Jean Ariyoshi, Robert Nakasone, Yoshiaki Fujitani receive Imperial Decorations

Three friends of the University of Hawai‘i received Japanese Imperial Decorations in 2012, and were honored at the January 2013 New Year’s Luncheon of the United Japanese Society of Hawai‘i.  Jean Ariyoshi, former first lady of the State of Hawai‘i, is a leader in Chadō, the way of tea, and is the head of the Urasenke Yushinkai in Hawai‘i.  Robert Nakasone is a supporter of Okinawan studies and special exchanges with Okinawa at the East-West Center and at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Reverend Yoshiaki Fujitani, 11th Bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, fosters education about Buddhism together with the UHM Religion Department in the Buddhist Studies Center.




Applying for the CJS Scholarship Fund and FLAS Fellowships

Attention graduate students:

Please use the University’s online application system for student scholarships.  Under this online system, CJS has two groupings of scholarships:  Endowed scholarships and Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS).  If students are eligible and wish to apply for all the scholarships including FLAS fellowships, they must submit two applications using the online STAR system.  Please click here for more information about the FLAS Fellowship.

Directions to enter STAR system:
Go to the website:
Log in with your UH username and password.
Enter “Center for Japanese Studies” in the key word function search.

By applying for “Center for Japanese Studies Scholarship Fund,” you automatically apply for the following six scholarships at once:

Center for Japanese Studies Graduate Fellowships (approx. $15,000)
John Fee Embree Scholarship (approx. $1500)
Hanayo Sasaki Graduate Merit Scholarship (approx. $1000)
Minae and Miki Kajiyama Graduate Scholarship (approx. $4000)
Tasaku Harada Graduate Scholarship in Japanese Studies (approx. $4500)
Takie Sugiyama Lebra Fellowship (approx. $3000)

The above fellowships/scholarships are for U.S. and international degree-seeking graduate students conducting Japan-related studies at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.  Please be advised that the values of the above endowed scholarships/fellowships can vary from the above estimates.  Please direct questions to Dr. Chizuko Allen, Coordinator of Fellowships & Institutional Research; School of Pacific & Asian Studies; Moore 416B; University of Hawai`i at Mānoa; Honolulu, HI 96822; tel. 808-956-2210.

Priority deadline:  February 1, 2013.

UHM Urasenke Tea Students Offer Hatsudate, New Year’s Tea

On Saturday, January 12, 2013, UHM Tea Instructor Ogawa and his students prepared the first tea of the New Year at Jaku’an.  Guests including long-time practitioners of Chadō in Hawai’i, enjoyed O-seichi Ryōri, or New Year’s delicacies.  Classes about tea at UHM include Chadō, The Way of Tea Practicum (ASAN 324) and Tea in Japanese History & Culture (HIST 323).  The UH Center for Japanese Studies is the home of the Dr. Sōshitsu Sen International Way of Tea Center.