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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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's cover photo
06/17/2020

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's cover photo

06/17/2020

We would like to thank the members and the community for participating in the Sharing the Spirit of Aloha Silent Online Auction. The JCCH appreciates your enthusiasm, support and generosity during our online event.

This Honolulu building that was constructed in 1908 is now part of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Do you know what it was o...
06/12/2020

This Honolulu building that was constructed in 1908 is now part of the Honolulu Museum of Art. Do you know what it was originally built to house? JCCH/Goichi Nakamoto collection #flashbackfriday #TokiokaHeritageResourceCenter #JCCHpicturecollection

Two more days until the Sharing the Spirit of Aloha online auction closes! Japanese textiles up for bid including this L...
06/11/2020
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Two more days until the Sharing the Spirit of Aloha online auction closes! Japanese textiles up for bid including this Large Obi fabric piece in orange and gold! https://jcch.cbo.io

Three more days until the Sharing the Spirit of Aloha online auction closes! Handmade slippers, and a $100 Nohea Gallery...
06/10/2020
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Three more days until the Sharing the Spirit of Aloha online auction closes! Handmade slippers, and a $100 Nohea Gallery Gift Certificate are new to bid on - AND you can still be a winning bidder on several items from the JCCH Gift Shop! https://jcch.cbo.io

Four more days until the Sharing the Spirit of Aloha online auction closes! There are still beautiful items from the sho...
06/09/2020

Four more days until the Sharing the Spirit of Aloha online auction closes! There are still beautiful items from the shop and specialty gift items to bid on! https://jcch.cbo.io

06/06/2020
Origami Gift Card Holder

Culture Corner:
Origami Gift Card Holder

Have a gift card you want to give as a gift to that special graduate? Need a gift card holder but no time to go out to get one? Don’t worry, you can make one yourself through origami.. Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. Its name comes from two Japanese words ... ori meaning “to fold” and kami meaning “paper.” Though some items are difficult to make, here’s a simple one for folding a gift card holder. You will need an 8 ½ in. by 11 in. paper for this project.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpi25aKJgTE

After you are done folding your gift card holder, you can personalize it any way you want for the special graduate. Happy folding!

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Great for the holidays, have the kids decorate it for their teachers or whomever.

Culture Corner:Moon RabbitTomorrow night, June 5, 2020 will be the full moon for June which is sometimes called the Stra...
06/05/2020
Rabbit on the Moom

Culture Corner:
Moon Rabbit

Tomorrow night, June 5, 2020 will be the full moon for June which is sometimes called the Strawberry Moon. It is also known as the Rose Moon, Hot Moon or the Mead Moon. For many Japanese, when they look up at the moon, they see a rabbit in the moon. There are many stories about the Rabbit in the Moon. Here’s one that you can share with you family.

https://www.weingartdesign.com/TMaS/Stories/tmas1-RabbitonMoon.html

While the Japanese see a Rabbit in the Moon, other cultures see something different. For some they see a Man in the Moon (Germany) or a Toad in the Moon (parts of China, Angola and the Pacific Northwest) while others see a Lady in the Moon (New Zealand). What do you see when you look at the full moon?

If you miss the June full moon, don’t worry, the next one will be on July 5 and is called the Full Thunder Moon or the Hay Moon.

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Long ago, three forest friends, monkey, fox, and hare, lived together as great friends. They swore to be friends forever, and they also swore never to kill any living thing.

06/03/2020

What is it Wednesday?

For this week's What is it Wednesday, instead of a photo here's a description of an item. Let us know what you think it is. Answer will be posted as a comment below on Friday.

This item is usually carried on people's shoulders during events. It is believed to hold the spirit or deity of a specific area in Japan. During certain festivals, this item is taken out and paraded around with hopes of warding off misfortune and wishing for happiness and prosperity. What is it?

