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

Video Conference Lecture on Historical Reconciliation in Asia


Dr. Tessa Morris-Suzuki of Australia National University (ANU) has arranged to provide access via videoconferencing from Canberra to a guest lecture on historical reconciliation in Asia that is part of a new ANU course, Reconciliation and the Memory of Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific.

Anyone who wants to attend this video conference discussing on Japan and the Cold War needs to send a quick note to

April 1 (Fri) 11:45 am – 1:30 pm. ITS Building, Room 105A. Professor Kimie Hara, University of Waterloo, Canada, “The San Francisco System and its Legacies in the Asia-Pacific: Continuation, Transformation and Historical Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific.”

Kimie Hara is a Professor and the Renison Research Professor at the University of Waterloo, where she is also the Director of East Asian Studies at Renison University College.  She specializes in modern and contemporary international relations of the Asia-Pacific region, border studies, Cold War history, and Japanese politics and diplomacy. Her (authored/edited) books include San Francisco System and Its Legacies: Continuation, Transformation and Historical Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific, (2015), China-Japan Border Disputes: Islands of Contention in Multidisciplinary Perspective (2015, with Tim Liao, Krista Wiegand) and East Asia-Arctic Relations: Boundary, Security, and International Politics (2014, with Ken Coates).

Aug. 30 “Japan’s Democracy at Risk” Lawrence Repeta

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“Japan’s Democracy at Risk –
The LDP’s Ten Most Dangerous Proposals for Constitutional Change”
Professor Lawrence Repeta
Meiji University School of Law, Tokyo

Comments: Dr. Lonny Carlile
UHM Ctr for Japanese Studies

Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 3-5 pm
Richardson School of Law, Moot Court Rm

Co-Sponsored by: UHM Center for Japanese Studies, William S. Richardson School of Law Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Program, William S. Richardson School of Law Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Student Organization
Printable flyer & links to speaker’s background and full paper: RepetaConstitutionAug30

41st Annual Urasenke Hawai‘i Summer Seminar, 2013

One hundred Way of Tea practitioners from Japan visited UHM for the 41st Urasenke Hawai‘i Summer Seminar.  Dr. Genshitsu Sen, 15th Grand Master of the Urasenke School in Kyoto, attended UH in the early 1950s.  On July 21-22, Dr. Sen gathered teachers and students of tea in the UHM Campus Ballroom and Jaku’an Tea House for lectures and demonstrations.  Chancellor Apple thanked Dr. Sen for his generous support of Tea Studies and Japanese Studies on our campus.  Dr. Sen’s 90th birthday gift said Superman!SummerSeminarCollage2013Website

Culture, Technology, and Transnationality in the Cold War Asia and Pacific


























In the 1950s and 1960s, the Asia-Pacific Region witnessed a flourishing of international interchanges and exchanges, involving more than one location and institution and promoting cross-national and cross-regional communications and negotiations.  This symposium will focus on the trans-Pacific exchange of culture, science, and technology as a crucial site of Cold War geopolitical dynamics.

Where: The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
When: Thursday, November 15, 2012

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