TANABATA FESTIVAL @ City of Los Angeles Parking Lot 7
Aug 19 – Aug 20 all-day
TANABATA FESTIVAL @ City of Los Angeles Parking Lot 7

2017 Tanabata “Opening Ceremonies” entertainment schedule” for Friday, August 18th!

Opening Ceremonies Timeline 2017

4:40 Yuujou Daiko will perform to announce and welcome everyone to our Tanabata’s “Opening Ceremonies”.

4:55 Minyo Station with Scott Nagatani will be performing “Tanabata Happiness” and “Yuyake Koyake” with the children of Nancy Teramura Hayata’s “Classical Japanese Dancing Group”.

Minyo Station will perform

​5:15​​ Tanabata’s Chair, Masumi Muya will introduce our emcee, Grace Shiba.

5:20 Introduction of the VIPs

5:40 Minyo Station will perform

5:55 Kazari winners announced and
​​​Minyo Station will perform

6:15 Breaking of Sake Barrel

6:30 Everyone is invited for sake tasting and viewing of the Kazaris

6:35 Minyo Station starts the first Ondo dance with Nancy Hayata and her “Classical Dancing Group”.

Everyone is invited to dance with them under the Kazaris!

The Tanabata Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday, August 19th and 20th! Entertainment schedule will be posted soon!

NISEI WEEK @ Little Tokyo
Aug 26 – Aug 27 all-day
NISEI WEEK @ Little Tokyo

The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is when the streets of Little Tokyo come alive with food, culture, arts, and entertainment.

Come celebrate our 77th anniversary with us! The two weekends will be packed full of FREE fun and festivities.

AUGUST 19 (Saturday)
– Nisei Week at JACCC
– Cultural Exhibits & Demos, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC
– Rubik’s Cube Open, JACCC Plaza – 8AM
– Star Festival (Tanabata) in Little TokyoThe Geffen Contemporary at MOCA – 11AM
– 2017 Natsumatsuri Family FestivalJapanese American National Museum – 11AM
– Coronation, Aratani Japan America Theater – 7PM*

AUGUST 20 (Sunday)
– Nisei Week at JACCC
– Cultural Exhibits & Demos – JACCC
– Star Festival (Tanabata) in Little Tokyo– 11AM
– Grand Parade, Streets of Little Tokyo – 4:00pm

AUGUST 26 (Saturday)
– 2017 Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship, JACCC Plaza – 2PM
– NISEI Showoff CAR SHOW at Aiso Parking Lot Los Angeles – 8/26/17 – 11AM
– Nisei Week at JACCC
– Cultural Exhibits & Demos – JACCC

AUGUST 27 (Sunday)
– Nisei Week at JACCC (feat. taiko drumming)
– Cultural Exhibits & Demos – JACCC
– Ondo and closing ceremony, 1st Street between San Pedro St. & Central Ave. – 4PM

*Fees and/or registration required.

****Official Nisei Week Japanese Beer Garden****
Located at the JACCC plaza during both weekends.

– Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
– Japanese American Cultural & Community Center – JACCC
244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
– DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown
120 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For a complete listing of events, visit our website

Follow us on Instagram: @Nisei Week & @aki_the_akita#NiseiWeek2017

Sep 2 @ 10:00 am

Long Beach Comic Con is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop cultures. The Long Beach Comic Con packs in two days of movie screenings, panels, an action packed exhibit floor with artists, retailers, live experiences, meet & greets, celebrity signings and more.

Sep 15 – Sep 17 all-day

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (July 17, 2017) —International creative company Rydgen Inc. in partnership with film distribution company Azoland Pictures will be launching the first Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF) in September 2017. This three day festival (September 15-17) will showcase over 20 anime films, including recently popular hits in Japan and also classic titles that are fan favorites. The festival will feature a full list of events in addition to the film screenings including an opening night red carpet gala and Q&A sessions with directors, voice actors, and film creators to further excite festival-goers. All screenings will be held in a cinema featuring state-of-the-art equipment, high quality images, and high performance sound to deliver anime films in their full splendor to awaiting fans.

ANIME, also known as Japanese animation have gained worldwide popularity in the recent years, through the accessibility of the internet and with streaming sites such as Netflix and Hulu including many anime series in their programming. These days, there is a much bigger demand for Japanese anime films to be shown in theaters outside of Japan but there are still many films that do not get distributed. The goal for the LA-AFF is to further promote the appreciation of anime films abroad, and to present a place where people can enjoy anime films with full quality of image, music, and acoustics. LA-AFF has prepared a lineup that represents the full range of artistic expression,profoundness, and diversity of anime films. This is a chance for more people to get to know the world of anime like never before.

2017 marks the 100th year since animation film was born in Japan, and LA-AFF brings popular animation films from recent years as well as classic masterpieces of all time. LA-AFF will be showing films loved by people of all ages in the mecca of entertainment, Los Angeles. The line up includes, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” from Studio Ghibli, “Miss Hokusai,” a story about the daughter of Japanese Ukiyo-e artist Hokusai and the ordinary lives of people in the Edo era, “009 RE:CYBORG, ” the modern version of Shotaro Ishinomori’s “Cyborg 009” in 3D, and “Innocence,” a sequel to “Ghost in the Shell,” which recently received a Hollywood film adaptation, on 35mm print.

Festival Name: Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF) Date: September 15-17, 2017 (Duration 3 days)
Organizers: Rydgen Inc. and Azoland Pictures
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About Rydgen Inc.
Rydgen Inc. is a creative company based in Los Angeles and Harajuku, Tokyo. The company develops, operates, and promotes entertainment events and film festival in North America and also provides production services for creative work.

About Azoland Pictures
Azoland Pictures, LLC is a film distribution company that offers Japanese anime and live-action films to the audience in North America. The company also organizes movie premieres, anime related film festivals, and J-Pop events in the Los Angeles area. In 2017, Azoland Pictures has theatrically distributed Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu and Sword Art Online The Movie – Ordinal Scale – English dub. More information available at