BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.5467@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20171026T000000Z DTEND:20171026T000000Z DESCRIPTION:<strong>Celebration of her</strong><strong>itage: Torrance even t with guests from Okinawa</strong>\n\n&ldquo\;Let us set off\, to the fiv e continents we will call home.&rdquo\; These powerful words were said ove r a century ago by Kyūzō Tōyama\, historically known as the grandfather of Okinawan immigration.\n\nIn honor of the first Okinawan immigrants who fearlessly traveled across the world\, the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host the inaugural World Uchinānchu (Okinawan) Day celebratio n on Thursday\, October 26. Featuring special guest performers from Okinaw a\, the event will take place at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center&rsquo\; s Toyota Meeting Hall from 7 to 9PM.\n\nThe highlight of the event will be special performances directly from Okinawa. Musician\, poet\, and directo r Daiichi Hirata -- who brought his epic "King Shō Hashi" musical to L.A. eight years ago -- will be returning with a team of professional musician s\, dancers\, and karate practitioners. Their dynamic presentation will bl end traditional and modern elements\, ensuring that this will be a must-se e event. Local performers including the L.A. branch of Ryūkyūkoku Matsur i Daiko will also make an appearance.\n\nAt the closing ceremony of last y ear&rsquo\;s World Uchinānchu Festival -- a massive\, global &ldquo\;home coming&rdquo\; for the descendants of Okinawan immigrants -- Okinawa Prefe cture Governor Takeshi Onaga announced that October 30 would henceforth be declared as World Uchinānchu Day (WUD). The idea was proposed by Andres Higa and Tadashi Andres Ysa Urbina\, third-generation Okinawan descendants from Argentina and Peru\, respectively.\n\nThey took to the stage at the closing ceremony with a powerful message: &ldquo\;We have gratitude for ou r ancestors in our hearts. We have love for all those we meet in our heart s. We have love for our ancestral home in our hearts.&rdquo\; The speech - - spoken in Japanese with a large screen displaying English\, Portuguese\, and Spanish translations -- was received with loud cheers from the audien ce. &ldquo\;[Today] Uchinānchu of the world have gathered once again\, an d once again our hearts have become one. Let us celebrate the fact that we are all Uchinānchu.&rdquo\;\n\nThe October 26 event in Torrance will be filmed and screened at an official WUD ceremony in Okinawa to take place f our days later.&nbsp\;<!--[if gte mso 10]&gt\;\n&lt\;style&gt\;\n /* Style Definitions */\ntable.MsoNormalTable\n {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"\;\n mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0\;\n mso-tstyle-colband-size:0\;\n mso-style-nos how:yes\;\n mso-style-parent:""\;\n mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt\;\ n mso-para-margin-top:0in\;\n mso-para-margin-right:0in\;\n mso-para-margi n-bottom:10.0pt\;\n mso-para-margin-left:0in\;\n mso-pagination:widow-orph an\;\n font-size:12.0pt\;\n font-family:"Times New Roman"\;\n mso-ascii-fo nt-family:Cambria\;\n mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin\;\n mso-fareast-fon t-family:"MS 明朝"\;\n mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast\;\n mso- hansi-font-family:Cambria\;\n mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin\;}\n&lt\;/s tyle&gt\;\n&lt\;![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment-->\n\nRSV P is required due to limited space: <a href="mailto:oaamensore@gmail.com"> oaamensore@gmail.com</a>\, 310-532-1929. Admission is free for current OAA members and $10 for the public. The Toyota Meeting Hall is located at 333 0 Civic Center Drive in Torrance (next to the James Armstrong Theatre). SUMMARY:1st World Uchinaanchu (Okinawan) Day Celebration URL:/en/events/2017/10/26/1st-world-uchinaanchu-okinawan-day-celebration/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR