2017 Okinawa Bazaar

2017 Bazaar FLYER FRONT

Artwork and design by Jeff Shimane

Okinawa Association of America’s
Annual Okinawa Bazaar & Fundraiser
Sunday, October 8 • 11AM ~ 4PM • OAA Center Parking Lot

16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena 90247
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Culture, food, community at Annual Okinawa Bazaar

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host their Annual Bazaar on Sunday, October 8, at the OAA Center in Gardena.

What started out as a tiny gathering of members has grown into an intergenerational cultural event that brings together hundreds of families for an afternoon of tasty food and soulful entertainment.

The food booths will showcase a number of maasan (delicious) Okinawan foods like sātā andāgī (“Okinawan dango”), Okinawa soba, ashitibichi (pig’s feet), rafutē (Okinawa-style slow-cooked pork belly), ice cream made with beni imo (Okinawan purple potato), and taco rice (literally taco ingredients over rice; a popular fusion dish in Okinawa).

The all-day entertainment program will feature the traditional and contemporary performing arts of Okinawa, Hawai‘ian dance, karate demonstrations, and more. Exciting additions to this year’s program include two spoken word performances by yonsei (fourth-generation) Okinawan descendants and a mini sanshin workshop/lesson with local musicians, Yuna & Tida.

For those who want to start their holiday kōimun (shopping) early, $1 raffle tickets are available with a $300 grand prize for one lucky winner. Booths will also be selling souvenirs from Okinawa (limited supply), original Okinawa-themed merchandise (tote bags, t-shirts, and stickers), and handmade crafts donated by local dance group, Majikina Honryu.

Parents can plan a family day and bring the kids to the warabi (children) tent. Fun activities include games, arts and crafts (including painting with bingata-style stencils), and a photo booth with an Okinawa-themed background.

The OAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed by Okinawan immigrants over 100 years ago. One of the goals of this year’s fundraiser is to raise money for the organization’s buildings, which are in need of significant repairs and renovations.

Rikka Uchinaa Bazaar nkai ikana (let’s go to the Okinawa Bazaar)! October 8, 11AM – 4PM, at the OAA Center, 16500 S. Western Ave., Gardena 90247. Parking available in nearby residential areas. Early arrival recommended; popular food/merchandise items sell out quickly. Booths will only accept pre-paid scrips (available to purchase through the OAA office and at the event).

Pre-order scrips, make a tax-deductible donation, or sign up to volunteer: oaamensore@gmail.com, 310-532-1929. More info and schedule: oaamensore.org

Volunteers Needed: This event is organized and executed entirely by volunteers. Those who are interested in helping with set-up, booth operation, or clean-up can contact the OAA volunteer coordinator at oaa.volunteers@gmail.com.

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Performance Schedule
Subject to change without notice

  • 11:00 | Jeff Tanaka (DJ)
  • 11:20 | President’s Speech, Announcements, and Recognitions
  • 11:35 | Ryūkyū Minyō Kyōkai (traditional Okinawan folk music)
  • 11:55 | Miyagi Ryū Nosho Kai (traditional Okinawan dance, head instructor: Nosho Miyagi)
  • 12:15 | Kyle Toyama (spoken word)
  • 12:20 | Kaizen Dojo (Shōrin-Ryū karate and Okinawan kobudo, head instructor: William Christopher Ford)
  • 12:40 | El Marino Language School‘s Eisā Group (contemporary Okinawan drum-dancing)
  • 1:00 | Mini Sanshin Workshop/Lesson (Yuna & Tida with Joseph Kamiya)
  • 1:40 | Josh Chang (ʻukulele)
  • 2:00 | Afuso Ryū Kenkyū Chōichi Kai Los Angeles (Okinawan classical and folk music, head instructor: Ryan Nakamatsu)
  • 2:20 | Miyagi Ryū Nosho Kai (traditional Okinawan dance, head instructor: Nosho Miyagi)
  • 2:40 | Yukiko Ōshiro (karaoke)
  • 2:50 | Jeff Tanaka and Joseph Kamiya (spoken word and sanshin)
  • 3:05 | Elyse Izumi (hula)
  • 3:20 | Will and Shigeru Logan (guitar ​and ​violin)
  • 3:40 | Ryūkyūkoku Matsuri Daiko Los Angeles Branch (contemporary Okinawan festival drum-dancing)
  • 4:00 | Yuna & Tida (traditional Okinawan folk music)

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Raffle tickets are only $1 each and can be purchased at the event or pre-ordered through the office: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com

Attendance is not required to win prizes (winners will be informed by phone or email after the event).

