Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square (3/9/2014)

A message from Timothy Nagaoka, Japanese teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Come out and support “Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square”: an event to commemorate the third anniversary of the 3.11 Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami this Sunday, March 9th from 11am to 4pm at Copley Square in Boston. Free and open to the public.

More information after the jump:

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MIT/Harvard Cool Japan Present: Music, Culture, and Transformation (2/26-27)

Music, Culture and Transformation:
A two-day series of events including  live music (2/26 W) and panel discussions (2/26-27 W/Th) 
organized by MIT/Harvard Cool Japan
All events are FREE and open to the public. 
2/26 (Wed)

3-5pm  MIT, Room E25-111 (map) Panel Discussion moderated by Ian Condry
Artist Talk + Panel on  Fukushima Activism, Postwar Pop, Intermedia Art and Global Hip-Hop    
  •  Artist Talk with Zeebra (Japanese hip-hop emcee) and Ian Condry, followed by presentations:
  •  Marie Abe (BU) “Sounding Against Nuclear Power in Post-Fukushima Japan”
  •  Miki Kaneda (Harvard) “Sonic Encounters Between Art and the Everyday in 1960s Japan”
  •  Hiromu Nagahara (MIT) “The Politics of Pop Music Before J-Pop”
  •  Murray Forman (NEU) “Move the Planet: Post-National Hip-Hop Diaspora” 
8pm LIVE HIP-HOP from Tokyo, Japan @ Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, MA (no cover charge)
  • 8pm WTF (Wallys Tuesday Funk, local funk jazz band)  
  • 9pm  Miss Monday (hip-hop emcee and reggae legend from Tokyo) 
  • 10pm  Guest DJ set by Zeebra (Tokyo-based emcee and international recording artist) 
  • 11p – 1a  international dance party with DJ Ian C. and more . . . 
Please note:  Free and open to public (18+ event), 18-20 year-olds – please RSVP to Kevin McLellan (poet at mit dot edu
2/27 (Thurs)

5-7pm MIT, Room E14-633 (map)  MIT Cool Japan / CMS Colloquium:  “Music, Culture and Transformation” (Part 2)
  • Meredith Schweig (MIT) “Gender in Taiwanese Rap Music: Hope for the Future?” 
  • Rebecca Dirksen (MIT) “A Musical Model for Development? Haiti’s Mizik Angaje Re-Imagined”
  • Moderated by Ian Condry (MIT)
7-8pm CMS headquarters, Public reception with the panelists, light food and drink 
MIT Foreign Languages & Literatures
For more information or press inquires: fll-events at mit dot edu 

NEJETAA Shinnenkai 2014!

It’s time to ring in the Year of the Horse with our annual Shinnenkai, New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 8th, at Shabu Zen in Allston. This event will be generously subsidized by CLAIR, but please be sure to bring some cash with you.
What: Shinnenkai 2014
When: Saturday, February 8 @ 5:00pm
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 for a full platter of lovely meats and veggies  (a vegetarian platter is also available)
This event will be followed by karaoke at Do Re Mi. Be sure to practice your enka or J-pop! 
Please RSVP to Jeff (vicepres at nejetaa dot com) by Thursday, January 30th. Also, please let us know if you are a vegetarian or if you have food allergies.
Hope to see you there!!
NEJETAA Executive Board

Nihongo Dake Dinner! (1/15)


Made a New Year’s Resolution to practice speaking Japanese and enjoy some great Japanese food? We can help with that!

Join us this Wednesday (1/15) at 7pm for our first Nihongo Dake Dinner of the year at Blue Fin in Porter Square! Enjoy speaking Japanese with great company while enjoying top class Japanese food. Those who attended our Nihongo Dake event at Snappy Ramen can attest, great times will be had by all. 
Spots are still open! 

See details below:

Nihongo Dake Dinner!
Who: You! and your Japanese speaking friends
When: 7pm, January 15th (Wed.)     
Where: Blue Fin Restaurant, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
Cost: Approximately $20, depending on attendees (+drinks)

There will be appetizers generously provided by CLAIR, the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.

Please RSVP ASAP to 
Katie (social at nejetaa dot com) and tell us if you’ll be bringing a Japanese speaking friend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us at the Nijikais and Sanjikais for 2014 JETAA Regional Conference

Beginning on January 10th, 2014, NEJETAA will host the 2014 JETAA USA Regional Conference at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA.

NEJETAA members and friends are invited to join us in welcoming JETAA delegates from across America and Canada as well as members of the Japan-America community f
or our evening nijikais and sanjikais on Friday (1/10) and Saturday (1/11) evenings. Details are below:


9:45 pm Friday (1/10), start out at Charlie’s Kitchen in Harvard Sq
Sanjikais will be Beat HotelRussell House TavernDaedalus, or Tasty Burger – Come find us!

8:30 pm Saturday (1/11) – start out at Scholar’s in Downtown Crossing. 
Sanjikais will be Jm Curley or Silvertone

Questions? Contact Katie Mulroy


We hope to see you there! 

Ski Trip to Killington

We are fantastically excited to announce that NEJETAA is hosting a Ski Trip to Killington, VT. And you’re invited!

Last time around, we gathered together for a day on the slopes of Waterville Valley. Some of us spent the day learning new tricks from the masters, some used the time to hone their already impressive skills, and others just enjoyed playing in the snow. Truly it was awesome. But when the day was done some of us thought “wouldn’t it be great if we could keep on doing this tomorrow, too?”

So guess what? That’s what we’re doing! And not just us, but the JET Alumni Associations of New York, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto are all putting out the word to their memberships, too. The whole North Eastern family is coming together. And since we luckily live so close, those of us who’d rather keep it to a day trip can just join us on Saturday and do just that.

Here’s the details:

Where? Mt. Killington, Vermont (
When? January 31st to February 2nd. (Or just February 1st if you prefer a day trip.)
How Much? It’s not final, but these are the projections: Lift tickets are $61 for 1 day, or $117 for two days. Ski/Snowboard rentals are $35 for 1 day, or $60 for 2 days (helmets are an extra $5 or $10 for 1 or 2 days).
Lodging? Summit Lodge ( $119.50 – $179.00 for for 2 nights (depending on how many people are in the room – options are 4, 3 or 2 people in one room).
What’ll We Do? Ski, snowboard, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snow tubing ($10 per person for 1.5 hours), rock climbing ($15 for a day pass, $10 first timer lesson). We can even arrange snowmobiling if there’s enough interest!
How Do I Sign Up? Fill in your information at this link BY DECEMBER 7TH:
We hope to see you there!

Career Networking with NEJETAA & JSB

We are excited to announce that NEJETAA is partnering with the Japan Society of Boston for our last happy hour of the year.  Join us for pints and terrific networking opportunities with JET alumni and the Japan Society of Boston.


Date:  6-8pm, Friday, November 22nd

Location: The Lansdowne. Kenmore Square
Preregistration Entrance Fee:
  $10 for JETs/JSB member
  $20 for non-members

Now until registration deadline:

Register & Join Japan Society of Boston and get in for FREE. 

The entrance fee includes light appetizers.  Cash bar.

The registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, November 20th.