Now Long Ago: Anachronism in Contemporary and Edo Japanese Literature

We are pleased to announce this Fall’s Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Lecture ‘Now Long Ago: Anachronism in Contemporary and Edo Japanese Literature’ being by scholarship recipient Christopher Smith of the East Asian Languages and Literature department.

The lecture will take place on Friday, October 7th from 3:00 – 4:15 pm in Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room). Please see the embedded flyer in this email or download it here for a full abstract. We look forward to seeing you there!




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UHM Student Attends Japan-America Student Conference

The 68th annual Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) brought together 72 U.S. and Japanese college students to study, work, live, and travel together as a group.  They visited four U.S. cities–Boston, Washington DC, Missoula, and San Francisco for twenty-three days this past August.

Ms. Lisa Takagi, UHM undergraduate student double majoring in Japanese and Psychology, participated in the 68th annual JASC with a scholarship from the Center for Japanese Studies, UHM.  Read about her experiences below!

For more information on JASC, please see website:

Next year, JASC will go to Japan!


Lisa Takagi - JASC


I was more than fortunate to have attended this conference on a full-funded scholarship from the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. If I could come up with one word to describe this experience it would be metamorphic. The delegates of JASC were unified with valuable individuals who shared their exceptional knowledge unearthing their own unique passions and interests with others. My roundtable group, Law, Society and Our Changing Future, discussed controversial topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and death penalty, attained with a concentration on the Right to Life and Justice as our final forum presentation. Not a day goes by without thinking about each moment I’ve spent this journey with them. My roundtable members came into the door as strangers, who turned into lifelong friends who I’m confident enough to say that will be guests to my future wedding (although not anytime soon!). My JASC experience was a compass, refining my directions towards US-Japan culture, my identity, and a deeper vision of the world ahead.

The Traditional in the Contemporary — Ninety years of Japanese compositions



We are pleased like to announce an upcoming recital at Orvis Hall that will feature the vocalist Mika Kimula, shamisen virtuosi Hidejirō Honjō and Christopher Yohmei Blasdel on shakuhachi. UH professor Mari Yoshihara will also join us on piano.

The program will feature Japanese compositions ranging from the early 20th century to a world premier of a brand new work. The pieces on this program, performed by professional musicans who are  thoroughly versed in the classical  genres, demonstrate the magnificent range of Japanese contemporary compositions that are modern yet informed by traditional techniques and sensibilities.

This  is a unique opportunity to hear live music of some of the most interesting composers of Japanese music created during the 20th and 21st centuries.

The concert will begin at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 16th
Orvis Auditorium,
UH Mānoa, 2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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See the flier and performer profiles here:



  1. Vocal solo: Uguisu, Hayasaka Fumio, Lyrics by Satō Haruo (1944)
  2. Shakuhachi solo: Kakurin, Hirose Ryohei (1975)
  3. Shamisen solo: Neo – for Shamisen, Dai Fujikura (2014)
  4. Voice, shamisen & shakuhachi: San Juan-sama no Uta, Takahashi Kumiko (2015)
  5. Voice and shamisen: Rikugien (from In The Gardens of Japan, by Kenny Fries), Takahashi Kumiko (2016)
  6. Voice, piano & shakuhachi, The Rain at Jōgashima Island: Hashimoto Kunihiko, lyrics by Kitahara Hakushū (1928)
  7. Shakuhachi and piano: Tears of Heaven: Michael Reimann (1986)
  8. Voice, piano and shakuhachi: Shi-te-ten (from Three Songs from Medieval Japan): Kikuko Massumoto (1980)

$12 general admission, $8 seniors, UH faculty/staff/students (UH ID required), $5 UHM music majors

EPIC Interns Arrive in Matsuyama

2016 EPIC Interns Yu and Jay arrive in Matsuyama
2016 EPIC Interns Yu Sasaki and Jake Yasumori arrive in Matsuyama

Last night Yu Sasaki and Jake Tasumori, this year’s Ehime Prefetural International Center (EPIC) Interns, arrived in Matsuyama where they will spend two and a half months representing UHM as cultural ambassadors. They will spend the summer working at the Ehime Prefectural International Center, giving presentations on Hawaiian culture and language and visiting schools. The internship program was one of several Hawaii-Ehime programs started to foster friendship and good will after the Ehime-maru tragedy in 2001.


Announcement: Asian Studies Program and Western Regional Graduate Program


The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE)’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)


As of fall 2016, the Asian Studies Program at UH Mānoa is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This program allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are legal residents of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) member states to pay Hawai’i resident tuition when attending the UH-Mānoa Asian Studies Program. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


WICHE WRGP applicants applying to UH-Mānoa must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher or possess certain exceptional abilities as affirmed by the UHM graduate program to which they apply.


To be considered for the Hawai’i resident tuition rate through the WRGP program, you must identify yourself as WICHE WRGP applicant at the time you apply.* You must fulfill all the usual requirements for admission as set by the Asian Studies Program and the the Office of Graduate Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and meet all admission deadlines. You must also provide documentation as proof of your legal residency in a WICHE state when requested by UH-Mānoa. (This documentation may include tax returns, voter certificates, active bank accounts, proofs of employment, proof of property ownership, lease agreements, among others).


For more information, please see:


UH-Mānoa Office of Graduate Education information on WICHE WRGP:


WICHE WRGP website:


*Please note: due to the requirements of residency determination, nominations and approvals for WRGP status can only be done at the time of application. It is not possible to “switch” into the WRGP once you have started your graduate program at UHM.