MUSUBI Workshop 2023 (May 19-20)

MUSUBI is the UHM’s Japanese language and culture learning program centered around the original textbook series, MUSUBI: A New Approach to Japanese Language and Culture. Read more…

‘Way of Tea’ draws students’ interest to Japan exchange (Spring 2023)

For students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Way of Tea club, the journey to Japan was more than just an opportunity to explore and experience a new place—it was a long awaited reunion with their sister tea club from Doshisha University, located in Kyoto, Japan, the center of tea schools. Read more…

The Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC) Summer Internship program resumes! 

After a hiatus of four years due to COVID-19, the Ehime Summer Internship Program has been restarted this year. Read more…

2023 Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Research Student Scholarship

Ms. Melody Kawaiokalani Chung, a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (BA, Japanese), was awarded the 2023 Monbukagakusho (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology; MEXT) Research Student (Kenkyuu Ryuugakusei) Scholarship to conduct research in the field of International Culture and Communication at Waseda University in Tokyo from April 2023 through March 2025. Read more…

SPAS workshop on April 14, “Advancing Asia Pacific Collaborations” with AAS Executive Director Hilary Vanessa Finchum-Sung

On April 14, UHM School of Pacific and Asian Studies held a workshop, “Advancing Asia Pacific Collaborations” with Dr. Hilary Finchum-Sung, Executive Director of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Read more…

EALL Professor Pier Carlo Tommasi and students tour the Lane Collection at HoMA on March 31, 2023

Last month, UHM CJS faculty Pier Carlo Tommasi (East Asian Languages and Literatures) organized a field trip for his “JPN 461: Introduction to Classical Japanese” and “JPN 641: Traditional Literary Theory” classes to tour the Honolulu Museum of Art’s (HoMA) Lane Collection vault. They were guided by HoMA Research Associate Kiyoe Minami in viewing the collection of Japanese woodblock prints and manuscripts published during the Edo period. Read more…

UHM CJS Faculty at AAS Annual Conference 2023, Boston (March 16-19)

We have a wonderful team of CJS faculty who are presenting at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Boston this week (March 16-19). Please say hello if you see them!

Travel safely and take care!

2023 Spring CJS Seminars

Many exciting CJS events are already set for this semester! For more information and updates, please visit the event page and we’ll keep you posted. 

Nippon Culture Day

Nippon Culture Day at UH Mānoa is back! Nearly 700 students and visitors participated! All enjoyed activities, such as Origami, calligraphy, and tea ceremony. Read more about Nippon Culture Day in the UH news.

[December 6, 2022]

Jaku’an marks its 50th anniversary

The time-honored structure was erected in 1972, after Genshitsu Sen, a 15th generation grand tea master, commissioned the building of a chashitsu (authentic tea ceremony house) in Hawaiʻi. First constructed in Japan and reassembled in Hawaiʻi, Sen donated the structure to UH in an effort to carry out his life’s mission of fostering peace through the teaching of tea ceremony.

Read more in the UH News about Jaku’an

Traditional Japanese tea house marks 50 years at UH Mānoa

[November 22, 2022]

2023 JET Program

The applications for the 2023 JET Program will be available online from Monday, September 26th.

The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu will be hosting two Virtual Information Sessions: Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20. See the flyer for more information and links for pre-registration.

Information and application for the 2023 JET Program can be found on their website at: The deadline to submit applications and all accompanying documents is by Friday, November 18, 2022 (11:59 pm, HST).

[September 12, 2022]

Now open: 2023-2024 Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship application

Attention UHM graduate students:

The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation (CPAS) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. The total award value is $45,000.

Scholarship: Covers one-year of study in Japan with an annual $30,000 scholarship award plus $15,000 annual allowance which will cover tuition and one-time roundtrip airfare from Honolulu to Japan.

Open to: American graduate students at UH Mānoa pursuing study in subject area leading to better understanding between Japan and the U.S.

Deadline to apply:  Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Orientation Session via Zoom: Friday, September 23, 2:00-3:00pm

RSVP to to confirm your attendance and receive the zoom link to join the session. 

For more information, visit

[July 21, 2022]

Dr. Sen’s July 2022 visit to Honolulu

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