BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.5596@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20180701T000000Z DTEND:20180701T000000Z DESCRIPTION:This Okinawan cultural program will be presented by writer/lect urer&nbsp\;<strong>Tetsuro Shimojima</strong>&nbsp\;(visiting from Japan)& nbsp\;and Emceed by Actress&nbsp\;<strong>Tamlyn Tomita</strong>.\n\nShimo jima was touched by the Humanism of&nbsp\;<strong>Taro Higa</strong>. Higa was a decorated US Army Nisei veteran from Hawaii. He was a member of the famous&nbsp\;<strong>100th/442nd Infantry Battalion</strong>&nbsp\;from t he European battlefields. He volunteered to return to his ancestral homela nd of Okinawa in April 1945 as the <strong>Battle of Okinawa</strong> was underway. Speaking in the local Okinawan dialect\, Higa repeatedly risked his life entering multiple caves. He coaxed and rescued (cave flushing) hu ndreds of civilians to surrender to the safety of American soldiers includ ing a teacher who had instructed him as a grade school student in KitaNaka gusuku to live his life like the noble Okinawan Gajumaru Tree.\n\nThis the n became his guiding light towards a life filled with compassion and coura ge in the war zone and in the months following the end of WW II. This then is the story that Shimojima tells.\n\n<strong>The lecture will be present ed in Japanese. Headsets for simultaneous English translation will be avai lable.</strong>\n<strong> </strong>\n<strong></strong>There will also be c ultural entertainment including a spoken word + uta-sanshin performance by young Uchinaanchu&nbsp\;<em>yonsei</em>&nbsp\;(fourth generation descenda nts)\,&nbsp\;<strong>Jeff Tanaka</strong>&nbsp\;and&nbsp\;<strong>Joseph K amiya</strong>.\n\n<strong>Admission is $10 per person.</strong> Doors ope n at 1:30 p.m. Seating is first come\, first served.\n\n<strong>For more i nformation\, please contact Tamiko Uyehara at Uyehara Travel:</strong> 213 -680-2499\n\n<strong>Tickets are available to purchase at the Okinawa Asso ciation of America (OAA): </strong>310-532-1929\, oaamensore@gmail.com SUMMARY:Lecture/Performance – Living Treasures of Okinawa: Taro Higa's H umanism and the Okinawan Gajumaru Tree URL:/en/events/2018/07/01/lectureperformance-living-treasures-of-okinawa/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR