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The Final Report for Japanese Society 2010/11


Glorious Japanese Society,

Hope you are all having a good summer!

It’s that time of year again for us to say goodbye and hand Japanese Society over to the new committee. But first, a report and message of thanks to everyone that has made Japanese Society into the amazing beast that it has been this year.

Leeds Tanabata Festival 2011We’ve had a tremendous year this year, not only have we been able to hold several amazing events but we have also won awards and donated £12,000 to good causes inluding the Red Cross in aid of the Japanese tsunami appeal and an extension of the UK-Japan Young Scientists Programme that will allow orphans from the tsunami disaster to come to the UK on an exchange trip to escape the trauma of living in evacuation centers. Though like many committees we have not been able to do everything that we would like, we’ve worked hard this year and improved our links not only with the LUU and our department but we have also managed to establish them in both industry, across the university and with various schools, academics and Japanese public figures.

Financially, we have used your membership money to offer the best events at the cheapest prices that we possibly can and have left enough in the pot to give the guys next year a decent start in the hope that the next committee will be able to carry on all that we have built up over the past 12 months. We also bestowe you our awesome torii gate and Japandas.

OK, with that report stuff out of the way, there are quite a few people we would like to thank. To start with, our biggest thanks go to our members who have not only supported us throughout the year but also often contributed their time and hard work to various causes within the society. Japanese Society is what it is because of you guys.

Image from Hairsalon Kojima


Across the University we have a lot of thanks to give out, particularly to the Union and International Office who helped us a lot with Tanabata and the thousand cranes event. Special thanks go to the department, the Japanese teachers routinely let us interrupt their lessons to recruit help for Tanabata and often relayed messages for us which was really helpful. The office staff have been great in letting people know what is going on, we recieved a lot of support for Professor Williams and Dr Ruru Li during Tanabata and Dr Rose has been helping us out majorly all year, it is also thanks to her we were able to host the talk by Akiko Yamanaka.

The committee also deserves thanks for all of their hard work this year, Katie Turner and Karen Orme especially for all that they have done, as well as Matt Anstis, Zoheb Ahmad, Sarah Turner, Alex Hammond and everybody else. Special thanks also go to our DJ’s Kosuke Ishida and Yasuharu Suematsu, as well as Kimmochi Eguchi for organising for his parents to do several talks and demonstrations, Oscar Shefik for always fixing us free karaoke and Jason Liu for all of his cardboard creations.

Lastly Darlo, who neve really seems to get quite as much appreciation as he deserves, thanks for everything, there will never be such an excellent web or quiz master.

Right, think that’s everything, it’s all up to the new guys now. All the best for next year and take care.

Carley Radford
LUU Japanese Society President 2010-2011

Riley Award Winners of 'Best Event' and Faith and Culture Society


So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu~!


The Faversham
31 March · 20:00 – 23:00


As some of you may know, Natsuki Kitai will be sadly leaving Leeds this week to head back to Japan:(

Meet at the Faversham (which is just behind Charles Morris residences on university campus) from 8:00pm to have a farewell drink and say goodbye:)

Don’t forget I.D. See you all there:)

(videos added by Darlo)

Message from Next Year’s Committee


Greetings Japanese Society!
The recently elected Secretary (Simon Hughes), Treasurer (Isabelle Demaude) and President (me, Daniel Brooks) would like to thank those of you who gave us your support at the AGM. Our new team is looking for people to staff the LUU Japanese Society Committee with us for the upcoming academic year!

