Did you know?

This year, Tokyo Station turned 100 years old!!
Tokyo station is one of the busiest station, and will be busier when tourist come
for the 2020 summer olympic! To celebrate, here is an animation created by A-1 Pictures,
main theme song written by Yu Sakai:

A full version of short animation “Passage of time~TOKYO STATION~”

【Story line】
Misaki, a twenty-nine year old woman, is planning to get married soon. One day, she finds an old pocket watch which belonged to her late father. Unfortunately, it was broken and did not move. Misaki finds out that this watch originally belonged to her grandfather. It was her grandfather who gave it to her father. They both worked at the Tokyo Station. Misaki’s father was always strict and severe, especially to her. That was the only memory she would remember about him. She regrets how they could not connect with each other because she could not communicate with him very well when she was in her teens. Misaki visits the Tokyo station, hoping to repair this memorable watch. However, the repair shop was already gone. She drops her shoulders and walks on the platform of the station. Suddenly, she finds a station employee who looks just like her father. She runs and follows this person without even thinking…

The video is in Japanese, but with English subtitles!!!

夏休み〜

It’s summer break guys!!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful break before the school year starts again.

It is summer break, so there will be not much updates about the organization, but I hope you can take the time to look back at some of the events and fundraisers we had this year.
Some of the photos can be found on this link:

http://jsaucsc.wordpress.com/past-events-思いでいっぱい〜/past-events-2013-2014/

If you haven’t so, please visit our Facebook page (link can be found in ‘ABOUT’ tab).

summer
See you guys in Fall 2014!!!

Matsuri!!! 祭り?Let’s do this!!

Matsuri 2014お祭りだ〜!!
It’s that time of the year!! JSA presents Matsuri, Japanese cultural festival!

At Stevenson Event Center, more than 100 students and facilities came to enjoy wonderful food made by our wonderful staff members. Foods include california rolls and yakitori. To get a little taste, we included Ramune in our menu (which was a big hit for a lot of people!).

Performances featured Watsonville Taiko, Kendo Club, Aikido Club, and JK Dance Group!

Great success!!! Enjoy few of the photos below :)

Matsuri 2014

Doors opening soon!! Richi is ready to serve those Takoyaki!

Yuna at the Omikuji station

Yuna at the Omikuji station

Maya and Mark at the California roll station!

Maya and Mark at the California roll station!

Taiko performance!  Amazing performances throughout the day :)

Taiko performance!
Amazing performances throughout the day :)

 

Check out some of the staff photos taken at the photo booth!:

JSA samurais (Just kidding!)

JSA samurais (Just kidding!)

Why hello there Briant ~

Why hello there Briant ~

 

Last but not least, thank you everyone for coming to the event!! I hope everyone was able to experience some Japanese culture. This is just a small scale festival run by students, but maybe one day, when you go visit Japan, you can experience the festival there (since there are a lot, and I mean A LOT of festivals!)

Last but not least, thank you to all the staff members to make this event successful!! Hope to see you all next year, and congratulation to the graduating students!!!

JSA Matsuri Staffs

JSA Matsuri Staffs

 

Photo Credit: Fusako Obata and Kiyomi Kuroda

35th Annual Multicultural Festival

mcf poster 2014
Event dates:
May 17, 2014 – 12:00pm
Location:
Lower West Field
Description:

Enjoy dance and musical performances by student organizations and visiting artists Candelaria, SambaDá, DJ Dahl and Buddah G at this year’s festival, titled “Motions of the Past, Movements of the Future.” Festival-goers can also sample some of the delicious foods for sale—from Korean tacos to fried plátanos and tostadas.

Another spring event for JSA! Time to sell some California rolls and takoyaki ~
The blazing sun hit the tent once again, with swarming people looking for food to eat.

Thank you for all those who came by and helped out.
And a good job to those who preformed! That’s you guys, JK FAM!!!!

MCF 2014

California rolls and takoyaki ~

California rolls and takoyaki ~

Inside the tent :)

Inside the tent :)

 

Photo Credit: Kiyomi Kuroda

JSA and KASA beach day!

Another nice weather in Santa Cruz, where we must enjoy the sun and the beach!!
Time to tan and eat some yummy food with KASA (Korean American Student Association). The day started with everyone bringing some food,
chilling and talking at Natural Beach. Watermelons, chips, pasta, and Panda Express … and some rice balls ~
Some went to the waters (and some went IN!!!). Some played a game of football, threw around a frisbee, played catch! And of course, some tanned
in the sun ~

Enjoy some of the photos :)

Mark and Olivia  Cola commercial right there!!

Mark and Olivia
Cola commercial right there!!

Soichiro looks so happy ^^

Soichiro looks so happy ^^

Football time!

Football time!

Karen and Kiyomi, smile ~

Karen and Kiyomi, smile ~

Group picture!! Thank you everyone for coming!

Group picture!! Thank you everyone for coming!

