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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Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Spring McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

Students try their hand at soroban

The Society held its bi-annual Japan Day program, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation, on March 10, 2016. The program, now in its 23rd year, is the Society’s longest running educational program. Over 100 students representing Farrington High School, Hanalani Schools, Hilo High School and Saint Louis School gathered together at Pacific Beach Hotel for a half-day of Japanese cultural activities. 35 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, origami, soroban (Japanese abacus), and “Life Skills and Personal Success: Attributes of a Global Citizen.” Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Fall 2015 McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

Students enjoy the taiko demonstration during the Opening Ceremony

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) was pleased to hold its bi-annual Japan Day, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation on October 29, 2015. The program, now in its 22nd year, is the Society’s longest running educational program. One hundred and seventy-six students representing Hui Malama Learning Center on Maui, James Campbell High School, Kamehameha School, and Mililani High School gathered together at Pacific Beach Hotel for a half-day program of Japanese cultural activities. Over 30 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, origami, soroban (Japanese abacus), and bontemae tea ceremony.Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Spring 2015 McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

2015JD3 The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) was pleased to hold its bi-annual Japan Day, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation on May 6, 2015. The program, now in its 22nd year, is the Society’s longest running educational program. 130 students representing Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Island Pacific Academy, Kailua High School and Mid-Pacific Institute gathered together at Toho No Hikari Hawaii for a half-day program full of Japanese cultural activities. Over 30 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, origami, soroban (Japanese abacus), and tea ceremony. Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Fall 2014 McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

Students learn the art of calligraphy

On September 16, 2014, 134 students representing Hawaii Baptist Academy, Saint Francis School, Waiakea High School, and Waipahu High School gathered at Hawaii Tokai International College for the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s (JASH) Fall 2014 Japan Day, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation. Over 30 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, calligraphy, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, origami, soroban (Japanese abacus), and tea ceremony. Members of the Taiko Center of the Pacific enlivened the atmosphere in the Auditorium with their taiko performance in the Welcome Ceremony. Students then proceeded to their cultural classes for this half-day program, which is now in its 21st year. Read More

JASH Holds Spring 2014 McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

Hawaii Shin Kobukai members teach the students how to bon dance

Ninety-two students representing Castle High School, Kapolei High School, and Maui Preparatory Academy gathered at Hawaii Tokai International College for the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s (JASH) Spring 2014 Japan Day on March 28, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation. Over 35 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, calligraphy, kimono/yukata wear, origami, soroban (Japanese abacus), and tea ceremony. Everyone was in for a treat as members of the Taiko Center of the Pacific led by taiko master Kenny Endo performed a few pieces. Students then proceeded to their cultural classes for this half-day program, which is now in its 21st year. Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Fall 2013 McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

Many beautiful crafts were made during crafts class!

Many beautiful crafts were made during crafts class!

One hundred thirty two students representing Maryknoll School, Maui High School, Roosevelt High School, and Saint Andrew’s Priory gathered at Hawaii Tokai International College for the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s (JASH) Fall 2013 Japan Day, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation. Over 40 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, calligraphy, crafts, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, soroban (Japanese abacus), and tea ceremony. Members of the Taiko Center of the Pacific energized the students by showcasing a few of their taiko pieces in the Welcome Ceremony. Students then proceeded to their cultural classes for this half-day program, which is now in its 20th year. Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Spring 2013 McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

Students learn how to put on their own yukata

April 3rd proved to be a very eventful day for 105 students representing Aiea High School, Farrington High School, Lahainaluna High School (Maui), and McKinley High School. These students participated in the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s (JASH) Spring 2013 Japan Day, sponsored by the McInerny Foundation and held at Hawaii Tokai International College. Over 40 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, calligraphy, traditional crafts, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, soroban (Japanese abacus), and tea ceremony. Master drummer Kenny Endo and four members of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble livened up the Welcome Ceremony with a flawless taiko performance and demonstration. Inspired and energized, the students proceeded to their cultural classes. Throughout the hallways and in the classrooms, students excitedly compared their cultural creations and class anecdotes, wishing the day would not end! Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Fall 2012 McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble provides a stellar taiko performance

Thanks to the generous support provided by the McInerny Foundation, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) held its Fall 2012 Japan Day on Wednesday, November 7 at Hawaii Tokai International College. A total of 132 students representing Kalani High School, King Kekaulike High School (Maui), La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls, and Lutheran High School of Hawaii gathered for an interactive experience with the Japanese culture. The day began with an inspirational taiko performance and demonstration in the Welcome Ceremony, led by master drummer Kenny Endo and seven members of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble. Senses awakened, the students proceeded to their cultural classes for the next few hours. Over 40 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, bonsai tree planting, calligraphy, traditional crafts, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, soroban (Japanese abacus), and tea ceremony. The students had a newfound appreciation for the arts as they compared craft creations and class stories with each other throughout the day. Read More

Japan-America Society of Hawaii Holds Spring 2012 McInerny Foundation’s Japan Day

Hawaii Bonsai Association volunteers teach students how to plant their own bonsai trees

Thanks to the generous support provided by the McInerny Foundation, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) held its Spring 2012 Japan Day on Wednesday, May 2 at Hawaii Tokai International College. A total of 133 students representing Hanalani Schools, Kaiser High School, Kamehameha Schools – Hawaii, and Punahou School gathered for an exceptional opportunity to experience the Japanese culture. The day began with a taiko performance and demonstration by the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble. Energized and inspired, the students spent the next few hours absorbing the Japanese culture. Over 40 volunteer experts presented cultural classes on bon dance, bonsai tree planting, calligraphy, traditional crafts, ikebana (flower arranging), kimono/yukata wear, soroban (Japanese abacus), and tea ceremony. Excitement filled the air as students beamed with pride while making their own cultural creations, coincidentally in time for Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) on May 5! Read More