Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Founded on May 28, 1987, the Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. The Cultural Center has nearly 5,000 members and annually connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The Cultural Center features a historical museum, an exhibition gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email [email protected] or visit the website at www.jcch.com.
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Congratulations on the Ikenobo Ikebana  Honolulu Chapter’s 4oth Anniversary and exhibit opening!
03/07/2020

Congratulations on the Ikenobo Ikebana Honolulu Chapter’s 4oth Anniversary and exhibit opening!

Celebrating the Spirit of Ikenobo IkebanaPresented by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society-Honolulu Hawaii ChapterLocal and Japan...
03/06/2020

Celebrating the Spirit of Ikenobo Ikebana
Presented by the Ikenobo Ikebana Society-Honolulu Hawaii Chapter

Local and Japanese arrangers will display their floral arrangements in the social of the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin this weekend!. Some of the local arrangers are also JCCH volunteers so please consider stopping by and enjoying their flower arrangements. Exhibition information is below.

What: Celebrating the Spirit of Ikenobo Ikebana
Where: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Social Hall (1727 Pali Hwy.)
Times: March 6 … 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and March 7 … 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

It’s Hinamatsuri!March 3 is celebrated as Girl’s Day in Japan as well as in Hawai‘i. Sometimes called Momo no Sekku or t...
03/03/2020

It’s Hinamatsuri!

March 3 is celebrated as Girl’s Day in Japan as well as in Hawai‘i. Sometimes called Momo no Sekku or the Peach Blossom Festival, Girl’s Day is better known today as Hinamatsuri or the Doll Festival. Hinamatsuri can be traced back to the early Edo Period but has traditions that go back to the Heian Period when paper dolls were set adrift down rivers/steams taking with them the impurities of the girl. Girls celebrate Hinamatsuri with displays of dolls depicting an emperor and empress and their court. The dolls are usually purchased upon the birth of the first daughter and are passed down through the generations. Traditionally girls put up the doll display which would teach them responsibility, patience and to be kind and gentle. Hinamatsuri is observed to fend off evil, guarantee good fortune and ensure that one's daughter will one day get married.

Today the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i would like to wish all girls and girls at heart a very Happy Hinamatsuri or Girl's Day!

*Update* This year's Honolulu Festival is canceled.From the official press release: "The Honolulu Festival Foundation an...
03/03/2020

*Update* This year's Honolulu Festival is canceled.

From the official press release: "The Honolulu Festival Foundation announced that the 26th annual Honolulu Festival, which had performances and events scheduled from Friday, March 6, through Sunday, March 8, has been canceled to help prevent the potential transmission of the coronavirus in Hawaii.

Foundation officials made the decision to cancel the popular festival in response to recommendation made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State of Hawaii, and Japan’s government that precautions be taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including the cancellation or postponement of large gatherings of people."

For the full official announcement please visit https://www.honolulufestival.com/"

"Okagesama"! HF team visited Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i! JCCH always supports us ever since Honolulu Festival established. JCCH will having a fun booth at coming Honolulu Festival for promote deep roots of Japanese culture including Nikkei history in Hawaii. Enjoy the books, hands on arts & craft table. Lucky give away the UCHIWA (Paper fan) designed by Sumofish. *numbers are limited. Come and join us♪ #HawaiiHTA #JCCHPresents

At Day of Remembrance happening at JCCH today we are meeting many Japanese internee and evacuee families and sharing mor...
02/22/2020

At Day of Remembrance happening at JCCH today we are meeting many Japanese internee and evacuee families and sharing more about the history of redress. Marking the injustice of mass incarceration in the US based on race, particpants fold Tsuru to send to Washington D.C. in memory of Hawaii’s over 3000 imternees and evacuees.

