Jins

Jins are the committees of Kinjin. Every jin represents a certain part of the Japanese or general student culture and acts independently from the board. Any member of Kinjin can join any of these jins or start their own jin!

The committees of Kinjin are independent parties within the association dedicated to one specific goal related to Japanese culture or student culture. As an example, every regular activity on the Kinjin agenda has their own responsible committee. To achieve their goals, every committee has their own members or sometimes even their own board.

The committees are typically named by a Japanese word expressing the goal followed by the “-jin” suffix. Therefore, at Kinjin we typically refer to committees as jins. However, the suffix is not simply there as padding. That’s because the “jin” in Kinjin stands for person, which is the driving force for every jin. Together with the wonderful people of Kinjin we currently have 28 jins in total!

Do you want to potentially start your own jin? Then don’t hesitate to send the board a message! They will gladly help you further and discuss all the possibilities.

Ani-jin:
Ani-jin organizes an anime screening every Tuesday. Typically, three episodes of two shows (six episodes in total) are watched on one evening. However, there is also room for movies as well. Every anime season Ani-jin also organizes an event to watch many first episodes of that season. All screenings use Japanese audio and English subtitles. For more information, check out the planning or log.

Asobi-jin:
The name Asobi-jin is a wordplay on Asobinin, a person who plays a lot, which makes it a suitable name for the jin formerly known as the activity committee. Our goal is to fill the Kinjin agenda with non-regular activities, which is typically every Wednesday or sometimes even in the weekends. The activities are typically related to Japan, but can be a simple social activity as well.

Chibi-jin:
Chibi-jin is the IT department within Kinjin and its members make sure all IT related matters are taken care of. Examples include, but are not limited to, the website, the mail server and the electronic equipment in the Kinjin room, such as the Kinjin PC.

Danmaku-jin:
Danmaku-jin organizes a Danmaku evening once every three weeks on Friday. Danmaku!! is a Touhou inspired roleplaying card game for four to eight players. It can be most closely compared to Werewolves of Millers Hollow (Weerwolven van Wakkerdam) but with health bars and many interesting cards.

DDR-jin:
DDR-jin organizes a Dance Dance Revolution evening once every three weeks on Friday. DDR is a very famous dancing rhythm game and can be played with four players at once! While this game was very popular in the west for only a short period of time, it is still widely played in Japan.

Dentoubunka-jin:
Dentoubunka-jin stands for the classical side of Japanese culture. We organise different activities once every four weeks on Monday, where we do all kinds of fun things, like tea ceremonies, calligraphy, story telling, going to kyuudou (Japanese archery) and more. Some of these activities are quite easy to set up, while others require some more work beforehand. The jin members work to make these activities as enjoyable as possible.

Dounyuu-jin:
Dounyuu-jin is responsible for planning all Kinjin activities during the TU/e introduction week and potentially the Fontys introduction week. The jin typically does the following things: holding meetings, attend meetings with other associations, arrange a time and location for activities with the Central Introduction Committee (CIC) of the TU/e, arrange volunteers and arrange materials. Since the introduction week is a yearly event, this jin is cleared of all members every year.

Gobenkyou-jin:
Gobenkyou-jin represents the Japanese study group and organizes a Japanese language study session every other Thursday. Note that these are not lessons to teach you Japanese from scratch, but a way for members to practice their Japanese together. There will always be members present to ask in depth questions as well.

Ibe-jin:
Ibe-jin is in charge of organising fun activities at various anime conventions throughout the Netherlands such as Abunai, Tomocon and Animecon. At these conventions Ibe-jin organizes events for the attendees. These activities range from engaging physical mind games with Jan Ken Pon, tough trivia question during the Otaku quiz, fun games with Cards Against Anime, a Nippon Bingo & Anime Guess who and many more!  With the help of our lovely Ibe-jin volunteers, we make sure that the presence of Kinjin at conventions is both exciting and comfy.

