) at elections@jetaausa.com

Career Opportunity: Political Advisor Position at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston

Calling all New England JET Alumni! There is an exciting new career opportunity open at the Consulate in Boston!

The Political Affairs Section at the consulate is currently accepting applications for the position of Political Advisor.

The job description is as follows:
“Consulate General of Japan in Boston is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Political Advisor. This individual is primarily responsible for conducting research analysis on US Political affairs, and creating content to be disseminated to experts in the field of US-Japan relations. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in US-Japan relations and International Affairs. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.”

Follow this link to learn more about the job requirements and qualifications to see if it’s the right fit for you!

How to apply:

E-mail your resume and cover letter to: application@bz.mofa.go.jp by January 30 2017.

Good luck!!

-NEJETAA

Fall Elections Vote now!

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Fall Elections

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (11/17-11/24):

Online Voting is now open for the May 2016 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/mVVJdrxY5BZ26tXD2

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 November 24th

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:

Dan Lowe for President

My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, since joining the board in June 2014, I have had the opportunity to serve as Social Chair, Vice President, and, for the past year, as NEJEJETAA’s President.

Over the past year we have worked hard to expand our presence beyond Boston and create the foundation for more integrated chapter. For this coming year, I plan to work:

· With our Vice President, to found a new, official subchapter that serves as second center, beyond Boston, to host events.

· With our Webmaster, to revamp our website and social media to include an integrated event calendar and more up-to-date info.

· With our Treasurer, to maximize our budget in a way that we can fund events and opportunities that matter to you

· With our Membership Coordinator, to redesign our membership signup in order to keep up to date on who our members are and how they would like to get involved.

· With our Social Chair, to plan and better advertise even more awesome events and opportunities.

As we welcome the 30th anniversary of the JET Program, I know that our brightest days as an organization are ahead and I look forward to working with all of you.
Rebecca Simas for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator

Hello! My name is Becca, and I just returned to Boston in August after I was an ALT for a year on Amami Oshima, one of the beautiful southern islands in Kagoshima Prefecture. I am now working as a college and career advisor for adult ESOL students in downtown Boston.

If I were elected for the Webmaster and Communications Coordinator position for NEJETAA , I would love to continue spreading the word to JET returnees about all of the exciting ways they can still be surrounded by Japanese language and culture upon returning home. I would aim to make our social media presence more interactive with the New England JET community, such as inviting alumni to share their most memorable or funny stories from when they were in Japan, posting spotlights on different prefectures and cities that New England JETs have lived in, or opening up about the challenges of reverse culture shock. I believe in having a supportive community after JET is equally as important as having a support system while in Japan.

If you’re located in Boston, I’d love to meet up with you sometime and swap Japan stories!
Kayla Potter for Membership/Marketing Coordinator

Konnichiwa!
I’m Kayla Potter. I spent three wonderful years (2012-2015) in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture where I worked at 7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all while taking in gorgeous ocean views.
In the past year, I’ve moved to Boston, started graduate school in intercultural relations, and begun working as an international student advisor. Once again, I am reminded of the importance of growing your networks.
I would be honored to join the NEJETAA board as your new Membership Coordinator!
As Membership Coordinator, my goal is to make NEJETAA more accessible to JET alum throughout New England. During my time in Kochi, my fellow JETs became a vital social and professional network. I hope to work with the other NEJETAA Board members to better reach alumni throughout the New England region and help those alumni continue to strengthen both the NEJETAA community and their own professional networks. Our membership rolls, website, and new member outreach efforts need updated and made more user-friendly. Additionally, I hope to see the NEJETAA Facebook page become a more active place for community, coordination, and discussion.
I hope to meet each and every one of you in the coming year!
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

Boston Career Forum JET Events!!

In town for the Boston Career Forum? The New England JET Alumni Association has two great opportunities for visiting JET alums and Friends of JET. Please share!
 
1) We will hold a networking social on Saturday, November 19th at Cornwall’s Pub from 6:00. Great opportunity to have fun and exchange job-search tips. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125838070827666/
 
2) We will have a Nihongo-dake dinner at Ittoku in Brighton from 5:30 on Sunday, November 20th. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108974095868449/
 
Please RSVP for each event either by selecting “attending” or by emailing Eriko at social@nejetaa.com at least 1 day prior to each event.
 
Thank you,
NEJETAA

New England JET Calligraphy Club: November Meeting

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Enjoy Japanese calligraphy? NEJETAA is teaming up with Showa Boston to start a monthly club for JET Alumni, and Friends of JET, and Japanese College Students

All levels encouraged, all supplies provided. Feel free to bring friends who want to learn more about JET!

The theme for November’s meeting will be Autumn kanji words!

When: Sunday, November 13, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (optional free cafeteria dinner from 5:00pm)

Where: Showa Boston Institute (420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

Transportation: on-campus parking is free. Free shuttle available from Reservoir T Station (Green Line, D-Branch, in the same rotary) at 2:50pm. Short Uber ride from Forrest Hills (Orange Line).

Advanced RSVP is mandatory. Please contact Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com by Thursday, November 10 and include whether or not you will be staying for a complimentary dinner in Showa’s cafeteria.

Note: Guests are welcome to invite friends, but please do not post to event websites like Meetup without consulting us first.

Paid Volunteer Position @ Boston Career Forum

Shoko Daddario, a consultant of interest international inc. (DBA iiicareer) is looking for at least 2 Japanese Bilingual Temp staff for the Boston Career Forum.

Nov.18 (Fri) 8:30am-5:30pm (1 hour Unpaid Lunch break)
Nov.19 (Sat) 8:30am-5:30pm (1 hour Unpaid Lunch break)
Nov.20 (Sun) 8:30am-12pm

*Pay: $16/hour

【Location】JOHN B. HYNES VETERANS MEMORIAL CONVENTION CENTER

If you are interested or have any questions, contact daddario@iiicareer.com