2013 / Nisei Week / L.A. Tanabata Festival to open August 9 -12 at Little Tokyo

The fifth annual Los Angeles Tanabata Festival will be held from Friday, August 9 through Monday, August 12 in front of the Geffin Contemporary at MOCA and the Japanese American National Museum at First Street and Central Ave in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles.

Opening ceremonies are set for Friday, August 9, from 5 to 7 pm with the traditional celebration breaking of the sake barrel.

Highlights of the two-day festival include a display of 10 award-winning kazari (ornaments) from the 2013 Sendai Tanabata Festival. Near 200 kazari made by various community groups in Los Angeles also will be displayed.

The event also features entertainments, food, arts and crafts, and a variety of games are part of the celebration on Saturday, Aug 10, 11 am – 7 pm, and Sunday, Aug 11, 11 am – 5 pm. No program will be held on Monday, Aug 12.

The Los Angeles Tanabata Festival is presented by Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai, Nisei Week Foundation, and Little Tokyo Public Safety Association (Koban).

This year, the festival is sponsored by Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council.

Little Tokyo Public Safety Association’s Koban and Visitors Center is located at 307 East First Street (near San Pedro Street). For more information, call (213) 613-1911.

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