JSA 5th Annual Spring Festival - "Matsuri"

Saturday, May 9, 2015

We proudly present the 5th annual Japanese Spring Festival: Matsuri 2015! It'll be on Saturday, May 9th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Hutchinson Courtyard (5706 S. University Ave. Chicago IL 60637). Unlike the previous spring festivals we hosted, this time we are offering free admission! Just remember to bring a few dollars for delicious food. Games with special prizes, info booths, and martial arts booths are free!


PERFORMERS (starting at 6pm):



  • Aikido Club
  • Judo Club


  • Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
  • Flower Arrangement by Ikebana on Halsted
  • Tea Demonstration by Urasenke Chicago


JSA 4th Annual Spring Festival - "Matsuri"

Friday May 16, 2014

We'll be having our annual Spring Festival this Friday, the May 16th from 5pm! Please enjoy tasty Japanese food, fantastic cultural performances, and fun game booths at Logan Arts Center performance hall!

  • The ticket includes festivities, a dinner, and a show.
  • $10 @ the tickets sale in Reynolds club 12pm~3pm, Mon~Fri.
  • $12 @ the door.

THE SHOW| 5:00 - 6:00 PM

  • The Ho Etsu Taiko, (Japanese traditional drums)
  • Jazz Shamisen by Tatsu Aoki and Miyumi Project
  • Judo Martial Arts demonstrations


  • Dinner: Sushi and Japanese traditional foods | 6:00 pm. Catered by Shinju Sushi.
  • Game Booth: Origami Workshop, Kendama, and Wanage.
  • Onigiri Booth: Make your own onigiri (rice balls)!
  • Judo Booth: Learn how to protect yourself in the streets of Hyde Park.

JSA 3rd Annual Spring Festival - "Matsuri"

Friday May.3, 2013

We are having our annual Matsuri festival again this year on Friday the May 3rd from 5pm! Please come check out our spectacular performers, tasty Japanese food, and fun game booths at the beautiful Logan Arts Center performance hall!


  • The ticket includes festivities, a dinner, and a show.
  • $7 for U of C students/$10 for non- U of C students @ the tickets sale in Reynolds club 10am~3pm Mon~Fri.
  • $10 for U of C students/$13 for non- U of C students @ the door.

THE FESTIVITIES | 5:00 - 7:00 PM

  • Dinner: Sushi and Japanese traditional foods | 5:00 pm. Catered by Shinju Sushi.
  • Kimono Photo Booth: Dress up in traditional Japanese clothing and pose for photos.
  • Game Booth: Origami Workshop, Kendama, and Wanage.
  • Onigiri Booth: Make your own onigiri (rice balls)!
  • Shodo Booth: Try your hands at Japanese caligraphy.

THE SHOW | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

  • The Ho Etsu Taiko, featuring Tiffany Tamaribuchi from Sacramento Taiko (Japanese traditional drums)
  • Wariki (Folk Song/Dance)
  • Shamisen by Joshua Solomon
  • Shakuhachi by Jia Senghe
  • Judo Martial Arts demonstrations
  • JSA Arashi Dancing Troupes

Ramen trip

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013

If you want to have ramen in Chicago, Wasabi is the place to go. They serve ramen that is comparable to those that can be found in Japan. It is a bit far from our campus, but the members who went definitely thought that it was worth it!

Nabe Party

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Is there anything better to do than to surround a nice, hot nabe with your friends on a cold winter night? A bunch of us gathered at my house this Friday night to do just that. Thanks to all the members who showed up, the event was a great fun!

Japanese Pancakes (Okonomiyaki) Sale

Monday, Nov.12, 2012

Thank you to all those who came to support our Japanese Pancakes sales! The money raised will be used for our spring Matrsuri festival.

Gyukaku Dinner

Saturday, Nov.10, 2012

If you want to try some Japanese barbecue in Chicago, Gyukaku is definitely the restaurant for you. About twenty members had a great time eating to our heart's content there. Come join JSA to particiapte in awesome trips like this one!

Mitsuwa Trip

Saturday, Nov.3, 2012

We had our first Mitsuwa Trip of the year this Saturday. Our memebers had a lot of fun shopping for Japanese goods and filling their stomach full with Japanese food from the food court. Thank you to all those who helped us out by offering to drive! Pictures of the event will be uploaded later to the event page.

JSA 2nd Annual Spring Festival - "Matsuri"

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Check out the full line up of this year's festivities and performances here.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE! [And of course, at the doors starting at 5pm]

PARKING INFORMATION The closest options are street parking or parking at the Univerisity of Chicago Lab School. A comprehensive UChicago Parking Lots Map (Check the map legend for which lots are open to visitors).

