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JASH Weekly Update 8/12: Charity Walk to Support JASH & UJSH Nenchosha Honoree Nominations

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

This week, we’d like to share two call-to-actions for our JASH members and supporters!

Support JASH in the Virtual Visitor Industry Charity Walk

August 30 – September 12, 2021

Support JASH by participating in the first-ever virtual Visitor Industry Charity Walk (VICW) or by making a tax-deductible contribution to our JASH walking team! The funds raised through this Walk support JASH and other non-profit organizations throughout Oahu. This year, the VICW is going VIRTUAL via a special mobile application to track your steps and keep our team connected throughout the two week “Walk Window” from August 30 to September 12. Once you register to walk for our JASH team on the VICW website, you will automatically receive an invitation email with a link to access the virtual platform/app. Visit here and click “Pledge To This Team” to register for the Walk or make a donation towards JASH. ANYONE can participate in the Charity Walk! Invite your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, clients, schools, clubs, etc. and safely walk for our causes.


Nominations for UJSH Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai Honorees

Keiro no Hi (“Respect for the Aged Day”) is a National Holiday in Japan, held in September of each year. The United Japanese Society of Hawaii (UJSH) values the sacrifices and contributions made by seniors and will honor members of Hawaii Nikkei organizations, like the Japan-America Society of Hawaii, who are attaining 80 years of age in 2021 with a special birth year celebration. This year, to celebrate the UJSH’s 47th Annual Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai (Senior Citizens’ Festival), UJSH will recognize each honoree with a lunch and a special gift. A luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center at 10 a.m. Should safety concerns arise and they are unable to have an in-person banquet, a virtual online program will be planned with a bento lunch pick-up. JASH members born in the year 1941 should send us by email ( or mail-in (1600 Kapiolani Blvd. Ste. 204, Honolulu, HI 96814):

  • Nominee’s Name

  • Spouse’s Name

  • Nominee’s Photo

  • Nominee’s Birth Date

  • Mailing Address

  • Contact Phone Number

  • Email Address

Nominations must be received by the JASH Office by Friday, August 27, 2021. JASH will then submit nominees to UJSH. Please note that due to space limitations, UJSH will be selecting the honorees from the overall pool of applicants, so application does not guarantee selection. Please contact JASH Program Coordinator Christianne Ono ( with any questions or concerns.


Shared Programs

Hosted by the Yokosuka Council on Asia Pacific Studies

How Grassroots Relationships Power the US-Japan Partnership

Mon., Aug. 16

3:00pm (HST)


Rear Admiral Jamie Kelly (US Navy, rtd.) will give a general overview of the importance and function of grassroots relationships for the U.S.-Japan partnership. He will first provide a brief historical background of this strategic partnership before going into detail about specific groups and reciting personal anecdotes from his time as a vanguard of U.S.-Japan grassroots empowerment.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

An Afternoon with the Author: Jodie Chiemi Ching Sat., Aug. 21 1:30pm (HST) Zoom

During “An Afternoon with the Author,” Chiemi Souen [Jodie Chiemi Ching] will discuss her new illustrated historical fiction children’s book, “IKIGAI.” This book was written by an Okinawan for Okinawan children, an unrepresented voice in American literature. However, this story does not just teach about Okinawan culture. It asks a universal question that all humans can relate to: “What is my life’s purpose, and how do I find it.”

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by The Japan Foundation, New York

Godzilla: A Pioneer of Global Pop Culture

Tues., Aug. 31

2:00pm (HST)


Starting in 1954 with the Japanese release of Ishiro Honda’s Gojira, the franchise has since released 36 films made in Japan and Hollywood, with new titles still being made today. Godzilla sparked the Kaiju (monster) genre, and its fandom has reached all generations and has spread all over the world. What were some of the cultural contexts in which Godzilla was created? What does Godzilla mean to Japanese people? How was it exported to the world, and what led Godzilla to become the “King of Monsters?” Please join JFNY for a panel discussion with five Godzilla experts from both the U.S. and Japan, Bill Tsutsui, Takayuki Tatsumi, Norman England, Meghan Mettler, and Steve Ryfle, as they explore the history of Godzilla and discuss its universal appeal. For details and to register, click here.

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