USW Japanese, Anime & Manga Society (JAMS) holds 10 year reunion


Jonathan Jones, JAMS alumnus & current USW graduate intern updates the Alumni Office on the recent Japanese, Anime & Manga Society's (JAMS) get-together, marking 10 years of operation:

"On Saturday 2 September, I put together a reunion for JAMS, the Japanese, Anime & Manga Society. The society has been in operation for almost 10 year, and was always a key society in Caerleon back in the days of UWN, and now a prominent society in the ATRiuM & Newport Campuses. The society is for enthusiasts, fans and students of all things Japan and Japanese – from animation, graphic novels, cuisine, culture, anything! JAMS has hosted several events over the last 10 years: academic based sessions on language, culture and anthropology, comedy nights, Japanese live-action movies, games nights, travelling to movie and comic conventions and even evenings out sampling Japanese food. JAMS has also liaised with several community venues and business, including Chapter Arts, Newport Centre, NP Clubs and Forbidden Planet.


Several our members, past and present are very creative – and they now host stalls in local art and film conventions, selling art work and showcasing their content. As you can imagine having a strong base in the creative ATRiuM Campus, JAMS gets very talented members from a range of courses. These members all contribute to the organisation and operation of the society; providing posters, promotional films and even animated shorts! Some of our members have been lucky enough to travel and work in Japan, with recent graduates moving onto the JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching) programme with the Japanese government!

I was the Chair of JAMS from 2013-2015, and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve done my best to keep in touch with members past and present, and it’s always great to support get together like the most recent. On Saturday we got together at the Newport Campus, shared some stories from over the years and looked back on some of the events and then headed off into Friars walk for Bowling, Laser Tag and some Japanese food in Wagamama! We had members travel from all over the UK for the reunion, and one student all the way from Germany. Thankfully, the CLV Student Village could accommodate us all, so it felt like being students again!


If JAMS sounds like something you’d enjoy being a part of, be sure to check out the society stand at the upcoming Freshers’ Street Fair in Cardiff and Newport! I’m sure they’ll be around for many years to coming, building on its strong membership and alumni base."

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