Pod Events

Weekly Dinner Meetings:

Monday: 6:15 PM

Tuesday:  6:30 PM

Wednesday: 5:30 PM

Thursday: 6:15 PM

Language Corners:

Time: Fridays at 6:00 PM


1/19/24 - Welcome Back Karaoke: We sang and listened to a few popular Japanese songs and at the end, we listened to a few Japanese folk/lullaby songs. 

1/26/24 - We made oshiruko and zenzai (they are both very similar dessert dishes commonly ate around new years). We learned the differences between them and had a great time cooking in Japanese. 

2/9/24 - We made mizuhiki (a form of knot tying) and made door decorations! We had a lot of fun trying to do different forms of knot tying while learning about its history.

2/16/24 - We learned about the differences and similarities of Valentine's Day in Japan vs. America. We then made tomo choco and learned about the different types of chocolate given out on Valentine's Day in Japan. 

2/23/24 - We started planning out our semester event: Shea Hinamatsuri! It is a Japanese Girl's Day, so we plan on having traditional Hinamatsuri food and decorations! We even made a flier. 

3/1/24 - We made another video letter responding to Japanese middle school students. Stay tuned for the final video!

3/15/24 - We had a game night with a variety of Japanese games. But we particularly had a lot of fun playing charades in Japanese, reviewing different words and finding new ways to express them. 

3/23/24-We had our spring semester event: Shea Hinamatsuri. Hinamatsuri is girl's day in Japan and it is a day to celebrate with friends and family.

3/29/24-We learned about Japanese riddles and word puns. I hid clues around Shea House and people went around solving riddles in Japanese.        

4/5/24-We learned about two different Japanese holidays this week: Kodomo no hi and Tanabata. We went into depth about the history being Children's Day (Kodomo no hi) and the origins of how this holiday came to be. At the end we made tanzaku (wrote wishes on paper) as finals as close by and we all prayed to get A's on our exam. 

4/12/24-We learned the trash disposal system in Japan through Jeopardy! We learned about how there are many different ways to dispose of trash (different categories) and we played jeopardy to see if groups would know how each trash would be disposed of in the categories of recyclables, burnables, non burnables, and large objects. 

4/19/24- We learned about how the traditional Japanese meal: 1 soup 3 dishes (with rice). We also learned about triangle eating where there is a certain method/order in which you eat the dishes so that it forms a triangle of sorts. We also decided on what foods we wanted to make for our last language corner!

4/26/24-For our last language corner we will be making a traditional Japanese dinner and eating with Japanese table mannerisms. 

FALL 2023 

9/1/23 - We made charaben (character bentos) for dinner, based on characters we liked. We had a lot of fun!

9/8/23 - We made a video letter replying to Japanese middle schoolers

9/15/23 - We learned about Yuru chara which are mascot characters usually created to promote an area or a region. With the remaining time, we started designing our own Japanese floor sweatshirts! 

9/22/23 - We played Jinrou (人狼), a Japanese version of mafia while speaking in Japanese!

9/29/23 - Today was Otsukimi (a moon viewing festival) and we made tsukimi dango. We also went outside and watched the full moon!

10/21/23 - We had our fall semester event: Shea Matsuri! We made origami, ate onigiri and even drew some calligraphy!


10/27/23 - We made another video responding to Japanese middle schoolers. This time we had a discussion about the differences in American and Japanese education!

11/3/23 - We played a kahoot to learn about the difference between 和食 and 洋食!

11/10/23 - We made two different desserts to learn about how the cooking styles are different between a 和食 dessert (ichigo daifuku) and a 洋食 dessert (purin).

11/17/23 - We played a jeopardy like game in Japanese about all of the language corners and events that happened at Shea this fall semester!

2022 - 2023 

8/28 - Our first Language Corner! Aside from doing introductions, we all played a Japanese sushi stacking minigame. It was tons of fun!

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9/4 - Our second Language Corner. We made a lot or Origami and Kirigami creations together!

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9/11 - Our third Language Corner. We all made and ate tsukimi-dango.


9/18 - On this Language Corner, we did Shiritori games (both regular and e-shiritori) as a group


9/25 - On this Language Corner We all tried Japanese Calligraphy

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2/19- On this Language Corner We all made Yakisoba

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