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Japan-America Society of Hawaii
1600 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 204
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PAST EVENTS 2011

. : APCC Delegation Returns Home


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. The Hawaii delegates spent eight days with a Japanese host family in the city of Minami-ku and two days at a camp called Global Arena with 213 children from 42 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. They performed their hula, Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai, four times while on the trip - for their host families in Minami-ku city on July 17, at the APCC "Public Relations" Event in Fukuoka City on July 18, at Kashihara Elementary School on July 20 and at the "We Are the Bridge" cultural exchange festival at Global Arena on July 23. For the first time, JASH APCC Program Director, Elizabeth Stanton-Barrera was invited to attend a portion of the APCC as one of five liaison officers. Liaison officers from Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Fiji were also invited. She attended the camp at Global Arena on July 22 and 23 and gave a presentation to the chaperones and Peace Ambassadors about how Hawaii selects and trains its Junior Ambassadors each year.

When it was time to say goodbye to their new friends and host families, many tears were shed at the airport, but the delegates are looking forward to building on the relationship they started for many years to come.

After their return, the delegates and their parents met for one last workshop at the JASH office where they shared their experiences being a part of the APCC program this year. Everyone who attended the last workshop was pleased to hear about all that the children had learned while in Fukuoka. JASH would like to thank all of the families and friends who helped to prepare the delegation for their trip.

The APCC Delegates arrive in Honolulu.


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. : Hawaii delegates depart for the Asian-Pacific Children's Convention in Fukuoka


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.

On Tuesday, July 12, prior to their departure, the six JAs were given the opportunity to meet with Governor Neil Abercrombie in his Executive Chambers. For many of the JAs and their families this was the first time to meet the new governor. Governor Abercrombie offered friendly advice to the JAs on what it means to be an ambassador. He also emphasized to them the unique perspective of Hawaii where "diversity defines, not divides." The governor invited the JAs to meet again when they return from Japan.

The delegation will return to Honolulu on July 25.

The APCC delegates meet with Governor Abercrombie before their departure.


The Hawaii delegation ready for departure at Honolulu Airport.


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. : JAs Learn About Japanese Food


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." The JAs were divided into three groups and went on a scavenger hunt throughout Shirokiya at Ala Moana Shopping Center. Each group was in charge of purchasing designated Japanese food from Shirokiya—chicken karaage, taiyaki, and takoyaki. They also had to explore and discover other traditional Japanese foods such as hijiki, natto, and oden. After returning to the JASH office, each group shared their findings with the other groups. In addition to sampling the Japanese food, the JAs learned that they should always be honest with their host families regarding foods they like or dislike. Not being honest may encourage the host family to serve them a food item that they'd rather not eat on a daily basis. This activity was an excellent way for the Hawaii delegates to learn about some of the food they may be given in Japan.

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


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. : Junior Ambassadors learn about team building at Camp Erdman


During the weekend of April 30 - May 1, the six Junior Ambassadors accompanied by 2011 chaperone Daniel Hwang and 2012 chaperone Cheryl Parker, along with JASH staff Marsha Yokomichi and Kristi Mitchell took part in an overnight stay at Camp Erdman in Waialua. This annual outing helps the JAs bond with one another through outdoor activities and team building exercises. While at the camp, the JAs took part in a Team Development Course, had fun at the pool, played volleyball, saw a wild pig, ate s'mores while sharing stories around a campfire, and practiced their hula performance. For several of the JAs, this was their first overnight experience at a camp away from their families. The experience helped the group connect together so that they are ready to take their journey to Japan in July. The APCC delegates will leave Honolulu on July 14 and return from Fukuoka on July 25.

JAs Ian Shigezawa and Jocelyn Bonilla, Chaperone Daniel Hwang and PA Kara Tsuzaki help each other during the Team Development Course


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. : 2011 APCC Peace Ambassadors Selected


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.

Peace Ambassadors are former Junior Ambassadors who will share their Bridge Club Hawaii (APCC alumni association) activities with other Peace Ambassadors from around the world at the APCC Convention in Fukuoka in order to promote understanding and friendship and expand the network of worldwide Junior Ambassadors. Both Jacob and Kara originally participated as Junior Ambassadors with the APCC in 2005. Jacob currently serves as the Bridge Club Hawaii president. Kara is the Public Relations Coordinator in the Bridge Club Hawaii. Overall, 47 Peace Ambassadors were selected world-wide - only three were selected from the United States. Jacob and Kara will be joining six APCC Junior Ambassadors from Hawaii this July when they travel to Fukuoka for the annual global youth camp.

JASH selects and prepares the Junior Ambassadors through a series of monthly workshops and team building events. JASH also selects the adult chaperone.

(L) Peace Ambassador Jacob Saiki; (R)Peace Ambassador Kara Tsuzaki.


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. : 2011 APCC Junior Ambassadors Selected


In January, JASH selected six 11-year old students (three boys and three girls) from across the state to represent Hawaii as Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 23rd Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 15-27, 2011. Hosted by the Fukuoka based NPO by the same name, the APCC promotes international relationships between children with the goal of them becoming adults with a strong social responsibility for the world. A total of 222 children from 43 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year. The students will travel to Japan with a JASH volunteer chaperone, Daniel Hwang, as parents are not allowed to accompany the JAs.

After a long day of interviews and team-activities held at the JASH office, the final six JAs were selected: Jocelyn Bonilla (Holomua Elementary), Shyen Hirabayashi (Aina Haina Elementary), Betsy Wo (Punahou), Kevan Elias (Hanahau'oli School), Ian Shigezawa (Maryknoll), and Kailoa Akaka (Aina Haina Elementary).

When the JAs arrive in Fukuoka, the first day will be a Global Exchange Camp where all APCC delegates will have a chance to interact with each other. The next ten days will then be spent in a home-stay with Japanese host families.

The students will spend one Saturday each month from now until July preparing for their trip to Fukuoka. The workshops are designed to develop teamwork skills and build students' knowledge about Japan, Hawaii-Japan ties, cultural etiquette and the 42 other countries and cities that will be sending delegates to the Convention. The Hawaii delegation will also be performing a hula, taught by Shayna Kim, daughter of Makua Dori Kim, a Hawaiian studies teacher at Aina Haina Elementary.

