Welcome to Nisei Week Japanese Festival 2016! Thank you for allowing me the honor to represent the Nisei Week Foundation this year and on behalf of our Board of Directors, volunteers, sponsors and supporters, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in this year’s festivities. The Nisei Week Japanese Festival celebration is now enjoying in its 76th year and this could not have happened without the support, efforts, and ideas of the community at large.
The Nisei Week Foundation is a nonprofit organization run completely by volunteers and is driven to share the Japanese and Japanese American culture with the world. Each year we welcome guests from all parts of California, in addition to various parts of the United States and Japan and every year, we add a little bit more to our culture’s legacy. Last year we celebrated our 75th anniversary and this year marks the beginning of the next 75!
Most importantly, this brings our community together as one. Over the years the names and faces may change but the traditions and memories will always remain with us. As each generation passes, we tend to lose a little from our parents and grandparents but our perseverance continues to provide our younger generations with the opportunity to hold on to a little bit of the past. Nisei Week provides opportunities to share the history and teachings of those that came before us and for that, I am truly grateful. The Nisei Week festivities also provide the opportunity to create new traditions and utilize the tools we have today. Social media plays a bigger part than ever before and it gives us a chance to demonstrate endless possibilities that will continue to carry us forward.
On behalf of the Nisei Week Foundation Board of Directors, it is with great appreciation that I extend our sincerest gratitude to the many supporters who make our festival possible year after year. Without the support of numerous dignitaries, sponsors within the community, local businesses, and the hundreds of volunteers and spectators, this special tradition would no longer exist.
Thank you again and enjoy! We share a legacy to be proud of.
DAVID L. TERAGAWA, President
Nisei Week Foundation