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Weekly Update 9/24

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

We are excited to announce the second installment in our “Women Who Lead” talk-story series scheduled for Thursday, October 15 from 4:00pm-5:00pm via Zoom. Our panelists for this webinar are Cristina Moon, Marketing Director and Resident Priest at Daihonzan Chozen-Ji International Zen Dojo, and Phyllis Look, Owner, Certified Guide, and Trail Certification Consultant at Forest Bathing Hawai‘i, with moderator Colby Takeda, longtime JASH member and Senior Manager at Blue Zones Project - Hawaii. Please join us as we discuss the role of spirituality in trying times and how it can help guide us through difficult situations like the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For details and to register, click here.


Upcoming Event

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 Programs


Virtual Program

The Secrets of Kaimuki Parks

Saturday, September 26, 2020

9:00am-10:00am HST


In commemoration of National Public Lands Day, host, storyteller, and Kaimuki resident, Jeff Gere will share our residents' secrets of Kaimuki's treasured parks. There will also be a cameo appearance by ʻukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, plus a live quiz show and prizes from local Kaimuki Businesses! Enjoy breathtaking views of Kaimuki’s gems and learn the best-kept secrets of the seven parks of Kaimuki. You'll hear from UH emeritus professors Tom Dinell and John Stinton; arborist Roxanne Adams and botanist Noweo Kai; community organizer Becky Gardner; and Winston Welch from The Outdoor Circle.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by Temple University, Japan Campus

Virtual Program TUJ Admissions 101 Sunday, September 27, 2020 3:00pm HST Free

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is the oldest and largest foreign university in Japan. Founded in 1982, TUJ has developed into a nationally recognized institution offering an extensive range of educational programs. TUJ students receive the same credits, degrees and transcripts as students at Main Campus in Philadelphia. All classes at TUJ are taught in English and no Japanese proficiency is required to start.

In this undergraduate webinar, TUJ Admissions Counselors will be going over the application process, scholarships, and financial aid. A live Q&A will follow. A recording of the session will be available to those who register for this webinar in advance.

For details and to register, click here.


Hosted by the Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Virtual Program

Equal Lives: Hiroshima Hibakusha Shigeaki Mori

and the Stories of 12 American POWs

with Director G. K. Hunter

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1:00pm-2:00pm HST


The Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Social Sciences presents another installment in their “Beginning and End of the Bomb” talk-story series. Director G. K. Hunter shares the central theme of reconciliation featured in his documentary "Sakura & Pearls: Healing from World War II." This theme was inspired by his interview of Shigeaki Mori-san, a Hiroshima hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) and renowned historian in Japan, who documented the 12 American POWs that perished from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

For details and to register, click here.


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

Virtual Program

Japan Enters the Post-Abe Era: More of the Same or New Directions?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1:00pm-2:00pm HST


Just days after becoming the longest sitting Prime Minster in Japan’s history, Shinzo Abe unexpectedly announced his resignation on August 28, citing serious health issues. The next Prime Minister will face unprecedented domestic and foreign challenges ranging from Japan’s demographic crisis, the rise of China’s military and economic power, a global pandemic which is driving a world recession, and doubts about America’s longstanding security commitment to Japan. What will be the policy priorities of the next Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, and how will he differ from PM Abe in content and style of leadership? The Japan Society of Boston and the Japan Society of Northern California are proud to jointly present a program to explore the opportunities and pitfalls of the post-Abe era. Please join them online on September 30, 2020 to hear three of the top experts on Japan’s domestic and foreign policy talk about what the change in leadership means for Japan and for its relationship with the US.

For details and to register, click here.


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.

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