Spring 2017 Japan Studies Courses

Just a quick announcement that we have compiled a list of all Japan related courses being offered at UHM next semester. Check out the wide variety of offerings we are fortunate to have here at UHM. The PDF is available here or under the RESOURCES section in the navigation window.

2017 Ehime Summer Internship Program Applications

We are excited to announce the applications for the 2017 Ehime Summer Internship Program organized through the Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC) are now open for consideration.


2016 Ehime Interns Yu Sasaki and Jake Yasumori visiting a local high school
2016 Ehime Interns Yu Sasaki and Jake Yasumori visiting a local high school

The internship comes with substantial financial support, as two [2] accepted applicants will be provided with funds to cover their travel costs to Ehime as well as housing and a daily stipend of 4,250 yen (roughly $40). Please see the following links and attached flyers for more information on the application as well as the day to day duties and activities of the interns:


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Japanese Art and the Global Stage: Notes from the Nineteenth Century

Upcoming CJS Seminar on Japanese Art 

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Please see below for more info about Dr. Chelsea Foxwell’s upcoming talk entitled Japanese Art and the Global Stage: Notes from the Nineteenth Century on Thursday, November 10th from 3:00 – 4:30 PM in Moore Hall 258. The talk is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Sad News

Dr. Robert J. Smith, Goldwyn Smith Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at Cornell University, passed away on October 11, 2016.  Dr. Smith and his wife Kazuko used to make annual trips to Honolulu until the long flight made it unfeasible due to their health concerns. He was a kind, generous mentor and a warm, supportive colleague and friend. We will miss him.

Dr. Gay Satsuma had the following to say about Dr. Smith, “My husband studied with Bob at Cornell in the 1970s. When we got married, we were delighted that Bob and Kazuko could attend our wedding. Rather than do a slideshow, we hired a local comedian to entertain our guests. Bob and Kazuko laughed and laughed at Frank Delima’s jokes and imitation of old Japanese songs. Bob had a great laugh.”

CJS extends its sincere condolences to Kazuko and his loved ones.
Please see Cornell University’s site “In Memoriam:  Robert J. Smith” 

CJS welcomes visitors from Ehime to UHM campus


Ehime High School Students visit UHM
Ehime High School Students visit UHM


High school students from Ehime Prefecture and administrators from Ehime Prefectural offices recently visited UHM campus. Students were in Honolulu for a short exchange program with local high schools; Ehime administrators visited UHM to discuss the Ehime summer internship program.  Annually, CJS in collaboration with the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) send two UHM students to Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC) on internships which provide them opportunities to work in a Japanese government office and serve as cultural ambassadors from Hawaii.  Ever since the Ehime-maru tragedy in 2001, Hawaii and Ehime have developed exchanges and partnerships to foster understanding and friendship.  Thank you to Yu Sasaki, former intern, who gave students a tour, and thank you to EPIC Director Hitoshi Takaoka and EPIC Coordinator Noriko Omori for their support of the internship program.