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.

General Body and Budget Meeting (2/21) at 2pm

General Body Meeting 2/21 at 2pm

NEJETAA will be hosting a General Body Meeting this Saturday (2/21) at 2pm at Uno’s in Harvard Square.

We will be discussing and reviewing last year’s budget expenditures as well as planning some upcoming events. If you are interested in becoming more involved inNEJETAA and learning about the behind the scenes work of the board, please attend!

We would love to see you there and to hear your opinions and ideas!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

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.

Shinnenkai 2015!

It’s time to ring in the new year with NEJETAA’s annual Shinnenkai, New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 17th, at Shabu Zen in Allston. 

This event will be generously subsidized by CLAIR, but please bring some cash with you as the food will cost $20 and any drinks will be extra.

Please RSVP to Leslie, at president at nejetaa dot com or on our Facebook event here.

When: Saturday, January 17 @ 5:30pm
Where: Shabu Zen, 80 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA (down the street from the Packard’s Corner T stop on the B Train)
Who: JETs (if bringing guests, maximum of two guests per person please!)
Price: $20 per person

This event will be followed by karaoke at Do Re Mi. Be sure to practice your enka or J-pop! 

Hope to see you there!

JETAA Ski Trip

This year NEJETAA will be hosting the 2nd Annual Northeastern Region Ski Trip from February 6th to 8th. We will be going to Killington Ski Resort, which is the largest Ski area in the eastern United States. We will be staying at the Cascades Lodge, which is a full service hotel with a pub and common areas for hanging out. It also offers a indoor swimming pool, a Finnish Sauna, and a hot tub. A hot breakfast is available on an individual basis for $15. Additionally, for those who are not interested in skiing, the Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals do Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is also only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long Trail Brewery.

http://www.killington.com/site/index.html
http://www.cascadeslodge.com/

When: February 6th to 8th
Where: Cascades Lodge, Killington, VT
Hotel Costs for two night stay*: Double: $200 per person; Triple: $143.34 per person; Quad: $115 per Person
Lift Ticket Cost: One-Day $63; Two-Day $120
Ski or Snowboard Equipment Package Rental: One-Day $36; Two-Day: $62
Helmet Rental: One-Day $6; Two-Day $10

 

Limited spaces available (first-come, first-served!)

Contact Matt: vicepres@nejetaa.com

 

*Room costs are pending remaining availability of group reservation