Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii members take a group photo in front of the shrine.

Community Focus – Izumo Taishakyo Holds 112th Anniversary Omatsuri

Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawai‘i members, supporters and invited guests gathered at the Shintö shrine in Chinatown on Oct. 7 for the 112th annual Omatsuri Festival. The omatsuri service began with a procession of the priests. Representatives of the various community organizations and guests were invited to offer tamagushi (sacred branches) to the gods to....

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Editor’s note: This story by Gail Miyasaki was published during Hawaii Hochi’s first effort to launch a Japanese American community publication. The editor was James Brown, who later became the Hawaii Hochi’s English editor;...

“Allegiance” Pushes Back Against U.S. Climate Of Fear

Kyodo News Feature by Justin Maki NEW YORK – In a breathless sequence that starts with the Pearl Harbor address of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Kimura family loses everything. They are removed from a life...

The Patriotic Inouyes

Michie Kuwaye We’ve all heard the saying, “Give credit where credit is due.” Here is a story of a family that deserves their country’s appreciation. Saichi and Matsue Inouye were both born in Onomea, a small...
Sisters Keiko (right) and Yasuko get ready to devour their soba. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Connecting Through Food

TAKAYESU SOBA LOCATION: Urasoe, January 2017 Keiko’s older sister Yasuko is married to a rice farmer and they live in Hokkaidö, the northernmost prefecture of Japan. She flies home to Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, every January to visit the family. During Yasuko’s visit earlier this year, we picked her up from Naha Airport....
Photo of children visiting for Jusan Mairi blessing (celebrating passage of children into middle childhood) Photo courtesy Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazifu Tenmangu

Shichigosan and Jusan Mairi Blessings at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu

WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu celebrates Shichigosan, a custom that originated in the Heian Period (794-1185) among court nobles celebrating the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages 3,...
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Book Review – “Tadaima! I Am Home”

Gerald Kato Special to The Hawai‘i Herald When he was in his teens, Stephen Miwa was puzzled by his mother’s cryptic remark: “The Miwas are unlucky.” She never explained what she meant, but her words haunted him for decades. After she died, he began exploring his family’s past in order to better understand the Miwas’....
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“The Last Witness,” airs Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. Sadato Sakata was a highly regarded public prosecutor but now has his own law practice and specializes in criminal cases. One day, Sadato accepts a request to defend a successful businessman accused of murdering a woman he was having an affair with. The crime appears....

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“Antoki no Inochi,” airs on Friday, Dec. 12, at 7:35 p.m. Kyohei has shut away the world. During his high school days he was the target of bullying and experienced horrifying moments. Now as a...
Elena Wang and Sam Tanabe, members of the Broadway cast of “Allegiance,” sing a song from the musical for the JCCH audience. Wang will play “Kei” in next year’s Los Angeles production of the musical. (Photos by Gregg Kakesako)

Community – “Allegiance” Cast Honors Nisei Veterans and Support Groups

“Allegiance” Lead George Takei Discusses the Musical’s Broader Message Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Actor and civil rights activist George Takei said the story of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned behind barbed wire fences and guard towers in the months following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor because they looked like....

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