Los Angeles Nisei Week

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LOS ANGELES Nisei Week Parade August 13-21, 2016

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Nisei Week Foundation anniversary of its Nisei Week Japanese Festival with free cultural activities for all ages, includes the Grand Parade which is part of the Nisei Week Festival's first weekend of events. Held in Little Tokyo the parade procession starts at Central Avenue heading east on 2nd Street.

Grand Marshal, culinary Chef Roy Yamaguchi of Roy's Restaurants worldwide, and Parade Marshal, Kenny Endo, the legendary taiko master.

Parade route: Central Ave. & 2nd, east on 2nd St., then north on San Pedro Street, turning east on 1st Street, then turning south and ending on Central Avenue.

A spectacular float to see last year was created in Japan for the event. A float made of wood, special colored paper, and hundreds of LED lights features a Nebuta designed especially for the Nisei Week Festival by Japanese Master Nebuta Artist, Hiroo Takenami. Inspired by the legendary Minamoto no Yoshitsune, the famous general of the Minamoto clan in the late Heian and early Kamakura period, the float was shipped from Japan and assembled in the U.S.

Nebuta floats are typically paraded in the annual Aomori, Japan Nebuta Festival, one of the largest and most popular parades in the country. The Nebuta, best viewed when dark, is the grand finale of the parade. Japanese ondo dancing, taiko drum performers, local community groups, elected officials and representatives from Nagoya, Japan, Los Angeles' sister city, and the newly crowned 2015 Nisei Week Queen and Court, are highlights to this exciting, visual feast.

Festival events

Baby Show
Japanese Festival
Rubik's Cube Open contest
World Gyoza Eating Championship at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA.
Closing Ceremony

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