The prestigous Nihon Bunka Award is given to outstanding individuals in the community who have dedicated their lives to helping perpetuate the Japanese Culture or those who have shown excellence and contributions to the Japanese arts and/or culture and for their selflessness in sharing their talents with the community.

Past Nihon Bunka Awardees

  • 2019 – Nominate someone
  • 2018 – Tom Fujita, Mildred Okuda, Stephanie Ohigashi
  • 2017 – Yuki Lei Sugimura
  • 2016 – Lynn Araki-Regan, Jan Matsushita, Yaeko Yamamoto
  • 2015 – Deron Furukawa
  • 2014 – Hiroko Deleon
  • 2013 – Kay Fukumoto
  • 2012 – Rev. Torako Arine, Hiroshi Arisumi
  • 2011 – Leonard Oka, Hideko Zwick
  • 2010 – Michael Hondo
  • 2009 – Rev. Jeffrey D. Soga
  • 2008 – Chieko Nagata, Kiyoko Ohata, Robert Montgomery
  • 2007 – Lilian Maeda, Herbert Kogasaka
  • 2006 – Ken Tasaka, Walter Ouye
  • 2005 – Sayoko Kobata, Shinichi Suzuki
  • 2004 – Albert Watanabe

Nihon Bunka Awardees are lifetime members of JCS Maui.


NOMINATE FOR THE 2019 NIHON BUNKA