History of BUJA
The Binghamton University Japanese Association (BUJA) was founded by Yumiko Yamamoto and Toshiko S. Furuta on October 19th, 1993. BUJA was the first Japanese organization chartered under the Asian Student Union (ASU) as a subgroup. The name “BUJA” is closely associated with the Kanji character 武者, which means “Samurai Spirit” or “Samurai Person,” and is pronouced “Bu-sha.” BUJA is an organization of much diversity. Because the number of Japanese students studying at SUNY Binghamton is limited, many of the members are non-Japanese. However, those members are eager to learn and spread the Japanese culture.
Binghamton University Japanese Association is a student-run organization created to promote Japanese culture and language to the students of SUNY Binghamton and the people of the Binghamton community, to stimulate closer affiliation between Japanese/Japanese Americans and those who are interested in Japanese culture, and to support international students that they may better adjust to American culture and maximize the value of their experience obtained in the United States