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Donburi was panicking. When he woke up, he checked the weather and saw that it was raining. Wearing his messenger bag over his shoulder, and an umbrella on his left arm, Donburi swung his front door open and ran for the campus.

This is bad! Today was supposed to be the day WASABI held their crepe hunt event! With such uncooperative weather, who is going to want to run around campus?

"Fear not dear member" a voice rang inside his head. "We have prepared for this scenario. come to the International Student Lounge and everything will be clear.

"Soon he arrived to the ISL. In the middle of the room, sticking out like a sore thumb was a collection of tables, arranged into a big 3 sided square.

Members were going around, picking ingredients such as strawberries, cream, syrups, bananas, and some more. At the end of the line, the plates were filled with fully decorated crepes!

Donburi lined up, grabbed one for himself and went to greet his friends. "I'm glad everything worked out in the end..."

  • Brian

Crepe Hunt

I need your help - The Kingdom 👑 of WASABI’s Crepe 🧁decorating contest is on Next Tuesday, 27th February at the ISL but there’s a problem!! 😨 The evil raccoon 🦝 Donburi has hidden the ingredients in the form of enchanted 🎟️ all around the University 🎃, and has encoded the location of these places with tricky puzzles and riddles… 🔍 Bring the tickets back to ISL and they will transform back into cream, strawberries, custard, sauces….. 🍓 🍰 I even heard he hid a special bonus ingredient…. 👀👀 Oh Heavens, that rat really is something! Please Traveller, help me solve the riddles and find the tickets so we can get the ingredients back before the contest ends….🥹🥹

Snacks n' chill

Another sem brings another round of your favourite snacks n chills :watermelonpray: :dant: Starting week 1 friday on the 23rd of Feb from 12pm to 3pm, snc will be happening every thurs/fri in ISL 👨‍👧‍👧 Come join us for some snacks, drinks and vibes as always 🐈 🎸

Board Games Night

BOARD GAMES NIGHT IS ON MONDAY 3-6pm at ISL!!! What is a better way to break the ice than to play board games? Come to BOARD GAMES NIGHT to meet new people and make friends while competing, or working with each other to complete the board games . Through exhilarating gameplay, we could spend a great evening with newly made friends! Snacks and drinks are also supplied🍘 🍹, so come along and enjoy your last week before easter🐰 !! HAVE FUN!!!

JAC Orientation

Having fun at our events? 👉👈 Craving for more excitement and want to meet more people? Spend your Sunday with us at our annual ✨JAC Orientation✨ full of more fun social activities, more friendships made over some free snags on the side! For those who are unfamiliar, JAC (Japanese Associations Combined) is a collaboration between the Japanese student societies in UNSW (NSA), UTS (JASS) & USYD (WASABI) If you’re a member from any of the 3 societies, you’re automatically a member of JAC! 😌

Curry House

We are going to be serving up a feast with WASABI Curry House this Thursday, 21st of March at the International Student Lounge from 11am-2pm!! Come along in between your classes to refresh, refuel, and re-energise yourselves with some traditional Japanese Curry!

Perfumery

🌟🔬 Unleash Your Inner Alchemist: WASABI Perfumery 🔬🌟 @Events 🔮💫 Have you ever dreamt of bottling your personality into a fragrance? 💫🔮 Join us for an immersive perfumery workshop Wednesday 13th March at ISL, 11am-2pm where you'll become the alchemist of your own aroma! 💫 You'll embark on a sensory journey, 🚀 traversing the art and science of perfume making. Delve into a captivating library of diverse scents, 📚 and discover the intricate balance of top, middle, and base notes as you experiment with a rich palette of aromatic ingredients. 🎨 From floral and fruity to woody and marine, explore an array of fragrances to tailor a scent that resonates with your individual tastes and preferences! 🌺🍊🌲🌊 You'll then get to bottle, decorate and name your creation! 🌺 Express yourself and discover the magic of creating your own signature scent!! 🎉✨

On a fine Tuesday morning, Donburi woke up extra early to make his way to the WASABI Tea Workshop.

When he arrived,  he saw the beautiful line up of teas: Gyokuro, Genmaicha, Sencha, Oolong, Early Grey and Jasmine tea. He rushed to grab his 5 tea bags and made himself a nice cup of tea. Topped it off with some peach syrup, and sat at timber floors for the rest of the afternoon, sipping away. He may have invited a lot of other people to the event, keeping Arthur our Event Coordinator very very busy... what a cheeky little thing.

We hope you had a fun and relaxing afternoon with us at WASABI Tea Workshop, like Donburi did!

~ Emi ૮꒰ ˶• ༝ •˶꒱ა♡

Tea Workshop

Create your own teabag, coaster and mixed your own drink to enjoy a relaxing summer day!! Whether you prefer hot tea, iced tea, fruit tea, or milk tea, you can craft your own beverages and savour them with delicious snacks.🍹 🍹 Whisper 🙊 (You can also take home portions of tea and other additives to recreate the amazing drinks you made during the workshop!) It's also free for ALL USYD students so feel free to bring your friends along!!

Japanese Language Workshop

Our first Japanese language workshop is taking place Wednesday March 6th 4:30-6:00pm at the Pharmacy and Bank Building Pharmacy Seminar Room N351 !! 🇯🇵 🗣️ Come along to practice your a Japanese conversation skills, enjoy some snacks and make new friends 😊♥️♥️ Very excited to see you there!

Snacks n' chill

Another sem brings another round of your favourite snacks n chills :watermelonpray: :dant: Starting week 1 friday on the 23rd of Feb from 12pm to 3pm, snc will be happening every thurs/fri in ISL 👨‍👧‍👧 Come join us for some snacks, drinks and vibes as always 🐈 🎸

Welcome BBQ

HEYY WASABII!!! Get ready for our Welcome BBQ coming up next Wednesday on the 21st of Feb, 11-2pm!!! 😋 We'll be serving Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancakes), drinks, and will be having a fun mingle bingo to get to know your fellow WASABI members! 🤩 Also, you'll receive some goodies after you successfully complete your bingo! 🍬 Can't wait to see all of you again, as well as new faces next week!

Welcome Week

Who’s ready for another year of WASABI FUN!!!!! 🥳🥳 Come visit us at our Matsuri-themed Welcome Week stall at stall 269 to renew your membership for the chance to win Tote Bags🪐 , Coin Pouches💫, Pocky☄️, or even our mystery jackpot prize 👀🏆 We also have our brand new line of WASABI MERCH available for purchase!!! 🍍🍍 At our welcome week stall only, we’re offering an ✨EXCLUSIVE BONUS PRIZE ✨to anyone who purchases merch 👩‍🌾👩‍🌾 SO WHO’S READY TO HAVE ANOTHER WASABILICIOUS YEAR

JAC BALL Sakura Soiree

It's the event you've all been waiting for... JAC 💃 BALL!!! We are proud to announce this year's theme 🌸 Sakura Soiree 🌸 , where we celebrate friendship and all things beautiful (that's you 😘 ) as we enjoy the night in fancy dress 👗 The details of the even are as follows :catBlush~1: 📆Date: Monday, 11th December, 2023 ⏰Time: 6:00pm - 11:00pm 🎟️Venue: L'Aqua, The Roof Top Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour NSW 2000 👗 Dresscode: Formal AS FOR THE TICKETS we will be releasing in batches 🧁 The earlier you get them, the larger the discount 🤭 So please keep an eye 👁️ out for these dates!!! Member Prices: 💴 $135 Early bird release (7:00PM, Sunday 29th October, 2023) (40 tickets) 💴$145 General release (7:00PM, Sunday 5th November, 2023) (70 tickets) 💴$150 Final release (7:00PM, Sunday 12th November, 2023) (40 tickets) An additional fee of $5 will be incurred for non-members as per our usual policy 😚 Remember to click "Interested" or "Going" on our Facebook event to keep updated!! Keen to see you there 🎀 ❣️

Study Cafe

Stressed for your exams? 😵‍💫😵‍💫 Craving some sweet sweet study motivation? 🍭🍭Transport yourself to the tantalising streets of Omotesando with our WASABI Study Cafe! 🧋🧋With an inviting range of homemade Matcha Latte 🍵, Earl Grey Tea-ade 🍹, and Japanese Iced Coffee ☕️ to fuel you through your assignments and exams,along with our exciting range of cakes and baked goods 🧁🍰🥧you can keep your spirits high, all while basking in the soothing ambiance of our cozy, Japanese-inspired cafe!! 🍞🍞🥖

It's exam season, and students need a way to get away from all the stress and cool off. Luckily, Donburi planned ahead and created Springtime Paint n' Sip! Donburi knew just what all the wasabians needed and invited everyone to come paint their favourite scenes under the Spring shade and sip on some refreshing drinks!

New and familiar faces turn up one by one to Victoria Park, taking their canvas and settling down on the soft grass. The gentle breeze and warm scenery made the location perfect for small chit chat with friends. As wasabians conversed amongst themselves, masterpieces were being whipped up! Let WASABI cook!! By the end of Paint n' Sip, all the wasabians unwinded for the week and even had a little memory to take home. As expected of Donburi!

Jason

Springtime Paint n' Sip

GET READY TO UNLEASH YOUR ARTISTIC SPIRIT 🤩🤩🤩 On Thursday 12pm-2pm at Victoria Park, we will be holding a WASABI Paint n' Sip ‼️‼️‼️ Sip away on some (non-alcoholic) refreshments while you take in the Spring scenery and chat to fellow members. Canvases, paints, and brushes will all be provided! Hope to see you there!!

Izakaya Night

WASAWASSUP WASABIANS!!! W13 is approaching and you know what that means!!! 🥳🥳Registrations for our bi-annual 🍻🍛IZAKAYA NIGHT🍛🍻 are open!! 🎉 🎈 🎊 Bring your friends and come enjoy Jazushi’s mouthwatering 8-course tasting menu!! 🍣🥟🍤🍨 Make sure to arrive at 5:30 so we can settle down and eat at 6!!! ⏰ Who knows, you might even run into Donburi there… 👀 👀 🍱Location: Jazushi, Surry Hills 🍜Time: 6-9pm 🍲Date: Sunday, 5th November 🍧 Price for Early Bird (closing October 22!!): $45 for Members 🍨 Price for General Release: $50 for Members, $55 for Non-Members

Donburi walked into ISL in a morning, and saw all the students studying before exams. He started watching ninja drama and dozed off. He opened his eyes, seeing everyone shocked on their faces. They found out they had travelled back to Sengoku-era in a ninja academy.

They saw origami sheets, cardboards and coloured A4 papers on the table, and Donburi’s knowledge from the drama kicked in. He started leading everyone to craft ninja weapons such as shuriken, katana and kunai. Folding papers into different types of shuriken and kunai, cutting cardboards into katanas. Everyone was chatting and cheering about their unique fashioned weapons. After all the fun craftings time, they are brought to the corner to examine their ninja skills. Paper cups pyramids, shooting targets and wooden sticks look like a tower stopping them from passing. Despite the obstacles, their determination shone through as they fought hard for the test. Pyramids had fallen, targets were shot and woods were cut into halves. They aced the test and laughter echoed as they celebrated. Donburi felt tired after all these challenges and fell asleep smiling.

He woke up with a cute certificate and KitKat in his hand, and in everyone’s hand. He left ISL with a sense of accomplishment and a smile.

Arthur

Ninja Academy

Want to be as cool as the ninjas in movies? Come join our exciting ”Ninja Academy" 🥷Craft your own ninja weapon kits out of origami paper and try your best to pass our ‘shinobi test'🎯 . There will be prizes up for grabs and even a special certificate! See you there! 💪

As October neared its end and the darkness crept in, a mysterious atmosphere enveloped UTS. The air was thick with anticipation, and a touch of eerie excitement as students prepared for the most spine-chilling event of the year: JAC HALLOWEEN!  

Taking inspiration from Donburi, our members pulled up in the scariest, most horrifying, legit spine-tingling, and ickiest costumes possible, fully embracing the spooky theme. Congratulations to the winners, who truly embodied the spirit of Donburi.  

Do you know what's scarier than monsters from the unknown? University students and alcohol. The bar at UTS loft served some horrifying concoctions, which left everyone in high spirits (see what I did there). Although some may still be wondering if there was a hint of elixir in those drinks.  

Now, it wouldn't be a proper Halloween night without paranormal shenanigans. Our hardworking JAC team set up a spooky twist into the night as members were pulled into the House of Horrors, where every creak and groan sent shivers down spines. From Sukuna to Scary Women (Real, I'm scared of women), the room acted as a domain into the otherworldly.  

As the Spectral Soirée fades into the realm of memories, we are left with a lingering sense of the supernatural. Until next year, when the shadows once again come alive, remember: the spirits may rest, but the memories of this haunted night will haunt us forever. 👻🌙

Pranu

JAC Halloween

🚨 STRICTLY 18+ EVENT!! 🚨 Are you ready for a night filled with fun, laughter and screams? You've come to the right place! JAC is holding our very own HALLOWEEN NIGHT! where you can mingle with both friends old and new, and celebrate an amazing night of Halloween fun! Tickets are inclusive of FOOD, one DRINK coupon, entry to the SPOOKYYY HOUSE and a night of fun (come in yo best costume to maybe win a prize)

In the middle of the hectic assignment seasons, groups of students gathered around the International Student Lounge. As Donburi peeked through the corner, he sees many familiar faces fiddling with what seems to be small colourful plastic pieces.

Approaching closer to the area, it turns out to be plastic beads! Seemingly disconnected from the outside world, this area of the ISL felt very tranquil. Some people were deeply in focus with creating bracelets, others were having leisurely conversations. While the idea was to create friendship bracelets, some people got creative and made keychains, and phone straps. Uncharacteristically, Donburi decided to sit down beside his friends, and started creating a bracelet as well! One by one, he slipped in the plastic beads. Pink.. blue... pink.. blue.. and ocassionally some letter beads. As he finally finished up on the bracelet, he looked up to the window and saw the sky already turning orange.

While it wasn't his usual hobbies of pranks and high energy activities, it was a nice change of pace, Donburi thought while walking back home wearing his brand new bracelet.

Brian

WASABI Bead your Bond

Hey guys!! Welcome back from mid-sem break 🤭 Right before we jump into exams and the impending finals 💀, lets create some new bonds and reignite old friendships at our Bead Your Bond event! We will offer instruction guides, snacks and drinks and a relaxing vibe🫶 Make sure to come!!!

Annual General Meeting

WASABI will be holding our AGM on Wednesday the 20th of September, 4:00 pm at Physics Building Physics Lecture Theatre 217 (Slade). We will be holding an election to select our new executive team for the following year. If you are interested in running, please read all the information below and submit an application via Google form. For those who are not interested in running, please still make sure to join us to vote for your fellow members! Best of luck to everyone running and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Shaka shaka shaka, sip, sip. What’s that sound? Looking over into Isabel Fiddler, we can see Donburi enjoying a nice cup of matcha tea, then Chinese Long Jing green tea, then Taiwanese Alishan green oolong tea. 🍵  

We watched the late afternoon sunshine turn golden, then sunset, then navy blue, the cozy lamps lighting up the evening and spreading their warmth throughout our first collaboration with Tea Society. Enjoying some Japanese sweets and mochi before drinking some whisked matcha, then fragrant and flavourful Chinese and Taiwanese teas, members from both societies enjoyed conversing and sharing small talk on their favourite teas, mindful thoughts, and queries on the process of tea ceremony. 🍵🍡 The wonderfully comforting vibes of the event allowed for tea masters to talk with the tea curious, and share their interests and impart their knowledge. Everyone left feeling the after-warmth from partaking in the selection of delicious teas, a little less stressed and a little more wise. 😌  

Sarah, resident tea enjoyer.

WASABI x Tea Soc: Matcha & Green Teas

Join 💚 Wasabi and Tea Society ☕ as we come together to enjoy and appreciate Asian green teas from different countries! We will be serving Matcha from Japan 🇯🇵, Long Jing green tea from China 🇨🇳, and Alishan green oolong from Taiwan 🇹🇼

With joy, we celebrate Wasabi’s 20th anniversary as a society!! Together with old and new members we celebrated through everlasting polaroids with our wasabians with cute studio ghibli props! drawing our luck 🍀, testing our shooting aim 🫣, letter writing ✉️ and yummy takoyaki. 😋😋 Creating present and future memories with wasabi will forever be a core memory 💛💛.  

By the end of the event, everyone’s hearts were full of companionship and love. To wasabi and future events we look forward to creating forever and fun memories 🫶🏻

Ellie

WASABI 20th Anniversary Matsuri

Guess what we've been cooking👩‍🍳?? A VERY SPECIAL 20th Anniversary Matsuri of course💚! A huge festival of Japanese foods 🥟, games 🎯and crafts 🎨 to celebrate Japanese culture and the 20th anniversary of our society's formation 💖 Feeling like takoyaki? 🐙We've got that! Would you like to play games and win cute prizes 🎁? We got that too! We even have polaroids 📷 that you can decorate, so that you can remember all the good times with WASABI 🙂 It’s OUR present to YOU ❤️

If you were a foodie, you HAD to be there at VSA X WASABI Night Markets 😍

zPicture this: tender beef, fresh herbs, and a dash of secret sauce grilled to perfection. The Bo Lat Lot served by VSA was absolutely mouth-watering and well worth the wait 🤤 And don't forget about WASABI's very own dango. Those sweet and chewy desserts were an absolute feast on the eyes (and the stomach course) 💗 ! Served some DELICIOUS miso soup (and some really good company) we brought the night market to you on a Tuesday at uni.

By the end of the event, everyone's hearts and tummies were full, after an exciting day at VSA X WASABI "night" markets 😊

- Kaithlyn

VSA x WASABI: Night Markets

As we return to uni, the winter break starts become a distant memory 😔 No more travelling overseas with friends, and eating night market food…. Or so you’d thought 🫢 Behold, VSA x WASABI: NIGHT MARKETS! 🏮Where we bring the night life to YOU on Tuesday at uni 📚We will be serving dango 🍡, miso soup 🍲, and bò lá lốt 🍢 from 11AM-1PM 😋 That’s right FREE food AND AMAZING company too? You don't want to miss out on this one😮‍💨

Japanese Language Workshop

Want to heighten your Japanese ability by practicing your skills with proficient and native speakers? Want to come and chill out with your friends while having snacks and soaking up all the Japanese knowledge? Then WASABI's weekly Japanese workshops are for you! No matter what level of Japanese you are, we have someone to help you out. Come along, and we'll see you all there!

