Spolek japanistů MUNI (コネクト Japanese Club) welcomes everyone who is interested in Japanese culture, would like to improve their foreign language abilities or is looking for new friends with similar hobbies! Our aim is to create connections between students of Japanese language and native Japanese community in Brno. Through various activities we also seek to improve educational environment and student life at Masaryk University.
コネクト Conversation events:
Every two weeks you can practice your communication skills in foreign languages and meet new people from among Japanese majors and native Japanese speakers! To ease the conversation, we always prepare group activities, conversation topics and snacks. We welcome everybody who speaks Japanese or English and wants to get to know their classmates and Japanese speaking community in Brno.
Study in Japan Fair
This event is held especially for second-year Japanese major students, who are interested in an exchange program at one of Japanese partner universities. Here they can meet their upperclassmen who had already experienced such exchange, talk about their experience and gain valuable tips when choosing the desired Japanese university.
Representation of the Japanese major students
We regularly represent the students of Japanese department and our activities at various faculty and university events. You may have met us at the Openday, SemestrStart, Visitors‘ Day, Animefest and so on.
Fall semester 2017:
Spolek japanistů MUNI was founded on July 31st, 2017 as a result of Japanese language students' initiative. Their aim was to connect with the growing community of native Japanese students at Masaryk University and to deepen intercultural exchange between the two communities. Consequently, the first conversational event was held on October 12th, 2017 and despite the expectations it was joined by more than 60 students!
In this semester we held 5 meetings in total, and the last conversational event was held in a Christmas party style with warm beverages and gingerbread cookies all made and decorated by our club members.
During the Week of Humanities 2017 we also decided to hold a discussion meeting called Study in Japan Fair 2017. This event was focused on second-year Japanese language students who were considering going to Japan for their exchange stay. Here they could meet their upperclassmen who spent their previous year studying in Japan, talk about their experience and receive some advice.
At the end of semester, on December 10th, 2017 we went for a trip to Vienna where we were joined by Marija, a Japanese language student from Vienna University. She guided us around the city and together we visited St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hofburg and other monuments in its vicinity. We also walked around the Vienna University campus and after it got dark we enjoyed the glittering Christmas market near the City hall!
Spring semester 2018:
We started our club activities even before the start of the spring semester, and it was with another trip – this time we went to see an exhibition of Asian art to the Kinsky Palace in Prague. The commentary to each of the artifacts was provided by Jana Ryndová, a curator of The National Gallery in Prague.
We also continued with organizing our conversation events as our main activity. We held 5 meetings in total and they were in the same fashion as in the previous semester.
Apart from these meetings we also started organizing study sessions in the Moravian Library. During these sessions we studied Japanese language together with Japanese students and we repaid their favor by offering them help with Czech or English language exercises.
During the month of April 2018, the students of the Faculty of Arts had a chance to see our small photography exhibition named Half a World Away (O půl světa dál). It was showcasing photos taken by Japanese language students during their exchange stays in Japan and the main purpose of the exhibition was to promote exchange programs abroad and intercultural exchange itself.
We also promoted Japanese language learning, both as a university degree and as a language itself, at a Japanese pop-culture festival Animefest 2018. At our stand we were chatting with people interested in Japanese language learning as well as representing our student activities.
We concluded the spring semester by holding a picnic in park Lužánky, with food inspired by Czech and Japanese cuisine.
To join our conversational events, you need to become a club member. However, we offer a free trial for all those who are interested! Your first conversational event will be completely for free, with no need to join our club formally. If you like our event format and would like to come again, we will gladly welcome you as one of us! All you need to become a member is to fill out our application form and pay a membership fee of 100 Kč / semester.
Other club events are not necessarily linked with club membership if not stated otherwise.
Also, this club is not limited only to Japanese language students or native Japanese students. You can join us regardless of your major, as long as you (want to!) speak English or Japanese!
If you are interested in our activities, contact us at our Facebook page or by e-mail!
Translation of the whole document is still in progress. We always provide a quick run-through of the rules at every conversation event, however if you need any further explanation, please contact us!
“Finally we have the opportunity to meet people that come from the country we focus our study on. We do not just meet them, we can become friends and widen our international and interpersonal view. That way, we are forced to use more languages for communication and expand our speaking abilities. Sometimes we even have to adjust our comfort zone, which I think is very important at our age. And when we go to Japan someday, we know that we will not be there alone.”Helena Raichartová
student of Japanese Studies at MU
“I joined コネクト Japanese club during my exchange stay in Brno and it was so much fun! At their conversation events I got to meet lots of awesome people and made some unforgettable memories. Definitely recommend!”Ishijima Shunsuke
exchange student 2017/2018, Ritsumeikan University