DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen
What a week it was! Otsukaresama to the Gannenmono Committee volunteers, Kizuna Hawaii, and to Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and his team. Thank you for all your hard work!
As we worked on this edition, I found myself wondering what, in their afterlife, the Gannenmono might be thinking about how their arrival in Hawai‘i 150 years earlier was being hailed and celebrated today. So much so that even Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Japan journeyed to Hawai‘i to be a part of the commemoration. After all, the Gannenmono essentially snuck out of Japan in 1868.