JCCH is looking forward to another wonderful Honolulu Festival March 6,7 and 8! For the latest info visit www.honolulufe...
02/18/2020

JCCH is looking forward to another wonderful Honolulu Festival March 6,7 and 8! For the latest info visit www.honolulufestival.com #JCCHPresents #HawaiiHTA

"Okagesama"! HF team visited Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i! JCCH always supports us ever since Honolulu Festival established. JCCH will having a fun booth at coming Honolulu Festival for promote deep roots of Japanese culture including Nikkei history in Hawaii. Enjoy the books, hands on arts & craft table. Lucky give away the UCHIWA (Paper fan) designed by Sumofish. *numbers are limited. Come and join us♪ #HawaiiHTA #JCCHPresents

Learn the art of Shippoyaki (Japanese Enameling) by registering TODAY for a February class! You can pick your enameling ...
02/13/2020

Learn the art of Shippoyaki (Japanese Enameling) by registering TODAY for a February class! You can pick your enameling base and create a unique piece of wearable art for yourself or as a gift. See you there!

https://www.jcch.com/cultural-classes

Please join the JCCH and the JACL Honolulu on February 22 for remembrance and reflection to honor the memory of those pe...
02/13/2020

Please join the JCCH and the JACL Honolulu on February 22 for remembrance and reflection to honor the memory of those persons of Japanese ancestry living on the west coast and the selective roundup, detention, and/or exclusion of persons of Japanese ancestry living in Hawai`i. #tsuruforsolidarity

We are having a *Super Sale* on Ningyo dolls and cases at tomorrow's Craft & Collectibles Fair - 50% off!
02/07/2020

We are having a *Super Sale* on Ningyo dolls and cases at tomorrow's Craft & Collectibles Fair - 50% off!

Join us this Saturday for the next Craft & Collectibles Sale - Feb. 8 from 9am-1pm. SPECIAL SALE- Get 20% off on Ningyo Dolls in a case!

If you missed the book talk "Tadaima! I am Home" held at JCCH last year, you have another chance to learn about the stor...
02/06/2020

If you missed the book talk "Tadaima! I am Home" held at JCCH last year, you have another chance to learn about the story of Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor Lawrence Miwa and his family at a panel discussion to be held on March 5th from 3-5pm at UH, Manoa Hamilton Library. The Tadaima book is available for purchase at the JCCH Gift Shop.

February 3 is known as Setsubun or “Bean Throwing Festival” in Japan which refers to the eve before the first day of Spr...
02/04/2020

February 3 is known as Setsubun or “Bean Throwing Festival” in Japan which refers to the eve before the first day of Spring. Most people associate the mamemaki or “bean throwing” with the event but did you know that there’s another activity you can do as well? In Osaka and other parts of Japan, people eat ehomaki or an uncut makizushi while facing the lucky direction for the year. This must be done without speaking. The lucky direction changes from year to year. This year’s lucky direction is West South West. Doing this will bring you good luck for the year. Maybe you could give it a try this Setsubun.

Join us this Saturday for the next Craft & Collectibles Sale - Feb. 8 from 9am-1pm. SPECIAL SALE- Get 20% off on Ningyo ...
02/03/2020

Join us this Saturday for the next Craft & Collectibles Sale - Feb. 8 from 9am-1pm. SPECIAL SALE- Get 20% off on Ningyo Dolls in a case!

Remembering Ellison Onizuka - and all the Challenger astronauts today.
01/29/2020
Hawaii News Now

Remembering Ellison Onizuka - and all the Challenger astronauts today.

Ellison Onizuka was NASA’s first Asian-American astronaut.

#HINews #HNN

We'll be cheering on JCCH President & Executive Director Jacce Mikulanec in the role of Nango Rikimaru in the 75th Shira...
01/24/2020

We'll be cheering on JCCH President & Executive Director Jacce Mikulanec in the role of Nango Rikimaru in the 75th Shiranami Gonin Otoko! #HJCC808 #ShinnenEnkai

Each year, when the 7 cast members are selected the Sensei’s conduct an interview to create their script. That means every character has a different script and no two shows will ever be identical!!
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The original Nango Rikimaru was a fisherman and is known to be the most violent of the five dorobo’s! But don’t worry! Only the kindest HJCC Members are casted to perform in our Kabuki Play!!
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HJCC Member and current President & Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i Jacce Mikulnec will be performing the role of Nango Rikimaru in the 75th Shiranami Gonin Otoko this year. Learn about his beginnings in studying Anthropology, his world-wide work experiences and his current career!!

