JAC Camp & Japanese Exchange Students! ✿
Hey guys! How's break going for you all? :D Apologies for the very very late newsletter but with Sem 2 coming up in a couple of week's time, we've got a lot of events coming up that will hopefully interest you all, including some fun meet-ups with the Meiji and Tohoku exchange students (｡◕ˇε ˇ◕｡)♡ I also hope you're all getting geared up for our JAC Camp in a week's time 'cause we're having a blast planning everything!! *cue evil laughter* お楽しみに！！
DATE: Friday 17th - Sunday 19th July
LOCATION: Stanwell Tops Conference Centre
WHAT: JAC Camp has found a new home! If you love late night chill times with your friends, meeting new besties and getting up to all sorts of crazy shenanigans, then this is the camp for you :D FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/539297036209744/ JASS x Anime@UTS x DC Calligraphy Workshop
DATE: Tuesday 21st July 2 - 4pm
LOCATION: The Japan Foundation
COST: $3 for JASS/Anime@UTS/DC members, $8 for non-members
WHAT: Sydney-based artist Chris Yee will be holding a workshop and teaching us how to achieve his manga-inspired calligraphy illustration style. You'll have the opportunity to practice and get feedback from someone who's worked with Vivid Sydney, Redbull and more! You must register for this event since there are very limited spots! Please fill in the form here~
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/335917586617780/ UTS Clubs Day
DATE: Thursday 3rd July 9am - 4pm
LOCATION: UTS Building 1
WHAT: We're back for Clubs Day so if you and/or your friends haven't signed up to JASS yet, we're now offering half year registrations for $5!! By becoming a JASS member, you have access to a heap of great discounts from our sponsors such as Kinokuniya, Chatime, Mother's Crepe, Qsan and more and also to our events so don't miss out! :D
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/673144376163616/ Meiji Daigaku Meet-Up!
DATE: Monday 3rd August 12:30 - 3:30pm
LOCATION: UTS Concourse
WHAT: A group of exchange students from Meiji University will be visiting UTS and we've arranged for you guys to take them on a mini tour around UTS and the city! We're meeting at the Concourse then heading over to The Small Lemongrass for lunch before we embark on our tour.
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/498223630343494/
Tohoku Daigaku Meet-Up!
DATE: Mid August
WHAT: Remember the epic Tohoku x JAC meet-up last year? I'm sure tonnes of you guys made some great friends from the Tohoku exchange group so we're organising another meet-up for this year's crew! Stay tuned for more info on dates; we'll be doing another BBQ, presentation and a possible Blue Mountains day trip among other things :D
Japanese Language Lessons All new classes and teachers and an added level Beginners Plus, which will be for students in between the Beginners and Intermediate levels, will be starting up again in Sem 2!
Our 2 new t-shirt designs have finally come in so if you weren't able to pre-order one before, come find us at Clubs Day as we'll be selling these at our stall! Alternatively you can fill in this form and we can reserve one for you from our extras :D Don't know what they look like? Check out your fellow execs wearing them! If you have one, we also want to see your t-shirt pics so remember to tag us on Instagram/FB/Twitter whatever else you can think of! (ﾉ´ヮ´)ﾉ
Tanabata just happened a couple days ago on the 7th July in celebration of the 2 star- crossed lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi. It's one of the biggest national festivals in Japan so that means amazing decorations and celebrations all across the country including at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo. Being in Japan during Tanabata is definitely on my bucket list for sure!
Check out the pretty lights at Zojoji here!
Giant Robots. When I say that you probably think of Japan's long history of mecha anime (Eva, Gundam) and obsession with robots right? Well, American robot maker MegaBot recently challenged Japanese robot maker Suidobashi to a robot duel so expect to see an epic robot battle sometime in the near future! In the mean time, make sure to check out Japan's response to this challenge below!
USA vs Japan! Who do you think will win?
Move over Babymetal - there's a new kawaiicore band on the rise! Ladybaby is a new j-pop/ metal group that consists of 2 Japanese teenage girls and, wait for it... a bearded Australian cross-dressing wrestler who has been singing his way around Japan under the moniker Ladybeard. I'm not sure what it is about guys dressing up in maid outfits/serafuku that is intriguing but just watch the music video for Nippon Manju and you'll see why! Cue confusion.
So much hair and in all the wrong places D:
J-Movie Recommendation - Kami-sama no Iu Toori
A high school student named Shun Takahata (Fukushi Sota) lives an ordinary teenage life until one day a malevolent Daruma appears in front of his class and forces the students to participate in a series of children’s games such as “Daruma-san ga Koronda” with death as the penalty for losing. With no knowledge of who’s behind the games, he’s left with no other choice but to keep winning as his only means of protecting himself and his childhood friend, Ichika (Yamazaki Hirona). Meanwhile, a troubled classmate named Takeru (Kamiki Ryunosuke) seems to actually be relishing the opportunity to get other students killed. It's a straight forward 'survival of the fittest' setting where selected students progress onto their next round of 'trials' with a variety of God-like monsters (my personal favourites are the Kokeshi dolls and Maneki-neko). This movie is so interesting, though quite twisted and gory in some parts, but is exactly the type of movie you would expect from director Takashi Miike. The visual effects are probably the best part about this movie so check it out if you love a good Battle Royale type of movie!
Check out the trailer here
Until next time,