Every year from the 11th to the 19th of August, Little Tokyo is transformed into a celebration of Japanese heritage, culture, and identity. On the second Saturday, the Nisei Car Show is held, which also holds an anime art expo on its grounds. Altogether, the art and car show houses some of the finest Japanese art for the public’s appreciation. This year, the venue was moved just adjacent to the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, as opposed to the usual parking structure its held at.
I was fortunate enough to receive the hospitality of Jun Osumi of Jun Project and the Sankyu39 team, who invited me out to their booth. Their great wave shirt was the first car-related shirt I’ve ever purchased, so I can definitely recommend checking out their apparel.
With introductions out of the way, let’s start the coverage.
Golden Age Honda lovers rejoiced to see a lineup of beautifully spec’d NSXes towards the center of the event.
The car show wasn’t just for Japanese-only cars either - it celebrated Japanese influence in car builds, or just a general appreciation for car culture in general. Rather than be exclusive to the JDM culture, car culture from all over the world paid its respects to Nisei Week.
After the event, I took to Little Tokyo with close friends to enjoy the festival going on just a short walk down the road.
The streets were transformed into a beautiful festival of food carts, popup shops, and art displays all under a lantern-lined canopy. Tourists and nationalists both bought crafts, toys, and gyoza while live music played. Cars from the earlier show raced up and down the streets, drawing a border around the perimeter of the festivities.