Welcome to JAC-Dan!

Hello, and welcome to Northumbria Students’ Union Japanese Animation and Culture Society!

It’s the start of another academic year, and the new students are upon us. So hello to you if you’re a fresher, and I hope you enjoy your time here at Northumbria University. If you’re reading this, you’ve either expressed an interest in our society, have recently joined, or are already a member. This email is just to further entice you into our society, or to try and keep you in it, depending which of the aforementioned criteria you fit into!
About Us
JAC-Dan are a friendly society who meet weekly to socialise, watch anime, east Asian movies and shows, play video games and learn about Japanese culture. We aim to create a happy community and bring together those who have a shared interest in everything Japanese, from cosplay and manga, to anime and video games. Our community represents a diverse range of subcultures and fandoms (from furries to film lovers). Our hope is that our members will enjoy themselves whilst also having the opportunity to discover something new, and expand their cultural knowledge and experiences. Our current committee for the 2014/2015 academic year, seen below, is, from left to right:
President – Sam Lake
Social Secretary – Thomas Arthurs
Secretary – Ryan Taylor
Treasurer – Florida ‘Suit Guy’ Mirza

Weekly Meetings
We host weekly meetings in the Lipman Building, room 031, from 6PM-9PM on Tuesdays. Our first meeting for this year will be on the 23rd of September. In these meetings we do a variety of things- we watch anime and Japanese cinema, we partake in practical activities such as origami and calligraphy, and we have talks from people from around the area about different aspects of Japanese culture. It really is a host of all things Japan.

We also quite often slink off to the pub afterwards, but shhh, that’s unofficial 😉

Other Events
We have a variety of other events throughout the year too! Very soon we’ll be having our Anime Quest, where we tour the geeky shops around Newcastle and show you the kinds of places that may interest you up here. We also have video games nights, where we take over Domain in the SU for an evening of socializing and gaming. And at Christmas, we host the society Christmas meal at the Hanahana teppanyaki restaurant.

You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten there, dude. It’s amazing.

Our main event of the year is the Cosplay Clubnight, where people from around the North East come up to Reds Bar in the SU to drink, dance, and dress up as their favourite characters! It has proved very popular in the past so make sure to catch that one.

We also have regular unofficial meets, such as movie nights and pub trips. We try to put on something for everyone! Any suggestions for events are always welcome. The best way of keeping up with everything is to join our Facebook page.

What benefits do you get out of a JAC-Dan membership? Exclusive bragging rights to all your friends! Ooh, they’ll be so jealous. Not convinced? Alright then, how do some discounts sound? I thought so. With a membership, you’ll get 10% off all purchases at Forbidden Planet Newcastle, 5% off purchases under £40 and 10% off purchases above that at Animez, 10% off at Tea Sutra, and 10% off all manga at Travelling Man.

We hope to have more discounts available as the year goes on, too. You also get to vote and/or run in our Annual General Meeting when we elect the new committee! This is a very important event for the society, so having a say in how it’s shaped is pretty cool.

Membership is £3.00 for the year. Full membership is open to any current Northumbria University student, alumni, and staff. You may also sign up if you don’t fall within these criteria, but the charge is £5.00, and you cannot participate in the AGM.

There are three ways to sign up to JAC-Dan; online, at one of our meetings, or at the SU Info Desk. To sign up online, simply go to our website and click “Sign Up! at MyNSU” and follow the instructions (Please note that you will be charged a 50p card fee through this method.) To sign up at the Info Desk, simply ask at the kiosk on the ground floor in entrance of the Students` Union. To sign up at one of our meetings, come along, and speak to one of the committee members.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Contact this email address.
I hope that’s convinced you to tag along! We hope to see you all soon!
Samuel Lake
JAC-Dan President