Cranes are considered lucky, ramen is a staple dish, cherry blossoms are a reason to celebrate and hello is said konnichiwa. Welcome to Japan Club.
“We try and help the students understand [Japanese] culture,” said club president Jessi Humpherys. One part of this culture is the food; the club recently had a contest to see who could make the most genuine-looking ramen using many common toppings found in Japan. The club is having another food night at the beginning of November, when they will be making curry and tonkatsu, a pork dish, among others.
The group has many other activities planned. On October 25, the Japan Club will be joining the Multicultural and International Clubs to carve pumpkins with elementary students. “I think it will be really interesting… it’s just fun to carve pumpkins,” said Lani Hammer, a member of the club. On October 29 and 30 the Japan Club is showing a Japanese thriller called “Apartment 1303” as part of the International Cinema series. They also have a karaoke night, an anime night and an unbirthday party before the semester ends.
The club advisor, Jeff Lamb, is already planning the spring semester activities as well. He stated that Japan Club may celebrate hanami, the cherry-blossom festival. “We go out and sing songs and eat lunch under the cherry blossom trees,” Lamb said. This will likely take place in mid-April when the flowers begin to bloom.
The Japan Club is open to the community as well as students, and is free, meeting in the Lucy Phillips Building room 309 every Tuesday at seven p.m. “We want to give students and the community a chance to just have fun!” Humpherys stated.