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HIFF – Closing Night Film

“YOUR NAME.” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 105 min. Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. HIFF closes this year’s festival with “Your Name.,” the biggest moneymaking film in Japan. The film...
Photo of "Sumö Road — The Musical” screens on Nov. 6 as part of the “Careful What You Pack Shorts.”∏

HIFF – Careful What You Pack

“SUMÖ ROAD – THE MUSICAL” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 25 min. Written and directed by Ken Ochiai. Kure, an overweight exchange student from Taiwan, has a hard time fitting in...
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HIFF – Shorts Before Feature

“IM/PERFECTION” | World Premiere | United States | English | 12 min. Directed by Andrew Higa Hiroshi Hida immigrated to Hawai‘i from Japan in 1961. He struggled to learn English, but excelled in math and painting...
“The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu,” continues through April 15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. (Photos courtesy of the Honolulu Museum of Art)

Arts Review – “The Disasters of Peace”

Social Discontent Highlighted in Manga Works of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald This is not your American-style funnies; that’s for sure. The Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition, “The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu,” features the manga (Japanese comic....

Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation Recital

WHO/WHAT: The Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation will present its annual maizome, or recital, showcasing the accomplishments of the students over the past year. The program will feature 24 dance and nagauta (long song) shamisen...
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Okianawa Kucho Presentation

WHO/WHAT: Allison Yanagi-Sensei, an Okinawan kucho (upright fiddle) instructor, and her student, Yukiko Pierce, will present a public performance as part of their Apprentice Mentoring Grant. The grant program is part of the Hawai‘i...
Allison Arakawa Sears performing “Bashofu” at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Musical Classic – “Bashofu” – Taking Us Home

The “Bashofu” Story Has Roots in Hawai‘i and Okinawa Jodie Chiemi Ching Umi no ao sa ni, sora no ao . . . (Deep emerald hues of the sea, the radiant blue hues in the sky . . .) For many Uchinanchu around the world, just hearing the first line of the song “Bashofu” triggers....
Dark black and white photo of a vase with a board featuring Japanese characters above it, on behalf of the Zen Ken Sho Art Show and Sale

“Zen Ken Sho” Art Show and Sale

WHO/WHAT: The Daihonzan Chozen-ji International Zen Dojo will hold its annual art show and sale, “Zen Ken Sho.” It will include demonstrations of martial and fine arts used in Zen training at Chozen-ji, including...
“He keeps looking for visual patterns, similarities, recurring motifs in the wild disorder of everyday life,” says art critic Wayne Muromoto of 86-year-old artist Harry Tsuchidana.

Arts Review – Wild About Harry Tsuchidana

Wayne Muromoto Commentary Special to The Hawai‘i Herald It was pretty funny the first time I met Harry Tsuchidana a couple of decades ago. It was for an interview for The Hawai‘i Herald. I knocked on the door of his apartment studio. It swung open and there was Harry, his mouth agape, eyes bulging out....
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“Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art”

WHO/WHAT: An exhibition of Okinawan ceramics, lacquer and textile works from the Honolulu Museum of Art’s extensive collection of Okinawan art. The exhibit includes rare works from the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879), which played a...

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