Yakuza II with Grant Newsham

In a follow up to last year’s highly-popular “Yakuza” program, Mr. Grant Newsham spoke about additional topics regarding this elusive group in a lunch program entitled, “Yakuza II” on March 14, 2018 at the Ala Moana Hotel. Over 45 guests in attendance were fascinated to hear about the Yakuza’s overseas activities and how rather than being a curious but ultimately harmless aspect of Japanese society, the Yakuza is a major hindrance on its development, economically, politically and socially. “Yakuza” is a term used to describe Japan’s organized crime groups who were traditionally federations of gamblers and street merchants. Their history dates back hundreds of years. Today, there are 21 ma

Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu Hosts JASH Tomodachi HINAMATSURI Celebration

On Friday, March 2, 2018, Consul General Koichi Ito and Mrs. Misako Ito graciously opened their doors to JASH members and guests for a Hinamatsuri Celebration in their official residence. Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) also known as Momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival) is traditionally celebrated on March 3 by Japanese to wish for happiness and healthy growth of girls. In homes, elegant dolls called hina ningyo dressed in ancient court costumes of the Heian Period (794 – 1185) are displayed. After welcome remarks by Consul General Ito, Mrs. Ito gave a thorough introduction of hina ningyo about its history and costumes. Following the introduction, Mrs. Shirley Miyamoto presented her personal memories

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