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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
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.

Saturday, Dec. 10 & Sunday, Dec. 11​
Presentation by Gil Garcetti
George Doizaki Gallery, JACCC
244 S. San Pedro St.
12 noon (both days)
Through his photographs, Gil Garcetti explores the Japanese reverence, respect, and need for beauty. click here for ticket information.

Saturday, Dec. 17
Hawaiian dance and ukulele spectacular
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St.
7 p.m.
Award-winning halau groups come together to share a holiday-infused dance and music performance. Included will be a special performance by Ukuleles for Little Tokyo. Participating are Halau Keali’i O Nalani, Halau Kaulana Ka Hale Kula O Na Pua O Ka ‘Aina, Halau Hula a Kawika Laua O Leinani, Aloha Hula Dance Studio.  Ticket 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 28
JACCC Center Building
244. S. San Pedro St.
For children ages 7-14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pre-registration is required.  Fee includes a special Year of the Rooster t-shirt. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops include:
-   Interactive "Year of the Rooster" calligraphy class
-  Taiko class on the Aratani Theatre stage
-   Mochitsuki by Kodama Taiko
-   Shikishi board decorating 

Wednesday, Jan. 4
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St.
FREE ADMISSION (but reservation required)
8 p.m.
Tomodachi Honda Cultural Exchange Program high school students from Fukushima, Japan will share stories of resiliency, strength and hope after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Also featured will be performances by six-time Grammy Award winner Daniel Ho and the L.A.-based Grateful Crane Ensemble. Make your reservation.

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.

Returning to Little Tokyo
 to wish everyone 
Happy Holidays!

Shogun Santa will appear
Dec. 10, 11, 17 & 18

Japanese Village Plaza
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Shogun Santa and elf Elena Dizon
                                                  --Photo courtesy Japanese Village Plaza