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Member Highlight - Grace Bybell

Updated: Sep 5, 2022

How long have you been a member of JSB?

I have been a member since late 2019, but my very first event was in February 2019!

What drew you to the JSB?

The programs and functions that the JSB puts on have always been incredibly well-put together and professional. The types of events that they offered and those that were invited to speak and present made me want to join, and seeing so many individuals passionate about Japanese culture, language, and arts made me want to be a part of that community.

What about JSB makes it special from other groups within the Boston area?

The consistency and variety of programs offered by the JSB allows for many openings to start learning more. For example, between the cooking classes, the book club, the language school, and the other events that are offered, you can easily recommend a course to anybody because there is a lot to experience. Everyone is also incredibly welcoming and shares their experiences with one another to encourage further discussion.

Do you have a favorite event or program that you have participated in with JSB?

My favorite events are definitely the cooking events! I watch more Japanese cooking videos than I know what to do with, but when I get control of the kitchen, taking the live cooking classes pushes me to actually make the dishes along with everyone else. I have also gotten my father hooked on some dishes - tonkatsu and curry rice are now two of his most favorite things, and we both learned to enjoy tofu at the agedashi tofu course. We make them together when we get the chance, and I love spending that time together with him.

How would you describe yourself and what you’re passionate about?

I am certainly most passionate about cooking - I make my own bento and own several Japanese cooking utensils, ingredients, and tools. I own several translated or English cookbooks for Japanese foods. But, I also enjoy learning Japanese. I have always had difficulties learning languages, both in school and on my own, but I am still determined to learn it so I can discover new cookbooks, read more of my favorite detective novels, and be able to navigate and take in even more when my fiancé and I have the opportunity to go to Japan!

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