HONOLULU - The 2018 Legislative Session opened on January 17, 2018. Select associates of Nashimoto & Associates attended the opening of the Hawaii State Legislature. Arriving early allowed this team photo under the Hawaii State Seal.
We visited the Senate Chamber while in session, and many Senators, Representatives, and Committee Chairpersons. We experienced various Hawaiian cultural and historical performances and workshops to honor Queen Liliuokalani, the last Monarch of Hawaii.
The Governor's office is locatated on the 4th floor. From there we have a birds-eye view of the festivities on the ground floor.
Anthony, Kanako, Nashi & Harue in front of Queen Liliuokalani's statue.
We also had the chance to meet Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly Members, delegation sent to Honolulu, which is their sister-state, as well as Ms. Rumi Ariyoshi, Consul of Consulate-General of Japan in charge of economy. Thousands of people appreciated and enjoyed this social and political Hawaii State and community event.
Ms. Rumi Ariyoshi
Every November 8th grade students from Kawachi Junior High School in Kawachi town, Ibaragi prefecture come to Hawaii for a cultural and education exchange program to visit with local students at Le Jardin Academy and Wheeler Middle School.
Le Jardin Academy students provided campus tours, shared lessons in hula dance and ukulele. In exchange, the Kawachi students provided special origami folding & a calligraphy class. See LJA Weekly
The exchange students from Kawachi Junior High Schools were each presented with a certificate of appreciation from Ms. Nashimoto, Hawaii First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige, and Command Sgt. Maj. Marde Stephens and Lt. Col. Andrew Graham, from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. See Hawaii Army Weekly.
Nashimoto & Associates coordinated & communicated with the participating schools in Japan & Hawaii including Kawachi Mayor & Council Members, State of Hawaii Dept. of Education and the U.S. Army to make all the arrangements for the exchange students including event date, housing, ground transportation & scheduling their daily itinerary.
The group included the secondary school students, the town mayor & members of the town council. Their itenerary included a visit to the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu,
The US Army welcomed Wheeler Middle School as a member of the 'global community'. See US Army Garrison.
Nashi is using her healing artwork to create fashionable art-ware. Her art is being re-produced as "One-of-a-Kind" originals, and the line of healing art-wear is being made a available to a very lucky group of select people. Barriers of fashion & healing are a thing of the past using todays print on demad technology. Pictured above are active wear leggings & hi-top sneaker.
A Japan Today article describes that Scientists have discovered that sunflowers can pull radioactive contaminants out of the soil and are using sunflowers to cleani up the Fukushima site in Japan.
From Orgainc Facts: The beautiful sunflower plant, with its bright yellow petals is a great treat to the eyes. These petals have a seed-studded center, while the grayish-green seeds are encased in tear drop-shaped gray or black shells with black and white stripes. These seeds have a high oil content and have been one of the primary sources used to acquire polyunsaturated oil. The sunflower seeds with shells have a mild nutty taste and a tender texture.
Nashi has been recently interviewed on KZOO radio about the bemnefits of healing art-wear.
Healing People’s Mind with Art
PAVONE (Published by KP Creations Co.,Ltd.) - Japanese luxury lifestyle magazine "PAVONE" interviewed President Nashi in their summer/fall 2017 issue featuring "High Quality Hawaii Lifestyle."
Masako Nashimoto-Luttrell founded Nashimoto & Associates, an ad, marketing & PR firm in Hawaii, and celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. She is well-known for her numerous achievements as a successful female entrepreneur, winning many awards including the Governor's award for exemplary service to the retail industry in Hawaii. Starting her successful career in Tokyo, she ceaselessly worked even when she moved to Guam and Hawaii through life-events such as marriage and childbirths.
While she has kept the lead in the tough industry, she used to battle with uncertainties of the business environment a few months ahead. What saved her from the state of mind was painting. “When I start painting, hours just pass by, and I believe this is spiritual and meditative healing for me. My art work has received many awards, and I now donate some of my pieces to hospitals and others. Art is leading me to a better direction; My network as an artist has broadened, and people can be healed by my art. There is nothing more rewarding than this.” The successful female entrepreneur gently smiled.
Nashimoto & Associates ranked 11th in Hawaii
Pacific Business News reported on April 2012 that Nashimoto & Associates is serving as a liaison between Sanyu Co. and U.S. and Canadian makers of prefabricated homes in an effort to bring the ready-made housing to areas of Japan hard hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
Masako Nashimoto-Luttrell, president of the advertising and marketing firm Nashimoto & Associates was contacted earlier this year by Kazunobu Ito, president of the Japanese construction materials company Sanyu Co., asking for her help in rebuilding parts of Sendai, the closest major city to the earthquake’s epicenter.
Ito is currently in the process of bringing two prefabricated homes to the greater Tohoku region and eventually plans to bring about 70 or more such homes to the area to replace more quickly the homes that were lost in the disaster.
The 2011 Pacific Business News article "Boutique agency masters the art of capturing Asian market" describes how Nashimoto and Associates, one of the premiere public relations and advertising agencies in Hawaii, employs personal relationships to build strong ties to Japan, Korea and China.