Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Awardees

On May 19th, this year’s award recipients of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship gathered at the Consulate-General of Japan for a reception to celebrate their receiving the award. Junichi Yagi and Jennifer Yoo met with members of the scholarship’s foundation as well as Consul General Yasushi Misawa. Junichi will continue his studies here at UHM as a scholarship recipient through next year while Jennifer will head to Ritsumeikan’s Art Research Center later this year. Congratulations to them both!


Back L-R: Mr. Allen Uyeda (CPAS Foundation Chairman), Consul General Yasushi Misawa, Mrs. Yoko Misawa; Front: Mr. Junichi Yagi, Ms. Jennifer Yoo

Biography of recipients: 

Junichi Yagi (2016 – 2018) – Mr. Junichi Yagi received a Master of Arts in Language and Culture at Osaka University. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Second Language Studies at University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His research interests focus mostly on how people learn language in non-classroom settings – including everyday conversation among ordinary people. Specifically, he is interested in exploring how second language interactions that involve music (eg. rehearsals of a jazz band with multicultural members) may provide oppurtunites for language (and culture) learning. In other words, his goal is to illustrate the very nature of what learning looks like “outside/beyond the classroom.”

Jennifer Yoo (2017 – 2019) – Ms. Jennifer Yoo received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Wellesley College. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in University of Hawaii’s Asian Theater program with a focus on Japanese theatre. Her primary academic interest is women’s representation in media and culture, which she will explore in her dissertation, “Thy Name is Woman: Performing Feminine Ghost in Japanese Theatre and Cinema.” Her historical and cultural knowledge of Asian theatre also fuels her play writing. Her first play, “Fire Horse”, was selected as a regional finalist for Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival 49. She will be doing her research in Japan at the Ritsumeikan’s Art Research Center.