Las Vegas Okinawan Club (LVOC) offers many ways to explore and experience Okinawa’s rich culture: attend New Year’s party for traditional performance, try delicious Okinawan cuisine, learn Okinawan’s performing arts, taiko drum, traditional Ryukyuan dance, Sanshin guitar, learn Okinawan language (Uchinaguchi) and more!
Annual Events include: New Year’s Party (February), Spring Picnic (April/May), and another event in the late Summer. Events may vary each year and subject to change.
Community Events - Okinawan Club participates in Chinese/Lunar New Year Parade (Jan/Feb), KIZUNA Japanese Spring Festival (Apr), Obon Festival (Jun/Aug), Aki Matsuri Japanese Fall Festival (Oct) every year.
Social Gathering - Members gather for Karaoke, Yuntaku social luncheon, potluck luncheon, and cultural workshops.
Las Vegas Okinawan Club is a membership based organization. Las Vegas Okinawan Club is accepting new members throughout the year. We appreciate you for your donations of membership dues and supporting our club!! Your support goes a long way in helping us achieve our goals.
If you are interested in joining the Okinawan Club, our friendly volunteers can send you a membership form in the mail.
Please text our office volunteers with your name and mailing address: General Contact (702) 350-2689.
Also, if you would like to download our membership form, the form can be find here, https://nlvoc.org/application-%26-membership
Commmunity Service /Charitable Projects - Okinawan Club participates in monthly homeless camp food distribution, and do food Drive for struggling families. Other projects include Thanksgiving food drive for families in need and Back-To-School supplies giveaway for at-risk school children.
Okinawan Traditional Performing Arts - cultural classes are held weekly and semi-weekly to learn Okinawan traditional dance, Okinawan Eisa/taiko drum, & Okinawan Sanshin guitar. We
offer cultural workshops.
No experience needed! Please inquire if interested.
The LVOC encourages the next generation of Okinawans to explore their roots and learn Okinawan culture. Young members of full- or partial Okinawan descent are eligible to apply for paid study programs in Okinawa sponsored by the Okinawa Prefecture Government.
Senior Keiro Program - our senior citizens gather semi-weekly or weekly to practice Taiko drum and Okinawan dance. We often go to lunch together or potluck lunch and spend quality time together for craft workshop, Karaoke and other activities.
Restaurant Discounts - We are so grateful for the generosity of Okinawa Onigiri & Ramen Tatsu! Please support local businesses!
Las Vegas Okinawan Club members are eligible for a 10% discount at these two restaurants. Please make sure to present your valid membership card!
Ryukyuan dance can be basically categorized into “Traditional Dance”, “Zo Dance” and “Creative Dance”. Traditional Dance is developed as being performed on the stage for entertaining Imperial envoys (Sapposhi) from China during the Ryukyu Kingdom era and came to attain greatness in the 18th century. Traditional Dance is classified into four kinds; the old married couple’s Rojinodori, young boys’ Wakashuodori, young men’s gallantry expressed in Nisaiodori, and the Onnaodori female dance performed with fascinating Bingata-dyed colorful costumes. The Zo Dance appeared after Haihan-Chiken, the abolition of clans and the establishment of the prefectural system (after 1879). Adopting music and culture of commoners, it became popular. “Creative Dance” is created by dancers of modern times, and superior works are still being created one after another. In 2009, Ryukyuan Dance was designated as a National Important Intangible Cultural Property. https://www.nt-okinawa.or.jp/traditional-okinawan-performing-arts/english/ryukyudance_en.html
These are some words and phrases in the Okinawa/Ryukyuan language (sometimes referred to incorrectly as a hogen 方言 or dialect though it is quite different than Japanese in pronunciation). It is known as uchinaaguchi うちなーぐち. There are actually several variations, as regions and different islands technically had their own languages! Most of these below will be from the main island language group. Unfortunately fewer and fewer people these days can even speak uchinaaguchi. https://www.onookinawa.com/home/learn-uchinaguchi/
The purpose of the Las Vegas Okinawan Club is to improve the well-being, health and quality of life of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, immigrant families and other community members by advocating for social-economic equity, sharing resources and empowering individuals through education, training and public awareness campaigns to create vibrant multicultural community by promoting Okinawan culture.
Las Vegas Okinawan Club, also known as "Las Vegas Okinawa Kenjinkai" is a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our goal is to improve the well-being, health and quality of life of Las Vegas community members and to create a vibrant multicultural community while promoting Okinawan culture.
Las Vegas Okinawan Club memberes include Okinawans, Japanese, those who have a relationship with Okinawa or are interested in Okinawan and Japanese people and its culture. We have members who are Okinawan, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Hawaiian, African American and other ethnicities. It is important that our club stays inclusive to all of our community members including other cultures, ethnicities and LGBTQ community members. As of February 2022, there are approximately 150 people including individual members, family members, business members and supporters. Everyone is welcome!
Las Vegas Okinawan Club, also known as Las Vegas Okinawa Kenjinkai has been registered as a domestic Non-Profit organization in the State of Nevada since July 22, 2011. The club was founded by 10 Okinawan women originally and it has grown to more than 170 members including individual, families, local businesses, volunteers, and supporters as of March, 2023. Las Vegas Okinawan Club is exempt from federal income tax under IRC Section 501(c)(3) and is classified as a public charity status 509(a)((2).
The purpose of the Las Vegas Okinawan Club is to improve the well-being, health and quality of life of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, immigrant families and other community members by advocating for social-economic equity, sharing resources and empowering individuals through education, training and public awareness campaigns to create vibrant multicultural community while promoting Japanese and Okinawan culture.
Las Vegas Okinawan Club consists of Okinawans, Japanese, those who have a relationship with Okinawa or are interested in Okinawan and Japanese people and its culture.
We have members who are Okinawan, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Hawaiian, African American and other ethnicities. It is important that our club stays inclusive to all of our community members including other cultures, ethnicities and LGBTQ community members.
As of October 2023, there are approximately 220 members including individual members, family members, business members and supporters.
Everyone is welcome!
Las Vegas Okinawan Club does not discriminate by age, ethnicity, race, color, creed, disability, gender, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression. We are LGBTQ friendly. Everyone is welcome!
Las Vegas Okinawan Club will be performing “Ichariba Yui” at Sangha’s Obon Festival and Aki Matsuri. It’s an Okinawan Obon dance with Okinawan music! Very easy! You can also practice at home.
Practice Day/Location: Wednesdays at 11:30 am the Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha (4110 N M.L.K. Blvd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032). If you would like to join to practice, please contact Keiko Rudder (702) 499-8301. Everyone is welcome!
1. Make new friends
2. Learn Okinawan culture
3. Receive 10% off at Ramen Tatsu and Okinawa Onigiri
4. Enjoy the annual events (NewY ear's Party, Spring Picnic and Birthday Lunch) at a discounted rate
5. Enjoy free or paid performing arts classses taught by Okinawan instructors/sensei with 20 plus years of experience (Okinawan Eisa/Parunku Taiko drum, Okinawan/Ryukyuan dance, Okinawan Sanshin. guitar, etc)
6. New! Yuntaku Social over lunch/dessert/coffee/dinner and gather with other me