The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) presents the 28th annual Children’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 14, at the JACCC campus and adjacent San Pedro Street in the heart of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles.
It’s all about kids in this signature festival, where children and their families come together for a fun and culturally rich celebration of the traditional Japanese holiday Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day).
This year the JACCC will provide kids with the opportunity to contribute to the Japan relief efforts by collecting donations for Kids Help Kids in Japan, a dedicated sponsorship heat added to the signature Chibi-K: Kids Fun Run.
Observed annually on May 5, Children’s Day is set aside to celebrate children’s personalities and their happiness. Multicolored carp kites called koinobori will be flown over the JACCC building to wish for children’s long life, strength, and determination to travel upstream against the river’s current, as koi fish do.
JACCC’s Children’s Day will kick off with a Little Tokyo favorite, the Chibi-K: Kids Fun Run, where children ages 4 to 12 will run though the streets of Little Tokyo. All runners receive a Chibi-K Run T-shirt, bib, and a goodie bag.
In light of the recent tragedies in Japan, a special heat will be dedicated for Japan relief for this year’s Fun Run. Chibi-K registrants can participate in this heat by collecting donations from friends and family. Participating children will also receive an exclusive gift for Kids Help Kids in Japan. The Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of Southern California will be accepting donations on behalf of UNICEF.
The festivities will continue on the plaza with the Asian Pacific Arts and Crafts Faire, including cultural performances, food vendors, games and crafts for kids. Families are invited to sign up together for one or several hands-on Cultural Discovery Workshops, offered throughout the day. Pre-registration is recommended but not required, and space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, visit www.jaccc.org or call (213) 628-2725 ext. 128.