Japanese Name Interpretation Workshop

Japanese Name Interpretation Workshop

Yoko Waki (left) and Marian Okada will discuss the meaning of Japanese names at the workshop.

WHO/WHAT: Come and learn about “What’s in a Japanese name!” JCCH Tokioka Heritage Resource Center volunteer Marian Okada and Yoko Waki will provide an extensive general overview of Japanese personal names, including a discussion of their cultural significance, historical context, and trends in naming over time.

The focus will be on first and middle names, as the history of personal names is long and constantly changing, whereas the history of Japanese last names is relatively recent. However, an overview of last names in general will also be covered in the workshop.

Each workshop participant is invited to submit two Japanese first or middle names in advance, and the workshop leaders will discuss what each name means and will provide cards with the two names handwritten in kanji.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Aug. 12, from 1-3 p.m. in the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i conference room. Limited to 10 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Next workshop is Oct. 7. To be placed on the waiting list, call Marcia Kemble, Tokioka Heritage Resource Center manager, at (808) 945-7633, ext. 34 or email kemble@jcch.com.

COST: $15 per JCCH member, $20 for nonmembers.

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