Can’t believe GBM 1 was 4 weeks ago…

Hi everyone! This is Thao, the Webmaster. It’s been a long time since I last made a post here because I’m not so good at writing, but I hope you don’t find my random rambling boring 😛 New members, よろしくお願いします!

How’s Fall quarter going for everyone? I’ve just finished my first wave of midterms 3 days ago, and now that I have some time to take a breathe, I looked back and thought, “omg it’s already week 6! Look how many events JSA had had already!” For some reason this quarter has been going by so fast for me, it still feels like just a few days back when the first event that I was a leader of was held. Yep, I’m talking about GBM 1, our first event after Bonfire! XD

We had a huge turn out at GBM 1. New faces, old faces – I was glad to see you all!


We played a few games – bingo and charades, with Pocky and our cool T-shirts from last year as prizes!


There was also a special performance by Asayake Taiko. They were awesome!


Afterwards we went to Tapex for a boba run. Did you know we got 10% off with our membership card? XD


Looking back at these pictures really made me glad I joined JSA. Everyone is so nice, and we have a lot of fun with events every week, every quarter~! Once again thanks everyone for coming out to our GBM, hope you all had a good time. See you guys at more events to come!


想い出がいっぱい – Taiga Hosoi, EYP, and a Truly Remarkable Year

It’s me, Edward again and it’s come around the time that I owe JSA another blog post. I hope you guys are having a good summer so far; I myself am going on “vacation” in around a month, so I’m super stoked, though my enthusiasm is curbed a little bit by the looming presence of Summer school. Oh well.

Soo… starting on a somewhat depressing note, Taiga Hosoi returned to Japan this week, as I’m sure a lot of you already know. We met playing Super Smash Bros and parted playing Super Smash Bros; never in my life have I met somebody so much better at that game than other people (in this regard, I am kind of glad he left). But apart from that, he’s helped me so much putting together our S I N G E R B O Y S performance, smoothing out transitions, keeping tempo, getting everybody obsessed with beat-boxing, that I’m willing to forgive him for that one time he decided to take a nap and MISS PRACTICE. Hanging out with him has been so cool, whether it was Little Sheep Hot Pot or Karaoke, he always kept things interesting. I admit this last week has felt a little more somber knowing that he’s gone. Gonna miss you, Taiga Hosoi and I’m pretty sure I won’t be the only one. If you didn’t get to talk to him during his stay, then TOO BAD; HE’S GONE AND WILL (PROBABLY) NEVER COME BACK.

EYP definitely felt like a success this year (any issues and complaints can be addressed to I don’t know how it kicked off because I was too busy TAKING A GODDAMN FINAL, but rushed there as fast as I could. I thought the food was great, though I could see how meat-only could have been disappointing to some (actually I can’t see how at all). The ambiance felt incredibly classy and matched how everybody was dressed. To you who came, I’m incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such good-looking folks 😉 😉 ;). Of course the highlight of that evening for me (and I hope some other people) was of course performances. I didn’t get to voice a lot of my thoughts about them at the time, so here’s my chance.

To Yusaku, Kevin, and Andy: that was colorful.

To Jsync: gosh that tarp was a really nice touch. My only regret was that I didn’t get to see it from the audience’s perspective.

To Ken and Thao: well you got me; I almost certainly wasn’t going to guess that song. You guys definitely started off the dances explosively, so kuh wuh iiiiiiiiiiiiiii.

To Stephanie and Arisa: hot damn, you guys definitely increased the temperature in the room by a couple of degrees. I’ve never seen anything like this before.

To Nimish and Anish: hey I was glad to hold your drum. Woo hoo. I’m just kidding, guys. Holy shit, you can move though. Pretty sure that would’ve sapped all my energy within the first 30 seconds.

And… I got to perform too, with my very own S I N G E R B O Y S. It’s been a good run, boys; preparing for this gig has been something that I’d been looking forward to every single week. The saddest thing is that most of the group is graduating, but fear not. This is not the end. If you love music and have a knack for anything music-related, then I suggest you join our group, because next year, we’re aiming for the big stage.

And well, that’s the end of my 3rd year at UCSD. Truly, it has been my best year so far. I am so glad I joined a club. Never could I ever imagine that I would be looking back at a year so fondly. I had a bit of trouble starting off, but man am I so glad I stuck with it. Thank you everyone for having me :). Signing off.

Karuta Taikai



先々週のイベントなのに、今更投稿ですみません(・ω≦) テヘペロ



キャかっこいい~ (ノ∀\*)キャ






理想→  現実→


Thanks everyone for coming and thank you to all the leaders.
We will have Multi-cultural night and Kayaking next week. Please check our Facebook page for the updates!