  • GRAND PRIZE: $300 Cash
    1 winner; sponsored by the OAA
  • $50 gift card to Costco
    2 winners; generously donated by Haruko Hamlin
  • More prizes to be announced!

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Booths at the Bazaar will only accept scrips for payment. Before you stand in any lines, please make sure to purchase scrips at the event’s information table. Current OAA members may pre-order through the OAA office: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com


  • Ashitibichi: pig’s feet
  • Ice cream made with Beni-Imo (Okinawan purple potato)
  • Rafutē: Okinawan style slow-cooked pork belly (served with rice)
  • Slushies made with Shīkwāsā (Okinawan citrus depressa)
  • Taco Rice: a popular fusion dish in Okinawa (literally taco ingredients over rice)


  • Okinawa Soba / Uchinaa Suba: Okinawa-style soup with wheat flour noodles
  • Sātā Andāgī: deep-fried Okinawan “doughnuts” (sometimes called “Okinawan dango”)
  • Spam Musubi: spam wrapped in rice and seaweed
  • Teriyaki Combination Plate


  • Drinks
  • Snow Cones

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Booths at the Bazaar will only accept scrips for payment. Before you stand in any lines, please make sure to purchase scrips at the event’s information table. Current OAA members may pre-order through the OAA office: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com


  • Charms/keychains
    • Various styles: Hello Kitty, Ryūkyū glass, shiisaa
  • Handkerchiefs and towels with Okinawan designs
  • Minsā coasters and pouches (made with authentic Yaeyama textiles)
  • Shīsā (small lion statues)
  • Plus children’s socks, pouches, pens, and more!


  • Okinawan-English Wordbook
    “[…] Written by the late Mitsugu Sakihara, historian and native speaker of the Naha dialect of Okinawa, [this book] is an all-new concise dictionary of the modern Okinawan language with definitions and explanations in English.” – University of Hawai‘i Press


  • Stickers
    “Uchinaa Soul” sanshin design (3″ x 4″ matte)
  • T-Shirts
    Ryūkyū cartoon characters design (image below), “Ryūkyū Spirit” shishimai design, “Uchinaaguchi: A Language Not A Dialect”, “Got Goya?”, “Ichi nu Ichimadin: From Generation to Generation” 100th anniversary design
  • Tote Bags
    “Uchinaaguchi: A Language Not A Dialect” and”Uchinaa Soul” designs. Eco-friendly (100% recyclable), lightweight cotton canvas tote bags with gusset (15″W x 16″H x 3″D)
  • Uchinaaguchi-English Word Magnets
    Learn the Okinawan language with these fun magnets (includes 55 words with their English translations)!

Made and donated by local dance group, Majikina Honryu!

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Booths at the Bazaar will only accept scrips for payment. Before you stand in any lines, please make sure to purchase scrips at the event’s information table. Current OAA members may pre-order through the OAA office: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games
  • Photo Booth

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OAA events like the Bazaar would not be possible without dedicated volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact the volunteer coordinator at oaa.volunteers@gmail.com or fill out this Google form.

Service hours are available for high school students.

The following volunteer opportunities are available:

  • Saturday, October 7, 9AM ~
    • Free lunch for Saturday volunteers
    • Set-up (tents, tables, signage, etc.)
    • Food preparation
  • Sunday, October 8, 8AM ~

    • Free drinks/snacks for all volunteers and free gift for volunteers who work 6+ hours (SIGN-IN/OUT REQUIRED)
    • Set-up
    • Working in a booth
    • Clean-up after 4PM (dinner will be provided)
  • Monday, October 9, 10AM ~

    • Free lunch for Monday volunteers!
    • Washing pots and pans
    • Kitchen clean-up
    • BBQ clean-up

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Your generous donations help to offset expenses and raise money for our annual fundraiser! If you’re interested in making a donation, please contact the OAA office at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929.

  • Monetary (tax-deductible)
  • Raffle prizes (new items only please)
  • Ingredients
    • 5-gallon cooking oil (canola, corn, or vegetable), sugar, all-purpose flour (unbleached), and spam
  • Canned soda
  • Bottled water
  • Paper towels

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As a benefit of OAA membership, we mail out special members-only pre-order forms with up to $15 in savings:

30 scrips for $25 / 60 scrips for $50 / 90 scrips for $75

Not a member yet? Download our membership form (PDF) and become a member today!

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