On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 27 students from Nagaoka City and the University of Hawaii at Manoa met at the East West Center for a discussion on peace and its meaning to today’s generation. The 12 university and high school students from Japan were participants in Nagaoka City’s Peace Exchange Program. The 15 UHM students were enrolled in Gladys Nakahara Sensei’s Fourth-year Japanese for Advanced Speakers course. Over lunch, the students enjoyed the exchange of ideas about peace.
The Nagaoka City students visited Honolulu with a full 4-day itinerary that included visits to the USS Missouri, Pacific Aviation Museum, and Arizona Memorial, and attendance at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony on December 7. The students also paid their respects at the Ehime Maru Memorial and Punchbowl Cemetery. In addition to meeting with UHM students, they also visited the Kamehameha Schools.
JASH is pleased to partner with the Nagaoka International Exchange Association in helping to foster cross-cultural learning and understanding through the exchange of perspectives between younger generations of Japan and Hawaii.