The Guam Nikkei Association was chartered in 2012 with the primary purpose of perpetuating the history and lineages of those born from Japanese ancestry who are presently bona fide residents of Guam; educate the community about the impact and contribution of first generation Japanese and their descendants on the social economic fabric of Guam and to inculcate Japanese culture, art, traditions and history to succeeding generations of Japanese-Chamorro-Guamanians. The Association shall also conduct classes, lectures, demonstrations, performances, seminars, exchange programs, travel to Japan and elsewhere, and organize community events as a means of promoting the purposes of the organization. Additionally, the Guam Nikkei Association shall seek grants, contributions and to operate fund raising activities that will provide the necessary resources to achieve the purposes of the organization.

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"Inetnon Taotao Guam Ni' Manggaihaga' Hapones"

P.O. Box 12961 Tamuning, Guam 96931

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Consul General Snapshots

Courtesy Call with Consul General Izumi Seki

Courtesy Call with Consul General Izumi Seki in her office on January 17, 2018. Consul General Seki arrived on Guam on January 8. Pictured above: (L-R) Deputy Consul Sam Ogata, Immediate Past President/Interim Treasurer Monte Noda Mesa, Consul General Seki, Vice President Cathy Rivera Castro, President Pauline Okada, Board Chairman Frank S.N. Shimuzu and Vice Chair/Secretary Monica Okada Guzman.





September 13, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Tamuning Senior Citizens Center


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President: Pauline Okada

Vice President: Catherine Okada Rivera Castro

Secretary: Monika Okada Guzman

Interim Treasurer: Monte Noda Mesa



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November 8 and rounding the year out on

December 13

*Second Thursday of the month

2018 Lantern Floating Ceremony

2018 Lantern Floating Ceremony

2017 Lantern Floating Ceremony

2017 Lantern Floating Ceremony

Featured GNA Video

2016 Guam Proa Lantern Floating Ceremony Video Available on YouTube

The 2016 Guam Proa Lantern Floating Ceremony (5 minute video) is now available on YouTube titled Guam Proa Lantern Floating Ceremony (GNA). You can also visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXqoubIyyeo. Enjoy!

Lantern Ceremony Snapshots

2nd Annual 2016 Lantern Floating Ceremony Snapshots
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park, Ypao


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kendama approved for use in competition by the Japan Kendama Association
The kendama today are made from a stick with a point at one end, three attached cups, and a ball with a small hole in one end. The cups on either side of the stick are called the big cup and small cup. The ball is connected to the stick by a roughly 40-centimeter (16-inch) piece of string. At the end of the stick is a point with which the player can attempt to spear the ball. At the other end of the stick is a cup called the medium cup.
The game is basically played by tossing the ball and attempting to catch it in one of the cups or to spear it with the point of the stick. Although it may sound simple, there are a nearly unlimited number of specific techniques for doing so.

A recreation of a bilboquet based on historical documents, and a Nichigetsu ball (photo provided by Maruishi Teruki, a member of the board of directors of the Japan Kendama Association)
Many people may think that kendama was invented in Japan, but this is not actually the case. While many different theories exist, there are records indicating that kendama originated in France in the sixteenth century. There are also theories that this game was developed in Greece or China, and the absolute truth is not known.

In France, this game was called bilboquet. Bilmeans "ball," and boquet means "small tree." This word expresses the fact that the game involved playing with a small wooden ball. The game as it was played then was different from what we know as kendama today; there was a large cup and a small cup on either end of a stick, to which a ball was attached with a string. The player would continually toss and catch the ball, alternating between the two cups.

Kendama is believed to have come to Japan via the Silk Road during the Edo period (1603-1868) into Nagasaki, the only Japanese city open to foreign trade at the time. While it may have entered the country around the middle of the Edo period in around 1777 or 1778, the exact date is uncertain. At the time, kendamawas apparently enjoyed by adults as a sort of drinking game. A player who made a mistake was forced to drink more.

