Why Ryoma Now? Sakamoto Ryoma Symposium

The Sakamoto Ryoma Symposium panelists

The Sakamoto Ryoma Symposium panelists

“Why Ryoma Now?” packed a full house at the Hawaii Convention Center’s ‘Emalani Theatre on Tuesday, October 11. Exactly seven months after the Great East Japan Earthquake, many people’s focus was on valuing human life which is exactly what the great Japanese historical figure and samurai, Sakamoto Ryoma strived for. While Ryoma was a great historical figure of the 19th Century leading to the opening of Japan to the world, the organizers of this symposium showed exactly how he is as relevant today with a masterful series of prose, song, and art performances by Ryoma’s direct descendants and supporters. Read More

JASH Visits Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan

JASH members and guests aboard USS Ronald Reagan

JASH members and guests aboard USS Ronald Reagan

On September 1st, members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and guests visited aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, while it was in Pearl Harbor. Thirty JASH members and their guests were given this rare opportunity to visit the most modern aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy. The visit to the USS Ronald Reagan was also significant in that the aircraft carrier supported Japan Disaster Relief efforts immediately following the tragic earthquake and tsunami, as a major participant in the U.S. Military’s Operation Tomodachi. Read More

East Meets West Let’s Talk Luncheon

Lillian Yajima shows off the eight sided origami box

JASH members and guests enjoyed the sixth annual Tomodachi “Let’s Talk” Luncheon at Le Guignol French Restaurant on August 30, 2011. This year’s special guest was long time JASH member Lillian Yajima who led a hands-on origami session after lunch.Read More

Japanese Economy after the Great Earthquake

Professor Motoshige Itoh

On August 29, JASH, along with East-West Center and Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, cosponsored a luncheon presentation at the Pacific Club by Professor Motoshige Itoh. Professor Itoh is the current President of the National Institute of Research Advancement, a Tokyo based Japanese think tank for economic research and policy recommendation; and former Dean of the Graduate School of Economics and Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo. He is also a well-known commentator for Japanese TV news and newspapers. Read More

2011 Japan Wizards Japan Trip Winners Explore Japan

JWC Aiea High School team with Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura and two University of Hawaii interns from EPIC

June proved to be a very eventful month for two winning teams from Aiea High School and Baldwin High School (Maui) as they explored Japan as reward for placing in the Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition (JWC) held in February. Part of the Japan trip prize included an all-day educational experience arranged by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH). On June 9, student team members Kelly Hamamura, Samantha Kinoshita, Christina Wine, and advisor Rory Sato from Baldwin High School (Level B 3rd place winners) were graciously hosted by the Kitakyushu Japan-America Society (Kitakyushu JAS) and the Japan-America Society of Fukuoka (JAS Fukuoka).  This is the first time for any JWC team to be hosted in Fukuoka prefecture on the island of Kyushu, thanks to Kitakyushu JAS and JAS Fukuoka! Besides riding the new Kyushu shinkansen (bullet train) and eating the authenticumegaemochi in Dazaifu, the highlight of the educational experience was visiting the TOTO Factory in Kokura city. Kelly Hamamura wrote in her trip essay, “We were able to learn about a part of Japan that not many foreigners take the time to notice and that is integrated into every part of Japan. The TOTO Factory was historically very informative, and learning about how toilets evolved over the years was very interesting.” Read More

APCC Delegation Returns Home

The APCC Delegates arrive in Honolulu

The APCC Delegates arrive in Honolulu

On July 25, the APCC delegates returned home to Honolulu after a ten day stay in Fukuoka, Japan where they took part in the 23rd Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, which was held from July 14 – 25, 2011. Hosted by the Fukuoka government, the APCC promotes international relationships between children so that they will become adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. Read More

Hawaii delegates depart for the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka

The APCC delegates meet with Governor Abercrombie before their departure

The APCC delegates meet with Governor Abercrombie before their departure

Parents and children were both anxious and excited as the six Hawaii Junior Ambassadors (Kailoa Akaka, Kevan Elias, Ian Shigezawa, Jocelyn Bonilla, Shyen Hirabayashi, and Betsy Wo) departed for the 23rd Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) in Fukuoka, Japan on Thursday, July 14. They were accompanied by chaperone Daniel Hwang, Peace Ambassadors Jacob Saiki and Kara Tsuzaki, and former Peace Ambassador and Bridge Club Hawaii (APCC alumni association) founder Colby Takeda. For most of the Junior Ambassadors (JAs) this is their first trip overseas. They will spend a total of ten days in Fukuoka — seven days with a host family and three days at camp with other 11-year olds from over 40 different countries. Read More

JASH sponsors luncheon with Deputy Chief of Mission James P. Zumwalt

Deputy Chief of Mission James P. Zumwalt responds to questions from the audience

On July 14, JASH sponsored a luncheon with visiting U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission James P. Zumwalt. Mr. Zumwalt was in Honolulu on a private visit and agreed to speak with members of JASH and the community about the U.S. government response to the March 11 earthquake in Japan. The event was co-sponsored with East-West Center, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, and the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce. About 80 attendees listened to James Zumwalt describe the U.S. response to the tragic March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and the consequences of damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. Read More

JAs Learn About Japanese Food

The Hawaii delegates and JASH staff get ready for their scavenger hunt at Shirokiya

The Hawaii delegates and JASH staff get ready for their scavenger hunt at Shirokiya

On Saturday, June 25, for their fifth workshop to prepare for the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention, the six Junior Ambassadors were joined by Peace Ambassador Kara Tsuzaki, Bridge Club Hawaii founder Colby Takeda, chaperones Daniel Hwang and Cheryl Parker, and JASH staff for a special workshop on “Tasting Japanese Food.” Read More

2011 APCC Peace Ambassadors Selected

Peace Ambassador Kara Tsuzaki

Peace Ambassador Jacob Saiki

JASH is pleased to announce that the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) office in Fukuoka Japan has selected two Peace Ambassadors this year to represent Hawaii at the 23rd annual APCC in Fukuoka in July. The two PAs are Jacob Saiki, an 11th grader at Hawaii Baptist Academy and Kara Tsuzaki, an 11th grader at Punahou School. Read More