Spilakvöld með Pétri | Game night with Pétur


Banzai has been invited to take part in the recording of the show Spilakvöld með Pétri (Game night with Pétur)on the 15th of October at 17:30 in Studíó 6, at Krókháls 6.

Pétur is a well known comedian in Iceland and many people’s favourite. The show is in Icelandic, even though you don’t speak Icelandic we think it’ll be a lot of fun. There will be free pizza and beer, and breaks in between shoots. The recording of the show is about 4 hours, estimated to be done at 22:30. Showing up in neat clothes is preferable. Here’s a preview of what goes on in the show:


It’s free for Banzai members and 500 ISK for non Banzai members. Strictly only for students in the Japanese Department and Japanese exchange students, no guests. Registration on facebook.

We’re taking the bus together from Háskólatorg. The Banzai Council will be there close to the main door from 15:30 to take payments from non banzai members, the bus leaves at 16:30 so don’t be late. You can of course drive there but you have to pay at Háskólatorg before, we will not accept any money once we have arrived.

We’re taking bus nr. 12 from Háskóli Íslands (the bus stop behind the main building) at 16:36 to Hlemmur. From Hlemmur we will take Bus nr. 5 at 16:48 to Rofabær/Hábær and walk the rest to our destination.  Link to route here.




Science Trip

The first science trip of the year will be next week, Friday October 2nd. It will be at GoMobile, Austurstræti 12, from 17-19 o´clock. Please note that registration is required!

The registration starts on Monday the 28th of September and ends on Thursday the 1st of October. You can sign up in class or send one of the council members a message on Facebook. If you register you have to let us know if you suddenly can’t come.

The trip is 1000 kr for non-Banzai members (free for Banzai members) and it will be in Icelandic. The Icelandic students can translate for you if you don’t understand, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Hoping most of you can make it!
-Banzai student council

Become a Banzai Member!

Hi everyone! Now you can register to be a Banzai member =)

You can pay with cash (there is an ATM in Háskólatorg) or transfer the money to account 0137-26-004620, id (kennitala) 681004-4240.

It costs 5000 kr.

When you can pay:
– We will be in the Humanities student room in Árnagarður tomorrow (1. September, ground floor to the right, where the bathrooms are, room 119) from 15-16 o´clock.
– During the orientation game after school on Thursday (3. September)
– During the party on Saturday (5. September at 20 o´clock at Ölsmiðjan, Lækjargata 10, costs 2000 kr in).
– Any time you see us roaming the halls.

The last day to pay is 11. September

来てください~ ^^
Banzai student council

Good to know

Hi everyone, here we have some information we thought would be good to know before school starts. This is mainly written for the freshmen starting out this fall.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on Genki I or Genki II, you can purchase them here, and here, straight from Japan, for less than half the price of the books in Bóksala (13.995-.). You will pay roughly 1000 kr in tax once the book arrives, so in total you are getting the book for around 5000 kr., that’s 9000 kr. you manage to save, and the book is in brand new condition. Several 2nd year students have purchased Genki II, online and so far it takes about 3 weeks on average for the book to arrive.

Hiragana and Katakana, learn them immediately. If you know them before you come to school, you’re going to be very happy you did! Just do it.

You can sign up for the university’s student card for free and you get so many discounts. You also have the option to buy an upgraded version of the student card, which gets you into buildings after hours. You get the student card through Ugla.

You don’t actually need your computer in any classes during the first semester. In some classes you are not allowed to use it at all with the exception of special projects. Why you wonder? Because you have to practice your handwriting.

It’s good to have all your syllabi printed out, they have all the essays, projects, and important dates written on them for the entire semester.

There are no actual lunch hours in school. You only have 10 minutes to stuff your face in-between classes.

God of websites, Jisho. You will use it, all the time. WaniKani. is also useful.

We also recommend Anki. It is a great flashcard based program for PC, IOS or Android, that is really useful for studying and memorizing new Kanji.

The Japanese movie class is fun for those interested in more traditional style movies. It’s very insightful regarding old traditions and the teacher loves director Kurosawa. The teacher doesn’t show much interest in anime, so don’t be fooled thinking you’re going to watch much of it. Bonus! The class has only one essay and no final exam, at least that was the case last year.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask any of us, there’s no such thing as a stupid question – fire away!