The first workshop was held on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The 2011 Junior Ambassadors got to know each other and learned more about their responsibilities as a JA. The 2011 JAs and parents also had a chance to meet the 2010 delegates to hear about their experiences and perspectives from participating last year.

The following Saturday, on March 12, the six Junior Ambassadors and their families had the opportunity to get together again to learn more about Japan and the Pacific at the Honolulu Festival. What a unique opportunity for the kids to learn more about Japan while getting to know each other better!

2011 Asian-Pacific Children's Convention Junior Ambassadors and Chaperone Daniel Hwang.


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. : Tomodachi Christmas Tea


On Thursday, December 15, Tomodachi members and guests gathered together at the Waioli Tea Room in Manoa to celebrate the annual Christmas Tea. Guests were able to enjoy a selection of tea and refreshments in the Ginger VIP room while the snow-like Manoa mist fell outside. Once again, Charles K. "Uncle Charlie" Morton serenaded guests with Christmas songs on his guitar.

(L) Uncle Charlie serenades the group with a Christmas sing-a-long. (R) Guests each had five slips of paper which meant five chances to win the item of their choosing in "Lucky Me".


This year's gathering had a new twist on it that fit in perfectly with the spirit of gift giving during the holidays. Guests were ask to bring an item that they made or baked, or something they had around the house that was mottainai or poho (a waste, too good to throw away). Lillian Yajima used all of the items for her "Lucky Me" game-a spin on the "Lucky Number" game where you have a chance to choose which item you will win. Guests were able to place their name in a cup that corresponded to the item they desired. Once everyone's selections were complete, Lillian drew names making sure everyone went home a winner. When guests saw what they won in the end, they were able to exclaim, "Lucky Me!"

JASH would like to thank Tomodachi Planning Committee member Roberta Sullivan for planning and making the arrangements for this event as well as providing the cute Christmas favors. We would also like to thank Charles K. Morton for getting us into the Christmas spirit with his medleys. A special thanks to Lillian Yajima who organized the "Lucky Me" game.

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. : Rainbow for Japan Kids Project Receives Award from Japanese Consulate


As part of the festivities at this year's Emperor's birthday celebration on December 14, 2011, JASH was presented with a special certificate of commendation from the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu. The Consul General decided to recognize organizations in Hawaii that assisted with immediate disaster relief efforts following the tragic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident on March 11th in Japan's northeast region. The Rainbow for Japan Kids project, which JASH is a partner with JAL Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, and Studio Rim Hawaii, brings children from the affected regions of Japan to Hawaii for rest, recuperation, and physical/psychological relief. The other individuals and organizations honored were Aloha for Japan statewide fundraising campaign (represented by Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz), Aloha Initiative (represented by Mr. Keith Regan), and Mrs. Andy Walsh (wife of Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick Walsh).

The citation reads, 'Consul-General of Japan extends his deepest regards to Rainbow for Japan Kids represented by Mr. Ed Hawkins, in recognition of its distinguished service in contributing to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the U.S. and between Japan and Hawaii.'

Thank you to all the donors, supporters, and benefactors that make Rainbow for Japan Kids project a meaningful and vibrant program for assisting the victims in Japan and building new bridges of friendship. You share in this award.



Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo presenting the certificate of commendation to JASH President Ed Hawkins.


Please click here to view the Certificate. Please click here for the English translation.

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. : Halekulani Hosts JASH Christmas 5:01 and Silent Auction


This year, Mr. Yoshinori Maeda and staff of Halekulani Hotel welcomed JASH to its annual Christmas 5:01 and Silent Auction. The annual event is held to celebrate JASH's accomplishments through the year, share camaraderie with other members and guests, and raise funds for JASH's programs for the following year.

Over 200 JASH members and guests attended the event at the world famous five star resort hotel, bidding on hundreds of donated items-from fly/stay packages on neighbor islands to musical instruments (electric guitar, ukulele) and Japanese and local gifts and items.

JASH President Ed Hawkins welcomed the guests, thanking Mr. Maeda, Mr. Takashi Nakayama, Ms. Patricia Tam, and the entire Halekulani staff for generously hosting this event. This year, the event included college students from Nagaoka City who were visiting Hawaii to attend a JASH-sponsored workshop with UH students and to attend the Pearl Harbor memorial event on Dececember 7th.

JASH would like to thank the volunteers, as well as the many benefactors who donated items for the silent auction. The entire list will be included in our next JASH Newsletter, as well as listed on our website here.

Guests enjoy the cuisine prepared by Halekulani's master chefs while bidding on auction items.


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. : Remembering Pearl Harbor


(L) Panelist Betsy Fujii Young explains the internment camp experience. (R) Tomodachi Co-chair Shirley Miyamoto explains her Pearl Harbor day experience.


On Tuesday, November 29, Tomodachi presented "Remembering Pearl Harbor" at Natsunoya Tea House in honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Panelists who were living in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, shared their first hand experiences and experiences of relatives.

Guests enjoyed a special buffet lunch prepared by Natsunoya, in an upstairs room that holds a lot of history. In the months before World War II, a spy from the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu would watch ship movements in Pearl Harbor from this very room and send coded messages to Tokyo. The telescope belonging to Natsunoya that he used is no longer in the upstairs room, but can still be viewed downstairs inside the sushi bar.

Panelists recounted that during the war everyone had to carry around gas masks. Children were even fitted for these masks at school. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor many families slept together in their living rooms. A panelist also shared stories of internment camps. Another panelist gave this message: "my hope for the future is that the hysteria of the time that caused prejudice to the Japanese doesn't ever happen to another people."

JASH would like to thank all those who shared their experience. We would also like to thank Pearl Harbor Park Ranger Amanda Carona who was present at the lunch and shared information on events that will take place to observe the 70th anniversary. Finally, a big mahalo to Tomodachi co-chair Shirley Miyamoto who planned this event and brought memorabilia to display.

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. : Japan's Prime Minister Noda visits Ehime Maru Memorial


On November 12th, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda visited the Ehime Maru Memorial at Kakaako Waterfront Park. PM Noda was in Hawaii for the APEC Leaders' Meeting and took the opportunity to visit the Memorial. On hand were volunteers from local Kenjinkai who clean the memorial, including Fukuoka, Fukushima, Kumamoto, Yamaguchi, and Okinawa.

Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and Ehime Maru Memorial Association President Ed Hawkins greeted the Prime Minister and his entourage that included the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Japan's Ambassador to the U.S., and Japan's Consul General in Honolulu. Mr. Hawkins gave an overview of the Memorial and the various good-will programs put in place since that tragic event to promote friendship between the people of Hawaii and Ehime. Following the presentation of a flower wreath, PM Noda and his party observed a moment of silence in honor of those lost in the incident. Mr. Hawkins introduced the volunteers to PM Noda who thanked them for their services in maintaining the memorial and promoting friendly relations between Japan and the U.S. Mr. Hawkins called attention to three Japanese mandarin orange trees that were planted near the memorial to mark the 10th anniversary of the incident earlier this year when the bereaved family members gathered at Kakaako for a special memorial ceremony. This was the first visit of a sitting Japanese prime minister to the Ehime Maru Memorial.

L-R Clockwise: JASH and EMMA President Ed Hawkins greets PM Noda on arrival at Kakaako; PM Noda presents wreath; wreath in front of the memorial; PM Noda and party observe a moment of silence as volunteers stand by.


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. : JASH holds Annual Dinner honoring U.S. Military


On October 20th, The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) honored U.S. Pacific Command and all the military components that took part in "Operation Tomodachi," the U.S. military's response to the tragic earthquake and tsunami this past March 11 in northeast Japan, at its annual dinner with the JASH Bridge Award. The Bridge Award recognizes individuals or groups in the community who have worked hard to promote the important relationship between U.S. and Japan. This year, because of the tragic events in Japan, JASH decided to make the theme of the dinner "Friends in Need--Japan Disaster Relief," and recognized the U.S. military for Operation Tomodachi. Over 400 attended the gala event, including members of the military services. A video tribute was also played in their honor.

On hand to accept the award was the Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Lieutenant General Daniel Darnell, who was the keynote speaker for the evening. In his acceptance remarks, General Darnell complimented the teamwork of all the military services and men and women of Pacific Command, noting that the operation required the support of some 18,000 U.S. forces. General Darnell emphasized that the U.S. Forces worked in support of the Japan Self Defense Forces and used the opportunity to compliment Chief of Staff of Japan's Joint Staff General Ryoichi Oriki (who was present along with his wife Hideko) and all the members of Japan's Self Defense Forces for their "immense courage, resolve, self-sufficiency and poise" in executing disaster relief following the tragic events. General Darnell ended his comments by quoting U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, who spoke of Operation Tomodachi, saying "together we have served not only the defense of Japan, but the cause of peace and stability in the entire Asia-Pacific Region." General Darnell thanked the members of JASH and the community for this recognition, and pointed to the important role JASH plays in promoting and maintaining the important U.S.-Japan relationship.

Military components in Hawaii sent senior commanders or representatives to the event as follows: General Gary North, Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen, Commander, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific; Major General Darryll Wong, Hawaii State Adjutant General and Commander, Hawaii Air National Guard; Rear Admiral Charles Ray, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard District 14; Brigadier General Roger Mathews, Deputy Commanding General Hawaii Army National Guard; Captain Timothy Smith, Director, Joint Support Task Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Colonel Keith Tamashiro, Commander, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, U.S. Army Pacific. Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle delivered congratulatory remarks while Hawaii senior Senator Daniel Inouye sent a congratulatory message, along with Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, and Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz. It was a great evening to recognize the great men and women of our military who we are proud to have as members of our community.

(L-R, clockwise): Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle addresses the audience; Members of the Head Table (Front L-R: JASH Chair Sharon Weiner, Mrs. Hideko Oriki, General Ryoichi Oriki, Mayor Peter Carlisle, Mrs. Judy Carlisle; Back L-R: Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo, MC Lara Yamada, JASH President Ed Hawkins, Mrs. Etsuko Kamo, Mrs. Vickie Darnell, Lt. Gen. Daniel Darnell, Caoli Cano); General Darnell and representatives of the military services line the stage after receiving their awards; General Darnell addressing the crowd.


For more photos of the Annual Dinner please visit our Facebook album.

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. : Go For Da Record!


1000+ ukulele players gathered at the Waikiki Shell on Saturday, October 22 in an attempt to break the World Record for largest ukulele ensemble. While they fell about 500 people short of the record, they still set a new record for Hawaii. Jake Shimabukuro wrote the special song for the record attempt and kept the mood positive. A majority of the attendees were just happy to play along with Jake. Organizer Leo Daquioag of the Music for Life Foundation stated that the event was not only to break the record, but also to raise funds for his charity that supports children in Hawaii and to support the Rainbow for Japan Kids project led by JASH and its partners, so it was a success nonetheless. The organizers are already thinking of the next attempt, which will likely be called, "Go For Da Record Hana Hou!" JASH would like to thank the organizers and sponsors, especially Hawaiian Airlines who brought Miyagi's Bikki Organization representative Caoli Cano to this event to perform with Jake.

(Top left clockwise): JASH President Ed Hawkins with Guinness Adjudicator Kaoru Ishikawa; the crowd gathers for the record; Hawaiian Airlines was a major sponsor; Jake Shimabukuro with Miyagi Bikki Org's Caoli Cano


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. : Why Ryoma Now? Sakamoto Ryoma Symposium


"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.

Upon entering the theatre, guests were greeted by a magnificent hat display created by the artist Masako Yamamoto. The program began with opening remarks on behalf of JASH, followed by remarks from Yoshihiko Kamo, Consul General of Japan at Honolulu, and Kenshiro Mori, Director of the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum in Kochi. A presentation on the history of Ryoma and also a video of the recent Japan Earthquake followed. A panel discussion featuring Ms. Yukie Maeda, curator of the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum; Noboru Sakamoto, ninth generation descendant of the Sakamoto family; Minako Kouyama, a fifth generation descendant of the Katsu family; Junji Kitadai, a John Mung researcher; and high school essay contest entrants Sumire Oishi and Nenju Gibo followed. They highlighted how Ryoma was tired of the samurai class system and dreamed of fairness and equality for all. His descendants chose Hawaii and New York to hold this symposium to carry out Ryoma's dreams of wanting to see the U.S. and a democratic society. Today's Ryoma are the young hopefuls with great visions for the future, just like the high school panelists.

The Sakamoto Ryoma Symposium panelists.

