Fun in the Plaza


Unique shopping at JACCC Plaza during Nisei Week. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

The Nisei Week Foundation presents the 70th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival’s “Plaza Festival,” which will be held August 14-15 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza Court, 244 S. San Pedro Street in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. The Plaza Festival will consist of a food court, merchandise and service alley, entertainment, and games. There’s fun, food and game for the entire family!

Returning after its initial debut from last year’s festival is Dogzilla – “not your typical wiener;” KDI Shaved Ice & Slush – “try the mango slush;” Gamma Epsilon Omega – USC Fraternity – returns with Okinawan Dangos. New this year is local Little Tokyo restaurant, Chin Ma Ya of Tokyo, serving kara-age chicken, tan tan men, chin ma han, and fried shrimp. Also new to Nisei Week 2010 is Kelley’s Kookies of Stanton – gourmet cookies.

The following is a partial list of merchandise and services: Spicy Brown t-shirt company, JA Living Legacy  t-shirts and books, sunglasses, Weeks Books, Random Artistic Designs, Psychics, Yolk Apparel “got rice?” t-shirts.

Games for the kids are sponsored in part by the Japanese American Optimist Club. Great Entertainment on the Plaza Stage is being supported by KDI The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, August 14
11 am – Aikido Academy of Alhambra
12 pm – Sumo Demonstration by Troy Collins
1 pm – Harmony Aikido of Hacienda Heights
2 pm – The Nocturnes of Orange County – Surf Band & Oldies
3:30 pm – Odori
4:30 pm – SUB – Old School Style Funk
5:30 pm – Shinkendo Honbu Dojo of Little Tokyo

Sunday, August 15
11 am – Odori
12 pm – Kazmin – Japanese Folk Music
1 pm – Calligraphy Demo
1:30 pm – Maid Café – Anime Dance Routine
2 pm – Hula by Halau o’Nalikokauikawekiulani of West LA
3 pm – The JK Band – Fusion, Funk, and Jazz Band
4:30 pm – Shorinji Kempo of Los Angeles Branch


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