Tots Sought for Nisei Week Baby Show


Winners of the Jet-Setters division pose with the Nisei Week court after last year's Nisei Week Baby Show.

The Nisei Week Foundation announced the 2010 Nisei Week Baby Show will be held on Saturday, July 31.  Children 1 year to 6 years of age are encouraged to enter this great family event in one of three categories: Tiny Tots – 1 year to 23 months old (check-in 9 a.m/10 a.m. judging); Romper Stompers – 2 to 3 years old (check-in 11 a.m./12 p.m. judging); and Jet Setters – 4 to 6 and 1 month years old (check-in 1 p.m./2 p.m. judging).  Price is $ 60 per pre-entry with walk-in fee at $ 65.  All entrants must be of at least one-quarter Japanese ancestry.

“We invite all you proud parents and grandparents to come out and join us with Aki the Mascot, the 2009 Nisei Week Court and the community, to have some fun,” said John “JT” Tamaki, chairman of the 2010 Nisei Week Baby Show. “It’s a wonderful family event, where your adorable babies become stars for the day.”

The prince and princess of each division will receive a crown, trophy, sash and special prizes.  The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, who are very honorable in our community.  There will also be other award categories to be presented, including a Most Photogenic Contest, but you must be pre-registered and photos must be submitted with application.  The pictures will be returned to you on the day of the Baby Show.  And the prince and princess will also participate in various official 2010 Nisei Week events, including the Nisei Week Parade to be held on Sunday, Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. All participants will receive 4×5 color photo by Toyo Miyatake, goodie bags filled with wonderful gifts, finger printing & ID photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Police Department, and a personalized certificate of participation.

The contest will take place at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at 300 S. Central Avenue in Little Tokyo.  Applications are available on the Nisei Week Web site at  For more information and/or to receive the application via postal service, call John “JT” Tamaki at (323) 394-5106, [email protected]


1 Comment

  1. In the past this event is very unorganized. Please get some input from parents. The event drags on too long and is very hard on small children. You need to go through each group quickly. Taking breaks because the Nisei Court is hot or tired is ridiculous. If they are hot and tired just think how a toddler feels. This could be a wonderful event if run properly. Thanks!

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