Japan Club Shakes up Campus

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The Japan club played a murder mystery game on October 15th for their weekly meeting before weekly. Photo by Cheyenne Davis

The Japan club played a murder mystery game on October 15th for their weekly meeting before weekly. Photo by Cheyenne Davis

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.

Adria Riley was born on July 11, 1995 and is from Syracuse, which is between Salt Lake and Ogden. She is a freshman here at Snow College and is planning on majoring in English. She isn’t sure if she wants to go into philosophies, journalism or English education. She decided to come to Snow College because she wanted to get out of her house out on her own, it’s cheap, she loves the atmosphere and because of it’s small size. Adria’s favorite color is black because it goes with everything. It creates contrast with brighter colors. In her spare time she likes to read, write, play the viola, sew and party. She enjoys hiking but does not like other physical activity. If Adria could go anywhere in the world she would want to visit all the temples, go to New Zealand to see the Lord of the Rings sites and she would also like to visit the sites where the Avengers movie was filmed. Her favorite quote is “Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own. Something unique about her is she is a quarter Nicaraguan.

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