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.
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!
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!
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.
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
UH Mānoa, 2411 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States + Google Map
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.