JET30 Reunion: Enduring Connections

A few weeks ago I walked into the lobby of the Omni Shoreham hotel, a luxury hotel located nestled just off of Connecticut Ave NW in Woodley Park. I was there to attend the JET30 Reunion, a celebration of the JET Program’s 30th year. JET stands for Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, a Japanese governmental program … Continue reading

Dreaming of Electricity

Except from my NaNoWriMo novel.  Copyright 2011 Bahia Simons-Lane I was sitting in a car in Gunma Prefecture staring at the scenery rushing by.  It was unfamiliar and exotic; rice fields submersed partially in water and mountains on the horizon.  The journey to my own new home was almost complete and the adrenaline I had … Continue reading

Japan Culture Day and Miami Reggae Festival for Japan Relief

The Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese (AFTJ) and FIU Asian Studies Department are planning a Japan Culture Day to raise money for the Japan relief effort on April 30th, which is this Saturday. Admission is $10 for a series of games, workshops, and entertainment. There will also be Japanese foods and goods such as … Continue reading

Where to Look in Social Media for Japan Updates

After the earthquake and subsequent tsunami Facebook and Twitter became top ways that information was being spread about what was happening in Japan.  The way I heard about the safety of my friends living there was primarily through Facebook and many friends maintained constant contact with the foreign community in Japan using it.  I think … Continue reading

JET Alumni Survey for Research Purposes

In an effort to develop an overall profile of American alumni of the JET Program, with particular emphasis on the educational and professional experiences of alumni after participation in JET, JET Alum, Professor Emily Metzgar of Indiana University’s School of Journalism, is inviting JETAA members to participate in a research study of American alumni of … Continue reading