On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Dr. Toshihiro Nakayama, Professor of American Politics and Foreign Policy at Keio University, introduced American diplomacy from Japan’s perspective. He highlighted the support for and importance of a continued alliance between Japan and the United States. His frank insights were buoyed by lively personal anecdotes of formative experiences in the United States. This talk was jointly sponsored by the East-West Center and the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu.
On Thursday, September 3, 2015, Dr. Tetsu Yamaguchi related his experience (in English, Japanese, and Okinawan) growing up in Okinawa, reading and being influenced by George Kerr’s history of Okinawa, and eventually translating that important work into Japanese.
CJS Director Lonny Carlile and Dr. Tetsu Yamaguchi
The Kizuna organizations said aloha to Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda and Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda on July 1, 2015. The Consul General and his wife were honored for their exemplary service in Honolulu since October 2012 with various songs, dances, personal messages, invocations, gifts, and even a bushi kanpai given by Admiral Harry B. Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the U.S.-Japan Council and wife of the late Governor Daniel Inouye offered her personal thanks to the departing couple. There was a hula performance by Kristin Alm of the Sakura Hawaii Alumnae and member of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, an Okinawan dance by Lisa Nakandakari & Julie Okamura of the Nakasone Dance Academy, and song and dance performed by Alvin Okami, singer and founder of KoAloha Ukulele, and his wife Pat. Reverend Takamasa Yamamura, Head Minister at Honolulu Myohoji Mission, offered his own moving lyrical invocation, while the Consul General himself gave a beautiful, custom rendition of Hole Hole Bushi. The Kizuna group bestowed a number of gifts on the couple, including two custom ukelele crafted by Pat Okami, while CJS and COS made sure Consul General and Mrs. Shigeeda had some UHM memorabilia.
Thank you Consul General and Michiko Shigeeda for your service and best of luck on your next assignment!
(l to r): CJS Director Mary McDonald, Consul General Shigeeda, Michiko Shigeeda, COS Director Joyce Chinen
The United Japanese Society of Hawaii said thank you to outgoing president Rika Hirata and installed 2015 president Cyrus Tamashiro on June 27, 2015. The society also honored three volunteers key to the re-discovery of Honouliuli and its designation as a national historic site: Tatsumi Hayashi, Betsy Young, and Jane Kurahara.
(l to r): Rika Hirata, Tatsumi Hayashi, Betsy Young, Jane Kurahara, and Cyrus Tamashiro