Happy Nisei Week everyone! Yup, it’s that time of year here in L.A., when the annual Japanese American Nisei Week events are held, complete with coronations, parades and celebrations. Great fun if you live in Los Angeles, and want to experience a different culture’s festivities. It’s held yearly in Little Tokyo, and definitely a must do for anyone interested in great food, fun people, and cool things to see and do.
This past weekend, our improv group, Cold Tofu was honored by the NW foundation as Parade Marshals in the annual parade. With that honor, we were asked to march in the parade, attended by a few thousand people, covering around 2 huge city blocks in Little Tokyo. I asked if Gunther, our family dog, could take part in it, and was given permission to do so! With great results and fun! So there we were, marching the streets of Little Tokyo, hundreds (thousands?) of people smiling and pointing at the little dog wearing the “Cold Tofu” T-shirt having a super time! Gunther loves people BTW, so he was in heaven meeting people, going up to them, and getting love pats from them. He truly enjoyed himself! Here are some photos from his first parade! (This dog surely gets around).
My favorite photo from the parade – Gunther bringing smiles to senior citizens
Nisei week runs through the end of this upcoming weekend, August 18th with events and things to do. Check out Niseiweek.org for more information. Heck, you might even see Gunther there