The Adventure Continues… Nisei Parade and Little Tokyo

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a news article describing the history of Sacramento’s Japantown and how it was basically erased in the period following World War 2. I was amazed to learn that at one time there were more than 30 flourishing Japantowns throughout California — now there are only three, in San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles.

In recognition of Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this week I’m featuring this Classic episode of California’s Gold originally aired back in 1992. Huell’s visit to Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles during the annual Nisei Parade is full of beautiful and fascinating history and culture, as well as some real surprises — like the candy artist who is one of only two in the US keeping this ancient tradition alive. You can discover the 2023 Nisei Parade events in Little Tokyo later this summer, on August 12-20.

Join Huell as he takes a look at the history of this Japanese American community in downtown Los Angeles, including the annual Nisei Parade and all its festivities: traditional tea ceremony; Ikebana or flower arranging and bonsai exhibits, plus more.

(Click on the linked image below to see the video.)