Himeji Castle Reopens Following Five-Year Restoration

KÖBE — After five and a half years under wraps, restoration of the 17th-century Himeji Castle has finally been completed. A government celebration ceremony was held at the UNESCO — United Nations Educational, Scientific...

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Omoi kitte, arigatou to Hitokoto itte, minasai Sono, hItokoto de Aite mo Kawaru shi, Jibun mo, kawaru kara Resolve to always say “thank you.” That simple phrase will transform both your own attitude and that of the hearer. – Bishop Ryokan Ara Tendai Mission of Hawaii
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More Married Women In Japan Working Away From Families

TÖKYÖ — For 20 to 30 minutes every morning, Tokiko Nakayama speaks with her two sons, ages 6 and 3, via computer from her company apartment in Kyöto before leaving for work. The 36-year-old...

Tomodachi Inouye Scholars Visit Hawai‘i

Twenty-three students from Matsuyama University in Japan’s Ehime Prefecture recently visited Honolulu, where they met with students from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa as part of the TOMODACHI Inouye Scholars exchange program. The program...
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Hawaii Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii Wind Ensemble presents its annual Spring Concert. The HWE is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteer members who enjoy playing instrumental music and performing for the community. WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, April 25, at...

Hawai’i-Okinawa Student Exchange Program Marks 25th Anniversary

The 25 Okinawan student participants in the 25th Hawai‘i-Okinawa Sister-State Student Exchange marked the milestone anniversary with a visit to the office of Gov. David Ige on March 12. During their two-week visit, the...

Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii Celebrates 60th Anniversary With Kencha Shiki

A kencha shiki (formal offertory of tea) was the highlight of the Omotesenke Domonkai Hawaii’s 60th anniversary celebration, which was held Feb. 20 and 21 in Honolulu. The kencha was offered by Yuyusai Soin...

Kimberly Takata Named Cherry Blossom Festival Queen

Gwen Battad Ishikawa The 63rd Cherry Blossom Festival came to a close on March 22 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, when the new queen and court were announced at the Festival Ball. The festival, sponsored by...

Circling Naha On Foot

Louis Wai Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Circling Naha. The weather in Okinawa this past New Year’s Eve was a cool 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a picture-perfect winter day, with blue skies and a light breeze. The...

Tökyö Ward OK’s Same-Sex “Partnerships”

TÖKYÖ — One of Tökyö’s major wards has become Japan’s first municipality to adopt a draft ordinance enabling it to issue certificates recognizing same-sex relationships as being almost equivalent to marriage. The ordinance approved by...

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