Golden Week is a series of national holidays in Japan that starts on April 29 and ends on May 5, Children's Day, which is a celebration of children's health and happiness. JSU hosts a one-day event to capture the spirit of Golden Week by offering various performances and food vendors at the event.
This year, JSU hosted a Kohaku viewing event in celebration of the New Year. Kohaku Uta Gassen is an annual Japanese music show on New Year's Eve that originated in 1953. Artists invited to perform at Kohaku are divided into Red team and White team and at the end of the show a panel of judges decide a winning team.
Every year JSU participates in Stanford's Listen To The Silence (LTS) conference to promote Japanese culture in modern society. This year's LTS theme is Reflection, and JSU hosted a workshop named "Forgotten Roots: Rediscovering the Japanese American Identity," focusing on Japanese American identity after WWII.
JSU invited Professor Richard Dasher (East Asian Language and Culture) to speak about how the Tohoku region has changed since the 3/11 Earthquake and Tsunami, and how Japan's plans on rebuilding the Tohoku region have become a future model for other Japanese regions.
We frequently have movie and food nights that help us relax after a tough day/week/month/quarter of school work.
We also host Kaiwa table where everyone can talk about their favorite Japanese things and more in Japanese! Or, for native speakers, in English!