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Little Tokyo: Setting a New Pace in Downtown L.A.

Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 131-year old community of Little Tokyo is home to some of Downtown's newest hot spots.  

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 EVENT CALENDAR

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

Now thru May 31, 2015!
HELLO! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Avenue
The 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 thru Sunday, June 7
East West Players Present 
THE WHO'S TOMMY
East West Playhouse
120 Judge John Aiso Street
This classic rock musical is presented for rthe first time at East West.  Story focuses on young Tommy Walker. Deprived of sight, hearing and speech by the shock of what he had witnessed as a child, Tommy seems lost to life – until he reveals an uncanny talent for the game of pinball.  For performance schedule, previews, opening night information, and tickets, click here.

Now thru June 28
William Pope.L: Trinket
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N. Central Avenue
 Centerpiece of this exhibition is Trinket, a monumental, custom-made American flag (approximately 54 x 16 feet). During the museum's public hours, the flag will be continuously blown by four large-scale industrial fans and will be illuminated from below by a bank of custom theatrical lights.Tickets can be purchased for same-day admission at the box office. For ticket prices, museum hours and parking information, click here.

Saturday, June 20
Author Talk with Luis Rodriguez
Little Tokyo Branch Library
11 a.m.-12 noon
Author of Always Running, Luis Rodriguez is renowned as L.A.'s poet laureate.  Free parking is available two lots south of the library, 203 S. Los Angeles St.

​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 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.
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Hello Kitty Goes
Bye-Bye May 31

The Japanese American National Museum has announced that its record-breaking exhibition, Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will end May 31. 

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.

Click here for more details. 
--Photo by Brian Forrest
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Celebrates Artists

While in Little Tokyo, don't miss William Pope.L: Trinket, an exhibition of new and recent work by Chicago-based artist William Pope.L, an essential figure in the development of performance and installation art since the 1970s. 

The exhibition explores the impact of American history and politics on the social and psychological body in an ensemble grouping of large-scale installations, videos, paintings, photography, and performance works, including a new performance and sculpture work made especially for the exhibition.

Learn more about this and other outstanding exhibitions at the Geffen.
Samurai Play
Coming to 
Little Tokyo

The Little Tokyo Business Association proudly presents a unique theater experience, BURAI: Standing All Alone for three performances, Aug, 28, 29, and 30 at the Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St.

Don't miss opportunity to see this live performance featuring an outstanding Japanese cast and authentic fight scenes staged by one of Japan's leading swordplay choreographers, Keiya Tabuchi (Katana, The Last Samurai).
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Set in 19th century Japan, BURAI is the gripping story of family honor, loyalty, pride, and a samurai warrior’s struggle to hold on to his inner spirit. This original play is written and by Naoki Fujiyama.

Tickets are $35 for general admission, and $25 for JACCC members, seniors over age 65, and students with current school ID.

To reserve your ticket,
email tickets@visitlittletokyo.com.