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Weekly Update 1/28 - New Year's Reception 2021

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s New Year’s Reception! We hope you feel rejuvenated from the uplifting messages from Governor and Mrs. Ige, Mayor Blangiardi, and Consul General Aoki. Attendees also enjoyed fantastic performances from Dragon Beat and Madoka no Kai, and our annual JASH kagamiwari ceremony and sake lesson from sake sommelier Keith Nakaganeku of The Cherry Co., Ltd. We especially enjoyed the interactive networking and interview parts of last night’s program, as it was great to catch up with all of our JASH members and friends.

If you missed watching our New Year’s Reception live, you may watch (and rewatch!) the program on our JASH YouTube Channel by clicking here.

If you enjoyed this program, then you won’t want to miss our upcoming JUMP event on February 16, 2021 at 4:00pm (HST) and Japan Currents program on February 24, 2021 at 3:30pm (HST). Both are free events! More details coming soon!


February 2021 Ehime Maru Memorial Ceremony Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Photo of the memorial from the 2020 ceremony

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Japanese Uwajima Fisheries High School training ship Ehime Maru which occurred in an accident with the USS Greeneville submarine that claimed the lives of nine Japanese crewmembers, including four high school students. This year’s Ehime Maru Memorial Ceremony at the Ehime Maru Memorial in Kakaako Waterfront Park has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. Instead, a private wreath laying ceremony will be conducted by the Ehime Maru Memorial Association staff, which will be filmed and shared with the bereaved families, Ehime Prefecture and Uwajima City officials, Uwajima Fisheries High School as well as our local volunteer groups. We ask that the public please refrain from visiting the memorial site to comply with the City & County of Honolulu’s Emergency Order regarding gatherings.


Upcoming Programs

Virtual Program

JUMP: Japan U.S. Military Program

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

4:00pm (HST)

This event is open to the public; you do not need to have served in Japan to attend.

Thanks to the generous support of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and National Association of Japan-America Societies, there is no cost to attend.

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.


Virtual Program

Japan Currents

COVID-19 Recovery:

Public Health and Resumption of Travel

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

3:30pm (HST)

For this year’s Japan Currents program, experts from the U.S. and Japan share their country’s experiences, policies, and plans moving forward regarding COVID-19 recovery in the public health and travel sectors. Breakout rooms will follow the panel discussion, giving attendees the opportunity to chat with our expert panelists in small group sessions.

More details regarding the program, special guest speakers, and registration are coming soon.

Thanks to the generous support of the Embassy of Japan and the National Association of Japan-America Societies, there is no cost to attend.


Shared Events

Hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu

Virtual Program Rainbow Harmonics: Concert & Chat Friday, Jan. 29 3:00pm HST Free

The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu is pleased to host Rainbow Harmonics, a mini concert and talk story with Brazil-born Japanese-Brazilian professional Bossa Nova singer, Lisa Ono and local artist and Hawaii Public Radio host, Sandi Tsukiyama. The event is on Friday, January 29 from 3:00 pm via the consulate’s YouTube channel. For more information, please see the consulate’s website (click here for the English vers.; or click here for Japanese).


Hosted by the Nippon Global Network (NGN)

Televised Program SHIKOKU88: Eat, Pray, PLAY! Tuesday, Feb. 2 8:35pm Rebroadcast Wednesday, Feb. 3 9:40am

Experience the cuisine, culture, and beauty of SHIKOKU island, home of the unique and mystical henro pilgrimage and magical landscape of ocean and mountains. Our travelers showcase the unique henro Buddhist pilgrim culture, fascinating history (with HAWAII!) AND delectable cuisine of SHIKOKU. DON’T MISS IT! NGN subscription required to view; call 643-2337 to subscribe to NGN.


Hosted by Temple University Japan Campus (TUJ)

Virtual Program Admissions 102: For Transfer Students Sunday, Feb. 7 3:00pm HST Free

In this Undergraduate Webinar, admissions counselors from Temple University Japan Campus will introduce the steps for applying to their undergraduate program. This Undergraduate Program webinar is specifically for students who have already completed high school and are making plans to transfer from their current university or college to TUJ's undergraduate program. Content covered will be very similar to that presented in our Admissions 101 webinar. We will elaborate more on parts specific to transfer students. A recording of the session will be available to those who register for this webinar in advance. For details and to register, click here.

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