The 2018 cast of the “Shoko Shiranami Gonin Otoko” performance. Kneeling in front is the Kojyo, played by Caroline Witherspoon. Standing from left are: emcees Keven Matsuura and Alexis Okihara; dorobo Tadanobu Rihei (George Takase), Nango Rikimaru (Guy Tanioka), Akaboshi Jyuzaburo (Richard Manungas), Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Cynthia Yamasaki) and Nippon Daemon (Yasuhiko Ishikawa). Missing from photo: Meakashi Kingoro (Brandon Miyagi).

Community Focus – HJCC Stages 73rd Gonin Otoko Play

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce welcomed the “Year of the Dog” at its 73rd annual shinnenkai (New Year’s party) on Jan. 5. The event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i was attended...
Teishu (tea ceremony host) Kae Pusic-Sanada prepared tea for guests (from left): Consul General Koichi Ito, Mrs. Misako Ito, Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Dr. Robert Huey and Akemi Kurokawa at the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Association’s Hatsudate Shiki.

Community Focus – Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association Welcomes 2018 With Hatsudate Shiki

Members and guests of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii Association, led by president George R. Ariyoshi, ushered in the Year of the Dog on Jan. 21 with the Hatsudate Shiki, or first tea of...
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Community Focus – Hui O Laulima Awards 2018 Cultural Grants

Hui O Laulima has awarded its 2018 cultural grants to 11 organizations, totaling $13,000. The nonprofit women’s organization, which is an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, awards grants annually to individuals...
Red and White Song Festival contestants gather on stage while waiting for the competition results to be tallied at the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s shinnenkai.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Holds Shinnenkai

A lively taiko performance by Hyaku Sen Ki Kai Taiko, Pacific Buddhist Academy’s student taiko group, kicked off the festivities of the 2018 shinnenkai (New Year’s party) of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation on...
Members of Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyo Kai - Hawaii Shibu sanshin association and Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association perform together at the Gödö Ensö Kai, or joint concert. (Photo by Noriyoshi Kanaizumi)

Community Focus – Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Holds Annual Concert

Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyo Kai - Hawaii Shibu sanshin association and Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association held their 2017 Gödö Ensö Kai, or joint concert, at Masa’s Cafeteria...
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Community Focus – Five Honored with the HUOA “Legacy Award”

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented its “Legacy Award” to five individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Okinawan community. The luncheon program was held Nov. 12 in the Coral Ballroom of...
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Community Focus – Hawaii Buddhist Council Launches “Open Night at the Temples”

The Hawaii Buddhist Council has launched an “Open Night at Temples” series aimed at introducing those interested in learning about the different denominations of Buddhism represented in the council to an open-house tour of...
Colbert Matsumoto (seated, fourth from left) and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito hold Matsumoto’s Imperial Decoration certificate. Also seated in the front row (from left): Irene Hirano Inouye, former Gov. George Ariyoshi, Ito, Matsumoto, wife Gail Matsumoto and mother Matsuko Matsumoto. Standing behind are Colbert Matsumoto’s other family members and friends. (Photo courtesy Japanese Consulate)

Spotlight – Colbert Matsumoto Receives Imperial Decoration

Colbert Masayuki Matsumoto was conferred The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Government of Japan in a ceremony at the Japanese Consulate on Dec. 21. The Imperial Decoration, which...
Former Wakaba Kai sorority members gathered for a group photo at their recent 68th reunion at the JCCH. Inset: Wakaba Kai founder Lillian Yajima tells the former sorority members about Wakaba Kai’s early days. (Photos by Clinton Inouye)

Community Focus – Wakaba Kai Sorority Celebrates 68th Anniversary

Former members of the University of Hawai‘i’s Wakaba Kai gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Oct. 22 to celebrate the sorority’s 68th anniversary. Wakaba Kai, which means “young leaves” in Japanese,...
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Community Focus – “Cultural Day” at the NVMC

“Cultural Day,” a project inspired and spearheaded by a Maui teen to honor Nisei veterans like her grandfather and all veterans, will be held at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center’s Stanley Izumigawa Pavilion on...

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