Following intermission, the classic guitar duo Ichimujin livened up the atmosphere while Japanese Calligraphers Koushi Fujita and Tosao Takeuchi demonstrated their talents in the background. Japanese synthesizer player Naoki Nishimura also performed songs while the spectacular calligraphy display continued. Ichimujin and Mr. Nishimura both took the stage to bid guests farewell with the final song, "Ue o muite arukou" or "Sukiyaki" as it is commonly known. When the performance was over, guests were treated to being able to take home a calligraphy piece of their choosing.

Mr. Nishimura plays the synthesizer while Ms. Fujita and Mr. Takeuchi demonstrate Japanese calligraphy.

A special thanks to the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum in Kochi, Japan for bringing this Symposium to Hawaii. We would also like to thank the Nippon Foundation, Honolulu Foundation, and the Hawaii Convention Center staff for their support in organizing this event.

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. : JASH Visits Aircraft Carrier 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.

The Captain greeted the JASH visitors and provided a military briefing in the operations center on the aircraft carrier's capabilities and its role in Operation Tomodachi. Following the briefing, the guests were shown around the ship, to include the aircraft-laden main flight deck. The U.S. Navy allowed all the guests to take as many photos as desired, and each visitor was able to create an unforgettable record of the visit.

JASH would like to thank the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Pacific Fleet for arranging this unique visit. We also pass our special thanks to the many sailors who accommodated our visit. The visit to the USS Ronald Reagan is an example of how JASH promotes the important relationship with the local U.S. military community, as well as providing community leaders with the opportunity to learn about the U.S. military role in maintaining regional security and disaster relief and assistance.

JASH members and guests aboard USS Ronald Reagan


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. : 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.

Professor Itoh spoke on the topic of "Japanese Economy after the Great Earthquake," making the following points: Post-earthquake there was a great demand for reconstruction. The recovery speed of production facilities was quicker than expected, as if people were working 24 hours a day. Electric shortages called for a reform in the supply system. Professor Itoh responded to a question about decentralizing the control of electricity away from Tokyo that they should shift the resources, responding that he is not entirely optimistic about this trend since the past 50 years has shown success in centralization.

Professor Itoh proposed reforms are needed for Japan's future success such as increasing tax rates as Japan's tax burdens are considerably less than that of Europe. He added that Japan's social security and pension system will also need to be reformed, especially because Japan is an aging society with a lack of young workers. Professor Itoh summed up his presentation by declaring that the resilience and strength of Japan will persevere.

JASH would like to thank Professor Itoh for his presentation. We would also like to thank East-West Center for arranging this luncheon with Professor Itoh.

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. : East Meets West—Let's Talk Luncheon


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.

Tomodachi Co-chair Kazuko Love opened the session by showing off Japan's fascination with French things—French sayings on clothing, French sweets, and even the popular children's book characters Gaspard and Lisa. Attendees enjoyed an exquisite French menu prepared exclusively for us by Chef Ala of Le Guignol. The French influence inspired lively conversation regarding the two cultures.

Following lunch, "Lillian-sensei" demonstrated how to make an eight-sided origami box. She also showcased her book Kokoro and spoke of various ways she tries to spread Japanese culture. She recounted how during the WWII era the Japanese people had to burn their kimono and obi so many of them don't have it now. Recycling was also a focus of her talk, as she demonstrated how to turn old calendars and cards into reusable boxes.

JASH would like to thank Lillian Yajima for her candid stories about preserving Japanese culture and for teaching how to make an origami box. Thank you to Tomodachi Co-chair Kazuko Love for arranging the lunch at Le Guignol. Also, a very special merci to Chef Ala of Le Guignol for preparing our delicious French meal.

Lillian Yajima shows off the eight sided origami box.


Siegfried Ramler teaches the correct French pronunciation to a song about stars written on a shirt purchased in Japan.


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


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.

Mr. Zumwalt described the immediate actions taken by the U.S. Ambassador John Roos and staff at the U.S. Embassy, to include setting up a crisis response center for contacting and locating Americans in the affected region as well as responding to requests for information. Mr. Zumwalt's wife, Ann Kambara, accompanied Mr. Zumwalt and discussed her volunteer efforts at the U.S. Embassy's crisis response center as well as visits to the affected region.

Following his detailed presentation, Mr. Zumwalt fielded questions from the audience. Japan National Defense Academy's Colonel Yoshitomi Nozomu who was in Hawaii to conduct research on the U.S. government response asked how the U.S. response had been and whether it was difficult coordinating the response with the Japanese government. Mr. Zumwalt replied that U.S. was in a supporting role and that the Japanese government, to include its defense forces, was leading the response effort. Mr. Zumwalt compared the overall response to the U.S. response and confusion following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and cautioned those who might be tempted to judge the Japanese crisis in isolation.

Those interested in seeing Mr. Zumwalt's presentation can view it here.This presentation is 1.2MB so may take a while to download. You will need Adobe Reader to view.

(L):Deputy Chief of Mission James P. Zumwalt responds to questions from the audience; (R): Deputy Chief of Mission James Zumwalt with wife Ann Kambara and JASH President Ed Hawkins.


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. : Operation Tomodachi: Pacific Fleet Commander hosts JASH


June 10, 2011 was a special day for Directors and members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and other community leaders. At the invitation of Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Patrick Walsh, JASH and other community leaders from Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, and East West Center attended a military briefing by Admiral Walsh on his role as Joint Support Commander during Operation Tomodachi, the U.S. military's disaster relief operation in support of the Japan Self Defense Forces and the Japanese Government following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan on March 11. Admiral Walsh also covered the strategic situation in the Asia-Pacific region, putting the U.S. military response to the Japan disaster in perspective. Admiral Walsh then took questions from the attendees, and pointed to the importance of this great alliance between United States and Japan as underscored during Operation Tomodachi. Japanese Consulate staff as well as Japanese Self Defense Force Liaison Officers also attended.

JASH Directors, members, CPASF Trustees, East West Center reps, and other community leaders with Admiral Walsh at his headquarters.


