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Weekly Update 3/25

Dear Members and Friends of JASH, Looking back on this past year, we miss having live, in-person events with all of you, but we are so grateful for new technologies and innovations that have allowed us to continue engaging with our members via virtual platforms. Although we cannot physically gather, we’ve been able to connect with friends and family, old and new, in Hawaii, the U.S., and Japan through all our virtual programs. This week, we’d like to share a selection of some of our programs from this past year, which are available for viewing on our YouTube channel. Our most viewed video is Ray Tabata’s photo memorial, “In Observance of the 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake” that we released last month with over 1,100 views!

Business/Military Programs

Despite the halt in travel, we at JASH continued to build bridges between Hawaii, the U.S., and Japan through programs like JUMP and Japan Currents. From economic recovery to social unrest, the past year has been full of challenges and calls for change. Join us as we continue nurturing mutual respect and understanding in our local community and beyond.

Talk-Story Series

Over this past year, JASH has connected with various leaders and community members in Hawaii on a variety of topics including remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake; learning about Maui County’s Sister City Hachijojima; and two author talk-stories on Japanese-American history and mental health.

Women Who Lead Series

As part of our talk-story series, we invited women leaders to share their entrepreneurial journeys and discuss the difficulties, lessons learned, and how they’ve reinvented themselves through the COVID-19 pandemic.

JASH Social Events

Our inaugural NexGen Natsumatsuri, reimagined Annual Gala, and annual New Year’s Reception all went virtual this past year! We can’t wait until we can hold these fantastic and exciting events in person again, but until then we’re so grateful that we can share the recordings and highlights from this year’s virtual productions with you.


Shared Events

Hosted by U.S.-Japan Council

Virtual Program

Our Work From Anywhere Future

Friday, Mar. 26

3:00-4:30pm (HST)

Please join USJC as they discuss the evolving workforce and the trade-offs to sharing talent between California and Hawaii with the following speakers: Robert Nobriga, President of Island Holdings and Co-Founder of “Movers and Shakas” program; Sherry Menor-McNamara, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; and Richard Matsui, CEO and Founder of kWh Analytics. This discussion will be moderated by Tatsuki Tomita, Co-Founder of Vivaldi Technologies. For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by Hawaii Tokai International College

Virtual Program Tokai Juku 2021: Japanese Language & Culture Online Summer Camp July 19-23, 2021 Early Bird Registration Deadline: June 25, 2021

This program provides a perfect opportunity for high school students to reinforce and enrich what they have learned in their Japanese classes. There will be activities with our Hawaii Tokai college students to practice speaking in Japanese and learn more about their lifestyles in Japan! For details and to register, click here.

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