Parent Organization: Georgetown University
Japan Network (J-NET) is the Japanese language and culture undergraduate student organization of Georgetown University. J-NET exists as a medium for cultural and social interaction for all those interested in Japan. By participating in a variety of club events, members can learn about Japanese culture and media, practice Japanese language skills, and of course, enjoy delicious food!
Among the variety of events that J-NET holds throughout the year:
~ Matsuri (祭)
Held annually in the spring, Matsuri is J-NET's largest, single-handedly organized event. To celebrate the arrival of spring, J-NET brings Japan to Georgetown's campus with a variety of Japanese foods, traditional games, performances and prizes. Past highlights have included a professional taiko drum group performance, sumo suit wrestling, yukata photo shoots, and a calligraphy station.
~ Curry Party (カレーパーティー)
In collaboration with other Asian cultural clubs including Thai Society, Club Filipino and the Vietnamese Student Association, J-NET annually hosts its Curry Party for students to taste and savor the traditional curries from around the Asian continent while meeting other students from various cultural backgrounds. Homemade by board members, the Japanese curry has a long and rich history (as well as flavor!) and is always a crowd favorite.
~ Japanese Language Dinners (寿司ディナー)
For speakers and learns of Japanese! These dinners are a great way to practice your Japanese language skills - regardless of level - while meeting members of the J-NET Board others with connections to Japan. As of the Spring 2012, these will be held monthly, with $200 worth of FREE Sushi each time!
~ Senpai-Kohai Mentorship Program (後輩/先輩プログラム)
For freshmen and sophomores looking to meet Japanese or Japan-interested upperclassmen, the Senpai-Kohai program is an opportunity for underclassmen to become friends with their peers and learn more about all things Georgetown and Japan. Groups of underclassmen are grouped with two upperclassmen, usually members of the Executive Board, and organize hang-outs, trips to downtown DC, and more. Past trips have included concerts at the Kennedy Center, karaoke, and informal parties; all for free!
~ Movie Nights (映画上映)
Movie nights are a great opportunity to sit back, relax, socialize and experience the wonder of Japanese films. Film selection is often decided by a poll, with votes cast by J-NET members online. Free refreshments are usually provided.
~ APAHM and Asian-American Collaborations
As a member of the CollaborAsian collective, J-NET participates in various collaborative events with other Asian cultural clubs throughout the year. As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), J-NET holds a Japan-specific event as well as participates annually in the Iron Chef & Night Market food bazaar competitions. Additionally, J-NET won the Mr. Georgetown Pageant in 2010, and in the spring members showcase their talents in the AsiaFest performance show.
~ JASU Formal (ジャスフォーマル)
J-NET is part of a DC collaborative with other undergraduate Japan student groups from schools in the area. The Japanese American Student Association (JASU) of Washington, DC, works closely with J-NET in the fall to hold a formal dance night for all the schools, clubs, and their members. Games and amazing prizes from sponsors abound. In 2010 the Formal was held on the Georgetown University campus, and was a great success!