Don’t miss the final opportunity to participate in the Japanese American summer tradition in Little Tokyo. The 2009 Nisei Week Festival ends this weekend with more activities and events.
TIME TO EAT: Two-time defending champion Joey Chestnut (Nathan’s Hot Dog champ and the world’s top competitive eater) is coming back to the Third Annual Nisei Week Gyoza Eating Championship on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.
Attempting to defeat Chestnut, who ate 231 gyoza in 10 minutes, will be top-ranked eaters, Tim Brown, rapper Eric “Badlands” Booker, Nate Biller, Kevin Ross, and Sean Kirby as well as field of local amateurs. Competing on behalf of charity will be the 2008 Nisei Week Queen and Court.
Admission is free with seating limited to a first-come-first-serve basis.
FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT: The biggest Asian Pacific Islander Summer concert in Los Angeles, “Next Generation Remix 2009: Community Reborn” is happening this Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Japanese American Community Center in Little Tokyo.
With the slogan, “For Us, By Us,” the concert’s focus is reaching out to the “Next Generation” of youth and will feature many of up-and-coming API performers from Hawaii to the Philippines.
Cultural performances start at 6 p.m. including Progressive Taiko and Tahitian dancers. From 7 to 10 p.m., “Remix” features the soulful music of Sue Jin, Justin Nakasone and his band, The Wells of People, the folk sounds of Jinah Kim, indie/soul/hyphy duo Burmah Flores, conscious Hip Hop acts from the likes of Fil-Am phenom Bambu and LA’s party-popping Aesthetics Crew, UCLA’s Battle of the Bands winner, 3:26, the electrifying choreography of NSU Modern and the talents of Lino Type on the turntables.
Admission is free and vendors will be outside selling art, t-shirts and food.
STREET DANCING: On Sunday, Aug. 23, the Nisei Week Foundation will celebrate the end of the festival with the ondo street dancing and closing ceremony at 4 p.m. featuring a special performance by Zendeko Taiko. The ondo begins at 5 p.m. This is the time when anyone and everyone—friends, family and children—can all come out, participate and dance in the streets of J-Town. A fun time for all—whether dressed in yukata or not! Please bring sensu (fan) and uchiwa (round fan).
Nisei Week’s annual raffle winners will also be drawn, and the grand prize is two business class round trip tickets to Japan on American Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the festival.
The 2009 Nisei Week choreographer is Madame Sanjo Kangiku, who has choreographed two dances, “Yosakoi Matsuri” and “Kiyoshi no Zundoko Bushi,” which she hopes everyone will enjoy at this year’s ondo.
The Car Show (Saturday) and the cultural exhibits (Saturday and Sunday) also continue this weekend.