Food, Dance, History, Fun: Nisei Week

The Little Tokyo festivity includes a gyoza-eating contest, a pup party, and Ondo street dancing.

What to Know

  • On through Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018
  • Little Tokyo
  • Gyoza contest, Aki's Pup Party, Ondo street dancing, art, Taiko...

Some naysayers do like to say that Los Angeles is a place distinctly lacking in history, but our most venerable community festivals tell a completely different story, a positive tale that's woven with tradition, food, art, and, above all, the people at the center of the celebratory event.

And while Southern California offers many such venerable festivities, those decades-along to-dos that brim with meaning, merriment, and edibles that are made each and every year for revelers, just about every joyful come-together can look to Nisei Week Japanese Festival for helpful pointers and awesome inspiration.

The week-plus party, which actually enjoys a few big events even prior to opening, boasts art, memory, eats, and plenty of pomp, but also some zazzy happenings, like the Rubik's Cube and the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship, two cheer-'em-on choices during the final weekend of the multi-day festivity.

So what's making the scene during the first weekend?

Sunset on the Plaza is one lovely eveningtime pick, and Aki's Pup PAWTY, which features Aki, the akita-inspired mascot of Nisei Week, will woof it up on Sunday, Aug. 12. 

Following the Fido fun?

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The Grand Parade shall bring music, dance, and more to the streets of Little Tokyo. And more movement is due on the final day of Nisei Week, when the elegant Ondo Street Dancing takes place, a spectacular and special centerpiece to the fun.

The dates of one of our area's most esteemed neighborhood-based celebrations?

Be in Little Tokyo through Sunday, Aug. 19, and you're bound to run into something special. But if you want to be there for the doggie bash or dancing or the Rubik's Cube showdown, best check the schedule beforehand.

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