The Festival

Showcase of Japanese cultural events, activities and exhibits, including music, entertainment, food, and fun

August 14 – 22, 2021

Events Overview

Come join the downtown Los Angeles community at the Nisei Week Japanese Festival in historic Little Tokyo

Grand Parade

Takes place on the streets of Little Tokyo with Japanese cultural participants, including dancers, musicians, floats and more

Baby Show

A fun, family event for children ranging from 1 to 6 years

Cultural Exhibits

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Sunset on the Plaza

Nisei Week’s night event for pop-up food vendors, entertainment, and more

Awards Dinner

Honoring exemplary individuals and organizations

Gyoza Eating Championship

West Coast’s premier competitive eating event sponsored by Day-Lee Foods

Car Show

Japanese car enthusiasts gather to check out the unique auto entries

Pioneer Spirit Luncheon

Celebrating friends and leaders in our community

Taiko Gathering

Drum performances presented in part by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Aki’s Pup Up Party

Hang out with our mascot Aki to shop, eat, and have fun with pups

Ondo & Closing Ceremony

The Japanese tradition of dancing in the streets with live entertainment and more

Maps & Transportation

See below for the key Festival locations including nearby hotels, parking lots and parade route.  Click on each marker to get directions or learn more about them.

Points of Interest

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Festival Locations
  • JACCC
  • Japanese Village Plaza
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Centenary United Methodist Church
  • Go For Broke National Education Center
  • Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Betsuin
  • Terasaki Budokan Community Gymnasium

Parking Lots
  • Japanese Village Plaza Parking Lot
  • Aiso Parking Garage
  • Sho Tokyo Parking Garage
  • City of Los Angeles Parking Lot 2
  • City of Los Angeles Parking Lot 7
  • Mangrove Parking Lot
  • Centenary United Methodist Church

Area Hotels
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  • Miyako Hotel
  • Hotel Indigo
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Street Closures


Saturday, August 10
  • Lane reductions on eastbound Temple St between Judge John Aiso St and Alameda St
  • Directional closure of eastbound Temple St east of Alameda
  • Hours: 7 am – 4 pm

Sunday, August 11

The following streets will be closed on Sunday, August 11, 2019 for the Nisei Week Parade. Partial closure beginning at 12pm and full closure from 2:00-9:00 pm:

  • San Pedro Street between 1st and 2nd streets
  • 1st Street between Alameda and San Pedro streets
  • 2nd Street between Alameda and San Pedro streets
  • Central Avenue between 1st and 4th streets
  • 3rd Street between Alameda and San Pedro street

Sunday, August 18

First Street between Central and San Pedro streets will be closed Sunday, August 18, 2019 between 11:00 am and 9:00 pm for the Ondo/Closing Ceremony.

Parking & Shuttle Information


Metro is offering free shuttle service on August 11 to and from the Nisei Week Japanese Festival. The Nisei Week Shuttle will run from 3pm to 9pm.

One shuttle will be reaching each stop approximately every 30 minutes.

Stops:
  • Temple/Alameda at SP+/Mangrove Lot (428 E Temple St LA, CA 90012). This is the fist stop on the route.
  • Temple/Judge John Aiso by Aiso Parking Lot (westside of Judge John Aiso St)
  • Los Angeles/2nd St in front the Cal Trans Building (westside of Los Angeles St)
  • Alameda/3rd St near Rafu Shimp (eastiside of Alameda St)
  • Back to SP+/Mangrove Lot (428 E Temple St LA, CA 90012)

Parking

Free parking will be available on a first come-first serve basis at the Mangrove Parking Lot located at 428 E Temple St LA, CA 90012

Parking hours are 3pm – 9pm on Sunday, 8/11

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Nisei Week Japanese Festival?

The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is a nine-day cultural event held in the historic Little Tokyo District of Downtown Los Angeles. We are proud to be one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the United States. With leadership from the Nisei Week Foundation and vital support from local, national and international businesses, the Festival continues to thrive in size and scope.

What does the Nisei Week Foundation do?

The Nisei Week Foundation was established in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to oversee and organize the Nisei Week Japanese Festival and raise funds to produce the annual event.

How can I support Nisei Week?

We welcome your support and involvement with the festival. The Nisei Week Foundation is deeply grateful for the generosity of its volunteers and donors. Community participation ensures the festival legacy continues on. For more information on how to support Nisei Week, please call 213.687.7193 or click here.

How do I get there and where do I park?

For a complete list of parking locations in and around Little Tokyo during Nisei Week, please go to the Maps & Transportation page.

What does the logo mean?

The Nisei Week Foundation logo is the Japanese character matsuri, meaning festival.

Where can I get a listing of Nisei Week events?

Nisei Week offers a variety of cultural events and activities. There are many opportunities to participate during the festival plus special events throughout the year. Check out Events Overview for an updated schedule.

Note many of the events are free. Click here to see a listing of Nisei Week events and admission/parking information.

Who is Nisei Week operated by?

Nisei Week is produced entirely by volunteers. Thousands of hours each year are invested by individuals from:

  • corporations and local businesses
  • religious and community organizations
  • high school and college service groups

Where can I buy Nisei Week merchandise?

Nisei Week is honored to partner with Japangeles to create limited edition merchandise. Please visit Japangeles during the festival at:

141 Japanese Village Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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