Little Tokyo Business Association
Little Tokyo Business Improvement District
Little Tokyo - A World of Simple Pleasures
Amid the intense activity of Downtown Los Angeles' current development boom, the 131-year old community of Little Tokyo has become a cool place to dine, shop, find entertainment, and live. It is home to some of Downtown's newest hot spots.
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.
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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Ongoing - Daily Monday thru Friday, 6:20-7 a.m.
Zenshuji Soto Temple
123 S. Hewitt St.
Fridays thru Dec. 18, 3:30-6 p.m.
FREE MATH TUTORING
(By Appointment Only)
Little Tokyo Branch Library
203 S. Los Angeles St.
Adults, kids, and teens may sign up for free math tutoring every Friday afternoon. RSVP required. Email the instructor, Mishima Sensei: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now thru Jan. 18, 2016
Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Barney's first major museum exhibition in collaboration with composer Jonathan Bepler is comprised of an epic-length operatic film and approximately 85 works created in conjunction with the film. Includes large-scale pieces weighing up to 25 tons. Exhibition details here.
Now thru Sunday, Jan. 24
GIANT ROBOT BIENNIALE 4
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Fourth edition of the curated exhibit by Giant Robot co-founder Eric Nakamura. Featured are paintings, photography, and installations by established and emerging artists. More details.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FREE FAMILY DAY
at the Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave.
Workshops, crafts, and cultural performances free all day. For a complete schedule of activities, click here.
Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m.
KOTOHAJIME: Hatsu Yama (First Mountain)
244 s. San Pedro St.
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.
- Lunch Meet-Ups*
- Special Events
- Quarterly Drawings
YAGURA TOWER AT JAPANESE VILLAGE PLAZA.
-- Photo by Rudy Serrano
SHOGUN SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN!
Little Tokyo's own Shogun Santa will appear at various locations throughout the area, bringing holiday cheer to young and old alike. Here's the schedule:
Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 - 11:30-3:30 p.m. - Weller Court, 123 Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka St.
Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 & 20 - 11:30-3:30 p.m. - Japanese Village Plaza, 335 E. 2nd St.