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LOS ANGELES–Little Tokyo Drift

August 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm


LOS ANGELES–Little Tokyo Drift brings together veterans of the Nisei Week cruises and organizers of the Showoff to discuss the history and legacy of nikkei car culture in Los Angeles in a conversation moderated by Oliver Wang (Professor of Sociology, Cal State Long Beach) with veterans of the scene: Janet FujimotoTod KanekoBrian Karasawa, and Ken Miyoshi. Beginning in the 1970s, the annual Nisei Week Festival became the premier destination for Japanese American cruisers who’d roll out in their freshly detailed cars, trucks and motorcycles to circle the carnival grounds. Japanese American auto enthusiasts have played vital roles within the Southern California car scene since the early 20th century and the annual Nisei Week cruises became one of the most visible displays of the nikkei community’s pride in their vehicles, hitting its peak in the mid 1980s before law enforcement brought things to a swift end after. However, since 2000, Nisei Week has become home to the Showoff, a car show inspired by the rise of import car racing and customization, thus continuing the link between Nisei Week and the local car scene for another generation. Several panelists will also be bringing out their show cars to display on the JANM plaza on Saturday, August 21st.

Saturday, August 21, 2021, 2:00 pm @ The Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Admission is free, to RSVP go to the JANM site.  The event will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. For more information, go to or contact JANM at or (213) 625-0414 This project is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.


Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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