Donburi walked into ISL one afternoon with his mouth wide open in shock - how could WASABI neglect him and hold an event in celebration of the lowly Sanrio characters?!

Despite his reservations, he waddled his way over to the first station he saw as he still wanted to experience the event with an unbiased lens. There, he made a cute omamori charm and giggled as he admired his own work of art. Maybe the event wasn’t so bad after all.

Then, he waddled over to the next station where he made a fun popper craft. He pulled it open with Sona but ran away as the little pop of confetti gave him a fright. Eventually, he regained his breath to tackle the final station, where he made a little shaking keychain. He was so proud of it that he shook it happily in front of each team member he came across.

At the end of the day, Donburi waddled his way back home to the WASABI lockers and looked over his loot from the afternoon. The event was a lot of fun after all, even if it wasn’t all about him.

~ Joyce ^•ﻌ•^ฅ

Sanrio Craft

Get ready to unleash your inner creativity at our delightful craft event that's bound to put a smile on your face. Dive into the world of cuteness and charm as we gather to make memories and masterpieces together!

Speedfriending in Japanese

Language workshops starting up again this semester with our Speedfriending in Japanese workshop.✨ Come along to meet other fellow Japanese learners and make some new friends!

Coming together for a delightful event that celebrated the wonders of sushi and wagashi, we rolled in the fun with a burst of enthusiasm!

With skillful hands and imaginative minds, we crafted charming flower maki-sushi, classic cucumber rolls, and even the enchanting ichigo-daiguku. Everyone got to experience the joy of making these delectable treats.

Laughter echoed as we worked side by side, sharing tips and techniques. It was a true team effort, and we savored every moment of it! A big thanks to everyone who joined in, making this event a truly memorable one. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Sona

Sushi and Wagashi Making

Step into a world of flavors and fun! Join us at our exclusive event where you'll experience the joy of creating Maki-sushi and the heavenly Ichigo-Daifuku desserts! ❤️

As the birds chirped and faint rays of light passed between the blinds, we see Donburi brushing his fur, stuffing his learning materials into his bag and rushing to the door. On campus, heaps of returning and new students flooded the Eastern Avenue and the Front Lawn. The sun was bright, the sky was clear and Donburi happily weaved through the crowd to finally arrive at the WASABI Welcome Fest Stand! Execs scurry around, distributing flyers, helping students sign up, and writing up membership cards. Laid on the tables were stationery packs! Coin pouches! Plushies! As well as merchandise! T-shirts and tote bags with Donburi on it! Donburi took his chances, stuck his paw into the pile of paper and... a coin pouch!When the time for his first lecture arrived, he bid everyone goodbye, and went on his way to the lecture hall. This semester is going to be a great one, Donburi thought, don don don...

Brian

Welcome Fest

WELCOME (BACK) WASABIANS 🎉🎉 We're starting Semester 2 with a bang at our wonderful welcome week stall! Become a member, or simply stop by to say hi! We would love to see you there 😊

Ahh JAC Camp.. the annual event Donburi looks forward to every year.

He looked off into the distance as he reminisced the fun mini games, horror night, scavenger hunt, idol dance and.... the nights at Geebung.

Mini games and scavenger hunt released the member's inner-child, as the activities were structured with various childhood games. Donburi had way too much fun playing bento box.. can't believe he won against our gym boy Wilson. But we did catch the moment he lost against our little Leo. He definitely cried back in the cabins... he denied it in the morning but we all saw Sona comfort him as he rolled up under his blanket.

Horror night was a personal favourite for sure. Donburi, Pranam and Judy walked through the field with nothing but torch in hand. They heard rustling in the bushes and started running for their lives as an invisible figure started running towards them. His short legs couldn't keep up with Pranam and Judy's speed and he face planted as he tried to catch up. I hope he was ok.

Idol challenge was one to remember. Kaithlyn and Sarah put blood, sweat and tears into teaching Donburi the dance but he just could not master the footwork near the end. However, in the improv section, we all got to see him do a round-off back hand spring, layout to back handspring full... and it was impressive. Joyce gave it a 100/10 and Jason just winked. I think that means he approves.

To top off each night, we had the iconic Geebung parties. Donburi and Emi had a nice tipsy karaoke session, singing Arashi at the top of their lungs as all the members gathered to play uno at the big table. Kai walked over and challenged Donburi to some rounds of table tennis. Kai played with a blindfold on and Donburi still lost. At least we know he's good at farming and taking care of the WASABI family.

We all hope his goofy moments at camp can be looked back on as iconic highlights and we look forward to another JAC Camp with him in 2024.

~ Emi <33

JAC Camp 2023

JAC Camp is back for 2023! 😻🥳 Come along to make new friends and create everlasting memories in 3 days of fun-filled activities 😼 Together with WASABI, JASS and NSA, experience unforgettable moments including Team challenges, Dancing, Horror Night and a Tanabata Festival c:

Whipped cream + Anko + Cookies + Fruit + Chocolate syrup = one of Donburi’s favourite desserts…PARFAITS! 🍓

With a long line of WASABI and CHOCSOC execs/subcom manning the parfait creation chain, our lovely members were able to enjoy a quick and easy dessert at ISL! Our non-decisive members may have had a harder time as many stations had more than one option but some found a way around that by requesting a bit of everything (Franken-parfait? 👀).  It was also great fun watching our members try unusual flavour combinations and either smile or grimace in turn! 😝

Thank you to everyone who came to our event! I shall leave you all with Donburi’s parting words:

"Don Don Donburi!" ☺️

- Emily

WASABIxChocSoc Parfait Making

Need some sugar to stay focus😚? Or are you a dessert lover🍫?? Then this event is perfect for you!😉 You will get a chance to build your own parfait and customise it the way you want to!👀

On this lovely day, nestled in a corner of new law was our lovely WASABI Kodomo No Hi crafts event! 🤩 We were transported back to when we were just small children, having fun making crafts while chatting and playing around with friends. Our members nibbled away on snacks and drinks whilst making the koinobori 🎏, a fish-shaped windsock that is an important part of Japanese tradition and culture.✨The chatterbox brought back fond memories of childhood 👶 and reminded us of the joy that came from choosing random colours and numbers to reveal a message or dare inside 😈. Finally, members challenged themselves with origami as they made their way through the different levels, making foxes 🦊, frogs 🐸 and of course the infamous geese 🐦.

- Tanny

Kodomo no Hi Crafts

We are hosting a crafts event on 5th of May to celebrate Kodomo no Hi!! A day to celebrate our childhood, by creating nostalgia items from our youth✨Test you paper folding skills to see if you still remember how to make a chatterbox, or experiment with something new by learning how to make a Koinobori windsock😌

As the sun descended and city lights shimmered into view, an air of anticipation enveloped Jazushi. With glasses raised and spirits high, we embarked on a tantalizing culinary odyssey, exploring the splendid offerings of the special WASABI Izakaya Night menu. Mouthwatering kingfish sashimi and wagyu tataki, crispy JFC, delectable salmon rolls delighted our taste buds, leaving us craving more with each bite.As the evening progressed, the merriment grew, and the sound of clinking glasses and cheerful banter filled the air. Drunk with joy, we sang the night away, fully embracing the present moment and letting go of our worries about the impending finals. Donburi invites you to toast to the oishii food, fantastic company, and an extraordinary semester brought to you by the WASABI Team. Kanpai! See you in Semester 2!

- Shysie

2023 Izakaya Night

WASABI will once again be heading to JAZUSHI for our biannual 🏮 IZAKAYA NIGHT 🏮!! Come along to meet other Wasabians (and maybe a glimpse of our mascot Donburi 👀) and enjoy the delicious food! 🤤🍣

Events Coordinator Kaithlyn was lying in bed one night, trying to catch some snoozes, when little subcom Sarah telepathically whispered in her ear, “WASABI tea ceremony…”

And so began a frenzy of planning, as Kaithlyn frantically worked to bring to life a vision that had struck her on that fateful night.

Fast forward to the actual day of the event, Kaithlyn sat down and breathed a sigh of relief as she contentedly watched everyone enjoy delicious green tea, the bitterness of which was perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the authentic Japanese snacks she had prepared. The professional tea ceremony performed by Sarah in a beautiful yukata (thank you Shysie!) was mesmerising to witness and an experience that I'm sure we will all never forget.

That day, Kaithlyn went home and lay in her bed again. This time, she could sleep soundly without any disturbance... at least until Semester 2 starts.

~ Joyce ^._.^ฅ

Tea Ceremony

Exams are drawing near and it's getting pretty cold these days 🥶❄️ Wouldn't it be nice to wind down with a cup of warm tea? Come to WASABI Tea Ceremony 🍵 and be soothed by watching tea ceremony performances (by our super skilled team), drinking hot tea and eating yummy sweets 😋 We have 3 fun-filled sessions for you to come join us!

WASABI's back again with our annual trivia night!

With a crazy turn out, our members were able to indulge themselves with a night of Japanese and anime themed questions and minigames  🇯🇵🎌🗾   It was so much fun seeing the responses to short answer questions and the member's very creative drawings of Donburi 🦝  As always, the pizza and drinks were delicious, and it certainly gave everyone energy to make it through all those difficult questions.  🍕🍵

Overall, the trivia night was vibrant and exciting, and everyone on our team worked hard to make sure everything went smoothly!  👍

Thanks to everyone who came, and we hope everyone had a great night 🫶

- Wilson.

Trivia Night

Come and join us to test your knowledge about Japanese culture, history, music and more! We'll also have some super fun mini games, pizza and prizes for the winner so come along and have some fun!

Dear Donburi,

What have you been up to lately? It’s been a while since we met each other, and I must admit I missed you and the WASABI events over the mid semester break. I’ve been busy with mid sem assessments and study, but writing this letter to you has granted me a short reprieve from my stressful schedule.

Listening to upbeat city pop tunes and comforting background beats, I look around to see new friends and familiar acquaintances alike absorbed in creating beautiful letters. Nearby, laid out in an aesthetic array are an extensive collection of pretty letter designs, and multiple different styles of stickers. We pondered over the perfect combination of letter paper and envelopes, and laughed about the humourous Gudetama and sushi stickers, and I thought about what would best fit my letter to you.

I hope to meet you there at the next Letter Writing Workshop in Semester 2, but if not, I’ll write another letter to you again. ☺️

Love from Sarah ✨

Letter Writing Workshop

On Week 8 we will have our semesterly ✉️ Letter Writing Workshop ✉️ ! Come along to write cute and special letters to your family and friends. 💖 We will be providing letter writing paper📜, envelopes ✉️ , stickers 🍱, washi tape and markers 🖍️ , so you can get creative and personalise your letter designs! Of course we will also have drinks🧋 and snacks🍟 to munch on whilst writing and lollies🍬 that you can also add into your letters.

With the looming pressure and stress of all our assignments and exams, I wonder if I’ll ever get a chance to relax again. “Fear not”, Donburi says. “Have a matcha latte.” Whilst the sun shines through the windows and birds chirp, the ambience of laughter and studious typing fills a comfortable room in ABS. People eagerly line up for their shot of customisable matcha lattes as our enthusiastic baristas work hard creating drinks for our wasabians attending. Gentle lo-fi music breezes through the air as some people put on their focus on as they get through their university work, or they merrily chatter their woes away with friends new and old.

I close my eyes for a brief moment, sipping my calming matcha latte.

Donburi was right all along.

- Michelle

Matcha Study Cafe

Do you find yourself having to skip out on fun things 😭 because you have to "study"? 😮‍💨📚 Well, at WASABI's Matcha Study Cafe,☕ you won't have to miss out on either! Study with friends while drinking matcha 🍵 and eating delicious snacks 🍬 so that you'll keep motivated while you work ⚡ Bring along a grindset 💪 attitude and we will bring the study vibes 😌 We'll see you all soon!!! 💗💕

Reading and Writing Workshop

Come along to practice your Hiragana, Kanji, handwriting, and reading all sorts of contents in Japanese 😎. Remember that anyone from all levels are welcome👯✨

Conversation Workshops

If you're looking for an opportunity to practice your Japanese conversation skills, look no further.😆 Our workshops provide the perfect setting to put those skills to the test.🔊 In small groups along with our lovely facilitators, you can chat freely or follow prompts from the worksheet provided.📃

Snacks 'n' Chill

Come meet other Wasabians🇯🇵 and enjoy delicious snacks🍫🤤 with us!! It's very nice 😊 and chill❄️ event where we can escape from stressful workload of university😅 for a bit✨ 🍡🍵 Our weekly Snacks and Chill alternate between Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm to 3pm, starting from W1 Friday 24th Feb 🍵🍡

The gentle noon sun warms us against the cold winter breeze as we frantically pace through Prince Alfred Park, collecting items for the scavenger hunt. In the distance, you can see Donburi watch over enthusiastic WASABI members as they mingle with friends from NSA and JASS.

Undoukai is undoubtedly a staple JAC tradition, where members of the Japanese societies of UTS, UNSW and USYD are able to come together to compete, socialize and create inter-university bonds. We had many activities running simultaneously, to keep our active and athletic members entertained. Tug of war was an absolute classic, as well as the infamous egg and spoon race. By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted, but wore satisfied smiles.

- kai

JAC Undokai 2023

Missing the athletics carnival back in the highschool days? Wanna experience some Japanese sports? Well look no further than JAC Undokai 🥳🥳! NSA, WASABI and JASS are hosting JAC’s very own 🌸 Undokai (Sports Day) with many activities including dodgeball, tug of war, three-legged race, Tamaire and many more!

Held in a spacious room in ABS, as the sun said its goodbyes and the glowing moon crept up through the skies, so did Annie who marked her last week as our Communication Officer. Annie’s speech resonated across the halls and hit everyone's hearts as she reminisced on her hard work and great services to WASABI ༼ ༏༏ີཻ༾ヘ ༏༏ີཻ༾༽༽.

Yet, we all turned to a new chapter in the story of WASABI with the election of the new Communications Officer. As our executives carried the general meeting with utmost professionalism (〃▽〃), our Wasabians filled the air with good vibes as always, contagiously laughing and all excited to watch the highlight of the event - the Communications Officer nominee speeches.

With massive gratitude and honour, I write this blog as your new Communications Officer for WASABI 2023. It was truly a memorable day and of course, I want to thank my fellow Wasabians who were supportive and made it comfortable and wholesome for everyone running („ಡωಡ„). I hope to see everyone at the next General Meeting.

-Michelle (∗ᵒ̶̶̷ω˂̶́∗)੭₎₎̊₊♡

General Meeting 2023

We will be holding an election to select one new executive for the position of Communications Officer. Even if you are not interested in running for the position, please make sure to join us to vote for your fellow members! Best of luck to everyone running and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

When you think of the classic university experience, our first thought is probably alcohol. If it isn't, then you're too innocent. Wasabi's Drinks Night established a comfortable and safe hub for students to wind down after a high pressure day of school, work or commitments. For others, as the sun slowly set over Herman's Bar, it was time to call it in, but for Wasabi, the day had just began. As the people started piling up, so did the lovely scent of alcohol as it wafted throughout the bar as Students both past and present had a good time, mingling, drinking and simply vibing to the music.

Who could ask for a better time?

Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed and wish to see you at future events!

Pranam 🙂

Drinks Night

WASABIANS!! Our biannual drinks night is upon us again✨🤩✨. It is the time of the year again when exams are creeping up on us🥲...so why not blast away those stresses and worries for a night 😎with some drinks at the very conveniently located Hermann's?! 🤪 Bring some friends and make some new friends 🥳over some tasty drinks, boardgames and viby atmosphere😌

It was a cloudy Saturday, light rain lining the path of which groups of wasabians toured our amazing sponsors. We were quick to make new friends,  as we made our way to Ramen Zundo for lunch, enjoying bouncy ramen noodles served in a rich, savoury broth. After lunch, we were serenaded by street musicians on our way to Via artists embraced by the familiar tunes of studio ghibli where at Via Artists, members were quick to snatch up their stunning designs. After, we headed to Hondarake, stopping at Maruyu on the way to pick up a light snack. Our members filling up every inch of Sydney's favourite rustic Japanese bookstore, we exchanged new books with our newfound friends. We enjoyed Dinner at Tenkomori, with the creamy soft serve of Oh Matcha for dessert, before singing out hearts out at Karaoke !!

Thank you to our sponsors for hosting us !!

