"Inetnon Taotao Guam Ni' Manggaihaga' Hapones"

P.O. Box 12961 Tamuning, Guam 96931

GNA Group Photo


Consul General Snapshots

Visit with Consul General on Dec 28, 2018 wishing him Bon Voyage and good luck on his next assignment!
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Family Christmas gathering with the Consul General, Shizue’san, and GNA.








IMPORTANT

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR



GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:



February 8, 2018



Time: 6:00 p.m.



Location: Tamuning Senior Citizens Center

CONGRATULATIONS NEWLY-ELECTED 2018 GNA OFFICERS!



CONGRATULATIONS NEWLY-ELECTED 2018 GNA OFFICERS!

President: Pauline Okada

Vice President: Catherine Okada Rivera Castro

Secretary: Monika Okada Guzman

Interim Treasurer: Monte Noda Mesa

MEETINGS


UPCOMING MEETINGS*:

February 8

March 8

April 12

May 10

June 14

July 12

August 9

September 13

October 11

November 8 and rounding the year out on

December 13

*Second Thursday of the month

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

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



GUAM NIKKEIJIN EXHIBIT 2014

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KENDAMA

KENDAMA

History

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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.

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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.

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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.

Friday, 10 January 2014

GNA Award Ceremony

GNA Awards:  GNA awarded those who contributed to the organization on January 9, 2014 at the Tamuning Community Center.  Standing L-R : Greg Sudo Perez, Tom Yoshida (sitting), Treasurer Fred Nishihira, Director Tommy Tanaka and Chairman Frank Shimizu.
Seated L-R : Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster; Kimmie Okada; VP David Okada; and President Monte Mesa.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

GNA Meeting a Success!

Thank you to those who joined us for our first GNA meeting of the year held January 9, 2014 at the Tamuning Community Center.  A special award ceremony also took place to honor those who were instrumental in the organization.  Members introduced each other and discussed various activities, including the following:

*Family Exhibit & Membership Drive at GPO - February 22, 2014
*Issei Memorial Tribute at Yigo Peace Memorial Park - July 2014
*Nikkeijen Japanese Food Fair Night at GCC - October 24, 2014
*Coconut Floating Light Ceremony - November 2014
*Nikkeijen Sushi & Saki Night - June/July 2014
*GNA Delegation to attend the 55th Tokyo Convention of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad - Oct. 29-31, 2014
*COJ Japanese Leadership Program - November 2014

ARIGATO!

GNA Meeting:  Members listen attentively as GNA President Monte Mesa (standing) discusses activities during the organization's first meeting of the year.