JAPAN UPDATE A Glimpse at the U.S.-Japan Relationship

Thank you to those who attended the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s “Japan Update Program” on March 1, 2019 at the Halekulani Hotel. We were honored to feature three prominent speakers: Dr. Toshihiro Nakayama, Mr. James Kelly and Mr. Paul Yonamine. Dr. Toshihiro Nakayama, Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University; Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Area of Expertise: U.S. Politics and Foreign Policy; U.S.-Japan relations spoke about how the Japanese view President Trump’s America, and why the Japanese are “comfortable” with him. While they may not agree with his tactics, President Trump’s bold stance on international relations is something that Japan

Introducing the 2019 JASH Junior Ambassadors to the APCC

On January 19, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) held Junior Ambassador Interviews to select six, 10- to 11-year-old students to represent Hawaii and the United States at the 31st Annual Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan from July 14 – 25, 2019. The Junior Ambassadors will participate in a week-long exchange program where they will have the opportunity to meet over 200 students from 40 different countries, provinces, and cities in the Asia-Pacific region. The chaperone this year will be former Junior Ambassador and Peace Ambassador Mr. Colby Takeda. JASH received a total of 32 applications from private, public, and public charter school

Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu Hosts JASH Tomodachi HINAMATSURI Celebration

Mrs. Misako Ito shares some background about the hina ningyo display. On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, Consul General Koichi Ito and Mrs. Misako Ito graciously opened their residence to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s annual Tomodachi Hinamatsuri celebration in honor of Girls’ Day. Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) also known as Momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival) is traditionally celebrated on March 3 by Japanese families to wish for happiness and healthy growth of their daughters. In homes, elegant dolls called hina ningyo dressed in ancient court costumes of the Heian Period (794 – 1185) are displayed. Mrs. Ito shared with the guests some background about the seven-tiered hina ningyo display.

Taste of JASH - Hiroshima

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, JASH hosted the FIRST in a series of FIVE Taste of JASH events at Odori-ko Restaurant. Next destination……OKINAWA!! March 18th at Utage Restaurant and Lounge Register NOW, seats are limited. JASH Vice Chairman, Hiroyasu Nakamura and Directors, Dan Dinell, Peter Dames and Kazuko Love chat with guests. Guests enjoyed Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, fried oysters, sushi, and more! JTB USA, Inc. did a short presentation on travel hot spots in Hiroshima as well as other travel destinations in Japan. Almost 70 guests both veterans and new to JASH enjoyed a fun ice-breaker game to start the evening off and entered for a chance to win door prizes. Thank you to our partner

16th Annual Japan Wizards Competition

Congratulations to the 126 students who represented 27 high schools from Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai at the 16th Annual JASH Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition (JWC) on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Hawaii Tokai International College! Teams were comprised of three students each, with a total of 42 teams competing. The student-teams were tested on their knowledge of various Japan-related topics such as art, culture and tradition, food, geography, history, Japan-Hawaii ties, literature, politics and government, sports, contemporary Japan, and of course language. The theme for the 2019 competition was “Nihon no Kankyō Mondai: An Ever-Changing Japan”. This theme pertains to th

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