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​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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Little Tokyo: 
Urban Adventure

Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 135-year old community of Little Tokyo has retained its enduring authenticity and 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.
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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GO FOR BROKE SPIRIT: Legacy in Portraits
Now thru Nov. 24, 2019
George J. Doizaki Gallery
JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St.
Wednesdays thru Sundays, 
12 noon to 4 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, 
Tuesdays & holidays
Photographic artist Shane 
Sato brings together the 
stories of  Japanese 
American soldiers who 
fought in America's wars. 
Open to the public free of

Now thru April 25, 2020
Enjoy an outdoor exhibition of 10 new site-specific artworks on windows across our historic neighborhood.


1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Courtyard of East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Enjoy one of the longest running public art performance series in Los Angeles.

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: Oct. 26
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.

Learn about Little Tokyo's history, art, and activism. Contact Scott Oshima at (213) 628-2725 ext. 107 or email soshima@jaccc.org to make a reservation.

Starting at 9 a.m. at Metro Bike Share station
100 N. Central Ave.
Ride from Little Tokyo to Boyle Heights. Presented in partnership with API Forward Movement and organizer Chris Weir.  Schedule.

Saturday, Nov. 2
1 - 3 p.m.
244 S. San Pedro St.
Learn how to compost food waste organically in a small space by taking part in this fun get-together. This workshop is free and open to the public.

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.
For information about events, Metro transit, parking, and walking tours, click here. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro.
Little Tokyo in the News

Los Angeles Times
Four Hours: Let Little Tokyo Surprise You

Writer Julissa James spends four hours in Little Tokyo and discovers gourmet coffee, specialty shops, restaurants, bars, and more, which she features in her article: Let Little Tokyo Surprise You.  Read the article here.

L.A. Eater
Seven Delicious Things to Eat in Little Tokyo

Seven Little Tokyo restaurants are featured by L.A. Eater, 
a national online food news and dining guide. Among the 
eateries featured are Aloha Cafe, Cafe Demitasse, 
Daikokuya, Fugetsu-do, Honda Izakaya, Jist Cafe, and 
Marugame Monzo.  Check out the full article here.

Big Seven Travel
7 Unmissable Things To Do in Little Tokyo

From museums to the many Little Tokyo restaurants and bars, it’s one of L.A.’s most historic and popular multicultural neighborhoods. Here’s Big Seven Travel's pick of the top things to do while you’re in this unique part of downtown Los Angeles.  More information
Moco loco from Aloha Cafe.
Housemade gyoza at Daikokuya
Mixed wagashi at Fugetsu-do
Combo at Marugame Monzo
Best Selling Author & Netflix Star
Marie Kondo to Introduce New Book

Best-selling author and tidying up expert Marie Kondo is coming to Little Tokyo to discuss her new book, Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship. Join her on Saturday, Nov. 16, 3-5 p.m., at the Aratani Theatre, 244 S.San Pedro St. 

Star of the Netflix show, Tidying Up, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc., Kondo began her career at age 19 while a university student in Tokyo, Japan. Today, she is internationally known for helping people transform cluttered homes into spaces of serenity, inspiration, and joy. 

In addition to being featured in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Vogue, she was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her newest book, Kiki & Jax, is a picture book for young readers created in collaboration with Salina Yoon, Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator.

Ticket prices range from $20-$50.  Click here for more information.
Marie Kondo