The Gift Shop is located on the ground floor of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i. Due to COVID-19 health advisories, the Gift Shop has reopened with new schedule -Tuesday-Friday, 9 am - 12 pm. We offer an eclectic array of vintage items, antiques, and collectibles including kimono, ceramics, lacquer ware, and classical Japanese dolls. We also have books and DVDs about the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. If you are looking for anything in particular, or have any questions about what we have in stock, please contact Gift Shop Manager Ken Yoshida at Yoshida@jcch.com or call (808) 945-7633 Ext. 43.
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Raced to Death
Author: Jonathan Y. Okamura
Raced to Death in 1920s Hawai‘i: Injustice and Revenge in the Fukunaga Case by University of Hawai‘i professor Jonathan Y. Okamura is an examination of the trial of Myles Yutaka Fukunaga. Okamura identifies racism, colonization, and economics as the causes for the deeply flawed defense of Fukunaga. The book challenges the notion that Hawai‘i is a racial paradise, showing how the criminal justice system in the 1920s favored the growing anti-Japanese sentiment in the islands.
Proud to Serve
Editor: Chris Komai
Proud to Serve: Japanese American World War II Veterans, edited by Chris Komai, is a salute to the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service, and more. The book lists every World War II Japanese American soldier, and shares stories of their experiences. This is a useful book for family members and researchers.
The Discovery of Amine & Manga
Authors: Phil Amara & Oliver Chin
What was introduced in the 12th century has captured the imagination of international audiences in the 21st century. Astroboy, Speed Racer, Pikachu, and Mazinger derived from that ancient history. The Discovery of Anime & Manga: The Asian Hall of Fame by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin, with wonderful illustrations by Juan Calle, details the evolution of animation and comics in Japan and how it spread around the world. This is a great introduction to this popular art form for readers of all age and is a follow-up to the children’s book, Discovery of Ramen.
Mecha Warrior Henshin Rider
Authors: Audra Furuichi & Scott Yoshinaga
More than a cyborg, more than a hero, he is a pizza delivery guy. Mecha Warrior Henshin Rider Presents Special Delivery is the newest graphic novel by Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga. Colorful, detailed, and action-packed, this manga by the folks that created the sensational Nemu Nemu entertains the reader with action, humor, and pizza. Great for all ages, Henshin Rider will be a welcome addition to your comic collection.
Blue Hawaii: Big Wave
Author: Audra Furuichi
Blue Hawaii: Big Wave by Audra Furuichi collects the spin-off of Nemu Nemu in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. In full color, these are the adventures of a surf crew of a parrot, a goldfish, a spider, a gecko, and a robot. Blue leads this ragtag group as they have fun figuring out life and catching waves.
A Resilient Spirit: The Voice of Hawai'i's Internees
Editors: Claire Sato and Violet Harada
A Resilient Spirit: The Voice of Hawai'i's Internees, compiled by Claire Sato and Violet Harada, presents the Japanese American wartime history through the voice of “those who lived it.” Culling through the JCCH’s archives of oral histories, poetry, memoirs, historical photos and documents, Resilient Spirit makes history come alive. It honors the memory of all Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, their voice is a testament to courage and a reminder that such an injustice should never happen again.
Haisho Tenten: An Internment Odyssey
Author: Suikei Furuya
An Internment Odyssey; Haisho Tenten; Tatsumi Hayashi, translator; Sheila Chun, Karleen Chinen, Joe Udell, editors. This translation of a memoir by Honolulu businessman and poet Suikei Furuya was first published in Japanese and tells the first-hand story of Furuya's sudden incarceration after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was torn from his family and sent on an arduous journey of imprisonment and emotional humiliation in harsh environmental conditions across seven states on the continental United States. Now, for the first time after fifty years, readers of English are able to share in Furuya's experience of spiritual and physical struggle in An Internment Odyssey. Through his poet's eye, he captures on page eleven thousand miles of an immigrant life turned upside-down and creates an important contribution to literature about race, ethnicity, and American identity.
“The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i” DVD
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An all-regions DVD
Approx. 57 minutes. English and Japanese with English subtitles.
Following a world premier at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and sold-out screenings across the state, The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i is now available on DVD.
Produced by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, The Untold Story is the first full-length documentary to chronicle the internment experience of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i. While the story of mass internment of Japanese Americans in California, Oregon and Washington has been well documented, very little is known about the internees and confinements sites in Hawai‘i.
This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. Additional support was provided by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Island Insurance Foundation, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, and the Japanese American Citizens League - Honolulu Chapter.
Life Behind Barbed Wire: The World War II Internment Memoirs of a Hawaii Issei
Author: Soga, Yasutaro
Yasutaro Soga’s Life behind Barbed Wire (Tessaku seikatsu) is an exceptional firsthand account of the incarceration of a Hawai‘i Japanese during World War II. On the evening of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Soga, the editor of a Japanese-language newspaper, was arrested along with several hundred other prominent Issei ( Japanese immigrants) in Hawai‘i. After being held for six months on Sand Island, Soga was transferred to an Army camp in Lordsburg, New Mexico, and later to a Justice Department camp in Santa Fe. He would spend just under four years in custody before returning to Hawai‘i in the months following the end of the war. Most of what has been written about the detention of Japanese Americans focuses on the Nisei experience of mass internment on the West Coast—largely because of the language barrier immigrant writers faced. This translation, therefore, presents us with a rare Issei voice on internment, and Soga’s opinions challenge many commonly held assumptions about Japanese Americans during the war regarding race relations, patriotism, and loyalty.
Although centered on one man’s experience, Life behind Barbed Wire benefits greatly from Soga’s trained eye and instincts as a professional journalist, which allowed him to paint a larger picture of those extraordinary times and his place in them. The Introduction by Tetsuden Kashima of the University of Washington and Foreword by Dennis Ogawa of the University of Hawai‘i provide context for Soga’s recollections based on the most current scholarship on the Japanese American internment.
Family Torn Apart: The Internment Story of the Otokichi Muin Ozaki Family
Author: Honda, Gail
Distributed: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i
Family Torn Apart is the gripping story of one Hawai‘i family’s World War II odyssey. Otokichi Ozaki, a Japanese immigrant, was a Japanese language school teacher, tankapoet, and anthurium grower and also a leader of the Japanese community in the city of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. A devoted family man, he and his Hawai‘i-born wife, Hideko, had four children ranging in age from two to eight when war broke out. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he was one of several hundred immigrant community leaders to be arrested, beginning a long journey for Ozaki and his family. Based on letters, poetry, and radio scripts in the collection of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, and translated here for the first time, Family Torn Apart traces Ozaki’s incarceration at eight different detention camps, his family’s life in Hawai‘i without him, their decision to ‘voluntarily’ enter Mainland detention camps in the hope of reuniting, and their subsequent frustration as that reunion bogged down in red tape and government apathy. Relying on Japanese language primary sources, Family Torn Apart brings alive the Japanese immigrant perspective on the World War II incarceration, intergenerational relations, and life under martial law in Hawai‘i. It is a stirring story of the human spirit in difficult times and a cautionary tale for future generations. 36 illustrations.