Community

The Festival is supported by many community organizations
from Southern California to our sister city in Nagoya, Japan

Nisei Week Sponsors

The Nisei Week Japanese Festival would not be possible without the generous support and donations of our corporate & community sponsors, whose partnerships allow us to continue and invest in the Nisei Week festival tradition.
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Nikkei Women Legacy Association

A nonprofit organization founded by former Nisei Week Queens focused on giving back to the Little Tokyo and Nikkei community. The heart of NWLA’s mission is to preserve and promote Nikkei history and culture with a primary focus on women.

Candidate Sponsors

Community centers and organizations across Southern California each sponsor a representative for the Queen and Court program.

East SGV Japanese Community Center

Gardena Evening Optimist Club

Japanese Restaurant Association of America

Orange County Nikkei Coordinating Council

Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute

San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center

Venice Japanese Community Center & Venice-West Los Angeles JACL

Nisei Week Honorees

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Pioneer Spirit Award

Junko Suzuki
(posthumously)

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Pioneer Spirit Award

Hiroshi Yamauchi
(posthumously)
photo credit: Rafu Shimpo

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Pioneer Spirit Award

Sumako Azuma
(posthumously)
photo credit: Rafu Shimpo

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Pioneer Spirit Award

Masako Kodera Rodriquez
(posthumously)

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Pioneer Spirit Award

Gary Miyatake
(posthumously)

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Pioneer Spirit Award

Leland Lau
(posthumously)

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Community Service Award

Little Tokyo Community Council

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Community Service Award

Little Tokyo Service Center

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Community Service Award

Little Tokyo Public Safety Association

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Community Service Award

Little Tokyo Business Association

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Community Service Award

Teramachi

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Community Service Award

Little Tokyo Senior Nutrition Service

Nisei Week In Action

Sister City

Nagoya, Japan

Los Angeles and Nagoya, Japan became sister cities in 1959 as part of President Eisenhower’s diplomacy program to foster friendships between different international cities. Annually, a goodwill delegation of Los Angeles city officials, community business leaders, and the Nisei Week president and court are invited to attend and participate in the Nagoya Festival.

Sister Festivals

The Nisei Week Japanese Festival has ties to sister festivals including the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival and the Cherry Blossom Festival of Hawaii.

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival® is one of California’s most prominent celebrations of Asian traditions and the biggest on the West coast. Since 1968, the Festival serves to cultivate the continued alliance between Japan and the United States using culture as its bridge.

The Cherry Blossom Festival holds the honor of being one of the longest, continually running ethnic festival in the State of Hawai‘i – originally started in 1953. While times have evolved, the purpose of the Festival continues to be the perpetuation of Japanese culture, and to enrich the lives of young women of Japanese ancestry.

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