4th Meeting Summary: K Hiragana Column and Dakuten (22/02/18)

(Sorry this is a tad late, blame exams. And, as according to James no one looks at the societies’ websites, I have no one to apologise to!)

This was our most successful meeting thus far! Everyone remembered the new hiragana and we also had a new member, who should definitely continue to come here instead of Compter Science Soc.

In regards to the food, we had soy-sauce flavoured rice cakes with seaweed, (because I’m on Lent and didn’t want to miss out), which all but one person liked, and they were particularly popular in my next Maths lesson… (I am expecting to see you two boys here now.)

There was the usual wealth of stupid mnemonics, and sadly no one else liked my favourite, but Pakuman, and the key worked especially well. No one had any difficultly with ke, despite all the useless mnemonics there are for it – honestly, how does け look anything like a Celt? And there were surprisingly few groans for the かき trousers joke! You found almost all of the k hiragana in the Murakami page I put on, with the exception of the か, but I’ll blame that on the bad projection. And there weren’t even any cheat sheets this time!

No one had any problems with the dakuten, and we even finished before the end of break. So, all in all, it was marvellous. Thanks everyone!

See you next time for the Hina Matsuri!

You can view the powerpoint here: K Column and Dakuten

3rd Meeting Summary (1/2/18) Studio Ghibli


For the third meeting, the topic was Studio Ghibli! We looked at how to pronounce the name (ji-blee for those of you who didn’t come) timelines, key people, common features, the Studio Ghibli Musuem and future theme park, as well as the upcoming film ‘How do you live?’ (Even though there’s practically no information on it.) At the very beginning, we also had a hiragana catch up, and I was impressed by the amount everyone remembered – without (obvious) cheat sheets this time! There was even some extra time so we watched the trailer for ‘The Cat Returns’.

Perhaps the main outcome of the session is that we’re disappointed that we will never have any funding for a JapanSoc trip to the Studio Ghibli Museum, given that it’s in Mitaka in Tōkyō. We can console ourselves with how we wouldn’t be able to understand any of the books chosen by Miyazaki in the Reading Room, anyway. We’re also too old to go on the Catbus… On another note, Miyazaki can’t pronounce the name of an aeroplane he liked so much that he named his company after it.

On the edible side of the session, there was sushi, which was less disliked than usual! A certain late arrival was very fond of it.

For next week, I was planning to do the second hiragana column, the ‘k’s, and then look at dakuten and the ‘g’s if we had enough time, however, I’ve been messaged that said late person can’t come next week.

Instead, we’ll look at something more cultural that she wouldn’t be interested in (anime genres and popular examples, maybe?), so she doesn’t miss out on anything major. Comment if you are actually reading this and have another idea, or just pop me an email.

Food will probably be matcha pocky as that’s all I have left at the moment, or possibly anything else I can get my hands on in the meantime. Sorry, Ella.


Link to the PowerPoint: Studio Ghibli