- Leo L<3

Sponsor Expedition

HEYYO WASABIANS!! 🥳Are you ready to meet our sponsors?🥸 Sponsor Expedition will take you on a whirlwind adventure 💨, where you will be able to eat delicious food 🍱, shop uniquely designed Japanese clothing pieces 🥰, and sing your heart out at Karaoke 🎤 ✨ So what are you waiting for😎?! Come by yourself or bring some friends😊

International Fest was an exciting event with many stalls besides our one! Our stall featured a variety sushi🍣 such as salmon, prawn, fried-tofu, and California roll. Despite super hot weather😎☀️, many wasabians popped in to say hi and tried sushi with ‘wasabi’💚😆 The food was all delicious, many people came back to get more and we sold out before 1pm😊🙊

Overall, the event was successful, hope everyone enjoyed our food😋 and thank you USU for hosting✨

-Sona

International Festival

The International Fest is just around the corner! We will be running a good stall, 🍣 Sushi 🍣 on Thursday 16th March at International Fest! Come to Eastern Ave between ⏰11:30 - 14:00⏰ to get delicious Japanese traditional food 🤤💖

Braving the summer heat☀️😎and a postponement (tyty sydney trains🚂), our members mingled with our friends over at NSA (UNSW) and JASS (UTS) in a series of challenges and games! With our stomachs full with freshly sizzled sausages🌭and lovingly handmade fairy bread✨, we played charades, silent line up and even with kendama, forging new friendships along the way 💖🤝

An epic JAC start to what is hopefully an equally epic year of events, thank youuuu to everyone who came along and endured the heat, and we hope to see you again in the future!! 🎉🫶🫶

- Henry

JAC Orientation

What better way to start the uni year than with a JAC Event!! Join us for another year with our annual Orientation Day 🤗 Come along to meet new people and catch up with friends over some free sausages & have a go at some social games www

Starting off with our first Japanese communication workshop for this semester, members and language facilitators were able to meet new faces and tackle worksheets together. 💪 The main focus was on letting go of feelings of fear about making potential mistakes and understanding that it's all part of the learning process. We learned how to introduce ourselves in Japanese and interesting facts about each other -- all whilst snacking on a variety of delicious treats and drinks. 🍵🍬 We would love to see you at our next language workshop, to practice Japanese or even just pick up a few introductory phrases! ☺️ - Sarah 😌

Japanese Conversation Workshops [W4]

If you're looking for an opportunity to practice your Japanese conversation skills, look no further.😆 Our workshops provide the perfect setting to put those skills to the test.🔊 In small groups along with our lovely facilitators, you can chat freely or follow prompts from the worksheet provided.📃

After stressful exam week, we closed last year with memorable JAC Ball ✨✨ It was wonderful night where many friends across three different universities gathered and spent time together💞🥰 Congratulations to the people who were voted first in various categories on the night 🥳🎉 Hopefully all your photos 📷 are great and nothing too embarrassing was captured 😅😅 especially when people were dancing with the DJ 💃🕺 Overall, it was a memorable night where old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made 😊 Thank you everyone who come, hope you all had a good time 🥰❤️

- Sona

JAC Ball: Midnight in Tokyo
The year is 1985. Mariya Takeuchi🎙plays on your walkman. Why am I here? How did I get here? Stylish strangers pass by, drinks in hand 🥂 and ready to dance under the sparkling disco balls 💃🏻 Tokyo awaits you! Surf along the vaporwave melodies 🎶 and as the night approaches midnight - who knows? You might just find your own 💟 𝓟𝓵𝓪𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓬 𝓵𝓸𝓿𝓮 💟 to stay with you 😏 JAC presents its annual ball: 💫 𝙈𝙞𝙙𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙏𝙤𝙠𝙮𝙤 💫

As the sun sets on another semester and another year, time flowing by faster than ever, came another one of our Izakaya nights. The gentle red glow in Jazushi, the cool night air on the balcony, the plates of food relentlessly coming one after the other, the alcohol I'm sure more than a few of us consumed, and that irreplaceable atmosphere that being around great company inevitably creates, all bringing us together for one last hurrah before the end of the year. With all the looming dread and doom not too far away now, I hope Izakaya night was one where you could celebrate getting through another semester, make new friends, have some fun, eat some food and laugh away all the stress if only for a little bit. Hope everyone had a fantastic 2022. I'm looking forward to see all you guys next year : )

-Leo

WASABI 2022 Izakaya Night
We are holding our biannual event.. End of semester 🏮Izakaya night🏮!! Come meet other Wasabians🇯🇵 and enjoy delicious food 🤤🍣 at Jazushi🎷!! Did we mention that the newly renovated Terrace Room is available for seating?🗣 Yeah, you heard us!🙊 So exciting!!🌼

What a great way of spend time watching movie 🎥 together with friends after stressful week✨ It was a relaxing night, many Wasabians 🫶🏻 pop in to take a break from uni work 🤯 We enjoyed super cute Ghibli movie,  ‘The Cat Returns’ 🐈  with yummy pizza 🍕, popcorn 🍿 and lollies 🍬 We learn some Japanese from movie as well 🇯🇵 Overall, it was an enjoyable and relaxing night 🥰 Thank you everyone who come ❤️

- Sona

WASABI Movie Night
Come and have some pizza🍕 , popcorns🍿, lollies🍬 and meet new people💞

wOOOO~ just in time for the spookiest time of the year, JAC came together and held a terrifyingly fun halloween night for our members. Filled with frightening costumes, horrifying games and activities, and spine-chilling food and drinks, I'm sure everyone in attendance had a fearsome time. There were also grotesque (super cute) polaroids being taken all night, a spooky darts game, and even a competition for the most pretrifyingly-dressed. What better way would there have been to spend halloween than at the most sinister event in town 😎

- Andrew

JAC Halloween Night
The spookiest season of the year is right around the corner and JAC is pleased to announce the return of 🥳 𝗛𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 🥳

On a humid ☀️  spring day nearing the end of semester 📚 , we found fun and relaxation in decorating some beautiful fans 💝 ! It was so great to see people unleash their creative sides 🎨 , whether it be by doing calligraphy 🖋️  or making cute little origami bunnies 🐰 ! The snacks 🍭 and drinks 🍵  were plenty, keeping us full and hydrated as we toiled away at our creations. Thank you everyone who came, and I hope you had a fun time making fans with friends 💕

- Kaithlyn

FAN-tastic Crafts
It’s that time of the semester when you can’t be bothered to go into uni anymore😪😪😪 fear not though, because you’ll have a new reason to come in! For WASABI’s FAN-tastic crafts of course!🎉~ Decorate some FAN-tastics fans, do some calligraphy or dabble in some origami to take your mind off things! Craft with snacks 🍡, drinks 🍵 and friends 👭 for a great time!

What better after a long day at uni 🥵 than using the rest of your brain juice for some board games 🤩 Board games night was a super fun night where no one could be bored 🤭 ! Many friends (and temporary enemies 😅) were made over rounds of games won by pure luck or a mastermind 🧠 There were an array of delicious snacks 🍬 and drinks 🧃to keep our brains fuelled throughout the night - much needed to understand game instructions 🤓 Overall, it was an enjoyable night where old and new friendships blossomed 🌷, everyone who came were winners 😙

- Maggie ♡

Board Games Night
Heyo everyone!! Our board games night is just around the corner! Come and destress with friendly games of Uno 😈, Exploding Kittens 🐱 and Hanabi 🎇, right before the hectic exam season begins again 😢. Snacks will also be provided hehe 🫰 Looking forward to seeing yall there!!

I hope everyone was hungry 😋 on Wednesday because our curry rice event was a banger 🍛! The aroma of chopped potatoes 🥔 , diced 🥕 and stewed beef 🥩 mixed with our hearty curry brought life and energy 🤩 back to our beloved ISL after an enjoyable mid-sem break. Batches of 🍚 and curry were served in quick succession as our hungry members came back for more🫡. We saw many old and new faces alike, chatting and munching away. Nothing better than good food and good company! 😎

- Kai

WASABI Curry Rice
With mid-sem over and a new team settling in 🤧🤧 we’d like to offer everyone a nice hearty meal to everyone 🫡🫡 Come over to ISL next Wednesday for a nice serving of curry rice 🍛 prepared by the new wasabi execs 🤪 to destress a bit more before the dreaded finals come barrelling in 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃‍♂️‍

Week 9 brought with it the first reoccurrence of our language event special: WASABI’s Letter-Writing Workshop! Heaps of cute stickers and letter-writing sets were prepared (shoutout to gudetama-chan) so our members were able to write heartfelt and well-decorated letters to their friends <33 Not to mention we had plenty of yommy snacks to munch on as well as delicious drinks to quench our thirst! We also had a variety of small candies to fit in envelopes to give along with the kawaii letters ٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶Thank you to our language facilitator team for making the event possible by keeping up the amazing vibes and helping those who wanted to write in Japanese! Overall, I’m very happy with how the event turned out, and I’m looking forward to many more successful language events to come along with the new era!

~ Joyce ( ˘ ³˘)♡

WASABI Letter-Writing 💌
As a Language Workshop special, our language facilitators will be at the event, ready to help anyone that is keen to try writing a letter in Japanese! 🎌 However, anyone is more than welcome to write letters in English as well 😽 We will be providing the cutest envelopes, stickers, washi tape and markers so come along to write a letter to your friends & family and join in on the fun vibes 💖 We'll also have sweets for you to give with your letter... or for you to munch on yourself 🤭 Be sure to come and vibe with us~ 💫

After a fantastic year with the 2021-22 WASABI team, the WASABI AGM finally arrives, calling for a new team for the upcoming year. All the accomplishments achieved in the past year such as the large scale events held and the growth of the member base were reflective of the all time and effort put in by Stephanie and the 2021-22 Executive team. Even with all the hardships and challenges we had overcome together as a team, I could not be more grateful for the group of people I got to work with. With the previous team including the supportive and most lively bunch.. Stephanie, Elina, Jason, Jenny, Christine, Jinju, Annie, Zoe, Joyce, Andy, Emi, Leo, Ngoc, Lily and Jackie have worked so hard for the past year, making sure that WASABI can be the best version of itself. Our amazing subcommittee members Alysha, Amy, Emily, Kai, Kylie, Maggie, Phoebe, Sakura, Tanny and Wilson have been such a helpful bunch at all of our events, ensuring that everything is smooth running while also assisting in the behind-the-scenes planning. Our bright language facilitators Amanda, Ellen, Faye, Hannah, Hiroki, Jessica, Kaithlyn, Keika, Rebecca, Shysie, Sona, Takara and Takumi have guided many members to the right path with the Japanese language and the language events would not have been possible without them. It has been one heck of an amazing ride with you all and I am so glad to have been able to work with you guys for the past year! I cannot express how grateful I am for you guys and your support! For the newly elected 2022-23 WASABI Executive team… Emi, Joyce, Leo, Emily, Jason, Andy, Tanny, Kai, Kaithlyn, Sona, Christine, Jinju, Annie, Stephanie and Ngoc, I am so excited to see what the future holds for WASABI and I believe we can achieve high goals if it’s us! - Emi

WASABI AGM 2022
WASABI will be holding our AGM on Thursday 22nd September 2022 via Zoom

As the curtains close on another year of the Wasabi team, under the gentle light of our subcommittee member Kai’s studio, in front of a meagre table and an even stranger setup, some members of our current team reflected on their time in Wasabi this year as well as their whole tenure as a part of Wasabi.Amidst the fun times and the hard times we hope everyone found something enjoyable or cool about all the things we talked about and hope that everything we have loved about the society continues on into the next year with the new team.Til the next podcast : )

- Leo

WASABI Peas in a Podcast
With our AGM coming soon in two weeks 🧐🧐 we wanted to send off our current team with some of us talking about our experiences with being in the team 🫡🫡 as well as some regular off topic talk some previous attendees of our podcast would sure be familiar with 🤩🤩 We also wanted some input on what you guys want to know about us 🤥 so give us some suggestions on topics to talk on through the google form 🚗⛲️

International Fest was a great event that had a ton of other stalls besides our one. Our stall featured tones of delicious bread that was provided by our sponsor Azuki Bakery. We offered a variety bread such as melon pan, yuzu donuts and yakisoba pan - all of which were well received by everyone! The breads were all delicious and we managed to sell out quite quickly despite our large stock. The event ran super smoothly and despite only allowing one bread per person - we were able to satisfy everyone who came to our bread stall.  Overall, this event was a massive success and amazing thanks to Emi who coordinated it and USU for hosting.

- Christine

WASABI at International Fest presents: Azuki Bakery!
Are you pumped for International Fest?🧐 We sure are!💖 At International Fest, WASABI will be running a food stall featuring 🍞AZUKI BAKERY!🍞 Azuki Bakery is a lovely Japanese bakery💌 located in Newtown that sells delicious fresh baked goods🤤 and we are excited to share them with you guys!🧸 We've got variations of bread to hand out on the day - Melon pan🍈, Yuzu doughnut🍋, Matcha azuki pan🍵, Yakisoba pan🥡, Karaage dog🍗... and more!!

This week, we teamed up with our good friends at ChocSoc and SUAnime to bring you an event filled with the delicious chocolate-filled taste of a quintessential Harajuku street food: crepes. With each member receiving a beautiful crepe donned with strawberries, bananas, whipped cream and an assortment of chocolates and biscuits, it was the perfect way to sweeten up the sluggish Monday afternoon.Whether you stuck around and chatted with other members over board games, or just came and went for a quick sugar fix, we were so glad to see so many people show up and have a great time together.Special thank you to ChocSoc and SUAnime for collaborating with us once again, as this event would not have been possible without their cooperation. Please check out their societies as well!anyway bye

- Andy

Chocsoc x WASABI x SUAnime Presents: Crepe Making!
The collab we have all been waiting for… ❤️SUANIME x CHOCSOC x WASABI❤️!! Thinking plain cream crepes🤤? Or maybe the iconic combo of chocolate syrup🍫 and strawberries🍓? Well, we’ve got you covered😉 You will get a chance to build your own crepe and customise it the way you want to!👀‍

Even though it was slightly drizzling, I think that it perfectly sets the mood ☔🍹 The night was bright and particularly loud with the atmospheric belting of lyrics ever so often . Did everyone enjoy their beverages? Doesn't matter if it was alcoholic or non-alcoholic because the vibes and energy was just perfect ✨✨ We all know why Drinks Night is one of our favourite events (and clearly one of our members favourites too) and I'm glad that everyone enjoyed their Friday night with Wasabi! 🥂 Here's to another successful Drinks Night!

- Lily

WASABI Drinks Night
Looking to make new friends for this semester? Well, we’ve got the perfect event for you!🤩💌 WASABI will be holding a 🍻Drinks Night🍻 which will be a fantastic opportunity for you to drink away🍹 and meet new people 👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏼 while playing board games🎯 with fellow Wasabians! 🌸 I can tell you now that last semester’s Drinks Night was a blast so you can’t miss this one!🥺💖

Blessed with fine weather we gathered at the Auburn Botanic Gardens for a viewing of the Japanese cherry blossoms! Whilst waiting to enter the cherry trail, members enjoyed a variety of food and drinks served at the festival stalls, mingled amongst themselves, and also participated in various small events including mini golf, where we took turns trying to get a hole in one. Right before entering the cherry trail, everyone came together to enjoy free pizza and drinks for lunch and continued to socialise some more. Lots of photos were taken in the cherry blossom trail and we were also fortunate enough to be greeted by a large family of geese, several peacocks, and some bright looking chooks. Overall it was a great time and we’re glad everyone had lots of fun!

~ Phoebe

WASABI Sakura Viewing
For our first event outside of uni in a long time 🙈🙈, we’re visiting the Auburn Botanic Gardens for their annual cherry blossom festival 🗣️🗣️. Going around in small groups, you’ll get to enjoy the Sakura blooming 🌸🌸, the various festival stalls 🎉🎉 as well as make some new friends 🤲🤲and some free pizza and drinks for some classic group bonding 👌👌.

With people flocking back onto campus, hundreds of new and familiar faces alike joining our society, we kicked off the language events this semester with a speed friending session! Whether it was among your first ever WASABI events and an opportunity to make new friends in the society, or a way to catch up with everyone you hadn't seen since Semester One, the ABS room was packed and we quickly ran out of space for our happily chatting members. Thank you to our language team who put together helpful sheets for the brave souls who tackled socialising in Japanese. It was great to see such a large turnout and we hope to see everyone again soon!

- Jason

WASABI Speed Friending in Japanese
We’ll be holding a special speed friending session for those keen to practice their Japanese speaking 😻 This will be an amazing opportunity for you to meet with like-minded individuals and hopefully serve as a starting point for blossoming friendships 🥹🌸 Japanese learners of any level are welcome to come and test their conversational skill 😼 If it gets too difficult, rest assured you can always fall back to using English in tight spots 😌 We will also have our Language Facilitators ready to help out if desired 💖

What better way to start off the new semester than BBQ with friends!!😁 We kicked off week 2 with our long anticipated collaboration with VSA, who were just as excited as us in restarting society events. 🥳 The event had a high turnout, and it was very heartwarming to see so many old and new faces, espeically after a long one and half month holiday break. Our hardworking execs laboured deep into the night before, and early morning of the day of the event to procure freshly made yakisoba.♨️ VSA offered an interesting candied fruit and jelly cup which complemented our savoury fried noodles. 🍎👍 From afar, one could hear the sizzle of the BBQ mingle with chatter and laughter as old friends caught up with each other and new friendships formed. 🤝 If you missed out on welcome bbq, fear not! As there are many more events for you to attend and many opportunities for you to get to know everyone better ^-^

- Kai

VSA USYD x WASABI Presents: TRIFECTA BBQ!
The HYPE train 😉 has arrived with MAXIUM VELOCITY 🤯 with all your favs on board! We’re cooking up a STORM with our besties @wasabi_usyd this coming Monday at Cadigal Green for a mouthwatering three course BBQ! 😫 Start off your trifecta with a delicious and piping hot bowl of Yakisoba 😛, then after treat your sweet tooth by having a sweet serving of Vietnamese Fruit salad 😋, finishing it all off with a refreshing cup of tea! 🤤

There was no better way to celebrate the start of a new semester than visiting the WASABI stall at Welcome Fest!🥳 Excited to meet both new and returning students, our team set out delicious snacks and prizes to be won over the two days!🤩 The luck of new members was put to the test during the raffle where MARUYU ice-cream vouchers🍦, candy🍭, kit-kats🍫and super cute erasers (which deceivingly looked like food🫢) were up to take home! Existing members were also challenged with the kendama game to win some prizes (all those who dared to try were great fun to watch🤣)! A huge thank you to everyone for visiting us, we couldn’t have celebrated such a successful S2 Welcome Fest without you! 🫶

- Emily

WASABI at Welcome Fest 2022
Didn’t get a chance to sign up in semester 1?🙈 Or maybe couldn’t find the time to attend our events?🥺 Well, we’ve got several events lined up for this upcoming semester!💖 Come join WASABI and you can enjoy free food🍡, participate in fun activities💃, brush up on your Japanese👩‍🏫 and meet new people👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏼! You do not need to be Japanese or even know how to speak Japanese to join!