Why, hello there. Thanks for stopping by. My name’s Nimish. I’m JSA’s Event Coordinator; I’m the guy that reserves restaurants and sets up rides. I’m also JSA’s resident brown guy. I used to bite people but I think I’ve finally gotten that under control so please, don’t hesitate (too much) to come up to me at an event and say hi! I don’t bite, not anymore.

Anyway, this past Wednesday, we had our last GBM of the 2014-2015 school year! I was one of the leaders, along with Thao, Tomo-kun, James, and Henry.

Two of our ikemen leaders.

We decided on a summer theme for this event, and planned most of our activities with that motif in mind.

This guy didn’t really like our choice of theme.

Our icebreaker game was Never Have I Ever! Basically, everyone took turns saying things that they have “never ever done” and if someone else in the group had done that thing, they put one of their fingers down. The last person standing was the winner. Competition was fierce.

The yung bubbadumpz sizes up his opponents.

Friendships were broken, enemies were made.

“What’s that? I can’t hear you over the sound of ME WINNING THIS GAME.”

After our wonderfully heated icebreaker (it actually wasn’t really that heated), we were treated to a wonderful, edifying presentation of Japanese summer cultural activities by the esteemed Tomo-kun and the lovely Thao-chan! It was very legit. We learned that the Japanese equivalent of “pinata breaking” is “suika wari” or “watermelon breaking.

I am not making that up.

We also learned about some of Japan’s traditional natsu matsuri, “summer festivals.” Apparently Japan has firework competitions in summer! That sounds pretty awesome.

Thao’s slide design was lovely.

All in attendance were positively enraptured.

One such enraptured attendee.

We then proceeded to play our main game, appropriately and concisely titled “Game.”

I really am not making this stuff up.

As you can see above, the object of the game was to think up songs whose lyrics contained the words “summer,” “sea,” or “sun” (or their Japanese translations). The catch was that each participant had to sing the part of the song that contained one of the target words! Thank goodness we have some very good singers in JSA.

Here we see a GBM-goer entranced by someone’s dulcet tones.

This game, “Game!” was actually quite a bit harder than its simple, carefree title indicated, and confusion and consternation abounded.

“You’re telling me Jingle Bells isn’t a summer song!? “In Da Club” isn’t either!? I’ve been lied to all my life!”

Alas, before we knew it, GBM was over and we all gathered for one final picture.

Pictured: Tomo “I’m really surprised” Komuro, Alex “A-Yeezy” Yoshiba, and Tommy “Bond” Yau.

But for those who had signed up ahead of time, there was yet fun to be had! We all headed out to Hinotez in Convoy to enjoy some super oishii Japanese food. Some used the outing as a chance to do some deep thinking.

“Should I dye my hair purple?”

“Purple isn’t really my color, though. How about red? Blue? This is hard.”

I personally took this as a chance to practice my Kuchiyose no Jutsu.

“Do I really have to draw blood? That seems like it would hurt.”

All jokes aside, the food was excellent, and everyone had an equally excellent time. Here we are pictured again, right outside the restaurant.

We’re very good at taking serious pictures.

All in all, Spring 2015 GBM 3 was a great success, and I thank all who came out for doing so! If you couldn’t make it out last week, I look forward to seeing you at one of our remaining events this quarter!


Until next time,

Nimish “Brown Guy” Pratha


P.S.: Mouse over the pictures (if you haven’t already) for more lame jokes!




実はUCSD JSAでは毎年春学期の始めに新オフィサーが就任します。僕は今学期から祭担当になりました。前のオフィサーで再登板された人とか今回初めてオフィサーになったニューフェイスも結構居るので、是非ここでチェックしてみてください。














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Hi everyone! This is Stephanie again and this will be my first blog post as your new historian! For the next year, I will be documenting all of our JSA events by taking pictures, so if you ever see me with my camera, don’t be afraid to come up and say hi! And what a fitting blog post for historian because this past weekend was our Photoshoot event! Similar to last year’s photo shoot, we went to Balboa Park to take group photos and single shots. However, this year we did something a little different and instead of staying in one location we took photos in different areas of Balboa Park. Having only been to Balboa Park once, this was a really fun way of exploring the beautiful park as well as taking fun pictures!

 Our first location was the well where we took the Officer group photo and single shots!

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Single Shots!

Then we went to the botanical gardens to explore and take cute/funny photos!


After we stopped for a quick snack


(Expectation vs. Reality LOL)

 We took our boy/girl photos and our group picture at the beautiful fountain!



 Our last stop was the rose gardens where we took some fun, random pictures!


