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.  
THE ILLUMINATOR PROJECT
Developing Best Practices for Public Projection Interventions
MARK READ
New York University
May 3, 2012 (Thursday)
5-6pm
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!