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.
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.
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
Nisei Week In Action
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.
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.