Several years ago, I served as a CIR in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. After participating in the JET program, I came back to California and was lucky to find a university job teaching Japanese; however, when I arrived, there was no established curriculum. Using my teaching experiences, I was able to create not only a new
Like many JET alumni, I got spoiled by fantastic ramen while in Japan. Living in Kyushu allowed me to experience many variations of the island’s milky tonkotsu pork broth. When I returned to the States, I discovered that really good tonkotsu ramen was hard to find. That’s all changing now though. The Bay Area has
As part of our Sister City Initiative, JETAANC helped assist the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association with the annual Student Ambassador Program. This year’s student and winner of the Sister City Association President’s Award was Ms. Mariya Wada, a junior at the Osaka Women’s College. Her contest winning English speech, “It Depends on Us,” can
The JET Program is now in its 26th year and has grown significantly since its humble beginnings— from 848 participants from four countries to over 4,300 participants from 39 countries. This year, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco sent 52 individuals to live, work, and participate in cultural exchange on the JET Program.
So who are you, what do you do, and what was your position on JET? I’m Ryan Kimura, and I work at the JCCCNC (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California) as the Director of Programs and Community Affairs. I was a part of the JET Program from 2004 until 2006 as an ALT