Category Archives: Performing Arts Committee (Geino-bu)

2019 “Utayabira, Wuduyabira” Okinawan Music & Dance Concert

2017 Utayabira JapaneseCity

May 19, 2019 (Sunday)
James R. Armstrong Theatre (Map)
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, California 90501
Program at 2 p.m., doors at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 each
General admission (first come, first served)

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2018 OAA Members Picnic

2018 Picnic Flyer SMALL

Artwork by Richard Yamashiro

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual Members Picnic
Sunday, July 15 • 11 a.m. ~ 4 p.m. (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)

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2017 OAA Members Picnic, Scholarship Awards, Okinawan Bon Dance

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)


Volunteers needed on July 15th and 16th. Click here to see the volunteer schedule and contact us to sign up: 310-532-1929,


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Okinawa Cultural Festival (Formerly OAA Bazaar)


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


  • 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

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!

  1. Follow @oaamensore on Instagram
  2. 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.

OAA Picnic Entertainment Schedule

13331157_10154149233680610_7176241762778589143_nThe 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

  • 10:45
    • 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!

Utayabira Wuduyabira 2015, Okinawan Performing Arts Showcase

2015 Utayabira Wuduyabira
Okinawa Soul: Music & Dance Concert in Torrance

On Sunday, May 17th, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will bring the sights, sounds, and spirit of the Ryukyu Islands to the James R. Armstrong Theatre in Torrance! Titled “Utayabira Wuduyabira” – which means “let’s sing, let’s dance” in Uchinaaguchi (the Okinawan language) – this biennial concert is one of the only recurring events in Los Angeles that celebrates and shares the performing arts of Okinawa.

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Okinawan Music & Dance Showcase | 2013 Utayabira Wuduyabira

5/5 Utayabira Wuduyabira

On Sunday, May 5th, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will be presenting their 18th biennial Utayabira Wuduyabira concert at the James R. Armstrong Theatre (Torrance, California). Translated as “let’s sing, let’s dance” in Uchinaaguchi (the Okinawan language), this showcase of traditional performing arts will feature local musicians (sanshin, koto, taiko) and dancers coming together to celebrate and share the Okinawan culture for audiences of all generations and backgrounds.

Utayabira Wuduyabira is organized by the OAA’s Geinobu (Performing Arts Committee). The Geinobu was formed in 1987 and is currently comprised of over twenty Okinawan dance, sanshin, koto, and taiko schools. Teachers and students from each school participate in the Utayabira Wuduyabira concerts, bringing a blend of koten ongaku (traditional music), buyo (traditional dance), minyo (folk music), and eisa (festival drums).

The Utayabira Wuduyabira concert will be hosted by the James R. Armstrong Theatre (3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, 90503) on Sunday, May 5th, 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by contacting the OAA at or 310-532-1929. Please make checks payable to OAA – Geinobu.

Please watch these excerpts from our 2009 Utayabira Wuduyabira (filmed and edited by Hisashi Seragaki):

Please join and share our Facebook event page!

Nisei Week 2012 Rewind (VIDEOS)

by Joseph Kamiya, OAA volunteer/videographer

Now that summer is officially gone, folks here at the Okinawa Association of America are winding down from Obon Festivals, Nisei Week, and other summer activities. The OAA was once again honored to represent Uchinaanchu in Los Angeles with their participation in the Nisei Week Grand Parade, having over 50 volunteers and Geino-bu (Performing Arts Commitee) dancers trekking across Little Tokyo! We were also proud to have members of affiliated groups such as Ishihara Minyo, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, Shima Minyo, and Tamagusukuryu Kansen-Kai representing Okinawa in the Tanabata Festival, Taiko Gathering, and Nisei Week’s Closing Ceremony Ondo!

For those who weren’t able to attend this year’s Nisei Week festivities (or for those who want to re-live the experience), we’ve compiled a top-5 list of the best Nisei Week videos that we could find on YouTube. If you have a video that didn’t make the list, please drop the link in the “comments” section at the bottom of this page (or on our Facebook page)!

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OAA @ Nisei Week (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

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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