Weekly Update 3/4

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,


We are excited to share how we’ve reimagined our 18th Annual Japan Wizards Competition (JWC) to go virtual this month! Typically held at the end of February, the JWC is a quiz tournament where high school students compete in teams for the chance to win an educational trip to Japan. Teams are tested on their knowledge of various Japan-related topics such as art, culture and tradition, food, geography, history, Japan-Hawaii ties, literature, politics and government, sports, contemporary Japan, and of course, language. Competition day is supplemented with a variety of hands-on cultural activities and a college fair featuring representatives from Japanese universities.

Photos from the 2020 JWC opening ceremony, activity center, and college fair


As JWC cannot happen in person this year, teams will instead face off virtually with preliminary rounds taking place this weekend and the final competition occurring on Sunday, March 14th. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, this year’s teams are competing for educational trips to Japan that they may schedule once it is safe to travel.


Due to limitations on attendance, the competition and awards ceremony are closed to the public. Keep an eye out later this month for our announcement of the 2021 winners!


Best of luck to all our competing teams!

Upcoming Programs


Virtual Program Women Who Lead: Silver Linings and Redesigning a Business Talk-Story with Eden in Love Owner Tanna Dang Thurs., Mar. 18, 2021 Noon-1:00pm (HST)

For our next episode in “Women Who Lead,” JASH meets up with Eden in Love owner Tanna Dang to learn about her personal entrepreneurial journey and lessons learned through the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by JASH NexGen member Monchalee Ota. For details and to register, click here.

Shared Events

Hosted by the Honolulu Festival Foundation


Televised Program

Honolulu Festival Theme Week

Mar. 8-13

KGMB, KHNL, & K5

See local TV listing for times


Honolulu Festival:

Pacific Harmony through Cultural Exchange

Saturday, Mar. 13

Airing on K5

7:00pm (HST)


The 2021 Honolulu Festival will be televised on Saturday, March 13 at 7pm (HST) on K5 with simultaneous livestream at hawaiinewsnow.com. The program will re-air on Sunday, March 14 at 8pm on KHNL and Friday, March 19 at 7pm on KGMB. A special Honolulu Festival theme week with special guests will air from March 8-13 on KGMB, KHNL, & K5; check your local TV listing for times.

Hosted by the U.S.-Japan Council

Virtual Program

Remembering March 11, 2011:

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Wednesday, Mar. 10

1:00pm (HST)

Free


Please join the U.S.-Japan Council and other U.S.-Japan-related organizations for a special event to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. This virtual event will symbolize the United States standing together in solidarity with Japan and underscore the importance of our alliance, friendship, and shared values. For details and to register, click here.

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