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Sumie Society Annual Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: The Sumie Society of Hawaii will present its 17th annual exhibition featuring paintings by the students of Sachie Saegusa-Sensei. The exhibit will include over 80 sumie (black ink) shikishi and nihonga ink paintings. WHEN/WHERE:...
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Community Focus – HJCC Accepting Applications for Leadership Program Abroad

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the third annual Hawaii-Hiroshima Emerging Young Business Leaders Program. This program starts in Honolulu, running from Nov. 12 to 15. It also includes a program in Hiroshima in March 2020. The program is aimed at developing the next generation of leaders who are interested in....
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai president Wayne Miyao (far left), Hiroshima Prefecture governor Hidehiko Yuzaki (center) and Tökyö Hiroshima-Ken People’s Association president Yoshiki Paul Otake, gather for a group photo after signing of documents establishing the sister kenjinkai relationship. (Photos by Brandon Saigusa)

Community Focus – Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai Establishes Relationship with Tokyo Hiroshima Kenjin Kai

After two years of meetings and negotiations, the Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai formalized a sister kenjinkai relationship with the Tökyö Hiroshima-Ken People’s Association at a signing ceremony at the THKPA’s shinnen enkai (New Year’s banquet) at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tökyö on Jan. 20.

“The Journey From Within: Lessons From Leaders on Finding Your Philosophical Core”

WHO/WHAT: Former Gov. George Ariyoshi, retired University of Hawai‘i President Dr. Fujio Matsuda, Hawaiian resource specialist Earl Kawa‘a and businessman Duane Kurisu will participate in a discussion related to the release of the book,...
The koto players performing in the Goudou Ensou Kai (from left): Courtney Takara, Kathy Shigemura, Kazuko Ito-Sensei, Grace Carmichael, Robbie Umeno, Kinuko Tamashiro and Diane Kawamoto. They were joined by other koto and sanshin players in the front row on the stage (from left): Zachary Oyafuso, Sarah Nakatsu (koto), Brandon Ing, Derek Fujio (koto), Seichi Yagi-Sensei and Lisa Sadaoka (koto).

Community Focus – Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Holds Joint Koto, Sanshin Concert

The melodic sounds of Okinawan koto and sanshin music filled the Shinshu Kyokai Mission social hall on Oct. 20 as the Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association came together for their annual Gōdōu Ensōu Kai, or joint concert. The program....
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Local Motion! Kikunobu Dance Company Concert

WHO/WHAT: The Kikunobu Dance Company, led by Onoe Kikunobu-Sensei (Gertrude Tsutsumi), will present a concert featuring traditional, contemporary and folk dances of Japan as part of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s 2019...
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Obon Celebration Performance By Hiromi Junta

WHO/WHAT: Japanese singer, songwriter and composer Hiromi Junta will present a performance of original compositions from her homeland, Tokunoshima, in the Amami archipelago near Okinawa. WHEN/WHERE: Friday, July 6, at 7:15 p.m. at Lahaina Jodo Mission...
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Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Exhibit

WHO/WHAT: Nisei Veterans Legacy presents a photo exhibit highlighting the history and culture of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i — from immigration of Issei in the late 1800s to modern-day Hawai‘i, showing how Hawai‘i Nikkei...
Misako Ito sips tea prepared by Omotesenke tea sensei from Kyöto, Masaki Kimura-Soshö and Hiroyuki Sugata-Sensei. Seated beside her are Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito and former Hawai‘i Gov. John Waihe‘e.

Community Focus – Omotesenke Domonkai Holds Hatsugama Tea Ceremony

The Omotesenke Domonkai held a Hatsugama tea ceremony in the Seiköan Tea House at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi on Feb. 15. The ceremony commemorated the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the Hawaiʻi branch.
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“Kabuki in Hawaii 2019”

WHO/WHAT: “Kabuki in Hawaii 2019” will feature descendants of the legendary Nakamura family. Nakamura Shikan III and his three sons — Nakamura Hashinosuke, Nakamura Fukunosuke and Nakamura Utanosuke — will stage “Renjishi” and also...

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