2016 Junior Ambassadors on Hawaii News Now and KHON2

Junior Ambassadors at Hawaii News Now

Junior Ambassadors at Hawaii News Now

On Wednesday, June 29 and Friday, July 1, the JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs) made two separate appearances on local news stations. On June 29, the 2016 JAs made their debut on Hawaii News Now Sunrise. The segment kicked off with an interview between JASH President Lenny Yajima and Hawaii News Now Billy V. The two discussed the main aspects of the program and JASH’s role in the JA training process. Following the interview, the JAs shared their hula, E Ku’u Tutu, and later toured the studio with Billy V.Read More

JWC Team From Iolani School Visits Matsuyama City

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JASH Japan Wizards Competition winners from Iolani School visited the city of Matsuyama on June 10, 2016. The students met with Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC) staff Noriko Omori and EPIC interns Yu and Jake. Together they enjoyed authentic Japanese food and tea at Funaya restaurant. After lunch, they strolled through Dogo Hot Spring Shopping Mall and climbed Matsuyama Castle. Although the students’ stay was brief, they were able to enjoy every bit of what Ehime had to offer them.Read More

JASH Board Member Joichi Saito Receives Kunsho

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(L-R) Consul General Yasushi Misawa and Mr. Joichi Saito

Congratulations to JASH board member and Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation trustee, Mr. Joichi Saito, who received an imperial decoration from the Emperor of Japan at a ceremony at the Japanese Consulate on Monday, June 13, 2016, for his extensive work in fostering goodwill between the U.S. and Japan.

Export University Series: Japan

On Monday, June 6th, 2016, the Hawaii Pacific Export Council provided local businesses and interested persons with the opportunity to hear from experienced speakers about the realities of presenting local products and services to the Japanese market in their latest event, “2016 Export University Series: Japan – Connecting Local Business with Japanese Market Opportunities.” As a supporting partner, JASH assisted in making this seminar possible. Three members of the JASH Board of Directors, Mr. Tab Bowers, Mr. Steve Sombrero, and Mr. Sal Miwa, Chair, were joined by Mr. Jorma Winkler and Mr. Neil Arakaki, as panel speakers for this event.

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Mr. John Holman, Pacific Islands Director of U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service for the United States Department of Commerce, introduced each speaker to an audience of local community members interested in marketing in Japan.

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Junior Ambassadors Participate in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk

The six JASH Junior Ambassadors and the other delegates to the APCC along with families represented JASH this morning in the 2016 Visitor Industry Charity Walk. The walk started at Ala Moana beach park and continued for over five miles through Waikiki. The VICW raises money for various charities on the island of Oahu and JASH has participated for many years. Read More

2016 Junior Ambassador Team Bonding

April has been a very busy month for the JASH Junior Ambassadors! From April 30 – May 1, 2016, the JAs had an overnight stay at the YMCA’s Camp Erdman on the North Shore. Their time at camp served to strengthen their relationship as a delegation and to learn to bond as a team. The JAs participated in a Team Development Course run by the YMCA in which they had to solve complex puzzles and games that tested their communication skills and forced them to rely on each other. These activities allowed the JAs to learn more about the other members of their delegation and how they can support each other as a group.  Read More

TOMODACHI- Aloha Leadership Prepares for upcoming Tohoku Trip

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, delegates of the 2016 TOMODACHI-Aloha Leadership Program met at the JASH office to plan and prepare for their upcoming trip to Tohoku, Japan next month. The TOMODACHI Aloha Leadership Program (TALP) envisions creating generations of Japanese and Americans dedicated to perpetuating the important Japan-America relationship, bettering their communities, and empowering themselves to become global-minded leaders in their schools and organizations. Read More

JASH 26th Annual Friendship Golf Classic

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The grand prize trophy was awarded to Mr. John Hamakawa (R) and Mr. Miles Takahashi (L) by the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu Yasushi Misawa and JASH President Lenny Yajima.

The JASH 26th Annual Friendship Golf Classic was held on April 21st, 2016 at Hawaii Prince Golf Club in Ewa Beach. Mahalo to Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering for providing the delicious bentos for lunch and a special thank you to Atsushi and Mayumi Takebayashi from Move4Japan for providing the outstanding yakisoba! Shochu donated from Kai Vodka was used for the JASH-traditional sake kanpai at noon, followed by a taiko shotgun sendoff performance by Dragon Beat.

With the taiko drums in the background, 150 golfers descended upon the course. Throughout the 18 holes, golfers enjoyed beautiful sunny and breezy weather, participated in various contests such as the Hole-in-One and Closest to the Pin contests, and enjoyed snacks and refreshments such as frozen fruit bars at Special Hole and inari and maki sushi at the Cold Towel station. A great time was had by all! Read More

Junior Ambassadors Scavenger Hunt


On Saturday April 2, 2016, the JAs went on a field trip to Don Quijote Store in Honolulu to learn about and try a variety of Japanese foods. The six Junior Ambassadors (JAs) along with the APCC Hawaii Peace Ambassador Jocelyn Bonilla, chaperone Dori Kim, and JASH staff members Elizabeth Stanton-Barrera and David Nakanishi participated in a “scavenger hunt” activity to expose the JAs to some of the foods they may encounter during their time in Japan. Read More