Nihongo-dake Dinner! Tues. July 7, 6:30pm

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Join NEJETAA for another round of Nihongo-dake dinner – TANABATA edition! Come, eat, and enjoy Japanese conversation on July 7th from 6:30 at Yamato in Brighton, MA. Feel (RSVP Deadline extended)

Where: Yamato in Brighton, MA
When:
Tues. 7/7 from 6:30pm
Who: NEJETAA members and Japanese speaking friends!

Accessibility:
Limited street parking.
Green Line (B) to Chiswick Road.

See you there!

 

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

General Body Meeting: 6:30pm on Tuesday, 6/2 at UNOs Harvard Square

UPDATE: The general body meeting has been POSTPONED until Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm, at UNOs Harvard Square.

Our next general body meeting will be this Thursday Tuesday from 6:30pm at UNOs Harvard Square. All NEJETAA members are welcome to attend to share some appetizers and ideas about what activities you would like to see NEJETAA do in the future.

So come, meet us at Harvard Square UNOs at 6:30 pm this Tuesday Thursday! とりあえず来てね!Please RSVP to Bill (membership [at] nejetaa [dot] com)

Location: UNOs, Harvard Square.
22 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Tuesday 6/2
Time: 6:30pm
Access: Red Line – Harvard Square Station. Street Parking (limited).

If you are unable to make it, we still would like to hear from you! Please email social [at] nejetaa [dot] com if you have an idea for an event you would like NEJETAA to organize.

Hope to hear from you!

Yoroshiku!

 Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival (Sat. 5/9)

Brookline Cherry Blossom

Info about a great event coming up this weekend! Check it out if you’re free and around.

Launched in 2011, The Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival (formerly named Brookline Sakura Matsuri) began with a gift of cherry trees to Brookline High School from Mr. Hikihara the Consul General of Japan.

Loud and thunderous, in addition to food, games, and music, the festival’s artistic draw is the region’s only public taiko drumming showcase featuring taiko groups throughout New England.

If you’re interested in meeting up with other JET Alums, contact Dan (social@nejetaa.com)

Visit http://www.brooklinecherryblossom.com/ for more details.

Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square (3/8, 11:30 am -4:30 pm)

Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square

Sunday, March 8thfrom 11:30am to 4:30pm on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston

 

 

My name is Timothy Nagaoka, and I teach Japanese in the Boston Public Schools. With the support of the Japanese Consulate in Boston, the Fish Family Foundation, Boston’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Japan Society of Boston, I am organizing an event called, “Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square” on Sunday, March 8th on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event will commemorate the Fourth Anniversary of the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan on March 11th, 2011.

Come to fold paper cranes

“Cranes on the Square” will take place on the Plaza of Copley Square in Boston. The event is open to the public, and it is free to participate. The event is centered around an interactive display where passersby will participate in making paper cranes, which they will then add to the display. Cork Styrofoam panels will be placed on the plaza, and as the participants fold the paper cranes they will use skewers to stick the paper cranes onto the panels. As more people participate, the panels will fill with paper cranes. Students studying Japanese and Japanese volunteers will set up tables around the display to teach people how to make the paper cranes.

Or, come to teach others how to fold paper cranes

    

The goal of the event is to get the public involved in an activity that brings awareness to the tragedy that occurred in Japan four years ago and to remind them of the survivors who continue to rebuild from the wreckage. As one who lived through the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, I know how devastating a major disaster can be, and how easily the rest of the world moves on while the survivors are left to rebuild. The event will remind people of the disaster and the survivors who continue to rebuild in the Northeast region of Japan.

Please take a moment to remember the tragedy, and fold a paper crane

This is a timelapse video taken of the event posted on Youtube. It shows the entire event in two minutes.