Remarks at the 2010 Japan Wizards Competition
Hosted by the Japan-America Society of Japan
February 20, 2010
afternoon and aloha!
Thank you for having us
today, as we have observed so much interest and passion for Japan and
Japanese culture among the young people assembled here today.
Well but I have to lodge a
protest at Ed Hawkins first as the program has been changed without my
notice. I was supposed to speak to you before the Awards giving ceremony.
Now the ceremony was happily concluded. We have nothing exciting left here,
and you feel like going out soonest.
He also reminded me that my
assigned time is rather limited. I should be very short and succinct. O.K. I
will try my best to follow his request.
Congratulations on those
who win a trip to Japan. Japan is always welcome you. I hope you will have a
good and enjoyable to trip there. My message, or should I say, hope is that
you do encourage and inspire Japan’s young people whom you meet there to
think positively and look outwardly. You encourage them to come to Hawaii
for them to check out with what they can learn from their Hawaiian
For those who are less
fortunate, please hit Waikiki and find your Japanese pals. There are many
Japanese tourists walking down the streets of Waikiki. They are looking for
chances to interact with locals. Young people are particularly so. You will
find them friendly and their curiosity about Hawaii may prove mutually
beneficial. They are good and honest people. Please make them happy by
having a conversation or two with them.
I have another message to
get out to you all. More than thirty years ago, I went to a college in the
East coast. It is a bit sour memory among the most pleasant ones I have with
regard to my college years. You know I resided in a fraternity with several
room-mates. I felt lonely and alienated all the time for I was not able to
join in their conversation. They always talked about American sports trivia.
Now many of you are graduating from your school this summer and many of you
will start your college life in Hawaii this autumn, I imagine. If you live
in a dorm and have your room-mates from the East coast, annoy them with your
vast knowledge of Japan trivia.
(c) Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu
1742 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817 USA