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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
Now thru April 26, 2015
The Japanese American National Museum and Sanrio present the world’s first large-scale Hello Kitty museum retrospective. The exhibition, first of its kind in the world, includes an extensive product survey, with rare and unique items from the Sanrio archives, alongside a selection of innovative contemporary artworks inspired by Hello Kitty and her world. Museum is located at 100 N. Central Ave.
Now Playing thru Dec. 7
America's leading Asian American theater company, East West Players, presents the west coast premiere of "Takarazuka!!!" by Susan Soon He Stanton. This fanciful mix of intrigue and comedy is inspired by Japan's venerable all-female performance troupe. Directed by Leslie Ishii and choreographed by Cindera Che. For tickets, contact EWP.
Hiroshima jazz fusion band and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center present Spirit of the Season 11 at the Aratani Theater, 244 S. San Pedro St. Featuring guest artists Terry Steele and Tex Nakamura. Tickets $38 orchestra, $30 balcony. Discounts for JACCC members.
Thursday & Friday, Nov. 13 & 14
Featuring the innovative style of contemporary artist Yozo Abe at Tyrant King, 880 E. 1st St. Reception, Nov. 13, 5-8 p.m. Exhibition on Friday from 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.yozoabe.com.
Sunday, Dec. 21
Five award-winning hula halau groups and outstanding ukulele musicians appear in a spectacular holiday event at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St.
2 p.m. - Free pre-show activities in JACCC Noguchi Plaza, including appearance by Shogun Santa.
Monday, Dec. 29
Children's Oshogatsu Workshop
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hands-on craft activities, demonstrations by local artists at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. Designed for children, 7-12. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration required. Cost is $30 per child/$25 for JACCC members.
Thursday, Jan. 1
OSHOGATSU NEW YEAR'S FESTIVAL
Throughout Little Tokyo
Bring the family to celebrate the first day of the New Year - Japanese style, all day. Food booths, gift booths, cultural demonstrations, and entertainment. Free admission.
Sunday, Jan. 4
Aratani Theatre, 1 p.m.
Kickoff the New Year and experience the recreation of an ancient tradition. Students from the Tohoku region of Japan will participate in support of Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. This program is presented in conjunction with the Tomodachi-Honda Cultural Exchange Program. General admission $20/JACCC members $18.
Sunday, Jan. 11
New Year's 2015 Daiku Concert
Aratani Theatre, 5 p.m.
Jeffrey Bernstein conducts the Los Angeles Daiku, Pasadena Master Chorale, and L.A. Daiku Orchestra in a performance of Bernstein's Fukushima Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No. 9.
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.
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 has named Little Tokyo's own Far Bar to its list of Top Ten Bars.
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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Changeable electronic signs designed to help drivers locate available parking have been installed and are now operational near 1st & Judge John Aiso Streets and 2nd & Central. The signage is provided by the Department of Transportation.
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The Japanese American National Museum presents an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic Hello Kitty character. The exhibit will run through April 26, 2015.
Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Mondays.
For more information, contact the museum.
Jazz fusion band HIROSHIMA