JAC Camp is one of the best and most unforgettable experiences you’ll have with WASABI and other universities such as JASS (UTS) and NSA (UNSW). On day 1, get to know your roomies from other uni’s!!! The day started off with a sussy scavenger hunt 😆  and fun icebreakers to get to know your teammates and everyone there! DAY TWO, everyone channeled their inner idol abilities and learned a fun dance to 'summertime' and we threw a concert of our performances!!  Later that evening, was the JAC HORROR NIGHT!! Where everyone was CURSED 😱  and to save us from this curse our teams ventured off in the cold, scary woods collecting talismans  to protect ourselves from the evil spirits 👻  and freeing ourselves from the curse bestowed upon us!! Definitely one of the funniest and memorable nights ever (espsecially the person hiding under the bed grabbing our legs 👀 ). DAY THREE, the loser team got punished by getting shaving cream smacked onto their face by the victory team and many prizes were handed out!! nevertheless, JAC camp is the place to make your forever friends ❤️ and just get down and have some fun!!! 🫶  

-ELLIE

JAC Camp 2022
After two years, JAC is proud to present the return of our legendary JAC camp in 2022 🎉 Come together with friends from NSA, Wasabi and JASS for three days of fun activities such as: 🏃‍♂️ Group Challenges 🏃‍♀️ 💃 Dancing 🕺 😱 Horror night 😱 🔥 Campfire 🔥
WASABI IZAKAYA NIGHT
The time has finally come!!✨ WASABI’s biannual event 🏮IZAKAYA NIGHT🏮 is finally here! Give yourself a reward🥳💕 at the end of this semester🙊 by enjoying WASABI’s custom menu 🤤🍣 at Jazushi🎷!! Come along to meet new people👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏼 and enjoy some purchasable drinks!🍹💖

In celebration of the semester coming to an end, our language workshop coordinators had organised a cute and wholesome event for members to put their letter-writing skills to the test. 💌 📝 As a japanese language workshop related event, members were encouraged to write in japanese with the language workshop facilitators being super helpful as always.🥺💗 The tables were also filled with cute washi-tapes, stickers, letter sets and coloured pens for everyone to decorate their letters to their heart’s content! ✨😻 During the event, letters between old and new friends were exchanged📨, inside jokes were cracked and perhaps even a few letters of confession might’ve been written😳, drawing a nice conclusion to our semester one events! ☺️

~ Annie

WASABI "LOVE LETTERS"
Whether you have a special someone in mind, want to show your appreciation for your best friends💖, or simply surprise somebody with a heartfelt letter😎, come on over and write and decorate your very own letter whilst enjoying some of the familiar snacks🍡 and drinks🧃 you all love.
WASABI Peas in a Podcast
With the end of semester looming in the near distance 😖 and our semesterly Izakaya 🏮 next week to cap it off - we wanted to give everyone a little review of these three months 🧠 So we're bringing back our well beloved Podcast🎙️from last sem 🤠 ! And this time the hosts will all be in person 🤖 to give a little rundown of all our events and some of the planning behind them 😸 So grab yourself some tea 🍵, tune in on our Twitch or Discord server 🎧 and chill 🎻
WASABI x Talkxtalk Language Exchange
We’re happy to announce our third language exchange collab with Hiroshima University’s Talkxtalk (English conversation society)! 🍓 Come along if you’re keen to make friends from a Japanese university, and you can even practice your Japanese if you would like! 🎋 Feel free to attend even if you have 0 Japanese language skill and just want to make friends! 🌟 Our friends at Talkxtalk will be more than happy to accommodate 🥰

To celebrate the coming of Autumn, WASABI held our long awaited Akimatsuri!!!!!🍁 We served lots of food including takoyaki 🐙 , yakisoba pan 🍜 , onigiri 🍙, dango 🍡 and candied fruits 🍓 . We also held ring toss, a shooting game 🔫 , ema 🔖and kujibiki🗳 . Each store was bustling with members waiting for food or for their chance to win a prize at the games. It was great to see members with dango and candied fruits as they strolled through the stalls and write their hopes and wishes at the ema store. The shooting game and ring toss were a big hit with members constantly lining up to try their shot. 🤩 The takoyaki store was also a great success, members just couldn’t get enough of them! 🤤And the origini and yakisoba pan had almost sold out by the second half of the event! 😮 Kujibiki proved more difficult then it looked but members quickly got addicted going back for their 3rd or 4th try.😆Although there were some hiccups, we all pulled through and had an amazing time!😍Looking forward to the next Akimatsuri!!

- Tanny

WASABI Aki Matsuri
Feeling like eating some good traditional Japanese street food? Well we have takoyaki🐙, onigiri🍙, dango🍡, yakisoba pan & candied fruit for you to enjoy!🤩 We also have delicious drinks such as miso soup🍲, ramune🥤, tea🍵 and soda!🍹 Want to try some festival games too and win awesome prizes? This is definitely something you won’t wanna miss!!🥺

Even after our bellies were satisfied with the previous suke bowl event, we couldn’t help but continue to bring more Japanese delicious cuisine into our mouths on Friday in our BIG snacks and chill - with homemade dangos, matcha cookies, and onigiri! The event was a blast, with members enjoying the food we made the night before. The most popular dish was the sanshoku-dango, or the three-coloured dango, in which the green dango in 🍡 was matcha flavoured. With wasabians chilling in the ISL with other wasabians, while meeting new people and enjoying our snacks, saying that we were contented is an understatement. All in all, we hope everyone got not only a good taste of our dishes, but was able to relax and have fun in our event!

- Sakura

WASABI Big Snacks 'n' Chill
Come along next Friday to a special rendition of our Snacks and Chill 🤭🤭! This time with some of your favourite foods from Jap cuisine 😫💅. We’ve got the special wasabi vibes as well as onigiris 🍙, dango 🍡, and some nice matcha cookies 🍵, as well as the usual snacks and drinks you know and love 💃💃.

Under an unusually blazing sun for Autumn at Manning Lawn, WASABI held our much anticipated return of the Poke Bowls from our sponsor Suke, and this time with even cheaper bowls 😝 We got to enjoy an assortment of bowls that that were almost deceptively small looking, as well as a nice soft drink of their choice, and some of us got to socialise a little in the scarce amount of shade. We had members new and old, with some of the previous WASABI presidents coming along to say hi, see how the team was doing and, of course, eat some delicious Poke Bowls. As a nice little chill event before our big Aki Matsuri next week, we hope everyone enjoyed their Poke Bowls 😩 and hopefully next year we can all enjoy more Suke 🤓

- Leo

WASABI x SUKE Poke Bowl
WASABI will be collaborating with our lovely sponsor SUKE Sushi and Poke🍣, and we would love to offer a 💸juicy discount💸 for every single one of you!🙊 Yep, you heard me!👀 Only $5-7 for the Poke Bowls of your choice!🤫 Want add-ons?🥙 No worries - got those too, just with a small additional price!❣️ Customise your poke bowls how you want to and hang out with us at Manning Lawn!🧸
WASABI BIG Snacks 'n' Chill
Did you enjoy our last Big Snacks 'n' Chill with tea and kimonos? 🥺 If you did, make sure to come compete in some Japanese traditional games at our upcoming Big Snacks 'n' Chill for a chance to win prizes!🎁 We will have Kendama and Fukuwarai mini championships 🏁 so come and test your skills! 🥳 Or you can just drop by to grab some Japanese snacks and drinks🍡🍵 and hang with your friends! 🎎

To start back the semester after a week of a much needed mid-semester break, our first collab with both Craftsoc and SUAnime went smoothly with the help of execs and subcom from each societies! Along with the bustling crowd in the courtyard café, members got to experience and experiment with different shibori dyeing techniques on bandanas, tote bags, and t-shirts, some even took a step further and dyed their shoes! We hope everyone enjoyed the event and went home with some nice tie-dye pieces : 3

- Jinju

Tie Dye Workshop: Craftsoc x WASABI x SUAnime
Bring old, unused clothing and transform it using the amazing Shibori and other tie-dyeing techniques 🎉! Whether it is a plain old shirt, socks, bags or any other item, go ahead and bring them along - as well as a shirt to wear on the day that you don't mind getting dirty 👏😁. We will also BE PROVIDING tote bags and bandanas for you to dye as part of the registration fee, so do not fret if you do not have a spare article of clothing!

Despite many delays due to external circumstances, the JAC Companionship Championship, held at the UNSW Quad, proceeded very smoothly with a large turnout. We started the bonding process with icebreakers as members from each society got to meet and make new friends. 🥰 Our first task was the tower building challenge, where teams had to construct the tallest tower with nothing but pasta, tape and a marshmallow. This challenge required teamwork, communication, and lots of creativity, all of which resulted in very peculiar leaning towers pasta.:prayblob~1: As the clock ticked past 1pm, the halls and courtyard were overflowed with the familiar scent of Dominos pizzas. The afternoon sun was warm but not overly harsh, and the courtyard provided ample space for member to chill, socialize and relax. In the afternoon, we were entertained by an array of Japanese mini-games, ranging from the infamous Oreo challenge to traditional Kendama. We hope everyone had fun, and wish to see y’all in future events.✨ OwO✨

- Kai

JAC Companionship Championship
Introducing JAC's first event for 2022: 🎉JAC Companionship Championship!🎉 🥰Are you someone eager to meet others with shared interests?🥰 🤯 Do you enjoy completing fun and exciting challenges?🤯 😋But most importantly.. do you love PIZZA?🍕 🌸Come along on Sunday April 17th to experience ALL OF THE ABOVE!🌸

Our language exchange zoom call with Hiroshima Uni’s English conversation group TalkxTalk was a great opportunity for Wasabi members and Hiroshima Uni students alike to practice their language skills and make new friends. The hosts from TalkxTalk did an amazing job facilitating the event and making sure that everyone had a fulfilling and engaging experience, and introduced us to some fun Japanese group games that I’ll be sure to share with my friends too. There was a good balance of both English and Japanese spoken throughout the session, and all in all was a very fruitful learning experience for everyone who attended.

- Andy

WASABI x Talkxtalk Language Exchange
WASABI is once again collaborating with Hiroshima University's Talkxtalk (English conversation society) for our second language exchange session 🤭 This is an amazing chance for you to meet happy individuals from Japan and engage in conversation + games 😻 Talkxtalk is full of students eager to practice their English so there is no need to worry if you only have basic Japanese skills

Wasabi bacc at it again with our annual trivia night 🥵🙏❓With a large turn out, our members were able to indulge themselves with a night of Japanese and anime themed questions and activities 🇯🇵🎌🏯👹 It was so much fun reading everybody's responses, with some people drawing some very creative artworks during our last round!! 🤩 🤙 Like usual, the pizza and drinks to fuel all that brain power used that night were delicious; it certainly gave everyone sustenance to last through all those difficult questions. 😋 🍕 All in all, the night was full of energy and excitement, with our team working busily behind the scenes to make sure the night went smoothly!  🥳 🎉 Thanks for coming along and we hope everyone had a great night 🥺❤️🌸

- Wilson

WASABI Trivia Night
Are you stressed from mid terms? 😰 Haven't had the time to go out with friends? 🥺 Well worry not, WASABI's got your back! 😏 Come to our iconic Trivia Night to tackle Japanese trivia with your friends 🎎 win exciting prizes 🥳 and enjoy some pizzas!! 🍕

Drinks night was a very well timed event where members and the WASABI team alike were able to unwind after a torrent of mid-sem exams 📚🙏🏻.The transition from slamming textbooks to slamming shots was much appreciated 😔. The room bustled with energy, laughter and immaculate vibes as we got to meet and learn more about our beloved members 😍. Overall, the night was very based. BTW, ever wondered why WASABI was called WASABI? The meaning behind our name was unveiled at drinks night as we were graced by the presence of our founder! "To add a little spice into our uni life". A very cute message to say the least UwU.

- Kai

WASABI Drinks Night
WASABI will be holding a 🍻Drinks Night🍻 which will be a great opportunity for you to come and chill🥶 with friends, play board games🎲, meet new people👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏼 and socialise with other lovely Wasabians!💐 Come along to WASABI 🍻Drinks Night🍻 to also forget about your assignments and upcoming quizzes🙊 But make sure to get onto that during the weekend😉 We don’t want to see our fellow Wasabians failing their assessments!!💖

Our general meeting went along well during the afternoon. As most executives attended, the meeting was well catered for. Our amendment of our constitution went along well with the general members as we gained another Language Workshop Coordinator to add into our team: Andy Sun. Although, with  a funny turn of events as the other two nominees dropped out after his heartfelt speech. We are excited and happy to have him on board and keen to see what he has planned. As well as, also adding Kevin Wong as an honorary member for Wasabi. We all are looking forward to a great sem ahead.

- Christine

WASABI 2022 Semester 1 General Meeting
We'll be holding elections to select 1 new executive for Language Workshop Coordinator. Even if you're not running for a position, make sure you join us to vote for your fellow members! Best of luck to everyone running and we are looking forward to see you all at our future events - WASABI Executives Team

We are just around halfway through the semester and WASABI was gladly able to present the first themed Snacks ‘n’ Chill of the year! This week, we got to experience a snippet of Japan and had the opportunity to enjoy some delicious matcha latte and gyokuro tea! On top of that, we all had a taste of some traditional Japanese snacks as well, such as the Kyoto rice crackers and the warabimochi topped off with some sweet kinako! Our lovely members also had the chance to try on beautiful kimonos and we could not be happier with the lovely feedback we have received! Thank you to everyone who came along! I hope to see you at our future events! ૮꒰ ˶• ༝ •˶꒱ა♡

~ Emi

WASABI BIG Snacks 'n' Chill
We hope everyone has been enjoying our weekly Snacks and Chill 🥺 To spice things up, we will have delicious matcha tea and kimono try-ons for our upcoming Thursday Snacks and Chill!! 🥳 Come by ISL from 12PM-3PM to try on some kimonos and haoris 👘 enjoy cups of high grade matcha tea accompanied with specialty Japanese snacks 🍵 🍡 and meet new people!! 🎎 We look forward to seeing everyone in our beautiful kimonos! 🤩

WASABI is back at it again with another pog event, Crafts 'n' Arts 🤩 Members (and execs) got to learn the art of Japanese calligraphy using tools such as calligraphy paper, brushes and ink, while munching on yummy Japanese snacks. We were delightfully surprised with the amazing products created by our talented members which can all be viewed on our Instagram page. owoWe hope everyone enjoyed the event and please look forward to our exciting future events !! 🥺

ehe -Ngoc

WASABI Crafts and Arts
Anyone got an itch for the arts 🖼? Wanna learn some cool brushstrokes to impress people 🙀🙀? Well we got you covered with our Crafts and Arts event 🧮🧮! We’re gonna have some of our talented execs teaching you guys how to write some kanji 🖌 as well as all the origami 🚣‍♀️ you’d want to fold. And of course some of the signature snacks WASABI’s known for will also be there as well ☔️☔️.

A busy summer morning followed by a torrential afternoon was on a quiet, unsuspecting Monday was jsut like any other day. But in the quaint ISL, WASABI was proud to celebrate the second day of love in the year. From chocolates ranging from Ferrero Rochers to Mars bars (as well as some little mochis), members had the chance to make a little present bag for that special someone in their life. Ngoc has organised a cute little event that we hope all the members enjoyed. We also got to meet some of our lovely subcommittee who have been greatly needed and did a great job at their first event.We're looking forward to seeing more people coming to next events :)))

- Leo

WASABI Japanese White Day
Got a crushie? 😳 Struggling to confess your true feelings? 🥲 Well struggle no more 😉 WASABI has got your back with our upcoming Japanese White Day event!! 🥳 Come to ISL to make cute chocolate gift bags 💝 pour your heart out onto our customizable cards 💌 or just drop by with your friends to enjoy some snacks 🍡

After a week of torrential downpour and an unfortunate cancellation of the semester’s first Snacks ’n’ Chill, WASABI was nonetheless proud to bring to its members a safe indoor event away from the hectic rain: Board Games Night! Though the sign-in line remained long for the first hour with people constantly arriving to join in on the fun, we hope everyone was still able to settle in quickly for a night of unforgettable bonding and yommy pizza + drinks. We provided distinctive Japanese games such as Hanabi and Tokyo Highway but also safe classics such as Monopoly and Uno, so before long, ISL was filled with the boisterous sound of laughter and enjoyment from members and non-members alike. We even had cute kimonos on the side for try-on whenever anyone needed a break from the board games, which made for amazing memories and entertaining moments! Special shoutout to our event coordinator Leo for organising such a lively night to wrap up Week 2 - with over 150 members in attendance, 2022 WASABI Board Games Night was most definitely a success! We hope to see everyone again at future events <33

~ Joyce ( ˘ ³˘)♡

WASABI Boardgames Night
Now that everyone has had a fantastic first few days at Uni (hopefully you guys enjoyed the rain 🌧️), we'd like to invite everyone to our fabled Board Games Night 👻! There will be a good variety of board games - ranging from strikingly Japanese games such as Hanabi 🎆 and Tokyo Highway 🚗 to unmistakable classics like Uno 🃏 and Monopoly 🎲.
WASABI x Talkxtalk Language Exchange
For the first time ever WASABI is collaborating with Hiroshima University's Talkxtalk (English conversation society) to bring you an online event where you can meet and speak with Japanese people 🥳 Whether you're a fluent Japanese learner who wants to brush up on their Japanese speaking 🇯🇵 or an absolute beginner who'd just like to make Japanese friends 👭 this event is perfect because Talkxtalk is filled with students eager to practice their English! 🌟

Welcome welcome to a new semester and a new year with WASABI! Week one Monday, Wasabi held our very popular Welcome BBQ and there were over 200 of us altogether! At the event, not only was there a juicy sausage sizzle, there were also some mouth-watering yakisoba, and a variety of thirst-quenching drinks (which unfortunately ran out quite quickly ;-;). But nonetheless, the event was a huge success where hopefully everyone walked away with a filled tummy and a new friend to talk to on a hot, summer day! Hope to see everyone again!

