Opening reception for NEJETAA photo show, Michio Ihara art sculptures at Logan

Update: pictures from the reception can be found on our Facebook page here. 
Great news!  There will be an Opening Reception for the NEJETAA photography exhibit—I hope that you can all come.
Monday, May 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Logan Airport Terminal E, Lower (Arrival) Level
We need rsvp’s for the catering headcount (hors d’oeuvres and wine/beer).
Please reply by next Friday,  May 18 (you are welcome to bring friends, just let us know how many/who)
Jason Currier will take responses at j.currier at cgjbos dot org
BTW, the opening will also be in celebration of the works of Michio Ihara, a remarkable sculptor whose works are also newly on display in Terminal E.
Susan Gill
Assistant for Information and Cultural Affairs
Consulate General of Japan
Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor
600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

May 2012 Elections: Call for Platforms! And General Meeting

NEJETAA is having officer elections for Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair on Wed. May 16th at our General Meeting at 6pm at the Consulate General of Japan Offices in the Federal Reserve Building.
To RSVP for the meeting, please email Kasey our Social Chair at social at nejetaa dot com by SUNDAY MAY 6TH. We’ll be providing a free dinner for attendees but you must RSVP and bring a photo ID to show to security in order to enter the building.
If you cannot attend the meeting, please register here on our website if you haven’t already to be able to vote online next week.
Where: 600 Atlantic Avenue, Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor (map)
When: Wed. May. 16, 6pm.
Why: Vote and discuss upcoming events (Membership update, Photo Exhibit, JET Orientation, Career Workshop, and a possible sub-chapter or summer event!)
Members will be voting for Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. Officers are entitled to a free ($45 value!) membership to the Japan Society in Boston, as well as other perks.
Positions are normally for a one year term, no term limits. Officers are expected to attend as many of the 6 general meetings (held every two months) and 2-4 executive meetings (held as necessary) per year as possible, with 50% attendance as a minimum.
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
*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!
Please send your platform to Christina at webmaster at nejetaa dot com BY 9PM TUES. MAY 8TH.  Shortly thereafter it will be published for the general membership to review and vote over a one week period from Wed. May 9th until the time of the General Meeting on Wed. May 16th.
Thanks, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The NEJETAA Officers
Click below to read the officer responsibilities.  NOTE: All officer duties are listed in the Officer Description and Duties file in our downloads section.

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LEX Cultural Fair

For those of you who didn’t get enough Japanese Culture at Boston’s Haru Matsuri:
Culture Fair and Martial Arts!
Friday May 4, 5-7pm at MIT
Exact location will be sent to people who pre-register
Sponsored by LEX America, a 501c3 non profit organization devoted to multilingual and multicultural activities
The May 4th Culture Fair features language activities and martial arts. A LEX member with a black belt will teach a karate mini-session for children — and for all those young at heart! We will also present capoeira and kendo, arts activities and international foods. The Culture Fair is free and open to the public, with preregistration required. To register for the Culture Fair, go to our website, or register directly here. 
This event is organized together with families visiting from Japan and is co-sponsored by MIT Linguistics Professor Suzanne Flynn. 
NEJETAA VP 2004-2008

Join NEJETAA at the Boston Haru Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

As Kasey, our Social Chair, mentioned earlier this week, the Boston Haru Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival is happening this Sunday the 29th from 11am-4pm in Copley Square. A few days ago the weather showed rain but now it’s expected to be sunny, high in the mid 50’s! 
Everyone is welcome to attend the free festival and there will be over 80 booths with food, arts/crafts, games, and musical performances. Bring some cash if you’d like to purchase food or other items at the festival! This is a great event for people of all ages and friends of JET and those involved in the Japan-US community! We’re expecting a huge turnout for this event!
A group of NEJETAA members are planning to go together, so if you would like to join us, we’ll meet at 11am around the area between the stage and the information table. Please RSVP on our Facebook event page and let us know if you plan to be there so we can look out for you! 
Also please note that if you are coming to the festival by public transit (recommended as parking can be hard to find) and taking the Red Line, there will be shuttle bus service between Kendall and Broadway stations due to maintenance scheduled at Park Street station. Please factor in some extra time when planning your commute.
We look forward to seeing you at the festival!

MIT Cool Japan talk on media and public action

Dear friends of MIT Cool Japan,
Our next event continues our series on activism and media beyond Japan.  Hope to see you there. Please share this announcement with friends, colleagues and lists.  
You are invited to a unique presentation on the leading edge of mobile sound/video projection activism and the future of the Occupy Movement.  Please join us for a talk and discussion sponsored by MIT Cool Japan and Comparative Media Studies.  Combining theory and practice, a public action will be taking place in the evening (come to learn more).  Free and open to the public.  
Developing Best Practices for Public Projection Interventions
New York University
May 3, 2012 (Thursday)
Room 14E-310, MIT
free and open to the public, light dinner to follow
The Illuminator is a white cargo van equipped with video and audio projection, as well as a fully stocked infoshop and mini-library. It is a tactical media tool available to the Occupy Movement, both useful and beautiful. It is a shapeshifter,  a transformer of public space which disrupts the patterns of everyday life, and embodies the social and political transformations for which the Occupy Movement continues to fight. 
Mark Read is an artist, activist, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He is perhaps best known as the creator of the “99% Bat Signal” that was projected onto the Verizon Building in New York City on November 17th, 2012. His films have been shown internationally in a variety of venues, from the Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa Italy, to the Halls of the Whitney Museum.  He is an adjunct professor of Media Studies at New York University.
Sponsors: MIT Cool Japan research project and Comparative Media Studies.  
Contact: Prof. Ian Condry, condry at mit dot edu
Hope to see you there!