The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival court modeled various obi tying techniques done by students of the University Laboratory School kimono program, under the direction of Jean Sakihara-Sensei.

Community Focus – Japanese Women’s Society Foundation Installs 2017-18 Officers

Members of the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation and their guests gathered at Waialae Country Club on July 23 for the organization’s annual general membership meeting and installation luncheon. Outgoing president Irene Nakamoto thanked the 2016-17 officers and chairpersons for their service during the past year. She also highlighted the organization’s events over the last 12....
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Community Focus – Yokohama Showing for “Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit”, Next Stop: Hiroshima

A photo exhibit chronicling the history of Japanese immigrants and their descendants in Hawai‘i recently opened at the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum in Yokohama, Japan. The exhibit, titled, “The Hawaii Nikkei Legacy,” is co-sponsored by the Nisei Veterans Legacy, the Japan-America Society of Hawaii and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The term Nikkei refers....
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Community Focus – Herald Salutes

Eric Oto has been appointed chef de cuisine of Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Oto is now responsible for overseeing the culinary direction of the award-winning restaurant under the guidance of The Kahala’s executive chef, Wayne Hirabayashi. Oto has more than a decade of culinary experience. He most recently served as sous chef....
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JCCH Summer Cultural Workshop: Eisa in Hawaii

WHO/WHAT: Are you planning to attend the Okinawan Festival this Labor Day weekend? If so, you will likely be mesmerized by the energy of the eisa performances. Grant “Sandaa” Murata, who holds a shihan...
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“Kafu (Genealogy) in Okinawa”

WHO/WHAT: An overview of Okinawan genealogy by Professor Masayuki Dana, director of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum. Professor Dana will explain the characteristics of Okinawan genealogy using, as a sample, the kafu,...
Photo of Edo Sato Kagura (Festival and Shinto shrine music and dance), featuring Kyosuke Suzuki

An Evening of Edo Sato Kagura

WHO/WHAT: Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii, the East-West Center Arts Program and Taiko Arts Center present a free performance of Edo Sato Kagura (Festival and Shinto shrine music and dance), featuring Kyosuke Suzuki. Suzuki is...
Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy keiki gave guests a preview of what they can expect at the Oct. 21 dance concert.

Spotlight – Nakasone Dance Academy Plans Oct. 21 Concert at Blaisdell

Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy will celebrate its 61st anniversary with a grand dance program this fall. The Okinawan dance school was started by Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone shortly after she immigrated to Hawai‘i as the young bride of Clarence Tomokazu Nakasone. Over the decades Nakasone-Sensei has passed on the art to....
From left: JCCH board chair Christine Kubota; Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa; Hawai‘i Gov. David Ige; Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho; honorees Kenny and Chizuko Endo of Taiko Center of the Pacific; honorees Barry Masuo, Ethel Yamane and Ethel Hasegawa, representing the JCCH Gift Shop Visionaries; honoree Tsukasa Harufuku of JTB Hawaii Inc.; honorees Mabel and Norman Hashisaka of Kauai Kookies; honoree Dean Okimoto of Nalo Farms and JCCH president/executive director Carole Hayashino.

Community Focus – JCCH Honors Six at “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” Gala

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i recognized six individuals, organizations and volunteers at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala on June 17 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. The honorees were recognized for their dedication to culture and the arts, commitment to the promotion of Japanese culture, contributions to the community, leadership....
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Herald Salutes

Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce president Wayne Toshimi Ishihara was conferred an imperial decoration from the Government of Japan. With Ishihara’s wife Joy and their two adult children, Trevor and Jaci, and other family and friends looking on, Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa pinned The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays,....
Seated: Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa; Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and wife Ann; Dr. Genshitsu Sen, president of the Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii; and former Hawai‘i Gov. John Waihee and wife Lynne. Standing: Former Consul General of Japan in Honolulu and current Urasenke Tankokai Federation advisor Kishichiro Amae; Dr. Sakurai; Mrs. Yukiko Sakurai, niece of Dr. Sen; Mrs. Hidemi Amae; East-West Center president Richard Vuylsteke; Japan-America Society of Hawaii board chair Sal Miwa; Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i board chair Christine Kubota; Misako Kurokawa; Mr. Ajito of Urasenke Japan; and Akemi Kurokawa, former president of Urasenke Tankokai Hawaii.

Community Focus – Urasenke Celebrates 45th Seminar in Hawaii

Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii president Dr. Genshitsu Sen hosted a dinner reception for friends and members of the Chado Urasenke Tanko Kai Hawaii Association and participants in the University of Hawai‘i’s 45th tea seminar on July 20 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

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