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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.

Thursday, May 7 thru Sunday, June 7
East West Players Present 
East West Playhouse
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.

Thursday, May 14
K-POP Event for Teens!
Little Tokyo Branch Library
4 - 5:30 p.m. / Free Admission
Presented by Dora Ho of Central Library's Youth Services. Free parking located two lots south of the library, 203 S. Los Angeles St.  For more information.

Saturday, May 16
Job Skills Workshop by L.A. Youth at Work
Little Tokyo Branch Library
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Registration required. Call (213) 612-0525 to register.
Library is located at 203 S. Los Angeles St.

Saturday, June 20
Author Talk with Luis Rodriguez
Little Tokyo Branch Library
11 a.m.-12 noon
Author of Always Running, Luis Rodriguez is renowned as L.A.'s poet laureate.  Free parking is available two lots south of the library, 203 S. Los Angeles St.

​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.