JAPAN CLUB INFORMATION & MEETINGS
Generally meets every other Monday (check specific dates below); Our meetings last about one hour from 2:40-3:40pm, unless we have a special event that lasts longer.
NEXT MEETING - APRIL 8th, 2019 (Mon)
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***3/11/2019 - We announced final spring meeting dates (see below), and explained what would be needed in the planning of our annual showcase on the 4/22. Ilene provided a short presentation on Girls Day festivities in Japan, and then we created paper dolls for fun to celebrate.
***2/25/2019 - We made announcements and Leila shared a few pictures of her summer karaoke experience in Japan. We then sang karaoke to songs like "Ue of Muite Arukou" (the "Sukiyaki" Song) and "YMCA" in Japanese.
***2/4/2019 - We conducted planning for the spring and discussed Setsubun and Valentine's Day.
***1/14/2019 - We made important announcements and discussed Japanese folktales, showing animated videos of some of the most famous stories.
***12/10/2018 - Bounenkai - End of the year party celebration --- Food, video games and fun!
***11/26/2018 - We made important announcements, including discussing our Chic-Fil-A Pompano fundraiser on Thursday, 11/29 (5-8pm) and planning for the Bounenkai, and then learned how to use chopsticks and culturally appropriate chopstick etiquette. We had a lot of fun playing games while moving things with chopsticks!
***10/29/2018 - Halloween Party!!! We made announcements and then watched the anime, "Spirited Away" to celebrate stories of spirits in Japan. We ate popcorn, chips, and candy, some of our members cos-played as their favorite characters. The meeting lasted until 4:45pm, when the movie ended.
***10/15/2018 - We made announcements and then did rajio-taisou warm-up exercises in the classroom. We continued the meeting outside in the breezeway to play team games to celebrate Sports & Fitness Day and had a lot of fun together. The meeting lasted until 4:15pm.
***10/1/2018 - We made announcements and then continued the meeting in different sub groups to play different traditional games: kendama, daruma-otoshi, karuta, paper sumo, and jan-ken-pon. The meeting lasted until 3:40pm.
***9/17/2018 - We spent the majority of the meeting in different sub groups learning different arts and crafts, including brush calligraphy, origami (folding paper), sketch drawing, and haiku poem writing. We had a lot of fun, and the meeting ran until close to 4pm.
General Agenda for business meetings:
- Learn about Japanese Culture - Hands-on Craft Activities, Cultural Presentations, Videos & Stories
- Field Trip planning (i.e. the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens) or Event planning (Japanese Cultural Showcase)
- Committee task meetings
List of 2018-2019 Meeting Dates:
1st Semester - 8/27, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/26, 12/10 (Bounenkai)
2nd Semester - 1/14, 2/4, 2/25, 3/11, 4/8, 4/22, 5/20 (Gakunenkai)
JAPANESE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Generally meets every week on Wednesdays to offer tutoring for Japanese students; one hour meetings from 2:40-3:40pm.
NEXT MEETING: March 13th, 2019 (Wed)
Qualifications for students in Levels 2, 3 & 4 include:
1) Maintaining a 3.5 GPA in Japanese classes and a 3.0 Overall GPA.
2) Must demonstrate dedication to teaching and learning about Japanese language and culture through a minimum of 10 hours in promotion of Japanese studies (through tutoring peers or active participation in Japan Bowl/Japanese competition or Japan Club, or some equivalent activity)
Our Japanese Honor Society active members are an exclusive, hard working group of students:
Kevin Grant (Grade 12) --- Level 4
Veema Jhagru (Grade 12) --- Level 3
Leila Plummer (Grade 11) --- Level 3
Bradley Vincent (Grade 11) --- Level 3
Anyone considering membership induction this year (Level 2 and above) are welcome to join us to help with tutoring and competition preparation.