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JASH Weekly Update: Happy May!

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, There are many reasons to celebrate this first week of May. As we near the end of Golden Week, our first major celebration is for Children's Day (Kodomo no Hi or Tango no Sekku) today, Thursday, May 5. With decorations of decorative armor and helmets (yoroi kabuto), carp pennants (koinobori), and irises (ayame), we pray for the health and happiness of our children. Last year, Mrs. Takako Aoki shared a Children's Day essay she wrote for our weekly Update. Click below to read her beautiful peace, "Kazekaoru."


This week is also Teacher Appreciation Week! Here at JASH, we are so thankful for all of the educators who volunteer their time and expertise with us in our educational programs such as Japan Day, Japan Wizards Competition, and Japan-In-A-Suitcase. From school teachers to extracurricular leaders, we truly appreciate the love, support, and hard work you all dedicate to raising our keiki. Otsukaresama desu!

Next up, on Sunday, May 8, we celebrate Mother's Day. Mahalo nui loa to all of the mothers, grandmas, aunties, and all women who have shared with us their unconditional love and support. Happy Mother's Day!

Finally, the month of May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. Click the link below to learn more about events happening nationwide throughout May.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month


Upcoming Programs

Mahalo to our sponsors and donors for our 32nd Annual JASH Friendship Golf Classic! If you are interested in supporting this year's Golf Classic, click here. Our annual Golf Classic 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 Hawai‘i Triennial 2022

Homi K. Bhabha + Melissa Chiu In Conversation

Sun., May 8 11AM-Noon University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Art Building Auditorium

Postcolonial scholar Homi K. Bhabha (Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the English and Comparative Literature Departments at Harvard University) will be in conversation with Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (HT22) curatorial director Melissa Chiu (Director of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC). On the occasion of the closing of HT22 and the book launch of the HT22 catalogue, the pair will continue their ongoing discussions of constellated cultures, in-betweenness, and the fluid concept of a Pacific Century. Guest moderated by Susan Acret, managing editor of the HT22 publication. RSVP required. For details and to RSVP, click here. JASH is a community partner for Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (HT22), which comes to a close this weekend. Visit the galleries at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii State Art Museum, Royal Hawaiian Center, and Foster Botanical Garden before they close! For details, click here.

By Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra

Birds & Angels Masterworks Concert

May 14-15 Hawaii Theatre

Keitaro Harada leads the HSO in our final indoor Masterworks concert of the season. The performance features three selections from prolific Japanese composer, Takashi Yoshimatsu. Todd Yukumoto plays Nikolai Kapustin’s jazz-inspired Concerto for Alto Saxophone. JASH Members enter code "JASHawaii" at checkout to redeem a 25% discount. You may also call the box office at 808-380-7720 to purchase (M-F 10AM-2PM) and mention the code to receive this exclusive JASH discount. For details and to purchase tickets, click here.

By University of Hawaii Outreach College

Japanese Language Classes for the Beginner to Advanced Speaker

June 4-Aug. 13 Sat. 9-11:45AM Online

Learn Japanese over the summer through the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College! Classes are offered for students of all level, from beginner through advanced speakers. Early Bird registration ends May 14, 2022; General registration ends May 27, 2022. For details and to register, click here. 日本語の会話練習を通してハワイの生徒さん達と文化交流をしてみませんか。ハワイ大学マノア校アウトリーチカレッジ(一般向け講座)では広い年齢層の生徒が、初級から上級まで7クラスにわたり 日本語会話を勉強しています。生徒の会話練習(練習問題、ダイアログ、ロールプレイ、雑談等、毎回一時間ほど)の 相手になってくださる方を募集しています。生徒は皆さんとの会話の中で、活きた日本語に接することができ、上達の励みになります。皆さんにとっても、母国語、日本文化の再発見に繋がるかもしれません。オンライン授業(Zoom)なので、Wifi環境が整っていることが必須です。 参加していただいた方には、参加証明を発行いたします。開催日時:6月4日ー8月13日 毎土曜日 (7月2日を除く) 午前10時30分ー11時45分 (ハワイ時間) オンライン(Zoom) 興味のある方はuhmjapanese@gmail.comまでお問い合わせください。

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