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Little Tokyo: Urban Adventure

Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 134-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.

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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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.

Last Saturday of the Month
10:15-12:15 a.m.
Next tour: June 29
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. 

Now thru July 29
Doizaki Gallery, JACCC
244 S. San Pedro St.
From 12 noon Wednesday thru Sunday
Echizen in Fukui Prefecture is known for its 1,500 year history of washi, papermaking. Twenty artisans from the region will present their handmade paper installations, both functional and decorative, including an exquisite paper teahouse.

Saturday, Sept. 22
7 p.m.
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St.
Take a musical journey to Hawaii during this evening of entertainment benefitting the Asian American Drug Abuse Program. For ticket information email phong@aadapinc.org or call (213) 680-3700.
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

   Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Closed Temporarily

  Look for the popular art museum 
  to re-open Nov. 11 with a new
  installation--Zoe Leonard: Survey 
  and Laura Owens.

japanese american national museum
America’s mixed-race population has grown exponentially, with awareness of mixed-race issues dramatically increasing alongside. Artist and curator Kip Fulbeck addresses this progress with his highly anticipated follow-up project, hapa.me. In the new exhibition, the original photographs and statements from the 2006 exhibition are paired with contemporary portraits of the same individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes over 15 years.
Little Tokyo Welcomes Anime Expo 2018 Attendees
Shuttle Service  ~  Guide Map  ~  Special Offers  ~  Giveaways  

More than 100,000 anime enthusiasts are expected to arrive in Los Angeles July 5-8 for the 2018 Anime Expo at the L.A. Convention Center.  Many of them are expected to make their way to Little Tokyo by taking Metro's dedicated shuttle service. The service is offered in conjunction with Little Tokyo businesses and will pick up Anime Expo attendees at the Convention Center and transport them to key points in Little Tokyo. Click here for a guide map, special offers, and additional details.
It's Festival Season!

Saturday, July 7 - Los Angeles Nishi Hongwanji Betsuin
815 E. First St.,
Festival 2-10 p.m.  Odori 7 pm 

Sunday, July 8 - Los Angeles Nishi Hongwanji Betsuin
815 E. First Street
Festival 2-8:30 p.m. Odori 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 7 - Zenshuji Buddhist Temple
123 S. Hewitt St.
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Sunday, July 8 - Zenshuji Buddhist Temple
123 S. Hewitt St.

Saturday, July 28 - Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
505 E. Third St.
1-9 p.m. Odori 6:30 p.m. 

Sunday, July 29 - Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
505 E. Third St.
1-9 p.m. Odori 5:30 p.m. 

4 p.m. - Through the streets of Little Tokyo

Saturday, Aug. 18 - Nisei Week events (gyoza eating, Rubik's Cube contest)
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  JACCC Plaza, 244 S. San Pedro St.

Sunday, Aug. 19 - Nisei Week events
4 p.m. Street Dancing & Closing Ceremony - First Street