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JASH Weekly Update 9/9: 20 Years after 9/11

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, This Saturday, we take a moment of silence in memory of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Our hearts are with those who lost family, friends, and loved ones during this tragedy. For further reading, we recommend visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s 20th anniversary tribute. To learn more about the response from the Nisei community, we recommend visiting Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Tribute in Light Photo by Jin S. Lee


Upcoming Events

JASH Photography Contest Submissions: September 1 - 22, 2021 General Voting: Sept. 24 - Oct. 7 Final Voting: Oct. 8 - Oct. 17


We’re hosting a photo contest to celebrate our 45th anniversary! Since we can’t travel to Japan right now, we want to see YOUR favorite places and most memorable food from your travels. This contest is open to current JASH members only (join or renew here). Contest Categories Oishii Tabemono Ono Kine Grindz Japan Explorations Prizes First Place per Category: $100 Visa or Mastercard Cash Card Second Place per Category: $50 Visa or Mastercard Cash Card


Virtual Visitor Industry Charity Walk August 30 - September 12, 2021 The Visitor Industry Charity Walk (VICW) 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 Hawaii. There’s still time to JOIN or DONATE to Team JASH! To join, click here and select “Pledge To This Team” to register as a walker. 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.


Foodland Give Aloha Fundraiser September 1 - 30, 2021 JASH Donation Code: 77966 During September, make a donation to JASH at any Foodland or Sack N Save checkout, and Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will make a donation to our organization too!

How to donate:

  1. Shop at Foodland or Sack N Save in the month of September

  2. Show your Maika’i Card or enter your account phone number at checkout

  3. Tell the cashier our code 77966 and the amount of your donation (up to $249!)

  4. Review your receipt to confirm the following appears:

  • Organization name “Japan-America Society of Hawaii”

  • Your donation amount

  • Your Maika’i number

Mahalo for supporting JASH!


Shared Programs

By the U.S.-Japan Council Oregon Region and the Shokookai of Portland

World War II

And the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

Fri., Sept. 17

1:00pm (HST)


Join the U.S.-Japan Council Oregon Region and Shokookai of Portland for a most unique story of the Japanese American experience during WWII. Ed Kawasaki is an American citizen who was visiting his grandfather in Hiroshima when WWII started. He was an eyewitness to the atomic bomb and will speak on how he survived the tragedy. Ed’s story will touch on Japanese life as seen through the eyes of an American during the WWII era including the steps taken by the local governing organizations to cope with being at war. For details and to register, click here.


By Japan Society

Authentic Japanese Tofu: From Bean to Block Wed., Sept. 22 12:30pm (HST) Zoom

Delicate and delicious, tofu is a versatile food enjoyed in many Japanese dishes, from silky, chilled hiyayakko to deep-fried agedashidofu. At this online workshop, learn how to make fresh, authentic tofu at home with London-based chef and culinary educator Akemi Yokoyama. In the spirit of sustainability embodied by the Japanese concept of mottainai, participants will also use the tofu by-product to make tasty okara mochi. Discover what this plant-based protein has to offer, from bean to block and everything in between! Tickets: $25/$20 Japan Society members, seniors & students For details and to register, click here.


By Japan Society of Northern California

Bunraku and Beyond:

The Evolving Tradition

of Japanese Puppet Theater

Thurs., Sept. 23

1:30pm (HST)


Tune in to watch live from the Awa Jurobe Yashiki Puppet Theater and Museum in the Tokushima Prefecture–home of more traditional puppet troupes and theaters than anywhere else in Japan! The program features speaker Martin Holman, a literary translator, professor, puppeteer, and puppet theater director, and will include an introduction to the history of the traditional Japanese puppet theater, as well as a close up look at the construction and manipulation techniques of the puppets and the wide variety of puppets used. For details and to register, click here.

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