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Little Tokyo: Urban Adventure

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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LITTLE TOKYO 
EVENT CALENDAR

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.

Now thru June 12
ARTHUR JAFA EXHIBITION: 
Love is the Message, The Message is Death
SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION:
Catherine Opie & Sterling Ruby
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave.
The Geffen Contemporary offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space located in L.A.'s Little Tokyo in a former police car warehouse renovated by the noted California architect Frank Gehry. More information.

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: June 24
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.

Now thru Aug. 11
Daily from sunset to midnight
MOVING DAY
An Outdoor Art Installation
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
After the outbreak of World War II, 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were forced to leave their homes, jobs, and businesses and herded into American concentration camps.  This outdoor art installation electronically projects giant images of the wartime exclusion orders that would change their lives forever.  Presented in conjunction with the poignant exhibition, Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066.  Special programs are planned April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Learn more.

Now thru Aug. 13
INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL PERSONS:
Reflections on Executive Order 9066
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, he paved the way for the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans following Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor. This powerful educational and interactive exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of this historic miscarriage of justice.  Learn more.

Now thru Aug. 20
​NEW FRONTIERS: 
THE MANY WORLDS OF GEORGE TAKEI
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
This fascinating collection of photos and other memorabilia is presented to the public for the first time, traversing the multi-faceted life of actor and activist George Takei.  Museum admission $10 adults ($6 for seniors 62+, students with ID & youth ages 6-17). Children under 5 admitted free.  Learn more.

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. 

Saturday, June 24
STARS FOR BUDOKAN
Enka music concert 
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo
Shows at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Some of Japan's top enka singers will be featured. The concert, to be presented in two performances at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., will help make the Budokan community hall and sports center a reality. Performers include Sasa Midori, Matsuoka Yuji, Misao, Nyc Nyusa, and Fujimoto Niyari. Ticket information. Contact Eiko Fujino at efujino@jaccc.org or Mike Murase at mmurase@LTSC.org with any questions. 

Sunday, July 9 
LITTLE TOKYO GARDEN CONCERT featuring RODRIGO AMARANTE
James Irvine Japanese Garden
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show
Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Amarante shares a solo set with his wistful melodies and enchanting sound perfect for a summer night in a beautiful garden setting.
Ticket information.

Sunday, July 16
​LITTLE TOKYO GARDEN CONCERT featuring LARAAJI
James Irvine Japanese Garden
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. show
Laraaji, world renowned zither/harp master and composer, is joined by sound healing musician reiki master Arji OceAnanda. Ticket information.
           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
YAGURA TOWER - JAPANESE VILLAGE PLAZA
                                                        -- Photo by Rudy Serrano
Whether running for public office, serving as a Los Angeles transit commissioner, producing a ground-breaking play, running a marathon, or bringing Sulu to life in the enduring Star Trek movies and television series, George Takei has always made a difference.

For the first time, an exhibit captures the highlights of his multi-faceted life as an artist and activist through photographs, portraits, and memorabilia. New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei runs through Aug. 20 at the Japanese American National Museum.

The exhibition is one of several outstanding programs currently being presented by the museum, including Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066; Only the Oaks Remain: the Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station; and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

JANM is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Visit www.janm.org for details.

George Takei - Exhibit Peers Into His Life
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George Takei
On view until Monday, June 12 is Arthur Jafa's "Love is the Message, the Mesage is Death,"
which can be seen at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central, Little Tokyo.