Celebrating 2019, Okinawa Style

Joe Yamagawa, an active OAA member since the 1930s, was honored with a special Legacy Award. He served on the OAA Scholarship Committee for nearly 50 years and, as a longtime member of the History Committee, was responsible for the publication of the Japanese and English versions of OAA’s first history Book, “Hokubei Okinawa-jin Shi (History of Okinawans in North America).” Right: Granddaughter Taryn Tatara accepted the honor on his behalf from Edward Kamiya, OAA president.

Upcoming OAA events include an Okinawan concert, “Utayabira, Wuduyabira (Let’s Sing, Let’s Dance),” on May 19 at the James Armstrong Theatre in Torrance. For more information, call (310) 532-1929 or visit www.oaamensore.org.

Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo

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