Hawaii Travelogue: a Japan away from Japan
This year, I decided to go with my family on vacation to Hawaii, where we stayed for around a week in Waikiki, one of the biggest tourist areas (観光地) of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. As someone who has a spent a large part of the last two decades of my life involved in Japanese language and culture without living in Japan, Hawaii turns out to be a good fit for me because there is a large Japanese population there. Before our trip I had read somewhere that around 25% of the population was Japanese, but we ended up being very surprised about how deeply Japanese culture was integrated in Hawaii.
In this series of posts, I will be giving a detailed report of our trip, organized by topics. While I will focus on the Japanese aspects of Hawaii (which is written In Japanese as ハワイ, not ハワイイ as you might expect), I’ll also try to talk about Hawaii in a more general sense so that even people not as interested in Japanese culture can learn something.
Links to below chapters will be updated as I post them.
Table of Contents:
- Introduction and Table of Contents (this page)
- Ch 1: Why Hawaii? and First Impressions
- Ch 2: Hotel
- Ch 3: Japanese in Hawaii
- Ch 4: Wyndham Timeshare
- Ch 5: Food in Hawaii
- Ch 6: Diamond Head Trail
- Ch 7: Japanese Massage
- Ch 8: Celebrity Tour
- Ch 9: Izumo Shrine and Chinatown
- Ch 10: Oahu Coast Drive
- Ch 11: Pepper the Robot
- Ch 12: Lala Land
- Ch 13: Transportation in Hawaii
- Ch 14: Linguistic Notes
- Ch 15: Bishop Museum
- Ch 16: Waikiki Notes
- Ch 17: Cultural and Societal Notes
- Ch 18: Final Words
- Ch 19: Selected Photos
Note: if you enjoyed this, you may want to check out the report on my 2015 Japan trip here.