Little Tokyo Business Association
Little Tokyo Business Improvement District
Little Tokyo: Not So Little Anymore
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 Sept. 14
Museum hours: Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays 12 noon-8 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.
Now thru Sept. 14
Dodgers - Brotherhood of the Game, an exhibit inspired by the players who forever changed the national pasttime--from Jackie Robinson to Hideo Nomo. Japanese American National Museum, 1st St. & Central Ave.
Museum hours: Tue-Wed-Fri-Sat-sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays 12 noon-8 p.m. Closed Sun.
Now thru Sept. 14
Ru-In Map is a unique exhibit featuring woodcut prints created by senior artists inspired by their children memories. The prints are then presented in a continuum of images. Presented by the Metabolic Studio at Doizaki Gallery, JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St.
Sunday, Sept. 7
Master Motonori Umewaka performs classical Noh works, the ancient theatrical artform of Japan's royal court.
Starting at 7:30 p.m. in the James Irvine Garden of JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St., the program also includes Kagami Biraki, ceremonial breaking of the sake barrel. $35 general admission/$30 JACCC members.
Oct. 11 - April 26
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. The museum is located at 100 N. Central Ave.
A 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 released it's list of Top Ten Bars, and Little Tokyo's own Far Bar is at the top.
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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Little Tokyo Welcomes First Ever Hello Kitty Convention
October 30–November 2
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Where else would the world's cutest feline hold her first convention except in Little Tokyo!
Sanrio presents the first ever official Hello Kitty convention at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Fans from all over the world will converge for the ultimate Hello Kitty experience. Hello Kitty Con ticket holders will also receive same-day free admission to the "Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty" exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum next door.
For information and to purchase tickets, visit sanrio.com/hellokittycon. During Hello Kitty Con weekend, you must have a valid convention ticket for same-day entry to the museum. The museum will not be open to members or non-ticket holders.
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Changeable electronic signs designed to help drivers locate available parking have been installed and are now operational near 1st & Judge John Aiso Streets and 2nd & Central. The signage is provided by the Department of Transportation.
As part of ongoing power relocation and AT&T line relocation work on 1st and Alameda Streets, a full street closure on 1st Street between Alameda and Hewitt Streets and an eastbound directional closure on 1st between Central Avenue and Alameda will be implemented on Saturday, September 6, for one day only.
Anticipated work hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.