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. : Tomodachi Committee Battleship Missouri Memorial Special Tour


On Tuesday, June 21, members of the Tomodachi Committee enjoyed an exclusive 45 minute long tour onboard the USS Missouri. Attendees had the rare opportunity to see areas not available on regular public tours, such as inside the front gun turret. Even members who had previously been on the ship were impressed by the special tour. The highlight of the afternoon was tea and refreshments in the Captain's Cabin. The Captain's Cabin is where the ship captain's quarters are, and where he would entertain distinguished guests. VIP guests such as President Harry Truman and President George W. Bush have frequented the Captain's Cabin. This portion of the ship is normally locked and off limits during regular tours.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Tomodachi Co-chair Hiroko Dewitz for arranging this special tour onboard the Battleship Missouri and selecting the afternoon tea menu. We would also like to extend a big Mahalo to the staff at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, especially USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc. Special Events Manager Jackie McCormick, who arranged our event and also arranged for us to have two tour guides. Thank you to our very informative and witty tour guides Masaji, who led our Japanese speaking group, and George, who led our English speaking group. Also a special thanks to Gourmet Events Hawaii for catering the afternoon tea event.

The USS Missouri boasts nine 16" guns each with an accurate shooting range of 23 miles.


Tomodachi members and guests enjoy afternoon tea and conversation in the Captain's Cabin onboard the USS Missouri.


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. : JASH & Sister Society JAS Miyakonojo Participate in Waikiki Beach Cleanup


On Saturday, June 11, 2011, about 95 JASH members and friends participated in this year's Waikiki Ohana Workforce Beach Cleanup. The participants met bright and early at the famous Duke Kahanamoku Statue at Kuhio Beach Park where they enjoyed a breakfast and briefing by the Waikiki Ohaha Workforce director Rich Egged before boarding a shuttle to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa for the start of the cleanup. For the 15th consecutive year, participants included JAS Miyakonojo President Dr. Toshisuke Matsuura President and its members. They were joined by this year's Asian Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors and the APCC Bridge Club members who participated as a community service activity. Also joining was a member of the Akita Japan-America Society Hiroko Sekiguchi and her family who were vacationing in Honolulu. The staff of Sendai's I-Lion School in Honolulu also assisted. The previous evening, the Miyakonojo and Akita JAS guests were hosted at a Hawaii 5:01 event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

JASH would like to thank all of the beach cleanup participants for generously dedicating their time. JASH would like to especially thank Dr. Matsuura and the members of JAS Miyakonojo for 15 years of joint community service and supporting JASH's mission of "promoting understanding and friendships between the peoples of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii."

JASH President Ed Hawkins (second from right) with JAS Miyakonojo members and friends.


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. : Hilton Hawaiian Village Hosts its 15th Consecutive 5:01


On Friday, June 10, about 130 JASH members and guests enjoyed food and conversation with Hawaiian music playing in the background. Guests included members of JAS Miyakonojo led by President Dr. Toshisuke Matsuura, who made their 15th annual appearance, as well as Akita JAS member Hiroko Sekiguchi and family. Attendees had the opportunity to reconnect with old acquaintances and meet new friends.

This annual event also introduces the year's Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Junior Ambassadors (JA) to the membership. The six JAs will travel to Fukuoka, Japan next month to participate in the APCC. While at the APCC, the JAs will perform a Hawaiian chant and hula which they debuted at the 5:01.

The Hawaii 5:01 Program is a networking program presented exclusively for the Society's Corporate, Board, Lifetime and Senior Advisory Council members. The 5:01 provides an informal setting to meet new friends, renew acquaintances, and introduce potential members to the Society.

JASH would like to send a big mahalo to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa for hosting another successful 5:01 reception and for their continued support.

JAS Miyakonojo President Dr. Toshisuke Matsuura greets guests.


Guests enjoy meeting new acquaintances and renewing friendships.


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. : 21st Annual Friendship Golf Classic


On Wednesday, April 27, JASH held its 21st Annual Friendship Golf Classic at Pearl Country Club. Funds raised from the tournament support the Society's many programs including educational programs for Hawaii's youth.

The first place team of Ernie Tsuhako and Kent Sato with a net score of 63 received the perpetual trophy presented by Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo who also participated in the tournament.

JASH would like to send a big mahalo to Tournament Sponsor First Insurance Company of Hawaii and all the other major sponsors. Mahalo to all the businesses for generously donating prizes for the tournament. JASH would also like to thank the 36 volunteers who made this event possible

Clockwise from top left: JASH President Ed Hawkins, Kent Sato, Ernie Tsuhako and Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo; First Insurance Company of Hawaii Titanium sponsor team; Matson Navigation Lunch sponsor team; Participants attempt the Putting Contest.


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. : The 2011 APCC Mission Project in Hawaii


Fifteen Japanese students and three chaperones from Fukuoka arrived in Honolulu to stay with host families as part of the Asian Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) Mission Project program from March 25 - 30, 2011. Each summer, the APCC generously sponsors Hawaii's Junior Ambassadors (JAs) for a global youth camp and home stay with host families in Fukuoka. This is the third time JASH has hosted a return Mission Project of Fukuoka students to Hawaii. In addition to Hawaii, other Mission Project program delegates were sent to Singapore, Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia and Maldives.

Established in 1994, the goal of the Mission Project is to enhance the Japanese children's understanding of their Asian-Pacific neighbors by learning about their lifestyles, culture and customs through first-hand experiences. The students ages 10-17 stayed with host families selected by JASH and were able to experience local culture, food, excursions to the beach and sightseeing, and many other enjoyable activities. One of the highlights of the visit for many of the Japanese students was the opportunity for them to attend school with their American host brother or sister. JASH would like to extend a warm Mahalo to all of the principals of hosting schools for opening their doors and classrooms and welcoming the Japanese students.

When the delegates arrived on March 25, JASH sponsored a Welcome Ceremony at the Honolulu International Airport Conference Center, which was joined by Japanese Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo who gave welcoming remarks. JASH also hosted an Appreciation Luncheon for the host families and students at the Newtown Recreation Center on March 27. In addition to the host families, about 40 members of Bridge Club Hawaii (APCC Alumni Association) and the 2011 JAs were in attendance.

The visiting students from Fukuoka received once in a lifetime experiences because of the generosity and warm Aloha of the host families. The program would not have been possible without them, and both JASH and the visiting students owe them a debt of gratitude. JASH would also like to extend its appreciation to the following schools for allowing the Mission Project students to attend school for one or two days: Aina Haina School, HanaHau'oli School, Hanalani Schools, Holomua Elementary School, Hongwanji Mission School, Iolani School, Kaiser High School, Moanalua Elementary, Moanalua Middle School, Momilani Elementary School, Punahou School, Sacred Hearts Academy, Saint Theresa Catholic School, and Waldorf School. JASH staff says ‘Aloha' to the APCC delegates before they depart for Fukuoka, Japan.

JASH staff says ‘Aloha' to the APCC delegates before they depart for Fukuoka, Japan.


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. : DFS Hosts Hawaii 5:01


JASH Corporate members and guests gathered in the 3rd floor Luxury Room of the DFS Galleria Waikiki on Thursday, April 14 for a Hawaii 5:01 hosted by DFS Hawaii.

JASH Chair and DFS Group Vice President Ms. Sharon Weiner welcomed attendees to the Galleria and thanked all for their continuous support of the Soceity. Attendees were then treated to delicious pupus and drink provided by Kahala Caterers while enjoying traditional Japanese music performed by Ms. Yumiko Uyeno and Ms. Ayako Riggs on koto and Mr. Stanley Kawaguchi on shakuhachi. Later, three lucky individuals were recipients of a $50 DFS gift card, courtesy of a DFS Hawaii prize drawing.

Attendees also took the opportunity to shop around the Galleria and discover the wide range of retail items available tax-free on the 1st and 2nd floors. The 3rd floor Luxury Room is designated for Duty Free shopping where an international boarding pass is required for purchases.

JASH would like to send a big mahalo to Ms. Sharon Weiner and DFS Hawaii for generously hosting this Hawaii 5:01 event. Mahalo also to Ms. Yumiko Uyeno and Ms. Ayako Riggs for their beautiful koto performance, and Mr. Stanley Kawaguchi for his wonderful shakuhachi performance.

Hawaii 5:01 Programs are presented exclusively for Corporate, Board, Lifetime, and Senior Advisory Council members. The 5:01 provides an informal setting to meet new friends, renew acquaintances, and introduce potential members to the Society.

JASH Chair and DFS Group Vice President, second from left, congratulates prize drawing winners Darryl Toma, Kana Aikawa and David Asanuma.


L-R, Yumiko Uyeno and Ayako Riggs perform traditional koto music.


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. : Tenth Anniversary of Ehime Maru Accident Remembered


On February 9, 2011, over 200 people gathered at Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu to mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic accident in 2001 that resulted in the loss of nine crewmembers, including four students, aboard the Uwajima Fishery High School training ship Ehime Maru.

Seven of the nine bereaved families led a delegation of about 60 visitors from Ehime Prefecture and Uwajima City, the home port of the Ehime Maru. In attendance were the new Governor of Ehime Prefecture, Honorable Tokihiro Nakamura, Uwajima City Mayor Hirohisa Ishibashi, Uwajima Fishery High School Principal Kanji Nogami, and officials from Ehime Prefecture Government office and the Board of Education. Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie led a list of local dignitaries to include the City and County of Honolulu Managing Director Douglas Chin who read a message from Mayor Peter Carlisle. Flower wreaths were presented by each of the dignitaries, led by Japanese Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo representing the Government of Japan and Rear Admiral Kathleen Gregory representing the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Precisely at 1:43 p.m. (the time of the accident), the gathered paused for a moment of silence while the names of the nine lost crew were read followed by the chiming of a bell. Ehime Governor Nakamura, Uwajima City Mayor Ishibashi, and City and County of Honolulu Managing Director Chin addressed the crowd, promising never to forget the incident that cost so many lives and to constantly work for the comfort of the bereaved, as well as for establishing and promoting good will between the people of Ehime and Hawaii. The bereaved families led the gathered crowd in presenting flower lei and offerings to the lost. White carnations had been prepared for all the attendees to give as an offering.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mr. Tatsuyoshi Mizuguchi, representing the bereaved families, addressed the crowd, commenting on how the memorial at Kaka‘ako is always clean and well maintained, and flowers are presented by many people. . . "this allows the spirits of the nine to remain here without being lonely." Mr. Mizuguchi thanked the various volunteer groups who clean and maintain the memorial.

Following the ceremony, dignitaries and bereaved family members planted three mikan (mandarin orange) trees near the memorial. The trees, which originated from Japan, were planted to symbolize the friendship that has developed between the people of Hawaii and the people of Ehime through various goodwill programs such as the Ehime Hawaii Goodwill Youth Baseball Exchange, sister school relationship between Uwajima Minami Junior High School and Kawananakoa Middle School, and an annual summer internship at Ehime Prefectural International Center for University of Hawaii students. On the same day, mikan trees were also planted in Uwajima City at the site of its memorial.



Those gathered observe a moment of silence for the departed (front row, L-R): Rear Admiral Kathleen Gregory; Managing Director Douglas Chin; Mrs. Etsuko Kamo; Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo; Governor Neil Abercrombie; Governor Tokihiro Nakamura; Mayor Hirohisa Ishibashi; Prefectural Assemblyman Yasuhito Takayama; Ehime Board of Education Director Junichi Fukumoto; Principal Kanji Nogami.


Bereaved family members offer lei at the memorial.


JASH and EMMA President Ed Hawkins leads the dignitaries in the tree planting ceremony (L-R): Kawananakoa Middle School Principal Sandra Ishihara-Shibata; Uwajima City Mayor Hirohisa Ishibashi; Hawaii State Representative Ken Ito (Ehime-Hawaii Baseball); Uwajima Fishery High School Principal Kanji Nogami.


The following evening, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH), acting as the Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA), hosted a dinner reception for the bereaved families and various local volunteer groups at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. A video tribute by ukulele virtuoso and friend Jake Shimabukuro was presented to the bereaved families, along with letters from the Honolulu City Council and the Governor of the State of Hawaii. JASH and EMMA plans and execute these memorial events each year, assists the bereaved family members when they visit Hawaii, and promotes Ehime-Hawaii ties by establishing goodwill programs listed above.

The ceremony program, speeches, official documents, and photos can be found on the Society's Facebook page.

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. : Professor Takeo Iguchi talks about "Demystifying Pearl Harbor"


Together with co-sponsors East-West Center, Pacific Aviation Museum, and Pacific Historic Parks, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) welcomed Professor Takeo Iguchi, Professor Emeritus of Shobi Gakuen University in Japan, to speak on the subject "Japan's Road to Pearl Harbor." Professor Iguchi, former Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, and New Zealand, is the son of a Japanese diplomat stationed in Washington, D.C. when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Consequently, he has unique insight into the way diplomatic cables between Tokyo and its Embassy in Washington were handled.

According to Professor Iguchi's research, diplomatic cables were heavily influenced by the Japanese Army in its attempt to maintain secrecy of its preparations for military movements into Southeast Asia at the start of hostilities against the U.S. and its allies. Professor Iguchi maintains that the Japanese Army thwarted a declaration of war before the onset of hostilities in an attempt to insure its success. Professor Iguchi also took time to debunk theories on how the U.S. may have known about Japanese actions but purposely did not take action in order to label Japan as aggressor. These points are included in his book, "Demystifying Pearl Harbor."

JASH would like to thank Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo of the Japanese Consulate at Honolulu for arranging Professor Iguchi's talk to JASH members, co-sponsoring organizations, and members of the community.

Professor Iguchi (R) discusses the subject of his talk with co-sponsors (Jeff White, East-West Center; Ken DeHoff, Pacific Aviation Museum, Karen Knudsen, East-West Center


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. : JASH Members Experience U.S. Airpower


The weather was great on March 15th. On that day, eight members of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii got a wonderful treat—experience an aerial refueling mission of the newest front-line combat aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory, the F-22 Raptor.

The flight was arranged courtesy of The Hawaii Air National Guard who flies and maintains the F-22. March 15th was a routine training mission, including an aerial refueling. The JASH members boarded the KC-135 tanker aircraft at Hickam Air Force Base and proceeded out over the ocean surrounding Oahu. Each JASH member was able to see the F-22 approach the tanker aircraft, hook up to its refueling boom, and take on a load of jet fuel.

The Hawaii Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force provide these demonstration flights for the civilian public to show the capabilities of its equipment and the training and dedication of its people. On this day, JASH members got a rare opportunity to experience both. A special thanks to HIANG's Jim Townsend who arranged the flight and to the men and women of The HIANG who hosted the training mission.

JASH members prepare for the flight aboard the KC-135 tanker aircraft.


The F-22 Raptor hooks up to the KC-135 refueling aircraft.


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. : Tomodachi Committee Celebrates Hinamatsuri


On Tuesday, March 1, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo graciously opened their residence to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii's Tomodachi Committee for the annual Hinamatsuri program in celebration of Girl's Day. Traditionally held on March 3rd, hinamatsuri is marked by families praying for the good health, happiness and prosperity for their girls. Upon entrance into the residence, guests enjoyed a beautiful 7-tiered hinaningyo display, a traditional Girl's Day doll display. Guests were also treated to a brilliant musical performance by Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Randall and Gay Hongo, along with hula performances by the Hongos' friends Ethel Kubo and Shinko Ishikawa. Randall and Gay entertained guests with their lovely renditions of both Hawaiian and traditional Japanese songs. Tomodachi members joined in on the Hina Matsuri song, "Ureshii Hinamatsuri (Happy Hinamatsuri)". After the performance, Consul General & Mrs. Kamo invited guests to partake in special hinamatsuri refreshments prepared by their personal chef. Tomodachi Committee members also generously donated delicious items such as mochi and bara-zushi. The Japan-America Society of Hawaii and the Tomodachi Committee would like to send a big mahalo to Consul General and Mrs. Kamo for hosting this special event. We would also like to thank Randall and Gay Hongo for providing a memorable musical experience, and their friends Ethel and Shinko for a beautiful hula performance. Thank you also to the Tomodachi Committee members who generously donated refreshments and to Tomodachi Co-Chair Mrs. Kazuko Love for chairing this event.

Randy and Gay Hongo sing a duet while Ethel Kubo and Shinko Ishikawa dance the hula. .


(L-R) JASH President Ed Hawkins, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo, JASH Chair Sharon Weiner, and Mrs. Etsuko Kamo pose in front of the hinaningyo display.


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. : Wally Yonamine, Baseball Trailblazer




Hawaii and Maui born Wally Yonamine, a trailblazer in bringing American "hardball" style baseball to Japan, passed away at the age of 85. A sports standout, Wally was the first Asian American to play football in the NFL and the first American to play professional baseball in Japan after World War II. Though he had many accomplishments both in the United States in Japan, Wally was most noted for bringing his hard-hitting, aggressive, American style of baseball play to Japan, thereby transforming how baseball was played there. Wally faced discrimination both at home and abroad because of his background, but overcame all to become a highly respected player and coach. Later, his charitable work and willingness to teach the younger generation about setting high standards and pursuing personal goals won high accolades from both communities.

Wally participated in several Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) sponsored events, to include a symposium on U.S.-Japan baseball during the 2007 Honolulu Festival where he recounted the discrimination he encountered in his quest to enter the Japanese baseball league, and the subsequent accolades he rightly earned after he established himself as a no-nonsense, outstanding player. He eventually was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. In the summer of 2009, Wally was the featured guest speaker at the Tomodachi Committee Let's Talk Luncheon. Attendees appreciated the intimate setting, and still talk about this program today.

JASH also maintains contact with his wife Jane, who with Wally operated a pearl shop in Tokyo. Jane was the guest speaker in the Tomodachi Committee Let's Talk Luncheon in 2008 where she related Wally's exploits and her experiences at his side.

All of the JASH family sends our condolences to the Yonamine family. Wally, a trailblazer in bringing his style of "hardball" baseball to Japan, was a true ambassador of good will between United States and Japan, and especially between the people of Hawaii and the people of Japan. We honor him and his legacy.

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. : JASH Holds Annual New Year Reception


The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) held its annual New Year Reception again at historic Washington Place on Thursday, Januaryy 27th. New Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie opened the official Governor's quarters to JASH and its guests for an evening of celebration and camaraderie. Over 200 Society members and guests attended this gala event that's intended to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year and dedicate the Society to the tasks ahead. It was also an opportunity for new JASH Chair and Group Vice President of DFS Group Sharon Weiner to introduce herself and welcome the guests.