~ Annie

2022 Welcome BBQ
Uni is about to begin and we would like to welcome you to our annual Welcome BBQ!! 🤩 Woohoo poggers! 👺 There will be lots of sausage sizzles 🌭 and delicious yakisoba 🍜 You can also participate in our speed-friending activity for a chance to win various prizes such as Japanese good luck charms, Japanese snacks and more! 🍡 Come along to eat yummy food and make new friends!! 🎎
I need your help - The Kingdom 👑 of WASABI’s Crepe 🧁decorating contest is on Next Tuesday, 27th February at the ISL but there’s a problem!! 😨 The evil raccoon 🦝 Donburi has hidden the ingredients in the form of enchanted 🎟️ all around the University 🎃, and has encoded the location of these places with tricky puzzles and riddles… 🔍 Bring the tickets back to ISL and they will transform back into cream, strawberries, custard, sauces….. 🍓 🍰 I even heard he hid a special bonus ingredient…. 👀👀 Oh Heavens, that rat really is something! Please Traveller, help me solve the riddles and find the tickets so we can get the ingredients back before the contest ends….🥹🥹
Another sem brings another round of your favourite snacks n chills :watermelonpray: :dant: Starting week 1 friday on the 23rd of Feb from 12pm to 3pm, snc will be happening every thurs/fri in ISL 👨‍👧‍👧 Come join us for some snacks, drinks and vibes as always 🐈 🎸
BOARD GAMES NIGHT IS ON MONDAY 3-6pm at ISL!!! What is a better way to break the ice than to play board games? Come to BOARD GAMES NIGHT to meet new people and make friends while competing, or working with each other to complete the board games . Through exhilarating gameplay, we could spend a great evening with newly made friends! Snacks and drinks are also supplied🍘 🍹, so come along and enjoy your last week before easter🐰 !! HAVE FUN!!!
Having fun at our events? 👉👈 Craving for more excitement and want to meet more people? Spend your Sunday with us at our annual ✨JAC Orientation✨ full of more fun social activities, more friendships made over some free snags on the side! For those who are unfamiliar, JAC (Japanese Associations Combined) is a collaboration between the Japanese student societies in UNSW (NSA), UTS (JASS) & USYD (WASABI) If you’re a member from any of the 3 societies, you’re automatically a member of JAC! 😌
We are going to be serving up a feast with WASABI Curry House this Thursday, 21st of March at the International Student Lounge from 11am-2pm!! Come along in between your classes to refresh, refuel, and re-energise yourselves with some traditional Japanese Curry!
🌟🔬 Unleash Your Inner Alchemist: WASABI Perfumery 🔬🌟 @Events 🔮💫 Have you ever dreamt of bottling your personality into a fragrance? 💫🔮 Join us for an immersive perfumery workshop Wednesday 13th March at ISL, 11am-2pm where you'll become the alchemist of your own aroma! 💫 You'll embark on a sensory journey, 🚀 traversing the art and science of perfume making. Delve into a captivating library of diverse scents, 📚 and discover the intricate balance of top, middle, and base notes as you experiment with a rich palette of aromatic ingredients. 🎨 From floral and fruity to woody and marine, explore an array of fragrances to tailor a scent that resonates with your individual tastes and preferences! 🌺🍊🌲🌊 You'll then get to bottle, decorate and name your creation! 🌺 Express yourself and discover the magic of creating your own signature scent!! 🎉✨
Create your own teabag, coaster and mixed your own drink to enjoy a relaxing summer day!! Whether you prefer hot tea, iced tea, fruit tea, or milk tea, you can craft your own beverages and savour them with delicious snacks.🍹 🍹 Whisper 🙊 (You can also take home portions of tea and other additives to recreate the amazing drinks you made during the workshop!) It's also free for ALL USYD students so feel free to bring your friends along!!
Our first Japanese language workshop is taking place Wednesday March 6th 4:30-6:00pm at the Pharmacy and Bank Building Pharmacy Seminar Room N351 !! 🇯🇵 🗣️ Come along to practice your a Japanese conversation skills, enjoy some snacks and make new friends 😊♥️♥️ Very excited to see you there!
Another sem brings another round of your favourite snacks n chills :watermelonpray: :dant: Starting week 1 friday on the 23rd of Feb from 12pm to 3pm, snc will be happening every thurs/fri in ISL 👨‍👧‍👧 Come join us for some snacks, drinks and vibes as always 🐈 🎸
HEYY WASABII!!! Get ready for our Welcome BBQ coming up next Wednesday on the 21st of Feb, 11-2pm!!! 😋 We'll be serving Okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pancakes), drinks, and will be having a fun mingle bingo to get to know your fellow WASABI members! 🤩 Also, you'll receive some goodies after you successfully complete your bingo! 🍬 Can't wait to see all of you again, as well as new faces next week!
Who’s ready for another year of WASABI FUN!!!!! 🥳🥳 Come visit us at our Matsuri-themed Welcome Week stall at stall 269 to renew your membership for the chance to win Tote Bags🪐 , Coin Pouches💫, Pocky☄️, or even our mystery jackpot prize 👀🏆 We also have our brand new line of WASABI MERCH available for purchase!!! 🍍🍍 At our welcome week stall only, we’re offering an ✨EXCLUSIVE BONUS PRIZE ✨to anyone who purchases merch 👩‍🌾👩‍🌾 SO WHO’S READY TO HAVE ANOTHER WASABILICIOUS YEAR
It's the event you've all been waiting for... JAC 💃 BALL!!! We are proud to announce this year's theme 🌸 Sakura Soiree 🌸 , where we celebrate friendship and all things beautiful (that's you 😘 ) as we enjoy the night in fancy dress 👗 The details of the even are as follows :catBlush~1: 📆Date: Monday, 11th December, 2023 ⏰Time: 6:00pm - 11:00pm 🎟️Venue: L'Aqua, The Roof Top Level, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour NSW 2000 👗 Dresscode: Formal AS FOR THE TICKETS we will be releasing in batches 🧁 The earlier you get them, the larger the discount 🤭 So please keep an eye 👁️ out for these dates!!! Member Prices: 💴 $135 Early bird release (7:00PM, Sunday 29th October, 2023) (40 tickets) 💴$145 General release (7:00PM, Sunday 5th November, 2023) (70 tickets) 💴$150 Final release (7:00PM, Sunday 12th November, 2023) (40 tickets) An additional fee of $5 will be incurred for non-members as per our usual policy 😚 Remember to click "Interested" or "Going" on our Facebook event to keep updated!! Keen to see you there 🎀 ❣️
Stressed for your exams? 😵‍💫😵‍💫 Craving some sweet sweet study motivation? 🍭🍭Transport yourself to the tantalising streets of Omotesando with our WASABI Study Cafe! 🧋🧋With an inviting range of homemade Matcha Latte 🍵, Earl Grey Tea-ade 🍹, and Japanese Iced Coffee ☕️ to fuel you through your assignments and exams,along with our exciting range of cakes and baked goods 🧁🍰🥧you can keep your spirits high, all while basking in the soothing ambiance of our cozy, Japanese-inspired cafe!! 🍞🍞🥖

It's exam season, and students need a way to get away from all the stress and cool off. Luckily, Donburi planned ahead and created Springtime Paint n' Sip! Donburi knew just what all the wasabians needed and invited everyone to come paint their favourite scenes under the Spring shade and sip on some refreshing drinks!

New and familiar faces turn up one by one to Victoria Park, taking their canvas and settling down on the soft grass. The gentle breeze and warm scenery made the location perfect for small chit chat with friends. As wasabians conversed amongst themselves, masterpieces were being whipped up! Let WASABI cook!! By the end of Paint n' Sip, all the wasabians unwinded for the week and even had a little memory to take home. As expected of Donburi!

Jason

GET READY TO UNLEASH YOUR ARTISTIC SPIRIT 🤩🤩🤩 On Thursday 12pm-2pm at Victoria Park, we will be holding a WASABI Paint n' Sip ‼️‼️‼️ Sip away on some (non-alcoholic) refreshments while you take in the Spring scenery and chat to fellow members. Canvases, paints, and brushes will all be provided! Hope to see you there!!
WASAWASSUP WASABIANS!!! W13 is approaching and you know what that means!!! 🥳🥳Registrations for our bi-annual 🍻🍛IZAKAYA NIGHT🍛🍻 are open!! 🎉 🎈 🎊 Bring your friends and come enjoy Jazushi’s mouthwatering 8-course tasting menu!! 🍣🥟🍤🍨 Make sure to arrive at 5:30 so we can settle down and eat at 6!!! ⏰ Who knows, you might even run into Donburi there… 👀 👀 🍱Location: Jazushi, Surry Hills 🍜Time: 6-9pm 🍲Date: Sunday, 5th November 🍧 Price for Early Bird (closing October 22!!): $45 for Members 🍨 Price for General Release: $50 for Members, $55 for Non-Members

Donburi walked into ISL in a morning, and saw all the students studying before exams. He started watching ninja drama and dozed off. He opened his eyes, seeing everyone shocked on their faces. They found out they had travelled back to Sengoku-era in a ninja academy.

They saw origami sheets, cardboards and coloured A4 papers on the table, and Donburi’s knowledge from the drama kicked in. He started leading everyone to craft ninja weapons such as shuriken, katana and kunai. Folding papers into different types of shuriken and kunai, cutting cardboards into katanas. Everyone was chatting and cheering about their unique fashioned weapons. After all the fun craftings time, they are brought to the corner to examine their ninja skills. Paper cups pyramids, shooting targets and wooden sticks look like a tower stopping them from passing. Despite the obstacles, their determination shone through as they fought hard for the test. Pyramids had fallen, targets were shot and woods were cut into halves. They aced the test and laughter echoed as they celebrated. Donburi felt tired after all these challenges and fell asleep smiling.

He woke up with a cute certificate and KitKat in his hand, and in everyone’s hand. He left ISL with a sense of accomplishment and a smile.

Arthur

Want to be as cool as the ninjas in movies? Come join our exciting ”Ninja Academy" 🥷Craft your own ninja weapon kits out of origami paper and try your best to pass our ‘shinobi test'🎯 . There will be prizes up for grabs and even a special certificate! See you there! 💪

As October neared its end and the darkness crept in, a mysterious atmosphere enveloped UTS. The air was thick with anticipation, and a touch of eerie excitement as students prepared for the most spine-chilling event of the year: JAC HALLOWEEN!  

Taking inspiration from Donburi, our members pulled up in the scariest, most horrifying, legit spine-tingling, and ickiest costumes possible, fully embracing the spooky theme. Congratulations to the winners, who truly embodied the spirit of Donburi.  

Do you know what's scarier than monsters from the unknown? University students and alcohol. The bar at UTS loft served some horrifying concoctions, which left everyone in high spirits (see what I did there). Although some may still be wondering if there was a hint of elixir in those drinks.  

Now, it wouldn't be a proper Halloween night without paranormal shenanigans. Our hardworking JAC team set up a spooky twist into the night as members were pulled into the House of Horrors, where every creak and groan sent shivers down spines. From Sukuna to Scary Women (Real, I'm scared of women), the room acted as a domain into the otherworldly.  

As the Spectral Soirée fades into the realm of memories, we are left with a lingering sense of the supernatural. Until next year, when the shadows once again come alive, remember: the spirits may rest, but the memories of this haunted night will haunt us forever. 👻🌙

Pranu

🚨 STRICTLY 18+ EVENT!! 🚨 Are you ready for a night filled with fun, laughter and screams? You've come to the right place! JAC is holding our very own HALLOWEEN NIGHT! where you can mingle with both friends old and new, and celebrate an amazing night of Halloween fun! Tickets are inclusive of FOOD, one DRINK coupon, entry to the SPOOKYYY HOUSE and a night of fun (come in yo best costume to maybe win a prize)

In the middle of the hectic assignment seasons, groups of students gathered around the International Student Lounge. As Donburi peeked through the corner, he sees many familiar faces fiddling with what seems to be small colourful plastic pieces.

Approaching closer to the area, it turns out to be plastic beads! Seemingly disconnected from the outside world, this area of the ISL felt very tranquil. Some people were deeply in focus with creating bracelets, others were having leisurely conversations. While the idea was to create friendship bracelets, some people got creative and made keychains, and phone straps. Uncharacteristically, Donburi decided to sit down beside his friends, and started creating a bracelet as well! One by one, he slipped in the plastic beads. Pink.. blue... pink.. blue.. and ocassionally some letter beads. As he finally finished up on the bracelet, he looked up to the window and saw the sky already turning orange.

While it wasn't his usual hobbies of pranks and high energy activities, it was a nice change of pace, Donburi thought while walking back home wearing his brand new bracelet.

Brian

Hey guys!! Welcome back from mid-sem break 🤭 Right before we jump into exams and the impending finals 💀, lets create some new bonds and reignite old friendships at our Bead Your Bond event! We will offer instruction guides, snacks and drinks and a relaxing vibe🫶 Make sure to come!!!
WASABI will be holding our AGM on Wednesday the 20th of September, 4:00 pm at Physics Building Physics Lecture Theatre 217 (Slade). We will be holding an election to select our new executive team for the following year. If you are interested in running, please read all the information below and submit an application via Google form. For those who are not interested in running, please still make sure to join us to vote for your fellow members! Best of luck to everyone running and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Shaka shaka shaka, sip, sip. What’s that sound? Looking over into Isabel Fiddler, we can see Donburi enjoying a nice cup of matcha tea, then Chinese Long Jing green tea, then Taiwanese Alishan green oolong tea. 🍵  

We watched the late afternoon sunshine turn golden, then sunset, then navy blue, the cozy lamps lighting up the evening and spreading their warmth throughout our first collaboration with Tea Society. Enjoying some Japanese sweets and mochi before drinking some whisked matcha, then fragrant and flavourful Chinese and Taiwanese teas, members from both societies enjoyed conversing and sharing small talk on their favourite teas, mindful thoughts, and queries on the process of tea ceremony. 🍵🍡 The wonderfully comforting vibes of the event allowed for tea masters to talk with the tea curious, and share their interests and impart their knowledge. Everyone left feeling the after-warmth from partaking in the selection of delicious teas, a little less stressed and a little more wise. 😌  

Sarah, resident tea enjoyer.

Join 💚 Wasabi and Tea Society ☕ as we come together to enjoy and appreciate Asian green teas from different countries! We will be serving Matcha from Japan 🇯🇵, Long Jing green tea from China 🇨🇳, and Alishan green oolong from Taiwan 🇹🇼

With joy, we celebrate Wasabi’s 20th anniversary as a society!! Together with old and new members we celebrated through everlasting polaroids with our wasabians with cute studio ghibli props! drawing our luck 🍀, testing our shooting aim 🫣, letter writing ✉️ and yummy takoyaki. 😋😋 Creating present and future memories with wasabi will forever be a core memory 💛💛.  

By the end of the event, everyone’s hearts were full of companionship and love. To wasabi and future events we look forward to creating forever and fun memories 🫶🏻

Ellie

Guess what we've been cooking👩‍🍳?? A VERY SPECIAL 20th Anniversary Matsuri of course💚! A huge festival of Japanese foods 🥟, games 🎯and crafts 🎨 to celebrate Japanese culture and the 20th anniversary of our society's formation 💖 Feeling like takoyaki? 🐙We've got that! Would you like to play games and win cute prizes 🎁? We got that too! We even have polaroids 📷 that you can decorate, so that you can remember all the good times with WASABI 🙂 It’s OUR present to YOU ❤️

If you were a foodie, you HAD to be there at VSA X WASABI Night Markets 😍

zPicture this: tender beef, fresh herbs, and a dash of secret sauce grilled to perfection. The Bo Lat Lot served by VSA was absolutely mouth-watering and well worth the wait 🤤 And don't forget about WASABI's very own dango. Those sweet and chewy desserts were an absolute feast on the eyes (and the stomach course) 💗 ! Served some DELICIOUS miso soup (and some really good company) we brought the night market to you on a Tuesday at uni.

By the end of the event, everyone's hearts and tummies were full, after an exciting day at VSA X WASABI "night" markets 😊

- Kaithlyn

As we return to uni, the winter break starts become a distant memory 😔 No more travelling overseas with friends, and eating night market food…. Or so you’d thought 🫢 Behold, VSA x WASABI: NIGHT MARKETS! 🏮Where we bring the night life to YOU on Tuesday at uni 📚We will be serving dango 🍡, miso soup 🍲, and bò lá lốt 🍢 from 11AM-1PM 😋 That’s right FREE food AND AMAZING company too? You don't want to miss out on this one😮‍💨
Want to heighten your Japanese ability by practicing your skills with proficient and native speakers? Want to come and chill out with your friends while having snacks and soaking up all the Japanese knowledge? Then WASABI's weekly Japanese workshops are for you! No matter what level of Japanese you are, we have someone to help you out. Come along, and we'll see you all there!

Donburi walked into ISL one afternoon with his mouth wide open in shock - how could WASABI neglect him and hold an event in celebration of the lowly Sanrio characters?!

Despite his reservations, he waddled his way over to the first station he saw as he still wanted to experience the event with an unbiased lens. There, he made a cute omamori charm and giggled as he admired his own work of art. Maybe the event wasn’t so bad after all.

Then, he waddled over to the next station where he made a fun popper craft. He pulled it open with Sona but ran away as the little pop of confetti gave him a fright. Eventually, he regained his breath to tackle the final station, where he made a little shaking keychain. He was so proud of it that he shook it happily in front of each team member he came across.

At the end of the day, Donburi waddled his way back home to the WASABI lockers and looked over his loot from the afternoon. The event was a lot of fun after all, even if it wasn’t all about him.

~ Joyce ^•ﻌ•^ฅ

Get ready to unleash your inner creativity at our delightful craft event that's bound to put a smile on your face. Dive into the world of cuteness and charm as we gather to make memories and masterpieces together!
Language workshops starting up again this semester with our Speedfriending in Japanese workshop.✨ Come along to meet other fellow Japanese learners and make some new friends!

Coming together for a delightful event that celebrated the wonders of sushi and wagashi, we rolled in the fun with a burst of enthusiasm!

With skillful hands and imaginative minds, we crafted charming flower maki-sushi, classic cucumber rolls, and even the enchanting ichigo-daiguku. Everyone got to experience the joy of making these delectable treats.

Laughter echoed as we worked side by side, sharing tips and techniques. It was a true team effort, and we savored every moment of it! A big thanks to everyone who joined in, making this event a truly memorable one. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Sona

Step into a world of flavors and fun! Join us at our exclusive event where you'll experience the joy of creating Maki-sushi and the heavenly Ichigo-Daifuku desserts! ❤️

As the birds chirped and faint rays of light passed between the blinds, we see Donburi brushing his fur, stuffing his learning materials into his bag and rushing to the door. On campus, heaps of returning and new students flooded the Eastern Avenue and the Front Lawn. The sun was bright, the sky was clear and Donburi happily weaved through the crowd to finally arrive at the WASABI Welcome Fest Stand! Execs scurry around, distributing flyers, helping students sign up, and writing up membership cards. Laid on the tables were stationery packs! Coin pouches! Plushies! As well as merchandise! T-shirts and tote bags with Donburi on it! Donburi took his chances, stuck his paw into the pile of paper and... a coin pouch!When the time for his first lecture arrived, he bid everyone goodbye, and went on his way to the lecture hall. This semester is going to be a great one, Donburi thought, don don don...

Brian

WELCOME (BACK) WASABIANS 🎉🎉 We're starting Semester 2 with a bang at our wonderful welcome week stall! Become a member, or simply stop by to say hi! We would love to see you there 😊

Ahh JAC Camp.. the annual event Donburi looks forward to every year.

He looked off into the distance as he reminisced the fun mini games, horror night, scavenger hunt, idol dance and.... the nights at Geebung.

Mini games and scavenger hunt released the member's inner-child, as the activities were structured with various childhood games. Donburi had way too much fun playing bento box.. can't believe he won against our gym boy Wilson. But we did catch the moment he lost against our little Leo. He definitely cried back in the cabins... he denied it in the morning but we all saw Sona comfort him as he rolled up under his blanket.

Horror night was a personal favourite for sure. Donburi, Pranam and Judy walked through the field with nothing but torch in hand. They heard rustling in the bushes and started running for their lives as an invisible figure started running towards them. His short legs couldn't keep up with Pranam and Judy's speed and he face planted as he tried to catch up. I hope he was ok.

