The koto players performing in the Goudou Ensou Kai (from left): Courtney Takara, Kathy Shigemura, Kazuko Ito-Sensei, Grace Carmichael, Robbie Umeno, Kinuko Tamashiro and Diane Kawamoto. They were joined by other koto and sanshin players in the front row on the stage (from left): Zachary Oyafuso, Sarah Nakatsu (koto), Brandon Ing, Derek Fujio (koto), Seichi Yagi-Sensei and Lisa Sadaoka (koto).

Community Focus – Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Holds Joint Koto, Sanshin Concert

The melodic sounds of Okinawan koto and sanshin music filled the Shinshu Kyokai Mission social hall on Oct. 20 as the Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association came together for their annual Gōdōu Ensōu Kai, or joint concert. The program....
67th Chrysanthemum festival contestants: Alexis Camara, Emma Mika Endo, Cassidy Hanano, Lauren Mitra, Kokoro Yamazaki

Maui Community Focus – Chrysanthemum Festival set for Dec. 7 in Kihei

Five Valley Isle high school juniors will vie for the title of 67th Chrysanthemum Festival queen. The festival is a Japanese cultural event that raises funds for scholarships and for the historical preservation programs of its sponsor, Maui’s Sons and Daughters of the Nisei Veterans. The Chrysanthemum Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at....
Consul General of Japan, Koichi Ito, and his wife, Misako Ito, give thanks and receive blessings as they pray at the altar with Rev. Akihiro Okada of the Daijingu Temple of Hawaii.

Community Focus – UJSH Celebrates its 20th Tsukimi No Kai

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii held its 20th annual “Tsukimi no Kai,” or moon-viewing celebration, on Oct. 15, on the rooftop of Bakery & Table. This year’s event was co-chaired by UJSH president-elect Frances Nakachi Kuba and past president Dean Asahina. Highlights of the event included a blessing, tea ceremony, haiku contest and bon....
Photo of KTA Chairman and CEO, Barry Taniguchi

Remembrance – Aloha ‘Oe, Barry Taniguchi

Karleen Chinen Commentary I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat another hotel banquet salad without remembering fondly the happy face of KTA Super Stores chairman and CEO Barry Taniguchi enjoying his dinner salad . . . with a pair of hashi (chopsticks), instead of a fork. That is an image I will not....
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Community Focus – HJCC Accepting Applications for Leadership Program Abroad

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the third annual Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders Program. This program starts in Honolulu, running from Nov. 12 to 15. It also includes a program in Hiroshima in March 2020. The program is aimed at developing the next generation of leaders who are interested in....
Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii member Reiko Lewis carefully waters her floral arrangement during the hanayose (flower offering) — one of the Seven Exercises, or Shichiji-shiki, established by Sösa Sen VII (1705-1751).

Community Focus – Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii Honors Tea Master Jashinsai VII

The Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii held a special tea ceremony on Sept. 21 in the Seikoan tearoom at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The ceremony, called Tennenki, was held in honor of Iemoto Joshinsai (Tennen Sösa) VII (1705-1751). The program celebrated Joshinsai’s legacy and his role in establishing the foundations for Omotesenke with a chatö,....
The 2019 United Japanese Society of Hawaii Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai honorees are pictured with UJSH president Rev. Akihiro Okada (standing, far left) and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito (standing, far right). (Hawaii Hochi photo by Noriyoshi Kanaizumi)

Community Focus – UJSH Recognizes New Octogenarians

The United Japanese Society of Hawaii honored 24 new 80-year-olds at its annual “Nenchosha Ian Engei Taikai” program on Sept. 28 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Manoa Grand Ballroom. The program is held in conjunction with the observance of “Keiro no Hi,” or “Respect for the Aged Day,” which is a national holiday....
“Bon-Uta: A Song from Home.” (Photo courtesy Ai Iwane)

Community Focus – “Bon-UTA” Screening Set for Hawaii

“Bon-Uta: A Song from Home” will be screened on Maui at the Lahaina Jodo Mission on Saturday, Sept. 28, and on O‘ahu at the Doris Duke Theatre in the Honolulu Museum of Art on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.  This new documentary about several evacuees from the town of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture....
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Community Focus – HUOA to Honor Eight on Nov. 2

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association will honor eight people for their contributions to the Okinawan and larger local and global community at its 2019 Legacy Awards luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The HUOA will honor four individuals from Hawai‘i and four from Okinawa. Honorees from Hawai‘i....
Chef Chai Chaowasaree plating his dish – shoyu and Kuba Awamori-braised pork belly in a steamed bun with cucumber namasu (Japanese pickles) and scallions. (Photo by Wayne Shinbara)

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