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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 
Morning Meditation 
6:20-7 a.m. at Zenshuji Soto Temple, 123 S. Hewitt St., Little Tokyo.  Everyone is welcome. By donation. For more information, visit www.zenshuji.org.

Now extended thru May 31, 2015!
HELLO! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty
Japanese American National Museum
The 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.

Saturday, April 4
A Conversation with Yuko Yamaguchi
Japanese American National Museum, 2 p.m.
Hello Kitty's head designer since 1980 will discuss her work with the global icon.  Ms. Yamaguchi is considered the most influential person in Hello Kitty's world. Museum is located at 100 N. Central Ave.

Saturday, April 18
L.A. Ukulele Expo
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
World record registration 9:30 a.m., Expo 11:30 a.m.
Grab your ukulele or purchase one at the Expo.  JACCC and its resident ukulele cafe, U-Space, will attempt to set a play-along world record for the largest ukulele ensemble. Led Grammy winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho. More information here.

April 23-29
L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival
Aratani Theatre
The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center will be among the venues for screenings that feature the work of established and emerging Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers.  For schedule and tickets, click here.

Saturday, May 2
Sansei Line Dance: From Yellow Power to Yellow Peril 
JACCC Tea Room
2 p.m.​
Amy Uyematsu, a third-generation Japanese American poet and teacher, will read from her recently released fourth book, The Yellow Door. She will be accompanied by bassist Taiji Miyagawa.  JACCC is located at 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo.

May 7-June 7
East West Players Present The Who's Tommy
East West Playhouse
​May 7, 2015 thru June 7, 2015
This classic rock musical is presented for rthe first time at East West.  Story focuses on young Tommy Walker. Deprived of sight, hearing and speech by the shock of what he had witnessed as a child, Tommy seems lost to life – until he reveals an uncanny talent for the game of pinball.  Theater is located at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Little Tokyo.  For performance schedule, previews, opening night information, and tickets, click here.

​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.

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.
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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Great News for Hello Kitty Fans!
Exhibition Extended to May 31 

The Japanese American National Museum has announced that it will extend its popular exhibition, Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty celebrating the 40th anniversary of the iconic Hello Kitty character, through May 31. 

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.

Click here for more details.