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A World of Simple Pleasures

Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 132-year old community of Little Tokyo has emerged as one of L.A.'s coolest places to dine, shop, find entertainment, and live.  

Charming, walkable and friendly, Little Tokyo is setting a new, more relaxing pace and invites everyone to experience its charm sometime soon. Visitors will find dozens of delectable food options, great bars, live performances, world-class museums, and shopping that is not only eclectic but also affordable. It is no wonder that new residents are moving into the area every day, and visitors in increasing numbers are discovering Little Tokyo's many hidden gems.
​Little Tokyo's Key Role in L.A.'s History

Behind the bustling crowds and neatly arranged rows of restaurants, shops, offices, and residences is a colorful history that has shaped Little Tokyo since the late 1800s. For 131 years, this hearty community has survived everything from world wars to a roller coaster economy to emerge as one of Southern California's most popular cultural communities. Learn how it all began.

Read the full story.
In the 1960s, buses on electric rails carried folks to and from Little Tokyo. This one is heading west on 1st St. and Central Ave.
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Ongoing - Daily Monday thru Friday, 6:20-7 a.m.
Zenshuji Soto Temple
123 S. Hewitt St. 
Everyone is welcome. By donation. For more information, visit www.zenshuji.org.

Ongoing - Tours of MOCA (Grand Ave.) and Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Little Tokyo)
Thursday evenings 6 & 7 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon & 2 p.m.
Educators offer conversational walk-throughs of current exhibitions at either of the Downtown Los Angeles museums.  Tours begin int he lobby and last about 45 minutes. No reservations are required for individuals, but groups should call (213) 621-1745 or email 
education@moca.org. Additional information.

Now thru Oct. 16
THE PRICE COLLECTION:  The Buddha and the Floating World
George J. Doizaki Gallery at JACCC
244 S. San Pedro St.
Gallery hours Wed. thru Sun., noon - 4 p.m.
(Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & holidays)
Free Admission
World renowned collectors Etsuko and Joe Price offer an extraordinary exhibition of silk scroll paintings of everyday life in the Edo period (1615-1868) and divine images from the Buddhist world.  Also on display will be an ikebana flower arrangement display by Ikenobo, Ohara-Ryu, and Sogetsu Schools.

Now thru Jan. 8, 2017
Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Closed Monday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Traditional and contemporary examples of Samoan tattoo artistry are examined through photographs. Curated by master tattoo artist and author Takahiro Kitamura.

Now thru Jan. 15, 2017
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo
Museum Hours:  Mon., Wed, Fri. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays.
This exhibition showcases artist Doug Aitken's unique immersive aesthetic. Aitken's multi-channel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings, and architectural works are rooted in interdisciplinary collaborations.

Oct. 1 Saturday
10 a.m. - 12 noon
EDIBLE ADVENTURES: Got Rice? Exploring Little Tokyo Grain by Grain
Starts at Japanese American National Museum
1st St. & Central Ave.
This cultural walk focuses on the many food items made from rice, including rice balls (onigiri) and rice cakes (manju). Space is limited to 15 people.  Tickets 

Oct. 2 Sunday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Taiko performance by Yuujou Daiko, 1 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
1st St. & Central Ave.
Purchase jewelry, kimono fabric fashions, Giant Robot merchandise, handbags, ceramics, origami and glass art, dog fashions, and more!  Proceeds benefit JANM’s education programs. Admission to the boutique is free. Museum admission is “Pay What You Wish.” Make a boutique purchase of $10 or more and receive a 10% discount at participating Little Tokyo restaurants. For more information, email kokorocraft@gmail.com.

Oct. 8 Saturday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
JACCC Noguchi Plaza
244 S. San Pedro St.
Community gardeners, artists, and environmental activists come together to explore new possibilities in communities of color. Presented by Quetzal and Nobuko, Great Leap and JACCC. Special guests Francis Awe & Omowale Awe.  Open to the public.

