OAA Okinawa Bazaar 2019

OAA Bazaar 2019

Flyer by Jeff Shimane

Okinawa Association of America’s
Annual Okinawa Bazaar & Fundraiser
Sunday, October 6, 2019 • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Facebook Event Page

OAA Center
16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena 90247
(Please use street-side parking)

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2018 Bazaar Family Carousel 1A

Sharing culture and food at the Okinawa Bazaar

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host their Annual Okinawa Bazaar on October 6 (Sunday), 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the OAA Center in Gardena. This event is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser and is currently the only Okinawa-focused festival in Southern California.

What started out as a small gathering of members has grown into an intergenerational cultural event that brings together hundreds of families for an afternoon of tasty food, soulful entertainment, fun games, raffle drawings (win Disneyland tickets!), and more.

This event is organized by the Okinawa Association of America (OAA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed by Okinawan immigrants over a century ago. The organization has been kept alive by multiple generations of driven volunteers and generous donors. 2019 marks the OAA’s 110th anniversary and the OAA Center’s 20th anniversary.

“We are continuing the work of our founders and early leaders,” said Edward Kamiya, OAA President. “Also, we are truly honored that so many of their families are continuing their legacy by donating to and/or volunteering at the OAA.”

The OAA Center is located at 16500 S. Western Ave., Gardena 90247. Early arrival recommended as streetside parking is limited and popular food/merchandise items sell out quickly. Booths will only accept prepaid scrips (please go to the scrips/information table first). More information: oaamensore@gmail.com, (310) 532-1929 (weekdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Food Booths
The food booths will feature a number of maasan (delicious) Okinawan foods such as saataa andaagii (“Okinawan dango”), Uchinaa suba (Okinawa soba), ashitibichi (pig’s feet), rafutee (Okinawa-style braised pork belly), ice cream made with beni-imo (Okinawan purple potato), and taco rice (a popular fusion dish in Okinawa). There will also be local festival staples like spam musubi, shaved ice, beef bowls, and chili rice (vegetarian).

Live Performances
The all-day entertainment program will showcase the traditional and contemporary performing arts of Okinawa (music, dance, and taiko), karate demonstrations, Hawai‘ian dance, and more. This year’s special guests include the energetic eisaa drumming students from El Marino Language School and local hula and ʻukulele group, Puniwai Hula Halau.

Raffles and Shopping
For those who want to start their holiday kooimun (shopping), raffle tickets are available for $1 each with an extremely coveted grand prize: four “Park Hopper” tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure (approx. $600 value; generously donated by the Walt Disney Company)! Merchandise booths will have souvenirs from Okinawa (limited supply), original Okinawa-themed merchandise (tote bags, t-shirts), and fresh plants and produce. Local dance group Majikina Honryu Aigen no Kai will also sell handmade crafts, baked goods, and white elephant items.

Children’s Games
This event is a great opportunity to expose the younger generations to Okinawan culture while also enjoying a fun family outing. The warabi (children) tent will have a variety of carnival-style games like bean bag tic-tac-toe, ring and coin tossing, and a prize wheel. Prizes are given to all participants (while supplies last).

The Okinawa Bazaar is a community labor of love and dedicated volunteers contribute greatly to the event’s success. Volunteers will be needed on October 5 (Saturday), 6 (Sunday), and 7 (Monday). Service hours are available for students. Those who are interested in helping with set-up, booth operation, and/or clean-up can email oaavolunteers@gmail.com or fill out this online form: bit.ly/bazaarvolunteer2019

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Due to limited streetside parking, we highly recommend arriving early, carpooling or being dropped off at the Bazaar.

“Early bird gets the… rafutē!”
Many food and merchandise items tend to sell-out quickly (especially the souvenirs from Okinawa and specialty food like rafutē and ashitibichi). Also, parking can be hectic. Please take these factors into consideration when planning your visit.

Before you stand in line to buy food…
Booths will only accept pre-paid scrips. When you arrive, be sure to buy your scrips at the Information/Scrips Booth before you get into any of the food lines. $1 = 1 scrip.

Lunch AND dinner
Did you know the Bazaar is the OAA’s largest annual fundraiser? Please consider buying both lunch and dinner so you can support the OAA + enjoy delicious Okinawan food + save time in the kitchen!