Idol challenge was one to remember. Kaithlyn and Sarah put blood, sweat and tears into teaching Donburi the dance but he just could not master the footwork near the end. However, in the improv section, we all got to see him do a round-off back hand spring, layout to back handspring full... and it was impressive. Joyce gave it a 100/10 and Jason just winked. I think that means he approves.

To top off each night, we had the iconic Geebung parties. Donburi and Emi had a nice tipsy karaoke session, singing Arashi at the top of their lungs as all the members gathered to play uno at the big table. Kai walked over and challenged Donburi to some rounds of table tennis. Kai played with a blindfold on and Donburi still lost. At least we know he's good at farming and taking care of the WASABI family.

We all hope his goofy moments at camp can be looked back on as iconic highlights and we look forward to another JAC Camp with him in 2024.

~ Emi <33

JAC Camp is back for 2023! 😻🥳 Come along to make new friends and create everlasting memories in 3 days of fun-filled activities 😼 Together with WASABI, JASS and NSA, experience unforgettable moments including Team challenges, Dancing, Horror Night and a Tanabata Festival c:

Whipped cream + Anko + Cookies + Fruit + Chocolate syrup = one of Donburi’s favourite desserts…PARFAITS! 🍓

With a long line of WASABI and CHOCSOC execs/subcom manning the parfait creation chain, our lovely members were able to enjoy a quick and easy dessert at ISL! Our non-decisive members may have had a harder time as many stations had more than one option but some found a way around that by requesting a bit of everything (Franken-parfait? 👀).  It was also great fun watching our members try unusual flavour combinations and either smile or grimace in turn! 😝

Thank you to everyone who came to our event! I shall leave you all with Donburi’s parting words:

"Don Don Donburi!" ☺️

- Emily

Need some sugar to stay focus😚? Or are you a dessert lover🍫?? Then this event is perfect for you!😉 You will get a chance to build your own parfait and customise it the way you want to!👀

On this lovely day, nestled in a corner of new law was our lovely WASABI Kodomo No Hi crafts event! 🤩 We were transported back to when we were just small children, having fun making crafts while chatting and playing around with friends. Our members nibbled away on snacks and drinks whilst making the koinobori 🎏, a fish-shaped windsock that is an important part of Japanese tradition and culture.✨The chatterbox brought back fond memories of childhood 👶 and reminded us of the joy that came from choosing random colours and numbers to reveal a message or dare inside 😈. Finally, members challenged themselves with origami as they made their way through the different levels, making foxes 🦊, frogs 🐸 and of course the infamous geese 🐦.

- Tanny

We are hosting a crafts event on 5th of May to celebrate Kodomo no Hi!! A day to celebrate our childhood, by creating nostalgia items from our youth✨Test you paper folding skills to see if you still remember how to make a chatterbox, or experiment with something new by learning how to make a Koinobori windsock😌

As the sun descended and city lights shimmered into view, an air of anticipation enveloped Jazushi. With glasses raised and spirits high, we embarked on a tantalizing culinary odyssey, exploring the splendid offerings of the special WASABI Izakaya Night menu. Mouthwatering kingfish sashimi and wagyu tataki, crispy JFC, delectable salmon rolls delighted our taste buds, leaving us craving more with each bite.As the evening progressed, the merriment grew, and the sound of clinking glasses and cheerful banter filled the air. Drunk with joy, we sang the night away, fully embracing the present moment and letting go of our worries about the impending finals. Donburi invites you to toast to the oishii food, fantastic company, and an extraordinary semester brought to you by the WASABI Team. Kanpai! See you in Semester 2!

- Shysie

WASABI will once again be heading to JAZUSHI for our biannual 🏮 IZAKAYA NIGHT 🏮!! Come along to meet other Wasabians (and maybe a glimpse of our mascot Donburi 👀) and enjoy the delicious food! 🤤🍣

Events Coordinator Kaithlyn was lying in bed one night, trying to catch some snoozes, when little subcom Sarah telepathically whispered in her ear, “WASABI tea ceremony…”

And so began a frenzy of planning, as Kaithlyn frantically worked to bring to life a vision that had struck her on that fateful night.

Fast forward to the actual day of the event, Kaithlyn sat down and breathed a sigh of relief as she contentedly watched everyone enjoy delicious green tea, the bitterness of which was perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the authentic Japanese snacks she had prepared. The professional tea ceremony performed by Sarah in a beautiful yukata (thank you Shysie!) was mesmerising to witness and an experience that I'm sure we will all never forget.

That day, Kaithlyn went home and lay in her bed again. This time, she could sleep soundly without any disturbance... at least until Semester 2 starts.

~ Joyce ^._.^ฅ

Exams are drawing near and it's getting pretty cold these days 🥶❄️ Wouldn't it be nice to wind down with a cup of warm tea? Come to WASABI Tea Ceremony 🍵 and be soothed by watching tea ceremony performances (by our super skilled team), drinking hot tea and eating yummy sweets 😋 We have 3 fun-filled sessions for you to come join us!

WASABI's back again with our annual trivia night!

With a crazy turn out, our members were able to indulge themselves with a night of Japanese and anime themed questions and minigames  🇯🇵🎌🗾   It was so much fun seeing the responses to short answer questions and the member's very creative drawings of Donburi 🦝  As always, the pizza and drinks were delicious, and it certainly gave everyone energy to make it through all those difficult questions.  🍕🍵

Overall, the trivia night was vibrant and exciting, and everyone on our team worked hard to make sure everything went smoothly!  👍

Thanks to everyone who came, and we hope everyone had a great night 🫶

- Wilson.

Come and join us to test your knowledge about Japanese culture, history, music and more! We'll also have some super fun mini games, pizza and prizes for the winner so come along and have some fun!

Dear Donburi,

What have you been up to lately? It’s been a while since we met each other, and I must admit I missed you and the WASABI events over the mid semester break. I’ve been busy with mid sem assessments and study, but writing this letter to you has granted me a short reprieve from my stressful schedule.

Listening to upbeat city pop tunes and comforting background beats, I look around to see new friends and familiar acquaintances alike absorbed in creating beautiful letters. Nearby, laid out in an aesthetic array are an extensive collection of pretty letter designs, and multiple different styles of stickers. We pondered over the perfect combination of letter paper and envelopes, and laughed about the humourous Gudetama and sushi stickers, and I thought about what would best fit my letter to you.

I hope to meet you there at the next Letter Writing Workshop in Semester 2, but if not, I’ll write another letter to you again. ☺️

Love from Sarah ✨

On Week 8 we will have our semesterly ✉️ Letter Writing Workshop ✉️ ! Come along to write cute and special letters to your family and friends. 💖 We will be providing letter writing paper📜, envelopes ✉️ , stickers 🍱, washi tape and markers 🖍️ , so you can get creative and personalise your letter designs! Of course we will also have drinks🧋 and snacks🍟 to munch on whilst writing and lollies🍬 that you can also add into your letters.

With the looming pressure and stress of all our assignments and exams, I wonder if I’ll ever get a chance to relax again. “Fear not”, Donburi says. “Have a matcha latte.” Whilst the sun shines through the windows and birds chirp, the ambience of laughter and studious typing fills a comfortable room in ABS. People eagerly line up for their shot of customisable matcha lattes as our enthusiastic baristas work hard creating drinks for our wasabians attending. Gentle lo-fi music breezes through the air as some people put on their focus on as they get through their university work, or they merrily chatter their woes away with friends new and old.

I close my eyes for a brief moment, sipping my calming matcha latte.

Donburi was right all along.

- Michelle

Do you find yourself having to skip out on fun things 😭 because you have to "study"? 😮‍💨📚 Well, at WASABI's Matcha Study Cafe,☕ you won't have to miss out on either! Study with friends while drinking matcha 🍵 and eating delicious snacks 🍬 so that you'll keep motivated while you work ⚡ Bring along a grindset 💪 attitude and we will bring the study vibes 😌 We'll see you all soon!!! 💗💕
Come along to practice your Hiragana, Kanji, handwriting, and reading all sorts of contents in Japanese 😎. Remember that anyone from all levels are welcome👯✨
If you're looking for an opportunity to practice your Japanese conversation skills, look no further.😆 Our workshops provide the perfect setting to put those skills to the test.🔊 In small groups along with our lovely facilitators, you can chat freely or follow prompts from the worksheet provided.📃
Come meet other Wasabians🇯🇵 and enjoy delicious snacks🍫🤤 with us!! It's very nice 😊 and chill❄️ event where we can escape from stressful workload of university😅 for a bit✨ 🍡🍵 Our weekly Snacks and Chill alternate between Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm to 3pm, starting from W1 Friday 24th Feb 🍵🍡

The gentle noon sun warms us against the cold winter breeze as we frantically pace through Prince Alfred Park, collecting items for the scavenger hunt. In the distance, you can see Donburi watch over enthusiastic WASABI members as they mingle with friends from NSA and JASS.

Undoukai is undoubtedly a staple JAC tradition, where members of the Japanese societies of UTS, UNSW and USYD are able to come together to compete, socialize and create inter-university bonds. We had many activities running simultaneously, to keep our active and athletic members entertained. Tug of war was an absolute classic, as well as the infamous egg and spoon race. By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted, but wore satisfied smiles.

- kai

Missing the athletics carnival back in the highschool days? Wanna experience some Japanese sports? Well look no further than JAC Undokai 🥳🥳! NSA, WASABI and JASS are hosting JAC’s very own 🌸 Undokai (Sports Day) with many activities including dodgeball, tug of war, three-legged race, Tamaire and many more!

Held in a spacious room in ABS, as the sun said its goodbyes and the glowing moon crept up through the skies, so did Annie who marked her last week as our Communication Officer. Annie’s speech resonated across the halls and hit everyone's hearts as she reminisced on her hard work and great services to WASABI ༼ ༏༏ີཻ༾ヘ ༏༏ີཻ༾༽༽.

Yet, we all turned to a new chapter in the story of WASABI with the election of the new Communications Officer. As our executives carried the general meeting with utmost professionalism (〃▽〃), our Wasabians filled the air with good vibes as always, contagiously laughing and all excited to watch the highlight of the event - the Communications Officer nominee speeches.

With massive gratitude and honour, I write this blog as your new Communications Officer for WASABI 2023. It was truly a memorable day and of course, I want to thank my fellow Wasabians who were supportive and made it comfortable and wholesome for everyone running („ಡωಡ„). I hope to see everyone at the next General Meeting.

-Michelle (∗ᵒ̶̶̷ω˂̶́∗)੭₎₎̊₊♡

We will be holding an election to select one new executive for the position of Communications Officer. Even if you are not interested in running for the position, please make sure to join us to vote for your fellow members! Best of luck to everyone running and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

When you think of the classic university experience, our first thought is probably alcohol. If it isn't, then you're too innocent. Wasabi's Drinks Night established a comfortable and safe hub for students to wind down after a high pressure day of school, work or commitments. For others, as the sun slowly set over Herman's Bar, it was time to call it in, but for Wasabi, the day had just began. As the people started piling up, so did the lovely scent of alcohol as it wafted throughout the bar as Students both past and present had a good time, mingling, drinking and simply vibing to the music.

Who could ask for a better time?

Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed and wish to see you at future events!

Pranam 🙂

WASABIANS!! Our biannual drinks night is upon us again✨🤩✨. It is the time of the year again when exams are creeping up on us🥲...so why not blast away those stresses and worries for a night 😎with some drinks at the very conveniently located Hermann's?! 🤪 Bring some friends and make some new friends 🥳over some tasty drinks, boardgames and viby atmosphere😌

It was a cloudy Saturday, light rain lining the path of which groups of wasabians toured our amazing sponsors. We were quick to make new friends,  as we made our way to Ramen Zundo for lunch, enjoying bouncy ramen noodles served in a rich, savoury broth. After lunch, we were serenaded by street musicians on our way to Via artists embraced by the familiar tunes of studio ghibli where at Via Artists, members were quick to snatch up their stunning designs. After, we headed to Hondarake, stopping at Maruyu on the way to pick up a light snack. Our members filling up every inch of Sydney's favourite rustic Japanese bookstore, we exchanged new books with our newfound friends. We enjoyed Dinner at Tenkomori, with the creamy soft serve of Oh Matcha for dessert, before singing out hearts out at Karaoke !!

Thank you to our sponsors for hosting us !!

- Leo L<3

HEYYO WASABIANS!! 🥳Are you ready to meet our sponsors?🥸 Sponsor Expedition will take you on a whirlwind adventure 💨, where you will be able to eat delicious food 🍱, shop uniquely designed Japanese clothing pieces 🥰, and sing your heart out at Karaoke 🎤 ✨ So what are you waiting for😎?! Come by yourself or bring some friends😊

International Fest was an exciting event with many stalls besides our one! Our stall featured a variety sushi🍣 such as salmon, prawn, fried-tofu, and California roll. Despite super hot weather😎☀️, many wasabians popped in to say hi and tried sushi with ‘wasabi’💚😆 The food was all delicious, many people came back to get more and we sold out before 1pm😊🙊

Overall, the event was successful, hope everyone enjoyed our food😋 and thank you USU for hosting✨

-Sona

The International Fest is just around the corner! We will be running a good stall, 🍣 Sushi 🍣 on Thursday 16th March at International Fest! Come to Eastern Ave between ⏰11:30 - 14:00⏰ to get delicious Japanese traditional food 🤤💖

Braving the summer heat☀️😎and a postponement (tyty sydney trains🚂), our members mingled with our friends over at NSA (UNSW) and JASS (UTS) in a series of challenges and games! With our stomachs full with freshly sizzled sausages🌭and lovingly handmade fairy bread✨, we played charades, silent line up and even with kendama, forging new friendships along the way 💖🤝

An epic JAC start to what is hopefully an equally epic year of events, thank youuuu to everyone who came along and endured the heat, and we hope to see you again in the future!! 🎉🫶🫶

- Henry

What better way to start the uni year than with a JAC Event!! Join us for another year with our annual Orientation Day 🤗 Come along to meet new people and catch up with friends over some free sausages & have a go at some social games www

Like the world of Narnia tucked away in an ordinary wardrobe, ISL was not your usual USYD building on the Wednesday of week  4. Stepping inside, our members were instantly transported into the magical world of Studio Ghibli. The nostalgic Ghibli tunes sounded as members made their way around the multiple stations, enveloped in both a sense of childhood familiarity and the foreignness of a fictional world.

Chihiro’s Stall, Ponyo and Friends, Soot Sprites' Corner, Totoro’s Photos, Ghibli Cinema, and Calcifer’s Firewood, from sushi stations to craft stations to a photo booth - we’ve got it all! Members unleashed their inner child and let their creativity ran wild. Soot Sprites came to life as pom-poms, Calcifer's firewood pieces turned into beautiful artworks and origami Ponyos also jumped to life one after another under the magic of members' crafty hands and the special guidance of execs. There was even a cosy Ghibli cinema if you wanted to relive the magic of these films again. Best of all, members were able to take a polaroid photo at our Totoro Photobooth as a token to remember their journey into the world of Studio Ghibli.

As much as it was an event for our members, the stories of Ghibli are for everyone and it couldn't have been a better afternoon to spend with old and new friends at uni, sprinkled with a little bit of Ghibli magic.

- Annie

What's up WASABIANs? 🤩🤩 Do you want to escape into the wonderful world of Ghibli? WELL, lucky for you, we are back with a fun and fresh event for week 4 😳 The Great Ghibli!! Here you can watch some nostalgic Ghibli movies💕🎥, craft the CUTEST Ghibli-themed things, and eat some yummy snacks and foods 🍬 🍵 (sushi??🍣🍱)AND ALL FOR FREE! You'll meet so many lovers of Ghibli and Japanese culture here, so don't miss out on this vibey event :DD See you there!!

WASABI’s first ever scavenger hunt was held on an extremely hot autumn day - but that did not deter our lovely Wasabians from coming to check out our event, and solving clever clues to scavenge for treasures!

