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JASH Weekly Update 7/30

Dear Members and Friends of JASH: Good news! In a press conference by Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu, it was announced that Japan is starting to take measures to resume international travel. Japan will be utilizing a multiple phased approach towards the reintegration of international travel; the first two phases include Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand. The third phase includes Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Singapore and Taiwan. The fourth phase includes countries in Europe and Hawaii separately from the continental United States. JASH is pleased to work alongside other community members from KizunAloha and Hawaii Tourism Japan in pursuit of the safe and responsible reopening of travel between Japan and Hawaii. We shall continue to relentlessly pursue this goal in furtherance of the Mission of the Japan America Society of Hawaii.


Women Who Lead: Resilience Through Crisis Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:00-3:00 HST

Bella Hughes is President and Co-Founder of Shaka Tea, a line of Hawaiʻi-grown, tropical-botanical, herbal teas brewed with māmaki, an ancient superleaf. Shaka Tea is now available across the US and in Japan and 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. Ms. Hughes was a 2019 TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program participant.

Amanda Corby-Noguchi launched her first solo business venture, Under My Umbrella (UMU) Inc. in 2009. Just a decade later, UMU has become one of the premier communications and event production companies in Hawai`i. UMU has provided counsel on corporate culture in Hawaii and Asia for numerous clients and recently opened a Japan office in February of 2019. Though UMU continues to garner distinguished clients and national acclaim, it remains dedicated to elevating the work of community-based organizations who seek to make the world a little bit better every day.

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. For details and to register, please click here.


Upcoming Programs

Virtual Program JASH Natsumatsuri Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm HST 9:00pm - 10:00pm PST 11:00pm - 12:00pm CDT Friday, August 14, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm JST

- International entertainment from Japan and Hawaii - Cultural segment on how Matsuri is celebrated in Japan and here in Hawaii - Sake etiquette by sake sommelier Keith Nakaganeku of The Cherry Company - Interactive game and prizes - Optional: Enjoy an EXCLUSIVE JASH Natsumatsuri Bento Box created by Izakaya Nonbei and Zigu and delicious sake (Curbside pick-up or Delivery options available) DEADLINE for food and sake order is THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020 For details and to register, please click here.


Virtual Program Forest Bathing Saturday, August 29, 2020 9:00am – 10:00am HST 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST Sunday, August 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm JST Tickets: FREE

Join us for a virtual forest bathing program with Phyllis Look, Hawaii’s first forest therapy guide. 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. For more information about Forest Bathing Hawai`i please click here. For details and to register, please click here.


Upcoming Event

Live Event JASH 30th Annual Friendship Golf Classic Monday, November 2, 2020 Tee Time: 11:30am

Questions? Contact Justin George at or 808-778-2747. For details and to register, please click here.


Shared Programs

HIFF@HOME Summer Fest

Virtual Program HIFF@HOME Summer Fest August 7-14 Tickets: $40.00

HIFF@HOME SUMMER FEST access to films is also simplified by purchasing one pass, which will allow you to watch any of these films at your leisure between the festival dates of August 7-14, for the discounted price of $40. If you want to go ala carte in your viewing, you can also purchase individual tickets for each film. For further details and to purchase your SUMMER FEST PASS, click here.


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

Online Program Baseball in Japan and the U.S. during COVID-19 Monday, August 10 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm HST 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT Tuesday, August 11 8:00 am - 9:00 am JST 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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