We are searching for people to fill the following potential positions:-

1. Vice President (duties would include filling in for me on occasion, and generally helping me out, as well as potentially taking the lead on certain events)

2. Assistant Secretary (the same as above, but acting as Simon’s deputy)

3. Deputy Treasurer (You are starting to get the idea)

The following are less heavy in terms of responsibility but still fulfill specific roles:

4. Representative for Japanese Exchange Students (as in a Japanese National to sit on the committee on behalf of the other ryuugakusei in Leeds and express their views)

5. Representative for Non-Japanese Students (a representative for students who are members of Japanese Society, but don’t study Japanese)

6. Creative Designer- (Someone who’d be willing to handle the design aspect of our p.r)

7. Committee Member (People who do not want any specific responsibility, but would still like to be on the committee and be an extra pair of hands)

If people who are interested in a particular role could (As soon as possible) send their names to me either by facebook email or to jl08dkb@leeds.ac.uk,… including a short statement explaining why you would be good for the role, and what you think you could bring to the committee. We are looking for people who are prepared to make a long term commitment to the society, so please note that committee members will not be chosen on the basis of their relationship to we three (Simon, Izzy and me), but rather on how they can contribute to the society. The positions are open to friends as well as people we don’t know as well. Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂

Dan 🙂

Bowling Extravaganza~!




Heading to AMF bowling this week for this weeks social:)

Friday 25th March. Meeting at Parkinson steps for 7pm and walking to AMF Bowling@the Merrion centre for 7.30pm.

Dont forget student cards!! you get get cheaper games. Not sure of the prices-will post them when we have it:)

Afterwards heading to either FAB cafe or the New Conservatory for a celebratory drink (if you win) or to drown your sorrows (if you lose):D

See you all there!

AGM & Karaoke



Image from senkyo-navi.net

It’s that time of year again when we need to call on you! (the voices of japanese society) to come and vote for 2011/2012 committee members!

Venue: OK Karaoke (big room at the back)
Date: Wednesday 16th March
Time: 8:00pm until late!

…Q. ‘I want to run for a position. what do i do?:O’

A. ANYONE who is currently in 3rd year can run for the positions (even if youre not actually studying japanese-there have been presidents like this before) Also you dont have to run for the president postion alone-you can run with a friend (again there have been ex-presidents like this).We will probably do the speeches in the order shown below from 8.30pm (so it gives everyone time to assemble).

There are only three positions to run for….
1) President (ruler of the society)
2) Secretary (general events maker/in charge of emails etc..)
3)Treasurer (in charge of the money etc..)

Please note that you will have to do some kind of speech as to why you would like to run for the position and why eveyone should vote for you. There will also be a small q&a section from the society (but nothing too daunting:D)

Q. ‘i cant be/dont want to be a candidate. Is it worth coming?’

A. YES it is!! We would really like to see as many of you there as possible! We can’t have a fair vote if enough of you dont turn up:O This isnt a members only event either…anyone who attends the AGM can vote. The speeches will only take up about 30mins of your time, so nothing too long:) Also if you have any questions you think would be good to ask the candidates for any positions-feel free to ask:D

The new committee members will be announced during the night and karaoke celebrations will follow XD

Hope to see you there! All welcome:)

Tea Ceremony – Wednesday 2nd March


Tea Ceremony

This week for our tea and biscuit social we will be replacing the English Tea for Japanese GREEN tea as part of a tradtional Tea ceremony experience!

A member of our society, Kimmochi Eguchi, has very kindly offered us the opportunity to perform a genuine tea ceremony experience with the help of his parents this Wednesday 2nd March.

The event will take place in the Hidden Cafe/Old Union bookshop area (same place as the Tanabata Festival) from 12pm to 2pm and guests will get the opportunity to get a hands on experience making and then drinking the genuine green tea as well as eat traditional japanese sweets too!

Hope to see as many of you there as possible-all welcome:)

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Leeds Tanabata Festival 11 & 12 February



Leeds Tabata Festival 2011 - Sposored The Great Britain Sasakawa FoundationJapanese Star Festival (七夕祭)

Tanabata Matsuri, the Star Festival, is a traditional Japanese festival that celebrates the coming together of two star lovers (Altair and Vega). Come and see the story brought to life through theatre, be enchanted by sound of traditional music and try your hand at calligraphy, origami and putting on kimono.

Riley Smith Hall
Leeds University Union
11th-12th February 2011
12pm-5pm (tbc)
Free entry