Armed with a mini bottle of water to fight against the heat (also personalised with their name and a smiley face for luck), they got to travel across many fun corners of Japan, from Hokkaido to Shikoku to Kyushu, and tackle entertaining challenges such as the struggle of moving a biscuit from forehead to mouth! Of course, they were accompanied by cute mascots along the way (such as Kumamon and Shikamaro-kun - search them up hehe) as well as our slay team of execs, subcom and language facilitators <33

The final destination did not disappoint - it offered an impressive selection of stationery (cat pens, washi tape, stickers and more), hydrating face masks for skincare, and yommy Japanese snacks which included adorable cups of Pokémon instant ramen Ϟ૮(๑⚈ ․̫ ⚈๑)ა These surely made all the trekking and brainpower worth it ♡

We hope everyone who was able to attend enjoyed their time and was able to leave just that one bit happier to progress with the rest of their day C: Shoutout to Sona for her intricate planning leading up to the event! See you guys at our next scavenger hunt~♪

~ Joyce ( ˘ ³˘)♡

Grab your friend and join us to the WASABI Scavenger Hunt!!🥳🎉 Come to Gadigal Green between ⏰12:00 - 13:30⏰ where you will be given the clues🙊📜 Solve the clues🤔, explore uni 👣🏫 and complete all the activities to get the prize!🍬🛍️

Starting off with our first Japanese communication workshop for this semester, members and language facilitators were able to meet new faces and tackle worksheets together. 💪 The main focus was on letting go of feelings of fear about making potential mistakes and understanding that it's all part of the learning process. We learned how to introduce ourselves in Japanese and interesting facts about each other -- all whilst snacking on a variety of delicious treats and drinks. 🍵🍬 We would love to see you at our next language workshop, to practice Japanese or even just pick up a few introductory phrases! ☺️ - Sarah 😌

If you're looking for an opportunity to practice your Japanese conversation skills, look no further.😆 Our workshops provide the perfect setting to put those skills to the test.🔊 In small groups along with our lovely facilitators, you can chat freely or follow prompts from the worksheet provided.📃

We began our semester with our brand new reading and writing Japanese workshop. Members gathered around with our talented language facilitators by their side and worked through the challenging worksheets, studying new kanji and even role playing as different characters whilst reading though the provided Japanese stories. We had our usual amaysing snacks and drinks as well, and everyone went away learning something new.Hope to see many more of you at our workshops in the future

- andrew

Wasabi is finally back with our highly anticipated Japanese language workshops. And this semester, we're introducing an all new reading and writing workshop! Come along to practice your Hiragana, Kanji, handwriting, and reading all sorts of contents in Japanese 😎. Remember that anyone from all levels are welcome👯✨

The curtains open to the 20th year of WASABI under the ever-so familiar, fiery sun our Welcome Week is known for. But under that scorching blaze, over those three days, saw another successful beginning to the year. We all loved welcoming the eager first years and second year, the seasoned third and fourth years and of course the familiar faces we've grown fond of over the past weeks, months or even years.Thank you for joining WASABI in 2023 ! We hope we can continue spicing up your uni lives a little bit more for another 20 years : )- Leo

Come and visit our stall during welcome fest😊 WASABI is the perfect society for someone who is interested in Japanese culture🇯🇵 or looking for a society where you can make new friends 💞 Join WASABI to enjoy free food🍡, participate in fun activities😆, learn Japanese📖 and meet like-minded people✨ You do not need to be Japanese or even know how to speak Japanese to join🥰❤️

We started off our semester with a bang at our awesome Board Games Battle 🎲 With plushies, stickers and stationery up for grabs, who could resist a little friendly competition 😈 Armed with the our Donburi-decorated stamp cards, we were on our ways to become board game champions🤘   It was so lovely to meet friends, old and new 💗 and of course, we ate lots of yummy snacks tew. All in all, a super start to the semester, and I hope to see you all again soon

<33  - Kaithlyn

Welcome WASABIANS 🥳!! Would you like to celebrate your first week of uni😮‍💨? Would you like to meet new friends too👭👭? And finally would you like to indulge in the yummiest Japanese snacks? Well WASABI’s Board Games Battle sounds perfect for you 😎😎 Battle against other people and play 3 different board games to win prizes 😳😳 Limited stocks last so be there or be square ◼️😵‍💫, and of course we’ll see you there 🫶🫶

The language workshops started off the semester with a fun speed friending event. In a quiet corner of abs, friendships began to form as chatter and laughter slowly filled the room.😆 Attendees rotated between groups, sharing their hobbies and interests with new friends whilst nibbling on snacks.🍟🍪  Despite some technical difficulties with the projectors not working 🖥, the team pulled through to make the event enjoyable for everyone.💖 Overall, it was a successful event with many members lingering behind to talk for longer and exchange contacts with one another!🤩  -Tanny

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Language workshops will be back once again this year, starting with our speed friending workshop.✨ Come along to meet other fellow Japanese learners and make some new friends! 👭 This is also a great opportunity to test out those Japanese conversation skills.🔊Free snacks and drinks will be provided!🍭🧃

As you walked down Eastern Avenue on that particular, breezy, Tuesday morning, you couldn’t help but notice a line of students wrapped around the side of the Chemistry building. The alluring scent of sizzling sausages flowed from the bushes. Hidden in the grove was WASABI’s Welcome BBQ, where members and passersby were able to enjoy a banquet of onigiris, spam musubis, drinks, snacks and the classic sausage sizzle…all for FREE! The long line of students buzzed with anticipation as our sign-up desk worked hard to admit everyone into the event. Conversation filled the air as attendees attempted to complete the Mingle Bingo challenge, or to get to know someone better and make friends. By the end of the event, our mountainous supply of foods and drinks had been cleaned out by satisfied attendees, marking the end of another successful Welcome BBQ.

-Kai

Hey guys!! WASABI is excited to be back for a brand new year and new sem! ٩( 'ω' )و And what better way to start this new chapter than with delicious food and an opportunity to meet new and exciting people! Calling out to everyone, whether you are an avid enjoyer of Japanese food and culture, or simply have a passing interest of what kind of society we are, we welcome every single one of you!!!

After stressful exam week, we closed last year with memorable JAC Ball ✨✨ It was wonderful night where many friends across three different universities gathered and spent time together💞🥰 Congratulations to the people who were voted first in various categories on the night 🥳🎉 Hopefully all your photos 📷 are great and nothing too embarrassing was captured 😅😅 especially when people were dancing with the DJ 💃🕺 Overall, it was a memorable night where old friendships were renewed and new friendships were made 😊 Thank you everyone who come, hope you all had a good time 🥰❤️

- Sona

The year is 1985. Mariya Takeuchi🎙plays on your walkman. Why am I here? How did I get here? Stylish strangers pass by, drinks in hand 🥂 and ready to dance under the sparkling disco balls 💃🏻 Tokyo awaits you! Surf along the vaporwave melodies 🎶 and as the night approaches midnight - who knows? You might just find your own 💟 𝓟𝓵𝓪𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓬 𝓵𝓸𝓿𝓮 💟 to stay with you 😏 JAC presents its annual ball: 💫 𝙈𝙞𝙙𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙏𝙤𝙠𝙮𝙤 💫
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As the sun sets on another semester and another year, time flowing by faster than ever, came another one of our Izakaya nights. The gentle red glow in Jazushi, the cool night air on the balcony, the plates of food relentlessly coming one after the other, the alcohol I'm sure more than a few of us consumed, and that irreplaceable atmosphere that being around great company inevitably creates, all bringing us together for one last hurrah before the end of the year. With all the looming dread and doom not too far away now, I hope Izakaya night was one where you could celebrate getting through another semester, make new friends, have some fun, eat some food and laugh away all the stress if only for a little bit. Hope everyone had a fantastic 2022. I'm looking forward to see all you guys next year : )

-Leo

We are holding our biannual event.. End of semester 🏮Izakaya night🏮!! Come meet other Wasabians🇯🇵 and enjoy delicious food 🤤🍣 at Jazushi🎷!! Did we mention that the newly renovated Terrace Room is available for seating?🗣 Yeah, you heard us!🙊 So exciting!!🌼
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What a great way of spend time watching movie 🎥 together with friends after stressful week✨ It was a relaxing night, many Wasabians 🫶🏻 pop in to take a break from uni work 🤯 We enjoyed super cute Ghibli movie,  ‘The Cat Returns’ 🐈  with yummy pizza 🍕, popcorn 🍿 and lollies 🍬 We learn some Japanese from movie as well 🇯🇵 Overall, it was an enjoyable and relaxing night 🥰 Thank you everyone who come ❤️

- Sona

Come and have some pizza🍕 , popcorns🍿, lollies🍬 and meet new people💞
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wOOOO~ just in time for the spookiest time of the year, JAC came together and held a terrifyingly fun halloween night for our members. Filled with frightening costumes, horrifying games and activities, and spine-chilling food and drinks, I'm sure everyone in attendance had a fearsome time. There were also grotesque (super cute) polaroids being taken all night, a spooky darts game, and even a competition for the most pretrifyingly-dressed. What better way would there have been to spend halloween than at the most sinister event in town 😎

- Andrew

The spookiest season of the year is right around the corner and JAC is pleased to announce the return of 🥳 𝗛𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 🥳
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On a humid ☀️  spring day nearing the end of semester 📚 , we found fun and relaxation in decorating some beautiful fans 💝 ! It was so great to see people unleash their creative sides 🎨 , whether it be by doing calligraphy 🖋️  or making cute little origami bunnies 🐰 ! The snacks 🍭 and drinks 🍵  were plenty, keeping us full and hydrated as we toiled away at our creations. Thank you everyone who came, and I hope you had a fun time making fans with friends 💕

- Kaithlyn

It’s that time of the semester when you can’t be bothered to go into uni anymore😪😪😪 fear not though, because you’ll have a new reason to come in! For WASABI’s FAN-tastic crafts of course!🎉~ Decorate some FAN-tastics fans, do some calligraphy or dabble in some origami to take your mind off things! Craft with snacks 🍡, drinks 🍵 and friends 👭 for a great time!
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What better after a long day at uni 🥵 than using the rest of your brain juice for some board games 🤩 Board games night was a super fun night where no one could be bored 🤭 ! Many friends (and temporary enemies 😅) were made over rounds of games won by pure luck or a mastermind 🧠 There were an array of delicious snacks 🍬 and drinks 🧃to keep our brains fuelled throughout the night - much needed to understand game instructions 🤓 Overall, it was an enjoyable night where old and new friendships blossomed 🌷, everyone who came were winners 😙

- Maggie ♡

Heyo everyone!! Our board games night is just around the corner! Come and destress with friendly games of Uno 😈, Exploding Kittens 🐱 and Hanabi 🎇, right before the hectic exam season begins again 😢. Snacks will also be provided hehe 🫰 Looking forward to seeing yall there!!
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I hope everyone was hungry 😋 on Wednesday because our curry rice event was a banger 🍛! The aroma of chopped potatoes 🥔 , diced 🥕 and stewed beef 🥩 mixed with our hearty curry brought life and energy 🤩 back to our beloved ISL after an enjoyable mid-sem break. Batches of 🍚 and curry were served in quick succession as our hungry members came back for more🫡. We saw many old and new faces alike, chatting and munching away. Nothing better than good food and good company! 😎

- Kai

With mid-sem over and a new team settling in 🤧🤧 we’d like to offer everyone a nice hearty meal to everyone 🫡🫡 Come over to ISL next Wednesday for a nice serving of curry rice 🍛 prepared by the new wasabi execs 🤪 to destress a bit more before the dreaded finals come barrelling in 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃‍♂️‍
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Week 9 brought with it the first reoccurrence of our language event special: WASABI’s Letter-Writing Workshop! Heaps of cute stickers and letter-writing sets were prepared (shoutout to gudetama-chan) so our members were able to write heartfelt and well-decorated letters to their friends <33 Not to mention we had plenty of yommy snacks to munch on as well as delicious drinks to quench our thirst! We also had a variety of small candies to fit in envelopes to give along with the kawaii letters ٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶Thank you to our language facilitator team for making the event possible by keeping up the amazing vibes and helping those who wanted to write in Japanese! Overall, I’m very happy with how the event turned out, and I’m looking forward to many more successful language events to come along with the new era!

~ Joyce ( ˘ ³˘)♡

As a Language Workshop special, our language facilitators will be at the event, ready to help anyone that is keen to try writing a letter in Japanese! 🎌 However, anyone is more than welcome to write letters in English as well 😽 We will be providing the cutest envelopes, stickers, washi tape and markers so come along to write a letter to your friends & family and join in on the fun vibes 💖 We'll also have sweets for you to give with your letter... or for you to munch on yourself 🤭 Be sure to come and vibe with us~ 💫
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After a fantastic year with the 2021-22 WASABI team, the WASABI AGM finally arrives, calling for a new team for the upcoming year. All the accomplishments achieved in the past year such as the large scale events held and the growth of the member base were reflective of the all time and effort put in by Stephanie and the 2021-22 Executive team. Even with all the hardships and challenges we had overcome together as a team, I could not be more grateful for the group of people I got to work with. With the previous team including the supportive and most lively bunch.. Stephanie, Elina, Jason, Jenny, Christine, Jinju, Annie, Zoe, Joyce, Andy, Emi, Leo, Ngoc, Lily and Jackie have worked so hard for the past year, making sure that WASABI can be the best version of itself. Our amazing subcommittee members Alysha, Amy, Emily, Kai, Kylie, Maggie, Phoebe, Sakura, Tanny and Wilson have been such a helpful bunch at all of our events, ensuring that everything is smooth running while also assisting in the behind-the-scenes planning. Our bright language facilitators Amanda, Ellen, Faye, Hannah, Hiroki, Jessica, Kaithlyn, Keika, Rebecca, Shysie, Sona, Takara and Takumi have guided many members to the right path with the Japanese language and the language events would not have been possible without them. It has been one heck of an amazing ride with you all and I am so glad to have been able to work with you guys for the past year! I cannot express how grateful I am for you guys and your support! For the newly elected 2022-23 WASABI Executive team… Emi, Joyce, Leo, Emily, Jason, Andy, Tanny, Kai, Kaithlyn, Sona, Christine, Jinju, Annie, Stephanie and Ngoc, I am so excited to see what the future holds for WASABI and I believe we can achieve high goals if it’s us! - Emi

WASABI will be holding our AGM on Thursday 22nd September 2022 via Zoom
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As the curtains close on another year of the Wasabi team, under the gentle light of our subcommittee member Kai’s studio, in front of a meagre table and an even stranger setup, some members of our current team reflected on their time in Wasabi this year as well as their whole tenure as a part of Wasabi.Amidst the fun times and the hard times we hope everyone found something enjoyable or cool about all the things we talked about and hope that everything we have loved about the society continues on into the next year with the new team.Til the next podcast : )

- Leo

With our AGM coming soon in two weeks 🧐🧐 we wanted to send off our current team with some of us talking about our experiences with being in the team 🫡🫡 as well as some regular off topic talk some previous attendees of our podcast would sure be familiar with 🤩🤩 We also wanted some input on what you guys want to know about us 🤥 so give us some suggestions on topics to talk on through the google form 🚗⛲️
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International Fest was a great event that had a ton of other stalls besides our one. Our stall featured tones of delicious bread that was provided by our sponsor Azuki Bakery. We offered a variety bread such as melon pan, yuzu donuts and yakisoba pan - all of which were well received by everyone! The breads were all delicious and we managed to sell out quite quickly despite our large stock. The event ran super smoothly and despite only allowing one bread per person - we were able to satisfy everyone who came to our bread stall.  Overall, this event was a massive success and amazing thanks to Emi who coordinated it and USU for hosting.

- Christine

Are you pumped for International Fest?🧐 We sure are!💖 At International Fest, WASABI will be running a food stall featuring 🍞AZUKI BAKERY!🍞 Azuki Bakery is a lovely Japanese bakery💌 located in Newtown that sells delicious fresh baked goods🤤 and we are excited to share them with you guys!🧸 We've got variations of bread to hand out on the day - Melon pan🍈, Yuzu doughnut🍋, Matcha azuki pan🍵, Yakisoba pan🥡, Karaage dog🍗... and more!!
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This week, we teamed up with our good friends at ChocSoc and SUAnime to bring you an event filled with the delicious chocolate-filled taste of a quintessential Harajuku street food: crepes. With each member receiving a beautiful crepe donned with strawberries, bananas, whipped cream and an assortment of chocolates and biscuits, it was the perfect way to sweeten up the sluggish Monday afternoon.Whether you stuck around and chatted with other members over board games, or just came and went for a quick sugar fix, we were so glad to see so many people show up and have a great time together.Special thank you to ChocSoc and SUAnime for collaborating with us once again, as this event would not have been possible without their cooperation. Please check out their societies as well!anyway bye

- Andy

The collab we have all been waiting for… ❤️SUANIME x CHOCSOC x WASABI❤️!! Thinking plain cream crepes🤤? Or maybe the iconic combo of chocolate syrup🍫 and strawberries🍓? Well, we’ve got you covered😉 You will get a chance to build your own crepe and customise it the way you want to!👀‍
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Even though it was slightly drizzling, I think that it perfectly sets the mood ☔🍹 The night was bright and particularly loud with the atmospheric belting of lyrics ever so often . Did everyone enjoy their beverages? Doesn't matter if it was alcoholic or non-alcoholic because the vibes and energy was just perfect ✨✨ We all know why Drinks Night is one of our favourite events (and clearly one of our members favourites too) and I'm glad that everyone enjoyed their Friday night with Wasabi! 🥂 Here's to another successful Drinks Night!

- Lily

Looking to make new friends for this semester? Well, we’ve got the perfect event for you!🤩💌 WASABI will be holding a 🍻Drinks Night🍻 which will be a fantastic opportunity for you to drink away🍹 and meet new people 👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏼 while playing board games🎯 with fellow Wasabians! 🌸 I can tell you now that last semester’s Drinks Night was a blast so you can’t miss this one!🥺💖
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Blessed with fine weather we gathered at the Auburn Botanic Gardens for a viewing of the Japanese cherry blossoms! Whilst waiting to enter the cherry trail, members enjoyed a variety of food and drinks served at the festival stalls, mingled amongst themselves, and also participated in various small events including mini golf, where we took turns trying to get a hole in one. Right before entering the cherry trail, everyone came together to enjoy free pizza and drinks for lunch and continued to socialise some more. Lots of photos were taken in the cherry blossom trail and we were also fortunate enough to be greeted by a large family of geese, several peacocks, and some bright looking chooks. Overall it was a great time and we’re glad everyone had lots of fun!

~ Phoebe

For our first event outside of uni in a long time 🙈🙈, we’re visiting the Auburn Botanic Gardens for their annual cherry blossom festival 🗣️🗣️. Going around in small groups, you’ll get to enjoy the Sakura blooming 🌸🌸, the various festival stalls 🎉🎉 as well as make some new friends 🤲🤲and some free pizza and drinks for some classic group bonding 👌👌.
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With people flocking back onto campus, hundreds of new and familiar faces alike joining our society, we kicked off the language events this semester with a speed friending session! Whether it was among your first ever WASABI events and an opportunity to make new friends in the society, or a way to catch up with everyone you hadn't seen since Semester One, the ABS room was packed and we quickly ran out of space for our happily chatting members. Thank you to our language team who put together helpful sheets for the brave souls who tackled socialising in Japanese. It was great to see such a large turnout and we hope to see everyone again soon!

