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Community Focus – Taishöji Sötö Zen Temple Celebrates Centennial

Taishöji Sötö Mission celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with a commemorative service and luncheon on Oct. 16. The theme of the celebration was “Ho-on,” or “Sweet Memories with Gratitude,” to express the...

Hawai‘i And Hiroshima Prefecture Sign Education Cooperation Agreement

Hawai‘i state Department of Education superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and Hiroshima Prefecture superintendent Kuniaki Shimozaki signed a Statement of Intent on Education Cooperation on May 27 at Washington Place. The ceremony was attended by First...
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Community Focus – Yamagata Governor Introduces Prefecture’s Products

Yamagata Prefecture governor Mieko Yoshimura visited Honolulu last month to introduce products from her prefecture. Among the products Yoshimura and Japanese actor Eiichiro Funakoshi introduced were Yamagata’s artisan woodworks and crafts, its sake, Yonezawa...
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Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Central Pacific Bank recently announced personnel changes. Dayna Matsumoto has been promoted to senior vice president and controller. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of accounting, financial management, and reporting processes, including overseeing the...
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Community Focus – Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawai‘i Holds First Tea of 2017

The Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii celebrated the “Year of the Rooster” with a traditional Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of the year, in the Seikokan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Jan. 15. Guests at the first ceremony included Tankokai president and former Hawai‘i governor George Ariyoshi and his wife Jean....
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Community Focus – Ujsh Celebrates Tsukimi No Kai

The United Japanese Society of Hawai‘i hosted its annual Tsukimi no Kai (moon viewing) event at Kapi‘olani Community College on Aug. 18. Guests were encouraged to come dressed in a yukata or hapi coat...
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Community Focus – Beiju Honorees To Be Recognized At East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai...

The East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjin Kai will celebrate the new year at its annual luncheon meeting to be held Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall. People with ancestral roots in Hiroshima or who have an interest in Japan are encouraged to attend the luncheon and join the organization. President Tommy....

Thursday mini-bullets

A festival brings lessons Japanese culture to Missouri Botanical Gardens. An interview with the Harajuku Girls. Proof that protest works. Paramount apologies for a racist slur in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. The Wall Street Journal:...
From left: Misako Ito, Consul General Koichi Ito, Imperial Decoration recipient Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dean Jerris Hedges and former University of Hawai‘i president Dr. Fujio Matsuda.

Community Focus – Dr. Satoru Izutsu Awarded Imperial Decoration

Dr. Satoru Izutsu, recently retired vice dean and director of admissions for the University of Hawai‘i’s John A. Burns School of Medicine, was presented The Order of the Rising Sun, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Government of Japan. Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito made the presentation....
Photo of JWSF president-elect Cathy Iwai presents a check for $10,000 to Kuakini Foundation president Gary Kajiwara for Kuakini Home

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Celebrates New Year

The Japanese Women’s Society Foundation welcomed 2017 — “the Year of the Rooster” — with its annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) at Natsunoya Tea House on Jan. 29. A bake sale, “Lucky Me” bidding and fukubukuro (surprise grab bag) sales preceded lunch and a short business meeting. Board member Deborah Huebler emceed the event, introducing....

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