Nisei Week


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Nisei Week

Early August
Nisei Week is an annual Japanese-American festival in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, Calif. Little Tokyo is the social, cultural, and economic center for the Japanese and Nisei community of southern California. The Nisei are people of Japanese descent born and raised in the United States. Held since 1934, this week-long festival features a parade, a carnival, Japanese folk dancing, celebrity appearances, and a prince and princess pageant. There are special exhibits of bonsai, flower arranging, doll making, tea ceremonies, and other Japanese arts. Sports competitions and demonstrations include jiu-jitsu and karate. Attendance is about 50,000.
CONTACTS:
Nisei Week Foundation
244 S. San Pedro St., Ste. 303
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-687-7193; fax: 213-687-6510
www.niseiweek.org
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Fujii also worked to build cultural and commercial bridges between the Japanese community and the larger Los Angeles community by starting the annual Nisei Week Festival in Little Tokyo and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.
Just two years earlier, I watched as Tamilyn Tomita was crowned Queen at the annual Nisei Week festival in Little Tokyo, a festival we attended as a family every year.
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