by Ruby Graham
Four chairs are filled inside Nathan Hale’s Japanese class at the beginning lunch. But soon, a steady stream of students gather to watch one of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic films, Princess Mononoke.
The Japanese club is back for another year and has claimed room 2107 as their own once again. Every Wednesday and Friday during lunch, a crowd of fifteen or so students trickle into Yamaguchi-Sensei’s Japanese classroom ready to explore Japan.
Ruby Wilson, Mina Hansen, and Maya Feregrino are three of this year’s original club leaders and are passionate in making a club focused on learning and appreciating Japanese culture.
Starting their first few weeks with showing some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most known films (Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke), the team of three plan to dive into the history and modern day culture of the country.
“We are doing a couple of movies to draw people in,” says Mina Hansen, this year’s club vice president. “To raise the popularity, and then we are going to be doing other things like making stuff and learning recipes.”
The girls are also excited about celebrating Japanese holidays like Valentine’s Day, New Years, Boys and Girls Day and others as some of their main events.
“We hope to accomplish that the people coming to our club enjoy the activities that we provide and the things we explore,” Hansen continues.
“There are all different people who come to the club. They all come for different reasons. Like they could be interested in Japanese heritage, they could be interested film, they could be interested in Japanese mythology or tradition,” says club president Ruby Wilson. She goes on to say that the club welcomes all.
Anyone wanting to participate simply needs to drop into room 2107 around lunchtime Wednesdays and Fridays.