Calling all high school, undergrad, and grad students! The Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is hosting th...
06/02/2020

Calling all high school, undergrad, and grad students! The Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) is hosting their annual contest! Entrants are asked to reflect of the legacy of the Japanese American WWII vets through essay, performance, or visual arts. Cash prizes available. Deadline is June 28!
@goforbrokenationaleducationcenter @gfbnec

http://goforbroke.org/news/annual_events/studentcontest/docs/2020_Student_Essay_Flyer.pdf.

JAMPilgrimages
05/31/2020

JAMPilgrimages

Registration will begin Monday, June 1 on the Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages website! Register early for a chance to win a JAMP pilgrimage book or JAMP pin on a sun visor! Registration is FREE! #tadaima #virtualpilgrimage #communityvirtualpilgrimage #nikkeistrong #nikkeiblockparty

05/30/2020
How To Fold An Origami Jumping Frog

Culture Corner:
Origami Frog

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about making an origami frog that jumps! After you are done, share your frog with us! Below is a link to an instructional video on how to fold your very own, origami jumping frog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rht7y5kooJQ

In Japanese culture, the frog is seen as a good luck symbol. The Japanese word for frog is “kaeru” which can also mean “to return. It is believed that travelers who carry a frog amulet on their trip will return safely home. Some also keep a frog in their wallet/purse with the belief that money will find its way back to them.

In parts of Hawaii there is an injurious type of frog … the coqui frog. These frogs are small, nocturnal, usually brown and have a high pitched call (ko-kee). These frogs were accidentally introduced to Hawaii around 1988. If you think you see or hear one on Oahu, call 643-PEST.

Some interesting frog facts:
1. There are over 5,000 species of frog
2. Some frog calls can be heard up to a mile away!
3. Some frogs are known to jump 20 times their body length!

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Learn how to fold an origami jumping frog! This is the best jumping frog ever. The steps are easy enough to memorize too! #howtodraw #artforkidshub 🎨 ART SUP...

What is it Wednesday?Know what the posted image is? Post your answer as a comment below. Answer will be posted as a comm...
05/27/2020

What is it Wednesday?
Know what the posted image is? Post your answer as a comment below. Answer will be posted as a comment on Friday.

Sumofish designed Year of the Rat t-shirts are 50% through June 12 at the JCCH Gift Shop! To check size availability cal...
05/26/2020

Sumofish designed Year of the Rat t-shirts are 50% through June 12 at the JCCH Gift Shop! To check size availability call 945-7633 x43.

05/23/2020
How To Make Origami Turtle - Easy Origami Turtle

Cultural Corner:
Turtle Day

Today is World Turtle Day! World Turtle Day started in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue for the celebration and protection of turtles and tortoises. Since 2002, May 23 has been recognized as the date for World Turtle Day.

In Japanese culture, the turtle or kame, symbolize good luck and longevity. It is one of the four Guardian Beasts that were once believed protected the city of Kyoto. The kame is often portrayed with the tsuru or crane to symbolize long life, prosperity and good fortune.

In Hawai‘i we also have turtles. The Hawaiian green sea turtle or honu are the largest hard-shelled sea turtle in the world, reaching lengths of four feet and weights over 300 pounds. Adults mainly eat algae and sea grasses which turn their fat layer green giving them their green color. The honu symbolizes good luck, endurance and long life.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate World Turtle Day.
1) Fold an origami turtle. For our young ones, please ask an adult for help. An instructional video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDeVeYaVsJg
2) Wear the color green or dress up as a turtle
3) Keep our beaches and environment clean for our turtle and tortoise friends

Some fun turtle facts:
1) Turtles live on every continent except for Antarctica
2) The Leatherback turtle is the fastest turtle
3) A group of turtles is called a “bale”

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Watch this video to learn how to make origami turtle step by step . This origami turtle is very easy to make for begginers with paper. I hope this paper turt...