JASH also welcomed the Mayor of Nagaoka City Honorable Tamio Mori who was visiting Hawaii to meet with Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. Mayor Mori was in Honolulu to coordinate final planning for a fireworks display Nagaoka City is bringing to the Honolulu Festival in March as a gift of peace and friendship to the people of Hawaii. JASH is assisting Nagaoka's efforts to further ties with the City and County of Honolulu.

This year's event was again sponsored by long-time JASH benefactor Stanford Carr of Stanford Carr Development. JASH members and guests enjoyed making new acquaintances and talking story while enjoying delectable Japanese dishes crafted by Mr. Shuji Abe's Takumi Catering. This year, the Kokusai Sake Kai provided a special high quality sake tasting booth for the benefit of our Society. Reverend Irene Matsumoto of Palolo Kwannon Temple delivered the blessing. A traditional kagamiwari sake cask breaking ceremony was held. Led by host Stanford Carr and JASH Chair Sharon Weiner, military guests Major General Jan-Marc Jouas of Pacific Air Forces and Rear Admiral Charles Ray of the 14th Coast Guard District, Consul General of Japan in Honolulu Yoshihiko Kamo along with special guest Mayor Mori participated. Later the guests enjoyed the performance of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, under the direction of sensei Akemi Martin. The taiko/dance group combines traditional music and dance with taiko and martial arts that Okinawa is known for. The Azami String Quartet provided the evening's music.

Clockwise from top left: Guests enjoy food prepared by Takumi Catering; Rear Admiral Charley Ray, Major General Jan-Marc Jouas, JASH Chair Sharon Weiner, Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo, Nagaoka Mayor Tamio Mori execute the kagamiwari ceremony; JASH Chair Sharon Weiner with Nagaoka Mayor Mori, his staff, and JTB Hawaii reps Mr. Keiichi Tsujino and Mr. David Asanuma; Ryukyukoku Matsuri Taiko performs. Photos courtesy of Ray Yamamoto.


JASH would like to thank Stanford Carr and Stanford Carr Development for being the event sponsor, The Cherry Company for donating the sake and equipment for the kagamiwari, and Paradise Beverages for donating the wine and drinks. A special thanks goes to JASH Director Dr. Michael Leineweber and his Kokusai Sake Kai for providing a classy and thoroughly enjoyable sake tasting experience for our guests.

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. : JASH Cosponsors Public Seminar "Japan Matters for America"


In cooperation with the East-West Center, JASH sponsored a public seminar led by the Director of the East-West Center in Washington, Dr. Satu Limaye. Dr. Limaye was in Honolulu to discuss the findings from the on-going research project he oversees, which is a comprehensive effort to demonstrate and track Japan's importance to the U.S. and the United States' importance to Japan. The project is produced in collaboration with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation with additional data and analysis provided by the Japan Center for International Exchange. Dr. Limaye previously served as director of research at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies and was a Luce Scholar and head of South Asia programs at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. He has also written and edited numerous books and studies, including US, Australia and Japan and the New Security Triangle and Japan in a Dynamic Asia, among others.



Dr. Limaye introduced the audience to its "Japan Matters for America" website filled with data on how the U.S.-Japan relationship impacts all aspects of daily life in each of the 50 U.S. states, and provided pamphlets to the attendees which capture this data. Dr. Limaye then shared his perspectives on the current and future U.S.-Japan relationship, the dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region, and the future of this project, taking questions from the audience. For more information regarding this project, go to JapanMattersforAmerica.org.

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. : JASH Visits Japanese Submarine


Members of JASH were hosted by Commander Mitsutake Chihara, captain of the Japanese submarine Uzushio on 13 and 14 February. The Uzushio was in Pearl Harbor for annual training between the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force and the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

On board, Commander Chihara provided a personal briefing on the capabilities of JS Uzushio and conducted the JASH members on a tour of the submarine, to include its combat operations center with its periscope and weapons system controls, engine and propulsion room, the torpedo/weapons room, and crew-related facilities such as the crew quarters, lavatory/shower facilities, and officers/enlisted mess.

Launched in 1998 and commissioned in 2000, JS Uzushio is the third submarine of the OYASHIO class of submarines. Its mission is to operate deep under the sea, be as inconspicuous as possible to potential adversaries, and launch weapons to safeguard Japan's territories and its sea lanes. The Uzushio displaces 2,700 tons, is propelled by diesel-electric engines, carries a full complement of 10 officers and 61 enlisted, and is fitted with six torpedo tubes.

JASH members pose with Commander Chihara after touring JS Uzushio.

JASH would like to thank Commander Seishi Goto, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Liaison to U.S. Pacific Fleet for arranging this tour and to the captain and crew of JS Uzushio for taking time to show us their ship.

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. : JASH Receives donation from JTB


JTB Goodwill Foundation's David Asanuma presented a donation to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii to support its educational programs, specifically the Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition. The check will help fund this annual academic competition for high school students testing their knowledge of Japan, the Japanese language, and the U.S.-Japan relationship. Four winning teams are rewarded with trips to Japan.

JTB Goodwill Foundation is the organizer of the annual Honolulu Festival that brings thousands of visitors to Hawaii from Japan, the mainland U.S., and places around the Pacific region to showcase cultural heritage of various groups and promote understanding among peoples. JASH has helped to plan events as well as promote participation by students previously sponsored by JASH in its educational programs.

JASH would like to thank the JTB Goodwill Foundation for this generous donation. We look forward to hosting JTB representatives at the competition and awards ceremony in February.

JASH President Ed Hawkins accepts the donation check from JTB representative David Asanuma.


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. : JASH Receives donation from JTB Goodwill Foundation


JTB Goodwill Foundation presented a grant to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii for next year's Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition. JTB co-sponsors this annual competition that pits high school student teams from across the State to test their knowledge of Japanese culture, history, economy, geography, and language. Winning teams are awarded trips to Japan to experience directly what they learned in the classroom.

JASH President Ed Hawkins accepts donation check from JTB Goodwill Foundation Administrator David Asanuma.

JTB Goodwill Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii's educational programs for Hawaii's students. JTB Goodwill Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to promote goodwill through the interaction of culture, education, and athletics, to contribute to other charitable and goodwill organizations, and to participate in various charitable and goodwill activities. The Japan-America Society of Hawaii wishes to thank JTB Goodwill Foundation for supporting JASH's educational programs designed to foster cultural interaction and further understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan.

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