Little Tokyo Business Association
Little Tokyo Business Improvement District
Little Tokyo - Much More than Sushi*
(*although the sushi is really good!)
Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 131-year old community of Little Tokyo has become a cool place to dine, shop, find entertainment, and live. It is home to some of Downtown's newest hot spots.
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 131 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.
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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Live Samurai Action
Coming to Little Tokyo
The Little Tokyo Business Association proudly presents a unique theater experience, BURAI: Standing All Alone for three performances, Aug, 28, 29, and 30 at the Aratani Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St.
You don't want to miss this opportunity to see a live performance featuring an outstanding cast of actors and martial artists performing authentic fight scenes. One of Japan's leading swordplay choreographers, Keiya Tabuchi (Katana, The Last Samurai), brings the action to life.
Set in 19th century Japan, BURAI is the gripping story of family honor, loyalty, pride, and a samurai warrior’s struggle to hold on to his inner spirit amid incredible odds. This original play is written and directed by Naoki Fujiyama.
Tickets are $35 for general admission, and $25 for JACCC members, seniors over age 65, and students with current school ID.
LITTLE TOKYO EVENT CALENDAR
Ongoing - Daily Monday to Friday
Zenshuji Soto Temple
123 S. Hewitt St.
Everyone is welcome. By donation. For more information, visit www.zenshuji.org.
Sunday, July 26
TWILIGHT IN THE GARDEN: Little Tokyo Concert Series
James Irvine Japanese Garden
244 S. San Pedro St.
Each Sunday during the month of July, the music and cultural communities of Southern California come together the share their talent and heritage. Shafiq Husayn & Dove Society future soul. Dublab Collective DJs are featured. Admission $10. Must be 21 and over. Click here for ticket information
Saturday, July 25
J-Town Jazz Club
A musical drama recreating a little known chapter in Little Tokyo's post-World War II history when the area was dubbed "Bronzeville" and jazz legends like Charlie Parker introduced their special brand of the blues to Los Angeles. Ticket information.
Aug. 15-16 & Aug. 22-23
JACCC Salutes the 75th annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival
244 S. San Pedro St.
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Enjoy live outdoor entertainment and view indoor exhibits by skilled artisans as JACCC joins in celebrating the 75th annual Nisei Week Japanese Festival, one of L.A. most enduring cultural events. Performing will be taiko drummers, dancers, musicians, DJs, and martial artists. Inside the center, find ikebana, bonsai, hand-made Japanese dolls, callligraphy, and tea ceremony displays and demonstrations. Far Bar of Little Tokyo is providing Japanese fusion food and beverages.
Aug. 15 & 16
Nisei Week Book Fair
JACCC Plaza & James Irvine Japanese Garden
244 S. San Pedro St.
11 a.m.. - 6 p.m.
Heritage Source and Kinokuniya bookstores join in presenting authors Marsha Aizumi, Naomi Hirahara, Kerry Yo Nakagawa, Lora Nakamura, Stan Sakai, Todd Shimoda, Amy Uyematsu, and others for book-signing and discussion of their works.
Sunday, Aug. 16
75th Anniversary NISEI WEEK FESTIVAL GRAND PARADE
Throughout the Streets of Little Tokyo
Parade Starts at 5:30 p.m.
Highlighted this year by the magnificent NEBUTA, an illuminated float from Aomori, Japan, the Grand Parade will feature hundreds of colorful dancers, musical groups, taiko drummers, dignitaries, beauty queens, and much more. For information about all the Nisei Week events, go to niseiweek.org.
Aug. 28, 29, and 30
BURAI - STANDING ALL ALONE
Samurai Action Play - Live on Stage
(Presented in English)
244 S. San Pedro St.
Friday (Aug. 28) 8 p.m., Saturday (Aug. 29) 8 p.m., Sunday (Aug. 30) 2 p.m.
Presented for the first time in Downtown Los Angeles, this dramatic play features authentic sword-wielding action rarely seen outside of Japan. Set in 19th century Japan, BURAI is the story of a skilled samurai swordsman who is torn between carrying out the orders of his ambitious master and the samurai code he swore to uphold. Ticket information here. For group discounts, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAND PARADE ON SUNDAY, AUG. 16
L.A.'s most enduring cultural celebration, the NISEI WEEK FESTIVAL (AUG. 15-16, 22-23) marks its 75th Anniversary this year with many new and returning features. Don't miss the Grand Parade on Sunday, Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m., as it brings beauty and music to the streets of Little Tokyo. For details, visit niseiweek.org.
Eat, Shop, Play
Little Tokyo & DTLA
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.
- Lunch Meet-Ups*
- Special Events
- Quarterly Drawings
It's Festival Season and You are Invited!
July 25 & 26 - Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple Obon Festival, 505 E. Third St., 1-9 p.m. Food, games, farmer's market, flower market, tea ceremony, bon odori dancing, entertainment.