Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Nisei Week 2016 Little Tokyo

It wouldn't quite be Engrish if Little Tokyo didn't get it wrong with the nine-day Nisei Week. Nine days of activities stud the August calendar of Little Tokyo. The biggest deal of all being the Grand Parade this Sunday, Aug 14. It's one of many festive events celebrating Little Tokyo's Japanese culture.

The Grand Parade
Sunday, Aug 14
Starts at 4pm
Little Tokyo

The Grand parade and festival weekend start off Little Tokyo's Nisei Week activities. The parade brings together the community to sit along Little Tokyo's streets as the the different organizations and groups that make up the area stroll through. Local politicians, beauty contestants and floats for local businesses make it the parade you've seen go by on TV or in movies in real life. It's so quaint and simple that you just have to remember to relax. It's all build up for the Nebuta float (warrior float) that lights up at night and has dancers moving around it to brighten anyone's warrior spirit.
Nebuta float

Be sure to check parking info and road closures, Little Tokyo is already a mess with Metro construction and the parking lots like to charge unfair prices of $15 and up on the weekend.

Both weekends booths will be up with random festivies.

The first weekend you have multiple events including:

Saturday, August 13
11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Free PMX & Infotakus Tanabata Festival Cosplay Contest 2016
Saturday, August 13

Natsumatsuri Family Festival
Saturday, August 13, 2016
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum

Get into JANM free with family activities all day.

The second weekend you have:

Rubik's Cube Open and