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.





February 11, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Guam Museum Conference Room

You may also visit http://guamnikkeinews.blogspot.com for details.


Thank you for hosting Tokon painters

Thank you for the warm welcome you provided to the Tokon painters 
on February 26, 2019.  Enjoy the following snapshots!


Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program Opportunity

The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program offers graduates with exciting professional opportunities to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers or Coordinators for International Relations. Since 1987, more than 60,000 JET Program participants from over 40 countries have lived and worked in cities, towns and villages throughout Japan.

Interested applicants can visit the JET Program website at http://jetprogramusa.org to review eligibility criteria and application procedures. The application period is open in the fall of each year and selected candidates depart the following spring or summer.

JET Program Roles
There are two positions available:
Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) work in public elementary, middle and high schools supporting Japanese teachers of English. Beyond using their native English ability to improve students’ English fluency, they serve as cultural ambassadors in their local communities. ALTs make up 90% of all JET Program participants. Their duties can include preparing lesson plans, carrying out classroom activities, providing language training for teachers, leading English clubs and summer camps and participating in events at school and in the community

Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) work in local government offices promoting internationalization efforts at the community level. From organizing events to teaching adult education classes, CIRs provide essential services to Japanese and foreign residents alike. CIRs must have a high proficiency of Japanese language fluency. CIR duties can include creating, editing and translating official documents, planning and implementing international exchange programs, interpreting for official guests and assisting with language instruction in the community

A Strong Jet Community: During and After
Being active in their Japanese community is a vital part of the JET Program. Through travel, volunteer and social opportunities, JETs find diverse and fun ways to get involved with their local communities and with other JETs. This enriching experience is an important part of being a cultural ambassador while in Japan.

During their tenure as JETs, the Association of JETs (AJET) hosts social, volunteer and professional development activities throughout the year, and provides online resources to support daily work and life in Japan. Additionally, AJET offers JETs valuable resources for learning the Japanese language. Upon returning home from Japan, JETs can get involved with JET Alumni Associations (JETAA) to help with transitioning to life at home. JETAA groups offer valuable opportunities to network professionally and to preserve their connections to Japan and the JET Program.

Benefits: Direct and Indirect
JET Program participants enjoy a well-rounded remuneration package that includes:
·       Airfare to and from Japan
·       Orientations before and after arrival
·       Enrollment in National Health Insurance
·       Minimum ten days of paid vacation
·       Starting annual salary of 3.36 million yen

The JET Program provides a true immersion into Japanese culture. Living and working in the country, JETs gain a rich understanding of Japan so far beyond what one gains as a casual visitor. On many levels, JETs leave the program with so much more than they came in with; they leave Japan fundamentally transformed, with a new understanding of themselves and the world.

Marianas Business Journal Feature

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President: Pauline Okada

Vice President: Catherine Okada Rivera Castro

Secretary: Monika Okada Guzman

Interim Treasurer: Monte Noda Mesa

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


Click on the video below to view our GUAM NIKKEIJIN EXHIBIT 2014 on PhotoPeach




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.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

REMINDER: GNA July 10, 2014 Meeting

GNA General Membership Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Tamuning Community Center.

Click here to view the July 10, 2014 Agenda.

Kendama Contest


Instructors:  Mr. Hiroyuki Yano & Ms. Kotone Yano
Dates:  July 12th & 13th
Times:  11A - 5 P (clinic to be held every 1/2 hour)

PRELIMINARIES - (Every Saturday prior  to  contest  date - 8/30)

Times:              1P-2P and 3:30P-4:30P
Location:          Near Nike

July 9th/ July 26th/ August 2"d / August 9th / August 6th / August 23rd
*Special Prizes will go to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners on each preliminary date.


Instructor/Referee  Mr. Nakanishi
Dates:  August 30th & 31st
Time:  1P - 3P


8-12 yrs.
 13-1  6 yrs.
      1   7-25 yrs.
  26 yrs. +


Four (4) competition levels:
1.       Level One - ages 8-12 years ($100.00 total in gift certificates) 1     st place - $50.00 / 2nd place - $30.00 / 3rd place - $20.00

2.        Level Two - ages 13-16 years ($150.00 total in gift certificates) 1                 st place - $75.00 / 2nd place - $50.00 / 3rd place - $25.00

3.        Level Three - ages 17-25 years ($225.00 total in cash)
1     st place - $100.00 / 2nd place $75.00 I 3rd place $50.00

4.        Level Four - 26 years and above ($275.00 total in cash)
1      st Place - $125.00 / 2nd Place - $100.00 / 3rd Place $50.00


Pacific Islands Club, Japan Consul General's Office, Guam Nikkei Association, GPO, United Airlines, Twinkles

Kendama July Clinics & Preliminaries

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE: Kendama Clinics to be held at GPO

The Guam Premier Outlets is hosting a Kendama clinic on July 12th & 13th. Those interested in learning how to play the game of skill will learn from one of Japan's expert Kendama players Mr. Hiroyuki Yano. The two-day clinic will be open to ages 8 and up. Mr. Yano will demonstrate and teach various Kendama tricks. Yano's Kendama career spans 21 years. He is currently the Vice President of the Japan Kendama Association.

"This summer we wanted to offer something a little different for children ages 8 and up. The Kendama craze is gaining momentum in the mainland and in Hawaii. We thought it would be nice to have the opportunity for our kids and adults to learn from a Kendama expert," said Monte Mesa, GPO General Manager. " The clinics are basically the first of many Kendama events here at GPO. Preliminaries will then take place for the next six Saturdays leading up to the contest at the end of August," he said. Winners of the Kendama contest in August will win cash and/or gift certificates.

The traditional Japanese wooden skill-toy, Kendama, consists of a ball attached by a string connected to a stick with three cups and a spike. The object is to create different combinations by catching the ball onto the different cups and landing it on the spike. The positive benefits of playing Kendama are that it strengthens hand-eye coordination, develops patience, focus and discipline. "Hopefully our kids will eventually put away the game controllers and play Kendama with their friends," Mesa said.

The Kendama clinics are set to take place on July 12th & 13th from 11 A-5P near the Nike Store at GPO. Clinics will commence every half hour. GPO will have a few Kendamas available for the clinics. For those who would like their own Kendama they are being sold at the Twinkles Toy Store.

The Kendama event is co-sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan, Guam Nikkei Association (GNA), Pacific Islands Club, Twinkles Toy Store, and United Airlines. For more information you may contact Monte Mesa, GPO General Manager at 647-1584 or Suzanne Perez, Director of Marketing and Operations at 647-1583.

GNA July 10, 2014 Meeting

GNA General Membership Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Tamuning Community Center.

Click here to view the July 10, 2014 Agenda.