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Weekly Update 1/21

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

We extend a big MAHALO to everyone who supported JASH through the recent Aloha for Hawaii Charities fundraising campaign by the Friends of Hawaii Charities and the 2021 Sony Open in Hawaii. It is thanks to your generosity and support that we continue to stay on course and produce new and exciting programs for all our members despite these recent difficult times.

Speaking of staying on course, did you catch JASH in the most recent issue of The Hawaiʻi Herald? Staff Writer Ida Yoshinaga interviewed JASH President Reyna Kaneko, sharing with the Hawaii Japanese American community an overview of JASH’s experiences pivoting in the wake of the global pandemic, and how we’ve rebooted and added to our lineup of activities and programs. “[JASH] did a quick turn to re-engage its student and community members, deftly transforming face-to-face activities into online and streaming ones,” writes the Herald, and “the constant emphasis on program quality is what sees the organization through the hard work.”

With the support of the Herald, you may read the full article on JASH by clicking here. Learn more about The Hawaiʻi Herald and keep up with the Hawaii Nikkei community by visiting

In addition to today, Thursday’s lunchtime Author Spotlight Talk-Story with Dr. Scott Haas (there’s still time to register! Click here to join us at noon (HST)), please join us on Wednesday, January 27 as we kick off 2021 with our annual New Year’s Reception via Zoom. Informal Networking begins at 5:45pm, with the program starting at 6:00pm. Click here for details and to register.

Coming up in February, SAVE THE DATE for our annual JUMP (Japan U.S. Military Program) event on Tuesday, February 16 at 4:00pm (HST). More details regarding the program, special guest speakers, and registration are coming soon.


Upcoming Programs

Virtual Program

Author Spotlight Talk-Story:

“Why Be Happy?” with Dr. Scott Haas

Thursday, January 21, 2021

12:00-1:00pm (HST)

We are excited to kickstart the year with a fantastic talk-story author spotlight with clinical psychologist Scott Haas to discuss his latest book Why Be Happy?: The Japanese Way of Acceptance. Please join us on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm (HST) to learn about how the Japanese concept of ukeireru ‘acceptance’ may be the key to happiness and well-being.

To learn more about Dr. Haas and Why Be Happy?, click here to read the review published by Forbes, or click here to purchase the book on Amazon.

For details and to register for this program, click here.


Virtual Program New Year’s Reception Wednesday, January 27, 2021 6:00pm (HST) Informal Networking at 5:45pm

ENJOY New Year's messages from our special guests. WISH for health and good fortune with our Kagami-wari sake ceremony presented by sake sommelier Keith Nakaganeku of The Cherry Co. CELEBRATE the new year with rejuvenating performances by taiko group Dragon Beat and Japanese folk musician Anju Madoka. & RECONNECT with our JASH ʻOhana as we ask you all to share your wishes for 2021 and favorite JASH events.

For details and to register, click here. The event is free for JASH Members, but please consider making a one-time donation of $10 so that we may continue creating programs that promote understanding and friendship between Japan and the US through the unique perspective of Hawaii. Donate at


Virtual Program JUMP: Japan U.S. Military Program Tuesday, February 16, 2021 4:00pm (HST)

The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP) connects past and present service members, families, and government civilians who have served in Japan through social networks and grassroots events. JUMP is the only national program to do so, providing a powerful foundation for sustaining the alliance between the U.S. and Japan. To learn more about JUMP, visit More details regarding the program, special guest speakers, and registration are coming soon. Thanks to the generous support of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and National Association of Japan-America Societies, there is no cost to attend.


Shared Events

Hosted by the Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ)

Virtual Program

Admissions 101:

For High School Students

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

3:00pm HST


In this Undergraduate Webinar, admissions counselors from Temple University Japan Campus will introduce the steps for applying to their undergraduate program. They will go over the application process, scholarships, and financial aid. A live Q&A will follow. A recording of the session will be available to those who register for this webinar in advance.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Japan Society

Virtual Program

Habit-Making: A Minimalist's Tips for a Better Life

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

1:30pm HST


This two-part program features famed Japanese minimalist Fumio Sasaki, author of Hello Habits: A Minimalist’s Guide to a Better Life. Sasaki shares insights from the book at a live webinar, followed by an exclusive workshop walking participants step-by-step through the process of developing better habits in their own lives.

For details and to register, click here.

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