#HJCC808 #ShinnenEnkai #SHOKOShiranamiGoninOtoko #75thAnnualShinnenEnkai #NangoRikimaru

01/22/2020
Hawaii Tourism Authority

JCCH is thankful for the support of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the many partners that are instrumental in our ability to present programs for the whole community like the 27th Annual New Year's 'Ohana Festival! #HawaiiHTA #OhanaFest2020 #JCCHPresents

Festivities to celebrate 2020 continue! The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i recently held its popular New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, which tourism dollars helped to fund. Check out the video below to see some of the highlights from Hawai‘i’s largest festival celebrating Japanese New Year traditions.

Hawai‘i Tourism is also supporting the JCCH’s new Temple Talk Story Series, which will visit some of the Buddhist temples on Hawai‘i Island and Maui later this year, promoting cultural exchange across the state.

#HawaiiTourism

JCCH is participating in the 2020 National APIA Historic Preservation Forum - Jan. 31 - Feb. 3. Asian & Pacific Islander...
01/16/2020

JCCH is participating in the 2020 National APIA Historic Preservation Forum - Jan. 31 - Feb. 3. Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) invites kama`aina to join the forum. Scholarships are available! Deadline to apply is Jan. 20!!

New Honouliuli National Historic Site tour dates are January 31, 2020 (Friday) and February 3, 2020 (Monday) - Space is ...
01/15/2020
www.jcch.com

New Honouliuli National Historic Site tour dates are January 31, 2020 (Friday) and February 3, 2020 (Monday) - Space is limited! Visit the JCCH site to download the registration form.

Enjoying this beautiful Ikebana arranged by Earl Shimabukuro starts our week after a wonderful New Year's 'Ohana Festiva...
01/13/2020

Enjoying this beautiful Ikebana arranged by Earl Shimabukuro starts our week after a wonderful New Year's 'Ohana Festival yesterday.

We would like to send out our warmest aloha to all our Festival supporters who helped to make the celebration possible! Thank you to our Diamond supporters Hawaii Tourism Authority, Edwards Enterprises, U.S. Census Bureau, and our Platinum Sponsors Central Pacific Bank, Island Insurance, JTB Global Travel Service - Hawaii, Hawaiian Properties, and First Hawaiian Bank - and the hundreds of volunteers and participants that joined the festivities! #Ohanafest2020

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's cover photo
01/13/2020

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's cover photo

The craft fair & specialty food vendors are selling a number of fun products today! Kimono scarves, T-shirts, bag, plant...
01/13/2020

The craft fair & specialty food vendors are selling a number of fun products today! Kimono scarves, T-shirts, bag, plants, ceramics, butters and jams, cookies, beef chips, jewelry and more!

Most vendors are in the 5th floor ballroom, but there are also a few on the 1st floor as well!

Our craft fair and specialty vendors have a variety of items available for purchase today - plants, ceramics, bags, tshi...
01/12/2020

Our craft fair and specialty vendors have a variety of items available for purchase today - plants, ceramics, bags, tshirts, kimono scarves, imported Japanese rice, cookies, beef chips, and so much more!

Most booths are in our 5th floor ballroom, but a few are on the 1st floor of the JCCH building as well

Still need to pick up your omamori (good luck charms) for 2020? We’ve got a variety of them for sale in our 5th floor ba...
01/12/2020

Still need to pick up your omamori (good luck charms) for 2020? We’ve got a variety of them for sale in our 5th floor ballroom, including year of the rat charms!

01/12/2020

Activities available for children & adults in the 5th floor ballroom for today’s New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival

The fun has started and the crowds are here! THANK YOU to JCCH New Year's `Ohana Festival supporters who have made this ...
01/12/2020

The fun has started and the crowds are here!
THANK YOU to JCCH New Year's `Ohana Festival supporters who have made this year's celebration possible! Thank you to our Diamond supporters Hawaii Tourism, Edwards Enterprises, U.S. Census Bureau, and our Platinum Sponsors CentralPacificBank, IslandInsurance, JTB Global Travel Service - Hawaii, Hawaiian Properties, and First Hawaiian Bank! #HawaiiHTA, #Ohanafest2020

There’s still lots of Kimono Dressing slots open throughout the day, so bring your kids down for the fun photo ops!Sign ...
01/12/2020

There’s still lots of Kimono Dressing slots open throughout the day, so bring your kids down for the fun photo ops!

Sign up and payment booth is on right side of the 5th floor ballroom. Discount are available for JCCH members.

