Asian Theatre Student Awarded Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship

Congratulations Jennifer!

Congratulations to Jennifer Yoo on her recent selection as this year’s recipient of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship. The award will allow Jennifer, a Ph.D. candidate in Asian Theatre, the opportunity to travel to Japan to conduct research. We asked Jennifer what she plans on doing with the award and here is what she had to say:

While on the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship in Japan, I will further my research in the portrayal and perception of women/female characters in select forms of Japanese media, namely theatre, cinema, and related literary works. Specifically, I intend to examine the portrayal of the female ghost, specifically the onryō, or “vengeful ghost” character type, which is prevalent both in the traditional Japanese theatre forms of Noh and Kabuki, as well as in contemporary Japanese horror films. In so doing, I hope to further establish a continuing relationship of influence between the portrayal of women in Japanese theatre and cinema and views of women in Japanese society. I am particularly interested in exploring whether or not there has been a shift in the portrayal of women between traditional times (as seen in theatre forms Noh and Kabuki) and contemporary times (as seen in Japanese films) that reflects a change in attitudes towards women in society in Japan. 

Three UHM Students Receive Nippon Foundation Fellowships

We are excited to share that this academic year three UH Manoa students were awarded a Nippon Foundation Fellowship to study at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama. The Fellowship is a gracious award that provides students the opportunity to study Japanese language at the esteemed center. The three students, Sean Forte, Francesca Pizzaro and Kalau Almony, are all in the East Asian Languages and Literature department and can be seen in the photo below along with other NFF recipients.


Three UHM graduate students on Nippon Foundation Fellowships studying at the Inter-University Center in Yokohama, Japan, AY 2016-2017. James Kalau Almony (M.A., Japanese literature), Francesca Pizzaro (Ph.D., Japanese literature) and Sean Forté (Ph.D., Japanese linguistics). Photo by Natsuko Tominaga



EPIC Internship Promotional Video

We are excited to share a video featuring our 2016 EPIC Interns – Yu Sasaki and Jake Yasumori. The video will be of particular interest to any students who may interested in applying for next year’s internship as Yu and Jake share details of their job duties and the things they liked about spending the summer in Japan.


Also, many thanks to the UHM School of Communications’ Media Lab, Ms. Sherrie White, Director of the Media Lab, and her team of students who created this video.


Just a reminder that applications are being accepted now until February 3rd.

More information and applications can be found here. 

UH Students Inducted into Japanese National Honor Society

This semester six UH Seniors were inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society and recognized at a special event at the university yesterday. Congratulations to the inductees:

  • Annie Suk Ping Woo
  • Kelsey Mari Shomura
  • Cynthia Sayuri Oshima
  • Evan Michael Merez
  • Jessica Keiko Henry
  • Songmei Cao
Pictured from left to right: Annie Suk Ping Woo, Kelsey Mari Shomura, Cynthia Sayuri Oshima, Evan Michael Merez, Jessica Keiko Henry, Songmei Cao
Pictured from left to right our the inductees: Annie Suk Ping Woo, Kelsey Mari Shomura, Cynthia Sayuri Oshima, Evan Michael Merez, Jessica Keiko Henry, Songmei Cao



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.