Most community-based festivals have a good week-long run. Two days, three days, with enough time to hold a parade, crown a king or queen, make a few speeches, and ensure that everyone leaves having tried some excellent eats.
Then there's Nisei Week, the annual August celebration that happens in Little Tokyo. Note the "Week" part of the name, which is no exaggeration. It truly does last a week -- actually a day longer -- and within each day there's something big. More than something. Several somethings, equaling a whole lot.
The 2010 Nisei Week runs from Saturday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Aug. 22, and marks the 70th happening of the fest (it was founded in 1934, but was put on hiatus during World War II; read more about its backstory here).
There are so many things happening during the week-plus-a-day that a separate post would probably be required to hold them all. A few majors: sake tasting, karaoke competitions, the very photographable, streamers-flying Tanabata Festival, taiko, a film festival, the queen's coronation dinner, sumo demos, and the Grand Parade on Sunday, Aug. 15.
Going over several days for different events is recommended. Happy 70th, Nisei Week!