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

Ongoing - Tours of MOCA (Grand Ave.) and Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Little Tokyo)
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.

Now thru April 9, 2017
The Story of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station
Japanese America National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
A special exhibition focused on the true stories of Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and Japanese Peruvians targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. Their stories are told through rare photographs, letters, and diaries. More information.

Now thru Jan. 8, 2017
Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Closed Monday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Traditional and contemporary examples of Samoan tattoo artistry are examined through photographs. Curated by master tattoo artist and author Takahiro Kitamura.

Now thru Jan. 15, 2017
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo
Museum Hours:  Mon., Wed, Fri. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays.
This exhibition showcases artist Doug Aitken's unique immersive aesthetic. Aitken's multi-channel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings, and architectural works are rooted in interdisciplinary collaborations.

Jan. 8-29, 2017
George J. Doizaki Gallery at JACCC
244 S. San Pedro St.
Gallery hours Wed. thru Sun., noon - 4 p.m.
(Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & holidays)
Free Admission
In celebration of the New Year, JACCC presents artwork based on the Year of the Rooster and hope for the future.

Sunday, Jan. 8
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St.
1 p.m.
​Welcome the Year of the Rooster and witness the ceremonial Kotohajime (Beginning of Things).
General admission $20 per person.  Order tickets here.
                          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
                                                        -- Photo by Rudy Serrano
See What's New at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary
Doug Aitken's multi-channel video installation is just one of the artist's works that demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing contemporary condition.
Experience KOTOHAJIME on Sunday, Jan. 8
Welcome the New Year, Japanese-style, by attending Kotohajime, a traditional performance at the Aratani Theatre, on Sunday, Jan. 8,  1 p.m.  Curated by the JACCC Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka, Kotohajime is a multi-media presentation that combines visually dazzling images and award-winning set design with live music.

Participating artists this year include:  Indian dance troupe Arapana Dance Company (Ramya Harishankar); Japanese classical dancer Nakamura Gankyo; the Colburn School’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute; Leclat Quintet from UCLA; and video installation by Carole Kim. The ritual shooting of the arrow – a purification ceremony – will be performed by IKKYU of the Los Angeles Kyudo Archery Group.  $20 general admission / $18 JACCC members.  Tickets.