Little Tokyo Business Association
Little Tokyo Business Improvement District
Little Tokyo: Setting a New Pace in Downtown L.A.
Join the thousands who come to Little Tokyo every day and experience Los Angeles' most unique dining, entertainment, Japanese culture and shopping.
Nowhere else will the visitor find nearly 100 different places to eat, two top-rated hotels, world-class museums, eclectic shopping, newly developed housing, major banks, entertainment, churches, temples, and excellent professional services. In other words, Little Tokyo has it all. Visit us soon.
Ongoing - Daily Monday to Friday
Now thru April 26, 2015
The Japanese American National Museum and Sanrio present the world’s first large-scale Hello Kitty museum retrospective. The exhibition, first of its kind in the world, includes an extensive product survey, with rare and unique items from the Sanrio archives, alongside a selection of innovative contemporary artworks inspired by Hello Kitty and her world. Museum is located at 100 N. Central Ave.
Sunday, Jan. 4
Aratani Theatre, 1 p.m.
Kickoff the New Year and experience the recreation of an ancient tradition. Students from the Tohoku region of Japan will participate in support of Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. This program is presented in conjunction with the Tomodachi-Honda Cultural Exchange Program. General admission $20/JACCC members $18. Aratani Theatre is located at 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo.
Sunday, Jan. 11
New Year's 2015 Daiku Concert
Aratani Theatre, 5 p.m.
Jeffrey Bernstein conducts the Los Angeles Daiku, Pasadena Master Chorale, and L.A. Daiku Orchestra in a performance of Bernstein's Fukushima Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No. 9.
Thursday, Jan. 29
Little Tokyo Business Association
Shinnen Enkai (New Year's Party & Installation)
Miyako Hotel Los Angeles, 328 E. 1st St.
Join us in celebrating the start of a new year
- Traditional Japanese meal
- Installation of the 2015 Board of Directors
- Games and prizes
- Network with Little Tokyo business owners
- Meet old friends and make new friends
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 130 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.
Congratulations, Far Bar!
Voted Number 1 Bar in Los Angeles by L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly magazine has named Little Tokyo's own Far Bar to its list of Top Ten Bars.
According to LAW, "Far Bar's dynamic setting and talented bartenders make it the best of the bunch. The main bar offers 400 different types of whiskeys--some of which aren't otherwise available in the U.S. In the back of the bar is a smaller room with TV screens and 37 beers on tap. (In addition) to the extensive booze list are their delicious wasabi fries. But perhaps what most sets Far Bar apart? The service. Hospitable doesn't even begin to describe it." For more information.
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JANM has the Purr-fect Solution
The Japanese American National Museum presents an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic Hello Kitty character. The exhibit will run through April 26, 2015.
Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Mondays.
WELCOME THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP AT KOTOHAJIME
Pageantry and beauty of Kotohajime, a traditional Japanese ceremony ushering in the New Year, begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 4, at the Aratani Theatre. Traditional dance performances will be offered by Mai no Kai and the Khmer Arts Academy. Experience Zen archery and kagamibiraki (breaking of the sake barrel) along with other New Year traditions.
In support of the Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, students from the Tohoku region will offer a special performance as part of the Tomodachi-Honda Cultural Exchange Program.