Learn something new
What does “sātā andāgī” mean? How do you say “thank you” in Uchinaaguchi (the Okinawan language)? The OAA Bazaar is a great place to dive into Okinawan culture. In addition to traditional performances and dishes, you’ll see and hear simple Okinawan words and phrases throughout the Bazaar. Take this opportunity to learn and practice with your family and friends – it’s like a free class!

Become a member and save in 2020
Did you know that OAA members received a pre-order discount on scrips? Unfortunately, the deadline has already passed, but you can receive this discount in 2020 by becoming a member (PDF)! Membership benefits also include discounts on certain OAA events (lectures, workshops), access to our members-only library and classes (including Okinawan language), and more.

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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!*

  • GRAND PRIZE: Four (4) “Park Hopper” passes to Disneyland and California Adventure!
    1 winner; generously donated by the Walt Disney Company
  • Tiger rice cookers and water heaters
    Generously donated by Tiger Corporation U.S.A.
  • Amazon Fire TV Cube streaming media service
    Generously donated by Kamiya Insurance Agency
  • Amazon Echo Dot
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • $25 cash price
    Generously donated by OAA member Yoneko Nakamura
  • Plus gift cards/certificates, electronics, kitchenware, and more!

* Winners will be informed by phone or email after the event. Prizes must be picked up by December 1, 2019. Prizes that are not picked up will be forfeited and donated back to the OAA.

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


  • Ashitibichi – $12: Okinawan-style pig’s feet
  • Beni-Imo: Okinawan purple potato ice cream and steamed potatoes (potatoes generously donated by John Toyama)
  • Kāsa Mūchi – 3 pc. for $5: Okinawan mochi in shell ginger leaf
  • Rafutē Bowl – $8: Okinawa-style slow-cooked pork belly with rice
  • Taco Rice – $8: a popular fusion dish in Okinawa (literally taco ingredients over rice)


  • Okinawa Soba / Uchinā Suba – $10: Okinawa-style soup with wheat flour noodles
  • Sātā Andāgī – 5 pc. for $4: deep-fried Okinawan “doughnuts” (sometimes called “Okinawan dango”)
  • Spam Musubi – $3 each / 2 pc. for $5: spam wrapped in rice and seaweed
  • Beef Bowl – $8: served with rice
  • Vegetarian Chili Rice – $8
  • Shaved Ice – $1: a great way to cool down!


  • Baked Goods
  • Mochi
  • Water and Soda

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  • Souvenirs from Okinawa (very limited supply!)
  • OAA T-Shirts and Tote Bags
  • Arts and Crafts by Majikina Honryu Aigen no Kai
  • Plus plants and produce, white elephant sale, and more!

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(Subject to change without notice)

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

  • Prizes for All! (while supplies last) – Bean bag tic-tac-toe game, ring toss game, disk drop game, prize wheel spin game, coin toss game

Photo by Steve Kohatsu

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2018 Bazaar Volunteers Collage


Volunteer with yaaninju (family) and dushi (friends)!  Join fellow Uchinaanchu, Uchinaanchu-at-heart, and local student clubs/groups to bring the sights, sounds, flavor, and spirit of Okinawa to Los Angeles.

If you are interested in helping at the OAA’s largest fundraiser of the year, please fill out this online form. Volunteers need not work the entire day and we would be grateful if you can spare just a few hours!

Service hours are available for high school students.

The following volunteer opportunities are available:

    Set up starting at 7 p.m.
    Set up starting at 9 a.m. (Lunch will be provided)
    Volunteers who work 6 or more hours will receive a gift!
  • Morning set up starting at 8 a.m.
  • Working in booths from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Clean up starting at 4 p.m.
    • Clean up starting at 10 a.m. (Lunch will be provided)
    • 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 (brand 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 a special members-only pre-order form* with up to $15 in savings:

  • 30 scrips for $25 – Save $5!
  • 60 scrips for $50 – Save $10!
  • 90 scrips for $75 – Save $15!

PRE-ORDER DEADLINE: Pre-order form and payment must be delivered to the OAA by or before September 30, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Become a member and save in 2020! Please download our membership form (PDF), mail it with your payment to the OAA office, and become a member today. You will be eligible for our members-only pre-order discount in 2020.

* Pre-ordered scrips can be picked up from the scrips booth at the Bazaar (October 6, 2019; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Discounts will not be given on the day of the Bazaar. Refunds will not be given.

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