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Weekly Update 4/14: Renewing Our Commitment

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

In both the U.S. and Japan, spring brings new beginnings. In these early months in the Northern Hemisphere, plants and animals have started emerging their winter slumber. Daily life in Japan mirrors this fresh start, with the school year and fiscal year kicking off in the springtime. In Hawaii, the seasonal changes are perhaps more discrete, marked by shifts in the tides and winds rather than the melting of snow. Although people throughout the globe experience spring in varying ways, none of these experiences is greater or less than any other; they are simply Different Perspectives. The Japan-America Society of Hawaii renews our commitment in standing against hate. Too often are we reminded that even now, there are some who use differences to invalidate people based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and more. Racial and gendered violence, misogyny, and xenophobia are not just lines in our history books. We at the Japan-America Society of Hawaii join the Asian, AAPI, Black, and other minority communities in solidarity to condemn all forms of discrimination. It is our mission to unite people across the Pacific and beyond, a goal best illustrated by our educational program’s focus on acknowledging, accepting, and encouraging Different Perspectives. In all aspects of our organization, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii will continue building bridges, bringing together people of varying cultures and backgrounds, and fostering equity and justice. Spring brings warmth, vitality, and color back into the world. Just like the myriad of spring flowers, it is diversity that makes the world such a beautiful place to be.

Photo by Christianne Ono


Congratulations to Hideki Matsuyama!

Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Congratulations to Hideki Matsuyama for his victory in the 85th Masters Tournament on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Matsuyama’s win is historic for Japan, as he is the first Japanese man to win a major golf championship. Previously, the Masters Tournament had seen victors from 11 different countries; on Sunday, Matsuyama made Japan the 12th. Following his victory, Matsuyama commented that he hopes that his win will set an example for younger golfers in Japan to pursue the sport. We at the Japan-America Society of Hawaii extend our heartfelt congratulations to Matsuyama-senshu, and thank him for inspiring the upcoming generation of golfers!


Shared Program

From the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu

Japan Food Journey Episode 1: Food As Art

Join local food influencer and writer Kelli Shiroma Braiotta as she discovers culinary diplomacy with Chef Makino. Chef Yuuta Makino, the Resident Chef of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu, showcases locally-sourced ingredients from the islands of Hawaii prepared in Japanese-style in an original dish that's sure to delight and surprise. In this video, Chef Makino shows you how he prepares his special Sakura Parfait, and shares his tips for plating a delicious Japanese-style parfait at home. Click here to watch on YouTube.


Shared Events

Hosted by Chozen-ji

Virtual Discussion


Going all out to let it all go

Thurs., April 15, 2021

2pm (HST)

Please join Chozen-ji priest Cristina Moon and master bodyworker (and current live-in) Geraldine Abergas as they discuss how training at Chozen-ji has helped them understand trauma and its release. Information about an upcoming, 3-week "Zen & Trauma" program at Chozen-ji this Fall will also be shared. For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival

Virtual Program HIFF Showcase Series: Indigenous Lens April 15-25, 2021

From April 15-25, the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival presents their Indigenous Lens Showcase Series through their on-demand video streaming platform. Powered by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), this series expands on HIFF’s mission to be the festival of record of Indigenous, Aboriginal and First Peoples from the Pacific and the Americas. Indigenous Lens features the latest works from Kanaka Maoli, as well as media artists from New Zealand, Australia and greater Polynesia and Oceania. The Indigenous Lens lineup features award winning festival favorites, and fresh new titles of 2021. Exclusive for JASH Members, receive $2 off the non-member price for a single film by entering code JASH at checkout. JASH is proud to be a Festival Partner for the 2021 Hawaiʻi International Film Festival. To view the Indigenous Lens lineup and purchase tickets, click here.

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