The 4th Kaneko Award Ceremony
On September 20th, the fourth Kaneko Award Ceremony was held at the International House of Japan. This Award Ceremony was held for the first time in 3 years due to the pandemic honoring the recipients with an award. The recipients were Ms. Kiyoka Morita Caine, who contributes to teach Japanese and perform Japanese art and culture, Mr.Jiro Kawatsuma, who contributes to convey the importance of world peace from his experience of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, and Mr. Yoshio Kurosaki and Mr. Stephen Bloom from the Portland Japanese Garden where it contributes to the recognition of importance of Japanese gardens. The Special Awards were given to Professor Gerald Curtis, who involved in the study of US-Japan comparative politics and relations, and Professor Hiroshi Senju, who engaged in new forms of Japanese paintings and contributes fostering young artists. The recipients of the Awards received a plaque with a relief of Kentaro Kaneko as the main prize and a grant as a supplementary prize. The Award Ceremony ended on a note of good cheer.
Ms. Kiyoko Morita Caine (recommended by a member of JAS Boston: While teaching Japanese language at universities, she has also been contributing to perform Japanese art and culture in Boston area. )
Mr. Jiro Kawatsuma (recommended by a member of the AJS: Having lost his family in the Hiroshima atomic bomb, he has continued to convey the horrors of war and the importance of world peace.)
Portland Japanese Garden (recommended by a member of the AJS: It has contributed to the recognition of importance of Japanese gardens.)
Mr. Yoshio Kurosaki (Director) and Mr. Stephen Bloom (CEO)
Professor Gerald Curtis (recommended by a member of the AJS: He has been involved in the study of US-Japan comparative politics and US-Japan relations.)
Professor Hiroshi Senju (recommended by a member of the JAS: He has been engaging in new forms of Japanese painting and also has been contributing fostering young artists.)