Special Events

To promote the appreciation of Japanese culture in Hawaii, the JWSF often assists other community organizations with the arrangements for important cultural groups visiting from Japan. Groups hosted in cooperation with the University of Hawaii include the Noh Players of Kyoto (1986), Japanese Kabuki Theater (1988), the National Bunraku Theater of Japan (1992), Masters of Classical Dance (1994) and the Kageboshi (Shadow Puppet) Theater of Japan (1996). With the Honolulu Academy of Arts the JWSF cosponsored a festival related to the exhibition Spirit & Symbol: The Japanese New Year (1994) and helped coordinate the reception fo Japanese guests for the 1996 exhibition Japanese Kimonos in the Taisho Mode.

As one of the organizations representing the Japanese community, The Japanese Women’s Society was invited to serve as a cosponsor of the Hogei Iinkai (welcome reception planning committee) preparing for the June 1994 visit of their Majesties, the Emperor and the Empress of Japan.

The organization also supported three events dealing with the history of Japanese Americans in Hawaii: the centennial celebration of the Kanyaku Imin (contract workers) in 1985, the Hawaii premier of the film Picture Bride (1995) and the Japanese American National Museum exhibition From Bento to Mixed Plate (1997-1998).The JWSF is proud of the recognition given to its members for community service. Among those who have been recognized, nine individuals – Sei Soga, Sae Tachikawa, Sunao Tamura, Masae Namiki, Margaret Oda, Patsy Saiki, Michiye Nakamoto, Seiko Adachi and Bernice Hirai – have been singled out for Imperial Decorations from the Emperor of Japan, and one – Asako Fujikawa – for a Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan.