Celebrating Connections: A U.S.-Japan Culinary Festival


(Standing L-R) Stephen Kagawa, President & CEO, Pacific Bridge Companies; USJC President Irene Hirano Inouye; Keigo Tamura of Kyoryori Manshige; Toshiya Konno of Ukai Co., Ltd.; Vikram Garg of Halekulani; Toru Totoki of Ginza Totoki; Alan Takasaki of Le Bistro restaurant; Chris Kajioka of Restaurant CK; Yasuhiro Sasajima of Il Ghiottone; Kenji Chiba of Chibakiya; Hidehito Uki of Sun Noodle; Michelle Karr-Ueoka of MW Restaurant; (Crouching L-R) Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi 


Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Great Lawn

2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Friday, October 10, 2014

6 pm to 8 pm


"Celebrating Connections: A U.S.-Japan Culinary Festival" featured the partnering of the following chefs from the U.S. and Japan, who each presented their own individual dishes enhanced by the insights and perspective of their partner chef:

  • Kenji Chiba, CHIBAKIYA - Japan
  • Vikram Garg, HALEKULANI - Hawaii
  • Chris Kajioka, RESTAURANT CK - Hawaii
  • Michelle Karr-Ueoka, MW RESTAURANT - Hawaii
  • Toshiya Konno, UKAI - Japan
  • Yasuhiro Sasajima, IL GHIOTTONE - Japan
  • SUN NOODLE - Hawaii
  • Alan Takasaki, LE BISTRO - Hawaii
  • Keigo Tamura, KYORYORI MANSHIGE - Japan
  • Toru Totoki, GINZA TOTOKI - Japan
  • Roy Yamaguchi, ROY’S - Hawaii
  • Alan Wong, ALAN WONG’S - Hawaii

With a special musical performance by ManoaDNA

National Sponsors:

  • Aoyama Zaisan Networks Co., Ltd.
  • ITO EN
  • The Pacific Bridge Companies
  • Roy's Restaurants
  • Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • JC Comsa Corporation
  • Kikkoman Corporation
  • Pacific Guardian Life

In-Kind Event Sponsors:

  • Absolut Vodka (hosted by marketADvantage)
  • Hawaiian SHOCHU Company
  • Hawaiian Springs LLC
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
  • ITO EN
  • Joy of Sake
  • Kirin Brewery of America, LLC
  • Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii



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About the U.S.- Japan Council (USJC) Culinary Diplomacy Program

“The easiest way to win hearts and minds is through the stomach.”

— a modern-day culinary proverb.

Sharing a meal is one of the oldest diplomatic tools and promotes cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Inspired by the catalytic role of food, the U.S.- Japan Council has launched Culinary Diplomacy Programs throughout the United States and Tokyo over 2014 and 2015.

These programs bring together stakeholders in the U.S.- Japan relationship, corporate sponsors and USJC Members for innovative food and networking events featuring delectable cuisine from local chefs and restaurants. Join us by supporting or attending a regional event near you to experience the essence of culinary diplomacy and build lasting relationships over the common appreciation of food!

"Celebrating Connections: A U.S.-Japan Culinary Festival" was part of the 2014 USJC Annual Conference. Click here to learn more about the conference.