March JETAADC News

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In this edition of JETAADC News:

Message from the Board:

February was a big month at JETAADC — with our first ever 10+ reunion exclusively for JET Alumni who went to Japan in 2004 and earlier…

And our third JET Talks event to date: a screening of HAFU/ハーフ:The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan. (If you attended and haven’t taken our post-event survey yet, you can still take it here.)

We have plenty in store for March to follow up on our very eventful February. With spring just around the corner — difficult as it is to imagine with several inches of snow outside — we have several events planned to get everyone out of the house and enjoying some well-deserved balmy weather (hopefully). I’ll personally be dusting off my sneakers to get ready for the Red Shoe 5K Run & Walk and hope to see you all out at some of the Cherry Blossom festivities!

And, if simply attending JETAADC events is not quite enough to sate your thirst for all things JETAA, consider running for office. Platforms for JETAA USA Country Rep are due March 16 — details here. Or, if you are new to JETAA or looking to get involved closer to home, JETAADC elections are coming up in April. March would be a great time to make it out to an event to talk to current officers about their experience and think about how you might like to get involved yourself.

See you out at a JETAADC event soon!

Kat Kovacs
JETAADC Newsletter Chair
Nara-ken, 2007 – 2011


March JETAADC Events:

Nihongo Dake
Thursday, March 20
Details TBD

Red Shoe Run & Walk
Sunday, March 30
Herndon, VA
Register here

The 4th Annual Red Shoe Run & Walk 5k is being held in Herndon, VA, on March 30. The event benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC and raises money for seriously ill children and their families.

Hopefully the weather will be a lot nicer by the end of March and a good time to come out for some exercise and a great cause!

For details and registration, please visit this site.

If interested, registering earlier is cheaper:

$40 until March 23
$45 up through race day

Be sure to pick “JETAADC” as your team!

Of course friends and family of JET are welcome. If you decide to join, please “join” this Facebook event and/or shoot Paul an email at to receive meetup and after-event information closer to the date.


Remember the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami:

While the devastation from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has largely faded from the news, the upcoming three year anniversary of March 11 is a time to remember those affected and support the recovery effort.

Read “Strong U.S.-Japan bond formed in aftermath of 3/11”
The Asahi Shimbum talks to Andy and Jean Anderson as they continue to remember their daughter through the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation.

Watch Narrow Path to the Deep North
The Japan Information and Culture Center will have two screenings and panel discussions of Narrow Path to the Deep North, a documentary interweaving poetry and footage of the earthquake and tsunami, on Tuesday, March 11. Learn more here.

Donate on March 11
JETAA USA is supporting the Taylor Anderson Memorial Foundation — donations up to $1,000 will be matched by the Japan Match Global Giving Program for a 24-hour period on March 11 (Japan time). Read more here. Donate here.


Cherry Blossoms:

Washington, DC will soon be turning a soft shade of pink — peak bloom (70% of the blossoms open) predicted for April 8 – 12! Join JETAADC as we gear up for Cherry Blossom season…

Tidal Basin Clean-Up
Join Japan-America Society on Saturday, March 15, 9:00 am, as we assist the National Park Service in cleaning the Tidal Basin to get the area ready for the Cherry Blossoms! Find out more and register here. Work up an appetite weeding and raking, and join JETAADC for lunch after a morning of cleaning — let Paul ( know if you plan to attend so he can let you know about JETAADC’s lunch plan.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Take part in a variety of events from March 20 – April 13…from a Grand Sake Tasting to tea ceremony. See the full schedule here.

Sakura Matsuri — JETAADC Children’s Corner
Be a part of the largest Japanese street festival in the country on April 12! The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC needs volunteers — join JETAADC in the Sakura Matsuri Children’s corner. Learn more about the festival here and register here.


Other (non-JETAADC) events you may be interested in…

Kurosawa’s Shakespeare Film Series
March 2, 9, 14
Freer Gallery

In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the Freer presents three adaptations of his plays, directed by Akira Kurosawa. Learn more here.

The Studio Ghibli Collection:
1984 – 2011
Saturday, March 8 — Sunday, April 13
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
(Entrance on E St.)
Washington, DC 2000

Binge on all your Studio Ghibli favorites — shown in Japanese with English subtitles all March (and into April). See the full schedule here.

Yokohama Student Cultural and Community Event
Monday, March 10, 4:00 pm
George Mason University
Mason Hall, Mason Pond Drive
Meese Conference Room (D023)

You are cordially invited to meet students from Yokohama University, who hosted George Mason University students in May, 2013 and watch a special presentation created by students. Followed by dinner (optional) in Mason Hall.

For more information, contact Rita Rowand at


JETAADC Member News:

Big promotion? New baby? Appearing on Jeopardy? Brag about Share your latest accomplishment with the JET community. Fill out our online form here to appear in our next newsletter.

It’s a boy! Shana Tischler (Gifu-ken, 2000-2003) and Elias Wolfberg are proud parents of Zev Chai Tischler Wolfberg, born on Feb. 3, 2014.

Brandon Wright (Fukui-ken, 2004-2007) was promoted two weeks ago. He will be managing a large project for his HHS client with Futrend Technology. Plus, he’ll run his first half marathon in March.


Best of JET (etc.) Around the Web:

Survey: Factors influencing the job satisfaction of TESOL Assistant Language Teachers in Japan

Like cats? And obachan? Meet Misao and Fukumaro.

(Really like cats? Learn Japanese with cats.)

“A: Is this an apple? B: No, it isn’t. It’s a dog.”, and other conversations that no one actually has. What Japanese students remember from JHS English class.

The Oscar-Nominated Miyazaki Film The Wind Rises Is a Work of Art. Is Dubbing It an Outrage? “When Disney eventually came aboard Princess Mononoke, care was finally taken. Sort of. Neil Gaiman penned the English script, but Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein laid on the pressure to tinker with the edit. According to Miyazaki, it took a a gift from a Ghibli producer — a samurai sword with the note, “No cuts” — to finally get Weinstein to back down.” 

Japanese (and other) language classes around DC


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