Get Involved!


There are many ways to get involved here at Japan Club, here are just a few!




JAPACONA is a chance to foray into the more academic side of Japanese culture and language. A perfect supplement for either those  studying Japanese at UVa or the casual enthusiast, JAPACONA offers discussions on various cultural topics of interest as well as guest speakers, special performances, and speaking sessions with members of the Charlottesville Japanese community. Whether you are a student or someone in the community, we welcome all to come and participate with us in our never-ending quest for Japanese knowledge!    



JC Dance is a sub-group of Japan Club that is solely dedicated to learning Japanese dances. While we, the JC Culture Chairs (Amy, Chelsea, and Julia), work hard to organize cultural events, our other most important role is to teach and prepare traditional and modern dances for our members to learn and perform. We perform at large venues like the Amphitheater for Culturefest, as well as smaller venues like JC events. There is no cost or experience necessary to join our practices, and we as a group are generally low-commitment. If you’re on the fence about trying dancing, don’t worry, because we will go slow and teach you! We are similar to a JC family because we’re close knit and bond through dancing in a unique way. If you like making friends and dancing in cool costumes, check out JC Dance!

Questions? Feel free to contact Amy Omps at!



Want to get closer with your fellow Japan Club officers and members? Then joining a family is a great place to start! Clubs and organizations like JC can be pretty big and intimidating on the outside at first, that’s why we utilize a family-system in order to break up our members and officers into smaller, more manageable groups. We think that by having families, our members and officers are able to form more intimate bonds and connections among one another, and really get to grow and share their passion for the Japanese culture, pop-culture, language, and more!

Interested in joining a family? Please contact Brian Hong at!




Interested in getting to know fellow learners and native-speakers of not only Japanese, but of also Korean, Chinese, German, Arabic, and more? Consider being a resident of Shea House! From the official website:

“The Shea House provides a language immersion environment to enhance students’ linguistic and cultural competence in their target language and culture by offering quality programming with meaningful activities. The leadership of the Shea House facilitates multi-cultural and cross-cultural activities to prepare the residents and all associated language students of the UVA community to flourish in a global community.”

Japan Club will also occasionally host events and gatherings here as well, so it wouldn’t hurt to know where it is!

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According to their website:

The East Asia Center was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and students interested in East and Southeast Asia. It currently sponsors a speaker series, grant programs, and promotes academic activities and cultural events related to East and Southeast Asia. We are an interdisciplinary organization of faculty, each of whom is a full member of an academic department. East and Southeast Asia-related courses are taught as part of the various departmental curricula. The Center does not have its own faculty or course offerings. However, it administers the interdisciplinary M.A. and M.B.A./M.A. degree programs in East Asian Studies, while the B.A. program in East Asian Studies is administered by the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The Center encourages and coordinates East and Southeast Asia-related activities such as lectures, and supports faculty initiatives in publications, workshops, and conferences that involve faculty across departments. It also administers a grant program for student and faculty travel to East Asia. Since 2015, the generosity of the family of Bruce and Sally Nelson has allowed the Center to sponsor the “Nelson Lectures on Southeast Asia” and to offer travel grants to Southeast Asia for study and research.”

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