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.
Secretary – Janie Musgrove
Treasurer – Lucas Addy (Formerly Giacomo Ottewill-Soulsby)
Social Secretary – Michal Penaz (Formerly Chris Walker)
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.
Come on now, you know you want a part of that.