Aogiri Phoenix Tree Film Screening

Aogiri

The Showa Boston Activity Board invites JET alumni and Friends of JET to their screening of an original Japanese film, Aogiri – Phoenix Tree at Showa Boston on Sunday, June 5 from 2:15pm – 4:30pm. The film’s director, producer, and musical director will each be present and a discussion with them will follow the screening. Please RSVP to the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1142334029142316/ or, if you do not use Facebook, email Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com.

A shuttle will be offered at 1:50pm from the taxi/bus pickup area of Reservoir station (Green Line D-Branch) to Showa. Free parking is also available on our campus (please take your first left after passing through the gate, park in the lot, and walk up the stairs leading to the building flying the American, Japanese, and UK flags)

About the Film (from the official press release).

The film is based on the true life story of Ms. Susuko Numata, a victim of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima ( a hibakusha).

The film reveals intricate details of the suffering of a young woman who in one horrific instant lost her leg. Though she was repeatedly forced into the depths of despair, she eventually made up her mind to live on as an atomic bomb storyteller for peace. In addition to telling a great many others, Suzuko Numata continually shared her story about her experience of suffering from the bombing with countless children under the Aogiri tree (Chinese parasol tree) which also survived the A-bomb and is now standing in Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park.

This tree is famous and its seeds have been spread around the world, just as the messages of the hibakusha must be. As some elements of this story had to be invented due to an absence of details, the character of Ms. Numata in the film is named Setsuko Tanaka.

Ms. Numata passed away on July 12th, 2011, four months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In her last days she was extremely concerned about the victims of the calamity, in the area affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident. Satomi Nakamura, the film’s producer, will never forget Ms. Numata’s words a month before her death; “I must live on to tell them my story… I do not want anybody in this world to go through the same pain ever again.”

Though an atomic-bomb and a nuclear power plant accident are two different things, they both share the horror of radioactivity. We live in an era when we must listen with full attention to the voices of the hibakusha and let them affect our thinking about the future of our planet.

This film sows the seeds of peace embodied in the message of the hibakusha. “No more Hiroshima! No more Nagasaki! No more war!”

This moving, informational and original film will be shown at 2:00pm at Showa Boston’s Provost hall.

The showing will be accompanied by Satomi Nakamura who is the film’s producer, Shuto Nakamura, the film’s director, and Shigetoshi Ito, the music director of the film. Takako Koike, a potter and the organizer/interpreter for the group will also be present.

After the film, there will be an opportunity for questions about the film and general inquiries about the experiences of those who managed to survive the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There may also be a song or two from producer/songstress Satomi Nakamura accompanied on guitar by Shigetoshi Ito.

May 2016 Officer Election Results

The winners of the May 2016 Officer Elections are as follows:

Vice President: Mike Buonadonna
Treasurer: Rachel Pauplis
Social Chair: Eriko Stronach

Congratulations to all and thank you to everyone who voted!

May 2016 NEJETAA Officer Voting Open (~5/25)

May 2015 NEJETAA Officer Voting Open! (~5/27)

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (5/19-5/27):

Online Voting is now open for the May 2015 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections.

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your vote on the Google Form HERE.

Voting Rules:

  1. Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only.
  2. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position
  3. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on May 27nd.

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must:

  1. Be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program
  2. Currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA)

 

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Dan Lowe for Vice President
Hello everyone. My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, after serving as Social Chair for the past year, I am now running for the office of Vice-President of NEJETAA.

My first goal as Vice President will be to support the board in its mission to generate member participation from all New England states. NEJETAA is often described as being “Boston-centric,” and, as I see it, the best way to expand our numbers will be a “We’ll come to you” approach. The activity I am proudest of organizing as Social Chair was a day trip to Portland, Maine, which was successful in attracting members both from the Boston area and Maine. It would be beneficial and feasible for NEJETAA to organize, over the next 12 months, at least four day trips to other parts of New England.

My second, more long-term goal, is to help establish one new New England subchapter that would ensure sustained participation from members outside of Boston. The New York chapter, rather than being seen as “Big Apple-centric”, has enjoyed great success by creating such regional sub-chapters. I see these “We’ll come to you” events as a necessary first step in that direction.

