Pioneer Spirit Nominees


The Nisei Week Foundation is seeking nominees from the community for its Pioneer Spirit Awards.

Please download fillable PDF file at the bottom of the page for nomination application and more information.

2019 Pioneer Spirit Award Information

The Pioneer Spirit honoree should exemplify the Nisei Week mission, which is to promote Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions while bringing together the diverse communities of Southern California through arts and cultural education. Furthermore, nominees should currently be or have been active in the Japanese and Japanese American community through their participation and support as well as leadership.

Our Pioneer Spirit Award panel will select five official Pioneer Spirit Award honorees from the various nominations for the 79th Nisei Week Japanese Festival. Please be aware that while we will give every nominee equal consideration for this honor, the Nisei Week Foundation and the Pioneer Spirit Award panel cannot guarantee all nominees submitted will be selected. Therefore, it is very important that the recommendation stating the reasons your organization is selecting the nominee be as complete and specific as possible. Please note there is no minimum age to be honored as a Pioneer Spirit Award recipient. Documents must be completed and received by the due date for the nominee to qualify and be considered.

Also, if selected, nominees should be aware of their commitment to the Nisei Week Japanese Festival during the official week, which is August 10 – 18. Honorees must be able to participate in the Grand Parade on Sunday, August 11, and attend the Pioneer Spirit Luncheon on Wednesday, August 14, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Little Tokyo. We would like the Pioneer Spirit Award recipients and their families and friends to be available for these events. Nisei Week will host the Pioneer Spirit Award honoree and a guest at the luncheon.

Nominations are due on or before Friday, April 26. The five honorees selected and their sponsoring organizations will be notified by the Nisei Week Foundation.

Thank you very much for your continued interest and support. If you have any questions regarding your organization’s nomination, please contact the Nisei Week Office at (213) 687-7193 or by e-mail,

Please download the above PDF form, fill it out, and email the completed application, media release form, biography and photos to