Events & Meetings

Welcome to JAC-Dan!

JAC-Dan is an rapidly growing society with a focus on all things Japan. We are a multi-award winning society with an ever-expanding member base. Our friendly and accepting community is the most important aspect of what we do. We meet weekly to socialise, watch anime, East Asian movies and shows, play video games and learn about Japanese popular culture. We aim to create a friendly community and bring together those who have a shared interest in everything Japanese, from cosplay and manga, to anime and video games. The JAC-Dan 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, learn about all aspects of Japanese culture, and expand their cultural knowledge and experiences.

Your Committee

President – Callum Porter
Secretary – Janie Musgrove
Treasurer – Lucas Addy (Formerly Giacomo Ottewill-Soulsby)
Social Secretary –  Michal Penaz (Formerly Chris Walker)

Annual Events

We start the academic year with our Geek Quest, where we take you on a guided tour of Newcastle’s nerdiest places. Join us in Freshers Week as we show you places of interest (and where you can use your JAC-Dan membership discounts!) We normally finish up at a Japanese restaurant for lunch.

JAC-Dan is perhaps most famously known in the area for its Cosplay Clubnights.  A staple of Newcastle anime culture, our clubnights draw in cosplay enthusiasts from all over the North East. We normally have two or three of these a year, each one more popular than the last! They’re fantastic nights of dancing and drinking, and plenty of prizes to be won for the best costumes. House DJs SnoozyBlue and Cypher are always ready to coax your earways with auditory pleasure.

In December, we have our annual Christmas meal, which takes place at the end of the first semester. We normally go along to Fujiyama’s Teppenyaki restaurant. It’s a lovely evening of tasty tasty food with good friends, and is always a lot of fun! There’s plenty of chance to laugh at members who try to catch an egg in a chefs hat, and to get the chefs to write words in rice for you. For a hint of what to expect, check out last year’s videos.

We have our own awards night! The Shiny and Totally Awesome Rewards (STARs) are a very serious and solemn affair, where we sensibly commend each other- no, I lied, it’s just for laughs. An excuse to dress formally, past awards have involved Most Likely to Sing at an Inappropriate Time, Most Likely to Become an Anime Protagonist, and the coveted Rear of the Year award. Out of this chaos is one serious award though, the Dan of the Year, awarded to a member who has made a significant contribution to the society and deserves recognition for it. (The 2012 winner of the award legally changed his middle name to Dan because of it. No lie. We still love you Jake!)

During the year, we also organise meetups to local conventions such as Sunnycon Anime Expo, Newcastle Film and Comic Con, and SciFair. We go to Japanese restaurants in the area, such as Tenji, Nudos, and of course Shijo, where we get a 10% discount. We’ve also been known to spend the night in karaoke booths.

We also host cross-society events with other societies. You’ll see events with the Computer and Video Games, Games and Role Playing, Rock Soc, and Film Soc to name just a few.

Weekly Events

Our weekly meetings consist of a rotation of events. Every other week, we have a screening, usually of whichever anime we’ve voted in for the semester. Suggestions are put to a public poll on our Facebook page. We also screen movies (both animated and live action.) In between screening weeks, we have regular talks and activities. Topics such as cosplay, kendo, kabuki, origami, sumo, tea, theatre, spirituality and many more are covered. If you have an idea for a topic you’d like to see us cover, let us know! We try to make these talks interactive where possible- for example, our cosplay talks end with the Iron Cosplay competition, where teams must recreate a costume to the best of their ability using limited supplies and time. The results are disastrous but amusing:

Come on now, you know you want a part of that.
We also do things like semesterly quiz nights, group role-playing nights, bad fan-fiction readings, picnics in the summer, discussions and panels, and a whole host of other fun activities.

Join Us!

Our meetings take place between 6PM – 9PM, in Room 0026 in Lipman Building. We don’t meet officially during University vacations or over summer (June – August) but we sometimes have unofficial events on- keep an eye on our Facebook page and emails.
It’s always best to keep an eye on our Facebook page, just in case there are any last-minute changes. Every weekly meeting culminates with a trip to The Five Swans, a Wetherspoons round the corner. It’s a very relaxed after-meeting social, with food available until 11PM. Feel free to bring your trading cards and handheld consoles!