Organization Spotlight: Japanese Student Association


Amanda Bagnall-Newman

Japanese Student Association members practice the Fishermans’ Dance.

Amanda Bagnall-Newman, Layout Manager

Among the Lakeland College student body, there are 33 students from Japan . The Japanese Student Association (JSA) strives to bridge the gap between Japanese students and domestic students.

JSA helps Japanese students understand what Lakeland College and Wisconsin have to offer them.

The JSA also informs others about the Japanese culture through various cultural events throughout the semester.

The JSA will soon be selling Lakeland College cookies and green tea cookies during lunches. The cookies will be freshly made by members of JSA.

“We are in the process of putting together a ‘learn how to make sushi’ event for the Lakeland College community,” said Meribeth Mazzi, senior resort management major. “Please look out for posters.”

The JSA will also be part of International Night on April 14 at 7:30 p.m., which takes place in the Bradley Theatre. They will be performing the “Soran Bushi Dance,” otherwise known as the “Fisherman’s Dance.”

“Soran Bushi” is one of the most famous traditional songs in Japan and is taught at schools across the country. The dance depicts ocean waves and fishermen pulling ropes, dragging nets and lifting luggage.

Everyone is welcome to join JSA. Meetings are held every other Thursday at 6 p.m. starting Feb. 26.