2022 OAA Picnic, Bon Dance, and Scholarship Awards

RSVP IS REQUIRED BY JULY 15 TO ATTEND
7月15日までに予約が必要

Click here to RSVP

Hurray! At last, we can celebrate once again, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, and visit with friends and family. After three years since the last picnic gathering, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will hold an in-person picnic on Sunday, July 17 at Whittier Narrows Recreational Park from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Our theme is “OAA Friends and Family Reunion: Together Again.”  We are encouraging everyone to get back to their traditions of picnics past of packing maasan (delicious) bento of family recipes, while looking forward to seeing family and friends!   We are still taking precautions and asking everyone to wear their masks at check-in and while in the picnic area, keep a safe distance from others, and RSVP so we can track attendance.

Although this year’s picnic will be slightly scaled down due to the pandemic, you can still expect a festive gathering with games for all ages, raffle drawings, and the all-Okinawa style Bon Dance with live musical accompaniment (watch practice videos at tinyurl.com/oaa-bondance). We will also have Okinawan dance, minyo, and Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko performances. Bring your own bento and drinks, goza (picnic blanket) and folding chair for a carefree afternoon together. Ice cold bottled water will be available upon request. (NO: Alcoholic beverages, smoking, animals except for service animals)

NEW FOR 2022

  • NO BENTŌ – The OAA will not be selling bentō on-site or taking pre-orders
  • RSVP is required by July 15 – CLICK HERE TO RSVP (attendance will be limited)
  • COVID screening form will be emailed to you and must be filled out 24 hours prior to attending or at the event check-in booth 
  • Face masks must be worn at all times while inside the picnic area unless actively eating or drinking 
  • Social distance where possible 
  • Yamashiro Photo Collection sneak peek 
  • Open Mic Karaoke – Limited slots available; first come, first served sign-up at event info booth

If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the event, please contact the OAA Picnic Committee at oaa.giving@gmail.com or call the OAA Office at (310) 532-1929 to make arrangements. 

Ippee nifee deebiru (thank you very much) to all our members, family, friends, and local businesses for your continuous support. We hope to see everyone at the picnic to celebrate this joyous reunion.


Safety Measures 安全対策

  • NO BENTŌ – The OAA will not be selling bentō on-site or taking pre-orders
    お弁当の販売はございませんので、各自お弁当をご持参ください。
     
  • RSVP is required by July 15 (attendance will be limited)
    予約は7月15日までに必要になります。(出席は制限されます。)
     
  • COVID screening form will be emailed to you and must be filled out 24 hours prior to attending or at the event check-in booth
    イベントの24時間前、または当日、受付カウンターにてCOVID関連の質問票のご記入・ご提出をお願いいたします。
     
  • Face masks must be worn at all time while inside the picnic area unless actively eating or drinking
    飲食時以外はマスクの着用をお願いいたします。
     
  • Social distance where possible
    可能な限り、周囲の方々とソーシャルディスタンスをお取りください。

RAFFLE (Pre-Sale Deadline: July 8, 2022)

Each raffle ticket only $1 and event attendance is not required to win prizes!

DOWNLOAD RAFFLE TICKET SHEET (PDF)

  • GRAND PRIZE: Samsung 43″ Smart TV – Generously donated by Kamiya Insurance Agency
  • Akane Chaya Restaurant – Gift certificate generously donated by David & Toshiko Fusato
  • Azuma Restaurant – Gift certificates generously donated by the restaurant
  • The BroadVIP entry tickets generously donated by the museum
  • Carry-On Luggage – Generously donated by Uyehara Travel
  • Cherrystones Grill & GrottoGift certificates generously donated by the company
  • DVD Projector – Generously donated by Dennis & Joan Oshiro
  • Hollywood Wax Museum – Tickets generously donated by the museum
  • Japanese American National Museum – 1 year membership generously donated by the museum
  • Jootoo Clothing – $25 gift cards generously donated by the company
  • Kokoro Care Package – Okinawa-themed care package generously donated by the company
  • Live Long & Plant – Scented soy candles generously donated by the company
  • Los Angeles Angels – Certified Jared Walsh autographed baseball generously donated by the company
  • Malibu Wine Hikes – Gift certificate generously donated by the company
  • Pacific Park at Santa Monica Pier – Unlimited ride wristbands generously donated by the company
  • Sake – Premium sake from a generous anonymous donor
  • Shin-Sen-Gumi Restaurant Group – Gift certificates generously donated by the company
  • TargetGift certificates generously donated by OAA Seisonenbu
  • Tokyo Central Grocery Store – Gift certificates sponsored by the OAA Geino-bu Performing Arts Committee
  • VisaGift certificate generously donated by Linda Miyashiro, DVM, South Bay Veterinary Clinic
  • …and more!

PROGRAM

  • Rajio Taiso in Uchinaaguchi (the native Okinawan language)
  • Karaoke – Masao Tobaru
  • NEW! Open Mic Karaoke – Limited availability; must sign up in-person at picnic; must bring own music CD or MP3)
  • Ryūkyūkoku Matsuri Daiko Los Angeles Branch
  • Traditional Dance – Tamagusuku Ryu Kansenkai
  • Traditional Dance – Majikina Honryu Aigen no Kai
  • Traditional Folk Music – Ryūkyū Minyō Aikokai
  • Traditional Folk Music – Ishihara Minyo Kenkyusho
  • OAA High School Scholarship Awards
  • Games – Races, water balloon toss, basket toss (sorry, there will be no tug-o-war this year)
  • All-Okinawan Bon Dance – Watch practice videos at tinyurl.com/oaa-bondance

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER FROM KOKORO CARE PACKAGES!

Kokoro Care Packages delivers all-natural, artisanal Japanese food straight from Japan to your door. They work closely with local farmers and producers to support their traditions and communities, while sharing their stories. They include an English brochure with product information, producer stories, recipes, suggested uses and more, making it easy to enjoy Japanese food at any level.

Want to order your own July Okinawa-themed care package? OAA members can fill out this form to receive the 10% discount and purchase instructions. The full list of products and descriptions can be found HERE (hopefully some of your favorites are listed too!).


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