J-Pop Club educates others about Japanese culture past and present

Carlmont’s Japanese Pop Culture Club incorporates traditional and modern culture into their activities as they inform and bond with others.


Ruya Yaman

Japanese Pop Culture (J-Pop) club welcomes everybody to join their weekly meetings.

Many people believe that Carlmont’s Japanese Pop Culture (J-Pop) club revolves around anime, but it encompasses much more than this stereotype.

J-Pop Club aims to educate others about modern and traditional Japanese culture so it can be better understood throughout society.

This is accomplished through activities such as presentations that elaborate on different features within the culture. The club also uses these group activities as a chance to bond with one another and share their diverse ideas and interests.

“We do a variety of things. Sometimes we just sit here and talk to each other, other times we sing karaoke. And then other times we talk about topics like food, fashion, or war crimes,” said Jaleyna Lara, a senior and president of J-Pop club.

Several members of the J-Pop club have said that they most enjoy socializing with each other, as it has made them feel welcome. Another aspect of this club that appeals to its members is the freedom within it. Not only can club members learn about certain topics, but they can also educate others.

“People can make presentations on any topic that they’re interested in– whether it be ancient Japanese history or just an anime that they really like,” Liana Feigelson, a junior and co-vice president of the club, said.

Although the club does not focus solely on anime, it is still a broad category of interest. Junior Eli Wallow explained how, with the name “J-Pop Club,” there is inevitably going to be anime involved.

“We’re very anime-centric, but also inclusive of anything that anyone’s interested in,” Feigelson said.

To further emphasize the unique aspects of Japanese culture, several club members meet up every Sunday to rehearse their Heritage Fair performance. Any member that wishes to participate can learn a modern Japanese dance to perform in front of the school later on in the year.

“It’s good to learn about other cultures so you can appreciate your own! I think learning about the stigmas behind other cultures creates an overall less ignorant culture at Carlmont,” Nina Chung, a senior and co-vice president of the club, said.

J-Pop Club meets in D-27 every week on Thursdays.

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