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JASH Weekly Update 7/9

Headline: JASH in the News!

JASH President, Reyna Kaneko, was a featured guest on KHON2's Living 808 morning news show on Monday, July 6, 2020. Reyna spoke about JASH's popular virtual Origami Tutorial with veteran JASH volunteer, Ashley Nishihara of the Hawaii Origami Club which ran on June 19th. Check out the segment by clicking here and stay-tuned for the two remaining tutorial sessions with Ashley, the "Origami Swami", on July 10th and 24th. There is no charge to attend this JASH tutorial webinar via Zoom.

These classes are geared towards kids grades 1-5, but it’s also a fun activity for older students and adults. FACT: The iconic Origami Crane is considered today as a symbol of world peace all over the world. See details about the program below and REGISTER TODAY to save your spot!

Education Program Series

Looking for fun activities from the comfort of your home this summer or ways to express your creativity? Let’s learn origami from Hawaii’s Origami Swami, Ashley Nishihara, and make your own paper creations! You will learn origami while listening to entertaining stories. No prior experience required! Click HERE to find more information and register.


Upcoming Program

Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: From Devastation to Resilience Virtual Talk-Story with Ray Tabata Thursday, July 16, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm

Port area, Ishinomaki,Miyagi, March 2012

Rebuilt Tsurukame sushi shop with owner and staff

Rikuzentakata,Iwate July 2019

Join us for the first virtual talk-story session with long-time JASH member and volunteer photographer Mr. Ray Tabata, as he shares his photo collection and takes us back to the devastation of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the impact of the disaster. He will also talk about the resilience the people of Japan have demonstrated to emerge even stronger.

Ray retired from the University of Hawaii in 2011 after serving as a Hawaii Sea Grant extension specialist in resource management, coastal recreation, and tourism, and later as an international medical education specialist with the John A. Burns School of Medicine from 2002 to 2011. Since retiring, he has been spending more time enjoying photography, classical music and travel to Japan. From 2012 to March 2020, he has been regularly visiting Tohoku for various volunteer projects, visiting friends, and documenting the long recovery and reconstruction of communities devastated by the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.


A Question of Loyalty: Five Inflection Points on the Road to Dignity Virtual Talk Story with Author Michael Malaghan Wednesday, July 22, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm

Join us as author and JASH lifetime member Mike Malaghan discusses his new book release A Question of Loyalty which dramatizes the Nisei struggle to prove their loyalty to a doubtful country wary of their presence. The novel features the early heroic days of the 100th/442nd and life in the concentration camps. Mr. Malaghan spent a lifetime in the corporate world on four continents, but knew in his heart that he was a writer. Married to a Tochigi “new Issei” and living in Hawaii, he knew the story of the Nisei Territorial Guard, who were stripped of their uniforms weeks after Pearl Harbor only to enlist a year later when allowed, was the stuff of a good story.


Leading the JASH NexGen Natsumatsuri project are Co-Chairs Toby Tamaye (L) and John Rankin (R) (pictured below during their participation as panelists at JASH’s Panel Discussion, The Next Generation of Leadership: Embracing Change While Preserving Traditions, a Multi-Generational Discussion.) SAVE THE DATE – August 13th and stay tuned for more information! If you’d like to get involved, please contact


Shared Program

Forest Bathing: Seeking Wellness through Nature Hosted by the Japan Society of New York

In Japan, the practice of shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing" is hailed for its therapeutic effects. Proponents believe that by simply immersing ourselves in the atmosphere of a forest, we can soak in the healing power of trees. In a fast-paced world, forest bathing is a chance to be mindful of our surroundings, and to connect with nature through our senses. At this talk, Dr. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, former deputy director of Chiba University's Center for Environment, Health, and Field Sciences and author of Shinrin Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing, examines the scientific evidence behind the concept of forest bathing and its potential to enhance wellness and happiness. Discover how you can connect with nature through this Japanese tradition, wherever you live. Click HERE to view.

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