Nisei Week

2016 | Nisei Week Foundation

Role(s): Graphic designer, illustrator

Project Type: Graphic design

Client Type: Non-profit, cultural organization

Nisei Week is an annual cultural festival located in Little Tokyo celebrating Japanese American culture, heritage and community. The event was founded in 1934 by the Nisei (2nd generation Japanese Americans) to bring together the Japanese American community during the time of the Great Depression and anti-Japanese sentiment. Today, Nisei Week is a summer event with festivities beginning in July and ending in mid-August. The festival includes various events such as the Grand Parade, Queen and Court Coronation, Car Show, Baby Show, and Japanese Festival.

I had the opportunity to design the posters and collateral for the 2016 Nisei Week. In addition I designed posters for the Nisei Week Baby Show.

2016 Nisei Week

The posters and postcards feature detailed illustrations of the Nisei Week Grand Parade in Little Tokyo and the event mascot, Aki. The illustrations showcase ondo dancing groups, parade marshals, floats including the LA Nebuta float, taiko players, a mikoshi shrine, the Nisei Queen and Court, and more.

2016-2018 Nisei Week Baby Show

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