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Please scroll down to view the beautiful photos captured by Roosevelt Alumni Mario A. Valez. Who graciously volunteered to capture these moments to remember.

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Honoring Our Rich Japanese Heritage
We are thrilled to announce our upcoming "2nd Annual Nikkei Celebration in Boyle Heights" in collaboration with the esteemed Little Tokyo Historical Society. This vibrant event is a testament to our deep appreciation for the rich heritage of the Nikkei community. With a diverse range of entertainment, historical tributes, and community engagement, this celebration promises to be an unforgettable experience for all. Join us as we come together to honor our past, celebrate our present, and shape our future.
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Embracing Diversity at the "2nd Annual Nikkei Celebration in Boyle Heights," we extend our warmest welcome to everyone who wishes to be part of this special occasion. We believe in inclusivity and diversity, fostering an environment where people from all walks of life can come together in unity. Whether you are a member of the Nikkei community, a history enthusiast, or simply looking for a delightful experience, this event has something for everyone.

A Spectacle of Culture and Tradition as the festivities kick off with a vibrant parade, symbolizing the colorful tapestry of Japanese culture. Mark your calendars and join us at Saratoga Street and E. 1st St. at 5 p.m., as the parade sets off on a route that ends in front of the iconic Historic Japanese Restaurant Otomisan. This cherished establishment has been serving our community since the 1950s, adding to the significance of the event.


In honoring heritage and contributions during the event, we will pay tribute to the historic brass plaque, now beautifully mounted at the entrance of Otomisan. This plaque commemorates the contributions of our community and serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength that defines us. We are also privileged to unveil the new red paper lanterns generously donated by Irene Tsukada Simonian, owner of Bunkado in Little Tokyo. These vibrant lanterns symbolize our gratitude for the support of the community and serve as a beacon of unity.


Prepare to be enthralled by a stellar lineup of entertainment that showcases the essence of Japanese culture. From the thunderous beats of the Hikari Taiko Drummers to the soul-stirring performances by Neighborhood Music School, every moment promises to captivate and inspire. Don't miss the enchanting performances by Nancy Hayata's Classic Japanese Dancers of Nihon Buyo, Minyo, and Contemporary styles. Witness the grace and beauty of these traditional art forms and experience the profound connection between art and culture.


Community engagement in sharing joy and tradition as we immerse ourselves in the jubilant atmosphere, we invite you to partake in the spirited Japanese street dancing that concludes the event. In the true spirit of community, we encourage everyone to join the joyful revelry and create lasting memories together. This is an excellent opportunity to forge new friendships, celebrate our shared experiences, and cherish the bonds that unite us.
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As our Parade begins

Presenters and Entertainment

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Limited Edition "2nd Annual Nikkei Celebration Celebration in Boyle Heights.
Each tee shirt comes with a 1" Button

• 100% Black tee shirt
• Xsmall, Small, Medium, Large, Xlarge
• Sale at event $20.

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