Florida JETAA

Satogaeri Project Results Are In!

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This month, 3 lucky JET alumni were selected from 165 applicants in North America. While no Florida applicants were selected, we congratulate Mark Frey, Xander Peterson, and Alex Svetlovsky!

Satogaeri Winners!

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Boston Career Forum

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Looking to apply your language skills and international experiences at a new job? Check out the Boston Career Forum for Japanese job opportunities.

Date: November 20th (Fri.) - 22nd (Sun.), 2015
Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)

415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210

Please refer to the official website for more information: http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?lang=E


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Job Opportunity: Visiting Lecturer in Japanese – University of Florida

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The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida is currently seeking a Visiting Lecturer in Japanese language teaching. It’s a one-year position set to begin this Fall term 2015, and will include teaching up to three Japanese language courses per semester.


  • Native or near-native fluency in Japanese and English
  • M.A. or Ph.D. in Japanese or a related field (e.g. linguistics or comparative literature)
  • Experience in teaching Japanese in a post-secondary setting

The position will remain open until filled. For more information on application requirements, please visit the official job post at the following link:



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New JET Sayonara Nijikai

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Please join us after the Pre-Departure Orientation to say goodbye to some of the new JETs who will be leaving for Japan the next day.

The location of the event was selected due to the proximity to the hotel where most of the new JETs are staying.

Tom's NFL has street and lot parking. The area looks a little dingy outside, but once you get in it's your typical sports bar.

Friends of JET are welcome at this event.

When: Friday, July 31 at 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Where: Tom's NFL, 5001 NW 36 St, Miami Springs, Florida 33166

No RSVP necessary.

Satogaeri Project – Chance for JET Alumni to Return to their Region and School in Japan

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There are lots of exciting things happening lately! We just finished a very successful 10th anniversary Tampa Natsumatsuri and held a Q&A with the new JETs getting ready to head to Japan. We also had a great time at our first ever Archery event here in Miami. Our conversation meetups are going strong, with the Tampa Tsudoi held the first Friday of the month and the Miami's Coffee Kaiwa held on the last Saturday of the month.

What is really exciting, however, is a great opportunity for JET Program alumni to return to the area they lived in Japan and the school where they taught. The Satogaeri Project. As part of the project, JET alumni will return to their former places of work, and re-visit places with which they have a strong affiliation, local residents who they developed close relationships with, current JET participants and others, on the basis of their ‘Satogaeri Project Plan’. If accepted, the JET alum will travel to Japan from Monday, 9 November, 2015 – Friday, 13 November, 2015 (4 nights, 5 days). After participating in exchange activities in Tokyo, the participants will each return to the area in Japan where they lived and worked as a JET participant, and engage in activities according to their own ‘Satogaeri Project Plan’. CLAIR will cover the cost of travelling to Japan; domestic travel, accommodation and meal expenses in Japan (excluding meal expenses when the participant is not engaged in Satogaeri Project duties); and overseas travel accident insurance (travel insurance). For more details about this wonderful opportunity and how to apply, please visit: http://www.jetaausa.com/national-initiatives/satogaeri-project/

The application deadline for the Satogaeri Project is coming up soon, July 13th, 2015. If you'd like to apply and would like a letter of recommendation from the Florida JETAA chapter, please contact president@floridajetaa.org as soon as possible with a list of the ways you've been involved in JETAA (the requirement of active JETAA participation is waived if there is no JETAA chapter in your area, so if you're in a region of Florida where we do not have much representation we would be happy to provide a letter to that extent).

  1. Applicants must have completed their appointment on the JET Program as an ALT, CIR, SEA and be actively contributing to their local JET Alumni Association (if a chapter is in your area)
  2. You would be a suitable representative of JET Program alumni.  You have been recommended by your JETAA chapter (see recommendation letter information below).
  3. You have a strong desire to reconnect with your former contracting organization and the region you previously lived and worked in, and you are able to make direct contact and cooperate with the school/workplace that you worked at.
  4. Your former workplace is able to receive you (and carry out activities with you during your visit).
  5. You will actively post about your experiences in and impressions of Japan from the perspective of an international visitor on your blog, homepage, Facebook page or other means.
  6. You accept that there may be mass media coverage of your visit, and will cooperate where required.
  7. You will write a report of your experiences on the Satogaeri Project after returning to your home country.
  8. You are able to participate in the entire schedule of the Satogaeri Project.
  9. Your Satogaeri Project Plan is deemed appropriate.
  10. You are a participant who completed your term on the program 3 or more years ago (preferred).
Letters of Recommendation
  1. Letters of recommendation are not mandatory but are highly encouraged from your JETAA chapter or another Japan-related group, to show the applicant's engagement with alumni and likelihood to carry out the provisions of the project.
  2. Letter of recommendation should be sent to Arisa Maruno maruno@jlgc.org by July 13th

