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Weekly Update 10/1

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

This week, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii celebrated our 44th birthday.

On September 28, 1976, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii held its inaugural meeting at the Ilikai Hotel. The meeting was attended by about 200 people, including Hawaii Governor George R. Ariyoshi and Japanese Consul General Masao Tsukamoto. The officers elected that night were Frank E. Midkiff, president; former US Ambassador to Japan John M. Allison, vice president; Masaji Marumoto, vice president; Ralph Honda, secretary; and Sydney Kosasa, treasurer.

Image credit: JASH inauguration covered by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, published Sept. 29, 1976.

PLEASE consider making a tax-deductible DONATION at so we can continue our goal of promoting understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and the United States through the special and unique perspective of Hawaii. If you aren't yet a member, you can learn more about JASH membership at our webpage Forty-four years later, it is thanks to supporters like you that JASH has grown into the organization it is today.


Upcoming Event

Virtual Program Women Who Lead: Strengthening Our Spirit Virtual Talk-Story with Phyllis Look & Cristina Moon Thursday, October 15, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm HST Free

Join us for our next installment in our “Women Who Lead” talk-story series as we welcome panelists Phyllis Look of Forest Bathing Hawai`i and Cristina Moon of Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo to learn about how connecting with our spirit and mind and focusing on the present can aid us through the difficulties and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, you'll learn about what these connections entail and how they are practiced from shinrin-yoku 'forest bathing' and Zen Buddhism perspectives. Click here for more information on our wonderful panelists and moderator. For details and to register, click here.


Live Event

JASH 30th Annual Friendship Golf Classic

Monday, November 2, 2020

Tee Time:  11:30am

Event is at capacity, Hole Sponsorships are still available.

Questions?  Contact Justin George at or 808-778-2747. 

For details and to register, please click here.


Virtual Event

JASH Annual Gala Reimagined

Saturday, November 14, 2020

8:00pm-9:00pm HST

Airing on KHNL

Online Silent Auction

November 12-16, 2020

Link Forthcoming

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii cordially invites you to our 2020 JASH Annual Gala Reimagined and Online Silent Auction. Our 2020 theme is “Mirai 未来 – Our New Future.” We are pleased to present the Sony Corporation with the Bridge Award for their exemplary leadership in fostering a relationship between Japan and the U.S. We are also honored to have Corbett Kalama, President of Friends of Hawaii Charities, as this year's keynote speaker.

For details and to register, click here.


Shared Events

Hosted by the United Japanese Society of Hawaii

Virtual Program

Virtual Tsukimi no Kai “Full Moon Viewing”

Thursday, October 1, 2020

7:00pm-9:00pm HST


The United Japanese Society of Hawaii brings their annual Tsukimi no Kai (Full Moon Viewing) on YouTube. This culturally enriching event under the full moon will be their first virtual celebration and they hope you will join them. This year’s festivities feature a variety of entertainment, including a special Tamaguchi offering and blessing; haiku lesson; koto performance; doyo “children’s songs” performance; and dancing!

For details, click here.


Hosted by the Japan Society of Boston and the Japan Society of Northern California

Virtual Program

A Night of Japanese Traditional Music with Master Kouzan Oyama of Shishido

Monday, October 5, 2020

1:30pm HST


The Japan Society of Boston and the Japan Society of Northern California are proud to jointly present a musical night to remember with Kouzan Oyama (小山貢山). Master Kouzan is a Tsugaru-Jamisen (a type of shamisen, or three-stringed Japanese guitar) player, master teacher, and two-time winner of the Tsugaru-Jamisen World Championships. He is now a celebrated teacher in Shinjuku as well as New York.

In this fascinating workshop, Master Kouzan will showcase the allure of traditional Japanese music by demonstrating the Tsugaru-Jamisen, the koto (Japanese horizontal harp) and Okinawa sanshin (three-stringed Japanese banjo). Learn about the differences between traditional Japanese instruments (wagakki) and Western instruments and enjoy a performance of Japanese wagakki online!

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Shidler College of Business Alumni Association and the Travel Industry Management International, Inc.

Virtual Program

Hawai`i Reopening Consortium Webinar

“Reopening Focused Health Safety,

Technology, and Policy Innovation”

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

11:30pm-1:00pm HST


The University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business Alumni Association and the Travel Industry Management International, Inc. would like to invite you to join a new webinar series on supporting the re-opening of Hawaii’s tourism industry. The webinars are designed to stimulate ideas for solutions that can be implemented by Hawaii businesses, tourism stakeholders, hospitality workers and the general public.

This week’s webinar features panel discussion on Re-opening Focused Health Safety Technology & Policy Innovation, featuring panelists: Dr. Josh Green, Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii; Patrick Sullivan (PhD), CEO. Oceanit; Dr. Lee Buenconsejo Lum, Professor UH Med School; Dr. Butch Ready, Venture Capitalist; Rear Admiral Louis Tripoli (ret.) (M.D.), U.S. Navy; and Dr. Stewart Davis, Investment Banker Dresner Partners & Chief Medical Officer for Oz.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by Japan Society

Virtual Program

Tasty Creations: Vegan Sushi

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

12:30pm HST

$25 regular tickets/$22 for students

Love sushi and looking to enjoy more fresh, delicious vegetables? At this virtual workshop, Yuki Gomi, author of Sushi at Home, introduces sushi-making techniques using flavorful, seasonal veggies. All participants will receive a recipe and suggested shopping list and may follow along during the workshop or simply observe. Participants will learn how to make their own vegan sushi creations, including: cucumber & umeboshi hoso-maki; avocado & carrot with black sesame seed; inside-out California roll; and roasted red pepper temari sushi.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Matsunaga Institute for Peace, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Virtual Program

Spark Matsunaga Warrior Poet

With Storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung

Wednesday, October 8, 2020

1:00pm-2:30pm HST


Growing up in the poverty of the plantation camps of Kauai, Spark Matsunaga was a warrior, a member of the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team; a poet, establishing the position of Poet Laureate of the U.S.; and a politician, serving in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. He created the U.S. Peace Institute and spearheaded the Redress Bill for Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII, through the U.S. Senate. Having tasted the bitterness of war, this man of compassion always strove to find sweet and everlasting peace.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by Cushman & Wakefield ChaneyBrooks


Hosts Ray Tsuchiyama and John T. Rankin present the latest news and insight on the current commercial real estate landscape in Hawaii.

Video is offered in Japanese only.


2021 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Informational Sessions

The Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu is pleased to announce the upcoming virtual Informational Sessions for the 2021 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program recruitment. The sessions, via Zoom, will be held on the following the dates and times:

The sessions will only be open to those who pre-register. To register, please submit RSVP to: and provide your first and last name, university (if student), email address and which session you would like to attend.

The Consulate will be accepting registrations until 4:00pm one day prior to each info session. 

For more information about the JET Program, please see

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