Big Fun in Little Tokyo

Have you heard the good news? The Sanrio Japanese Village Plaza store in Little Tokyo DTLA is back and open for business!

To commemorate their grand re-opening, the store will be celebrating for two weekends in a row. 

Stop by from August 18th – 20th and again on August 25th – 27th for the debut of the Sanrio Kawaii Mart, special meet & greets with Hello Kitty and Aggretsuko, fun games and face paintings from 11 am - 4 pm, and enter the supercute raffle (one winner per day)! The first 25 each day who stop by each day and spend $10 or more will receive a special gift.

Mark your calendars for these special appearances:

  • Hello Kitty appearance on Friday, 8/18 and Saturday, 8/19
    Appearance times: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

  • First-time appearance of Aggretsuko on Sunday, 8/20
    Appearance times: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm   
  • Hello Kitty appearance on Friday, 8/25 and Saturday, 8/26
    Appearance times: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm   
  • Aggretsuko appearance on Sunday, 8/27
    Appearance times: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm   

Please note, the meet and greets are subject to change, please check with Sanrio Japanese Village Plaza for details. 

By the way, the 77th annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival will be taking place during this time. Enjoyed by thousands every summer, Nisei Week in Little Tokyo is one the nation’s longest running cultural festivals of its kind and will take place August 19th – 27th.

Here’s an interesting fact, the festival was established by the Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) in 1934 during the Great Depression. It was originally created to attract business to the Little Tokyo area and to promote goodwill. This first festival included a poster contest, an essay contest, radio broadcasts, a fashion show, various cultural exhibits and demonstrations and an “ondo” or “traditional Japanese street dancing” parade.

This year’s theme is ‘Ohana Bringing People Together’. Be sure to check it out and come celebrate the traditions and beauty of Japanese culture! Visit for more info!