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Little Tokyo: Urban Adventure

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 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.

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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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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.

152 N. Central Ave.
Thursday evenings 6 & 7 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon & 2 p.m.
Educators offer conversational walk-throughs of current exhibitions at either of the Downtown Los Angeles museums.  Tours begin int he lobby and last about 45 minutes. No reservations are required for individuals, but groups should call (213) 621-1745 or email education@moca.org. Additional information.

Last Saturday of the Month
10:15-12:15 a.m.
Next tour: November 25
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. 

Children's Workshop
Thursday, December 28
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Open to children 7-13, this annual event features noodle-making, arts & crafts, taiko, mochi-pounding and other fun activities associated with Japanese culture and the arrival of the New Year.  Pre-registration is required.  Cost is $40 per children ($35 for JACCC members) and includes a Year of the Dog t-shirt.  Details.

Now thru Feb. 25, 2018
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City & Sao Paolo
This exhibition presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Featured artists include Ichiro Irie, Shizu Salamando, Kenzi Shiokava, and Shinpei Takeda.

Now thru Dec. 10
George J. Doizaki Gallery
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Legendary photographer Toyo Miyatake’s early experimental studio images as well as the more well-known scenes inside the barbed wired of the Manzanar incarceration camp are featured in this outstanding collection of photographs. © Toyo Miyatake Studio. Exhibition will be closed Nov. 3 & 4.  More information.
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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
Shogun Santa is Coming to Town
Visit us during the Holiday Season and enjoy great shopping and dining.  Then, take a photo (your camera or ours) with the one and only Shogun Santa.
 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Japanese Village Plaza
Saturday, Dec. 9
Sunday, Dec. 10
Saturday, Dec. 16
Sunday, Dec. 17
Rarely Seen Toyo Miyatake
Photographs at JACCC 

He stood shoulder to shoulder alongside the great photographers of his day, among them Ansel Adams. Toyo Miyatake's work has stood the test of time and will be on display in the George J. Doizaki Gallery at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, now thru Dec. 10.  See his early experimental images as well as photos taken inside the Manzanar concentration camp during World War II.


Transpacific Borderlands examines the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. By looking at the work of Japanese Latin American artists, the exhibition will show how ethnic communities, racial mixing, and the concepts of homeland and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. 

Transpacific Borderlands is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty-led initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, and is made possible through grants from the Getty Foundation. The presenting sponsor of PST: LA/LA is Bank of America.

Click here for additional information.