TFTI -Nayuki Isoda


 This was a really fun event where we all got dressed up in our theme of red and white and got to tour Balboa Park in the beautiful weather! I hope everyone who came out had a great time and お疲れ様 to my fellow leaders: Arisa, Jin, Seira and Nayuki! Also, please come out to our next events this week: Temaki Night (if you signed up on the Gdoc) on 5/20 and Multicultural Night on 5/27!

– Stephanie Adachi 🙂

Midterm Week

Hi, everybody, it’s Edward and though this post is long overdue, I figured now was a better time than ever to finally write it (I lied. I was stumped and Won told me to write about midterm week, so here it is lol). So yeah, Midterm Week. I know a lot of you were stressed out and to you I say “Ha!” because unlike you, I was not stressed out because I had no midterms.

So while you were studying I was helping plan GBM 2, a first time for me. I’ve got to admit, being a newbie to this whole lead thing, I wasn’t exactly sure if things would pan out well. Having spoken to a few people afterwards, I was exceptionally glad to hear that the overall reception was warm. To any non-staff reading this (fat chance, amirite) then I urge you to go outside of your comfort zone and try joining the team; your input could be just what we need.

Anyway, after that there was Strawberry Picking, an event that I had the honor not to go to because, well, actually, I don’t really remember why I didn’t go. It probably had to do with it being very early and me not being very good with mornings. So, to the people who went, hope you had fun and if you didn’t go, shame on you. We put a lot of effort into our events; who do you think you are, not coming? Screw midterms and studying, tests are so easy you should just know everything on it already.

All joking aside, I had a very good weekend last week. This had very much to do with the sheer progress that my singing group has been making. We don’t get to practice that often, so with what we’ve managed to do so far, I’m honestly proud. Here’s to you, boys. One day we’re gonna be on the big stage.

Well that’s that. Until next time and if you actually read this post to here, then wow. Don’t you have something better to do with your time?


Hello everyone~! I’m Thao, JSA new Webmaster, here to give you the first blog post of this quarter which started off with our biggest annual event of the year, Matsuri Festival!!


We began planning for Matsuri since as early as Fall quarter. I had the honor of being an Advertisement Committee Head, which was a pretty interesting experience :3 It was my first time being a Matsuri committee head, and while Advertisement was one of the easier jobs, there were more things involved than I initially thought. But in the end everything turned out really well, and it was nice working with people in my team. Shout-outs to my co-head Abel Cervantes from NSU, Kathy Huynh for the wonderful poster, Jordan Guymon for designing the website, Elliot Yang for the logo and videos, other people in my team for helping with a lot of miscellaneous stuffs, as well as many many volunteers who helped with Matsuri!

This year's beautiful Matsuri poster, designed by Kathy Huynh. Thank you so much~ <3

This year’s beautiful Matsuri poster, designed by Kathy Huynh. Thank you so much~ <3

In Winter quarter, the Presentation Committee held two Work Parties where we got together and made Matsuri decorations:

WP1_jessica2 Redwhitelamps

The result!This thing was cute too :3

Week 1 of Spring was a busy week when everyone went all out with preparing for Matsuri. For Advertisement, it meant flyering everywhere~

And selfie everywhere, too

And selfie everywhere, too

It wouldn’t be Matsuri if we don’t mention all the food. Yes, all the food shown here were sold at Matsuri this year! XD

So yummy~

A test run of Taiyaki before Matsuri. Taiyaki was one of the hottest treats at the festival!

Man the lines were long

Games too!


Last but not least, Matsuri also featured various awesome performances. I was working at the booths the whole time so I missed most of them, but at least I could still hear the music and the cheering sound of the audience from my booth :3 Some performances:

Asayake Taiko!JSA's Soul Run!

NSU's [N]Motion!Guest koto performer, Reiko Obata!

The festival started at 5pm and went on until about 10pm. Everyone worked really hard, the coordinators and some volunteers started setting up in the morning, and a lot of people helped cleaning up after Matsuri until midnight that day. It was a memorable day for me, meeting lots of new people and working together with everyone. I had so much fun. 🙂

A big shout-out to our 2015 Matsuri Coordinators: Tomoki Tamiya, Emily Kawabata, Jessica Lai, and Chisato Akiba. Also, once again, thank you all the volunteers who helped with Matsuri and everyone who came out to join the fun! Matsuri couldn’t have happened without you guys!

See you again next year at 2016 Matsuri!~


♪ Bon Odori! (2/26) ♪

Hi everyone! Your friendly staff member Stephanie here again, with a recap! On Thursday February 26th, we had our very first Bon Odori (盆踊り) event! I will explain some history of bon odori (including some of my personal experience with it), and recap what happened at the actual event 🙂 Bon odori is a type of traditional Japanese dance that is performed around a wooden scaffold or a yagura (櫓) during bon (盆) festivals. These summer festivals, which end up usually being around July or August, are a Japanese Buddhist tradition and are meant to guide your ancestors back home so you can pay your respects. These festivals are really fun with a lot of food and dancing, and in Japan, each region will have specialties in food, and the song/dance during bon odori.


