UPDATE: Backpacks for Japan is still accepting financial donations to assist with the cost of shipping donated items to Japan. If you would like to make a donation contact Dr. Tomoko Iwai (firstname.lastname@example.org) or email CJS and we can forward your message.
The message below comes via Dr. Tomoko Iwai in the EALL Department.
CJS is sad to note the passing of distinguished local Okinawan musician Harry Seisho Nakasone. For years, Nakasone-sensei taught uta-sanshin at UH, and kept the Okinawan musical tradition alive, especially in Hawaii and California. The songs from his strings will continue to resonate. For more information about him, see:
The following link is to ‘Aloha for Japan,’ a consortium of community leaders and organizations, coordinated by Lieutenant-Governor Schatz and Consul-General Kamo, who have mobilized to provide aid to Japan. CJS strongly supports their efforts.
Ever since I was a first-grader, when Kobe and my home town of Seattle became sister cities, and I saw pictures of Kobe, and learned to count to five in Japanese, Japan has been a part of me. And since 1974, it has been my career. In the past 27 years, not a day has [...]