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Children's Discovery Center opens 'Hello From Japan' exhibit

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KAKAAKO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By. Kayla Yamamoto

This Saturday families lined up in front of the Children’s Discovery Center for the opening of the highly anticipated traveling exhibit of Hello From Japan.  The Children’s Discovery Center is proud to be one of the forty venues throughout the nation chosen to host this unique part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series. Because traveling exhibits are typically an expensive proposition due to shipping and rental fees, the museum is happy for the Freeman Foundation and their local sponsor Matson Hawaii. 

 “The point of these exhibits is really to give our children here in the United States some global education because we certainly live in a global world.  It’s important to teach our children about different cultures and countries,” says Loretta Yajima, Chair of the Children’s Discovery Center Board of Directors.

The exhibit invites kids to explore both the modern and traditional sides to Japanese culture.  In Kawaii Central, children will be able to participate in modern Japanese activities like karaoke, bento making, and capturing kawaii moments in the photo booth. Entering the Shinto Shrine park environment, kids will have the opportunity to be involved in traditional Japanese practices such as building a traditional bridge, ringing of the Shinto bell, and making a wish at a wishing tree. 

Yajima believes the museum’s big draw is having the ability to incorporate the right amount of information often associated with a museum, with interactive and hands-on experiences for children to acquire through playing.

 “One of the things that we pride ourselves in is helping children understand both themselves and others in the world beyond our island shores. And when we are able to bring in a traveling exhibit, it gives our children who are here in Hawaii and don’t have the opportunity to actually get on an airplane to visit other countries of the world, we bring the world to them,” said Yajima.

The Hello From Japan exhibit at the Children’s Discovery Center will run to May 14. For more information on the exhibit along with museum hours and admission rates call 524-KIDS or visit the museum’s website at

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