I hope that many members of our chapter will take advantage of this opportunity and apply!


3rd Annual Tanabata Party – Miami, July 11th at 5 PM

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This is your South Florida Regional Representative, Wendy L.

We will be holding our 3rd annual JETAA Tanabata get together on Saturday, July 11th at 5pm.

Our president, Bahia and her husband Chris, have kindly offered their home again for our JETAA Tanabata party.

Bahia’s place is in Miami, 33134 (RSVP for address and parking information).

In the tradition of a Japanese summer festival we are suggesting that people attending to wear a yukata or jinbei. I have a few ladies yukatas with obi that I can lend out for the party and three men’s jinbei and one men’s yukata (but no obi).
I will also have some tanzaku slips in which you can write your wishes for Tanabata. Luckily, Bahia and Chris have Bamboo growing in their front yard so we can tie them onto the branches.

We know it will be past the actual Tanabata date, but it’s the spirit of it all that counts and this was the only available date.

This is a potluck so please feel free to bring a food item or drink.

Please RSVP to wlo01@hotmail.com by July 9th. If you are bringing a guest please include that in your RSVP.

This is open to JETAA and JETAA friends.

If you plan to bring a food item, please let me know and I will place that on the list.

Parking is extremely limited, so please RSVP, Bahia will email parking instructions and her address to those who RSVP as the date approaches.

This is a great way to meet new and old JET alumni and to reconnect to our time in Japan. I hope to see you there!


Wendy Lo

JETAA-FL, South Florida Rep.

(Toyama-ken, 2002-2005)



Upcoming Events in June and July 2015

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06/20/2015: Coffee Kaiwa


今月は、コーヒー会話が早めにすることです。急ですが、6月20日(土)になります。3:00 pm-5:00pmに先のPassion del Cieloと言う喫茶店で集まります。
Hello everyone!
How have you been?
I know this is sudden, but this month's Coffee 会話 will be taking place a little earlier than usual. On Saturday, June 20, we'll be meeiting at Passion del Cielo from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Last month was a lot of fun, and we met many new people. Let's make this month's meet great, too!
See ya there!




06/21/2015: JETAA Archery Lesson and Practice


Additional details and tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1677798. You must purchase tickets to reserve your spot.


Have any of you ever seen your students in Japan do kyudo (Japanese archery) and thought it was cool? Or want to learn to shoot a bow like Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games or Legalos from Lord of the RIngs? Or maybe learn a useful survival technique in case there is a Zombie apocalypse?

Well here is your chance!
We are organizing a JETAA Archery event in Broward County. This event is open to all JETAA and JETAA friends.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Time: 10am
Location: National Armory, 1315 SW 1st Court, Pompano Beach, FL. 33069

About the Range:

The indoor archery range is upstairs located above a gun shooting range in the National Armory. The archery range features targets and foam animals to shoot at. Unfortunately, the archery instructor can only accommodate 15 of us in the group. So sign up early! First come, first served.

The Cost and How to Sign up:
Cost $30/person (prepay online) + $10 cash for material fee (bring the day of)

We get the range exclusively for JETAA for 2 hours (10am-12pm).
All costs include the private group lesson, bow, arrows, and equipment rental.

If we have 6-9 people signed-up, we only get the shooting range exclusively for 1.5 hours (10:30am -12pm).
We must have at least 6 people registered for them to agree to do this private group lesson. The place usually doesn't open until 12pm on Sundays, so that means staff coming in early especially for us.

Go to this link to pay and book your spot: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1677798

Purchase tickets by 06/18/2015 at midnight to reserve your spot.

Like in Japan be on time! (which means come 5 minutes early).
Also, after the archery lesson, if interested we can go out to lunch in the Broward area.

