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JASH Weekly Update 8/19: Great Upcoming Community Programs

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, This week, we have a number of awesome upcoming programs to share with you from other Japan-related organizations. From a book talk by author Jodie Ching (Chiemi Souen) to upcoming Japanese college fairs by License Academy, there’s sure to be something for everyone in your ʻohana! Don’t forget to JOIN TEAM JASH in this year’s virtual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, where the funds raised support our educational programs like our Japan Wizards Competition (JWC) and Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC). Were you born in 1941, or know a JASH member who is? Nominate them for the United Japanese Society of Hawaii’s (UJSH) 47th Annual Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai (Senior Citizens’ Festival)! Details for all of these great opportunities below. Thank you for supporting JASH!


Support JASH in the Virtual Visitor Industry Charity Walk

August 30 – September 12, 2021

For 2021, the Visitor Industry Charity Walk (VICW) is going virtual! This charity walk is an important fundraising event that supports our educational programs like our Japan Wizards Competition (JWC) and the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC). The funds raised through this walk support JASH and other non-profit organizations throughout Oahu. Support JASH students and our programs by joining our JASH walking team! From August 30 to September 12, walkers will use a mobile application to track steps and connect with Team JASH. To join, click here and select “Pledge To This Team” to register as a walker. Registration (which counts as a donation!) is $50 for adults and $25 for children under 18. Walkers will receive an email with information on how to set up the step-tracking app upon registration. Want to donate to JASH instead? Help us maximize our charity walk turnout by making your tax-deductible contribution via the VICW. Donating is through the same page as signing up to walk; click here and select “Pledge To This Team” to 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 track your steps from August 30 to September 12.


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 Japan Society


Festival of New Japanese Film

Aug. 20 - Sept. 2

North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema returns for its 15th edition as an online and in-person hybrid event! Following last year's entirely online edition, this summer’s festival offers 14 days of unique access to the best new films from Japan for audiences across the United States—including studio films, independent gems, documentaries, shorts, avant-garde works and more—through Japan Society’s virtual cinema. The Japan Society has graciously provided a SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE for JASH members! Good for 10% off on individual films, the following code is valid between August 20–September 2: NAJAS10. For more 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 Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce

Call for Contestants for the 70th Cherry Blossom Festival

Deadline: Mon., Aug. 23, 2021

The 70th Cherry Blossom Festival is currently accepting applications for Queen Contestants! The deadline to apply is August 23, 2021. The Cherry Blossom Festival is open to young women of Japanese ancestry between the ages of 19-28. This unique experience includes a variety of cultural classes, personal and professional development training and community service opportunities. If you have any questions about becoming a Queen Contestant in the 70th Cherry Blossom Festival, please email For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by License Academy

Virtual Education Fair Aug. 28 & 29 2:00-6:00pm (HST) Zoom

License Academy is hosting a virtual education fair with administrators from universities, colleges, vocational schools, Japanese language schools, and high schools for students in Hawaii looking to study in Japan. For details and to register, click here.

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