A Look Back at 2014

Written by Joseph Kamiya OAA Culture Committee chairperson We know that this list doesn’t do justice to the wonderful year we had — what were YOURย favorite OAA moments of 2014? Let us know in the comments section!

2014 NKK Scholarship for Students of Japanese Culture

The Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai (Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California) is now accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship for outstanding students of Japanese culture (e.g. art, entertainment, martial arts, etc). Qualifying applicants must be current members of a kenjinkai, between 17 – 27 years of age, and a dedicated practitioner of a Japanese cultural tradition.Continue reading “2014 NKK Scholarship for Students of Japanese Culture”

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”

Okinawan Heart & Spirit: Informal Lecture by Shinichi Maehara

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will be hosting an informal talk with Shinichi Maehara on Saturday, March 23, 3:00PM at the OAA Center (16500 S. Western Ave. Gardena 90247, FREE ADMISSION). The event will be the first in an ongoing series of lectures presented by the OAAโ€™s Bunka-Bu (Culture Committee). Mr. Maehara, a retiredContinue reading “Okinawan Heart & Spirit: Informal Lecture by Shinichi Maehara”