Winter Trip 2015: Chichibu, Saitama

2015 Events
Continuing with our love for Saitama, this year's SSAJ winter trip went to Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture from the 19th to the 20th of December! While famous for an anime that was set there, the SSAJ trip featured onsen (because why not, right?) and lots of nature. Staying in a rustic homestay environment, the 2 day 1 night trip was a great way to end the year for SSAJ members, and we hope to see you at next year's!
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Momijigari 2015: Ranzan

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For this year's Momijigari, held on the 22nd of November 2015, SSAJ went to Saitama Prefecture's Ranzan Town in search of glorious red leaves. We set off from Ikebukuro early in the morning to catch the express trains and made it to Ranzan just in time to set up our mats right by the river bank. With the smell of yakisoba and other matsuri delicacies in the air from the matsuri stalls, everyone made sure to fuel up and enjoyed their food with the cool air. Suitably satisfied, we then proceeded on the momiji trail, resplendent with the autumnal streaks of colour that Nature provided. There was naturally much photo-taking, complete with long selfie sticks and large DSLRs. Who could resist taking a photo of themselves with such beauty all around?…
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ASEAN Fest

2015 Events
2015 marked the tenth anniversary of the ASEAN Cultural Festival in Japan. The ASEAN Fest is an annual student organized event that in held in Tokyo. In 2015, the event was held on Saturday 10th October. Singapore was part of the publicity team and was also the vice head of the event. On top of this, we sold kaya toast at our stall, participated in the fashion show, and had a stunning Chinese dance performance by Yvonne Chan. As part of the organizing team, SSAJ spent close to six months organizing the event. While it was a rather trying time coordinating the schedules of the many members, we are rather satisfied with how the event turned out. In the stressful few hours of sales, we managed to sell all of…
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Mid-Autumn Festival

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The Mid-Autumn Festival event this year was attended by more than 30 members, making it one of our most successful events. Interestingly, the venue for this event was decided after Avena typed in 秘密のデートスポット(secret dating venue) and indeed, the picnic area featured a spectacular view of Tokyo Bay and just the right amount of secrecy. With moon cakes, curry and the scenic night-view of Odaiba, members spent a relaxing few hours celebrating the Mid-Autumn festival, Singaporean-style. While our attempts to light up fireworks were thwarted by health and safety regulations, the evening still ended on a high note with the bright lights from FujiTV tower illuminating our way along the beach.   Thanks to everyone who came and we hope you had a great time! For those who could not…
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Hanabi cum National Day Event

2015 Events
  Our annual hanabi (fireworks) event (which also doubled as a SG50 National Celebration for those who were still in Japan), was held at Tokyo Bay, on the 8th of August this year, just 1 day before National Day! There were clear skies and cool weather, perfect for viewing the wondrous display of pyrotechnics by the bay! We hope that everyone had thoroughly enjoyed the interaction, snacks, drinks and most definitely the fireworks that could be a contender for the National Day fireworks show back home! Once again, thanks to everyone who came down to enjoy the show with us!
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Don’t Merlion Party Part 2

2015 Events
Thank you to all of you for participating in this event on Saturday, 4th July, 2015! We hope you had fun with your fellow Singaporeans! The event started with a 3-hour karaoke session where everyone sang to their hearts' content. It was followed up with a sumptuous barbecue buffet and free flow drinks where the new SSAJ Exco introduced themselves and had to answer questions thrown at them by the rest of the members. All in all, a great night! Luckily, no one Merlioned :)
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SSAJ Trip to Jindaiji(深大寺)

2015 Events
  Due to the rain, the annual SSAJ hanami event was unfortunately cancelled. However, no amount of precipitation can stop Singaporeans from fully enjoying the last day of spring vacation. A bunch of us braved the rain to take in the sights and sounds at Jindaiji, the second oldest temple in Tokyo. A walk from Chofu station rewarded us with a brilliant view of a brook lined with sakura trees in full bloom. Pink petals and crystal clear water drifted lazily under a highway, next to which a hanami party complete with barbecue was in full swing.         Upon reaching the temple complex, we headed straight for lunch at Yuusui, the most famous soba restaurant out of more than 20 in the area. The fresh handmade soba noodles were springy in texture, making a great companion to the piping-hot serving of tempura.           After amazake, soba manju and a short tour of the temple and picturesque streets, we visited a nearby natural onsen for a relaxing open-air bath in ebony-coloured spring waters. Upon the ripples, sakura petals spun and danced to the sounds of raindrops and rustling leaves. We sat under the overcast evening sky, listening quietly.
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SSAJ Berry Fresh Buffet 2015

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“The huge ones hide behind the leaves.” “The small ones taste sweeter.” “The squashed ones stain your pants.” Such was the peasant wisdom we shared last Friday on a trip to hunt for strawberries. Just 30 minutes of hunting and each of us had preyed on more strawberries you would usually prey on in a year. The hunting ground was a small family farm next to vegetable fields and a railway track, with the nearest toilet being a box under a tree. A brave participant claims the interior was pristine; your correspondent was too wary to verify her statement. When we entered the strawberry greenhouse, I realized how Godzilla must have felt as he (she/it?) entered Tokyo Bay. Red, juicy strawberries basked under the vinyl sheet that separated land from…
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