60+ volunteers represented the Okinawa Association of America in this year’s Nisei Week Grand Parade (August 12, 2012)! Approx. 36 of them wore kasuri pattern kimonos and danced to choreographed Okinawan and Japanese Bon-Odori! One week later, 18 of our dancers returned to Little Tokyo to participate in the Nisei Week Ondo and Closing Ceremony!
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To give you a better idea of the Parade’s geography, the volunteers and dancers started at Central Avenue, went west on 2nd Street, turned north onto San Pedro Street, turned east on 1st Street, and finally south to the finish line on Central Avenue. The dancers danced the same two songs, “Shima ya Wakanatsu” (島や若夏) and “Kawachi Otokobushi” (河内男節), at least three or four times each (which is definitely is not an easy feat, so bravo)!
Also, here’s a 1-minute video preview that one of our volunteers posted on our YouTube channel:
(click on the video below to watch or click here)
Producer’s Note: This is just a short preview of the full-length Nisei Week Parade videos that I’m working on, which will piece together footage from the OAA’s full parade route circling Little Tokyo. Since the dancers had to repeat the same 2 songs for the entire duration of the parade, I was able to film each dance from various angles. In the end, 40+ minutes of video will be condensed into two 3-minute montages.
- filmed by Joseph Yoshimasu Kamiya
- filmed on August 12, 2012 in Little Tokyo [Downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.]
- music: 島や若夏 [Shima ya Wakanatsu]
- choreographers: Miyagi Nosho and Keiko Yonamine
- infinite thank you’s to the OAA volunteers, the Geinobu (Performing Arts Committee), and the Nisei Week Foundation
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