Children playing taiko drums at a New Year's Ohana Festival

New Year’s Ohana Festival

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i celebrates the “Year of the Rat” with its annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, the state’s largest festival celebrating Japanese New Year’s traditions. Enjoy delicious food and a...
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
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Dear Frances – Wife-bathing Column Generates Interest

Frances H. Kakugawa Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Happy New Year, Readers! I hope you had an enjoyable New Year’s Day. My Nov. 1 column interest in which two husbands shared their experience of bathing their disabled wives generated the kind of interest I had not expected. Here is some of the feedback I received. Dear Frances,....
Jordyn Muraoka –– Roosevelt High School, first place, Hawai‘i, high school.

2020 Nengajo (2 of 3)

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The 2019 World Buddhist Women’s Association convention delegation from Hilo (from left): Barbara Fujimoto, Rimban Shindo Nishiyama, Suzy Nishiyama, BJ Soriano, Theo Kushi and Hilo BWA president Carole Tsutsumi. Not pictured: Ellen Okano. (Photo courtesy Jan Higashi)

Community Focus – Jan. 26 Shinnen Enkai Set for Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Buddhist Women

“Building Healthy Sanghas: Embracing Generosity and Openness” will be the theme of the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association shinnen enkai (New Year’s party) and general membership meeting on Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Sangha Hall. Rimban Shindo Nishiyama will conduct the service. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. and the service and party....
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Mind-Body Wellness – Mind-Body Wellness 101

Dr. Chad Sato Hawai‘i Herald Columnist
Tatsumoto’s version of ozoni includes: mochi, thin slices of mizuna, daikon, shiitake, enoki mushrooms, hasu, carrots and canned scallops in a konbu and katsuo broth.

Ryan’s Table – Beyond Osechi Ryori

Local Japanese-style New Year’s Cuisine and Traditions Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist Today, people in the 50th still practice Japanese New Year’s, or oshögatsu, traditions by placing a kadomatsu near the home entrance, stacking the kagami mochi topped with a tangerine and consuming ozoni as the first meal of the new year. In Japan, people enjoy osechi ryöri during the first three days of the year. The tradition....
Skyy Smith –– ‘Äina Haina Elementary School, second place, Hawai‘i, elementary school.

2020 Nengajo (1 of 3)

The artwork on the next three pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Association of Teachers of Japanese. It is a statewide competition for students learning Japanese language and is open to elementary, middle and high school students whose teachers are HATJ members.....
Comic Shushin, January 3, 2020 Issue


  Bishop Ryokan Ara Tendai Mission of Hawaii Ningen wa nakinagara umarete kitan da yo. Nagai jinsei da mono naku toki mo aru sa. Sono tabi ni umare-kawarun da na kitto. Your first cry at birth! In one's long journey of life, there...
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In Our Community – Celebrating 45 Years of Kikaida i Hawaii!

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