JCCH working hard and safe in the Tokioka Heritage Resource Center archiving special collections!
05/22/2020

JCCH working hard and safe in the Tokioka Heritage Resource Center archiving special collections!

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's cover photo
05/21/2020

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i's cover photo

In joining the community to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19), the JCCH campus has been temporarily closed with on-site ...
05/21/2020

In joining the community to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19), the JCCH campus has been temporarily closed with on-site programs postponed or cancelled. The unexpected cessation of activity has caused JCCH to suffer deep financial losses that require emergency changes. In the near term, we may even need to partially close to reorganize our operations.

As the JCCH faces these uncertain times, like many others, we are evaluating how to most effectively continue our charge to honor our heritage, embrace our diversity, and share our future. Today, we invite your support of the JCCH Annual Fund as we work to start a new chapter. To give online visit: https://www.jcch.com/donation-form

What is it Wednesday?Know what the posted image is? Post your answer as a comment below.  Answer will be posted as a com...
05/21/2020

What is it Wednesday?
Know what the posted image is? Post your answer as a comment below. Answer will be posted as a comment on Friday.

05/21/2020
Kristi Yamaguchi

Culture Corner:
Maneki Neko

When you go shopping or eat out you’ve probably seen something near the entry that’s white, black and yellow, has whiskers, holds a golden coin and has a paw up. Yup you guessed it ... the Maneki Neko or the beckoning cat. Maneki Neko can be found in businesses, restaurants and even in people’s home.

There are many stories about Maneki Neko and one of the oldest dates back to 1852! Known as the Beckoning Cat, he is also called the Lucky Cat, Money Cat and the Welcoming Cat. For a story about Maneki Neko, please visit https://www.facebook.com/kristiyamaguchi/videos/879308222533764/?__so__=permalink&__rv__=related_videos.

Some interesting tidbits about Maneki Neko …
1) A right paw raised invites money/good fortune while a left paw raised invites customers/people. Both paws raised invites protection for a home or business.
2) The higher the paw the more money, fortune, customers the cat can bring in
3) A white cat is for purity/happiness, a black cat is to ward off evil or cure sickness, gold cats are for money/wealth and red/pink cats are for love.
4) The koban (old type of Japanese coin) signifies wealth and material abundance.

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Story time! Maneki Neko, the Tale of the Beckoning Cat

The Spring/Summer Legacies newsletter is online! In this issue read about the young researchers and interns who have adv...
05/19/2020

The Spring/Summer Legacies newsletter is online! In this issue read about the young researchers and interns who have advanced their educations and life experiences
at the JCCH, along highlights from the JCCH archives.

https://www.jcch.com/sites/default/files/Legacies_SprSum2020_r5_0.pdf

Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and the National Park Service announce Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage. M...
05/18/2020

Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages and the National Park Service announce Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage. Mark your calendars for the Opening Ceremony: Saturday, June 13, 2020

05/16/2020
Origami Crane (Folding Instructions)

Culture Corner:
Tsuru

The Japanese crane (tsuru) is a popular symbol in Japanese culture symbolizing monogamy, fidelity, and long life. These birds migrate from Siberia and Asia to places in Japan such as Kagoshima and Yamaguchi prefectures. There is also a flock that permanently lives on the island of Hokkaido. The crane is highly respected by the Japanese people, and children are often taught to behave like the tsuru because of its well manners. It often adorned the palaces and gardens of feudal lords for good luck. Even in places where it was not possible to have live cranes, they were symbolized with iron sculptures.

The JCCH is happy to announce that through the efforts of the community, the JCCH collected 9066 tsuru for the Tsuru for Solidarity project. A big ARIGATOU to all parties involved in the folding/stringing process.

Make your own crane with instructions found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyC7pkT-dE0.

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With these step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to make an Origami Crane. It is an easy and classic traditional design that is perfect for beginners...

