A quick stop to Ikaho (sister city of Hilo, Hawaii! Check out the Hawaiian festival poster attached!) near Shibukawa, for cover shots of Robert Walker Irwin’s summer villa.
An amazing day of filming 131-year-old documents that are key to Katsu Goto’s journey to Hawaii! Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archives.
Great day of research, filming and interviews in Oiso, Kanagawa, where Katsu Goto was born, raised and worked at the city office. Filmed at his (ceremonial; remains are at the Honokaa site) and the family’s gravesite, met and interviewed the mayor of Oiso, Dr. Hisao Nakasaki and other key locations and sites.
Spent the day in Yokohama doing research and filming: Osanbashi Pier, Yokohama Archives of History, the Kanagawa Prefectural Government Main Building, etc.
An excellent day of filming B roll and cover shots at Meiji Mura open air museum – filmed important Meiji era buildings, including the Japanese Immigrants’ Assembly Hall built in Hilo in 1889. Yes, that’s right – this building was first used as a church by the early Japanese immigrants in East Hawaii on the Read more about Film crew discovers building transplanted from Big Island to Nagoya, Japan[…]
In Japan on the project – gave a Round table presentation on “Bringing the Legacy of Katsu Goto to Life” at the annual conference of the Japanese Association of Migration Studies at Hannan University in Osaka June 25-26.
Team members spent the day location scouting in East Hawaii for the Katsu Goto movie project. Yes, there’s still sugar cane growing on Hawaii Island if you know where to look.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, December 27, 2015 the annual Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist temple Katsu Goto Memorial service will be held. Rev. Furusawa will present a Dharma message. Featured guests will be Ms. Patsy Iwasaki and Baron Sekiya.
“Bringing the Legacy of Katsu Goto to Life” is the first documentary of his story presented by the Katsu Goto Memorial Committee (KGMC) of the Honokaa Hongwanji Mission. This special is a 25-minute preview as well as a behind the scenes look at the “making of” the documentary on Katsu Goto featuring a fundraising campaign to document his story on film.
A preview and behind the scenes look at the making of the documentary film.
A free viewing period on the Nippon Golden Network (NGN 1 on Channel 677)