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Little Tokyo - 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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LITTLE TOKYO 
EVENT CALENDAR

Ongoing - Daily Monday thru Friday, 6:20-7 a.m.
MORNING MEDITATION
Zenshuji Soto Temple
123 S. Hewitt St. 
Everyone is welcome. By donation. For more information, visit www.zenshuji.org.

Fridays thru Dec. 18, 3:30-6 p.m.
FREE MATH TUTORING
(By Appointment Only)
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles St.
Adults, kids, and teens may sign up for free math tutoring every Friday afternoon.  RSVP required.  Email the instructor, Mishima Sensei: gallerymujo@yahoo.com 

Now thru Jan. 18, 2016
Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Barney's first major museum exhibition in collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler is comprised of an epic-length operatic film and approximately 85 works created in conjunction with the film. Includes large-scale pieces weighing up to 25 tons.  Exhibition details here.

Now thru Sunday, Jan. 24
GIANT ROBOT BIENNIALE 4
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Fourth edition of the curated exhibit by Giant Robot co-founder Eric Nakamura.  Featured are paintings, photography, and installations by established and emerging artists. More details.

Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m.
KOTOHAJIME: Hatsu Yama (First Mountain)
Aratani Theatre
244 s. San Pedro St.
Experience the ceremonial start of the New Year presented by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Ticket information and details.

Sunday, Jan. 3 thru Sunday, Feb. 21
18th ANNUAL SHIKISHI ART EXHIBITION
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
In celebration of the New Year, this traditional exhibition combines artwork and poetry.  Open to the public.



                          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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Lunch Meet-Ups*
- Special Events
- Quarterly Drawings
          YAGURA TOWER AT JAPANESE VILLAGE PLAZA.
                                                      -- Photo by Rudy Serrano
THOUSANDS CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR IN LITTLE TOKYO!
Performance by the Taiko Center of Los Angeles opened the 18th annual Oshogatsu (New Year) celebration on the stage in Weller Court.  The event is presented by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California.


















KOTOHAJIME
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 • 1 p.m.
ARATANI THEATRE

Every January in conjunction with the New Year, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center presents Kotohajime, a unique cultural experience designed to invigorate the spirit and imagination. Literally meaning “the beginning of things,” Kotohajime is themed Hatsu Yama or “First Mountain.” Purchase tickets here