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June 2014 ● No. 83


President’s Corner Martial Arts Committee 与那嶺恵子さんに2014年ウーメン・オ ブ・ザ・イヤー賞


Uchinaaguchi Class - More than Learning Our Mother Tongue Uchinaaguchi 101 婦人部60周年を祝う記念式典、盛大 に催す北米沖縄県人会


Battle of Okinawa Lecture and Mov- ie Screening 創立35周年を祝う記念式典並びに祝 賀会を盛大に催すサンディエゴ沖縄 県人会


Hanafuda Hawaii Style OAA Members in the News Donations Calendar


Cover Images


A number of OAA members including Kyoko Naka- hara and Mariko Bringentoff (pictured) volunteered to cook and sell saataa andaagii at El Marino Language School's Children's Day festival (photo by Alice Horiba); Visitors from Okinawa: Choichi Terukina, National Living Treasure of Japan for Ryukyu Classical Music (center- right), and spouse Eiko Terukina (left) with OAA Presi- dent Shingi Kuniyoshi (center-left) and office manager/ student of Terukina-sensei Yuko Yamauchi (right) (photo by Joseph Kamiya); Kachashii at Fujinbu's New Year's Party/60th Anniversary (photo by Yukikazu Nagashima); Mieko Shima (Women's Club chairperson), Hanafuda Hawaii's Helen Nakano, and Jane Kuniyoshi (Women's Club member and organizer of this workshop) (photo by Joseph Kamiya); Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Los Ange- les Branch members (L to R) Ai Teshima, Sora Kime and Clarence Watanabe performing at the Torrance-Kashi- wa Sister City Bunkasai at the at Ken Miller Recreation Center (photo by Steven Ihde)


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北米沖縄県人会四季報 2014年6月 ● No. 83


Reasons to Attend the Annual OAA Picnic By Joseph Kamiya


• Great place for reunions • $7 pre-ordered bento/lunch (teriyaki chicken, kalua pork, rice, tsukemono)


• Complimentary drinks & snow cones • High school scholarship awards (deadline: June 13)


• Free performances (traditional and contemporary)


• Free games for the whole family • The only Okinawa-style Bon Dance in Los Angeles


• All-day raffle drawings ($1 per ticket) The Okinawa Association of America


(OAA)‘s Annual Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 13, 10 AM - 4 PM, at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Park. Teriya- ki and kalua pork bento orders ($7 each) and raffle tickets ($1 each) are now avail- able to purchase until June 27 (pre-sale only). There will be no orders or raffle tickets sold at the picnic. Please contact the OAA office at (310) 532-1929 or men- sore@earthlink.net for more information. The Annual Picnic has been a tradition


for OAA members since its first inception in the 1930′s. The picnic has always been a highly anticipated event for families and friends, offering a summer afternoon of food, games, and cultural performances. It has also become the venue for the OAA to award its annual scholarships to mem-


bers who are qualified high school gradu- ates. 2014 will mark the eighth year of Oki-


nawa-style bon dancing at the OAA Pic- nic. Regardless of age or experience, everybody is invited to participate! The movements are repetitive and everybody dances in a large circle, with experienced dancers leading in the center. Live music is provided by sanshin musicians and ei- saa drummers. The origin of bon dancing is a Buddhist ritual to soothe the souls of ancestors during the summer Bon (or Obon) Festival. Bon dance practice videos available at oaamensore.org!


OAA Annual Picnic Sunday, July 13, 10 AM - 4 PM


Whittier Narrows Recreation Park 750 Santa Anita Ave., Area E-1 South El Monte Parking $6


Bento $7 (pre-sale only) Please see insert for


more information and bento/raffle order form


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