Maiya Kuida-Osumi

Maiya Kuida-Osumi is a middle school student. She has been playing basketball with the Venice Sparks since kindergarten. She also enjoys playing softball, taiko, and is part of her middle school improv group. Maiya is a member of The Sistahfriends with her friend Tula and has performed at Tuesday Night Café over a dozen times.  

Updated August 2017

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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Encircle, In Dance

For this month’s Nikkei Uncovered, we wave goodbye to the Obon season with special reflections from a family of activist/artists and a local legend & community organizer. Maiya, Jenni, and Tony Kuida-Osumi share with us poems that tie the dance we do in commemoration of ancestors at Obon, with homage in action to community, to our shared struggle, to Los Angeles. Evelyn Yoshimura brings us a brief essay reflecting on the letting go and the images that spring forth through the dance itself. Hopefully these words will not only resonate with the images that come to your mind during Obo…

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