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JASH Weekly Update 10/21: Congrats to our Photo Contest Winners

JASH Photography Contest

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, Thank you to everyone who participated in our 45th Anniversary Photo Contest! Although we haven’t been able to travel to Japan, it was exciting to join everyone on their past travels through their photo memories. You can view our finalist gallery by clicking the button above. For this contest, we received 183 entries submitted across our three categories, and 963 votes were cast during our general and final voting periods. Plus, our galleries were viewed over 3,000 times! Thank you all for this incredible turnout! Today, we are excited to announce the WINNERS of our contest, selected by popular vote.

Ono Kine Grindz 1st Place Curt Hasegawa

Ahi Salad; Ruscello-Nordstrom Ala Moana Center; Honolulu, HI

2nd Place Ray Tabata

Pupu Platter; KCC Concept Kitchen-Waikiki; Honolulu, HI

Oishii Tabemono 1st Place Maile Hirota

Cream Puff; Tolo Coffee & Bakery; Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

2nd Place Ray Tabata

Sashimi Special; Boruberia Daguri; Shibushi, Kagoshima, Japan

Japan Explorations 1st Place Matthew Kellar

Mt. Fuji; Fujiyoshida; Japan

2nd Place

Atsushi Takebayashi

Osaka Castle; Osaka; Japan

Congratulations and OMEDETŌ to our six winners! First-place winners will receive a $100 VISA or Mastercard gift card; second-place winners will each receive $50 VISA or Mastercard gift cards. ARIGATŌ to everyone who entered, voted, and viewed our photo contest. We’re thrilled to have received all of your positive feedback for this contest, and we hope you all continue to take awesome photos during your adventures at home and abroad to share with us in the future!


Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE—Our 2021 Silent Auction will be held online from December 10-14, 2021, with auction preview starting on December 7. Our Silent Auction is one of our biggest annual fundraisers and is part of our annual Bridge Awards Event. Proceeds from the auction go directly to JASH so that we may continue to produce programming for our community.

DONATE TO OUR SILENT AUCTION—We are currently accepting donations of goods and services for our Silent Auction! If you have item(s) you would like to donate to JASH, please complete and submit the donation form by clicking the button below.

ABOUT THE 2021 BRIDGE AWARDS EVENT—While we are excited to hold our Bridge Awards Event in-person this year (more information coming soon), we ask for your understanding as we have transformed its format to address health concerns. To learn more about this year’s Bridge Awards Event and Silent Auction, please click here to visit our website.


Edible World: Nature that Nurtures Us Saturday, November 13, 2021 10-11am (HST) Zoom Meeting

Join us for our second workshop with the ʻAkahiao Nature Institute’s (ANI), Edible World: Nature that Nurtures Us on November 13. Everyone is welcome! More details on this program are coming soon.

To learn more about ANI, watch chaperone Yuuki Inagawa’s vlog of our Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention Junior Ambassador’s summer sustainability camp by clicking here, or visit ANI’s website here. Their team is passionate about connecting people of all ages back to the 'āina, and they host a number of programs at Huʻehuʻe Ranch in Kona throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you and your keiki at these interactive family-friendly workshops!


Save the Date

Kо̄ Hana Distillers

Thurs., Nov. 4, 2021

5:30pm (HST)

Zoom Pau Hana

Farm-to-Bottle Kо̄ Hana Hawaiian Agricole Rum is handcrafted from heirloom Hawaiian sugarcane⁠ (kо̄) brought to the islands by the early Polynesian voyagers. Their popular tasting tours are offered daily in both English and Japanese. Click here for their website.

Hawaiian Shochu Company

Thurs., Nov. 18, 2021

5:30pm (HST)

Zoom Pau Hana

Hawaiian Shochu Company Founder and Owner Ken Hirata and his wife Yumiko produce small-batch Honkaku Shochu in Haleʻiwa using locally-sourced sweet potatoes (imo) through traditional, old-style techniques. Click here for their website.

Mānoa Honey & Mead

Thurs., Jan. 13, 2022

5:30pm (HST)

Zoom Pau Hana

Oʻahu's one and only Hawaiian craft mead mixes Hawaiian honey and tropical fruits, creating a drink tailored for the local climate. Since taking over Mānoa Honey in 2014, owners Yuki and Erika Uzuhashi and their team in Wahiawā also produce raw honey and specialty hive products. Click here for their website.


Shared Programs

By Japan Society of Northern California & The Japan Society of Boston

Coffee Life in Japan Thurs., Oct. 28 Noon (HST)

In Japan, coffee gained popularity in the 20th century along with the increased fascination towards the West at the time. Many kissaten, or Japanese-style tea rooms that also serve coffee, opened during this period. Kissaten owners emphasized detail and accuracy in their brewing methods while creating a unique atmosphere to enjoy the coffee in. Join speaker Dr. Merry White, Professor of Anthropology at Boston University to take a look at these reinventions that stem from the delicacy and precision held in Japanese culture. For details and to register, click here.


By Table For Two

Onigiri Action Oct. 5 - Nov. 5 Photo Campaign Meal Drive

Onigiri Action is an annual social good campaign in autumn connecting the simple act of taking a photo with helping to feed school children in need. During the campaign, through the generosity of Table For Two’s (TFT) partner organizations, every Japanese rice-ball-related post on the TFT global campaign website or your own social media with #OnigiriAction will provide five school meals to children in need around the world! New for 2021: #StateOnigiri! Post onigiri photos with #OnigiriAction + #StateOnigiri to spread Onigiri Action across the country! For details and to share your onigiri photos, click here.


By International Christian University

ICU Global Youth Essay Competition Deadline: Nov. 30, 4:59AM (HST)

International Christian University (ICU) and Japan ICU Foundation invite youth from around the world to share their views on how to make society better. Each year, essay topics are selected in the areas of human rights and current events. For 2021, the application will be open from August 15 to November 30. Apply now to win great prizes, including the top prize of two round-trip tickets to Japan! For details and to enter, click here.

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