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JASH Update: Happy Hinamatsuri!

Dear Members & Friends of JASH,

March 3 is Hinamatsuri, also known as Girls' Day or Momo-no-Sekku (Peach Festival). On this day, we wish for the good health and happiness of girls. We also celebrate Hinamatsuri here in Hawaii, with many Nikkei families displaying their hina dolls and enjoying cutely decorated mochi and other snacks. In lieu of our annual JASH Tomodachi Hinamatsuri celebration, this year we've asked our Tomodachi members to share their Girls' Day memories and festive recipes. Please enjoy this special Hinamatsuri JASH Update!

Hinamatsuri Memories

Irene Tabata—March 3, 1933—Tabata Photo Studio (from Ray Tabata, Tomodachi Committee Co-Chair)

JASH Hinamatsuri at the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu

2019 (L-R) Ms. Anju Madoka, Mrs. Misako Ito, & Ms. Shizue Goldblatt (from Shizue Goldblatt, Tomodachi Committee Member)

2020 JASH Tomodachi Committee members enjoying the Hinamatsuri celebration (JASH archives)

Hinamatsuri Recipes

(from Kazuko Love, Tomodachi Committee Co-Chair)


Barazushi is a dish for celebrations, including Hinamatsuri! A kind of 'scattered' sushi, this dish is colorful and festive. Mixing in in-season vegetables makes this dish feel like spring. Click for recipe.

Hishi Mochi

Hishi mochi is often displayed with the hinakazari dolls. Its diamond shape and colors of red, white, and green are said to represent fertility and health. Click for recipe.

Chi Chi Dango

Chi Chi Dango is a sweet, soft, and chewy mochi available from mochiya year-round in Hawaii. Although the traditional Girls' Day colors are red (pink), white, and green, you can make these mochi colorful and fun when you make them at home! Click for recipe.


Upcoming Programs


JASH's annual Japan Currents program will be a hybrid in-person and online event on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. For those joining us for our in-person luncheon at the Cupola Gallery at Stage Restaurant in Honolulu, you must RSVP by Tuesday, March 8. Tickets are limited, so click "Learn More" above to reserve your seats today! Our program on "Political and Economic Challenges in the U.S.-Japan Relationship" features two experts in U.S.-Japan affairs. We are honored to welcome Dr. Joshua Walker, President and CEO of Japan Society, and Dr. Mieko Nakabayashi, Professor at Waseda University and External/Independent Director of TOPPAN INC. This program will be moderated by Ms. Barbara Tanabe, founder of Hoʻakea Communications, LLC and JASH Board Director.​ Mahalo to the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and the National Association of Japan-America Societies for sponsoring this event.



NOW ACCEPTING JUNIOR AMBASSADOR APPLICATIONS for the 34th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which this year will be a hybrid cultural exchange program with in-person workshops, local field trips and virtual exchange meetings from April through August 2022 for students in Hawaii born between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011 (10-11 years old). The application and information about the 34th Annual APCC program can be found online at The application must be received by JASH no later than Friday, March 25, 2022. Applications may be mailed or submitted online at the link above. In a competitive selection process, JASH will select four students (two boys and two girls) as Junior Ambassadors (JAs). The JAs will join over 200 students from over 50 different countries and regions throughout Asia and the Pacific in a virtual global exchange hosted by the APCC head office in Fukuoka, Japan in late summer. In preparation for the virtual exchange, JAs will attend bi-monthly JASH workshops where they will engage with Asian-Pacific cultures through local field trips for hands-on experiences with Japanese culture; cross-cultural research reports; leadership development and team-building activities; and a three-day trip to the 'Akahiao Nature Institute in Kona on Hawaii Island to learn about our place in the Pacific and our role as global citizens. The APCC’s vision is to deepen appreciation for the cultures of other nations and regions with the aims of promoting mutual understanding and friendship, nurturing international awareness in young people, and working toward world peace and co-existence. Our JASH hybrid program curriculum builds valuable life skills, including cross-cultural understanding, multilingual communication, leadership, and teamwork, fostering our JAs as the next generation of Nichibei (Japan-America) Leaders. Should you have questions, please contact JASH APCC Program Coordinator Christianne Ono at or 808-524-4450.


SAVE THE DATE for our 32nd Annual JASH Friendship Golf Classic, which will be on Monday, July 18, 2022 with shotgun start at 11:30AM at the beautiful Mid-Pacific Country Club. As always, we’re working hard behind the scenes to plan a course full of fun entertainment and delicious treats. To learn more about our Golf Classic, please contact Justin George at Mahalo to our Title Sponsor, Pacific Guardian Life for their longtime continued support of our Golf Classic.


Shared Programs

By License Academy

2022 Japan Virtual Education Fair Mar. 12-13 2:00PM-6:00PM (HST) Online

Are you interested in studying in Japan, improving your Japanese language level and experiencing Japan culture? Check out this virtual education fair by License Academy for the opportunity to learn more about studying in Japan from administrators of Japanese high schools and Japanese language schools.

For details and to register, click here.


By Hawai‘i Contemporary

Hawai‘i Triennial 2022

Now - May 8 Citywide Exhibition

JASH is proud to return as a community partner for the Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (HT22), an annual art event organized by Hawai‘i Contemporary. HT22 will be framed around the fluid concept of Pacific Century - E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea, interweaving themes of history, place, and identity within the context of Hawaiʻi’s unique location at the confluence of Asia-Pacific and Oceania. Curated in collaboration with Dr. Miwako Tezuka, HT22 invites a number of Japanese and Nikkei artists from around the world, including Ai Iwane, ‘Elepaio Press (Richard Hamasaki and Mark Hamasaki), Masanori Handa, Mika Tajima, Yuree Kensaku, and many other incredible creators. For details and to register, click here. On Saturday, March 5, those on Maui can attend a free talk with photographer and HT22 artist Ai Iwane at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Attendance is limited. Iwane's latest work can be viewed at the Honolulu Museum of Art. For details and to register, click here.

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