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Little Tokyo: Urban Adventure

Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 133-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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LITTLE TOKYO 
EVENT CALENDAR

20TH ANNUAL SHIKISHI EXHIBITION
Now thru Feb. 4, 2018
George J. Doizaki Gallery
Diverse voices of the community from across the globe and of all ages come together to create shikishi cards. This year's theme: Hatsu-Zora (First Sky) and Year of the Dog.  Learn more.

ADRIAN VILLAR ROJAS: THE THEATER OF DISAPPEARANCE
GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA
152 Central Ave.
Now thru May 13, 2018
MOCA presents a site-specific installation inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space. Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina) has built a singular practice by creating environments and objects that seem to be in search of their place in time.  Learn more.

Weekly ZAZEN MEDITATION
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.

MUSEUM TOURS
GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA
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.

LITTLE TOKYO WALKING TOUR
Last Saturday of the Month
10:15-12:15 a.m.
Next tour: January 27
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.

Ongoing 
LIBRARY PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES
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. 

Exhibition
Now thru Feb. 25, 2018
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
​TRANSPACIFIC BORDERLANDS
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.

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


NOW THRU FEBRUARY 25​
JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

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.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Click here for additional information. 
Congratulations to Weller Court and artist Akiko Yamashita! The current issue of Los Angeles magazine lists the LED installation in Weller Court as the city's No. 1 Instagram site. Entitled Portal, Yamashita's 7,000-pixel animated display was selected in conjunction with Pantone's 2018 color of the year--ultra violet.
Thank You, Los Angeles Magazine!

Weller Court has No. 1 Instagram Photo Spot
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 

Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance is being presented through May 13 inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space. Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina) whose interventions beckon viewers to consider fragments that exist in a slippery space between the future, the past, and an alternate reality in the present. With his post-human artworks, Villar Rojas posits the question: What happens after the end of art?

Click here for gallery hours.