Jodie Chiemi Ching

Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Combine generous portions of cultural information with slices of history and literature; flavor with music, dance and current events; lomi (massage) with aloha, and you have “Nikkei Spirit,” a lively, informative and good-fun radio program that airs live Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on KZOO (1210 AM).

The show, which is produced and hosted by the United Japanese Society of Hawaii, recently began broadcasting from KZOO’s studio in the new Shirokiya Japan Village Walk at Ala Moana Center. The June 28 show marked the “passing of the microphone” from 2015-’16 president Cyrus Tamashiro to his successor, Dean Asahina. Tamashiro is a past president of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, and Asahina is a past president of the Hawaii Yamanashi Kyoyu Kai. Both kenjinkai are UJSH members. Joining them for their first broadcast from the new studio were KZOO president David Furuya and his wife (and station vice president) Robyn Furuya. Their smiles expressed their happiness with the program.

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