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Little Tokyo - A World of Simple Pleasures

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 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.

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

Ongoing - Daily Monday thru Friday, 6:20-7 a.m.
MORNING MEDITATION
Zenshuji Soto Temple
123 S. Hewitt St. 
Everyone is welcome. By donation. For more information, visit www.zenshuji.org.

Saturday, April 16
3:30 p.m.
FILM SCREENINGS - Documentaries by Tokyo University Students
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles St.
Two 15-minute documentaries by Tokyo University students who interviewed people in Los Angeles last summer are being shown here publicly for the first time. Discussion will follow.  Admission is free. RSVP link. Walk-ins welcome.

Now thru Sunday, April 24
TWO VIEWS: Photographs by Ansel Adams & Leonard Frank
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, both the Canadian and American governments forced the relocation of citizens of Japanese descent from the western coastal regions. "Two Views" presents two distinctive sets of images focusing on the harsh daily life in the camp and the resilience of the 10,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated there. More information.

Saturday, April 30
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
LITTLE TOKYO WALKING TOUR
Starts at Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Learn about Little Tokyo's colorful past and present-day life on a tour guided by Japanese American National Museum docents. Cost is $12 for JANM members; $15 for non-members. Weather permitting.
​Order tickets.

Saturday, April 30
6:30-11:30 (band starts at 8 p.m.)
BIG BUDOKAN BASH: An Evening of Entertainment, Music, Dancing, and Community Giving
Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Hall
815 E. First St.
Event benefits the Budokan of Los Angeles and features contemporary music by Kokoro.  Featured performers Helen Ota, Jeff Carter, Mike Shudo, Gary Moriguchi, Asian Persuasion, and surprise guests. Buffet, sake sampling, appetizer. Order tickets online.

Saturday, May 14
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
FREE FAMILY DAY
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Strike a pose, take a selfie, or snap a shot! This day is all about photography. Activities include Photography 101 classes for kids, photo booth, travel-themed photo stations, and more!  All free!

Saturday, May 28
7 p.m.
ARATANI WORLD SERIES: GONZALEZ FAMILY 
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Aratani World Series presents "Caminos y Canciones de(Roads & Songs of) Familia Gonzalez." Curated by Betto Arcos, “Caminos y Canciones” is a call out to the music that shaped the personal journey of Gabriel, Martha, and Claudia-Miranda Gonzalez, former child performers whose song list today contains Mexican boleros and rancheras that are family, cultural, and artistic legacies. Ticket information.

Now thru June 26
MAKING WAVES: Japanese American Photography, 1920-1940
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
An in-depth examination of the contributions of Japanese Americans to photography, particularly modernist art photography, much of which was lost as a result of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The exhibition presents 103 surviving works from that period.​ More 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 AT JAPANESE VILLAGE PLAZA.
                                                      -- Photo by Rudy Serrano