Practice Videos for the OAA’s Bon Dance

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA)’s Annual Picnic has been a tradition for our members since its first inception in the 1930′s. In addition to delicious bento, cultural performances, high school scholarship awards, raffle drawings, and family games, we host the only Okinawa-style bon odori in Los Angeles! We invite all audience members — regardless of age and experience — to dance withContinue reading “Practice Videos for the OAA’s Bon Dance”

Okinawan Music & Dance Showcase | 2013 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 togetherContinue reading “Okinawan Music & Dance Showcase | 2013 Utayabira Wuduyabira”

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 volunteersContinue reading “Nisei Week 2012 Rewind (VIDEOS)”

USA Silver Medalist Talks Story with the OAA! (VIDEOS)

by Joseph Kamiya, OAA volunteer/videographer On Friday, September 7th, we had the honor of hosting a meet and greet with USA Silver Medalist, Tamari Miyashiro (Women’s Volleyball)! With the U.S. national volleyball team, she won the Gold Medal at the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix and recently won the Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics.Continue reading “USA Silver Medalist Talks Story with the OAA! (VIDEOS)”

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!