Go Little Tokyo for Summer Festival Season and Foodie Adventures

Los Angeles Tanabata Festival (2018). Photo provided courtesy of Go Little Tokyo.

Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering insights into one of Los Angeles’ most lively neighborhoods, is home to unforgettable annual cultural festivals, a jam-packed foodie haven, unique Japanese goods stores, and so much more! Let Go Little Tokyo be your neighborhood guide to discovering the best eats and energetic happenings in the always Delicious Little Tokyo this summer. Grab your friends and family, and Go Metro to Little Tokyo to experience all of the festival-fun the summer season has to offer within this 135-year-old historic neighborhood.

Coming off of Go Little Tokyo’s 4th Annual Delicious Little Tokyo, an all-newLittle Tokyo Food Guide has been released to satisfy all of your summer cravings. With over 100 different eateries found in Little Tokyo, you’re sure to find one in the curated guide to complete your festival day with something scrumptious! Visit restaurants loved by respected food critics and Los Angeles’ celebrities such as actor Randall Park, who shared that “[his] family loves Little Tokyo. We’re there all of the time. The last place we ate at was a hand-crafted pizza spot and bar called Baldoria.”

Grab the Delicious Little Tokyo Food Guide on your way to admire traditional kazari decorations at this year’s Tanabata Festival. The colorful decorations, commemorating the folk tale of two stars in love, are hung above the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) Plaza in Little Tokyo from August 10-11. That same weekend, on Saturday, August 10th from 11 am-5 pm, JANM also hosts their annual Natsumatsuri Family Festival featuring free activities ranging from an origami corner and tasting Okinawan treats, to live performances that are sure to bring joy to everyone’s faces.

Stop by and enjoy the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running multi-weekend ethnic festivals celebrating its 79th Anniversary this August. Come out and pay 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 activations, live music, and more on August 10-18. Returning this year out of “paw-pularity,” join Aki the Akita and friends at Aki’s Pup up Party on Sunday, August 11 and treat yourself and your pup to shopping, food, and fun for pups of all ages and sizes.

This year’s 7th Annual FandangObon Festival bridges the participatory music and dance traditions of Fandango of Veracruz, Mexico, Japanese Buddhist Obon circle dances, and West African dance and drums. Come out on Sunday, October 6th and honor three distinct cultures coming together. 

Find more information in your Go Little Tokyo guide or for additional family-friendly ideas, visit www.golittletokyo.com. The Delicious Little Tokyo Food Guide is available at the following locations: Bunkado,Cafe DemitasseCafe DulceJapanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), Japanese American National Museum (JANM), JapanLAJapangelesMiyako HotelRafu Bussan, and The Little Tokyo Koban.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

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