Kabe-jin:
During the corona crisis last year, Scala has had the opportunity to revise some of their old plans. One being a renovation of the living room. Kinjin has been active in these plans and due to that we got the chance to place a beautiful work of art on the wall in front of the Kinjin room. Kabe-jin, with kabe meaning wall, is responsible for this work of wall-art. We have a team that is looking for ideas and plans of how, when and where to put this beautiful work of art on the wall.

Kaikeikansa-jin:
Kaikeikansa-jin (formerly “de KCC”) is responsible for auditing the finances of the board to make sure money is being spent as budgeted and is documented properly. Members are selected every year at the change of board GMM.

Kaomo-jin:
This is the recently established jin that organises a collaboration with Kaomoji. The main goal of this collaboration is to create casual Kinjin clothing that members want to wear on a daily basis. Kaomoji is an online clothing store inspired by Japanese street fashion and anime culture. A perfect collab partner to help us achieve our goal.

Kin-jin:
Kin-jin is the fitness jin for the Kinjin members that want to work out, but don’t want to do it alone. We go to the gym on the TU/e campus for fitness and some of our members also go swimming, play tennis or other things you can do there. We don’t have a regular activity on the Kinjin agenda, but instead we go to the gym together regularly.

Kuishinbo-jin:
Kuishinbo-jin is the cooking jin and its members often cook together in the kitchen of Luna for all members of Scala to enjoy. The dishes are mostly Japanese, but any cuisine is welcome. Once the kitchen in Luna opens again we aim to cook before some activities. If you want to join dinner when the kitchen opens again you can do this by registering via kinjin.nl/food.

Nomihoudai-jin:
Nomihoudai-jin is the jin in charge of organizing the constitution drink, which is often shortened to COBO after the Dutch word “constitutieborrel”, for the board of Kinjin. At the change of boards GMM at the end of every school year, new people are chosen to organize the COBO for the new board. During the COBO many different associations are invited to meet and congratulate the new board by offering the board a nice drink and a gift, but also all the jins and old boards of Kinjin are welcome to congratulate the new board.

Ongaku-jin:
Ongaku-jin is the music group within Kinjin. Do you play an instrument and want to join rehearsals full of Japanese music? Then this is the perfect jin for you!

Plastic-jin:
At Plastic-jin we do everything related to plastic. We have two main endeavors we do at Kinjin. First, we host the creative evening, where you can pursue any creative outlet, such as drawing, sewing or building plastic model kits such as Gunpla. Plastic-jin is committed to help you in your plastic model adventures, we have various tools and knowledge available for everyone to use. Plastic-jin was originally made just for plastic models, but it soon became apparent that there is also a need to ship plastic models over from Japan. So we also provide a buying and importing service for all kinds of Japanese goods. Although the core of the jin is still plastic models, our importing service can be used for (almost) anything.

Promo-jin:
Promo-jin is the jin for designing and organizing our promotion material. We take care of both promotion of internal as external affairs. In the past we have created and designed merchandise, such as pins and bottles, and we have designed posters and flyers for both Kinjin and its activities. More recently, we have also started being more active on social media, so you can find Kinjin on not only Twitter and Facebook, but also Instagram and LinkedIn!

Ryokou-jin:
Ever wanted to go to Japan with Kinjin? Ryokou-jin is here to help! Ryokou-jin is here to help  organizing our once every 2 years Japan-trip. It is the central organizing body for the Japan trip. We mainly inform people about upcoming trips and help people in planning their trip to Japan.

Senpai:
As true Senpai of the association, we advise the board in all sorts of manners, from legal discussions to providing personal support in difficult times. Senpai consists of many Senpai of Kinjin. All of our members have been board members of Kinjin before joining Senpai. There are representatives from boards from 2013 all the way up to 2021 in Senpai! The jin started after the Kitsune board in 2018 and has been growing ever since. Simply do a board year in Kinjin and you can join this exclusive and secretive jin.

