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Allison Yanagi-Sensei (right) plays sanshin while her student Yukiko Pierce practices kücho during a recent lesson. (Photos courtesy Allison Yanagi)

Culture – “Aloha Den-On” To Debut New Ryukyuan Music School

Nomura Ryü Dentö Ongaku Kyökai Okinawa to Join Hawai‘i Concert Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to the Hawai‘i Herald More than 20 years ago, Bokuzen Kaneshiro presented his precious sanshin to his yonsei granddaughter, Allison Ya- nagi. It marked the beginning of her lifelong commitment to Okinawan performing arts. Today, Allison Yanagi — now Allison Yanagi-Sensei....
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Benten Kozo (Takeo Miji) and Princess Senju (Joyce Yoshizu) in a scene from “Benten the Thief.”

Lead Story – Kabuki in Hawaii: A 50-Year Journey

Dance Sensei Shares Memories of Kennedy Theatre’s First Kabuki Performance Jodie Chiemi Ching The last time Hawai‘i residents were treated to an authentic kabuki performance from Japan was half a century ago, in December of 1963. So, fans of the centuries-old theatre art are probably counting down the days until March 2 when kabuki returns....
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The Arts – Passing on Her Passion

Principal Dancer Romi Beppu is Training the Next Generation of Principal Dancers Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At age 34, ballerina Romi Beppu had realized most of her dreams: She had attained the rank of “principal dancer,” and she had toured the U.S. mainland, Europe and Japan with major international ballet companies.....
Leinani Group from Okinawa will be part of the formal opening ceremonies on Saturday.

2018 Okinawan Festival – Music, Dance, Taiko, Karate, Hula and Lots, Lots More!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President, and Sara Nakatsu, Vice President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Kazuko Ito Sokyoku Kyoshitsu
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Community Focus – Culture Award Nominees Sought For Japanese Cultural Society of Maui

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is accepting nominations for its annual Nihon Bunka Awards, or Japanese culture awards. Winners will be honored at the organization’s shinnen enkai dinner on Jan. 27, 2018, at the Maui Beach Hotel.
Hanamatsuri is a time when Buddhists of all denominations come together to celebrate the birth of the Buddha. This year’s celebration will be held Sunday, April 1, at the Soto Mission of Hawaii on Nu‘uanu Avenue.

Hanamatsuri 2018 – Buddha Day Celebration Set for April 1

Hawaii Buddhist Council Also Plan Joint Gannenmono Memorial Service Bishop Chishin Hirai Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The Hawaii Buddhist Council invites you to join our Buddha Day celebration on Sunday, April 1, which we are combining with a Gannenmono Memorial Service to express our joy, gratitude and respect on this, the 150th anniversary of....
Nearly 60 descendants — third, fourth, fifth and even sixth generations — of Gannenmono Tokujiro Sasaki Sato gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to celebrate their Gannenmono roots. (Photo by Carole Hayashino)

Gannenmono Descendants – Danny Kamekona Traces Roots To Gannenmono

Arnold T. Hiura Reprinted from Nov. 1, 1985, Hawai‘i Herald Editor’s note: Had he not died unexpectedly in 1996 at the still-young age of 60, you can be sure that actor Danny Kamekona would have joined his huge ‘ohana at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i earlier this year to commemorate the arrival 150 years....
Mochi topped with ikura.

Oshogatsu – New Life for Your Leftover Mochi

Editor’s note: It’s the fifth day of the new year and every time you open your frig, those trays of glutinous white rice cakes — mochi — are staring you in the eye. “Ahhhhh, I ordered too much,” you say to yourself. “What am I going to do with all this mochi? I’m going to....

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