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.

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.

One-day Educator/Teacher Professional Development Seminar: Japan: Teaching Peace, Connecting People (11/7)

Japan: Teaching Peace, Connecting People

Primary Source and the Boston Children’s Museum are presenting a course on November 7th at the Children’s Museum: Japan: Teaching Peace, Connecting People

The program will explore ways Japan has contributed to world peace since the end of World War II, current controversies and in particular how teachers can teach about Japan, peace building, and friendship. Anne Prescott who has led two delegations of teachers to Japan to learn about peace education and heads the Five Colleges East Asia Center also will provide an overview of peace education in Japan and Lani Gerson will will lead a discussion of peace education in the US.
The day will also feature a performance by Women of the World who will be “Circle Singing” with the teachers and teaching how to create and exercise the culture of acceptance through music on November 7 at the Boston Children’s Museum. They will also share their story of how they made their Peace Song and their experience in Hiroshima.
This program is appropriate for high school educators as well as K-8 teachers.

For more information: http://www.primarysource.org/professional-development/courses/japan-teaching-peace-connecting-people

Alternatively, RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-day-educatorteacher-professional-development-seminar-japan-teaching-peace-connecting-people-tickets-19213921356

 

 

JET Q&A and Social Hour (6/20)

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Seeking volunteers: Help new JETs by answering their questions and sharing your words of wisdom (and stories!). If you can volunteer, for any amount of time, contact Susan Gill, at the Consulate General of Japan, Boston. (Contact info below).

 If you can’t make the event, we are planning a casual social hour at Lucky’s Lounge (directions here) for a casual social hour! Chat with old friends and meet the new JETs! Specific time TBD, approximately 4:30pm ~

Details about the event from Susan Gill: 

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In a couple of weeks, on Saturday, June 20 we will be holding an Orientation for this year’s group of new JETs and we need your help!  The Orientation will be held at the Boston Children’s Museum, mainly in the 5th floor meeting spaces. An NEJETAA Social Hour will follow at Lucky’s Lounge.

The goal of Orientation is to give new JETs an idea of what they should do to prepare to move to Japan in early August.  What will they need to bring or leave behind?  What should they wear to work? Which things are better bought here or in Japan?  We will also give an introduction to Japanese-style living in the Boston Children’s Museum’s Japanese house (kyo no machiya).

Starting last year, Tokyo is accepting JETs; this year Boston is sending eight new JETs to the capital. If you have some experience living on your own in Tokyo (non-university / non-corporate budget) I’m sure Tokyo-bound JETs would appreciate your advice.

If you are interested in helping out, please email me (Susan Gill: s[dot]gill[at]bz[dot]mofa[dot]go[dot]jp)with the topics that you are willing and able to speak on and order of preference. While the Orientation lasts all day, you need only attend during the time of your presentation.  Some topics (especially the longer ones) can benefit from a pair of presenters.  Timing is flexible, but due to museum constraints, “Money and Banking” and “Living in the Japanese Style” [in the kyo no machiya] are presented first.  For these two topics, JETs are split into two smaller groups and each presentation is made twice.

Here are the topics that still need to be covered:

Money & Banking (45 minutes x 2)
Living in the Japanese Style
 (45 minutes x2)
Emergencies—(15 minutes)
Communications/Technology–(30 minutes)
Teaching Materials —   (15 minutes)
Q&A Free-for-all/ Things That We Wished We’d Brought
Medication & Baggage— (15 minutes)

 

Please let Susan know if you have any questions! Yoroshiku!

Contact: Susan Gill, s [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp

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.
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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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqGK7Y55YWY
For more information about our organization: www.lexlrf.org
LEX Language Project is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.