Las Vegas “Kariyushi” Okinawan Cultural Workshop Brings Vegas Okinawans to Vibrant Start

View from the Palazzo suite

Ukwanshin Kabudan presented its first workshop, and Okinawan Cultural Celebration “Kariyushi” at the JACL Center.  It was one of the biggest events for both the fledgeling Okinawa Kenjin Kai and JACL.  A standing room crowd of about 200 filled the room as presentation of Okinawan intsruments, music and dances were given, in conjunction with examples of genres of dance.

Many were turned away at the door, as others from California and elsewhere were turned down when requesting tickets, due to tickets being sold out so early.  They are already talking about a bigger event next year since the surprise crowd was only from word of mouth and the JACL newsletter, along with fliers.
It was so nice to see the hunger for culture in a place where so much of the glitz and glamour of the neon lights and casinos leave very little room for thought of one’s identity.  Many young 3rd and 4th generation were in attendance.  It is now up to the Okinawa Kenjin Kai to nurture the young and help them so that they will be able to continue what has been started and pass on to the future.  There is much potential for Vegas to be a great center of resource for Okinawan culture.
Thank you to the Vegas JACL and Okinawa Kenjin Kai for coordinating this event and making it happen.

4 thoughts on “Las Vegas “Kariyushi” Okinawan Cultural Workshop Brings Vegas Okinawans to Vibrant Start

  1. Hello, my name is Jamie and I am moving to Las Vegas, NV in a few months. I am from Chatan Cho, Okinawa. I have been in the US for 10 years now and I am extremely missing home. I was wondering if there are any classes for Okinawa dance and if there were festivals that I could perform in or be apart of. Please help.

  2. Hi jamie,

    You may want to contact the Las Vegas Okinawa Kenjin kai there. I don’t have a number for you though, but there is a sushi place in the Bally’s Hotel that is owned by an Okinawan lady and there are some of the Okinawa club members that work there. Hope that helps you.

  3. I am moving to Vegas ,and should be settled in by around the first week in May. I was on Okinawa in 1958,59 and had a T V show on NHL t.v. In 2013.
    I have close ties to an Okinawa group in Spokane Washington,and hope to become involved with your group when I arrive in Vegas.
    P lease let me know who to contact when I’m settled in.

  4. I am sorry we are not in Veas, but based in Honolulu. There is a group in Vegas that you can contact through the Las Vegas Okinawa Kenjin Kai

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