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Little Tokyo: Not So Little Anymore
Join the thousands who come to Little Tokyo every day and experience Los Angeles' most unique dining, entertainment, Japanese culture and shopping. 

Nowhere else will the visitor find nearly 100 different places to eat, two top-rated hotels, world-class museums, eclectic shopping, newly developed housing, major banks, entertainment, churches, temples, and excellent professional services. In other words, Little Tokyo has it all. Visit us soon.

Ongoing - Daily Monday to Friday 
Morning Meditation 
6:20-7 a.m. at Zenshuji Soto Temple, 123 S. Hewitt St., Little Tokyo.  Everyone is welcome. By donation. For more information, visit www.zenshuji.org.

Now thru Sept. 14
Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, a groundbreaking photographic exhibition. Japanese American National Museum, 1st St. & Central Ave.
Museum hours: Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays 12 noon-8 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.

Now thru Sept. 14
Dodgers - Brotherhood of the Gamean exhibit inspired by the players who forever changed the national pasttime--from Jackie Robinson to Hideo Nomo. Japanese American National Museum, 1st St. & Central Ave. 
Museum hours: Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat-sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays 12 noon-8 p.m. Closed Sun.

Friday, Aug. 1 thru Sunday, Aug. 3
Remembering Sadako: Folding for Peace, a program in memory of a young victim of the Hiroshima bombing who has become an international symbol of peace. Three days of free activities​ including tea ceremony, ikebana display, a Call for Peace ceremony, performance by Grateful Crane, origami workshops, and Sand Mandala.

Saturday, Aug. 2
Melissa Manchester headlines Concert for Peace at the Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., 7 p.m. Tickets $30-$60

Saturday, Aug. 2
The Dragon Tattoo artist Junii​ presents a free lecture on tattoos depicted in the 1967 classic film, Bakuchi-uchi: Ippiki Ryu. More information.

Saturday, Aug. 9
Natsumatsuri, annual Family Festival with free activities, crafts, and traditional Japanese and Japanese American performances, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. 

Saturday, Aug. 16, & Sunday, Aug. 17
4th annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival --tastings, talks, shows, and ceremonies, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. Presented by Chado Tea Room.

Sunday, Sept. 7
NOH: Moon Viewing and Sake
Master Motonori Umewaka performs classical Noh works, the ancient theatrical artform of Japan's royal court.
​Starting at 7:30 p.m. in the James Irvine Garden of JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St., the program also includes Kagami Biraki, ceremonial breaking of the sake barrel. $35 general admission/$30 JACCC members.

​A 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 130 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.
Congratulations, Far Bar!
Voted Number 1 Bar in Los Angeles by L.A. Weekly

L.A. Weekly magazine released it's list of Top Ten Bars, and Little Tokyo's own Far Bar is at the top. 

According to LAW, "Far Bar's dynamic setting and talented bartenders make it the best of the bunch. The main bar offers 400 different types of whiskeys--some of which aren't otherwise available in the U.S. In the back of the bar is a smaller room with TV screens and 37 beers on tap. (In addition) to the extensive booze list are their delicious wasabi fries. But perhaps what most sets Far Bar apart? The service. Hospitable doesn't even begin to describe it."  For more information.
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It's Festival Season in Little Tokyo!
L.A. Tanabata Festival
Aug. 9 & Aug. 10
Saturday 11-9 & Sunday 11-5
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
More information

Nisei  Week Japanese Festival - Aug. 9-17
Full schedule
In the late 1970s when the songs by popular disco performers like Donna Summer (Bad Girls, Hot Stuff) and Gloria Gaynor (I Will Survive) urged young women to defy convention and let-it-loose, Melissa Manchester held out for romance. She recorded Don’t Cry Out Loud, and the song rose up the charts as a softer, gentler anthem for unrequited love.

In 1983, she won a Grammy as Best Female Vocalist.

Today, Manchester’s music resonates with a new generation and her message is global. On Saturday, Aug. 2, she will headline Concert for Peace, a musical event presented by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo.  

The concert highlights three days of events dedicated to the memory of Sadako Sasaki, a young victim of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.  

Sadako, diagnosed with leukemia in January 1955 and given a maximum of one year to live, set out to create a grand wish for peace by folding 1,000 origami cranes. She died 10 months later at the age of 12. Sadako and her story have become the embodiment of hope in both Japan and the United States.

Each person attending the concert is encouraged to wear an origami crane in support of the event’s theme of international peace. 

Manchester will be joined by David Lindley, a multi-instrumentalist best known for his many years as accompanist for Jackson Browne, and saxophonist Justin Klunk, who has performed with dozens of top artists including Ariana Grande, David Benoit, Steve Miller Band, and Michael Paulo.  

For ticket information, contact the theater at (213) 680-3700

Melissa Manchester in Concert
in Little Tokyo Aug. 2