01/12/2020

Lots of food available at today’s New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival! Okonomiyaki, bento, yakisoba, bow beef sticks, yaki mochi, andagi & more on the ground floor along Beretania St.!

You can purchase scripts on the ground floor & 5th floor

01/12/2020

Taiko drumming to really kick off the festivities at our New Years Ohana Festival!

01/12/2020

Traditional blessing to open today’s New Years Ohana Festival!

01/12/2020

The Festival Starts at 10:00am!
Free Parking from UH Parking Structure.
Shuttles leave every 1/2 hour from the T.C. Ching Field

Don’t be scared of the rain! We’ve moved all our New Years ‘Ohana Festival food & fun to the JCCH building to keep every...
01/12/2020

Don’t be scared of the rain! We’ve moved all our New Years ‘Ohana Festival food & fun to the JCCH building to keep everyone dry! 👍🏼☔️

Festivities begin at 10am and free shuttles will be running from the UH parking structure to the festival all day if you can’t find any parking nearby!

It takes the contributions of over 400 volunteers to produce today’s ʻOhana Festival. Larsen, Mary, Erin and Jordan were...
01/12/2020

It takes the contributions of over 400 volunteers to produce today’s ʻOhana Festival. Larsen, Mary, Erin and Jordan were on banner duty- thanks gang! #ohanafest2020

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's cover photo
01/11/2020

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's cover photo

We'll have everything to satisfy your cravings at the New Year's `Ohana Festival tomorrow! Andagi? Bento? Okonomiyaki? T...
01/11/2020

We'll have everything to satisfy your cravings at the New Year's `Ohana Festival tomorrow! Andagi? Bento? Okonomiyaki? Tickle your taste buds with these favorite dishes provided by the Kenjinkai (Japanese Prefectural Clubs)! #ohanafest2020

01/11/2020

Just a sample from Ryugen Taiko - one of several groups performing on the JCCH Teruya Courtyard Stage this coming Sunday at the `Ohana Festival! #ohanafest2020 #Taiko

Japanese American groups across the nation have a collective goal of folding 125,000 origami cranes to bring to Washingt...
01/10/2020

Japanese American groups across the nation have a collective goal of folding 125,000 origami cranes to bring to Washington, DC in June 2020 to protest U.S. concentration camps. Japanese American Citizens League-Honolulu invites you to their booth at the `Ohana Festival this Sunday to fold a crane to recognize the approximately 3,000 people of Japanese descent from Hawai‘i who were interned during World War II. #ohanafest2020

01/10/2020

The New Year's'Ohana Festival will go on rain or shine! We will be posting any updates here and on jcchohanafestival.com

In honor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this year's Honorary 'Ohana Festival Chairs are former Japanese American Olympians ...
01/10/2020

In honor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, this year's Honorary 'Ohana Festival Chairs are former Japanese American Olympians from Hawai`i; Kevin Asano (Judo '88), Ford Konno (Swimming '52, '56), Taylor Takata (Judo `08), Richard "Sonny" Tanabe (Swimming '56). Come meet our Honorary Chairs from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm on the JCCH Courtyard! #ohanafest2020

Mahalo JCCH Volunteer Claire Sato for her work devising a special "Be A History Detective" game for the `Ohana Festival....
01/10/2020

Mahalo JCCH Volunteer Claire Sato for her work devising a special "Be A History Detective" game for the `Ohana Festival. Come on down to the Okage Sama De Exhibit, find the clue and win one of these collectible trading cards! #ohanafest2020

THANK YOU to JCCH New Year's `Ohana Festival supporters who have made this year's celebration possible for the whole com...
01/08/2020

THANK YOU to JCCH New Year's `Ohana Festival supporters who have made this year's celebration possible for the whole community! Thank you to our Diamond supporters Hawaii Tourism, Edwards Enterprises, U.S. Census Bureau, and our Platinum Sponsors Central Pacific Bank, Island Insurance, JTB Global Travel Service - Hawaii, Hawaiian Properties, and First Hawaiian Bank - and the hundreds of volunteers, companies, schools, and organizations whose contributions make the `Ohana Festival come to life! #HawaiiHTA, #Ohanafest2020

