Nisei Week is a festival held in Little Tokyo: a Japanese enclave in Los Angeles – to celebrate and promote Japanese-American culture. Its name comes from”2nd generation” a reference to the 1st generation of American born Japanese that the festival once centered around.
The festival has since extended its duration from one week to one month and from Japanese celebrating their own culture to Japanese celebrating and sharing their culture with people of all backgrounds.
Nisei Week brings out the best of the community and it’s always really cool to see people enjoying the festivities. The festival offers a large variety of entertainment from gyoza-eating contests to taiko drum performances. I’ve dragged my local friends out to the festival every year and this year was no different.