Obon in Japan!

I grew up in SoCal, and going to obon in LA is a tradition for my family every year. I’ve been heavily involved with my local community center’s obon over the past couple years: from dancing/teaching bon odori, playing taiko and working booths. American obon festivals are different from the ones in Japan and instead of only doing songs from a specific region, we will do dances from all over Japan [ie, “Kyushu Tanko Bushi”, “Tohoku Ondo”, “Ashibinaa (from Okinawa)”, and many more]. I think that is really representative of the Japanese American community and shows how even though we are all from different places, we take pride in being Japanese, and spreading the culture.

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Me (and my sister in the right picture) at SoCal Obon!

I wanted to do the same here at UCSD, so I was really excited when I got the opportunity to lead and teach a Bon Odori event through JSA. Even though obon is a summer tradition, dancing bon odori this week was a good stress reliever during that second wave of midterms :P.

To start off the event, we began with an icebreaker. It was kind of like the app “Heads Up”, so the groups had to act out famous dances and common movements in order to get points. Let’s just say that it ended up being more scandalous than expected (hehehe)



After the icebreaker, my fellow leaders and I started to teach the dances. The first dance we taught was “Kyushu Tanko Bushi (九州炭坑節)” which is a coal miner’s dance from the Kyushu region. It’s a short and easy to learn dance and there are movements like pushing the coal carts, shoveling and holding a lantern over your shoulder.









Tanko Bushi

Tanko Bushi was just the warm up (hehe), and the next dance we taught was “Hokkai no Abarembo (北海の暴れん坊)”, which is a Northern Fisherman’s Dance. There are some cool moves like rowing the boat and yelling “YOISHO” and some complicated movements. It was really impressive to see how quickly everyone was able to get the hard combinations down (I know it took me waaaay longer ahaha).


Hokkai no Abarembo (YOISHO!)

After everyone had the dances pretty much down, we played a game: Musical Chairs! But the catch was that the songs were the bon odori songs and you had to keep moving and keep dancing the dances you just learned. After some crazy rounds and an unexpected ending, Tomo-kun was our champion!


Obon Musical Chairs

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Bon Odori Event, I hope you had as much of a good time as I did! Also, お疲れ様 to my fellow leaders: Sakurako, Nayuki, Billy, Alisa, and Sam! Our next event will be the JSA Movie Night, this Thursday (3/5) at 8 PM at CSB 002.


Thanks for coming everyone!


Priscilla in Japan


Hello everyone! VP Internal Priscilla here (though not VP Internal for long!) Things are winding down in our winter quarter here at UCSD, which also means that the current term of officers is going to turn over to a new one soon. Though I’m sad that my time as a JSA officer will soon be over, I can’t help but be really excited to see what the new team will be bringing forth!

Something that’s also coming up for me with the end of the winter quarter is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time now. I’m going to Japan y’all! I’ve probably told most of you this by now, but I’m going to be leaving on March 30 and will be in Japan (or somewhere around there) until September 3. That’s basically a whole 5 months!

Of course I’m excited at the prospect of being in a new place and exploring a culture I don’t know yet, but at the same time I can’t help but be really anxious.

Especially considering the concurrent ending of this term, I’m going to miss JSA and the people in it so, so much. When I’m attending school in Japan and joining other clubs, I’ll probably think about JSA and how we would run it differently (lol) and how a lot of these people are so different from the people I know back home.

But of course, different is also good. I know this trip will be important for my own personal growth. I hope that this study abroad trip will help me become a more mature, responsible and independent adult. I think that’s what studying abroad usually does for all people. So if you’re reading this, and you’ve been thinking about studying abroad but weren’t sure, DO IT. I can’t even stress that enough. Studying abroad in Germany was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’m sure I’ll say the same thing about Japan when I come back in September.

But anyway. This is what I’m gonna be doing in the spring quarter of 2015! You’ll probably see plenty of obnoxious Facebook and Instagram pictures of Japanese food and me in different places in Japan, just in case you’re wondering what I’m up to 😀 (I’m just kidding, I’m sure you all have more interesting things to do in your life)

I also want to take the time to personally thank everyone who has supported me thus far, including my family and friends (in and out of JSA). Maybe you guys didn’t realize it, but everything you’ve done for me has shaped me into a person brave enough to take the initiative to organize a study abroad trip for myself. I’ll miss you when I’m gone and I’ll see you when I get back (bearing gifts). To those of you who will be in Japan from April 1-September 3, please come visit me in Yokohama ♡ (also willing to come to you)

– Priscilla

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