 

Rachel Pauplis for Treasurer
Hello, my name is Rachel Pauplis and I would like to run for the position of Treasurer.  I was an ALT in Yamaguchi-ken for 2 years and returned to the Boston area in August.  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 already been acting as interim Treasurer since December and would like to continue in the coming term.  As treasurer, I will do my best to handle all NEJETAA financial matters quickly and responsibly, help plan future events, and continue to be actively involved in the organization. Thank you for your consideration.
Caitlin Frost for Social Chair
Hi, my name is Caitlin Frost and I am running for Social Chair. I was an ALT in Tenri City in Nara Prefecture for 4 years, and returned last summer. I’ve participated in a few NEJETAA events, and most recently participated on the planning committee for Japan Festival Boston this year as a NEJETAA representative.

I’m running for Social Chair because I’d like to see NEJETAA become a more active chapter. I think it’s really important for us as JET alumni to not only have strong ties to the Japanese community in the area, but to have strong ties to each other. As so, I will do my best to increase the number of activities and participants in future events.

Cast your vote now!

May 2015 NEJETAA Elections – Call for Candidates!

Want to be more involved in NEJETAA? Want to strengthen your 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
*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.

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NEJETAA would like to showcase YOUR Cherry Blossom Photos

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Where was this beautiful cherry blossom pic taken? Why in Kakunodate, Akita, Japanese hometown of NEJETAA webmaster Tim. But we’d like to see YOUR town’s cherry blossom pics too!

Hanami season is upon us and cherry blossoms are in full bloom everywhere. NEJETAA would like to host your cherry blossom photos from your town or anywhere in Japan on our website! Please send any cherry blossom pics with your name (for photo credit) and location and we will host them on our website banner!

Please send all photos to Tim: webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com

Looking forward to seeing your pics!

NEJETAA May Officer Elections coming up!

It’s that time of year again! We will be holding elections for three NEJETAA Executive Board positions: Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. If you are interested in becoming more involved in NEJETAA, this is a great opportunity! Keep an eye out for details about platform submission and voting procedure, upcoming.

Questions? Contact Leslie, president [at] nejetaa [dot] com.

JapanFestBoston

Japan Festival Boston – Volunteers Needed

Feeling nostaglic? Get a little taste of Japan at the Japan Festival Boston, held on the Boston Common on Sunday, April 26th. The festivities will run from 10am to 5pm and include stage performances, Japanese food, and cultural booths.

Come be a part of NEJETAA’s booth – Morning and Afternoon volunteers needed! Contact Tim at webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com. Share your JET experience and talk with people interested in Japan!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Share your post-JET experiences for a new book by Prof. Emily Metzgar

Dear American JET Alumni,
I’m writing a book about American alumni of the JET Program and the growing influence of this community on the broader US-Japan relationship. I’m a professor at Indiana University and a JET alum (Shimane, 1993-1995). I’ve already published some research  about American alumni of JET and the tremendous potential of this pool of college educated people with on-the-ground experience in Japan. My book will document the alumni community’s influence in a variety of settings — political, cultural, educational, corporate, media, etc.
As I work on this book I need your help. I’m interested in talking with American alumni about the various ways they remain involved with Japan after finishing their tenure with JET. Would you be willing to be interviewed for this project?
I’ve set up an online data collection site and am asking that alumni who are willing to be interviewed use that link to provide a few details about themselves so I can determine whom to contact and when, based on my research timeline. This project is authorized by my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and as the first item at the link below indicates, all safeguards associated with such university-approved research are in place.

If you’re willing to share your post-JET experiences and your insights about the growing influence of the American JET alumni community please click on this link (http://bit.ly/1Fvjvof) and provide the requested information (name, contact info, years & position on JET, current job, and nature of continued involvement with Japan). I will follow up with you soon to set up a phone or Skype interview.

If you have any questions about this request or if you’d just like to know more about this book project — I’m always happy to talk about it! — please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks so much for any insights you can share. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
Sincerely,
Emily
Emily Metzgar, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Journalism
The Media School @ Indiana University
emetzgar [at] indiana [dot] edu

NEJETAA’s Hanami Photo Contest!

Introducing: NEJETAA’s Hanami Photo Contest!

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

Kakunodate Sakura (2012)

We’re still shivering in New England, but it’s almost time for the cherry blossoms to start blooming in parts of Japan. With that, we would like to feature YOUR pictures of YOUR town’s cherry blossoms on the NEJETAA website main page header!

To submit your photos, you may either:
1) Post them to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nejetaa)
or
2) Email them to webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com

Please include the picture’s location and your name (if you would like to be credited) with your picture by April 3rd to be considered.

The best submissions will be chosen to be in our NEJETAA website header and may be featured on our Facebook and Twitter accounts during the cherry blossom season!

Any questions? Please email Tim, at webmaster [at] nejetaa [dot] com!

Yoroshiku!