Meet & Greet with Team USA Olympian, Tamari Miyashiro! (PHOTOS)

by Edward Kamiya, OAA board member and volunteer


Team USA Olympian, Tamari Miyashiro (2012 Silver Medalist for Women’s Volleyball) with (L to R): Sadao Tome, Chogi Higa, OAA President Kimiko Goya, and Hiro Tome. (photographed by Kristin Yamauchi)

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Haisai OAA News #76 | September 2012 Newsletter

The latest issue of our newsletter, Haisai OAA News, has been completed and delivered to OAA members on our mailing list. Compiled and edited by Kristin Yamauchi, the Haisai OAA News features English and Japanese articles detailing our recent events/activities.


Of course, the delivery of our newsletters would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers! Ippei nifwee deebiru! (photographed by Yuko Yamauchi)

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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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Andagi @ The GVJCI Carnival (VIDEO)

Three of our volunteers, Joseph Kamiya, Nick Awakuni, and Keana Kaya visited the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute‘s Annual Carnival on June 23, 2012 to ask our community about their favorite foods. Watch what some of them had to say!

(click on the video below to watch or click here)