Annual Okinawa Craft Fair

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Apr 202329
9:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

OAA Center
16500 South Western Avenue
Gardena, California, 90247
United States


4th Annual Okinawan Craft Fair
April 29 (Saturday), 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
OAA Center in Gardena, CA
Streetside parking only, no pets allowed
Some vendors may close early depending on availability of items


Items include accessories, bags, buttons, ceramics, clothing, greeting cards, hats, pins, postcards, pouches, stickers, totes, and more! (Vendors listed below)




The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will host their fourth annual craft fair on April 29 (Saturday), 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the OAA Center’s parking lot in Gardena, California.

Though smaller than other craft fairs, this outdoor boutique stands out in that it will include Okinawa-themed items such as accessories, art prints, bags, buttons/pins, clothing, greeting cards, postcards, stickers, and more. The organization hopes that this will be a big draw, as Okinawan items are rarely available at local stores, festivals, and other craft fairs.

The OAA also hopes that the event will provide an unintimidating, community-based platform for youth artists, independent creators, and hobbyists to showcase their talents. 

This event is being led by Melissa Oshiro Tran, one of the OAA’s youngest volunteers. Currently a sophomore at CSU Long Beach, Melissa says:

“My mom bringing me to all the meetings and events to volunteer, led me to coordinate an event like this. I’m truly thankful that there are places like OAA to teach people of all ages about themselves and sharing their culture.”

“Melissa volunteers for several of our event planning committees, but the Annual Craft Fair is her personal project which really utilizes her personal interest and artistic talents,” commented Yuko Yamauchi, the OAA’s Executive Director.

“We are so proud to see the event evolve along with her. It's so exciting to see the new crafters and artists that join us as vendors each time.”

In addition to learning practical skills and meeting new friends, Melissa’s countless volunteer hours at the OAA have inspired her to study traditional Okinawan patterns and ways to implement those into her own work. “Learning about [our] heritage is important because if we don’t learn, I believe that we will never truly know a part of ourselves,” the young artist added.

“[The craft fair is] not just an event for fun, but one to share our culture through our expression of art with everyone.”

The OAA Center is located at 16500 S. Western Ave. in Gardena. The event will be held outdoors in the parking lot. Street-side parking only. Pets not allowed. For more information, please contact the OAA office:, (310) 532-1929. Follow the OAA on Facebook and Instagram.

The Okinawa Association of America, Inc. (OAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and promoting Okinawan culture. Formed by first generation Okinawan immigrants (issei), the OAA has grown into a multi-generational organization that hosts numerous events throughout the year including cultural lectures, performances, social gatherings, and senior-focused activities. 2019 marked the organization’s 110th anniversary as well as the 20th anniversary of the OAA Center in Gardena.

 (Subject to change)

  • Aimee Buday, Kim Kobashigawa, Monica Solis: Coasters, greeting cards, stickers, pins, bags, napkins, scarves, placemats, ornaments, towels, table runners, pillows, keychains, bookmarks – Instagram (Monica)
  • Cou.chan Art: Stickers, acrylic charms and pins, art prints – Instagram
  • Dushi-nu-chaa: Art prints, postcards, music, stickers, and more from national/international Okinawan creatives –
  • Hiro Melody Edington: Scrunchies, wood work, keyfobs, earrings, baby/toddler headbands
  • Rumiko Hirano: Handmade Okinawan print handbags and purses, handcrafted wooden cell phone stand, handmade crocheted socks and owl decoration from Okinawa, Okinawan chopsticks
  • Seiji Igei, Lasha Tamae: Illustrated prints, stickers, pins, temp. tattoos – Instagram (SeijiLasha) – Twitter (SeijiLasha)
  • Jane's Homemade: Vegan gumdrops with organic cane sugar and pectin –
  • JooToo Clothing: Shirts, hats, hoodies, eco bags, phone cases –
  • Kansen Atae no Kai: Stickers, engraved wooden signs, keychains, kimonos – Instagram
  • Melissa’s Creations: Keychains, artwork, notebooks, stickers, pouches, bookmarks, pins – Instagram
  • Natsuko Designs: Original ceramics (yard art, mugs, bowls, plates, cups, vases)
  • OAA: OAA merchandise, white elephant sale (not Okinawan)
  • Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Los Angeles: Shirts, stickers, small taikos, hoodies – FacebookInstagramTwitter
  • Tierra Murra by Ecommshipments: Jewelry, microwave bowl holders, clothing (incl. upcycled kimono), Hip Hatz, luggage tags –
  • White Mountain Treasures: Quilts, towels, mini lanyards, buttons
  • Yukino Yeganeh: Bingata print keychains, scrunchies, eyeglasses holders


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