Japan Currents: Sister State & Sister City Relationships Exploring Current Possibilities for Co

March 9, 2020 Thank you to all those who attended the Japan-America Society of Hawaii’s Japan Currents Program: Sister State and Sister City Relationships: Exploring Current Possibilities for Collaboration, on March 9, 2020 at the Halekulani Hotel. We were honored to feature two prominent speakers: Mr. Shin Koyamada and Mr. Paul Yonamine. This program was made possible by the generous support of the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C. and the National Association of Japan America Societies (NAJAS). L-R: Mr. Shin Koyamada, Consul General Koichi Ito, Governor David Ige, Mrs. Misako Ito, Governor George Ariyoshi, Mrs. Jean Ariyoshi, Mr. Paul Yonamine, Ms. Reyna Kaneko, Ms. Lynda Yonamine, M

JASH New Year’s Reception at Washington Place

January 16, 2020 On January 16, 2020, Governor David Ige and Mrs. Dawn Amano-Ige graciously opened Washington Place to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) for our annual New Year’s Reception celebration. To kick off the New Year, JASH President, Reyna Kaneko along with Board Chairman, Steve Sombrero, Governor David Ige, Consul General Koichi Ito, Board Director Sal Miwa and Lt. Gen. Mike Minihan participated in a kanpai toast to ring in the New Year. (Left) JASH President, Ms. Reyna Kaneko recognizes Mr. Teijiro Handa for his generous sponsorship for the JASH New Year’s Reception and welcomes over 125 guests. (Right) JASH Board Chairman, Mr. Steve Sombrero greets the Taiko performers

Longines 5:01 Event—February 20, 2020

Pictured here is Japanese artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura who joins the prestigious family of Longines Ambassadors. On February 20, 2020, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) was proud to partner with JASH corporate member Nashimoto & Associates to present an exclusive event to view the iconic HydroConquest Collection of watches at Longines at its Ala Moana Center location. JASH members enjoyed complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and shopped the exquisite line of fine Swiss watches from this luxury brand. Based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland since 1832, Longines watchmakers enjoy an expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. The Longines brand, with its winged

JASH NexGen Movers & Shakers Let’s Talk Story Series Panel Discussion

On January 29, 2020, through the generous sponsorship by the Island Insurance Foundation, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) hosted a panel discussion entitled, “The Next Generation of Leadership: Embracing Change While Preserving Traditions, A Multi-Generational Discussion” at the Entrepreneur Sandbox in Kakaako. This Panel Discussion was the culminating event following three “JASH Movers and Shakers Talk Story” sessions. The three Talk Story sessions leading up to this panel discussion were small, exclusive events offered to young leaders, to allow intimate and deeper discussions on topics such as leadership and closing the generation gap. The three “JASH Movers and Shakers Tal

Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu Hosts JASH Hinamatsuri Celebration

On March 3, 2020, Consul General Koichi Ito and Mrs. Misako Ito graciously opened their residence to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii for our annual Hinamatsuri celebration in honor of Girls’ Day. Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) also known as Momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival) is traditionally celebrated 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. Left - Mrs. Ito shared heart-warming and joyful stories of celebrating Hinamatsuri as a young child. A beautiful display of hina ningyo could be viewed throughout the Consulate . Right - Ms. K


On Sunday, February 9, 2020, the Ehime Maru Memorial Association (EMMA) held a remembrance ceremony for the 19th anniversary of the collision between the USS Greeneville and the Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru. The Ehime Maru suffered the loss of nine lives, including four students, two teachers and three crew members. Ten family members who lost loved ones traveled from Japan to Honolulu for this occasion. Also traveling from Uwajima City were Deputy Mayor Mitsuhiko Tamada of Uwajima City and students as well as teachers from the Uwajima Fisheries High School. Consul General Koichi Ito, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Mike McCartney, Director of the Hawaii Department of Busin


Winning teams of the 17th annual Japan Wizards Competition Congratulations to the 111 students who represented 19 high schools from Oahu, Hawaii and Maui at the 17th Annual JASH Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition (JWC) on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Kapiolani Community College! Teams were comprised of three students each, with a total of 37 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 2020 competition was the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

JASH NexGen Movers & Shakers Let’s Talk Story Series

L-R: Kristian Lipumano, Michelle Hirose, John Rankin, Reyna Kaneko, Bob Harrison, George Takase, Cory Mitsui, Matthew Chang, Jessica Ogasawara, David Hayashida, Mitch Chun, Toby Tamaye On December 17, 2019, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) hosted the last of a three part talk story series with some of our local community leaders and JASH NexGen members. These sessions were designed to be small group discussions regarding leadership, and the path to get there for the NexGen in Hawai`i. Our last program featured JASH Board Director Mr. Bob Harrison, who is Chairman and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank (FHB). Our program was held at the exclusive First Hawaiian Bankers Club in downtown H

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