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HIFF Japan Reception

Stars, directors and film producers were on hand at the HIFF Japan Reception

Posted October 15, 2012 by Ed Morita

Koji Yakusho, this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and star of “The Woodsman and the Rain,” joined Rina Takeda, star of “Dead Sushi” and “Ultraman Saga” director Hideki Oka at Sunday’s Japan Reception at Halekulani.

Guests were able to meet the actors, directors and film producers, as well as dine on Japanese-themed foods like ahi tartar, green tea zaru soba, and BBQ skewers.

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Japan Reception

Photo by Ed Morita


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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