Did you catch President Jacce Mikulanec and Kenshikan Kendo Club on KHON2 News this morning? If you didn't, you can catc...
01/08/2020

Did you catch President Jacce Mikulanec and Kenshikan Kendo Club on KHON2 News this morning? If you didn't, you can catch them and other martial arts demonstrations at the New Year's `Ohana Festival this Sunday (Jan 12). We will also be showcasing the Aloha State Sumo Association, the Japanese Sword Society of Hawaii and Jujitsu! Visit www.jcchohanafestival.com for the schedule of appearances! #ohanafest2020

One of the many special presentations to enjoy at the `Ohana Festival this Sunday (Jan 12) is the kick-off of the 68th A...
01/08/2020
Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off with Ohana Festival Jan. 12

One of the many special presentations to enjoy at the `Ohana Festival this Sunday (Jan 12) is the kick-off of the 68th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival with the appearance of the contestants. Come on down to see the contestants and enjoy the whole day of activities and fun! #ohanafest2020

This weekend is the kick off to the 68th annual Cherry Blossom Festival with the Ohana Festival on January 12 at the Moiliili Field and the Japanese Cultural Center from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

We are counting down to our biggest community event of the year - the New Year's `Ohana Festival! Join us on Sunday, Jan...
01/04/2020
JCCH | JCCHohanafestival

We are counting down to our biggest community event of the year - the New Year's `Ohana Festival! Join us on Sunday, January 12 for the celebration!
Visit www.jcchohanafestival.com for all the info! #ohanafest2020

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i (JCCH) hosts the New Year's 'Ohana Festival celebrating Japanese culture with food, crafts, entertainment, and cultural demonstrations. JCCHohanafestival.com

This photograph of two soldiers in the 100th/442nd pounding mochi in Jerome Concentration Camp reminds us of New Year's ...
12/27/2019

This photograph of two soldiers in the 100th/442nd pounding mochi in Jerome Concentration Camp reminds us of New Year's traditions and loved ones past and remind us of the hope and promise of a good New Year to come.
Happy New Year from JCCH!

#ThrowbackThursday #TokiokaHeritageResourceCenter /Jerry Yoshiyama Collection.

12/23/2019

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2454 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI
96826

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2454 South Beretania Street Honolulu, Hawai'i 96826 JCCH Hours: Community & Historical Gallery and Gift Shop: Monday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Resource Center: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Administrative Office: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
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What's the mochi pounding schedule for 2020... don't want to miss it!
With Carole Hayashino and my wife🌈 Okinawan Festival Aug31 2019
Sumie study painting Thanks! Blue Skull Tattoos
Pintura de estudio Sumi-e Gracias!
Another GREAT Event this year! Well organized, fun and a nice relaxing day for adults and keiki alike! The parking and shuttle arrangement is AWESOME! Stress-free with all that FREE and plentiful parking at the University of Hawaii. Friendly shuttle bus drivers. Friendly and plentiful HPD and other security keeping us all safe and happy. If you missed it...WHY?
Acuarela BLUE SKULL TATTOOS Buenos Aires, Argentina Gracias!!
Aloha! We are looking for staff at Washington Middle, Jarrett Middle School, Kalakaua Middle and Central Middle. We hope you can share out our post!
Just finished the trailer for David Cunningham's Running for Grace, and wanted to offer my recommendation for a film based around the history of Japanese/Hawaiian culture. Judging from the trailer, the film follows an illicit romance between a young Japanese American and the daughter of a prominent white businessman. Along with the setting of 1920s Hawaii, the film is shaping up to be one of incredible cultural relevance, and one which I can't wait to see. It begins it's theatrical run at the Dole Cannery from the 19th-27th, so do try and make it out if you get the chance. Hope to see some of you there!
To whom it may concern: I am greatly disappointed to hear that JCCH is going to host the hate speech of Masako Ganaha. Given the long history of Japanese oppression of Okinawa, amplifying Ganaha's efforts to eradicate Okinawan identity and history is a step in the wrong direction. My family is a long time supporter of your institution. I look forward to your efforts to rectify the situation.
BLUE SKULL TATTOOS Buenos Aires, Argentina Gracias!!
"Rio Arriba" Sumi e!! Presentado en ,Japon en Catamarca, Gracias!!