Tomodachi – Hinamatsuri Celebration at the Japanese Consulate

Hinamatsuri Celebration at the Japanese Consulate

On March 1, 2017, Consul General Yasushi Misawa and Mrs. Yoko Misawa graciously opened their doors to hold a Hinamatsuri Celebration in their official residence for JASH members and guests. Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) also known as Momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival) is traditionally celebrated on March 3 by the Japanese to wish for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. Households display elegant dolls called hina ningyo dressed in ancient court costumes of the Heian Period (794 – 1185).

Consul General and Mrs. Misawa welcome guests to the hinamatsuri celebration

Mrs. Misawa provided a brief background on the Hinamatsuri tradition and shared a joyful story of her own youthful experiences with those in attendance.  The guests also enjoyed a special dance performance, based on the art of Yamato gaku, uniquely interpreted into dance by Senka Segawa.  Yamato-gaku is a type of music played with a shamisen, which contains some elements of western music in a free style.  Senka choreographed and danced to the song “Fuji Murasaki.” Her dance started very quietly, like a still picture, then sprung to life; with light hand movements and steps, finishing with a flourish of wisteria flower.

Senka Segawa dances to “Fuji Murasaki”

Following the dance, guests were entertained by Bernice Hirai and Mary Yanagihara, both koto players, who shared their talent with the guests through three songs: Tanoshii Hinamatsuri, Sakura, and Hana Ikeda. To start the musical portion of the program off, guests enjoyed singing along to the popular Tanoshii Hinamatsuri song.

Thank you once again to Consul General and Mrs. Misawa for hosting this much-anticipated event. JASH would also like to thank our Tomodachi Committee members for providing additional refreshments for this event. Thank you Senka Segawa, Bernice Hirai and Mary Yanagihara for the wonderful performances.

Guests enjoy refreshments at the Japanese Consulate

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Bobby Moderow, Jr. shares his musical talents.

Special guests included Yoko Misawa, wife of the Honorable Yasushi Misawa, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu. Bobby Moderow, Jr., of Maunalua — the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning trio – began the festivities with his slack key guitar artistry and falsetto voice.

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(L-R) Mr. Seikichi “Chick” Takara, Mrs. Shirley Miyamoto, Mr. Herbert Kiyoto Yanamura

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, the Tomodachi Committee presented Sharing Memories of Pearl Harbor – Through the Eyes of Kamaʻaina Citizens, 75 Years Ago at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Stunning first-hand accounts surprised and enlightened event attendees, many of whom expressed hope that the younger generation will also delve into such personal stories to obtain a more thorough understanding of this momentous world event.

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Tomodachi – Let’s Talk Story with Mike Malaghan

 

Mike Malaghan discussing his book, Picture Bride

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Tomodachi Committee of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii held its annual “Let’s Talk Story” luncheon at Taormina Sicilian Cuisine in Waikiki. Over 20 JASH members and guests enjoyed a delicious 3-course lunch and a special presentation by Mike Malaghan, JASH Lifetime member, on his recently published novel, Picture Bride. Based on extensive research and personal interviews, attendees learned about the immigrant life of Japanese women in Hawaii prior to WWII.

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Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu Hosts JASH Tomodachi Hinamatsuri Celebration

Mrs. Yoko Misawa shares insightful descriptions of the hina ningyo.

At the beginning of March, Consul General Yasushi Misawa and Mrs. Yoko Misawa graciously opened their doors to hold a Hinamatsuri Celebration in their official residence for JASH members and guests.

Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) also known as Momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival) is traditionally celebrated on March 3 by the Japanese to wish for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. Households display elegant dolls called hina ningyo dressed in ancient court costumes of the Heian Period (794 – 1185).Read More

Waioli Tea Room Tomodachi Christmas Tea

JASH Lifetime Member Lillian Yajima and Tomodachi Chair Kazuko Love dance Hula to Charles Morton's guitar playing

JASH Lifetime Member Lillian Yajima and Tomodachi Chair Kazuko Love dance Hula to Charles Morton’s guitar playing

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Examples of Japanese kuchi-e artwork used in war-era novels

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Hinamatsuri Celebration at the Consulate General of Japan

Guests enjoy an opera performance by Rev. Takamasa Yamamura.

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A Festive Christmas Tea

Lillian Yajima, along with Tomodachi co-chair Kazuko Love, perform the "Mele Kalikimaka" hula

Lillian Yajima, along with Tomodachi co-chair Kazuko Love, perform the “Mele Kalikimaka” hula

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