Spotlight on the weekly organization: Japanese Club

The Japanese Club has been an organization at SRU for over 15 years. The club does not require any language experience, encouraging all students to join, learn and engage in the culture in a variety of ways. A few activities that the club hosts are kimono paper designs, evening entertainment and tea ceremonies, to name a few.

President of the Japanese club, Clarissa Spahr, a major in senior preschool education and a minor in communication, has been involved with the club for three years.

“Our aim is to provide an immersive experience in promoting diversity and global learning through Japanese culture on campus, but led and organized only by students,” said Spahr.

Spahr said the activities organized by the Japanese club change depending on the club president and the interests of the club as a whole.

“As I focus on education, I turn to more artistic pursuits like the design of paper kimonos and the history of kimonos,” Spahr said. “I know some members were interested in traditional Japanese music, so we’ll have an information-focused meeting that way.”

Since returning to campus, the Japanese Club has been more involved on campus than ever. Last week was the first time the Japanese club participated in reunion events on campus. The club decorated a Weisenfluh window for the Window War event and created a float for the parade.

Next semester, the club hopes to host a “Demon Slayer” film event and other cultural events based on it. The Japanese Club also hopes to partner with different clubs in order to appreciate other cultures.

On Friday October 29, the Japanese Club welcomes Yokai by the Fire. The event will be held in the Great Hall of Building F from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Students who wish to join the Japanese SRU Club can find more information through CORE. Students can also connect with the Japanese club on Instagram @japanese_club_of_sru. Meetings are held weekly and alternate between in person and online through Zoom.

Brooke is a senior publicity major returning to the staff for her second semester with The Rocket as publicity manager. Since attending SRU, Brooke has also served on the Women’s Lacrosse Team, University Program Board, PRSSA, and is currently the Marketing Team Leader and Videographer for the Office for the student engagement and leadership.

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