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2018 / Little Tokyo short story contest accepting entries until Jan. 31

The Little Tokyo Historical Society seeks fictional short stories for “Imagine Little Tokyo” contest. Entries for the English language, Japanese language and English -youth (18 and younger) categories are due Jan. 31. The story has to be fictional and set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. Each category winner...
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2018 / Little Tokyo temple to receive visitors for New Year’s ritual

Koyasan

Koyasan Buddhist Temple will offer its Fire Rite on Jan. 1st, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the mail hall of the temple building. Bishop Junkun Imamura will officiate the ceremony. The Traditional Shingon Fire Ritual Service begins with chanting mantras and beating of the drum with the goal of bringing joy, enlightenment, good health...
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2018 / Little Tokyo: Shinto public altar to be set on January 1

Shinto public altar will be set up by Shusse Inari Shrine of America on Jan. 1, 2018, from 11 am to 3 pm at a booth in Weller Court, Little Tokyo. Saitan-sai or New Year’s ceremony will take place from 11:00 am to 11:30 am. This ceremony is open to the public. Shinto goods...
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Japanese American National Museum “Special Display: Sadako’s Crane” ongoing

Japanese American National Museum Special Display  Sadako’s Crane The crane is currently on display in JANM’s Hirasaki National Resource Center and viewable as part of admission to the museum. Please check the HNRC page for its hours. Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on...
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Terasaki Budokan: Groundbreaking ceremony for $25 million community sports facility project

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The groundbreaking ceremony of a $25 million-project to build community sports facility in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, was held by Little Tokyo Service Center in the morning of August 3, 2017. The sports facility was named Terasaki Budokan in honor late Dr. Paul I Terasaki because his family foundation provided a critical lift to...
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2017 / Nisei Week: Grand Parade Line Up / Aug. 20 from 4 – 7 pm

The Nisei Week Grand Parade will be held at Little Tokyo, Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 4:00 pm. 77th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival Parade Lineup (Line Up) (Class) (Name) (Footage) 101 77th ANNUAL NISEI WEEK 101 BANNER / FLAGS FESTIVAL PARADE / KOYASAN 5 102 MARCHING UNIT / AUTO ( OWN...
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2017 / Nisei Week: Nikkei Games /Aug. 20 set for Track and Field

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The 2017 Nikkei Games will be held July through August at California State University, Long Beach, and at many other venues throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties. With competition spread over four weeks, the “Nikkei Games” promise to be bigger and better is becoming a reality. Most of the Games events will again be...
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2017 / Nisei Week: Queen Coronation at Aratani Theatre / Aug. 19

2017 Nisei Week Queen Candidates

The 2017 Nisei Week Japanese Festival is a nine-day event first held in 1934, and is recognized today as one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the United States. This event will take place in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district from August 19-27. The highlight of Nisei Week is the Queen Coronation on...
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2017 / Bon Odori: San Diego Balboa Park at Organ Pavilion, Aug. 5

August 4, 5 / Fri, Sat Obon Festival hosted by Buddhist Temple of San Diego and San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden Balboa Park, San Diego   www.niwa.org Fri / Open: 12:00PM Sat / Open: 10:00AM, Orodi: 6:30PM, Close: 9:00PM Toro Nagashi: August 4, 7:00 pm at Japanese Friendship Garden Lower Garden Bon Odori: August 5,...
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