Nisei Week Aug 19-27, 2017

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77TH ANNUAL LA NISEI WEEK JAPANESE FESTIVAL AUGUST 19-27

(Los Angeles – June 29, 2017) – Enjoyed by thousands every summer, come join the downtown Los Angeles community at the 77thAnnual Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. One of the nation’s longest running ethnic festivals of its kind, the events will take place August 19-27. The Festival showcases free Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits, including music and entertainment, food and fun games spanning two weekends.

The 11th annual free Tanabata Festival (August 19-20) will color Little Tokyo’s Central Avenue and Museum of Contemporary Art (Geffen) between Temple and First streets with large, assorted streamers (kazari). Individuals, families, community groups, businesses, churches, temples, and others have contributed to this one-of-a-kind display. Plenty of entertainment such as Taiko, geta tap, martial arts exhibitions, and activities will be available for the entire family at the Plaza Festival at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), Saturday and Sunday (August 19-20). Additionally, free cultural exhibits such as bonsai, calligraphy, Ikebana, and more will be on display.

Routed through the streets of Little Tokyo on Sunday, August 20, the Grand Parade will begin at 4 p.m. The parade will include Japanese traditional dancers, led by 2017 Nisei Week Choreographer, Madame Bando Hidesomi, Japanese taiko drums, Haneto dancers preceded by a Nebuta float, and special guests and honorees including ukulele artist Eden Kai (Yusuke Aizawa) from the popular Netflix series “Terrace House: Aloha State.”

The second weekend (August 26-27) continues with more free exhibits and cultural events at the JACCC. On August 26, come watch the 11th Annual Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship on stage at the JACCC, where competitive eating greats from around the country will attempt to break the record of 384 Gyoza eaten in 10 minutes. The Gyoza Championship regularly draws top competitors such as hot dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut and YouTube sensation Matt Stonie.

To close another year of Nisei Week, Ondo street dancing will be held on August 27 at 4 p.m. on Little Tokyo’s First Street. The public is encouraged to join in this Japanese street dancing ritual. Nisei Week activities will be held in various locations throughout Little Tokyo, including the JACCC at 244 S. San Pedro Street.

For parking, please visit the Nisei Week website. Both weekends feature live entertainment, food and fun for the entire family. Take part and experience one of LA’s premier summer cultural events. For further information, visit www.NiseiWeek.org, call the Nisei Week office at 213-687-7183 or email info@niseiweek.org.