Cover Photo for Feb. 3rd's Issue - of Ken Saiki (Saeki) visiting his dad's Furusato

Lead Story – Journey To My Furusato With Dad

A Missed Opportunity Inspires A Commitment to Help Others Touch Their Ancestral Homeland Ken Saiki Special to The Hawai‘i Herald I called my daughter at work and told her the good news: My father had heard that we were headed to Japan on a two-week trip and offered to take us to his furusato. Dad was born....
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“An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten” Book Launch Party

WHO/WHAT: The long-awaited release of “An Internment Odyssey: Haisho Tenten,” written by Suikei Furuya and translated by Tatsumi Hayashi, will be released by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The book chronicles Furuya’s World...
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Dialogue – Share Your Furusato . . . and Remembering EO 9066

DIALOGUE BY Karleen C. Chinen Are you familiar with this century-old Japanese children’s song, “Furusato?” I’d heard the melody before, but I didn’t know the lyrics or what they meant until I attended a Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai event late last year at which there was group singing of this song. Fortunately for me, the....
Comic image of Shushin, Feb. 3 2017 Issue

Shushin

SHUSHIN by Bishop Ryokan Ara, Tendai Mission of Hawaii
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Landmarks – Hunting Lions in Honolulu, Finding Symbols of Protection and Bravery

Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The multicultural identity of a community is often reflected in its publicly visible art and architecture, and few objects are more distinctively East Asian than the guardian lions positioned at the entrance to buildings or passages. These imposing beasts usually come in pairs — one on the left....
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Looking Within – What Is Your Ikigai?, Views on Life’s Purpose For The Sansei...

Cullen T. Hayashida Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Several years ago, a good friend of mine told me that he was now 65 years old, on Social Security and retired. He said he expected to live at least another 20 years or so, but did not know what to do with his life. It felt....
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Dear Frances – Unexpected Gifts

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Readers, Do you remember my friend Mabs? I told you about her in my March 4 column, “Mabs’ Journey.” Mabs continues to attend my Memoir Writing Group, even though her Alzheimer’s disease is beginning to take its toll. By our last session, I had become a stranger to....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
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Community Focus – HJCC’s 72nd Shinnen Enkai Features Secret Star

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce celebrated the arrival of the “Year of the Rooster” at its 72nd annual shinnen enkai (New Year’s banquet). The Jan. 6 event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i attracted a sold-out audience of 410 people, including HJCC members, their families and friends. The shinnen enkai is traditionally a....

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