From past to present
from Vancouver, British Columbia.
My name is Brian Arai and I am from Vancouver, British Columbia.
I am a part of the Okinawa Kenjinkai located in Vancouver that has around 300 members active.
The kenjinkai gets together throughout the year such as, Ice skating, bowling, and golf, just to name a few.
We also send some of our members to take part in the kenpi program to learn more about the Okinawan culture in which I participated.
I learnt the art of making sanshin through this program as I enjoyed listening to music that involved sanshin.
Through this program I was also able to learn the history between Okinawa and Canada, especially the immigrants who came to Vancouver.
Thanks to our ancestors.
The immigrants who came to Vancouver were hard-working and dedicated in order to provide a better life for their families back at home or starting to build a family in Vancouver.
Their efforts helped pave the way to bring future generations to come and start a community to keep us connected and learning about our history for the future generations.
Thanks to our ancestors I was able to go to Okinawa and learn about the craft of sanshin and the history our immigration and how much it impacted the us.
With the experience I gained from the kenpi program, I hope to bring the next generation to Okinawa the same curiosity that I had when I first went there.