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Saturday, August 18, 2008
Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA


SAVE THE DATE - 2008 NISEI WEEK FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AUGUST 18-25

Save the date for the 67th Nisei Week Japanese Festival, being held from August 18-25, 2008 in Little Tokyo and Long Beach (Nikkei Games). The 2008 Nisei Week Festival will be held for one week. Aomori Nebuta Festival float, which is coming to Los Angeles for the first time to participate in the Nisei Week Grand Parade on August 19, which is also starting later at 6 p.m.

Additionally, the Nisei Week Foundation is proud to announce its 2008 President, Keith Inatomi, who will lead the 67th Nisei Week Festival. This year's festival will build on the perpetual theme "Celebrating our Culture and Community," focusing on "Respecting the Past, Embracing the Future." As the face of Little Tokyo changes, especially with new housing and the shift in businesses, this year's festival promises to embrace these changes while educating a 'new' community of the rich Japanese and Japanese American culture that has come to be known through Nisei Week.

"This year we have the great opportunity of showcasing the Nebuta Festival from Aomori, Japan and bringing it to Nisei Week," said Inatomi. The Nebuta Festival is Japan's largest with a rich 300-year-old history. For the first time Los Angeles will experience this amazing Nebuta float that measures 30 ft. (L) x 24 ft. (W) x 17 ft. (H) made out of wood, special colored paper and hundreds of lights. Additionally, hundreds of lively dancers dressed in traditional costume, taiko drummers and pipers will accompany Nebuta along the parade route." This may be a once in a lifetime chance to see Nebuta. So come out and take part in Nisei Week August 18-25, in addition to the Grand Parade there's something for everyone and families to enjoy," added Inatomi.

Some of the other events and activities currently planned for the 2008 Nisei Week Festival include (see NiseiWeek.org for specifics):

* Nisei Week "Hoops" Basketball Tournament, June 22-24
* Nisei Week Baby Pageant, July 21
* Nikkei Games, August 4-19
* Martial Arts Demonstrations/Cultural Exhibits/Music Concerts/Car Show/Cosplay Contest, August 18-19
* Nisei Week Queen Coronation, August 18
* Nisei Week Grand Parade, August 19 (6 p.m.)
* Nisei Week Carnival and Street Arts, August 25-26
* Sumo Demonstration/Car Show/Taiko Gathering/Cultural Exhibits/Anime Festival, August 25-26
* Ondo Community Street Dance Celebration & Closing Ceremonies, August 26

Keith Inatomi has been involved in Nisei Week since 2001, when he was a member of the coronation committee. Previously he was coronation chair in 2003, Foundation 3rd vice president in 2005, and Foundation 1st vice president in 2006. Inatomi has also been active with the Japanese American Optimist Club, a member since 1994, he was JAO president from 1997-1999, and has since been a board of director.

Professionally, Inatomi is a project engineer for Northrop Grumman, overseeing the development and coordination of project deliverables and managing and coordinating major customer reviews.

In addition to Inatomi, the Nisei Week Foundation's 2008 officers are: Helen Ota, president-elect; Michelle Suzuki, secretary; Gerald Fukui, treasurer; Terry Hara, vice president ways & means; Nikki Kodama, vice president, events; Michael Lee, vice president, community relations; Diane Tanaka, vice president, marketing. The executive committee of its board of directors also include: Joyce Chinn, Staci Hashimoto-Fujita, Alan Furuta, Frances Hashimoto, Art Ishii, James Okazaki, Hayato Tamura, and Lauren Kinkade-Wong.

For a calendar of events information on the 67th Nisei Week Festival, please go to http://www.niseiweek.org/; for more Nebuta information, go to http://www.nebuta-la.org/.

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Entertainment Schedule
Saturday 8/18 11AM-5PM @ the Japanese American National Museum
-The 9th Annual Summer Courtyard Kids Festival brings arts and crafts, workshops, and lively music together to bring awareness about the environment to families in a fun and creative way.

12PM-12:30PM @ the JACCC Plaza
-The California Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo

1PM-2:30PM @ the JACCC Plaza
-Mele Ohana Ukulele Group

4PM-5PM @ the JACCC Plaza
-Tofu Eating Contest
Sunday 8/19 12PM-12:30PM @ the JACCC Plaza
-The California Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo continues their demonstration.

1PM-2PM @ the JACCC Plaza
-Sumo wrestlers of varying weight classes compete at the United States Sumo Federation’s 2007 National Championships.

2:30PM-5PM @ the JACCC Plaza
-Shorinji Kempo of Los Angeles Branch

5PM-6PM @ the JACCC Plaza
-Cosplay Contest

6PM-8:30PM @ streets of Little Tokyo
-This year’s Nisei Week Grand Parade will introduce one of the spectacular illuminated floats from Aomori’s Nebuta Festival to Little Tokyo. Regarded as one of the most famous festivals in Japan, illuminated floats are known to light up the night sky as Haneto dancers dance wildly to the accompanying rhythm of drums and flutes
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Shigeki Tezuka tests the lights on a nebuta float in Little Toyko. The floats are featured each August in Japan’s largest festival, a colorful assembly of dancers, musicians and giant paper warriors that annually draws 3.5 million people to the remote northern city of Aomori. Now, in an effort to revive interest in Little Tokyo, major Japanese corporations have collaborated with Japanese American community organizations to bring one of the floats to the U.S. for the first time as the climax to the annual Nisei Week Grand Parade on Sunday.