Hawaii can teach the world about ALOHA. Take the pledge to end hate and bullying anywhere you find by:• Help stop bullyi...
05/15/2020
AAPI Day Against Bullying + Hate

Hawaii can teach the world about ALOHA. Take the pledge to end hate and bullying anywhere you find by:

• Help stop bullying by not bullying others
• Report bullying that I see or experience to my school and my parents
• Help someone I see who is being bullied
• Spread the word about bullying awareness
• Share information and resources about bullying prevention and response
• Be proud of who I am and celebrate our differences
#UnitedWeStand

https://acttochange.org/dayagainstbullying/

    Act To Change is rallying the nation around the 2nd annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Day Against Bullying + Hate on May 18, 2020. It’s more important now than ever that we stand up

Maybe your kupuna remember if they ever had to wear a different kind of mask. Our historic picture collection gives us a...
05/15/2020

Maybe your kupuna remember if they ever had to wear a different kind of mask. Our historic picture collection gives us a window into times when we have had to work together as a community to weather great challenges. Today we are wearing cloth masks, and remembering that like generations before us, with ALOHA we will prevail. #wearyourmask #ThrowbackThursday #TokiokaHeritageResourceCollection JCCH/Rev. & Mrs. Toshio Hirano Collection.

The Gift Shop has manga and the newest graphic novel available online! While the JCCH Gift Shop plans a limited opening ...
05/13/2020

The Gift Shop has manga and the newest graphic novel available online! While the JCCH Gift Shop plans a limited opening at JCCH you can still order publications online for all ages. Check it out!

https://www.jcch.com/gift-shop

The JCCH Gallery/Gift Shop will be re-opening on Friday, May 15, 2020. The new hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 9 am - 12 pm.*...
05/12/2020

The JCCH Gallery/Gift Shop will be re-opening on Friday, May 15, 2020. The new hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 9 am - 12 pm.

* Please Note new social-distancing requirements for the protection and comfort of our patrons:
- Customers must wear a mask before entering.
- The shop can accommodate four customers at a time.
- Customers will be asked to maintain a 6' social-distance from one another.
- Customers and visitors must take a survey before being allowed in the exhibit or gift shop.

*Also, the Okage Sama De exhibit will be open by appointment only.
- To make an appointment please contact Ken Yoshida at [email protected], or call 945-7633 x 43

*Please note: No donations to the Gift Shop are being accepted at this time. Thank you!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and caregivers of every kind. You are loved, appreciated, and admired for everythi...
05/11/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and caregivers of every kind. You are loved, appreciated, and admired for everything you do. Thank you.

Honolulu Midwife Club, ca. 1950. JCCH/Eleanor Sakamoto Collection. #TokiokaHeritageResourceCenter #JCCHPictureCollection

05/09/2020
Easy Paper Tulip Origami Flower

Cultural Corner:
Origami Tulip

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. It’s name comes from two Japanese words ... ori meaning “to fold” and kami meaning “paper.” Though some items are difficult to make, here’s a simple origami tulip activity you can do with your family … just in time for Mother’s Day. In Japan, the tulip has the meaning of “fame” while in the West is has the meaning of “eternal love.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFHGsHdY8w4

Note: You will need two sheets of paper, one slightly smaller than the other. If using origami paper (15 cm x 15 cm, you can trim one down to 12 cm x 12 cm.

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Easy Origami for Kids. Origami Flower: These easy paper tulips are a great beginners origami project. Love these Origami Tulips. They look great on the front...

Take a break on #TGIF and enjoy lunch in the yard or on the lanai. it is a beautiful day heading into the weekend!  JCCH...
05/08/2020

Take a break on #TGIF and enjoy lunch in the yard or on the lanai. it is a beautiful day heading into the weekend! JCCH/Dorothy C. Arakawa collection #FridayFun #FlashbackFriday #TokiokaHeritageResourceCenter

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2454 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI
96826

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
Friday 09:00 - 12:00

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(808) 945-7633

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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.
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