LCC's Japanese Club enjoys field trips
From left, LCC Japanese Club members Jonah Coffman, Ashleigh Caviness, Nicole Turner and Kimura Sensei enjoy some authentic Japanese food on a field trip to Novi. Courtesy photo
By Juanita Kelly-Hill
The Japanese Club at Lansing Community College holds meetings every two weeks to discuss Japanese culture and curate future events for club members to connect and experience a foreign way of life.
During the fall semester, members went on an outing in the Novi area to try authentic Japanese cuisine, according to Club President Nikki Turner, who said it was her favorite event with the club.
“We ate at Nagomi, since it has plenty of Japanese food to try,” Turner said. “The outing went very well, even though all the members did not show up due to the distance. Those in attendance had lots of fun!”
Turner said the club has many events planned for the spring semester, including a visit to Sapporo Ramen in East Lansing on Saturday, Jan. 28.
“We are also thinking of more restaurants to visit and even watching a Kendo (a modern Japanese martial art) practice if available,” Turner said.
Anyone is welcome to join the club at the restaurant, even if they aren’t a member. No Japanese language knowledge is required.
Turner said the event she is most looking forward to is the upcoming visit to Sapporo because she frequents the establishment a lot and enjoys its ramen and takoyaki.
Danielle Blackwell is a member of the Japanese club who is also looking forward to the upcoming event.
“This is my first time in a club,” Blackwell said. “I'm excited to be a member while being able to engage with students who share a common interest in Japanese culture.”
Blackwell said she is willing to participate in any future events the club has, as long as she can learn more about Japan culture and traditions.
“I would like to see the club put together an event where we can visit a Japanese festival art museum that’ll give us more in-depth about the culture,” Blackwell expressed.
Anyone interested in joining the Japanese Club can contact Club President Nikki Turner at email@example.com or Club Adviser Mieko Philips at (517) 483-1022.