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Little Tokyo: Urban Adventure

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 132 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 - Saturdays 6:30 a.m.  ~ Sundays 8 a.m.  ~  Mondays 6:30 p.m.
Zenshuji Soto Temple
123 S. Hewitt St. 
Everyone is welcome. By donation. 
For more information, visit www.zenshuji.org.

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.

Last Saturday of the Month
10:15-12:15 a.m.
Next tour: May 27
Starting point: Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave.
Learn about Little Tokyo's fascinating history and discover what's new about this culturally rich and emerging community.  Guided by knowledgeable docents, this walking tour is conducted the last Saturday of every month, weather permitting.  $15 fee includes admission to the Japanese American National Museum.  Reserve a space.

Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7
5 p.m. both days
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo
A unique and rare theatrical experience presenting Japan's Living National Treasure Mansaku Nomura. Also starring Mansai Nomura and Yukio Ishida, this program of three short masterpieces displays the full range of an artform that has kept audiences laughing since the 14th century. Ticket information.

Sunday, May 7
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo
A cross-cultural event featuring crafts, workshops, and entertainment geared toward children of all ages. Details.

Saturday, May 13
Nancy Kikuchi Volunteer Day & Community Cleanup
9 a.m. -12 noon
Gather at 9 a.m. at: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Plaza
244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo
Volunteer to take part in a one-day cleanup project designed to serve the community, keep Little Tokyo sparkling fresh. Tell your friends, renew acquaintances, and make new friends. Lunch will be provided. Bring gloves, hat, water bottle, sunscreen, and a positive attitude.  Signup online today.

Saturday, May 20
5:30 p.m.
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo
This jazz event features many of the nation's leading Asian American professional musicians, many performing together on the same stage for the first time. For tickets and additional details, click here.

Now thru Aug. 11
Daily from sunset to midnight
An Outdoor Art Installation
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
After the outbreak of World War II, 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were forced to leave their homes, jobs, and businesses and herded into American concentration camps.  This outdoor art installation electronically projects giant images of the wartime exclusion orders that would change their lives forever.  Presented in conjunction with the poignant exhibition, Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066.  Special programs are planned April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Learn more.

Now thru Aug. 13
Reflections on Executive Order 9066
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, he paved the way for the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans following Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. This powerful educational and interactive exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of this historic miscarriage of justice.  Learn more.

Now thru Aug. 20
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
This fascinating collection of photos and other memorabilia is presented to the public for the first time, traversing the multi-faceted life of actor and activist George Takei.  Museum admission $10 adults ($6 for seniors 62+, students with ID & youth ages 6-17). Children under 5 admitted free.  Learn more.

Saturday, June 24
1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Enka music concert 
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo
Some of Japan's top enka singers will be featured.  The concert, to be presented in two performances at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., will help make the Budokan community hall and sports center a reality.  Performers include Sasa Midori, Matsuoka Yuji, Misao, Nyc Nyusa, and Fujimoto Niyari. Ticket information. Contact Eiko Fujino at efujino@jaccc.org or Mike Murase at mmurase@LTSC.org with any questions. 
           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.

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                                                        -- Photo by Rudy Serrano
Whether running for public office, serving as a Los Angeles transit commissioner, producing a ground-breaking play, running a marathon, or bringing Sulu to life in the enduring Star Trek movies and television series, George Takei has always made a difference.

For the first time, an exhibit captures the highlights of his multi-faceted life as an artist and activist through photographs, portraits, and memorabilia. New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei runs through Aug. 20 at the Japanese American National Museum.

The exhibition is one of several outstanding programs currently being presented by the museum, including Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066; Only the Oaks Remain: the Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station; and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

JANM is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Visit www.janm.org for details.

JANM Exhibition Focuses on George Takei
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Join Us for L.A. Dodgers Japan Night 

L.A. Dodgers will host Japan Night on Thursday, May 18, when 
they play the Marlins.  Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

This special event ticket package includes your ticket to the game 
and an exclusive Japan Night t-shirt.The first 40,000 fans in 
attendance will also receive a Great Dodger Moments Coin #3 - 
Clayton Kershaw's No-Hitter presented by 76.

Click here to purchase tickets.