2017 JASH Junior Ambassadors have been selected

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The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) is pleased to announce the selection of six Junior Ambassadors (JAs) to represent JASH and Hawaii at the 29th Annual Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan in summer 2017.

The APCC is a cultural exchange program that deepens participant’s appreciation for the cultures of other nations and regions, and promotes mutual understanding and friendship, nurtures international awareness in young people, and works towards world peace and co-existence. It is hoped that the JAs will build an international network of friends.

Following the competitive application process, the six Junior Ambassadors — three boys and three girls, all age 11 — will participate in a JASH-designed six-month preparation program for their July Japan experience.

In Fukuoka, the students will meet over 200 fellow Junior Ambassadors from 40 countries and cities in the Asia-Pacific region in a global youth camp. This will be followed by a home stay where they will live with a Japanese host family. It is our hope that our Ambassadors will mature into adults with a strong sense of social responsibility.

The 2017 Junior Ambassadors are:

  1. Yuuka Brown, Waikiki Elementary
  2. Sabina Funasaki, Noelani Elementary
  3. Ryan Handa, Kainalu Elementary
  4. Rielan Hung, Maryknoll School
  5. Taryn Kimura, Moanalua Elementary
  6. Kyler Shigemi, Aina Haina Elementary

If you wish to know more about the APCC program, please visit the JASH website, www.jashawaii.org/category/apcc, or contact David Nakanishi, APCC Program Coordinator, at (808) 524-4450 or via dnakanishi@jashawaii.org.

We thank you for your continuing support of JASH.

2016 Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka

JAs perform at the “We are the Bridge Festival 2016”

JAs perform at the “We are the Bridge Festival 2016”

JASH proudly sent six Junior Ambassadors (JAs) – all 11-year-old Hawaii students — to the 28th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan, on July 9, 2016.

Hosted by the Fukuoka City government, the APCC promotes international relationships among children so that they will become adults with a sense of social responsibility for the world. Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Fall 2016 Japan Day

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) held its bi-annual Japan Day, sponsored by JASH Board Director Jean Rolles, on October 27, 2016 at Pacific Beach Hotel.

The Japan Day program, now in its 24th year, is the Society’s longest running educational program that brings together – in a single location- numerous experts in traditional Japanese arts and culture to provide students with hand-on experiences to make their study of Japan come alive.  Nearly 150 students representing Damien Memorial School, Kapolei High School, Nanakuli High School, St. Joseph High School and University Laboratory School took part in the various cultural classes.

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JASH Japan Wizards Competition

Registration is NOW CLOSED for the JASH Japan Wizards Competition, which will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Kapiolani Community College.

WHAT IS JAPAN WIZARDS?
Japan Wizards Competition is a challenging, fun-filled academic team competition for Hawaii’s high school students that tests students’ general knowledge of Japan and Japan-related fields.  The competition is sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the mission of promoting understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States and Japan through the unique and special perspective of Hawaii.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?
Japan Wizards is a great opportunity for students to team up with friends and classmates, learn about Japan, compete with peers from other Hawaii schools, and have a chance to experience the Japanese society and culture first-hand!  The Japan-America Society of Hawaii will send four teams – the top scoring public school teams and the top scoring private school teams for Levels A and B – on a trip to Japan in the summer of 2017.  A fifth team will also be selected to win a trip to Japan if they are picked as the recipient of the Dr. Michael Leineweber trip award.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is NO CHARGE to participate in the Japan Wizards Competition, however a $100 penalty fee will be charged if the entire team drops out after February 1, 2017.  Schools will also be responsible to reimburse JASH for any direct expenses (such as airfare) incurred by the withdrawal.  Generous support for this Competition is provided by organizations such as Friends of Hawaii Charities, JTB Hawaii, and the Tateuchi Foundation.

WHAT ABOUT NEIGHBOR ISLAND PARTICIPANTS?
JASH hopes to have a limited number of round-trip tickets to and from Honolulu for the Competition (ground transportation not included).  Please indicate on the registration form whether your school needs airline tickets in order to participate in the competition, and complete all requested information on the registration form.

Please contact JASH directly at ebarrera@jashawaii.org or 808-524-4450 if you have any questions about the Japan Wizards Competition.

Click HERE for information on how to become a volunteer.

