Fashion Friday: B-Boy BreakDance Battle

For many B-Boy enthusiasts, it isn’t just about the clothes but also the lifestyle and the dance. In fact, the more skilled B-Boy breakdance groups have represented Japan internationally in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Check out this video of the “final battle” between The FLOORRIORZ and Mortal Kombat.




Recipe Thursday: Teriyaki Salmon

Here’s something you probably haven’t tried before. WE all know about Teriyaki Beef and Teriyaki Chicken, but did you know you can also make Teriyaki fish? The recipe below is not only for salmon but nay other fish you may like.


– 2 salmon fillets with skin (3/4 inch thickness; skin will hold the flesh together while cooking.)
– Salt
– Freshly ground black pepper
– 1 Tbsp. flour (* see the note below for why using flour)
– ½ Tbsp. olive oil
– 1 Tbsp. butter
– 1 Tbsp. sake (or dry sherry)
– Seasonings
– 1 Tbsp. sake (or dry sherry)
– 1 Tbsp. mirin (or 1 Tbsp. sake + 1 tsp. sugar)
– 1 Tbsp. sugar
– 2 Tbsp. soy sauce

1. Combine the ingredients for Seasonings and mix well until the sugar is mostly dissolved (or you can microwave for seconds). Rinse the salmon and pat dry. Season the salmon with salt and black pepper on both sides.

2. Sprinkle 1/2 Tbsp. of flour on one side of salmon and spread evenly. Flip over and sprinkle the rest of flour on the other side. Gently remove the excess flour.
3. In a frying pan, add the olive oil and melt the butter over medium heat. Don’t burn the butter. If the flying pan gets too hot, reduce heat or remove from the heat temporally.
4. Add the salmon fillets, skin side on the bottom. Cook the salmon for 3 minutes, or until the bottom side is nicely browned.
5. Add sake and cover with lid. Steam the salmon for 3 minutes, or until it’s cooked through. Remove the salmon to a plate.
6. Add the Seasonings to the pan and heat up. When the sauce starts to boil, add salmon back in the pan and spoon the sauce over the salmon.
7. When the sauce thickens, turn off the heat. Plate the salmon on a warmed plate and serve immediately.



Music Monday: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Have you had the chance to listen to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu? Beginning her career in 2011, Kyary has been dubbed the “Queen of J-pop” by a variety of sources, although such a title has been controversial among more “traditional” J-pop fans. Starting her career as a decora model in Harajuku, Kyary released her first single PonPonPon in 2011, gaining millions of global youtube views. Her style is very different from most other Jpop artists, and revolves around cuteness and randomness. Because of this, Kyary has also been compared as the Lady Gaga or Katy Perry of Japan. Her music, and especially her music videos, is something best experienced personally than read about, as both her lyrics and visuals can be completely unpredictable. At the moment, she has released three albums.

Traditional Tuesday: Teru Teru Bozu



Surprising to get such a rainy day all of a sudden. If only there were a way to make it sunny again… Well in Japan there is a tradition that just might do the trick. Teru Teru Bozu (照る照る坊主), meaning the “shine-shine monk”. First becoming popular in the edo period, Teru teru bozu are little dolls made of a white cloth hung by a string, looking like little ghosts. Farmers and their families would hang them outside the day before good weather was wanted, or on a rainy day to make the rain stop. If the rain did stop, eyes would be drawn in to make the doll happy, they would be soked in sake, and allowed to float out into the river as thanks for their good work. If you by any chance WANTED rain, such as in times of drought, you would hang them upside down.

The story goes the origin of the dolls corresponds with a dark nursery rhyme telling of a monk who promised a town he could make it rain. When he failed to do so, he was hung. After the fact, nature was saddened by the murder and it began to rain. Whether or not the dolls represent a hung monk is debatable, but kids in Japan still enjoy making a variety of teru teru bozu during rainy days.




T-shirts are live! Also, what’s next?

For the first time ever, the Japanese Club at USF has our very own t-shirt! You can snag your own gorgeous J-Club shirt here. The shirts are only $15 and all the funds go towards a successful A Night in Tokyo banquet as well as more outstanding events in the spring semester. There is a catch though: the shirts are only available until October 23rd! So get them while they last! Once the campaign is over, they’re gone FOREVER.

Please stay tuned for more information on how to pick up your shirt once they are printed. Shirts will be shipped out to us approximately 2 weeks after the closing date.

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The fall semester has been a busy one for us here at the Japanese Club. That’s good news for you though! That means you will never run out of great and fun-tastic  things to do with us. What’s coming up next, you wonder? Well…

  • 1235503_732914013402437_483406432_nOkonomiyaki Social
    Saturday, September 28th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Location: Campus Lodge Pool & Clubhouse 15115 Livingston Ave Lutz, FL 33559
    Join J-Club and the lovely ladies at V.E.N.U.S. Sorority Interest Group for our biggest fundraiser of the year! $7 will get you yummy okonomiyaki (a Japanese pancake), shaved ice, and a drink! It’s a great way to celebrate the last of summer with good friends. Bring your sunscreen and your swimming suit!


  • A Night in Tokyo Fashion Show Model Call
    374396_702459646447874_385593722_nMonday, September 30th, 5:30 – 7:15 PM Location: Marshall Student Center 3709
    Are you interested in participating in one of the biggest and most anticipated features of A Night in Tokyo? Well, if you don’t mind being dressed up in crazy and colorful fashion, then this is right for you! Show up to the Model Call to participate in our fashion show! All that’s required is an open mind and a positive attitude! (Note: “Good looks” is NOT one of our requirements! Everybody is welcome!) (Another note: You must be able to come to all of the fashion show meetings, which take place September 30th, October 14th and October 28th, and the actual event itself,  A Night in Tokyo.
  • General Body Meeting: Japanese Warriors1239648_723152301045275_185348893_n
    Monday, October 7th, 5:30 PM – 7:15 PM Location: Marshall Student Center 3709
    Do you have the spirit of the warrior within? Come find out what it takes to be a Japanese warrior at our third general body meeting!