Movie Night: Spirited Away

Another social event with JSA members!
Kick started the year with our annual welcome bonfire, but that’s only the beginning!
At our second social event, we called out members to watch a Japanese animated
fantasy film, Spirited Away, written and directed by Miyazaki Hayao.

In the future, JSA would love to hold another movie night to get general members
and possibly the UCSC community to get engaged in the modern Japanese culture.

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JSA Annual Welcome Bonfire

Welcome Bonfire 2014-2015The smokey smell of burning wood and the chattering of voices fill the air. A group of people toss a frisbee to one another while others are huddle around the fire cooking hot dogs. It may be October and summer may be far gone, but the weather is perfect for a beach bonfire.

The Welcome Bonfire has been an ongoing annual event for JSA for the past few years. It’s the perfect opportunity for old members to reconnect and recount the stories of their summer escapades and for the new freshmen to forge new connections. There was a good number of familiar faces in the bustle of the crowd, but the turnout from new members almost doubled the number of old members. Needless to say, there was plenty of socializing to be done and many new friends to be made.

As sun went down and night crept in, people began to crowd around the roaring fire to keep warm and cook delicious s’mores. And like how the gooey marshmallow binds chocolate and two golden graham crackers together, the bonfire served as the mushy goop that would bind people together in the family of JSA.

Welcome Bonfire 2014-2015

Getting ready for food!!

Welcome Bonfire 2014-2015

Cooking the hot dogs

Welcome Bonfire 2014-2015

JSA Welcome Bonfire Group Picture!! Hope to see you guys at the upcoming events as well!

 

OPERS Fall Festival Announcement!

It’s that time of the year again!
To open up the school year, JSA will be participating at the OPERS Fall Festival on September 30th, 3:00-6:00pm.
Held every year during welcome week, it is a day for undergraduates and graduate students to explore and learn about student activities that occur on campus. JSA will be tabling at the tennis court table No. 79 (TC79).

Interested in UCSC JSA, then come to OPERS Fall Festival and meet members.

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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).

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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

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