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Upcoming Events

Japanese Hospice Volunteer Training in Hawaii

Sep 23th to Sep 27th, 2023

Two Hospice Volunteers will come to Hawaii from Japan to visit facilities in Hawaii and learn how the Hospice/care homes in Hawaii are operated. This project is was made possible by a collaboration with Kobe East Rotary Club, Honolulu Rotary Club, Women Support Center of Hawaii, and Foundation of Kobe International Medical Alliance.

Yawara Pole Walking and Self-Health Seminar 

Oct 11th to Oct 15th, 2023

Back by popular demand, Watanabe Sensei is returning to Hawaii to present again in 2023. Several Yawara Pole Walking workshops and seminars are planned.

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Ogasawara Ryu Yabusame Hawaii in 2026

May, 2026

The series of event of Ogasawara ryu 850 Years of Heritage were well received, and now we are working hard to bring Yabusame to Hawaii in 2026. The planned performance of Yabusame,  led by Kiyomoto Ogasawara, the 32nd generation Master of the Ogasawara-ryu discipline,  is a rare opportunity to see one of Japan’s most venerable cultural traditions. For more than 700 years the Ogasawara family have been instructors in Japanese Archery, Horse mounted archery, and court etiquette to Shoguns as well as samurais;  continuously passing on its teachings through the family lineage until today.  

Yabusame is usually performed in Japan as a part of sacred rituals; with performers wearing garbs representing the era, such as Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi, and Edo. It is an educational, rarely-seen demonstration of the traditions and values of Bushido – the moral code of conduct for Samurai. Ogasawara’s Yabusame was seen by King Charles III and Emperor Naruhito  at the Japan Festival in London in 2001.

It was first introduced to Hawaii in 1996 at the Honolulu Festival. 

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