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Weekly Update 11/19

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

Mahalo nui loa for all your support for our 2020 Annual Gala Reimagined and Online Silent Auction! It is thanks to our wonderful JASH community that we can navigate these challenging times and continue building bridges between Hawaii and Japan. If you missed the live broadcast of our Annual Gala Reimagined program, you can watch it on our JASH YouTube or catch the rebroadcast on Thursday, November 19, 8pm (HST) on your local K5 television station.

We also want to again congratulate all of our award winners from our 30th Annual Friendship Golf Classic and Golf Ball Drop! Click here to view the awards posting. Mahalo again to everyone for making our first in-person event since March a huge success!

Changing gears, in recent U.S.-Japan news, we are excited to share that our counterpart organization in Japan, the America-Japan Society, Inc., on November 10, 2020 announced that its Board of Directors appointed former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Honorary President. In the past, Mr. Abe’s grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, was the Society’s sixth president (1968-1984). Click here to read the official announcement from the America-Japan Society (in English).

Pictured: Governor David Ige and Prime Minister Abe during the Prime Minister’s visit to Hawaii in 2016 (source: Associated Press)


Upcoming Program

Virtual Program Women Who Lead: Serving the Community through the Cherry Blossom Festival Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 6:30pm – 7:30pm HST Free

In this next installment for our “Women Who Lead” webinar series, we welcome the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival Court to learn about their journey serving the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also share the lessons they've learned through the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestant experience, reflect on leadership for Japanese-American women, and their hope for the future and life after the Cherry Blossom Festival. Speaker bios coming soon. For details and to register, click here.


Shared Events

Hosted by Lighthouse

Virtual Program

Japanese College Fair 2020 Fall Online Nov. 4 – Dec. 3, 2020

4:00pm – 6:00pm HST Free

Lighthouse presents an online Japanese College Fair webinar series, which will runs through December 3, 2020. Over the month, 32 universities throughout Japan will present their programs and answer questions from the audience. You must pre-register for the presentations you wish to attend.

To view the schedule of presentations and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Hawaii International Film Festival

Hybrid Program

40th Hawaii International Film Festival

Nov. 5 – 29, 2020

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall with a blend of in-theater screenings and online offerings. In this year’s lineup, there are several of films speaking to the experiences of contemporary Japanese-Americans and how they navigate connecting with their culture. Go out to see a movie in their limited, regulated screenings, or enjoy HIFF from the comfort of your own home!

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Virtual Program

Hiroshima Hibakusha: I will never forget that day with Ms. Kiyomi Kono

Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

2:00pm-3:00pm HST


Hiroshima hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) Ms. Kiyomi Kono will provide a testimony of her exposure to the atomic bombing at Hiroshima City in August of 1945. This event is co-sponsored by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. For details and to register, click here.

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