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JASH Weekly Update: FINAL CALL to Join Japan Currents In-Person

Dear Members & Friends of JASH,

FINAL CALL to join us in-person at the Cupola Gallery at Stage Restaurant on Wednesday, March 16 for our annual Japan Currents program! Register by clicking the button below or contacting our office at or 808-524-4450.

*The final deadline for in-person reservations is Friday, March 11 at 5:00PM.*

JASH's annual Japan Currents program will be a hybrid in-person and online event on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

Our program on "Political and Economic Challenges in the U.S.-Japan Relationship" features two experts in U.S.-Japan affairs. We are honored to welcome Dr. Joshua Walker, President and CEO of Japan Society, and Dr. Mieko Nakabayashi, Professor at Waseda University and External/Independent Director of TOPPAN INC. This program will be moderated by Ms. Barbara Tanabe, founder of Hoʻakea Communications, LLC and JASH Board Director.​

Mahalo to the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and the National Association of Japan-America Societies for sponsoring this event.


Upcoming Programs


Join us on Zoom on Saturday, March 19 at 1:30pm (HST) as we celebrate the spring season with a fun storytelling-origami session!

We’re teaming up with the Moanalua High School Japanese Club to present a Storygami telling of the "OMUSUBI KORORIN Rolling Rice Balls."

Learn some fun origami while listening to the BILINGUAL reading of the fun Japanese folktale!

As this is a virtual event, please prepare your own sheets of origami. Suitable for kids ages 3-11.


NOW ACCEPTING JUNIOR AMBASSADOR APPLICATIONS for the 34th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which this year will be a hybrid cultural exchange program with in-person workshops, local field trips and virtual exchange meetings from April through August 2022 for students in Hawaii born between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011 (10-11 years old). The application and information about the 34th Annual APCC program can be found online at The application must be received by JASH no later than Friday, March 25, 2022. Applications may be mailed or submitted online at the link above.

In a competitive selection process, JASH will select four students (two boys and two girls) as Junior Ambassadors (JAs). The JAs will join over 200 students from over 50 different countries and regions throughout Asia and the Pacific in a virtual global exchange hosted by the APCC head office in Fukuoka, Japan in late summer. In preparation for the virtual exchange, JAs will attend bi-monthly JASH workshops where they will engage with Asian-Pacific cultures through local field trips for hands-on experiences with Japanese culture; cross-cultural research reports; leadership development and team-building activities; and a three-day trip to the 'Akahiao Nature Institute in Kona on Hawaii Island to learn about our place in the Pacific and our role as global citizens.

The APCC’s vision is to deepen appreciation for the cultures of other nations and regions with the aims of promoting mutual understanding and friendship, nurturing international awareness in young people, and working toward world peace and co-existence. Our JASH hybrid program curriculum builds valuable life skills, including cross-cultural understanding, multilingual communication, leadership, and teamwork, fostering our JAs as the next generation of Nichibei (Japan-America) Leaders.

Should you have questions, please contact JASH APCC Program Coordinator Christianne Ono at or 808-524-4450.


SAVE THE DATE for our 32nd Annual JASH Friendship Golf Classic, which will be on Monday, July 18, 2022 with shotgun start at 11:30AM at the beautiful Mid-Pacific Country Club. As always, we’re working hard behind the scenes to plan a course full of fun entertainment and delicious treats.

To learn more about our Golf Classic, please contact Justin George at

Mahalo to our Title Sponsor, Pacific Guardian Life for their longtime continued support of our Golf Classic.


Shared Programs


By License Academy

2022 Japan Virtual Education Fair Mar. 12-13 2:00PM-6:00PM (HST) Online

Are you interested in studying in Japan, improving your Japanese language level and experiencing Japan culture? Check out this virtual education fair by License Academy for the opportunity to learn more about studying in Japan from administrators of Japanese high schools and Japanese language schools. For details and to register, click here.


By the Japan-America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS)

Center of Digital Citizenship Program Open House Mar. 17 10:00AM-11:30AM or 1:00PM-2:30PM 6660 Hawaii Kai Drive

Join JAIMS' CDCP for a briefing on technology, art, coding, drones and robotics! This free open house, on Thursday March 17 will introduce JAIMS' new educational STEAM initiatives for 4th-8th grade students in Hawaii. For details and to register, click here.


By Hawai‘i Contemporary

Hawai‘i Triennial 2022

Now - May 8 Citywide Exhibition

JASH is proud to return as a community partner for the Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (HT22), an annual art event organized by Hawai‘i Contemporary. HT22 will be framed around the fluid concept of Pacific Century - E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea, interweaving themes of history, place, and identity within the context of Hawaiʻi’s unique location at the confluence of Asia-Pacific and Oceania. Curated in collaboration with Dr. Miwako Tezuka, HT22 invites a number of Japanese and Nikkei artists from around the world, including Ai Iwane, ‘Elepaio Press (Richard Hamasaki and Mark Hamasaki), Masanori Handa, Mika Tajima, Yuree Kensaku, and many other incredible creators. For details and to register, click here.

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