Downtown Exploration: Little Tokyo

In order to sell downtown LA you have to know it–and what better way to get to know our little pocket of Los Angeles than by taking some walking tours? Led by kw DTLA agent Sylvia Ena, yesterday’s outing focused on the architecture and culture found in Little Tokyo.

A little introduction for the uninitiated: Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo is one of only three official Japantowns in the United States, all three of which are in California (the other two are located in San Francisco and San Jose). It is a center of Japanese Culture in Southern California and is home to the Japanese American National Museum (which sponsored the 2012 Lantern Festival) as well as the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. It was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995.

As Sylvia led the group through Little Tokyo she answered all of their questions about history and architecture before they all adjourned to Shabu Shabu House for a delicious lunch. This is just the first of many DTLA walking tours to come–where should we go next?

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