Culture room

Practice Location

Japanese Studies Culture Room (AS8 #05-11)
Japanese Studies Department
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Do note our practice days and times as indicated in the section below. We are not open on other days unless otherwise stated, and we also share the room with NUS Nihon Buyo (Japanese traditional dance).

Practice Times

Wednesdays & Fridays 12:00 – 17:00 (Weekday practice may be suspended during exam weeks and occasionally during semester holidays, but the club is usually open on practice days unless otherwise stated.)

#Do note that there may be times where the room is closed for lunch. Usually there should be a notice indicating so, as well as the contact person.

Weekend practices 14:00 – 18:00 (Dates of the weekend practices are subject to the availability of the alumni and would updated in the Facebook page each month)

# There isn’t a need to be present for the entire session. The norm is for members to come and go as and when they need to leave for their lectures and tutorials. We would however advise against coming in when there is only an hour or less to closing time, as there would be very little time for you to practice and we would need some of that time to clean up and close the room for the day.

Dress Code

Casual, with Socks (preferably white)
Avoid jeans/pants with metal buttons/mini-skirts/short-shorts, dress comfortably.

Purpose of socks is to help protect our Tatami mats. Jeans and pants with metal buttons are abrasive and will damage our tatami mats.

Membership Tiers & Fees

Cat A: $12 per semester
[A1] NUS Student (JSS member)
[A2] NUS Sado Club alumni

Cat B: $15 per semester
[B] NUS Student (Non JSS member) * Please note that this includes both Yale-NUS students as well as students undertaking a Masters degree in NUS

Cat C: $20 per semester
[C] Students who are not from NUS

Cat D: $30 per practice session
[D] Individuals who are not students and do not fall under [A2]

#Semester refers to the NUS academic semester [], which will be the basis for membership fee payment for all members. Members are generally not required to make payment for any practices scheduled during special term if they have already paid for the previous semester.

*NTU/NIE students are highly encouraged to join NTU Sado Club, which is our sister club in NTU, although they are still welcome to join us if they so desire.

Interested individuals can refer to Sado Membership Fee list to determine their membership fee.

All members are treated equally across all categories, with the exception of Exco selection reserved for [A1] and [B1] members only for practical reasons. Fees are lower for Cat A and B due to membership discounts and NUS material fee subsidy.

Fees for new NUS student members/freshmen are due only on their third visit, and the first visit for every subsequent semester thereafter. For students who are not from NUS, fees are due on the second visit, and on the first visit for subsequent semesters thereafter.

For students of other universities, do take note that as we do not have any prior arrangements with your respective institutions, joining us is equivalent to picking up an external CCA (like in a community centre) and will not earn you any “CCA points” or other similar forms of acknowledgement for use in your institution.


Although we are a generally easy-going group, we would still expect members and their guests if any to observe basic decorum during our sessions.

– All members are expected to at least have interest in picking up tea ceremony skills, and not join simply use the culture room as a hangout venue.

– Socks are mandatory. Those who flout this rule will have to purchase a pair of plain white socks from us upon entry.

– Keep the ambient noise levels down (conversations etc) so as not to distract those practicing.

– Members may bring guest/s into the room for tea, but are to ensure that they bring along/wear a pair of socks. Bringing guests of more than 2 pax will require prior permission from us. Those who do so will be responsible for the behavior of their guests.

– We may from time to time have tea ceremony instructors (sensei/s) formally instructing us. All present are to ensure that at least a minimum level of respect is given during such occasions. Members are required to formally address and greet (goaisatsu) during such occasions.

– We reserve the rights to expel any person/s who harass our club members and/or behave inappropriately during our sessions and report such cases to the Department of Japanese Studies for disciplinary action.