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Here Are some photos I tooken along with the camera crew staff at Last summer Aomori festival so thnz goes to the photo staff crew for allowing me to share them with you Guyz!



Will Upload more when I can find my Photo Albulm and actaully take time to go through my albulm to find more festivals pics to upload lol
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WOOOOOOOOOW I NEVER SEE A PICTURE OF A FESTIVAL IS SO COOL!
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awesome
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Thanx my pleasure guyz!
Posted 12/9/07
My Anime and Asian heart says, "YES YES!! GOGOGOGO!!", but my hikikomori mindset say, "Hmm, I don't know...", XD
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oh and next I will be posting sakura festivals information so look forward to that too!
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thank you so much for posting it ^_^ and please upload more photos..I really want to see them
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Your welcome Voin and here are the sakura festival infos!:

Performances throughout Saturday and Sunday


SAKURA STAGE - ON THE PLAZA


Saturday - March 31st
11am OPENING CEREMONIES
Consul General of Japan Kazuo Kodama
Color Guard - Koyasan Scout Troop 379
Performance by Daion Taiko
Sake Barrel breaking ceremony
Opening Toast presented by Consul General of Japan Kazuo Kodama
11:45 Halau Hula 'O Napualani – Founder, Casey Kono
12:30 Teachers Making a Difference Award
George Kiriyama Educational Excellence Award - Alan Nishio
Presentation by Iku Kiriyama
1:15 Awards Ceremony
Presented by Dr. Gordon Sasaki
Senator Daniel Inouye Cherry Blossom Leadership Awards: Commander Terry Hara, Jerry Fukui, The Japanese American National Museun, The Rafu Shimpo

Blossom Award: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
1:45 Halau Kau Ike 'O Lani - Judy Kalehua
2:30 Red Hat Mama Broadway Show with Kathy Bee
3:00 Kimono Show - Presented by Maruhachi USA
4:30 Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu of Little Tokyo - Art Ishi
5:45 Fujima Seiyumi Kai – Dianne Fukuwa
6:30 "Hello Little Tokyo" - Directed by Rodney Kageyama
Featuring Nakamura Gankyo [Shochiku Grand Kabuki] performing “kai no Zanei"”; Makena – Toast Tajiri & Siena Lee; Ryuku Koku Mastsuri Taiko
Sunday- April 1st
11:00 Dragon Taiko featuring Tommy and Toshio Yamamoto
12:00 P.O.E. Sound & Hilarious Crew
One of the top Japanese artist group performing hip hop to reggae with
Victor, Up-Show, Hinomaru and Nagahama-Yoisho
12:45 Samurai Action Studio
1:15 Bando Mitsuhiro Japanese Dance School – Madame Bando Mitsuhiro
2:00 Fujima Kansei
Cherry Blossom & The Lion King
2:30 Kodama Taiko - Mochitsuki Performance
3:00 Runway Fashion featuring the fashions of Sue Wong, Citron, Plum Pudding, After- Hours, and Alan Au’s for Men 5’8” and Under
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Martial Arts


Saturday, March 30


Sunday, April 1
11:30 AM
Northern Shaolim Kung Fu Association Aikido of Los Angeles
12:00 PM
Patriot Martial Arts/
Extreme Training Center
Monterey Park Shotokan Karate
12:30 PM
Wu Shu of Monterey Park Lo Han Chinese Martial Arts
1:00 PM
Sityodtong Muay Thai/ Pro Training Atemi_Ryu Combat Ju-Jitsu
1:30 PM
Aikido Institute of America
Shinkendo
2:00 PM
Asian Arts Kung Fu Assn (Hung Gar)
California Sumo Association
2:30 PM
Krav Maga California Sumo Association
3:00 PM
Atemi_Ryu Combat Ju-Jitsu
Seido Karate
3:30 PM
Karate-Do
Westside Kendo
4:00 PM
Goltz Judo Club
Center for Practical Self Defense
4:30 PM
Shorinji Kempo
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And also there will be exclusive:

SATURDAY - March 31, 2007 3:00 PM
KIMONO FASHION SHOW

Maruhachi is a family business in Japan with multiple locations and the US company founded in 1980.
They are commited to bringing both formal and casual traditional kimonos to Southern CA.

All kimono items in their store have been imported from Japan and try to bring over seasonal styles in the fall and spring. Over the years they have widened their products to include intern design items as well as fabrics that can be used for western style clothing with a Japanese flair. They also specialize in both Formal Wedding Kimonos as well as Vintage Kimono's and Haori's as well as accessories. They also provide dressing services and hold classes to teach people how to dress in a kimono.

They are currently moving in the direction of a internet based store an closing their retail outlet. And stay tuned and check back on the site for the time and also more information on the Kimono's that will be featured in the fashion show.

Hiroshi Tanaka, Owner
Maruhachi USA, Inc.
www.maruhachi-usa.com

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Here are pictures I took and some are from my friend Minna a skilled photographer I love her photos collection!



The last one is my personal favorite!
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