Tagged: japanese

Video & Gallery: Making Mochi for the New Year

As we near the end of the year, one of the cherished traditions in Hawaii is “mochitsuki,” or the making of mochi. Japanese rice cakes are enjoyed year round, of course, but mochi is the signature food of New Year’s celebrations, and there are several different preparations and presentations. My wife and I...

Another Anime Convention Lands in Hawaii

More than a year in the making, the inaugural Anime Matsuri Hawaii convention kicks off on Friday. One of the nation’s largest Japanese animation conventions arrives at the Hawaii Convention Center on the same day Black Friday bargain hunters will descend on Ala Moana Center a couple of blocks away. Anime...

Gallery: Yamanashi Club Annual Picnic

Every Labor Day weekend, the Yamanashi Kyoyukai Friendship Club holds its annual picnic at McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park. My dad Walter has been part of the club leadership for over a decade, and he and his wife Gayle have worked hard to ensure it continues and keeping it a...

Otoba Stand as a Spiritual Sign of Summer

One of the hallmarks of summer in Hawaii are bon dances, a Buddhist custom that has gone mainstream in the islands, evolving into inclusive, family-friendly neighborhood festivals that celebrate Japanese culture. (There are also lantern floating ceremonies, usually at the end of obon season.) But in the days before temples come alive with dancing, singing,...

Kodomo No Hi

Kodomo No Hi

Kodomo No Hi from hawaii on Vimeo. Kodomo No Hi, or Children’s Day (formerly Boy’s Day), is traditionally celebrated on May 5 in Japan, but the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii gave locals a head start with its “Keiki Fun Fest” on Sunday. There were all kinds of activities from...