18 episodes

A podcast about the JET and JET alumni community for the JET and JET alumni community. A debt of gratitude to USJETAA and CLAIR for their support. And special thanks to Percival Constantine (Tarumizu-shi, Kagoshima-ken 2008-2013) for helping to host this podcast on Transistor.

JETAA-sphere Podcast Steven Horowitz

    • Society & Culture

A podcast about the JET and JET alumni community for the JET and JET alumni community. A debt of gratitude to USJETAA and CLAIR for their support. And special thanks to Percival Constantine (Tarumizu-shi, Kagoshima-ken 2008-2013) for helping to host this podcast on Transistor.

    Ep 018 JETAA-sphere: MIIS/JET alumni - Scott Pulizzi and Rebecca Guttentag

    Ep 018 JETAA-sphere: MIIS/JET alumni - Scott Pulizzi and Rebecca Guttentag

    Did you know that as of September, 2022, there are 107 JET alumni who are also alumni of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)?* And with good reason! 

    Listen to this interview with JET/MIIS alumni Scott Pulizzi and Rebecca Guttentag to learn more about the JET/MIIS connection. 

    Links:

    Professor Scott Pulizzi


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottpulizzi/
    https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/people/scott-pulizzi

    Rebecca Guttentag


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-guttentag/

    MIIS - Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey


    https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/

    JET Scholarship for MIIS


    go.miis.edu/jet

    And thanks to Jill Stoffers, Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships at MIIS, for her help with arrangements and logistics.

    *Source: Jill Stoffers

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    Special thanks to USJETAA and CLAIR for their support for the JETAA-sphere!

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    Ep 017 JETAA-sphere Mothra Storytelling Hour - SUCCESS

    Ep 017 JETAA-sphere Mothra Storytelling Hour - SUCCESS

    Our second installment in the submission-based Mothra Storytelling Hour, where JET alumni submit their stories related to the chosen theme. This episode we share the theme of SUCCESS. We'll hear some classroom stories, travel experiences, life accomplishments, and post - JET successes. Listen to our 7 submissions from fellow alumni! Hosted by Samantha Lastres (Tokyo 2017-21.)  Next episode's theme is ADVENTURE! Submit your stories here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19EN7eDcAlUB-dnbokFreI1EpcHkcZzIg?usp=sharing or by email: samanthalastres@gmail.com, stevenwaseda@gmail.com 

    Thanks to our submitters: Laura Egan (Miyagi 2015 - 2018), Joe Palermo (Gunma 1982-83), Scot Alprin (Aichi 1992-1995), Sarah Coomber (Yamaguchi 1994-96), Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, Kariya-shi, 1992-94), Anntanya Shair (Hyogo 2019-2022) www.anntanya.com, Scot Maupin (Hokkaido 2005-09) check out his podcast http://perfectshow.site/episodes/

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    Ep 016 JETAA-sphere: Interview with Nathalie Ng and Eden Law of JETAA International

    Ep 016 JETAA-sphere: Interview with Nathalie Ng and Eden Law of JETAA International

    In Episode 16, the JETAA-sphere interviews recently re-elected JETAA International President Nathalie Ng (Shizuoka-ken, 2010-11) of JETAA Singapore as well as JETAA International Webmaster Eden Law (Fukushima-ken, 2010-11) of JETAA New South Wales to learn all about what JETAA International is, what it does, and how it exists. We also get to learn more about JETAA Singapore and JETAA New South Wales as well as hear some good stories from Nathalie and Eden's JET days.

    Co-Hosts


    Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, 1992-94)
    Ryan Hata (Tottori-ken, 2014-17)

    Organizations mentioned:


    JETAA International
    JETAA International Advisory Board
    JETAA International Executive Committee
    List of all JETAA chapters worldwide
    List of Country Representatives (CRs) for JETAA in each country
    JET30: JETAA International Meeting and Global Forum 2016
    JETAA New South Wales
    JETAA Singapore
    JETAA UK
    Life After JET podcast by Eden Law
    JETAA Tokyo
    JETAA Western Japan

    JET Alumni mentioned in this episode:


    Olivia Clarke
    Rose Tanasugarn
    John Lucas
    Andrew Massey - JETAA Canada CR and new JETAAI Vice-Chair
    Lawrence Innis - JETAA Trinidad & Tobago
    Matt Gillam, CLAIR NY
    Xander Peterson
    Mark Frey

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    Ep 015 JETAA-sphere: JET Professional Identity & Interview with author Takaaki Hiratsuka

    Ep 015 JETAA-sphere: JET Professional Identity & Interview with author Takaaki Hiratsuka

    In Episode 15 of the JETAA-sphere podcast, we interview Prof. Takaaki Hiratsuka, author of Narrative inquiry into language teacher identity: ALTs in the JET program.


    Click this link http://bit.ly/VBL-Register to register for the May 28 book launch event!

    Ep 15 Co-hosts:


    Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, Kariya-shi, 1992-94)
    Mark Frey (Kumamoto-ken, 2002-2006)

    About Prof. Takaaki Hiratsuka: 


    List of Prof. Hiratsuka's writings and presentations
    Bio: Takaaki Hiratsuka is an associate professor in the Department of Global Studies at Ryukoku University, in Kyoto where he teaches a range of applied linguistics courses and supervises master's and PhD students in related fields of language teacher education and narrative inquiry. He has a PhD in Language Teaching and Learning from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. And an avid futsal player.

    Other JET Alumni or Friends of JET mentioned in this episode:


    Bruce Feiler (Tochigi-ken, 1988-89), author of numerous best-sellers including Learning to Bow
    David L. McConnell, author of Importing Diversity: Inside Japan's JET Program
    Earth Bennett (Aomori-ken, 2000-03), author of the JET cartoon strip series Every Situation Is Different
    David Namisato (Aomori-ken-2002-04), author of the cartoon book Life After the B.O.E.
    Khalid Birdsong (Osaka-fu, Shimamoto-cho, 2003-05), author of the cartoon series Fried Chicken & Sushi

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    Special thanks to USJETAA and CLAIR for their support for the JETAA-sphere!

    • 50 min
    Ep 014 JETAA-sphere: The Perfect Show - "Ten Yen Arcade" - by Scot Maupin

    Ep 014 JETAA-sphere: The Perfect Show - "Ten Yen Arcade" - by Scot Maupin

    The JETAA-sphere is very fortunate and honored to be able to share an episode of Scot Maupin's (Hokkaido, 2005-09) podcast "The Perfect Show" in its entirety on the JETAA-sphere. This episode is entitled "Ten Yen Arcade."

    And if you enjoyed this episode, you should definitely check out The Perfect Show's other episodes, especially "Multilanguage Songs" and "Mononoke, Miyazaki, and Maebashi - もののけ姫 - 宮崎駿 - 前橋市". Not all of his episodes related to Japan. But some do, and they're really good!

    Meanwhile, here are show notes from The Perfect Show's "Ten Yen Arcade" episode:

    Scot dives into the video game world and puts a magnifying glass on a special spot from his time in Japan, the Ten Yen Arcade. Explore the world of bits and bytes with him in this episode all about arcades and playing games

    Special thanks to:

    Drew, Lee, and Shane, my video game playing friends.

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    Special thanks as always to USJETAA and CLAIR for their support!

    • 51 min
    Ep 013 JETAA-sphere: Stacy Smith - Interpreter Extraordinaire

    Ep 013 JETAA-sphere: Stacy Smith - Interpreter Extraordinaire

    Thank you to DSA International, our sponsor for this episode!
    If you’re interested in working with DSA International, either as a future applicant or a company looking to hire someone, please send them an email at: jobs@dsajobs.net with “Attention: JET-PODCAST-TANAKA2022” in the subject line.
    Episode 13 is JETAA-sphere's interview with Stacy Smith (CIR Kumamoto-ken, 2000-03), a professional interpreter and also the original writer, interpreter and translator that inspired the JETwit name. (The "wit" stands for "writers, interpreters & translators.")
    Here's some info that came up in the interview that might be of interest:
    Katty Kaufman (Stacy’s nomination for a rockstar interpreter)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twCpijr_GeQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C20XmtHkQM
    Correction: In the interview, Stacy accidentally referred to Katty Kaufman as Kathy Kaufman then realized it afterwards.)

    Tomoko Lumpkin

    https://machikane.fm/people/lumpkin/

    Other JET alums mentioned

    Nicole Bongiorno (former JETAANY officer)
    George Rose (former interpreter for New York Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu; former JETAANY President)

    See cover photo of Stacy with Imai-kun from “Something Else” (Samueru) from the ANA flight to Kumamoto (august 2000)
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    Special thanks to USJETAA and CLAIR for their support for the JETAA-sphere!

    • 42 min

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