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JASH Weekly Update 8/5: Mahalo for Supporting our July Events

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

This July, we had two major events: our 31st Annual JASH Friendship Golf Classic and our 2nd Annual Natsumatsuri! We want to extend our biggest mahalo nui loa for all of the support from our corporate members and general members. These two events were a great success thanks to you. We had some awesome fundraising drawings as part of these two events: our Golf Classic’s Golf Ball Drop and our Natsumatsuri’s Tanzaku Lucky Draw. Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to all of our winners! And of course, we extend a big mahalo to all of our sponsors and donors, including our Golf Classic Title Sponsor Pacific Guardian Life and Natsumatsuri Title Natsu Sponsor Island Insurance Foundation.

Golf Ball Drop Winners Karen Knudsen Steve Sombrero Kieselbach Woodworks Kevin Kurosu Nobuyuki Inada

Tanzaku Lucky Draw Winners Kiyohiro Tagawa LiAnn Shigemi Justin Kaneko Jessica Ogasawara David Kaneko Faye Shigemura Craig Ono Michelle Hirose

(Bottom) Thank you to the NexGen members that helped with the program at Natsunoya!

If you missed our Natsumatsuri broadcast, you can view the recording on our YouTube by clicking here.

July was busy, and we have more exciting events in the works! We can’t wait to see you at our next event!


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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