Five Teams Visit Japan This Summer through the JASH Japan Wizards Competition

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This summer, JASH gave five teams the opportunity to travel to Japan and experience first-hand the country and culture they had studied in preparation for the 2016 Japan Wizards Academic Team Competition (JWC) hosted by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH). The JWC in February gathered 28 high schools to compete in two categories, levels A and B, depending on Japanese language proficiency. The four winning teams of the JWC—Iolani School Levels A and B, Kauai High School Level B, and Leilehua High School Level A—received free trips to Japan for themselves and their advisors. In addition, this year, a generous donation from JASH Board Member and Educational Committee Chair Jean Rolles gave one additional team the chance to go to Japan: Island Pacific Academy Level A. This prize, named the Dr. Michael Leineweber Trip Award after Ms. Rolles’ fellow JASH Board member and friend who passed away in 2014, was awarded at random to one team from the top 20 scoring teams with over 100 points.  Thanks to Hawaiian Airlines, who sponsored the winning teams’ air fare to Japan, students and their advisors explored a variety of landmarks in Japan while traveling through the regions of Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Kansai, Chubu, Chugoku and Shikoku.

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Dr. Michael Leineweber Trip Award Recipients- Island Pacific Academy

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IPA Level A in shock after receiving the Dr. Michael Leineweber Trip Award!

This summer, JASH gave five teams from Iolani School, Kauai High School, Leilehua High School, and Island Pacific Academy (IPA) the opportunity to travel to Japan and experience first-hand the country and culture they had studied in preparation for the 2016 Japan Wizards Academic Team Competition (JWC) hosted by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH). The JWC in February gathered 28 high schools to compete in groups of three in two categories, levels A and B, depending on their Japanese language level. The four winning teams of the JWC—Iolani School Levels A and B, Kauai High School Level B, and Leilehua High School Level A—received free trips to Japan for themselves and their advisors.

In addition, this year, a generous donation from JASH Board Member and Educational Committee Chair Jean Rolles gave one additional team the chance to go to Japan: Island Pacific Academy Level A. This prize, named the Dr. Michael Leineweber Trip Award after Ms. Rolles’ fellow JASH Board member and friend who passed away in 2014, was awarded at random to one team from the top 20 scoring teams with over 100 points.

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JASH Continues to Foster Ehime-Hawaii Sister State Relationship

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Students learn how to play POGS at a JASH office visit on July 22, 2016.

On Friday, July 22, 2016, JASH welcomed fifteen students from two schools in the Ehime prefecture of Japan. As a sister state of Honolulu, Ehime maintains a strong connection to the islands; especially following the tragic Ehime Maru accident of 2001, the states are committed to working together to better relations between the people of both countries. During their visit, Uwajima Minami Secondary School and Matsuyama Higashi High School students played icebreaker games with JASH staff, interns, and volunteers, were introduced to JASH’s activities through a presentation by President Lenny Yajima, and were treated to delicious yakisoba made by Mr. Atsushi Takebayashi of Move4Japan.

Friday’s visit followed that of two groups of students from Uwajima and Okinawa in 2015 as part of the Society’s Sister School Relationship Program.

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2016 JASH Junior Ambassadors Depart for APCC

The APCC delegates arrive in Fukuoka

The APCC delegates arrive in Fukuoka

JAs land safely in Japan

Junior Ambassadors land safely in Japan

On July 9, 2016, the JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs), Peace Ambassador (PA) Jocelyn Bonilla, and chaperone Dori Kim departed for their two-week adventure in Japan to participate in the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC). When they arrived in Fukuoka, they received a warm welcome from APCC volunteers who helped them to their bus headed towards the Marine House Camp where they will stay for the next few days. At camp, the JAs will have the opportunity to meet the 226 other 11-year old students from 44 different countries and cities in the Asia-Pacific region. For more updates about the JAs’ trip to Japan, please visit our JASH Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JapanAmericaSocietyofHawaii/

JASH 2016 Junior Ambassadors visit Governor David Ige

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On July 8, 2016, JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs) met with Governor David Ige at the state capitol and discuss with him their upcoming trip to Fukuoka, Japan to participate in the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention. Governor Ige presented the JAs with state pins to take with them to Japan and tell people about the beauty of Hawaii. The JAs were then able to ask him questions about what it is like to be governor of Hawaii. The JAs leave for Japan on July 9, 2016. They are very excited to have met with the governor right before they depart and now leave with a better understanding of their roles as Junior Ambassadors of Hawaii.