New JET Teachers to Japan

Thirty five recent college graduates left Honolulu on August 2, 2014, to join the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET). The new JET teachers gathered at the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu on Friday, August 1, 2014, for a pre-departure orientation and farewell reception. Acting Consul General Kazunari Tanaka congratulated them on joining the 135,000 past and present JET teachers from many countries. UHM faculty attending were Pricilla Faucette (Second Language Studies), Lonny Carlile and Mary McDonald (Center for Japanese Studies).

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Urasenke 42nd Annual Summer Seminar in Hawaii

Dr. Genshitsu Sen, 15th generation Grand Master of Urasenke Tea School of Kyōto, brought tea teachers from Japan to Hawaiʻi for his 42nd summer institute in tea studies, July 20 and 21, 2014.

KAKEHASHI Project Sponsors Cultural Tour to Japan for UHM Students

The Japan Foundation’s “KAKEHASHI Project -The Bridge for Tomorrow” sponsored 23 UHM students and 2 UHM faculty leaders (Lonny Carlile and Gladys Nakahara) on a ten-day cultural study tour to Japan (June 23-July 3, 2014). The tour touched down in two cities, Tokyo and Fukuoka. Activities ranged from visiting museums and cultural landmarks, exploring modern cultural phenomena, to observing and participating in numerous cultural demonstrations.

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UHM Kakehashi tour group participants enjoyed trying their hand planting rice in Itoshima.

 

Ehime Internship Update

UHM students Donovan Goto and Rochelle Ohata have been busy spreading the Aloha Spirit in Ehime, Japan as part of their summer internship with the Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC).  Below they are seen greeting Uwajima Mayor Hirohisa Ishibashi and visiting schools around Ehime.