by Edward Kamiya, OAA board member and volunteer
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.
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!
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)
- interviews conducted by youth volunteers Nick Awakuni and Keana Kaya
- filmed and edited by Joseph Yoshimasu Kamiya
- filmed at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI) in Gardena, California, U.S.A.
- featured music: 豊年音頭 [Honen Ondo] by でいご娘 (from the compilation 決定版 沖縄の民謡 島唄 Disc 2)