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April Karaoke

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER – PLEASE JOIN US IN MAY!

Time to work out those vocal chords and celebrate spring finally arriving!

1_karaoke-wide-620x349RMJETAA will be hosting a karaoke session in April. Hate singing in front of a whole bar? Don’t worry, we’ll be going to Family Karaoke, a private-room style karaoke place with plenty of Japanese and English songs to sing in your naturally beautiful voice.

When:  Sunday, April 13th @ 4:00pm new time!
Where: Family Karaoke
2760 S Havana St
Aurora, CO 80014 (map)

Hope to see you there!

Update on JETs Rally for Tohoku Fundraiser

JET Community Helps Raise Nearly $50,000 to Support Ishinomaki Students

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Tuesday, March 11th marked the 3-year anniversary of the worst disaster to hit Japan in recent history. 3.11 is a date that few people connected with Japan will ever forget. This is particularly true for alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) – a unique program organized by the Japanese government that hires recent college graduates from all over the world to be assistant language teachers and international relations coordinators for local prefectural governments.

During the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, two JET participants lost their lives: Monty Dickson and Taylor Anderson. The families of these JETs have worked hard to share their stories and help the devastated communities where their loved ones lived and died. In particular, the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund was created to support the students and schools in Ishinomaki and the Tohoku region.

Since 2011 JET participants and alumni worldwide have also worked to support the disaster response, so far raising over $500,000 for the relief and recovery effort. As part of this effort the JET Alumni Association USA created a relief fund that has distributed almost $90,000 in grants for educational programs in the disaster zone.

This year, JETs mobilized again to support the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund with an online fundraising campaign entitled JETs Rally for Tohoku. In the first 24 hours, starting at midnight on March 11, 2014, Japan time, JET alumni, current JET participants, and friends around the world contributed more than $20,000 through Global Giving, an internationally recognized donation website. These funds were raised through social media and word of mouth, as well as through events in San Francisco and elsewhere around the United States.

By March 18, one week later, a total of 333 people had donated $24,238. Global Giving has pledged to match these donations, bringing the total mobilized to more than $48,000 — a formidable sum demonstrating the commitment of the global JET community to the recovery of the Tohoku region. These funds will be used for a series of initiatives supported by the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund: a community library for students in hard-hit Ishinomaki, scholarships for local students, and PTSD training to assist area residents.

The JETs Rally for Tohoku fundraising website on Global Giving will be left open for regular donations which means JETs can continue to spread the word, raise funds and support the people of Japan – a country close to all of their hearts.

For more information, please visit:
· JETs Rally for Tohoku
· Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
· JET Alumni Association USA
· JET Program

Questions can be directed to Casey Marie Mochel at us1.jetaausa [at] gmail.com

Japanese Movie Night: The Wind Rises

RMJETAA will be teaming up with the Japan-America Society of Colorado (JASC) to present Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton.

When: Sunday, March 23rd from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, 80120
Ticket Costs:
JASC & RMJETAA members:
$25/person – includes meal, whiskey tasting, and movie
$10/person – includes meal and movie only

Non-members & friends:
$30/person – includes meal, whiskey tasting, and movie
$15/person – includes meal and movie only

Click here to RSVP and purchase tickets

About the film:

The final film of famed director Hayao Miyazaki, in The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni.

Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the worlds most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japans plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo.

Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

This screening will feature the original Japaense audio with English subtitles.

Job Opening: Travel Consultant with InsideJapan Tours

InsideAsia Tours is a young and dynamic travel company with two brands; InsideJapan Tours and InsideVietnam Tours. Originating in the UK we also have an office in Japan, and in 2010 opened our first US branch in Boulder, Colorado. We now have a team of six in the US, and are looking for a new travel consultant to help us grow onward and upward.

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We organize small group tours and tailored packages for private clients and third-party travel agents. Our pioneering North American branch is small but our client base is strong and ever expanding. As an operator specializing in only two destinations coupled with our ground handling office in Japan, we are in a unique position in the market.

This position presents the perfect opportunity for a former JET to begin a career in the travel industry and use their knowledge and love of Japan. Boulder and the surrounding area is a fantastic place in which to live and work, and the Pearl Street location couldn’t be better!

For more information about the company, role, great benefits and to apply, please see our website:

http://www.insideasiatours.com/Jobs/TCJobUS_details.html

Donate For Tohoku

JETAA USA is supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation for a 24 hour donation drive that starts when the clock strikes midnight in Japan on March 11. And 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 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 (9 a.m. MDT on March 10)
Ends: 11:59 p.m. Japan time on 3/11 (8:59 a.m. MDT on March 11)  GlobalGiving has lifted the 24 deadline, contributions will be matched until funds run out!

Background

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 athttps://www.facebook.com/taylorandersonmemorialfund, or watch the NHK interview with Jeanne and Andy athttps://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.

Details:

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.  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.