As Japan entered the Meiji era (1868-1912), the Ministry of Education introduced kendamain the report on children's education that it put together in 1876, and the game gradually began to catch on among young people. In 1919, during the Taisho era (1912-1926), the forerunner of today's kendama went on sale. It was called Nichigetsu Ball (Sun-and-moon ball), because the ball looked like the sun, while the shape of the shallow carved cups was like a crescent moon. This toy became a huge hit, and from this time into the beginning of the Showa era (1926-1989), a variety of different types of kendama appeared, including a ball attached to a kind of paddle.

After World War II ended in 1945, kendama were sold in candy stores along with other popular toys, such as menko, bidama, and beigoma. In 1975 children's author Fujiwara Issei founded the Japan Kendama Association, which standardized kendama for competitive use and created standardized rules for the purpose of allowing a greater number of people to play the game together the same way.

The Fifteenth Cup of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, which was held in August 2003 (photo provided by the Japan Kendama Association)
With a set of rules and specifications for the equipment in place, kendamabegan to grow in popularity as a competitive sport. In addition to the Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, which is given to the winner of a kendama competition for elementary school students, there are tournaments for both students and adults held around the country, andkendama enthusiasts are working to increase the popularity of the game overseas.

The Japan Kendama Association is hopeful that kendama will become known around the world one day, and its members are making efforts to foster international exchange.

GNA Awards Cepeda for Design & Construction of Proa Lantern

Chairman Frank Shimizu, President Monica Guzman, Vice-President Gloria Duenas Cruz, and GNA board members Julia Caguioa and Monte Mesa present JFK sophomore Joshua Cepeda with a Certificate of Appreciation for designing and with the help of his troop, constructing 400 proa lanterns for GNA's 2016 2nd Annual Lantern Floating Ceremony.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Guam Nikkei Appreciation Snapshots

Deputy Consul General and his wife and team at table display

Reception / Door Ticket Sales Team
Freedom Air representative awarding airfare tickets for two to winner

Musical entertainment team and guest

GCC Japan CLUB (Customs, Language, Understanding, Beliefs) doing origami training.  One of many family heritage displays in background.

Culinary Students Serving Customers

Sushi Display

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Domo arigato gozaimasu!

Konnichiwa Everyone:

Words cannot adequately describe the overwhelming success of our first major fundraising of the Guam Nikkei Appreciation Night held at the Guam Community College MultiPurpose Auditorium on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Credit for the event is largely due to Dave Okada and Dr. Mary Young Okada for a wonderful and successful turnout.  Hats off and sincere thanks to the following:
1. The GCC culinary arts students and their professors for the delicious delicacies prepared for the evening.
2. Ambros, Inc. for the variety of beverages.
3. Florence Kimura Cornwell and Julia Akiyama Cruz Caguioa for the decorations.
4. Louisa Flores Wessling for the display of the antique heirloom kimono that was on display at the front entrance of the auditorium.
5. Ginger Fawcett-Flores for the donation of the round-trip tickets for two to the CNMI, courtesy of Freedom Air.
6. Monica Okada Guzman and Ron Castro for the beautiful original artwork donated as a door prize.
7. Kensuke “Ken” Haga for additional decorations and door prizes.
8. Anthony J. “Malia” Ramirez for the archival exhibit of early to mid-1900’s issei men and families on Guam.
9. The Tajima, Sugiyama, Onedera, Okada, Shimizu families and the Japan Consulate Office, through the hard work of Kikue Cepeda for their exhibits of family histories and general information.
10. Troy and Ryan Imamura for their excellent entertainment.
11. The GCC Japanese Club Students under the guidance of their teacher, Doreen Blas for their origami creations.
12. The ticket committee comprised of Auntie Lole Quan, George and Doreen Okada Pereda, and Kimie Okada.
13. GCC staff that was on hand, one hundred percent for providing the PA system, assistance in set-up of the place as well as the break down after the event.
14. Monte Noda Mesa who was such a lively and energetic emcee.
15. Angelita Sugiyama Paulino Mendiola for the impromptu performance.
16. Lance Kawahara and Toni Onedera Blas for the smooth handling of the beverage section from set-up to closing.
17. Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera for being such a wonder webmaster for the organization.
18. Board Members, General Membership and families of Guam Nikkei Association for their help in set-up, decorations, and the clean-up at the end of the night.

Domo arigato gozaimasu!

Peter R. Onedera, president, Guam Nikkei Association