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Little Tokyo: 
Urban Adventure

Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 134-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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​​Sunday, Nov. 18
3 p.m.
Aratani Theatre
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Together with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, JACCC presents the 100th Birthday Celebration of Japanese classical dance icon Madame Fujima Kansuma. Order tickets here.

Now thru Nov. 11
East West Players 
David Henry Hwang Theatre
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Little Tokyo
This original play by Qui Nguyen, directed by Jennifer Chang, is a fresh take on the classic boy-meets-girl story as it follows Vietnam refugees Quang and Tong on a joyous ride across 1970s America.  Order tickets.

Hands-on Culinary Workshop
Sunday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Watanabe Exhibition Center
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Learn to make miso with instructor Yoko Maeda Lamn.
Fee required. More information.


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.

Last Saturday of the Month
10:15-12:15 a.m.
Next tour: Oct. 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.

Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles St.
Mondays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12 noon - 8 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Closed Sundays
The Library is brimming with activity throughout the year, including teen game nights, anime club, anime drawing, Nisei story-writing, origami, English conversation classes for citizenship, computer classes, preschool storytime, toddler and infant storytime, Japanese storytime, and more.  Click here for a complete schedule.

Now thru Oct. 21
Take a self-guided tour of an unprecedented outdoor, community-wide art exhibition featuring the work of Southern California artists and presented by the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and Sustainable Little Tokyo. For a map and details, click here.

japanese american national museum
100 N. central avenue
After the forced removal and incarceration of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast during World War II, there was an unspoken shedding of openly Japanese cultural practices in America. Many Sansei (third-generation Japanese Americans) like Mark Nagata experienced only cursory participation in Japanese culture--mostly eating food and celebrating holidays. 

When Nagata was 9, an aunt and uncle serving on a U.S. military base in Japan sent him a box filled with colorful figures packaged with art-laden header and backing cards featuring alien-looking beings—kaiju (monsters) and heroes—engaged in battle. That seemingly simple gift sparked a passion that inspired Nagata to study art, to zealously collect vintage Japanese vinyl toys, to become a toy designer himself, and to help him recover his ethnic heritage. 
JANM Braces for Japanese Toy Invasion 
Pumpkin Patch & Kabocha Corner

Join the fun at the month-long outdoor marketplace for Halloween enthusiasts, neighbors, and friends. Purchase and decorate your very own jack-o’-lanterns and spice up your harvest with unique varieties of squash such as kabocha grown by local Asian and Asian American farmers. Find limited edition Hello Kitty merchandise also available for purchase. Sponsored by Tanaka Farms. 

Open throughout October at the Japanese Village Plaza & Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)More information.
Live Talk L.A. presents:

An Evening with Roger Daltrey
in Conversation with Judd Apatow 
Tuesday, Oct. 23
8 p.m.
Aratani Theatre
Japanese American Cultural 
& Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Little Tokyo

Order tickets here.

An Evening with Tom Hanks
Discussing His Best-Selling
Collection of Stories
Wednesday, Nov. 14
8 p.m.
Aratani Theatre
Japanese American Cultural 
& Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Little Tokyo
 Embark on a journey across America in this new play presented by East     West Players, America's premier Asian America theatre company.   Vietgone will run in a limited engagement thru Nov. 11. Tickets.