Check out the video of JSA SPRING FESTIVAL 2011!
This year's festivities are even bigger and better!

See you on Friday!

Event: JSA @ MEChA Dia De Los Muertos Event

Friday, Oct 14th, 2011

JSA will be participating in the annual tradition that is practiced in various Latin American countries! The event is held on:

  • Sunday, October 31st, 2011. 5:00pm
  • Reynolds Club, Hutchinson Commons, 5706 S. University.

Wait around for more updates!

Exploring Nuclear Weapons and Energy

Monday, May 17th, 2011

The Atomic Age Symposium will be held this Saturday to discuss nuclear weapons and energy, featuring new documentaries by two women filmmakers, one from the U.S. and one from Japan. They will be joined by a panel of experts for discussion after each screening, with a roundtable to conclude the day. Find out more about the day's programs.

T-shirts will also be sold to promote the conference in Bartlett for $10 each. All proceeds will go towards Japan Relief & Rebuild.

The Atomic Age from Hiroshima to the Present symposium

  • Saturday, May 21 | 8:30am-5:30pm
  • International House, the University of Chicago, 1414 E. 59th St.
  • RSVP on the The Atomic Age website »

JSA 1st Annual Spring Festival - "Matsuri"

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Come to our very 1st Annual Spring Matsuri! We will recreate the festive feeling of Japanese Matsuri with various performances, including music, dance and a comedy show!

Dinner catered by SHINJU SUSHI will be served from 5:30-6:45pm, (Sushi! + other authentic dishes) and the show will start from 7:00 until 8:30pm. (We will have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options as well.)

  • Saturday, May 7th | Dinner 5:30 pm / Show 7:00 pm
  • International House at the University of Chicago - 1414 E. 59th Street
  • Find out more on Facebook »

Tickets are now on sale $10 at Reynolds Club, and $12 at the door.
$2 for 1 $5 for 3 Raffle tickets with TWO complimentary Limited Edition Meiji Chocolates.
1. Two Shinju all you can eat gift cards + 30 minute massage at Japanese Spa Zen
2. One gift certificate for the SitDown + 30min Medicinal bath from Japanese Spa Zen

All proceeds will go to JAPAN Relief & Rebuild. Find out more about the event!

Eat for a Cause PART 2 - A new round of restaurant promotions!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Below are additional partnerships established with local restaurants who have agreed to donate a portion of their sales to earthquake relief! Simply eat at our featured restaurant on their promotion day, and 10-20% of your bill will go to JAPAN Relief & Rebuild. You can download the new flier here.


  • Wednesday April 27th
  • 1312 E. 53rd Street (near Kimbark)
  • Mention us and 10% of your bill goes to Japan Relief & Rebuild!


  • Thursday, May 5th
  • 1649 E. 55th Street (between Hyde Park and Cornell)
  • Eat at Snail and 15% of your bill goes to Japan Relief & Rebuild!

Eat for a Cause: Restaurant promotions!

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

JAPAN R&R has now established partnerships with local restaurants who have agreed to donate a portion of their sales to earthquake relief! Below are the upcoming featured restaurants and promotion days. You can download the flier here.


  • Sunday, April 17th & Monday, April 18th
  • 1368 1/2 E. 53rd Street (between Kenwood and Dorchester)
  • Just walk in and buy a froyo! 10% of every sale goes to Japan Relief & Rebuild


  • Thursday, April 21st
  • 1206 E. 53rd Street (between Woodlawn Ave & Kimbark Ave)
  • Mention JAPAN Relief & Rebuild during order (also applicable for phone orders.) 20% of the sale will go to Japan Relief & Rebuild

Letter from the Iwate University President

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

We now have a translated letter from the president of Iwate University expressing his gratitude for the support here at the University of Chicago. You can download a pdf of the letter here.

Footage from Iwate University

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Just now, we received photo footage of our Iwate University students volunteering to clean up a local elementary school. While we cannot join them in Japan, we can continue to support them here -- some students have lost the means to continue their education, and our funds will help their scholarship. You can view the photos on our media/links page and find out more about our fund here.

TEDx Presentation

Monday, April 11th, 2011

JAPAN R&R will be showing a slideshow during talks, collecting donations, and folding paper cranes at TEDxUChicago in Mandel Hall on Sunday. Find out more about the event!

MODA designed T-shirt now available!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

MODA will now be selling T-shirts to fundraise for JAPAN Relief & Rebuild! Check out the amazing design here »