Yuujou Taiko at year's Taiko Gathering. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)
Yuujou Taiko at year’s Taiko Gathering. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo, will host the following cultural exhibits and events during Nisei Week, Aug. 9-10 and 16-17.

Exhibits – Week 1

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First Floor

Ikebana (George J. Doizaki Gallery)

Tea ceremony: Urasenke School of Tea (South Gallery)


Ceramics: California Japanese Ceramics Guild (Garden Room A)

Kimekomi Japanese dolls: Hirofumi-kai (Garden Room B)

Fifth Floor

Samurai armor and swords: The Samurai Store (Cultural Room)

Community and Special Events — Week 1

Saturday, Aug. 9

JACCC Plaza:

• 9 a.m.: Nisei Week Rubik’s Cube Open

• 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Craft Beer Garden by Far Bar

• 12:30 to 4 p.m.: Taiko Gathering

This free outdoor concert showcases local Southern California taiko groups. Now in its 21st year, this event brings over a thousand people to Little Tokyo to experience the sheer power and human spirit of Japanese American taiko. Sponsored by the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.

12:30 p.m. – Yuujou Daiko

1:00 p.m. – Kishin Daiko

1:30 p.m. – KSK Martial Arts

2:00 p.m. – Yoki Daiko

2:30 p.m. – Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko

3:00 p.m. – Kotobuki No Kai – Japanese Folk Dance

3:30 p.m. – Kodama Daiko

Aratani Theater:

• 7 p.m.: Coronation Ball

Sunday, Aug. 10

JACCC Plaza:

• 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Taiko Gathering

10:30 a.m. – Togen Daiko

11:00 a.m. – Aikido Center of L.A.

11:30 a.m. – PROTA Taiko

12:00 p.m. – Kyodo Taiko

12:30 p.m. – Sumo Demonstration

1:00 p.m. – Koshin Taiko

1:30 p.m. – Taiko Effect

2:00 p.m. – Nisei Week Marching Band

2:30 p.m. – L.A. Matsuri Daiko

3:00 p.m. – Celtaiko

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Craft Beer Garden by Far Bar

• 4 p.m.: Grand Parade

Exhibits — Week 2

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First Floor

Bonsai: Nampu-kai (George J. Doizaki Gallery)

Bonsai: John Naka Exhibition (South Gallery)


Calligraphy: Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai (Garden Room A)

Kimekomi Japanese dolls: Yukari Kai (Garden Room B)

Third Floor

Sashiko (embroidery): Pioneer Center (Room 311)

Sumie (brush painting): Kawai Sumie (Room 302)

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