Weekly Update 7/23

Dear Members and Friends of JASH: You don’t want to miss two upcoming programs happening next week Tuesday, July 28 and Thursday, July 30. Please see details below and REGISTER TODAY!

Join us as we share the stories of two extraordinary women who are successfully leading their companies through the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how they are managing to persevere and rise above challenges that many of us are all facing today. Isabella Ellaheh “Bella” Hughes is the President and Co-Founder of Shaka Tea, a line of Hawaiʻi-grown, tropical-botanical, herbal teas that support sustainable agriculture. Shaka Tea uses māmaki, an ancient superleaf only found in the Hawaiian Islands, and the drinks are now available across the US and have also recently launched in Japan. Shaka Tea recently won “Best Beverage 2020” and a Gold Superior Award by American Masters of Taste and the InnoBev 2020 “Best Low/No Sugar Drink” award presented by Zenith Global. Through the arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship, she is firmly committed to championing abundance for her community and fostering connections between Hawaiʻi and Japan. Amanda Corby-Noguchi is Founder and Creative Director of Under My Umbrella (UMU) which has served as an event planning, communications and consulting firm in Hawaii for over a decade. UMU provides counsel on corporate culture in Hawaii and Asia for numerous clients and has recently opened an office in Japan. In 2013, Amanda founded Pili Group LLC, her most ambitious project to date, with life and business partner Chef Mark Noguchi. Pili Group is dedicated to creating a world of food with integrity. Pili Group’s newest project, Chef Hui, is helping to connect the culinary world with their community and has been on the front lines of feeding people and connecting them with resources during the COVID pandemic.

Join us for the fourth virtual talk-story session with linguist David Iannucci, as he introduces the small island of Hachijōjima and the severely endangered Hachijō language that is spoken there. He will explain the history and current vitality of the Hachijō language, how it differs from Standard Japanese, and provide anecdotes of his experiences on the island. Dr. Iannucci received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa in 2019. He briefly visited Hachijōjima twice for linguistic fieldwork, consulting community members and collecting information for his dissertation, “The Hachijō Language of Japan: Phonology and Historical Development.” As a linguist, his primary focus is on the grammar and history of Japanese and of the Japonic language family. When not geeking out over language, he works as the lead software developer at the UH Economic Research Organization.

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 Programs

Forest Bathing Program Coming Soon! In Japan, forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku is widely practiced. Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. Stay Tuned!

Upcoming Events

Shared Programs

Hosted by the Japan America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth

Online Event Hanaiku Workshop: Celebrating the Beauty of Flowers Friday, July 31 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT Tickets: FREE

Hanaiku is Japanese education for kids to foster a sense of beauty and appreciation of life through experiences with plants and flowers. Motoko Ishihara, Japanese Culture Consultant of Motoko Japan LLC, will be walking us through the art of making a simple yet beautiful flower arrangement. To learn more and to register, please click here.

Hosted by the Japan America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth & New York

Online Event Baseball in Japan and the U.S. during COVID-19 Monday, August 10 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT Tickets: FREE Co-presented by Japan Society (New York)

Baseball plays a major cultural role in the United States and Japan. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, baseball begins to return to the U.S. and Japan under new measures to ensure player and fan safety. Join JASDFW and a panel of baseball experts including Jason Coskrey, Sports Writer/Editor at The Japan Times, Matt Murton, Baseball Operations Assistant with Chicago Cubs and a former professional player in the U.S. and Japan, and Bobby Valentine, a former championship manager in the U.S. and Japan, for a lively discussion on how baseball is returning and evolving. For more information online and to register, please click here.

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