Oct. 9 Sunday
1 - 4:30 p.m.
JACCC Noguchi Plaza
244 S. San Pedro St.
Celebrating Mother Earth with music and dance featuring Fandango of Veracruz, traditional Japanese obon, asnd African drums and dances drawing from Guinea and Nigerian Yoruban traditions. Also, eat and shop at the farmers market.

Oct. 15-16 (Saturday and Sunday)
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days
A New Kind of Anime Fan Festival
JACCC Noguchi Plaza & Aratani Theater
244 S. San Pedro St.
Additional film screenings at Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St.
Anime - Video Games - Cosplay Contest - Panels -Merchandise - Maid Cafe - Films -  Autographs - 
Space is limited. Two-day schedule.  Tickets $15 for one day or $25 for both days.  Film showings require separate tickets. Register here.

Oct. 22 Saturday
5 - 8 p.m.
An All-You-Can-Eat Crab Affair
Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
815 E. 1st St.
A fundraiser for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) featuring the Singaporean chili crab from Starry Kitchen, named one of L.A.'s best restaurants. $75 per person pre-sale or $90 if purchased at the door.  Includes all-you-can-eat crab, side dishes, and complimentary beverage (alcohol not included). Purchase tickets here.

Nov. 6 - Dec. 11
George J. Doizaki Gallery at JACCC
Gallery hours Wed. thru Sun., noon - 4 p.m.
(Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & holidays)
Free Admission.
​Through his photographs, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti shows an artistic side to his persona as he leads us on a visual journey of Japan.

Nov. 12 Saturday 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
COOKING LESSON: Flavor of the New Year
JACCC Garden Room
244 S. San Pedro St.
Learn how to prepare traditional Japanese New Year dishes osechi and ozoni with instructor Yoko Maeda Lamn

Jan. 8-29, 2017
George J. Doizaki Gallery at JACCC
244 S. San Pedro St.
Gallery hours Wed. thru Sun., noon - 4 p.m.
(Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & holidays)
Free Admission
In celebration of the New Year, JACCC presents artwork based on the Year of the Rooster and hope for the future.

                          LITTLE TOKYO 

Eat, Shop, Play Local is Metro’s campaign that promotes the unique and culturally-rich businesses located adjacent to the construction route of the new Regional Connector 
Transit Project.

Don’t wait for the new rail line to open! You can participate and support Little Tokyo and Downtown Los Angeles businesses and be entered to win cash prizes today. Learn how.

Follow Metro on Facebook and Twitter for more information on:

Lunch Meet-Ups*
- Special Events
- Quarterly Drawings
                          -- Photo by Rudy Serrano
See What's New at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary
Doug Aitken's multi-channel video installation is just one of the artist's works that demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing contemporary condition.

The following Little Tokyo stores and restaurants are offering special discounts during Akiba Fest:

Aloha Cafe ~ Anime Jungle ~ Baldoria ~ Best Chiropractic ~ Blooming Art Gallery ~ Bunkado ~ Cafe Demitasse ~ Cafe Dulce ~ Chado Tea Room ~ California Floral ~ Daikokuya ~ Ebisu ~ Family Mart ~ Four Leaf ~ Frances Bakery ~ Fugetsu-do ~ 
Hob Nob Shop ~ Honey & Green ~ Hot Pot Galaxy Ice Cream Lab ~ Japangeles ~ Justice Urban Tavern ~ Kinokuniya Bookstore ~ Kouraku Restaurant ~ Kuragami Plant Boutique ~ Las Galas ~ Leola Lace ~ Little Tokyo Cosmetics ~ Muragame Monzo Restaurant ~ Matsumura Gifts ~ Men Oh Ramen ~ Monkey Pants ~ Mr. Pizza ~ Mr. Ramen ~ Nijiya Market ~ Non Factory ~ Oreno Yakiniku ~ Pinkberry ~ POP Tee Shop ~ Popkiller Second ~ Quizno's ~ Rafu Bussan ~ Real Escape Room L.A. ~  Shinyodo ~ Suehiro Cafe ~ Teishokuya of Tokyo ~ Toshi Sushi ~ Twinkle Brown Sugar ~ Zakanaka