Nagaoka City Students Exchange Perspectives on Peace with University of Hawaii-Manoa Students

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, JASH coordinated a lunch between high school and university students from Nagaoka City, who were participating in the Nagaoka City Peace Exchange Program, and students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) at the East-West Center.  The Nagaoka students shared a presentation on what peace means in modern society and together, the students enjoyed exchanging their different ideas about peace.    

Students share their thoughts on peace over lunch.

Although their visit to Honolulu was short, the students had many opportunities to learn firsthand what they had studied in Nagaoka prior to coming to Hawaii.  Their itinerary included a visit to the various sites within the World War II Valor of the Pacific, participation in the Blackened Canteen ceremony, and presenting lei at Punchbowl Cemetery.  They also had a chance to meet with Consul General Ito, First Lady Dawn Ige and Ed Hawkins, Executive Director of Economic Development for the City and County of Honolulu.   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.    

Nagaoka students meet with University of Hawaii students at the EWC