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

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

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.

Boston Career Forum

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In town for the Boston Career Forum? The New England JET Alumni Association has three great opportunities for visiting JET alums and Friends of JET:

1) We will hold a networking social on Saturday, November 19th at Cornwall’s Pub from 6:30. Great opportunity to have fun and exchange job-search tips.

2) We will have a Nihongo-dake dinner at Ittoku in Brighton from 5:30 on Sunday, November 20th

3) Don’t have a place to stay yet, or willing to host a visiting JET? Our association is working with its members to provide free tatami time share opportunities for visiting JETs.

To register for any of the above, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/TZW3eCjTLYiDJhkj2

Press Release from Catherine Rackley (Chiba-ken 2005-2006), DISCO International inc:

This is a reminder that JET alumni with at least conversational Japanese language ability are invited to the Boston Career Forum 2016 November 18-20.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about participating companies, submit resumes, interview, and even receive offers of employment during the three-day event.

You are free to attend one, two, or all three days.

– Boston Career Forum 2016 —–
November 18-20 (Fri.-Sun.)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?ref=2016JETAA&lang=E

Currently 210 companies participating including:
BLOOMBERG, FUJI TELEVISION NETWORK, GOLDMAN SACHS, JAPAN AIRLINES, MICROSOFT, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION, TWITTER JAPAN, and many more

Register and begin applying to companies here: http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/comlist.asp?ref=2016JETAA&lang=E
*There is no cost to register for or attend Career Forums.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact JET alum, Catherine Rackley, at c.rackley@discointer.com.

We hope to see you in Boston!

Showa Boston Summer Party

Showa Boston Insitute invites JET alumni and their close friends to the 3rd annual Showa Boston Summer Party, held on Saturday, July 16th from 4-7pm. Also in attendance will be several JETs soon to depart for Japan. This should be a fantastic chance to engage with them, as well as to make new Japanese friends in Boston. Click here for details, and to RSVP.