At a special luncheon at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii on November 20th, the Kizuna group, made up of Japan-focused community organizations, welcomed new Japanese Consul-General Toyoei Shigeeda, and his wife, Michiko, to Honolulu. More than 100 people attended. Consul-General Shigeeda arrived one month ago from his previous post in Frankfurt, Germany, and visited UH last week to welcome the participants of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science-sponsored Symposium “Culture, Technology, and Transnationality in the Cold War Asia and Pacific.”
The Kizuna group is made up of representatives from community organizations that focus on Japan and Japan-US relations, including: the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, Japan-America Society of Hawaii, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Japanese Women’s Society Foundation, Sakura Hawaii Alumnae, United Japanese Society of Hawaii, U.S.-Japan Council, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Okinawan Studies.
Members of the Dr. Soshitsu Sen International Way of Tea Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa visited Urasenke in Kyoto on November 19 and 20, 2012. Teachers and students of Chado from Hawaiʻi attended a memorial tea service honoring Sotan, grandson of Sen no Rikyu. CJS Director Mary McDonald and Associate Director Gay Satsuma expressed thanks to Urasenke for teaching students at UH Manoa and in Kyoto, and for sustaining the Jakuan tea house at UH Manoa. UHM Urasenke tea instructor Yoshibumi Ogawa led participants through the cultural hearth of Chado. UHM students in the group were Diane Chen, Rumiko Kawakami, and Talon Tengan.
Three members of the University of Hawaii Manoa “Chakai” or Tea Club visited the Sen family temple at Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto on November 20, 2012. Talon Tengan is an Urasenke Midorikai member in Kyoto this year, Diane Chen was a first-time visitor to Japan, and Rumiko Kawakami enjoyed the red leaves in her native Kansai. Lunch in the “teppatsu” nested lacquer bowls was most welcome.