Japanese American National Museum 2022 Natsumatsuri (Summer Family Festival): Saturday, August 13, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Japanese American National Museum Announces
the In-Person Return of the Natsumatsuri Festival, Aug 13


LOS ANGELES, CA – The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is proud to announce the in-person return of the Natsumatsuri Festival on Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

JANM’s annual summer celebration features cultural performances, crafts, and activities for families and kids of all ages.

Natsumatsuri is free but RSVPs are requested.

The festivities include dynamic drumming from Makoto Taiko, music from Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, author and librarian led interactive storytimes, Tanzaku bamboo wish tree, traditional bon odori dance lessons, Obon festival-themed origami, crafts to celebrate the summer, a festival-themed photo booth, a scavenger hunt for prizes, exclusive benefits for JANM Members, free admission to see the exhibitions Be Here / 1942: A New Lens on the Japanese American Incarceration and Sutra & Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration, and so much more.

JANM will be posting select performances and activities on the Museum’s YouTube channel, @janmdotorg, and Instagram, @jamuseum, throughout the day.

For more details and to RSVP, visit janm.org/natsumatsuri2022.

Natsumatsuri is sponsored by MUFG Union Bank, N.A., the Nissan Foundation, and American Honda Co., Inc.

This program is also made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The media sponsor is The Rafu Shimpo.

“Our Natsumatsuri family festival brings multiple generations together to explore Japanese American culture, foster community connections, and learn about the hard-fought lessons accrued from Japanese American history. Through our public programs and family festivals, we empower the public to deepen their understanding of one another’s cultures and unite to create a more just America and a better world,” said Ann Burroughs, President and CEO.

Forwarded for Go Little Tokyo

The 80th Annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival Returns to Little Tokyo Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 21, 2022


Celebrate Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions during the 80th annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, one of Los Angeles’ largest Japanese cultural experiences, taking place Saturday, August 13 through Sunday, August 21, 2022.

As one of the nation’s longest-running multi-weekend ethnic festivals, Nisei Week pays homage to those who blazed the trail for Japanese-American tradition within the vibrant city of Los Angeles during two weekends of free, family-friendly cultural events, interactive activities, live music, and more.


Saturday, August 13, 3:00 pm. – 6:00 p.m. | Aratani Theatre

Experience the crowning of the 2022 Nisei Week Queen. The Nisei Week court candidates will show off the results of their training and vie to be crowned the 2022 Nisei Week Queen.


Cultural Exhibits
Saturday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | JACCC 

Enjoy rich Japanese culture by viewing collected Japanese objects such as bonsai, calligraphy, Ikebana, and more will be on display inside the JACCC.


Grand Parade
Sunday, August 14, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Little Tokyo

Stop by and visit one of the largest Japanese American parades in the country. The streets of Little Tokyo will be filled with Japanese dancers, displays of vibrant colors, festive music, talented musicians, floats, and more.


Awards Dinner
Monday, August 15, 6:00- 8:30 p.m. | Double Tree by Hilton

The community of Little Tokyo will be recognizing community individuals who go above and beyond – including Frances K. Hashimoto community service honorees, inspiration award honorees, and grand parade marshals.


Pioneer Luncheon & Spirit Awards
Wednesday, August 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Double Tree by Hilton

A gathering to honor our friends and leaders in the Southern California Japanese American community.


Plaza Festival
Saturday, August 20, 11:00am – 4:00pm | JACCC Plaza

In partnership with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, gather at the plaza and enjoy live music, acts, Japanese delicacies, and more.


Cultural Exhibits
Saturday, August 20,  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  & Sunday, August 21, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | JACCC

Enjoy rich Japanese culture by viewing collected Japanese objects such as bonsai, calligraphy, Ikebana, and more will be on display inside the JACCC.


Taiko Gathering
Sunday, August 21, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | JACCC Plaza

Take a front seat and enjoy the art of Taiko drumming by groups from Southern California.


Ondo Public Street Dancing & Closing Ceremony
Sunday, August 21, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. |  1st Street

The public is invited to join Nisei Week’s finale – the Japanese tradition of dancing in the street with live entertainment to close out the annual festival.



JANM 2022 Natsumatsuri (Summer Family Festival)
Saturday, August 13, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Japanese American National Museum

Enjoy the Natsumatsuri Family Festival, an annual summer celebration featuring free cultural performances, crafts, and activities for families and kids of all ages! This event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Those who RSVP and show their ticket at the JANM membership table at the Natsumatsuri Family Festival will be entered into a drawing for a one-year JANM family/dual level membership. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.janm.org/events/2022-08-13/2022-natsumatsuri-family-festival.


Go Little Tokyo Pop-up Shop
Sunday, August 14, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Yoboseyo Superette

Show off your Little Tokyo love and shop for exclusive Little Tokyo merchandise including enamel pins, t-shirts, and more. Proceeds benefit the Little Tokyo Community Council. Follow @golittletokyo on Instagram for updates and more information.



Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles



For more information on Nisei Week visit NiseiWeek.org.

To learn more about Go Little Tokyo visit LittleTokyoLA.org/GoLittleTokyo.



Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. As one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant cultural hubs, there is an abundance of destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a project produced by Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) and made possible with support from Metro. For more information, visit littletokyola.org/golittletokyo.



The Nisei Week Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that produces the annual festival which celebrates Japanese and Japanese American culture in the historic Little Tokyo community of Los Angeles.