Florida JETAA
9Sep/140

WELCOME BACK TO FLORIDA JETs!

Posted by vice president

To all JET Programme participants returning to Florida this year:
On behalf of the Florida Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (FLJETAA) we would like to welcome you back to the USA and hope you had a great experience while on JET!
We received news from CLAIR that you have returned and we would like to extend an invitation to you to join our community. Below are our links and we hope to hear from you soon. And our "Welcome Back Party" is in the works so if you have time we would love to have you! Take care and if you have any questions feel free to ask!
Florida JETAA Website
http://www.floridajetaa.org
JET Alumni Association of Florida (JETAA FL) and Friends
http://www.facebook.com/groups/fljetaa/
JETAA 2013 Bonenkai
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433986693484452/?ref=4Consulate General of Japan in Miami

Twitter
http://twitter.com/floridajetaa

LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3914569


Sincerely,
Florida JETAA

3Sep/140

2014 JET Program Information Sessions

Posted by President

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and the members of the FLJETAA will be hosting info sessions about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program across the State of Florida.

***The schedule is subject to change, so please double check with the University to verify dates and times.***

9/11/2014 University of Tampa 5:00P.M.~5:55 P.M. (Riverside Building)

9/15/2014 Florida State University 6:00 P.M~7:30 P.M. (Diffenbaugh 009)

9/16/2014 University of Florida 1:00 P.M~2:30 P.M. (CSE E220)
9/16/2014 University of Central Florida 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (CSEL Bldg. #140, Room 115)
9/16/2014 Rollins College 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (Cornell Campus Center, Bieberbach-Reed Room)

9/17/2014 University of South Florida 3:30 P.M.~5:00 P.M. (CGS 140)

9/22/2014 Florida Atlantic University 11:00 A.M.~12:30 P.M. (GS214B)
9/22/2014 University of Miami 4:00 P.M.~5:30 P.M. (Whitten Learning Center, 140)

9/24/2014 Florida International University 1:30 P.M.~3:00 P.M (GC140).

9/29/2014 University of North Florida 10:30 A.M.~11:30 A.M. (58W/3804)

9/30/2014 University of West Florida (TBA) (Career Services Building)

The Consulate is attempting to set up information sessions at the following schools: New College, and Florida Gulf Coast University, Ringling College, Saint Leo University, Florida Southern College, and Saint Thomas University. Please contact the Consulate for questions regarding these sessions. Depending on availability, we may or may not be able to visit these schools.

Contact jet@mi.mofa.go.jp for questions or concerns

3Sep/140

Job Description: Part-time Youth & Outreach Program Coordinator (20 hours)

Posted by President

The Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach is looking for a Part-time Youth & Outreach Program Coordinator (20 hours).

Position Description:

The Youth and Outreach Program Coordinator will be responsible for the creation and implementation of educational programming for children (K-12) activities and outreach programs. This includes children’s activities at our annual festivals, special events, and Summer Tour Plus program. Must be able to work evenings and weekend events.

Position Reports to: Curator of Education

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Create and implement museum educational programs for children and families.
  • Develop, implement, and manage outreach programs.
  • Develop, create, and coordinate children’s (K-12) activities at our annual festivals, including the supervision of festival volunteers and managing setup and cleanup
  • Work in conjunction with staff to develop, implement and oversee the Summer Tour Plus (STP) program activities.
  • Supervise daily operations of STP, which also includes training and scheduling of interns and high school volunteers for the STP program.
  • Assist staff in developing and implementing school programs and teacher development workshops
  • Work in conjunction with staff to develop educational teaching materials and tour program contents
  •  Other duties as specified

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, art, Japanese studies or related field
  • Knowledge of Japanese language and culture
  • Experience in teaching and working with children (K-12)
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Personal transportation required for outreach programs
  • Strong organizational and computer skillsExperience working in a museum or cultural institution a plus

Please send resume to: wlo@pbcgov.org

Submission deadline: September 30, 2014

No phone calls, no walk ins.

3Sep/140

Donate to help disaster victims in Hiroshima!

Posted by President

The death toll from mudslides in the city of Hiroshima jumped to 71 on Wednesday, with at least 15 people still missing. Nearly 1,000 people out of about 1,300 evacuees are sheltered in nine local elementary schools: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/27/national/hiroshima-slide-toll-rises-66-dead-21-missing-mayor-admits-delayed-alert/#.VAAfDPldV8E

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California has formally joined the efforts of Hiroshima Prefecture and various Hiroshima-based NGOs and NPOs in the effort to raise funds in support of the victims of the disaster that befell the local community and residents in northern Hiroshima.

Anyone interested in joining in this effort, please send donations to:

Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of Southern California (payable to "Hiroshima Kenjin Kai of SC"; please write "JET Program Alumni" in the memo)
Attention: Mr. Takami Igawa - HKSC President
712 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 

This fundraising drive will be carried through the end of September (September 30, 2014). All funds collected in this drive will be sent to Japan Red Cross Hiroshima Office for distribution to the disaster victims. For any inquiry, please contact Dr. Charles Igawa, HKSC Secretary via email at <icigawa@gmail.com> or via (562) 818-7857.

27Jun/140

Tanabata Potluck Party

Posted by President

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Dear Florida JETAA Members,

This is your South Florida Regional Representative, Wendy Lo, we will be holding our 2ndannual JETAA Tanabata get together on Saturday, July 19th at 4pm.

This year our president, Bahia and her husband Chris, have kindly offered their home for us to have the JETAA Tanabata party. Bahia’s place is in Miami, 33134

In the tradition of a Japanese summer festival  I am 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.

I 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 16th. If you are bringing a guest please include that in your RSVP.

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!

Cheers!

Wendy Lo

JETAA-FL, South Florida Rep.

(Toyama-ken, 2002-2005)

24Jun/140

Second Annual City of Sunrise Anime Film & Japanese Culture Festival

Posted by vice president

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The City of Sunrise and Tate's Comics have partnered to host the second annual Anime Film & Japanese Culture Fest. This free event features displays of vintage Japanese cars and motorcycles; bonsai, Taiko drum, martial arts and manga demos; and a sumi e-brush painting activity. There will be vendor tables and Japanese food will be available for purchase.

In addition, Tate's Comics is sponsoring a Cosplay Costume Contest and screenings of two Hayao Miyazaki films - "Kiki's Delivery Service" and "Castle in the Sky." (Film seating is limited, and passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Jun 28, 2014: 12 pm - 6:30 pm (Sat) - Free Admission

http://www.artscalendar.com/event/detail/441839319/Anime_Film_Japanese_Culture_Fest

http://www.facebook.com/events/743201955731317/?unit_ref=related_events

24Jun/140

JET-inspired Kanji App on Kickstarter

Posted by vice president

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My name is Saren and I am a JET alum living in Irvine, California. My six year-old, Genji, is in Japanese Saturday School here and now that he is a 1st grader, he's starting to memorize the first of his ichinensei kanji. Kanji, as I'm sure you remember, isn't easy. It's a lot of rote memorization and repetitive practice. It's the same for all beginners, no matter how old.

Genji and I started brainstorming recently about what the perfect app would be to help memorize kanji. I said it needed to have tons of good looking flash cards, and Genji said it should all be one big game. It was an awesome beginning to what would become our personal passion project together.

We call our project Kanjilicious and this weekend we put it up on Kickstarter.

http://bit.ly/kanjikick

We would really like to engage with the larger JET community, so I'm writing to ask if you wouldn't mind posting our Kickstarter link into the JETAA network, or pass it along to friends who you think might like the app. Of course we're looking for backers, but we're also looking for collaborators, designers, developers, anyone who has had similar experiences, and shares our love for Japan and Japanese.

Here are the other relevant links just in case.

Thank you very much for the time and consideration. Please let us know if you have any questions.

よろしくお願いします。

m(_ _)m

Saren Sakurai

Miyagi-ken 1999-2001

27May/140

CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S.

Posted by President

I received the following message about a career forum being held in NYC on June 14th.

Details below:

My name is Catherine Rackley of DISCO International
(aka CareerForum.net).  I hope you don't mind my
contacting you out of the blue, but as a fellow JET alumnus
(Shibayama, Chiba 2005-2006) I wanted to make some information
available to you and your JETAA Florida members about a job
fair for Japanese-English speakers that we will be holding
next month.

