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
Facebook Event Page
Click on a link below to learn more:
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Posted in Bazaar, Events, Karate, Kenjinkai, Members, Performances, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, Traditional Dance, Traditional Music
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Kempi students from Argentina, China, Bolivia, Peru, and U.S. participating in the Grand Sanshin Gathering during the 2016 Worldwide Uchinaanchu Festival. Photo courtesy of Maiya Gessling
Every year, the Okinawa Prefectural Government offers scholarships for young Okinawans (ages 18 to 35) to study in Okinawa for one year. This is a wonderful opportunity for young adults of full or partial Okinawan descent to learn about their ancestral heritage as well as develop relationships with local and international Uchinaanchu.
The program offers two options:
- Study at one of the prefecture’s universities
- Study a traditional art (e.g., sanshin, dance, textiles, lacquer, sanshin making, cuisine, etc.)
Application requirements include conversational Japanese skills (higher proficiency required for universities) and a relative or family friend who lives in Okinawa to act as a guarantor.
Applications are now available for Southern California applicants at the OAA office or via email by request: 310-532-1929, firstname.lastname@example.org
The application deadline is September 11, but interested parties are encouraged to pick up and read through the application as soon as possible because it will be a highly extensive process.
- July 29, 1PM at the OAA Center, Room 103
- Mid-August (to be announced)
Here’s a short segment from OTV (Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd) that talks about the program and interviews one of the OAA’s nominated participants (Japanese language only):
Artwork by Teak Oliver
Okinawa Association of America’s Annual Members Picnic
Sunday, July 16 • 11AM ~ 4PM (opens @ 10) • Whittier Narrows Park
750 Santa Anita Avenue, Area E-1, South El Monte • On-site parking fee: $6
(Non-members are also encouraged to attend the event and apply for membership)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PICNIC:
REASONS TO ATTEND & TIPS
ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES
YOUTH ART CONTEST
Volunteers needed on July 15th and 16th. Click here to see the volunteer schedule and contact us to sign up: 310-532-1929, email@example.com
Posted in Bon Dance, Events, Karate, Kenjinkai, Members, Performances, Performing Arts Committee (Geino-bu), Picnic & Scholarship Awards, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, Traditional Dance, Traditional Music
Tagged asian american, bon-odori, buyo, california, community, cultural, culture, eisa, eisaa, events, geino-bu, geinobu, kenjinkai, los angeles, minyo, nikkei, oaa, odori, okinawa, okinawa association of america, okinawan, performing arts, picnic, ryukyu, ryukyuan, ryukyukoku matsuri daiko, sanshin, uchina, uchinaa, uchinaanchu, uchinanchu, 沖縄
Photo courtesy of Michelle Akamine, a past recipient of the scholarship
The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) is currently seeking applicants for the Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California (JPASC / Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai) scholarship award for exceptional students of Japanese culture. We can recommend up to two (2) OAA members (final selection will be done by the JPASC).
DEADLINE: JULY 17, 2017 (MONDAY)
- Current member of the OAA with no outstanding dues
- If the applicant is a dependent, then their parent/guardian must be a current OAA member
- If the applicant or parent/guardian is a member of another kenjinkai, you may apply through them
- Between 17 – 27 years of age
- Dedicated practitioner of a Japanese cultural tradition (e.g. arts, martial arts*, language)
- * For martial arts, the applicant must have a minimum of ni-dan or equivalent
The applicant will need a recommendation letter from his/her instructor and the OAA, school transcripts, and passport photos.
Please contact the OAA for the application:
DEADLINE: May 31, 2017
• Must be fully or partially of Okinawan descent
• Parents (guardians) or applicant must be OAA member(s)
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• Must be graduating high school in 2017
The awards will be based primarily on academic accomplishments with due consideration given to extracurricular, community activities, and financial needs. The scholarship awards will be presented at the OAA’s Annual Members’ Picnic at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park on Sunday, July 16, 2017 (date subject to change).
APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE:
Download the OAA HS scholarship application checklist (PDF) and 2017 OAA Scholarship App (PDF) / 2017 OAA Scholarship App (WORD) today! Please contact the OAA for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-532-1929.
Posted in High School Scholarship, Kenjinkai, Members, Picnic & Scholarship Awards, Scholarship Committee, Scholarships
Tagged kenjinkai, nikkei, oaa, okinawa, okinawan, scholarship, uchinaanchu, uchinanchu
On Sunday, September 25th from 11AM-4PM, the Okinawa Association of America is hosting its annual Okinawa Cultural Festival (previously known as Bazaar) to raise money and celebrate the rich and unique culture of our community. As always, there will be plenty of food and entertainment, showcasing both traditional and modern elements of Okinawan culture! The OAA Okinawa Cultural Festival will be held at the OAA Center, 16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena, CA 90247.
- Andagi – Okinawan donuts
- Ashitibichi* – Pig’s feet soup
- Beniimo Ice Cream* – Okinawa purple sweet potato
- Fu Chanpuru* – Okinawan stir fry with egg flatbread
- Nantu – Okinawan mochi
- Okinawa Manju – Sweet mochi cake
- Okinawan Soba – similar to Udon/Ramen
- Rafute Donburi* – Slow cooked pork belly
- Snow Cones
- Spam Musubi
- Teriyaki Chicken & Beef Bento
- Taco Rice* – Ground beef on rice, toppings
*Food items in limited supply
Listed alphabetically, not by performance time
ACTIVITIES AND SHOPPING
- Raffle – $300 grand prize! raffle-ticket-form (PDF)
- Instagram Contest – $50 prize
- Children’s games, arts & crafts, puppet making
- Merchandise from Okinawa
- T-Shirts, Tote Bags, Mugs – original designs
- Fresh Plants and produce
- Rummage sale
- Bake Sale
**NEW** INSTAGRAM CONTEST – WIN $50 CASH!
All our volunteers worked very hard to create the maasan (delicious) food at the bazaar. Show them some love and share your favorites on Instagram!
- Follow @oaamensore on Instagram
- During the festival on Sunday, September 25,2016, post a food selfie (a photo of yourself and a tasty Okinawan dish) to Instagram using the hashtag #OkinawaFestLA
All entries must be posted by 3:00pm onSunday, September 25,2016. Any picture posted after 3:00pm will no be eligible for the contest. Submissions will be judged by quality and who looks like they’re enjoying it the most. The winner will receive a $50 cash prize! Winners will be announced on Instagram.
Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.
The annual OAA picnic is coming up on Sunday, July 17, at Whittier Narrows Recreation Group Picnic Area #E-1. The picnic open at 10AM; program begins at 10:45 AM. Below is the general lineup of the full entertainment schedule for the picnic.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change
- President’s Welcome
- VIP Welcome
- Rajio Taiso- Radio Exercise warm-up for all!
- 11AM – 12PM
- Puniwai Hula Halau
- Blaise and Phoenix Baker – ukelele
- Ai Teshima – solo tahitian
- Toyomu Kai – Ryukyu dance
- Martial Arts Committee
- Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko
- Toyomu Kai – Ryukyu dance
- Na Wahine ‘O Kawena Hula Halau
- 12PM – 1PM
- Shosetsu Kai – Ryukyu dance
- DJ Neal – karaoke
- Scholarship Awards
- Kids Games (Round 1)
- 1PM – 2 PM
- Aikoh Kai – Okinawa minyo music
- Raffle Drawing
- Kids Art Contest Winners announced
- Shosetsu Kai – Ryukyu dance
- Kalyn Aolani Oshiro – ukelele
- Kids Games (Round 2)
- 2PM – 3PM
- Logan Brothers – contemporary music
- Raffle Drawings
- Special overseas guests: Nema Mamoru & Motomura Atsuko – Uta-sanshin
- 3PM – 4PM
- Bon dancing
- Tug O’ War- Tsunahiki
- Raffle: Grand Prize
Check out our Facebook page for more details of the picnic. For more information, see 2016 Picnic Flyer Inserts.
Hope to see you there!
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