The 80th Annual Nisei Week Returns to Little Tokyo

August 15, 2022

Celebrate Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions during the 80th annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, one of Los Angeles’ largest Japanese cultural experiences, taking place through Sunday, August 21.

As one of the nation’s longest-running multi-weekend ethnic festivals, Nisei Week pays homage to those who blazed the trail for Japanese-American tradition within the vibrant city of Los Angeles during two weekends of free, family-friendly cultural events, interactive activities, live music, and more. 

Pioneer Luncheon & Spirit Awards
Wednesday, August 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Double Tree by Hilton
A gathering to honor our friends and leaders in the Southern California Japanese American community.

Plaza Festival 
Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | JACCC Plaza
In partnership with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, gather at the plaza and enjoy live music, acts, Japanese delicacies, and more. 

Cultural Exhibits 
Saturday, August 20,  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  & Sunday, August 21, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | JACCC
Enjoy rich Japanese culture by viewing collected Japanese objects such as bonsai, calligraphy, Ikebana, and more will be on display inside the JACCC.

Taiko Gathering
Sunday, August 21, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | JACCC Plaza
Take a front seat and enjoy the art of Taiko drumming by groups from Southern California.

Ondo Public Street Dancing & Closing Ceremony
Sunday, August 21, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. |  1st Street
The public is invited to join Nisei Week’s finale – the Japanese tradition of dancing in the street with live entertainment to close out the annual festival.

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