- Jason

We’ll be holding a special speed friending session for those keen to practice their Japanese speaking 😻 This will be an amazing opportunity for you to meet with like-minded individuals and hopefully serve as a starting point for blossoming friendships 🥹🌸 Japanese learners of any level are welcome to come and test their conversational skill 😼 If it gets too difficult, rest assured you can always fall back to using English in tight spots 😌 We will also have our Language Facilitators ready to help out if desired 💖
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What better way to start off the new semester than BBQ with friends!!😁 We kicked off week 2 with our long anticipated collaboration with VSA, who were just as excited as us in restarting society events. 🥳 The event had a high turnout, and it was very heartwarming to see so many old and new faces, espeically after a long one and half month holiday break. Our hardworking execs laboured deep into the night before, and early morning of the day of the event to procure freshly made yakisoba.♨️ VSA offered an interesting candied fruit and jelly cup which complemented our savoury fried noodles. 🍎👍 From afar, one could hear the sizzle of the BBQ mingle with chatter and laughter as old friends caught up with each other and new friendships formed. 🤝 If you missed out on welcome bbq, fear not! As there are many more events for you to attend and many opportunities for you to get to know everyone better ^-^

- Kai

The HYPE train 😉 has arrived with MAXIUM VELOCITY 🤯 with all your favs on board! We’re cooking up a STORM with our besties @wasabi_usyd this coming Monday at Cadigal Green for a mouthwatering three course BBQ! 😫 Start off your trifecta with a delicious and piping hot bowl of Yakisoba 😛, then after treat your sweet tooth by having a sweet serving of Vietnamese Fruit salad 😋, finishing it all off with a refreshing cup of tea! 🤤
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There was no better way to celebrate the start of a new semester than visiting the WASABI stall at Welcome Fest!🥳 Excited to meet both new and returning students, our team set out delicious snacks and prizes to be won over the two days!🤩 The luck of new members was put to the test during the raffle where MARUYU ice-cream vouchers🍦, candy🍭, kit-kats🍫and super cute erasers (which deceivingly looked like food🫢) were up to take home! Existing members were also challenged with the kendama game to win some prizes (all those who dared to try were great fun to watch🤣)! A huge thank you to everyone for visiting us, we couldn’t have celebrated such a successful S2 Welcome Fest without you! 🫶

- Emily

Didn’t get a chance to sign up in semester 1?🙈 Or maybe couldn’t find the time to attend our events?🥺 Well, we’ve got several events lined up for this upcoming semester!💖 Come join WASABI and you can enjoy free food🍡, participate in fun activities💃, brush up on your Japanese👩‍🏫 and meet new people👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏼! You do not need to be Japanese or even know how to speak Japanese to join!
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JAC Camp is one of the best and most unforgettable experiences you’ll have with WASABI and other universities such as JASS (UTS) and NSA (UNSW). On day 1, get to know your roomies from other uni’s!!! The day started off with a sussy scavenger hunt 😆  and fun icebreakers to get to know your teammates and everyone there! DAY TWO, everyone channeled their inner idol abilities and learned a fun dance to 'summertime' and we threw a concert of our performances!!  Later that evening, was the JAC HORROR NIGHT!! Where everyone was CURSED 😱  and to save us from this curse our teams ventured off in the cold, scary woods collecting talismans  to protect ourselves from the evil spirits 👻  and freeing ourselves from the curse bestowed upon us!! Definitely one of the funniest and memorable nights ever (espsecially the person hiding under the bed grabbing our legs 👀 ). DAY THREE, the loser team got punished by getting shaving cream smacked onto their face by the victory team and many prizes were handed out!! nevertheless, JAC camp is the place to make your forever friends ❤️ and just get down and have some fun!!! 🫶  

-ELLIE

After two years, JAC is proud to present the return of our legendary JAC camp in 2022 🎉 Come together with friends from NSA, Wasabi and JASS for three days of fun activities such as: 🏃‍♂️ Group Challenges 🏃‍♀️ 💃 Dancing 🕺 😱 Horror night 😱 🔥 Campfire 🔥
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The time has finally come!!✨ WASABI’s biannual event 🏮IZAKAYA NIGHT🏮 is finally here! Give yourself a reward🥳💕 at the end of this semester🙊 by enjoying WASABI’s custom menu 🤤🍣 at Jazushi🎷!! Come along to meet new people👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏼 and enjoy some purchasable drinks!🍹💖
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In celebration of the semester coming to an end, our language workshop coordinators had organised a cute and wholesome event for members to put their letter-writing skills to the test. 💌 📝 As a japanese language workshop related event, members were encouraged to write in japanese with the language workshop facilitators being super helpful as always.🥺💗 The tables were also filled with cute washi-tapes, stickers, letter sets and coloured pens for everyone to decorate their letters to their heart’s content! ✨😻 During the event, letters between old and new friends were exchanged📨, inside jokes were cracked and perhaps even a few letters of confession might’ve been written😳, drawing a nice conclusion to our semester one events! ☺️

~ Annie

Whether you have a special someone in mind, want to show your appreciation for your best friends💖, or simply surprise somebody with a heartfelt letter😎, come on over and write and decorate your very own letter whilst enjoying some of the familiar snacks🍡 and drinks🧃 you all love.
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With the end of semester looming in the near distance 😖 and our semesterly Izakaya 🏮 next week to cap it off - we wanted to give everyone a little review of these three months 🧠 So we're bringing back our well beloved Podcast🎙️from last sem 🤠 ! And this time the hosts will all be in person 🤖 to give a little rundown of all our events and some of the planning behind them 😸 So grab yourself some tea 🍵, tune in on our Twitch or Discord server 🎧 and chill 🎻
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We’re happy to announce our third language exchange collab with Hiroshima University’s Talkxtalk (English conversation society)! 🍓 Come along if you’re keen to make friends from a Japanese university, and you can even practice your Japanese if you would like! 🎋 Feel free to attend even if you have 0 Japanese language skill and just want to make friends! 🌟 Our friends at Talkxtalk will be more than happy to accommodate 🥰
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To celebrate the coming of Autumn, WASABI held our long awaited Akimatsuri!!!!!🍁 We served lots of food including takoyaki 🐙 , yakisoba pan 🍜 , onigiri 🍙, dango 🍡 and candied fruits 🍓 . We also held ring toss, a shooting game 🔫 , ema 🔖and kujibiki🗳 . Each store was bustling with members waiting for food or for their chance to win a prize at the games. It was great to see members with dango and candied fruits as they strolled through the stalls and write their hopes and wishes at the ema store. The shooting game and ring toss were a big hit with members constantly lining up to try their shot. 🤩 The takoyaki store was also a great success, members just couldn’t get enough of them! 🤤And the origini and yakisoba pan had almost sold out by the second half of the event! 😮 Kujibiki proved more difficult then it looked but members quickly got addicted going back for their 3rd or 4th try.😆Although there were some hiccups, we all pulled through and had an amazing time!😍Looking forward to the next Akimatsuri!!

- Tanny

Feeling like eating some good traditional Japanese street food? Well we have takoyaki🐙, onigiri🍙, dango🍡, yakisoba pan & candied fruit for you to enjoy!🤩 We also have delicious drinks such as miso soup🍲, ramune🥤, tea🍵 and soda!🍹 Want to try some festival games too and win awesome prizes? This is definitely something you won’t wanna miss!!🥺
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Even after our bellies were satisfied with the previous suke bowl event, we couldn’t help but continue to bring more Japanese delicious cuisine into our mouths on Friday in our BIG snacks and chill - with homemade dangos, matcha cookies, and onigiri! The event was a blast, with members enjoying the food we made the night before. The most popular dish was the sanshoku-dango, or the three-coloured dango, in which the green dango in 🍡 was matcha flavoured. With wasabians chilling in the ISL with other wasabians, while meeting new people and enjoying our snacks, saying that we were contented is an understatement. All in all, we hope everyone got not only a good taste of our dishes, but was able to relax and have fun in our event!

- Sakura

Come along next Friday to a special rendition of our Snacks and Chill 🤭🤭! This time with some of your favourite foods from Jap cuisine 😫💅. We’ve got the special wasabi vibes as well as onigiris 🍙, dango 🍡, and some nice matcha cookies 🍵, as well as the usual snacks and drinks you know and love 💃💃.
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Under an unusually blazing sun for Autumn at Manning Lawn, WASABI held our much anticipated return of the Poke Bowls from our sponsor Suke, and this time with even cheaper bowls 😝 We got to enjoy an assortment of bowls that that were almost deceptively small looking, as well as a nice soft drink of their choice, and some of us got to socialise a little in the scarce amount of shade. We had members new and old, with some of the previous WASABI presidents coming along to say hi, see how the team was doing and, of course, eat some delicious Poke Bowls. As a nice little chill event before our big Aki Matsuri next week, we hope everyone enjoyed their Poke Bowls 😩 and hopefully next year we can all enjoy more Suke 🤓

- Leo

WASABI will be collaborating with our lovely sponsor SUKE Sushi and Poke🍣, and we would love to offer a 💸juicy discount💸 for every single one of you!🙊 Yep, you heard me!👀 Only $5-7 for the Poke Bowls of your choice!🤫 Want add-ons?🥙 No worries - got those too, just with a small additional price!❣️ Customise your poke bowls how you want to and hang out with us at Manning Lawn!🧸
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Did you enjoy our last Big Snacks 'n' Chill with tea and kimonos? 🥺 If you did, make sure to come compete in some Japanese traditional games at our upcoming Big Snacks 'n' Chill for a chance to win prizes!🎁 We will have Kendama and Fukuwarai mini championships 🏁 so come and test your skills! 🥳 Or you can just drop by to grab some Japanese snacks and drinks🍡🍵 and hang with your friends! 🎎
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To start back the semester after a week of a much needed mid-semester break, our first collab with both Craftsoc and SUAnime went smoothly with the help of execs and subcom from each societies! Along with the bustling crowd in the courtyard café, members got to experience and experiment with different shibori dyeing techniques on bandanas, tote bags, and t-shirts, some even took a step further and dyed their shoes! We hope everyone enjoyed the event and went home with some nice tie-dye pieces : 3

- Jinju

Bring old, unused clothing and transform it using the amazing Shibori and other tie-dyeing techniques 🎉! Whether it is a plain old shirt, socks, bags or any other item, go ahead and bring them along - as well as a shirt to wear on the day that you don't mind getting dirty 👏😁. We will also BE PROVIDING tote bags and bandanas for you to dye as part of the registration fee, so do not fret if you do not have a spare article of clothing!
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Despite many delays due to external circumstances, the JAC Companionship Championship, held at the UNSW Quad, proceeded very smoothly with a large turnout. We started the bonding process with icebreakers as members from each society got to meet and make new friends. 🥰 Our first task was the tower building challenge, where teams had to construct the tallest tower with nothing but pasta, tape and a marshmallow. This challenge required teamwork, communication, and lots of creativity, all of which resulted in very peculiar leaning towers pasta.:prayblob~1: As the clock ticked past 1pm, the halls and courtyard were overflowed with the familiar scent of Dominos pizzas. The afternoon sun was warm but not overly harsh, and the courtyard provided ample space for member to chill, socialize and relax. In the afternoon, we were entertained by an array of Japanese mini-games, ranging from the infamous Oreo challenge to traditional Kendama. We hope everyone had fun, and wish to see y’all in future events.✨ OwO✨

- Kai

Introducing JAC's first event for 2022: 🎉JAC Companionship Championship!🎉 🥰Are you someone eager to meet others with shared interests?🥰 🤯 Do you enjoy completing fun and exciting challenges?🤯 😋But most importantly.. do you love PIZZA?🍕 🌸Come along on Sunday April 17th to experience ALL OF THE ABOVE!🌸
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Our language exchange zoom call with Hiroshima Uni’s English conversation group TalkxTalk was a great opportunity for Wasabi members and Hiroshima Uni students alike to practice their language skills and make new friends. The hosts from TalkxTalk did an amazing job facilitating the event and making sure that everyone had a fulfilling and engaging experience, and introduced us to some fun Japanese group games that I’ll be sure to share with my friends too. There was a good balance of both English and Japanese spoken throughout the session, and all in all was a very fruitful learning experience for everyone who attended.

- Andy

WASABI is once again collaborating with Hiroshima University's Talkxtalk (English conversation society) for our second language exchange session 🤭 This is an amazing chance for you to meet happy individuals from Japan and engage in conversation + games 😻 Talkxtalk is full of students eager to practice their English so there is no need to worry if you only have basic Japanese skills
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Wasabi bacc at it again with our annual trivia night 🥵🙏❓With a large turn out, our members were able to indulge themselves with a night of Japanese and anime themed questions and activities 🇯🇵🎌🏯👹 It was so much fun reading everybody's responses, with some people drawing some very creative artworks during our last round!! 🤩 🤙 Like usual, the pizza and drinks to fuel all that brain power used that night were delicious; it certainly gave everyone sustenance to last through all those difficult questions. 😋 🍕 All in all, the night was full of energy and excitement, with our team working busily behind the scenes to make sure the night went smoothly!  🥳 🎉 Thanks for coming along and we hope everyone had a great night 🥺❤️🌸

- Wilson

Are you stressed from mid terms? 😰 Haven't had the time to go out with friends? 🥺 Well worry not, WASABI's got your back! 😏 Come to our iconic Trivia Night to tackle Japanese trivia with your friends 🎎 win exciting prizes 🥳 and enjoy some pizzas!! 🍕
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Drinks night was a very well timed event where members and the WASABI team alike were able to unwind after a torrent of mid-sem exams 📚🙏🏻.The transition from slamming textbooks to slamming shots was much appreciated 😔. The room bustled with energy, laughter and immaculate vibes as we got to meet and learn more about our beloved members 😍. Overall, the night was very based. BTW, ever wondered why WASABI was called WASABI? The meaning behind our name was unveiled at drinks night as we were graced by the presence of our founder! "To add a little spice into our uni life". A very cute message to say the least UwU.

- Kai

WASABI will be holding a 🍻Drinks Night🍻 which will be a great opportunity for you to come and chill🥶 with friends, play board games🎲, meet new people👩🏻‍🤝‍👨🏼 and socialise with other lovely Wasabians!💐 Come along to WASABI 🍻Drinks Night🍻 to also forget about your assignments and upcoming quizzes🙊 But make sure to get onto that during the weekend😉 We don’t want to see our fellow Wasabians failing their assessments!!💖
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Our general meeting went along well during the afternoon. As most executives attended, the meeting was well catered for. Our amendment of our constitution went along well with the general members as we gained another Language Workshop Coordinator to add into our team: Andy Sun. Although, with  a funny turn of events as the other two nominees dropped out after his heartfelt speech. We are excited and happy to have him on board and keen to see what he has planned. As well as, also adding Kevin Wong as an honorary member for Wasabi. We all are looking forward to a great sem ahead.

- Christine

We'll be holding elections to select 1 new executive for Language Workshop Coordinator. Even if you're not running for a position, make sure you join us to vote for your fellow members! Best of luck to everyone running and we are looking forward to see you all at our future events - WASABI Executives Team
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We are just around halfway through the semester and WASABI was gladly able to present the first themed Snacks ‘n’ Chill of the year! This week, we got to experience a snippet of Japan and had the opportunity to enjoy some delicious matcha latte and gyokuro tea! On top of that, we all had a taste of some traditional Japanese snacks as well, such as the Kyoto rice crackers and the warabimochi topped off with some sweet kinako! Our lovely members also had the chance to try on beautiful kimonos and we could not be happier with the lovely feedback we have received! Thank you to everyone who came along! I hope to see you at our future events! ૮꒰ ˶• ༝ •˶꒱ა♡

~ Emi

We hope everyone has been enjoying our weekly Snacks and Chill 🥺 To spice things up, we will have delicious matcha tea and kimono try-ons for our upcoming Thursday Snacks and Chill!! 🥳 Come by ISL from 12PM-3PM to try on some kimonos and haoris 👘 enjoy cups of high grade matcha tea accompanied with specialty Japanese snacks 🍵 🍡 and meet new people!! 🎎 We look forward to seeing everyone in our beautiful kimonos! 🤩
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WASABI is back at it again with another pog event, Crafts 'n' Arts 🤩 Members (and execs) got to learn the art of Japanese calligraphy using tools such as calligraphy paper, brushes and ink, while munching on yummy Japanese snacks. We were delightfully surprised with the amazing products created by our talented members which can all be viewed on our Instagram page. owoWe hope everyone enjoyed the event and please look forward to our exciting future events !! 🥺

ehe -Ngoc

Anyone got an itch for the arts 🖼? Wanna learn some cool brushstrokes to impress people 🙀🙀? Well we got you covered with our Crafts and Arts event 🧮🧮! We’re gonna have some of our talented execs teaching you guys how to write some kanji 🖌 as well as all the origami 🚣‍♀️ you’d want to fold. And of course some of the signature snacks WASABI’s known for will also be there as well ☔️☔️.
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A busy summer morning followed by a torrential afternoon was on a quiet, unsuspecting Monday was jsut like any other day. But in the quaint ISL, WASABI was proud to celebrate the second day of love in the year. From chocolates ranging from Ferrero Rochers to Mars bars (as well as some little mochis), members had the chance to make a little present bag for that special someone in their life. Ngoc has organised a cute little event that we hope all the members enjoyed. We also got to meet some of our lovely subcommittee who have been greatly needed and did a great job at their first event.We're looking forward to seeing more people coming to next events :)))

- Leo

Got a crushie? 😳 Struggling to confess your true feelings? 🥲 Well struggle no more 😉 WASABI has got your back with our upcoming Japanese White Day event!! 🥳 Come to ISL to make cute chocolate gift bags 💝 pour your heart out onto our customizable cards 💌 or just drop by with your friends to enjoy some snacks 🍡
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After a week of torrential downpour and an unfortunate cancellation of the semester’s first Snacks ’n’ Chill, WASABI was nonetheless proud to bring to its members a safe indoor event away from the hectic rain: Board Games Night! Though the sign-in line remained long for the first hour with people constantly arriving to join in on the fun, we hope everyone was still able to settle in quickly for a night of unforgettable bonding and yommy pizza + drinks. We provided distinctive Japanese games such as Hanabi and Tokyo Highway but also safe classics such as Monopoly and Uno, so before long, ISL was filled with the boisterous sound of laughter and enjoyment from members and non-members alike. We even had cute kimonos on the side for try-on whenever anyone needed a break from the board games, which made for amazing memories and entertaining moments! Special shoutout to our event coordinator Leo for organising such a lively night to wrap up Week 2 - with over 150 members in attendance, 2022 WASABI Board Games Night was most definitely a success! We hope to see everyone again at future events <33

~ Joyce ( ˘ ³˘)♡

Now that everyone has had a fantastic first few days at Uni (hopefully you guys enjoyed the rain 🌧️), we'd like to invite everyone to our fabled Board Games Night 👻! There will be a good variety of board games - ranging from strikingly Japanese games such as Hanabi 🎆 and Tokyo Highway 🚗 to unmistakable classics like Uno 🃏 and Monopoly 🎲.
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For the first time ever WASABI is collaborating with Hiroshima University's Talkxtalk (English conversation society) to bring you an online event where you can meet and speak with Japanese people 🥳 Whether you're a fluent Japanese learner who wants to brush up on their Japanese speaking 🇯🇵 or an absolute beginner who'd just like to make Japanese friends 👭 this event is perfect because Talkxtalk is filled with students eager to practice their English! 🌟
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Welcome welcome to a new semester and a new year with WASABI! Week one Monday, Wasabi held our very popular Welcome BBQ and there were over 200 of us altogether! At the event, not only was there a juicy sausage sizzle, there were also some mouth-watering yakisoba, and a variety of thirst-quenching drinks (which unfortunately ran out quite quickly ;-;). But nonetheless, the event was a huge success where hopefully everyone walked away with a filled tummy and a new friend to talk to on a hot, summer day! Hope to see everyone again!

~ Annie

Uni is about to begin and we would like to welcome you to our annual Welcome BBQ!! 🤩 Woohoo poggers! 👺 There will be lots of sausage sizzles 🌭 and delicious yakisoba 🍜 You can also participate in our speed-friending activity for a chance to win various prizes such as Japanese good luck charms, Japanese snacks and more! 🍡 Come along to eat yummy food and make new friends!! 🎎
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