Hope to see you all there!

Wendy Lo
JETAA South Florida Regional Rep
Toyama 2002-2005


06/26/2015: New JET Q&A After Party in Orlando

Any JETAA member is welcome to come and meet the new JETs over dinner. However, you MUST RSVP to Bahia at president@floridajetaa.org by 06/23/2015 in order to attend. you also MUST bring cash to pay for your meal

The reservation is set for 8:30

Azteca d’Oro, 11633 University Blvd, Orlando, FL 32817

We have a private dining area in the back.

06/27/2015:  Tampa Natsumatsuri

June 27, 2015. 9-12.
821 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.

Free and open to the public!
Tampa Natsumatsuri is Tampa's only Japanese Summer Festival. Created by and for the Japanese cultural community in the Tampa area. This is our flagship event and it's lots of fun every year. Come on our in your yukata, jinbei, or in cosplay if you'd like to join our cosplay contest.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/tampanatsu


Tampa Natsumatsuri 2015

06/28/2015 Japanese Heritage Day

Sunday, June 28th vs. LAD - 1:10 PM

This is not a hosted event, so come with your friends, family, and anyone else you like!

Baseline Reserved: $30

Join the Marlins' Japanese Heritage Day Celebration starting at 11:30 AM in the West Plaza! VIP Special Event Package includes:

  • Baseline Reserved game ticket in the Japanese Heritage section.
  • Cheers will be led by an ōendan.
  • Includes a Japanese Heritage Day T-Shirt

T-shirt giveaway comes in adult sizes only. S, M, L, XL, 2XL and will be distributed based on availability at a first-come-first-served basis. Marlins Park gates open 90 minutes prior to 1st Pitch.

Gift item redemption is located on Section 1 and must have a valid Special Event ticket. Other seating categories available upon request. Please email groups@marlins.com for more information.


Japan Heritage Day with the Marlins 2015

07/03/2015: Tampa Tsudoi

First Friday of the month from 7pm - 9pm - McAlisters Deli at 11402 North 30th Street.  Everyone is welcome.  Just look for the group with a little Japanese flag on the table.  There's no agenda and you can come and go as you please.  It's just a time to meet some people who share an interest in Japan. Contact tampa@floridajetaa.org for more information or to be notified each month by email.

07/11/2015: Tanabata Potluck Party

Miami, details TBD so check back in early July.

07/31/2016: Pre-Departure Orientation After Party

Miami, details TBD so check back in early July.


SOUTH FLORIDA: Dark Chocolate Japan Art Exhibit Opening Night Reception

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Dark Chocolate Japan

Art Exhibit Opening Night Reception

Sunrise, FL (May 14, 2015) – The Sunrise Art Gallery is holding a Meet the Artist Reception featuring Carlos Aleman on Friday, August 28th from 6:30-9:30pm.

In the spring of 2013, Carlos Aleman made a short trip to Kyoto during cherry blossom week. He returned home to Sunrise, Florida and recorded his impressions of Japan as drawings and paintings.  Often working in 'dark chocolate' acrylic paints, he integrated elements of cosplay, manga, anime, geisha, maiko and samurai into a whimsical style of pop surrealism and magical realism, ranging from the finely rendered to the loose and experimental.

This is Carlos Aleman’s second exhibit at the Sunrise Art Gallery.  His 2012 exhibit, The Asian Philosophy of Carlos Aleman, was inspired after a trip to China in 2010.  His new exhibit, Dark Chocolate Japan, will explore the concept of mono no aware (a sensitivity to ephemera) juxtaposed with the fun and color of cosplay and kimono.  Harajuku and Shironuri fashion as well as Japanese monsters and ‘American Geishas’ will create a showcase of luminous dreams.

Carlos Aleman is a Cuban American writer, painter, illustrator, book cover designer, product and web designer. An early e-book draft of this novel entitled As Happy As Ling was a finalist in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards. In 2013, the release in paperback of Happy That It's Not True was named one of the best novels of the year by the Latina Book Club. He is a judge in the 2014 National Association of Hispanic Publications' José Martí Awards.  His upcoming novel, Diego in Two Places will be released later this year by Aignos Publishing.

Event Details

Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery
10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, FL  33351

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

For more information, call Gallery Information: (954) 747-4641 or visit



Carlos Aleman
954 917-6655

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Morikami Museum and Gardens Job Opportunity

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Job openings at the Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

The Digital Marketing Coordinator is a full-time professional position responsible for conceptualizing and executing the museum’s digital marketing strategy. The desired candidate is a talented content creator with a deep passion for analytics, social media community development, a strong grasp on high-quality design principles and an appreciation for art and culture. In addition, this position provides an essential support role with annual festivals & provides insight for long-term marketing goals & objectives.  This position reports to and receives direction from the Director of Marketing & Events.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Email campaigns
    • Works cross-functionally with other museum departments to gather and create content
    • Designs e-blast templates and graphics
    • Builds and updates email lists
  • Website maintenance & development
    • Maintains the integrity and usability of Morikami’s responsive design website
    • Manages the calendar, online forms, e-commerce reporting, media library, product pages, etc.
    • Updates/creates website pages as needed
    • Manages the registered website user database and ongoing website development projects
  • Social Media
    • Updates social media content calendar and contributes to digital strategy planning
    • Plans/researches/writes engaging content for social media and blog
    • Monitors and joins conversations on social media platforms and peer review sites
  • Analytics
    • Monitors, tracks and analyzes statistics for email campaigns, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, youTube and blog.
    • Tracks website traffic and user behavior though Google Analytics
    • Creates and executes post-event surveys and tracks responses
  • Designs various museum collaterals, signage and graphics on an as-needed basis
  • Provides essential support in the planning and execution of Morikami festivals and Sushi & Stroll series of events.
  • Assists in budget management

Skills & Abilities

  • B.A. or B.S. in Communications, Marketing or related field
  • 2-3 years experience in a similar role
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • Proficient use of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, Website Maintenance and Microsoft Office, required
  • Experience with Google Analytics, SurveyMonkey and MailChimp preferred
  • Experience working in a museum, with a membership organization or not-for-profit a plus

Desired Characteristics

  • Must be organized and work efficiently with a personal commitment to maintain a collaborative work environment
  • Ability to prioritize, track and meet deadlines, use good judgment, remain flexible and work under minimal supervision
  • Must be proactive, reliable and possess excellent interpersonal skills

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Kizzy Sanchez Sherven, Director of Marketing & Events at kmsanche@pbcgov.com.  NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

 Opportunities at the Cornell Cafe

  • Wait Staff:  Responsibilities include taking customer orders, bringing drinks and food, ensuring satisfaction, clearing tables, as well as side work before, during, and after shift. Fast paced environment. Experience preferred. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  10:30 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • Host/Hostess:  Responsibilities include seating customers, ensuring enough seats and/or high chairs, maintaining waiting list, cleaning menus, cleaning tables. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  11:00 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m.
  • Kitchen Prep Staff:  Responsibilities are basic kitchen duties, cleaning and cutting vegetables, prepping and slicing meats and fish, prepping food items. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  10:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.

To apply, please email resume to oriennes@yahoo.com.


More info on their website: http://morikami.org/about-the-institution/#tabs-about-us-tab-2


DISCO International Career Forum – JET alumni welcome

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CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S., JET alumni welcome!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------DISCO International, organizer of the world's largest job fairs for
Japanese-English speakers, cordially invites you to participate in
our only event focused on positions in the U.S.

CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Metropolitan Pavilion (North Pavilion)
110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

- No fee to register or attend
- Meet and interview face-to-face with companies
- Approximately 25 companies expected to attend
- Positions available all over the U.S.

Register now to receive updates about participating companies as
they sign up. It's free, easy, and doesn't require cancellation if
you decide not to attend.
Register here: http://www.careerforum.net/event/register.asp?evid=153001&lang=E

[Current Participating Companies (as of 5/11)]

CDH, P.C. (Public Accounting)
DAIEI TRADING CO., INC. (Wholesale Food Distribution)
JTB USA, INC. (Travel)
NHK INTERNATIONAL (Auto Parts Manufacturing)
RELO REDAC, INC. (Real Estate)
VALQUA AMERICA, INC. (Manufacturing)
Y'S PUBLISHING GROUP (Publishing/Media)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us
at cfn@careerforum.net.

We look forward to seeing you at the Career Forum!


DISCO International, Inc.

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