Fun in the Plaza

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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, Hopeful.com 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 Music.com. 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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