Happy Holidays from CJS!

The Center for Japanese Studies will be closed over the Winter recess from December 21, 2009 until January 4, 2010. Email inquiries however will be answered during this time. On behalf of the Center for Japanese Studies we wish everyone in Hawaii and beyond a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to the Spring 2010 semester.

Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!

Japanese National Honor Society Recipients

Nine UHM undergraduates were honored this year with admission into the Japanese National Honor Society (JNHS). The JNHS recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellent in Japanese study, and five of the nine UHM recipients were honored in a ceremony held in the Tokioka Room on December 10, 2009, pictured in the photo below.


Pictured from left to right are Sean Forte, Brandon Taflinger, Sunhee Kim, Joyce Fukata, and Tomomi Ida. Jason Paul was also honored but unable to attend the ceremony. Three other recipients of JNHS membership received their certificates earlier in the semester. Membership in the JNHS requires an overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.5 in Japanese classes. Congratulations to all of the new JNHA members and the best of luck in all future endeavors.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) 2010-2011

The 2010-2011 applications for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Japanese Studies are now available. The application can be picked up at the CJS Office, emailed to potential applicants, or downloaded from this link. The FLAS Fellowships are only available to US citizens and permanent residents. The application deadline is February 1, 2010.

Full-time UHM graduate students in Japan-related studies, including international students, may also apply for the following fellowships and scholarships via the new UH Star website by February 1, 2010.  Contact Fellowships Coordinator at chizuko@hawaii.edu for details. These fellowships include:

Center for Japanese Studies Fellowships ($15,000)

Tasuku Harada Graduate Scholarship in Japanese Studies

Minae and Miki Kajiyama Graduate Scholarship Takie Sugiyama Lebra Scholarship

Hanayo Sasaki Graduate Merit Scholarship

Good luck with your applications!

Mrs. Jean Sakihara awarded The Order of the Rising Sun

Kamo_SakiharaMrs. Jean Sakihara (pictured above, center with Consul General Kamo and his wife, Etsuko), widow of the late Mitsugu Sakihara, was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays in a special ceremony at the Japanese Consul-General’s residence on November 23rd, 2009. The prestigious decoration honors Mrs. Sakihara’s efforts over many years in teaching kimono culture to students at the University Lab School. The awards ceremony included a kimono demonstration featuring three of Mrs. Sakihara’s students, one of whom also performed a hula in honor of the occasion. Mrs. Sakihara has also been a generous supporter of Okinawan Studies at UH, and we are happy to congratulate her for receiving this award.

Recent and forthcoming Japan books from UH Press

The University of Hawaii Press has a long tradition of strong, Japan-related, publications. Several recent and forthcoming titles maintain this tradition. The Material Culture of Death in Medieval Japan by Karen M. Gerhart (published July 2009) is the first book in English to explore the ways medieval Japanese sought to overcome their sense of powerlessness regarding death.


Of related interest is Satsuki Kawano’s forthcoming title Nature’s Embrace: Japan’s Aging Urbanites and New Death Rites, to be released in February 2010.


Making a Moral State: Ethics and the State in Meiji Japan by Richard M. Reitan will be released in December 2009. This book explores the struggles to define a common morality in the emerging nation-state of Meiji era Japan.


These are just a sampling of the titles being released by UH Press in the coming months. Visit their blog for more information.