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Tomodachi Holiday Tea Featuring Ms. Jun Ariake

On December 11, 2019, JASH hosted a Holiday Tea for our JASH members and their guests at the Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop located in Manoa Valley. The highlight of the afternoon was a performance by Ms. Jun Ariake a former Takarazuka Revue entertainer. Established in 1913, Takarazuka Revue is a renowned Japanese all-female musical theater troupe based in Takarazuka City, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Women play all roles in lavish, Broadway-style productions of Western-style musicals as well as Traditional Japanese classics. Ms. Ariake is a retired Takarazuka performer originally from Tokyo, Japan and currently resides in Hawaii. She debuted in 1969 and was a member of the Moon Troupe from 1970-1986.

(L) Guests were moved by Ms. Ariake’s performance and later enjoyed delicious finger-sandwiches, pastries and friendship after the performance.

(R) (L-R) Ms. Kazuko Love, Tomodachi Committee Chair and Ms. Jun Ariake. Thank you to Mr. Ray Tabata (not pictured) who serves as Tomodachi Committee Co-Chair.

(L) Ms. Stephanie Ross, Owner of Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop provides the history of the former Waioli Tea House now called Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop.

(R) Ms. Kazuko Love speaks to the guests about the Takarazuka Revue and the various styles ofperformances from both the east and west.

Thank you to Waioli Kitchen and Bake Shop for hosting us!

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