JCES Kinjin was founded in 2003, as a student association with the goal of promoting Japanese pop culture. With around 100 members, Kinjin is a tightly knit group of people who all share the same passion for the Japanese Culture. It is these members that make Kinjin thrive. Together we host a slew of activities each day of the week, which can be seen on the agenda. With over 20 committees, also known as Jins, many elements of the Japanese culture are represented. We have our own room in the basement of Luna on the TU/e campus, where many of our members can be found. You can come and go as you please to share your passion for the Japanese culture with everyone!
Kinjin can also be found outside of Eindhoven. We often host activities at conventions, such as Abunai, Tomocon and Animecon, and are members of Anigenda and the Dutch Mahjong Association. We are always happy to extend our external network and spread the passion for Japanese culture.
The name Kinjin (金人) consists of the two characters: 金 (kin), meaning “gold” and 人 (jin), meaning “person”. Although the name Kinjin has no official meaning in Japanese, a literal interpretation would be as “gold person”.
The mascot displayed in the logo of Kinjin is Haru and represents both classical and modern Japanese culture. To capture Japan’s classical culture, Haru is dressed as a samurai holding a banner containing the Japanese characters for Kinjin. Behind Haru is the familiar red sun from the Japanese flag. The letters “Kinjin” are written calligraphically, which is a classical art form in Japan. The modern culture is captured by the manga inspired art style used to portray Haru. Mascots are also very popular in Japan, with even prefectures having their own mascot. Finally, Haru was given a Kinjin flare with gold, black and red, those being the main colors of Kinjin.