Shigoto-jin:
Shigoto-jin is the construction and maintenance jin. We do maintenance for the Kinjin room. Our goal is to make Kinjin members better and more comfortable at making things and using (power)tools. To achieve this goal, we allow members to borrow the Kinjin tools for their own projects and offer help if needed.

Shinbun-jin:
The goal is the write the monthly Kinjin newsletter and other special issues. Members can either write, proofread, brainstorm, work on design, provide photos, or anything related to writing the Shinbun. Kinjin used to have a Shinbun back in the old days as well. At least 21 issues were written between 2007 and 2012. In 2018 the Kitsune board started the monthly mail, highlighting all activities of the upcoming month. An idea to expand the monthly mail led to the newly revived Shinbun of the Koi board.

Shoubu-jin:
Shoubu-jin organizes the popular Japanese board game evening every other week on Monday. During this evening Riichi Mahjong, Go, Shogi and Koi-koi are played. No experience is needed to join an activity, as we will gladly explain the rules.

Riichi Mahjong is an intense four player game and can only be described as a mix of Rummikub and Poker. At Kinjin Mahjong is by far the most popular board game. Go is a typical example of a game which is easy to learn but hard to master, where players place stones in turns to conquer the game board. Currently, Go has been rising in popularity this year. Shogi is a more complex form of chess as pieces can be revived after they have been captured. Koi-koi is a game played with Hanafuda cards, where the goal is to form special card combinations to accumulate points.

Tatakai-jin:
Tatakai-jin focusses on bringing traditional Japanese arcade fighting games to all members of Kinjin. We want to show that playing fighting games together can be just as fun as playing a party game. We generally do so by organizing an evening where we play fighting games once per month on Monday. During this evening all kinds of fighting games are played, from classics like Street Fighter and Guilty Gear, to the more niche titles like Divekick and Dong Dong Never Die. 

TCG-jin:
TCG-jin is a jin that organizes activities where we play Trading Card Games (TCGs). TCG-jin organizes a TCG evening once every four weeks on Thursday. You don’t need any experience or cards of your own to join our activities. There will always be decks you can borrow and someone happy to explain and teach you the rules of a game.

At Kinjin we always have decks ready for Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, Digimon, Cardfight Vanguard overDress, Weiß Schwarz and KeyForge. If you have another game you are interested in you can always bring it and you will likely find someone who would like to play it with you.

Tsukiai-jin
Tsukiai-jin is a jin that is all about having fun and being social with other members of Kinjin, in which members can have a drink, play some games and maybe even go out to Stratumseind. Activities may include going to the silent disco; hanging in the Kinjin room; go out together to play pool, darts, go bowling, lasergaming or something else and many other activities are possible upon request.

Uta-jin:
Karaoke is a popular form of entertainment in Japan in which amateur and professional singers alike sing along with songs using text that appears on screen. You can sing your favorite songs, in Japanese, English, Dutch or even other languages! The goal is to bring the Japanese karaoke experience to Kinjin.

Uta-jin organizes karaoke once every three weeks on Friday, which means we know how Performous (our karaoke software) works (or rather, how it doesn’t) and how to fix it when it inevitably breaks. We also make sure the database stays up-to-date with our sources, and (attempt to) maintain a list of broken/mistimed songs.

Washizu-jin:
Can’t get enough of Riichi Mahjong? Do you want to play at national tournaments outside of Kinjin as well? Then you can join the Dutch Mahjong Association (NMB in Dutch) by joining this jin! Kinjin has been a club of the NMB since 2020, which allows members of Kinjin to become members of the NMB. By joining the NMB you can participate in national tournaments.

You may wonder, what is up with the name? Washizu Iwao is the main villain of the Akagi manga. Their mahjong match lasted one night in the manga, however, the chapters describing this match took over 20 years to be made. Making this one of the most infamous battles in manga history. Battling the national champions of the Netherlands may give the feeling of battling Washizu.