Little Tokyo Business Association
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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 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. Museum is located at 100 N. Central Ave.
Now thru Nov. 9
Way of Ink and Brush
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Arts present an exhibition showcasing Islamic arts and culture through Islamic, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese calligraphy. Includes demonstrations and lectures. Gallery hours Tues-Fri, 12 noon-4 p.m., Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays. Free admission.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 4-5 p.m.
Halloween & Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
A program for teens and the young at heart. Learn the significance of sugar skulls, then decorate them with icing, feathers, sequins, and more.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
L.A. Youth at Work Job Skills Workshop
Little Tokyo Branch Library, 203 S. Los Angeles St., presents a workshop coordinator will help participants conduct a job search, prepare a professional resume, practice answering interview questions, and more. Bring a copy of your current resume and/or complete our resume template. for additional information call (213) 612-0525.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Hiroshima jazz fusion band and the Japanese Cultural and Community Center present Spirit of the Season 11 at the Aratani Theater, 244 S. San Pedro St. Featuring guest artists Terry Steele and Tex Nakamura. Tickets $38 orchestra, $30 balcony. Discounts for JACCC members.
Sunday, Dec. 21
Five award-winning hula halau groups and outstanding ukulele musicians appear in a spectacular holiday event at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St.
2 p.m. - Free pre-show activities in JACCC Noguchi Plaza, including appearance by Shogun Santa.
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 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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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.
During Hello KittyCon weekend, you must have a valid convention ticket for same-day entry to the Geffen. The museum will not be open to members or non-ticket holders. For information and tickets, visit
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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.