The annual Nisei Week, one of the area's longest-running cultural events, takes place in LA's Little Tokyo. "Nisei" are second generation Japanese Americans and Nisei Week is an American celebration of all things Japanese. The week begins with a three-day Tanabata Festival and the Grand Parade the weekend of August 9-11, 2013 and finishes with the Plaza Festival and Ondo Closing Ceremony with Obon street dancers (pictured) on Sunday, August 18.
In addition to the street festivals, there are films, stage performances, dinner dances, exhibits, demonstrations and sporting events including sumo wresting, scheduled at various venues in Downtown LA's Little Tokyo neighborhood.
When: August 9-18, 2013, check the website for full schedule.
Where: 237 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (On San Pedro and 2nd)
Cost: Free entrance to most activities; fee for rides, games and food
Parking: Get Directions and Parking info.
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