 

Photo credit: Fusako Obata
Group photo provided by KASA

2nd Annual Throwdown in Jtown!! Dodge-ball Tournament 2014

Hello everyone!!
Whoot!! Another great quarter starts with cherry blossom blooming on campus.
On April 27th, fellow JSA members went to San Francisco to compete in a dodgeball tournament. Two teams: Matcha Slugs and Sakura Slugs, played very well. Many memorable moments!

There were a total of 7 teams. Besides UCSC, there were two other colleges, USF and SFSU. JCCCNC, JCYC, and Nakayoshi also formed a group to compete in this tournament. Opening ceremony started around 10:40am, and games started at 11am. Both teams were eager to get on court and play. First part of the day consisted of playing matches to get seeded for the second part of the day. Intense matches went on. A game where we won without losing any team members. A game with head shots … People throwing bullets at each other, and in the end, a little match against the two UCSC teams.

Teams got reseeded to:
1. JCCCNC
2. UCSC Sakura
3. SFSU
4. UCSC Matcha
5. JCYC
6. USF
7. Nakayoshi

The highest UCSC went was to simi-finals, but in the end, we all had fun and was an enjoyable day. Here are several photos from the event :)

Let the game begin!

Let the game begin!

One two three, THROW!

One two three, THROW!

Mix of all the teams. Total of 14 balls thrown at once!

Mix of all the teams. Total of 14 balls thrown at once!

Chris and Kyle taking a little break.

Chris and Kyle taking a little break.

Sakura Slugs waiting for their match in the semi-finals

Sakura Slugs waiting for their match in the semi-finals

Great work to both Matcha and Sakura Slugs!!!

Great work to both Matcha and Sakura Slugs!!!

Photo credits: Fusako Obata

Bonfire!!

A little break from studying?
Let’s all have fun at the beach! It’s time for a bonfire!

Getting the fire started took a while, but with JSA power, something will happen! Before the sun sets, let’s eat some food. Hot dogs and s’mores! And of course some drinks to keep us hydrated. The night was long, where we could see all the stars and a ring around the moon. Hiroki playing his guitar, and people singing along.

Good luck with finals and see you guys next quarter!!

It takes 5 guys to start a fire ...

It takes 5 guys to start a fire …

 

beach 2 (March 2014)

Hot dogs and marshmallows ~

Photo Credit: Kiyomi Kuroda

By jsaucsc Posted in Events

検索は応援になる Search for 3.11

It’s been 3 years since the earthquake that hit Tohoku.
Many of us have contributed a lot, but there’s still many things that haven’t been fixed. There are still students who haven’t been able to return to their school because it has been damaged. Many fishers have lost their boats and equipments, as well as their place to continue their job. Tourist are still uneasy to step near the lands of where there was leakage of radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

But today is the day! Search “3.11” at http://www.yahoo.co.jp/to donate 10 yen towards the great Tohoku earthquake relief. All you have to do is search it here, and yahoo will donate their money! Yahoo have also created a small clip of what people have been looking up from the day of the earthquake until few months later, and realized that as people start to stop looking up terms about the earthquake, it will just become the past. Maybe even forgotten that there’s still more to fix and due.

Please take your time to still pray and help Japan. Help those who need the help, and thinking about how we can make this world a helpful and safer place for everyone to be.

東北地方太平洋沖地震が起きて、もう3年。
あの時の光景は誰もが思い出したくないもの。地震、津波、放射線。東京では地下鉄も止まり、東京タワーも斜めに。
あれから3年たっても、未だに漁業は厳しい状態に。学生も母校に戻れず、他の学校へ。

でも、今日という日だからこそ、今年の3月11日、Yahoo!検索で「3.11」というキーワードで検索された方おひとりにつき 10円が、Yahoo!検索から公益財団法人東日本大震災復興支援財団の「一般寄附金」 へ寄付されます。

少しずつもとに戻ろうとしてる東北ですが、やる事はまだまだある。
そんな中今の私たちに出来る事を考えましょう。pray for Japan

First Yaminabe~!

Time to warm ourselves up in the cold winter quarter!
On a cold night in February, JSA members who dared to try Yaminabe got together. “Yami” means dark, and “nabe” means Japanese pot dish. Each member were to bring outrageous ingredients that are unknown to the others. And they cook them in a pot without knowing what’s inside and eat it in the dark. Sadly, our hot pot was not outrageous … well except the apples and bananas.

A small social gathering on campus, just to chill and laugh about nothing.

Let the party start. Got to eat what you picked up!

Let the party start. Got to eat what you picked up!

Form a line and join the long chain for massaging

Form a line and join the long chain for massaging

White Elephant and San Jose Trip

Another cold winter, but no rain and no snow.
Fall quarter is heading to an end so quick. To do our annual white elephant gift exchange, this year JSA went to San Jose. Went to eat and do a little shopping and went to 2-3 hour singing at Gamba.
Hope to see you guys next year!
Merry Christmas and 新年あけましておめでとう〜

これからもよろしくお願いします。2014年も楽しい年に〜

Group picture of 2013-2014 JSA!

Group picture of 2013-2014 JSA!