2020: Okinawa Association to present long-awaited BEGIN concert at El Camino College, Mar. 28, 7:30PM

Renowned folk/pop music group “Begin” from Okinawa, Japan

Forward for the Okinawa Association of America, Inc


The Okinawa-based pop/folk group was forced to postpone their anticipated performance due to setbacks with their travel visas.

 (Gardena, CA — January 16, 2019)

The Okinawa Association of America, Inc. (OAA), the largest organization in the continental US promoting Okinawan culture, is proud to announce the date and venue for the much anticipated BEGIN band concert.

The exclusive event by the renowned pop/folk group is slated for March 28, 2020 at 7:30pm at Marsee Auditorium on the campus of El Camino Community College in Torrance, California.

BEGIN’s concert was originally scheduled for September 1, 2019, to headline the OAA 110th Anniversary Celebration Weekend. Due to unexpected visa issues, BEGIN was not able travel to the US for the performance.

The venue was moved to Marsee Auditorium to accommodate the band’s present tour, its large US fan base and OAA’s events schedule. General admission tickets go on sale on January 18th at 10am and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/OAABEGIN.

“The OAA is grateful to all the ticketholders who have been so patient and understanding throughout this situation,” stated Edward Kamiya, OAA President, “We are excited to finally welcome BEGIN to the South Bay.”

BEGIN started 30 years ago in Okinawa when Eisho Higa, Masaru Shimabukuro and Hitoshi Uechi, childhood friends from Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, combined their musical talents.

Their first single, “I Miss You” debuted in 1990 and since then they have released more than 35 singles, more than 30 albums and 8 DVDs. They released their latest album, “Gajumaru” in October 2019. They attribute blues music and Okinawan culture as inspiration for their music.

Sponsors for the concert include community partners who support OAA’s mission of preserving and perpetuating the culture.

Titanium Sponsor: Katsuya;

Platinum Sponsor: Oki Dog; Gold Sponsors: Sanyo Foods, Taragawa-Ryukyu Ocho, Kamiya Insurance and Orion Beer;

Silver Sponsors: Olympic Gift Shoppe, IACE Travel and Haruko & Ronald Hamlin;

Bronze Sponsors: Ryujin International, Shin Sen Gumi, King’s Hawaiian, The Law Office of Steven I. Awakuni, Simpex Repipe, Kumon Math & Reading Center of Torrance-West, Futaba Landscape, MAPFRE Insurance, Takaokaya, True World Foods, Raymond & Yoshio Kinjo, Red Shell Foods, David Shinjo Dance Studio;

and Media Sponsors: The Rafu Shimpo and Lighthouse.

For sponsorship opportunities and media inquiries, please contact Lesley Chinen at lesley@lcproductionsonline.com.

For updates on the BEGIN concert and the OAA, follow OAA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @oaamensore.


The Okinawa Association of America, Inc. (OAA) is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation. Its purpose is to preserve and perpetuate, as well as, promote the appreciation of Okinawan culture through education and local and international exchanges.

It also promotes mutual friendship and aid to its members. For more information on the OAA, please visit: www.oaamensore.org and follow @oaamensore on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.