If you haven't heard of our Career Forums before,
allow me to offer a brief explanation.  We hold
them a few times a year in Japan and the U.S. and
on a smaller scale in Sydney and London. However,
our Boston Career Forum is our biggest event, spanning
three days and featuring over 200 companies.

These events are not just an excellent chance to
see what kind of job market is out there for Japanese
speakers, but above all a real opportunity to land
a job that makes use of both Japanese language and
a sincere interest in Japan.  They are, of course,
completely free for job seekers to attend.

As I mentioned, our next event is coming up next
month and is already featuring some great companies
like Disney, Fujisankei Communcations, JTB (Travel)
and others with even more expected to sign up.

CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S.
Saturday, June 14, 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Metropolitan Pavilion, 2F (New York, NY)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/pny/?lang=E

If you would be so kind as to forward this
information on to your members, it would be
greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to include
the information on your site's job posting section
or Facebook page as well with my contact info included.
I truly hope that some members will be able to take
this opportunity to use their experience in Japan
and Japanese skills in their careers.

Please feel free to contact me if you
or any of your JETAA Florida members have
any questions at all.

Kind regards,

Catherine

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26May/140

Tampa Natsumatsuri 2014

Posted by President

We invite you all to attend our biggest annual event, the Tampa Natsumatsuri! Come for Japanese games, food, auction, and sales of arts & crafts, books, and more! The festival will be held on 6/14/2014 from 9 AM to 12 PM at 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, Florida. Free!

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5May/140

New Newsletter from the Prime Minister’s Office in Japan

Posted by President

Recently, Prime Minister's Office distributed We Are Tomodachi Winter 2013, which covered the Abe administration's economic policies, Japanese traditional cuisine known as "washoku," tourism, and other captivating aspects of Japan. We also launched a website that provides the most up-to-date information and it has been very well received by its readers.

As a part of our activities, we have also launched an electronic magazine that characterizes Japan and people whose interest stays about Japan.  We hope this helps you to understand Japan in a deeper way while also drawing your attention to some of its interesting features. You can find this publication at the following URL:

http://japan.kantei.go.jp/letters/pdf/Tomodachi_Spring.pdf

The issue just released highlights the following topics.

▽ "Abenomics" Is Progressing
"Abenomics" forms the backbone of the Abe administration's policies.  This article provides an easy-to-read explanation of the latest developments within the Abenomics Growth Strategy as well as its outcomes over the year since the administration's inauguration.

▽ "Proactive Contribution to Peace"
This article introduces the reader to the formulation of Japan's first-ever National Security Strategy, the formulation and structural enhancement of Japan's National Defense Program, which goes hand-in-hand with that Strategy, and the enactment of the Special Intelligence Protection Act, which ensures that information is properly protected.

▽ Japan As Seen through the Eyes of Non-Japanese We asked several non-Japanese who are intimately familiar with Japanese culture to talk about its appeal.  This article also features some of the things that have surprised visitors to Japan and highlights some ways to enjoy a stay in Japan to the very fullest.

▽ Tourism in Japan
What says spring more perfectly than sakura?  This article spotlights some of the best-loved locations for viewing sakura, or cherry blossoms, in areas all around the country.  It also includes the most up-to-date information on tourism in Japan, which is getting more and more convenient all the time.

In the future we wish to keep expanding the circle of people who are well acquainted with these aspects of Japan.  We hope you introduce this electronic magazine as well as the Tomodachi website (http://japan.kantei.go.jp/letters/index.html) widely to the people around you, including your friends, colleagues, and other people in your community.  We look forward to your assistance in spreading the word about these.

We also hope that you register on our website to receive our magazine by e-mail so that we can keep you informed of the latest information.  This is a good opportunity to register for the magazine if you haven't done so already.

The Abe administration will continue to develop its policies more and more going forward.  With your assistance, we will continue to send out the message of both Japan's efforts and its areas of appeal to people everywhere around the globe.  We would like to continue to be engaged with you and help you understand Japan better.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

To join the mailing list, please contact Michael Herrero, JET Program Coordinator, michael.herrero@mi.mofa.go.jp

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