Save the date for the exclusive premiere of Tohoku Tomo 東北友 ! Three JETAAs -Wesley Julian, Daniel Martin, and Elizabeth Gordon- have been working hard to complete this project and are looking forward to sharing it.
In March 2013, Wesley Julian launched and successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign to create Tohoku Tomo – a documentary film telling the story of true friendship and commitment to Japan’s recovery by the international community following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Julian and a small team traveled across the United States and Japan to interview individuals who have made and continue to make a difference in Tohoku.
Countless people dropped what they were doing and dedicated themselves to Japan’s recovery. Many of them even took it upon themselves to establish non-profit organizations aimed at connecting with and rebuilding Tohoku and its communities. At the core of all these organizations are individuals—people connected and committed to the Tohoku region. These founders and volunteers are true friends of Tohoku. They are, in Japanese, Tohoku Tomo. For more information, visit www.TohokuTomo.com.
Ticket price is free but space is limited. RSVP is required prior to the event.
JETAA Chicago is proud to announce a new lecture series for those among us with curious minds. Japan Talks will take place on a quarterly basis, the first of which will be on Thursday, March 6, 5:30 – 6:30 PM at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center. The talk will be about 20 minutes, followed by time for Q&A and discussion.
Speaker: Mr. Joshua Solomon, Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago
Location: The Midway Boardroom at University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive (Just off of Illinois St. between Columbus and Michigan) MAP
Date: Thursday, March 6
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Synopsis: Japan has been widely characterized as a nation with deep roots of tradition embodied in cultural forms and aesthetics which continue unbroken from the distant past to the present day; such depictions of “Japan” as a monolithic form, unsurprisingly, misrepresent the complexity of contemporary Japan. This talk will draw upon the musical “tradition of change” known as Tsugaru-jamisen, looking at historical and contemporary trends in performance practice, to illuminate some of the misconceptions we often hold concerning performance tradition and to help cultivate a more critical perspective on homogenizing discourses of Japan as a whole.
Space is limited to only 15 people, so be sure to register to secure your spot!
JETAA USA is supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation (TAMF) for a 24 hour donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11. That’s 10 AM on March 10th for those of us in Chicago and other Central Standard Time locations. During that 24-hours, GlobalGiving has offered to match these donations!
This is a great opportunity to show our ongoing support for Tohoku by going to the Global Giving website on March 10th and 11th to make a donation during the matching grant period.
Online donation drive:
Donation website: www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/jets-rally-for-tohoku
Starts: 12:00 midnight Japan time on 3/11 (10 AM CST on Monday, March 10)
Ends: 11:59 p.m. Japan time on 3/11 (9:59 AM CST on Tuesday, March 11)
Three years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and the devastation in Tohoku has largely faded from the news. However, so much remains to be done for the survivors and TAMF has been partnering with a number of organizations in Japan to provide relief and help the people of Tohoku build a strong and vibrant future.
TAMF has provided funding to the following projects:
For more information on TAMF, please go to http://www.taylorandersonmemorialfund.org/, their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taylorandersonmemorialfund, or watch the NHK interview with Jeanne and Andy at https://vimeo.com/86637051.
JETAA USA is proud to partner with TAMF to carry on the support JETs and JET alumni have shown for Japan and the people of Tohoku ever since March 2011.
All donations up to $1,000 per individual donor made to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund on March 11th Japan time will be matched by Global Giving through their Japan Match Global Giving program. (Global Giving will charge a 15% facilitation fee to cover their costs, which donors may choose to cover if they wish so that their full donation amount goes to TAMF. See the page for details.)
We are also very happy to see Ambassador Kennedy giving her backing to their mission, as well (see photo). For coverage of her recent trip to Ishinomaki and visit to Mangokuura Elementary School, where Taylor taught, please check out the article at http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201311250099.
For the lingo-lovers out there, bring your own dish to this Nihongo Dake din-din! There are games planned and cupcakes have been promised.
- Date: Thursday, February 20th, 2014
- Time: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
- Location: River North Area
This is aimed at intermediate-advanced speakers. A local Japanese teacher will also be in attendance–and she offers private lessons should you be interested.
The cost for the dinner is $5 + a dish to share. The organizer will will send out the exact address and coordinate what dishes to bring via e-mail after you register.