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Rakugo By Yanagiya Sankyo

WHO/WHAT: The UH Center for Japanese Studies, the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and a cultural affairs agency for the Government of Japan present a performance by veteran rakugo performer Yanagiya Sankyo. It...
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Itadakimasu – Hospitality at its Finest

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Xenia: The ancient Greek concept of hospitality, generosity and courtesy shown to those from near and afar. Senia: The newest and most anticipated restaurant in the 50th’s dining scene. As I mentioned in an earlier column, the opening of Senia was likely the most anticipated restaurant event in recent Hawai‘i....
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Cherry Blossom Festival Special – Queen Interview

Alexis Sayuri Okihara 64th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Looks Forward to Sharing Knowledge with Future Generations Gwen Battad Ishikawa It is fitting that kansha (gratitude) was the theme of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival, because kansha is what Queen Alexis Okihara has felt for the past year. “They [Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, who....
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Generation Gap

GENERATION GAP by Jon J. Murakami
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Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants (p. 1 of 4)

Jennifer Keiko Ezaki Parents: Bruce and Laura Ezaki High School: Our Redeemer Lutheran, 2009 College/Degree/Year: Biola University, bachelor’s degree in communication, 2013; University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, post baccalaureate certification in special education, 2016. “What does kokoro mean to you?” “Kokoro is a reminder for me to remain present and connected in a constantly changing....
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8•0•8

8•0•8 By Dennis Fujitake
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Herald Salutes

Hui O Laulima recently awarded $9,400 in cultural grants to 14 individuals and organizations. The nonprofit women’s organization is an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Hui O Laulima annually offers grants to individuals and organizations that promote and perpetuate the culture of Okinawa in Hawai‘i. In awarding the grants, HOL noted that....
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Dear Frances

DEAR FRANCES By Frances H. Kakugawa Dear Frances, I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration. I have been keeping a journal, which has been extremely helpful to me since my husband had a major stroke in December and passed Jan 7. Thank you so much for your support. Barbara Nance Kona, Hawai‘i Dear....
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Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants (p. 4 of 4)

Ruth Mariko Taketa Family: Carol Sato (mother) and Jonathan Taketa (brother) High School: Roosevelt High School, 2011 College/Degree/Year: University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, 2016. “What does kokoro mean to you?” “Kokoro is the careful balance of the heart, mind, and spirit. I think of kokoro as a combination of each characteristic....

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