Awa Odori at UHM

Awa Odori dancers from Tokushima will perform on March 15, 2010 at the Student Center’s Campus Grand Ballroom. There will be a presentation on Tokushima and Awa Odori by a JET returnee (in English/Japanese), a talk in Japanese by the dance team leader, and a dance demonstration. The Japanese Consulate is also hosting a luncheon following the demonstration where the dancers can interact with participants in Japanese (registration will be required for luncheon). The event is co-sponsored by The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi, the Association of Naruto AWA-ODORI promotion, and the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu.

Harimaya Bridge

The Center for Japanese Studies, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu are pleased to announce a screening of the film Harimaya Bridge (2009) on February 7, 2010 from 2:00-6:00 pm in Business Administration A-101. Harimaya Bridge tells the story of Daniel, an African-American man who must journey to Japan and collect his late son’s belongings. Set in Kochi, Shikoku, the film explores issues of discrimination, as well as conflict between past and present, fathers and sons, insiders and outsiders, Japanese and Americans. The film stars Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu, and Danny Glover and is directed by Aaron Woolfolk. Refreshments will be served after the screening and then followed by a panel discussion with Mr. Woolfolk and Dr. Christine Yano, professor of anthropology at UHM.

More information on the film is available from the official websites at or Additionally, an interview with the director is available from this link that gives some insight into the filming process.