President’s Message

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Nisei Week Foundation’s board of directors, committee chairs, and volunteers, I welcome you to the 79th annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up enjoying the many activities associated with the festival. I am so honored to represent the Nisei Week Foundation, as its president this year.

The Nisei Week Foundation is a nonprofit organization that produces a nine-day festival to celebrate and share the Japanese and Japanese American culture. As one of the largest and longest running ethnic festivals in Southern California, we are proud to share this memorable event with the community. During the festival, a number of events: Baby Show, Coronation, Grand Parade, Plaza Festival, Awards Dinner, Pioneer Spirit Award Luncheon, cultural exhibits and entertainment, Rubik’s Cube Competition, Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship, Ondo Street Dancing, and Closing Ceremony, will take place at various locations throughout Little Tokyo. Please take the time to attend, observe and participate in all of these events.

This year’s theme is “Fire up for Nisei Week.” Fire up in the sense of generating passion and excitement for the festival this year and for many years to come. As the demographics of Little Tokyo continue to evolve, it is paramount to our community to support the Nisei Week Festival and ensure the legacy of our founders live on for many years to come.

I would like to thank the board of directors, committee chairs and the hundreds of volunteers for their hard work in presenting another successful Nisei Week Japanese Festival. In addition, I wish to extend my gratitude to our generous sponsors. Your support truly helps the Nisei Week Foundation continue this festival on an annual basis.


David Yamahata
Nisei Week Foundation